Searching for firefighters
The number of volunteer firefighters serving in the U.S. has declined 14 percent over the past 28 years. At Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue, it’s worse, having plummeted a staggering 70 percent since 1993. Such statistics suggest the historical model for staffing rural fire departments has seen its day, particularly in Coupeville. But there are examples that indicate otherwise, giving hope that volunteer fire departments can survive.