Jess Tolman, the chief of the Vale Fire & Ambulance is looking for more volunteers to help beef up the ranks of his agency. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).
VALE – Jess Tolman, chief of Vale Fire & Ambulance, is looking for a few good volunteers.
So is Eric Mechanca, chief of the Nyssa Fire Department.
Menchaca and Tolman oversee largely volunteer fire departments and they face the same problem: Lack of personnel.
Tolman and Menchaca said recruiting volunteers is a constant challenge.
“We haven’t found very many willing to volunteer,” said Menchaca.
Tolman can now deploy about 16 volunteers to a blaze. Menchaca oversees 14 volunteer firefighters. Menchaca said he would a roster of 25. Tolman said he would like “about 20 or so volunteer firefighters that are available 24-7 . . .