Firefighters who work in volunteer fire departments still have to fulfill training requirements in order to be at the scene of an emergency call.
We spoke to the Assistant Fire Chief in Ayden who says all members of the department must have a set amount of training before driving a fire engine or equipment truck-- because of the danger they poses to themselves, passengers and other motorists.
According to the U.S Firefighter Association, Each year it's estimated 100 firefighters are killed while on duty and tens of thousands are injured. In the last ten years over 225 firefighters have been killed in the line of duty, mostly due to vehicle crashes.
In many fire departments, EMS calls account for between 50 and 80 percent of emergency call volume. These incidents result in only 3 percent of firefighter fatalities.
Of those firefighters killed while en route to an incident, 85 percent were volunteers.
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