Area fire departments are struggling with a shortage of volunteers, especially during the daytime hours. The lack of volunteer firefighters is so critical that Noble County has started dispatching two fire departments to any structure fire between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. to ensure there is adequate staffing.
In an effort to address these staffing shortages, the Albion Volunteer Fire Department is offering three $7,600 scholarships to any 18-year-old individual who is willing to become an Albion volunteer firefighter and meets the following requirements:
- Lives in the Albion Volunteer Fire Department protection area.
- Willing to take the essential training.
- Maintains a minimum of a 30-percent attendance record to all emergency incidents, training drills, and meetings for four years.
For additional information, go to the Albion Volunteer Fire Department website, and click on the “Volunteer” tab.