By Steve Marfongella
Baker county fire chief
A storm breaks out unexpectedly in Baker County. Lightning causes a home to catch fire. Cars crash in the blinding rain. People of all ages call for help. What would happen if no one answered the call? Who would respond to protect the lives and property of the community? Who would be there to help?
Every day in our community, the Baker County Fire Department answers the call of our families, friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. From car accidents to heart attacks, from house fires to technical rescues, the volunteers are there to protect lives and property.
Baker County Fire Department emergency responders are a special type of people, with many different reasons for answering the call of duty. Some like the challenges and the adrenaline rush, while others like to sharpen their emergency skills and techniques. Every one of them answers the call so that they can help someone in need.
Today’s emergency responders do far more than put out fires or bandage wounds. We are the first line of defense in natural and man-made disasters. We respond to vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue situations and a vast array of medical emergencies.
In response to the growing need for new volunteers, the Baker County Fire Department has initiated a recruitment campaign for interested citizens to learn how to “answer the call” and serve their community.
Please contact me at (904) 259-0231 or via e-mail here or stop by one of the stations if you see the bay doors open and speak with one of our members.
Becoming a volunteer emergency responder can be the most rewarding experience of your life, and allows you to reach out to someone in need. Together with the Baker County Fire Department you can ensure that there is always someone to “answer the call.”