2015 CTCC Project of the Year
Volunteer Firefighter Initiative
THE PROBLEM: There has been a serious decrease among volunteer firefighters all across the nation. Statewide, volunteers declined from 300,000 in 1970 to just 50,000 today and in Pennsylvania, more than 96% of our fire firefighters are volunteers. In 2004 Butler County had 34 volunteer fire companies. Today we have 31 and the average age of volunteers is on the rise. The decline among volunteer firefighters has led to higher home insurance rates resulting from increased demands on volunteers.