KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

More Rural Volunteer Firefighters Needed



Bookmark and Share

A series of television commercials targeting young adults will be broadcast for the next two years thanks to a $200,000 FEMA grant given to the Minnehaha County Fire Chiefs Association. They hope the spots will bring in volunteers by the truckload.   

“We get called on everybody’s worst day. Nobody's having a good time and says ‘lets call the fire department over,’” said Mike Harstad, president of the Minnehaha Fire Chiefs Association. “We go on more calls than we ever have.”

To rural firefighters, more calls means more volunteers are needed

“We need fresh recruits. We need more manpower to get done what we do,” said Harstad.

The Fire Chiefs Association hopes new television ads will bring in fresh faces around the county. The ads try to tell potential volunteers about the benefits of helping their community.

“There's no better feeling that I can get than helping someone out when they’re having a bad day,” said Harstad.   

While experience is a plus, fire departments are looking for anybody willing to help.

“We're really looking for individuals who can be available in their communities during the day time,” said Amy Marsh of the Renner Fire Department.

The Crooks Fire Department has a recruitment goal in mind.  

“Our roster right now has 22. Ultimately, I would like to have 26 to 30,” said Harstad who is also the chief of the Crooks Volunteer Fire Department.

Hoping these federally funded ads will bring in the help they need to keep residents and their property in Minnehaha County safe and sound.

You can expect to see these ads on a number of stations starting on the first of the year.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Local Christmas Tree Farm Closed For Season

If you still don't have a Christmas tree, you might ...

Light Display Honors Deceased Husband  story with video

Decorating a home for the holidays has taken on a whole ...

Florida Police Officer Fatally Shot

Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and ...

Ian Keisacker Has Passed Away  Dec. 22

Woman Sentenced For Using Personal Data  Dec. 21

Avon Woman Dies In Crash Near Tyndall  Dec. 22

Shopping Rush May Continue Till Christmas Eve  Dec. 21

Angel Tree Shines Light On Sioux Falls Agency  story with video  Dec. 21

KDLT News Archive
     

Heat Recall Skyforce Andre Dawkins  story with video

MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have recalled guard ...

Big Turnout For Snowfox Candy Cane Classic  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The three day Snowfox Candy Cane Classic swim ...

Comeback Coyotes Win At Montana  story with video

MISSOULA, Mont. —Tyler Larson scored six of his team-high 15 points in ...

USD Tops North Dakota For 7th Straight Win  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Work Overtime For Dramatic Win At Utah State  story with video  Dec. 21

Jacks Down Utah State To Win World Vision Classic  story with video  Dec. 21

PENTAGON CLASSIC: O'Gorman Tops Western Christian, Washington Falls  story with video  Dec. 20

O'Gorman Boys Bounce Back Against Watertown  story with video  Dec. 20

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top