Given new brush truck models cost $100,000, North Baldwin’s vehicle represents creativity within a trying budget climate. Reynolds said other stations are working on building a similar model.
Station No. 7 also repainted its exterior last summer with a new color scheme. Woodmen of the World donated a flagpole as well.
Spivey said most station improvements and equipment upgrades come from citizen donations and yearly fundraising. Some small portions are out of pocket.
The volunteer chief said the trained group is proud of its work and how it looks when it’s done.
“It’s something that makes it look nice. Everybody down here is proud of what they do, and they like to show it,” Spivey said.
Reynolds likes the message.
“This is just a sign of their dedication to county service,” Reynolds said.
The county could always use more volunteer firefighters. Incentives include a state pension fund and $10 reimbursement per call and training hour.
Required expectations like eight hours monthly training retain membership. Reynolds said most train above and beyond that.
Volunteers acquire state certified status as well. The community gains from increased participation.
“A reward of the commitment is the service given back to the community,” Reynolds said.
Call (478) 445-4421 if interested in volunteering.
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