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Preston Yancey Fire Company Seeking More Volunteers

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Thursday was the first day for one of Augusta County's busiest fire and rescue stations to run without help from a neighboring department.

The Preston Yancey Fire Company is now responding to calls without automatic aid from nearby "Company 10."  But Preston Yancey is getting six more paid firefighters to give them a total of 15 full-time responders.

They held a public meeting Thursday night at their Fishersville headquarters, and the subject of volunteers was a hot one.

"We're going to be running probably 1,500-2,000 calls a year," said Augusta County Battalion Chief Blake Porter.  "Very short term, it's only going to grow from there.  So to get 20 people to volunteer to handle that load to supplement the career side, it'd definitely be too much of a burden.  So we definitely need to grow that number."

Preston Yancey currently has 10 volunteers.  EMTs require seven months of training and firefighters require four to five months.

Reported by Tara Todd

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