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It was the beginning of a great banquet. Friends and supporters of the Springhill Fire Dept. came from near and far to its annual banquet at the hall and were greeted by smiling faces, hearty laughs and the aroma of a good meal.
But as the snow fell, no one knew better than the spouses the volunteers who make up the Springhill Fire Dept. could be called out at any moment. Many suspected it was just a matter of time before they would be called to an MVA (that's motor vehicle accident for the uninitiated). You could see their eyes scan the room whenever a phone rang
There had been some tense times and tough days within the department and a number of calls in the New Year made it evident the department needs more volunteers if it is to remain sustainable.
Sure enough, just as dessert was making the rounds, a phone rang and pagers buzzed. Without a moment of hesitation the volunteers, decked out in their finest, made a beeline for the trucks, ditched their suit jackets for the familiar yellow fire jackets and prepared to move out. A suspected fire at the gymnasium of the Springhill Institution had become more pressing than finishing the last mouthfuls of apple and blueberry pie.
And with that they were gone. No perfromance awards would be presented. No bars representing years of service could be adorned. The few volunteers present at the annual banquet were now gone.
Springhill has a long road ahead if it is to rebuild the fire dept. to its former glory. With these changing times the face of volunteers, too, is changing. As noted by Fire Chief Thomas Corkin, Springhill already has an excellent hall and excellent equipment and the existing volunteers are some of the finest folks you could ever ask for to show up when your home is on fire. But they need more and there are a lot of other fine people in Springhill who could join their ranks.
Theirs is an effort to save lives, save homes and save their community one call at a time by putting their own lives on the frontline of danger.
If you've ever dreamed of being a firefighter or want to make a significant difference in your community stop wondering about it and make the call.

Organizations: Springhill Fire Dept., Springhill Institution

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