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Volunteer Firefighters Needed in Accomack County

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ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va.- With structures continuing to burn in Accomack County, the arson spree has put a spotlight on the need for volunteer firefighters in the county.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter needs to go through the proper training.

"We have a regional fire academy that we hold once a year with Northampton County and Accomack County.  It lasts about six months to get your firefighter certification to come through a do that," said Jeff Terwilliger, the Director of Public Safety in Accomack County.

When fire companies respond to the arson fires, about 20 firefighters respond.  On average, they spend close to 3 hours at the scene.  During this four and a half month crime spree, that's roughly 3700 hours of extra work for firefighters in Accomack County.

"Every company, they may have say 50 firefighters on the roster but when you start diving a little deeper, a lot of times it is around 20-25 that may be their core members is what we found.  So, typically, it is the same member or similar members that respond to a majority of the incidents," said Terwilliger.

The need for volunteers extends beyond the arson spree.  Fire departments have to be constantly looking to the future and figuring out who will be taking the reigns from the current volunteers who may not be available in ten to fifteen years.

The crime spree has shed some light on the need for more firefighters, but it was a need before the first arson was lit and well after the arsonist is caught.

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