Volunteerism is key for Roane County’s five fire departments, but the field of those willing to step forward is diminishing.
“We’re down to 12 guys who can run calls,” said James Grant, chief of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department. “We had roughly 85 people when I came on 11 years ago.”
Though the numbers differ, fire chiefs of the county’s other departments echo that problem. According to Grant, it’s a crunch felt everywhere.