As volunteer fire cavalry wanes, quick response hinges on a core of paid staff

fr firefightersWaynesville town leaders heard something they didn’t necessarily want to hear last week.

EMS costs throw a wrench in Jackson budget talks

jacksonAmbulance service in Jackson County could more than double in cost to taxpayers if commissioners decide to fund the full $1.4 million budget requested by Harris Regional Hospital.

Emergency management changes move forward

haywoodHaywood County is continuing with efforts to update and improve its emergency management ordinance — a local regulation that came under fire last year by a group of residents who thought the language violated their constitutional rights.

Franklin hires new fire chief

maconKevin Rohrer, a captain with Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department, has been hired as Franklin’s fulltime fire chief to replace former interim chief Warren Cabe.

Public hearing set for emergency management changes

haywoodIt’s been a year since the Haywood County commissioners agreed to make changes to the county’s emergency management ordinance to tone down some overbearing language that didn’t sit well with an adamant group of civil liberty watchdogs.

Desperate for recruits, volunteer firefighters hope to change the perception that their brotherhood is a boys’ club

fr fire2Despite the stereotype of volunteer firefighters as Type A alpha males, knowing your Nascar drivers and driving a pick-up truck isn’t a prerequisite for being a volunteer firefighter.

When duty calls: A critical shortage of volunteer firefighters threatens a time-honored American tradition

coverLittle boys worship them. Bruce Springsteen memorialized them. The helpless count on them. 

Volunteer firefighters are a symbol of American strength and determination, pillars in their community who answer the call of duty when friends and neighbors need them most.

SEE ALSO: Desperate for recruits, volunteer firefighters hope to change the perception that their brotherhood is a boys’ club

Emergency animal clinic to open this spring in Waynesville

animal controlPet owners in the western counties will soon have a shorter drive to tackle when their furry charges are in need of emergency medical care. Junaluska Animal Hospital plans to open the first after-hours clinic west of Asheville in Waynesville on March 28.

New EMS base to create centralized public safety campus in Haywood

fr EMSA comprehensive public safety campus is coming into shape in Haywood County with the construction of a new EMS and emergency management headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.

Swain celebrates new emergency service structures

fr helipadTwo newly completed infrastructure projects in Swain County are welcome additions for the emergency services staff.

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