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Benton County looking for volunteer firefighters

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.--  Fire season is in full swing and the number of fires so far is putting a strain on local districts.  Benton County is looking for more volunteer firefighters.

Division Chief Mike Harris, with Benton County Fire District #1, says a shortage of volunteers is a nationwide trend, with more people working second jobs or not having time to volunteer.  All six Benton County fire districts have volunteers working there.  Harris says it's a good way to give back to your community and do something exciting.  He says to think about or talk to your friends about the most exciting thing you've done all week.  Then, think about how much more exciting and fulfilling fighting fires would be.

To be a volunteer firefighter, you must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and a clean driving record.  You also must pass a background check, general aptitude test, and a physical as well as agility test.

If you're interested, call the fire administration center at 737-0911 or visit Benton County Fire District One's website.