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Calling all volunteers!

Traditionally, those seen serving fire departments and rescue squads have grown up around them, said Burl.

Burl, who has served the squad for the past nine years, said his family has been involved with volunteer service for "several generations." He recalls how he used to "hang around the firehouse" as a kid, wanting to follow in the footsteps of his family.

"I was just a little disappointed when I turned 16 and they didn't have any sort of explorer program like we fortunately have today," he said.

The explorer program, which has been in existence for the rescue squad for the past six years, introduces young adults to the world of volunteer service, said Burl. The Morrisonville fire department, and many other emergency service organizations, have similar programs. The idea is to groom them to be active volunteers when they turn 18, he said.

"It gives them an opportunity to start shadowing us and see if it's something they want to do," said Burl. "It gives the ones looking to do something an opportunity to serve."

The rescue squad and fire department, together, currently have 12 members in their explorer programs, which Burl said is "a big number nowadays." That means potentially 12 prospective members for the departments down the road.

"That's amazing because our operations really depend on volunteerism," said Burl.

And, in rescue squads and fire departments, there are many jobs to do, he added. So, even if you don't feel like you can be the one administering CPR to a patient or fighting a fire inches from a burning building, there's room to help.

"There's a job for everybody," said Burl. "We do public education and awareness events. Even if you're not sure about doing something directly, if you just want to be a part of it, we'll have something for you. All you have to do is stop by or call. If you see a vehicle here, if you see the lights on, stop in."

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