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Looking for Special People to Help
By David Hull


March 13, 2012
Tuesday PM

People of Ketchikan: The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department takes our responsibility to the service area residents seriously. Our service area is protected by dedicated and committed emergency service responders who do their jobs when called upon, even at three o clock in the morning. Helping people is not an easy task. Our members do it willingly and often without recognition. Do you like a challenge? If any of this sounds interesting maybe we can help each other.

Volunteer Firefighters and emergency medical service providers are a special kind of people. Helping people is a rewarding experience and an extraordinary way to serve your community. It takes dedication, sacrifice, leadership, and mental/physical stamina to become a volunteer emergency responder. Not everyone has to respond to emergencies. There is a lot to do in a fire department that has little to do with fighting fires, and it is fun.

Volunteers are not free help. All members have jobs and most have great support from their employers who let them respond if the situation calls for it. Volunteers comprise almost 90% of emergency responders in Alaska. As our community grows, our emergency calls for help increase. Today we respond to far more fire, ambulance calls and vehicle accidents than in the past.

When someone has an emergency, we are there. We answer calls for everything from fires, motor vehicle crashes, and sports injuries to heart attacks and strokes. We also stand by at picnics, sporting events, and conduct home fire surveys. We need volunteer members to help us help our service area, your service area. Please consider joining this great group.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer member of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department can contact us at 907-228-6710 or stop by at 13110 North Tongass Highway. Please come see us or visit our web page at or on our Facebook Page.

Thank you for your time and support,

David Hull,
Proud Chief, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Fire Chief and paramedic for the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department."

Received March 07, 2012 - Published March 13, 2012



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