Rehoboth Beach Vol. Fire Co. Looking for New Members

Tuesday, 08 November 2011

By Andrew Koch, WGMD News

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company takes great pride in keeping residents of and visitors to “The Nation’s Summer Capital” safe, which it’s been doing since 1906. Now, the fire company is looking for new members who can carry on that duty.

The company has announced the launch of a membership drive looking for new firefighters, as well as its new Fire Corps. program, looking for members who can help with the company’s administrative duties, such as data entry, community outreach and education, fundraising, maintenance and helping with community and fire company events. Jones says the company is looking for younger members because older members like him are “waning.”

Sen. George Bunting and Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, who attended the Nov. 8 press conference at the company’s main fire hall in downtown Rehoboth Beach, both spoke about how volunteer fire companies can be assets to their communities. Bunting spoke about how in the beach area, there are lots of younger, active retirees who want to be involved in their communities. Jones says the company wants to tap into the talent of those retirees who live in the Rehoboth area.

 Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper, who’s been a lifetime member of the fire company since 1973, spoke about how serving as a volunteer firefighter is a great opportunity to meet new people and start new friendships. Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson expressed her appreciation for the fire company, which helped save her mother’s life when she had a serious medical issue about a year ago (Hanson’s mother has since passed away), and was impressed with the teamwork the volunteers displayed in working with other agencies to respond to that emergency. She says starting next year, the town will publish a newsletter for residents, and will feature articles about the Rehoboth Fire Company in the hope of encouraging residents to donate more to the company so the town can pay its fair share.

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