LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Little Mountain Fire Department volunteers were recognized recently by the Mayor Jana Jayroe and the town council for their service to the community and the county.
A resolution was unanimously adopted for International Firefighter’s Day and presented to Chief Gerald Stoudemire and Assistant Chiefs Michael Chapman, Cody Dominick and Jerome Caughman.
Jayroe and council expressed their strong support and grateful appreciation by recognizing their “neighbors and friends who take the firefighter’s role unselfishly and who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.”
Last year more than 100 responses were made to fires and vehicular accidents in and around Little Mountain by the 27 member firefighter group. Also, the volunteer organization responds through mutual aid agreements to requests from seven other contiguous counties.
Volunteer firefighters are not compensated, but dedicate many hours of training and service to the citizens of the community and county. Stoudemire said the biggest challenge for volunteer fire departments like Little Mountain is the funding to maintain the fire department operations as the county does not fully fund their operation.
Local fire insurance rates are lower because of the quick and effective responsive of volunteer firefighters, Stoudemire said.