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“There’s no rest on the job. We’re busy all hours of the night.”

Firefighters are asked to do more than ever. They are the first line of defense, especially for families struggling to make ends meet. Not just fires, but overdoses. Not just car accidents, but flooded basements. 

We have wrecked the middle class in West Virginia, and left first responders to try and pick up the pieces. 

“When I started, I took a pay cut, but there was a promise of good health care and retirement. The guys coming up now don’t have that.”

That’s why it’s so much harder to find new recruits. Firefighters work 56 hours/week. The state just cut their pensions, and with PEIA, they keep paying more and more for less and less care. 

We’re grateful to the firefighters of the Fairmont Fire Department—not just for letting us tour their facilities (they built that table themselves). But for all they do for the people who work the hardest and bear the most.

See some of our plans to address these issues here: