Choosing the side of First Responders
“If you dropped with a heart attack right here, it would take 45 minutes to get you an ambulance… and we’re sitting in a fire department.”
Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day in West Virginia–saving government billions of dollars in wages and benefits. And every year, the state government makes them beg for crumbs.
No funds for incentives. No funds for workers compensation. No funds for emergency medical services to help them do their jobs. No funds for cell towers.
“We were all on a job a mile away from the station. Two miles away, a house caught fire… but no one could reach us because none of us had service. We only found out when another emergency responder drove past us… Half the time, we just stop at someone’s house and ask to use the phone. That’s our communication system.”
The people who risk the most are treated the worst. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Consider joining your local volunteer fire department; they need people. And if you can’t do that, vote out the Good Old Boys who’d rather line their pockets than fund our first responders.
See some of our plans to address this issue: