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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -
happening all over the state: Fewer men and women are volunteering to be
years ago, we probably had 60 volunteers," said Perrysburg Township Fire Chief
Tom Brice. "Now, we probably have half of that."
says people tell him it's too much of a time commitment, not enough pay, or too
risky for a volunteer job. Volunteer Mike Thompson says it's that risk that
makes the job exciting.
that you have no idea what could come in when the tones go off, what could
happen, what the run could be for," Thompson said.
volunteer, Barrett Dorner, says one reason people aren't signing up like they
use to is because volunteering is so demanding.
have to put in the time, you've got to put as much in it as you want to get out
it," Dorner said. "For some people it's tough, especially with the economy the
way it is. You try to balance a full-time job and a volunteer job; it's really
a juggling act."
both say there's nothing like the rewarding feeling of serving their community.