Peal River County volunteer firefighters appreciation luncheon

Published 3:49 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Exactly 88 percent of firefighter service in Pearl River County is done by volunteer workers. In 2022, those volunteers answered 2,536 out of the 3,118 total calls (81 %). Across the United States, 65 percent of firefighters are volunteers and 1.1 million of those volunteers save nearly $37 billion for taxpayers annually. This past Saturday, Pearl River County Emergency Manager Shawn Wise and the American Red Cross hosted a Volunteer Firefighter Appreciation Luncheon. Wise and Pearl River County District Five Supervisor Sandy Kane gave short speeches, stating the facts and the impacts volunteers have on our community. There was a huge turnout for this event After that, door prizes were given out. Wise said in the coming years there may be an awards event for volunteer workers.