Applegate Valley fire district seeks volunteers

MEDFORD — Applegate Valley fire district officials are trying to recruit volunteer firefighters as older volunteers cut back on their service, creating gaps at some of the district’s seven fire stations.

District operations chief Chris Wolfard indicates in a letter being sent out to the public that the goal is to add at least two firefighters to each fire station, according to the Mail Tribune. The district is launching its annual recruiting drive.

“It is a fact that some of our stations, on occasion, do not or cannot respond to 911 calls, the cause being the stations not having enough volunteers to ensure a response 24/7,” the letter states.

Applegate Valley volunteers tend to be older because of demographics in the district, where 24 percent of the 10,000-resident population is 60 or older and 19 percent is 30 or younger.