Volunteer Fire Crews Honored in Virginia this Week

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Fire Programs is recognizing all of the men and women who help people as volunteer fire fighters.

The president of the River Heads Volunteer Fire Department is explaining just how much volunteers work on top of other jobs.

The department is only 2 years old with about forty volunteers that sign up for 12 hour shifts of 6 hour shifts, depending on their schedules.

Often, volunteers work at other paid fire departments, so they're already career fire fighters..

Volunteers at the River Heads Volunteer Fire Department also help as needed in other areas, such as Stuarts Draft.

They primarily serve the Greenville community in Augusta county and Mcneal said they try to have the department manned twenty four hours a day, 7 days a week.

"Well you're helping the public, that's what we're here for, we love to do it. If we didn't love to do it we wouldn't be doing it because we are volunteer," said Jeremy McNeal.

Mcneal said they'd like for volunteers to start work with CPR training, as well as EMT training among other things.

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