Volunteer Fire Departments will provide the backbone of national security.

When I speak to Volunteer Fire Departments, I always tell them that I have bad news. I explain that one:  in the twenty-first century, they will continue to be greatly under-appreciated.  Second, their responsibilities will only increase because national security will increasingly fall upon their shoulders.

Our Volunteer Fire Departments will serve as the platform of national security in the twenty-first century. As I have often written about the need for economic resilience, we also need resilience to the increasing threats to our basic security. A top-down manner of defense will not suffice in the oncoming years;  the already existing infrastructure of our Volunteer Fire Departments provides the necessary flexibility and local proximity necessary to respond to a new generation of threats.

As is discussed in this article from Market to Market, volunteers make up the vast majority of our local firefighters.  As a community, we must do a better job of not only financially supporting our local volunteer fire departments, but also increasing the opportunities for them to train for their oncoming duties, inspiring a younger generation to join their ranks, and also facilitating their ability to fully engage their responsibilities to their department.


One response to “Volunteer Fire Departments will provide the backbone of national security.

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