LABELLE- At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, firefighters from LaBelle Station 1 and Pioneer Station 5 responded to a structure fire off Lakeview Avenue, in the Pioneer fire district.
"We are thankful for their skilled and swift response," said one neighbor. "They prevented it from spreading, the damage was at least controlled. It is a close community, we always try to help each other out here."
Volunteer emergency responders, especially firefighters, are imperative in rural Hendry County. However, while it is a rewarding experience and an extraordinary way to serve the community, it does take enormous amounts of dedication and also sacrifice. The pay received isn’t much, considering the amount these public servants give.
According to the state Fire Marshal: “Approximately 12 million Florida citizens depend on volunteer firefighters to protect their community. To keep these residents safe, it's critical that individuals volunteer for local departments. More than 315 departments throughout Florida utilize volunteers to sustain operations.”
Our local firefighters work and train hard, to be able to perform safely on scene during an emergency. Training includes pulling heavy fire hoses, opening and closing fire hydrants, driving and operating fire apparatus, carrying tools, carrying or moving equipment, directing traffic, manning a resource pool, and more. Both mental and physical stamina are necessary traits. They also need to be able to work together as a team.
"The fire crews worked together to control and extinguish the fire," LaBelle Fire Department reported.