02/01/11 132 W - + 1 - 3 Morrisville Offers Volunteers Stipend to Attract Interest

As this Cary News story reports, the Morrisville Town Council last Tuesday voted to offer a $50 stipend to each volunteer firefighter per 12-hour shift. The town and its fire department are trying to attract more volunteers. They have eight on the roster these days, cites the story. That's a far cry from the all-volunteer force of fifty years ago. The Morrisville Fire Department hired its first paid staff in 1988, which consisted of six part-time members including current Fire Chief Todd Wright. Today, the department has some 40 career members staffing three stations. In addition to stipends, the town is offering free memberships to a local "aquatic and fitness center" as well as an opportunity for possible employment as a full-time firefighter. Read the story.

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