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Oldham County in need of more firefighters

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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's a firefighter shortage in Oldham County but several departments are banding together to try and solve it.

“We're actually having a county wide recruit class,” said Assistant South Oldham Fire Chief Kevin Parker, “First time we've ever done it in Oldham County as far as I know.”

Every year, South Oldham Fire Department conducts a recruit training class for new volunteers but this year they're joining with five other fire departments in Oldham County to bring in as many volunteers as possible.

“We're primarily made up of volunteer firefighters,” said Parker “Most folks don't know that.”

Fire department leaders are hoping that people will soon realize that. This is why they've canvassed parts of the county with signage asking people to sign up.

The South Oldham Fire Department currently has between 25 and 30 volunteer firefighters. However, that number is constantly fluctuating which is why leaders in the fire department say more is better.

“Just about anybody can volunteer here,” said volunteer David Stang,”There are so many things we can do to serve the community if you're a member of the fire department.”

New training classes began on Feb. 2, but those interested can sign up at any time. In total, training takes about nine months to complete.

“When the tones go off and you're able to get on a truck and help people,” said Stang, “It makes it all worth it.”

For more information on how you can volunteer call the South Oldham Fire Department at (502) 241-8992.

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