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By Andi Bourne

Emergency response concerns point to volunteer shortage


April 25, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

In the past year and a half, the Seeley Lake Fire Department has purchased new gear and remodeled the main bay for better gear storage. Offering the best equipment and gear is is something Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane hopes will be an incentive for people to become volunteers.

SEELEY LAKE – It has been widely reported that nationwide there is a shortage of volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMT) and firefighters. While Seeley Lake Fire Department does have a paid chief, district administrator and facilities manager, it relies heavily on volunteer responders to cover calls.

Social media posts sharing information, raising concerns and asking questions about the Seeley Lake Fire Department response are becoming more common. The Beery family attempted to engage the Fire Board at their April meeting raising questions about the response they received April 6.


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