The Mineral Volunteer Fire Department is down to three emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and seeking men and women who are interested in the volunteer duty.
“We are in need of more volunteer EMTs. This is a small but growing community, and we rely strongly on our local volunteers for our health and fire emergencies,” said Gennie Reynolds, one of the fire commissioners for the agency.
She said last week that the department’s aid vehicle has responded to 40 calls this year, which is “a large increase” over the previous year. When the small staff of EMTs is unavailable because they’re taking time off or are at work, a patient must wait for an ambulance from Morton, Reynolds said.
Prospective volunteers who have an acceptable driving record and are over 18 years old can learn more about volunteering during a meeting Aug. 26th at 6 p.m. at the fire station at 104 E. Front St. They can also get information by calling fire chief Kevin Mounce at (360) 492-3751.