Volunteer firefighters help protect communities during wildfire season

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A small grass fire sparked north of Amarillo today, one of many across the High Plains. Potter County Fire and Rescue responded swiftly, and the flames were out before our crew even arrived on the scene. 

Captain Larry Yaws says they were ready for this high-risk day, “We had crews and trucks. We were able to make a quick response because we were prepared for today.”

Captain Yaws says they couldn’t do it without their volunteer firefighters. “Our stations are primarily volunteers. We alert our other volunteers the people that are under us that work for us of the critical danger. And make up a plan to man the station if at all possible to make a quicker response.”

Here in Potter County, there are around 80 volunteer firefighters. In order to become a volunteer firefighter, there is a certain amount of training required. 

“You have to put in an application, then three weeks of rookie school. They take you from not knowing anything medical training, fire training…And then volunteering your time, a minimum of 80 hours a year for your first year of training. They roughly respond to 40 percent of the calls,” Yaws explained. 

For more information on the application process, click here.

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