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FIREFIGHTERS HAS DECREASED

DRASTICALLY OVER THE PAST TWO

DECADES...ACCORDIN G TO THE

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION

ASSOCIATION./ THE STUDY SAYS A

MAJOR CAUSE OF THIS TREND IS

RECRUITING AND KEEPING YOUNG

PEOPLE WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY./ KREX 5'S

ADRIAN THOMAS SPOKE TO YOUNG

LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER

JUST BEGINNING THEIR CAREER,

AND HE JOINS ME LIVE IN STUDIO

WITH MORE...ADRIAN?

ROB THAT SAME STUDY FOUND THE

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER

FIREFIGHTERS DECREASED BY OVER

132,000 NATIONWIDE BETWEEN

2015 AND 2017. HERE IN MESA

COUNTY, THE LOWER VALLEY FIRE

DEPARTMENT IN FRUITA HAS ABOUT

17 VOLUNTEERS IN ADDITION TO

ITS FULL-TIME CAREER STAFF. I

SPOKE TO ONE OF THEIR YOUNGEST

VOLUNTEERS ON WHY HE JOINED

THE DEPARTMENT, AND HOW THIS

EXPEREINCE BENEFITS HIS

OVERALL CAREER.

THE LOWER VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT

IS MOSTLY MADE UP OF CAREER

FIREFIGHTERS, BUT HAS SOME

VOLUNTEERS RANGING FROM 20-65

YEARS OLD. 20 YEAR OLD CODY

MOORES IS THE YOUNGEST

VOLUNTEER AT THE DEPARTMENT.

HE'S BEEN VOLUNTEERING HERE

FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. CODY

MOORES: IT'S A GOOD FOOT IN

THE DOOR IT'S A GREAT WAY TO

GET EXPERIENCE. CODY MOORES

SAYS HE HOPES TO BECOME A

FULL-TIME PARAMEDIC SOME DAY.

HE CURRENTLY WORKS FULL TIME

AS AN EMERGENCY ROOM

TECHNICIAN AT COMMUNITY

HOSPITAL IN GRAND JUNCTION. HE

SAYS IT'S ALL ABOUT LEARNING

AND PURSUING HIS PASSION. CODY

MOORES: I THINK MOST EVERYONE

WILL AGREE WITH YOU IF YOU'RE

IN IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS

YOU DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT

THE MONEY. IM MORE THAN HAPPY

TO DO IT. IT'S GETTING ME

WHERE I WANT TO GO AND IT'S

SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO. A

LIEUTENANT WITH THE LOWER

VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT HERE IN

FRUITA SAYS YOUNG VOLUNTEERS

BRING A VALUABLE PERSPECTIVE

TO THE TABLE. BUT HE

ACKNOWLEDGES THE HOURS ARE

LONG AND TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE IS A BIG

COMMITMENT. TOM HENDERSON:

THERE'S A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS

THAT COMES WITH BEING A

VOLUNTEER. THE EXPECTATIONS

ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM A CAREER

FIREFIGHTER POSITION. THEY'RE

REQUIRED TO HOLD A CERTAIN

NUMBER OF QUALIFICATIONS SUCH

AS THEIR FIREFIGHTER ALONG

WITH EMT BASIC. LIEUTENANT TOM

HENDERSON SAYS HAVING YOUNG

VOLUNTEERS BRINGS AN ADVANTAGE

TO THE DEPARMENT BECAUSE THE

TRAINING THEY RECIEVE COMES

FROM THE MOST UP TO DATE

CURRICULUM. TOM HENERSON: THEY

HAVE THE NEWEST UPDATED

KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE WHEN IT

COMES TO FIRE AND MEDICINE.

THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH EMT

SCHOOL. A LOT OF THEM HAVE

GOTTEN THEIR FIRE SCIENCE

DEGREES. FOR CODY MOORES, HE

SAYS THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE

WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

IN HIS CAREER. CODY MOORES: IT

CAN BE TAXING, BUT IT PAYS OFF

MANY TIMES OVER IN THE END.

IT'S WORTH EVERY SECOND.

CODY TOLD US ON TOP OF HIS

FULL- TIME JOB, HE WORKS 2-4

SHIFTS PER WEEK AT LOWER

VALLEY FIRE. AND EACH SHIFT IS

12 HOURS LONG. FIRST ON THE

WESTERN SLOPE AND LIVE IN

STUDIO IM ADRIAN THOMAS KREX 5

NEWS.

MOST LOCATIONS SHOULD BE DRY BY

MID DAY SATURDAY WITH THE

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