More Fire Volunteers Needed in Stroudsburg

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STROUDSBURG -- It took several volunteer fire departments hours to knock down a fire that damaged a building on Main Street in Stroudsburg last Saturday night.

Stroudsburg Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant Mehmet Barzev says that's when he realized the department could have used more help.

"You know, it's the same 15, 16 guys that are doing the whole thing so we have to call in reinforcements from all across the county. It's not uncommon to use mutual aid but to that magnitude, with small numbers to begin with, you're relying on more and more companies to come in," said Lieutenant Barzev.

After the fire, this message was posted to the department's Facebook page, asking for community members to join the ranks.

Lieutenant Barzev says even though the department can function safely with its 40 active members, they can use extra support.

"I just want to bring the community the idea that we do need help, more so than financial help, we need volunteers to come down and help put fires out," said Lieutenant Barzev.

Locally fire officials say the hope is to get more volunteers but on a state level, the goal is to get more high school students involved.

The State Senate recently approved legislation to provide firefighter training to high school students.

The pilot program would give money to three community colleges that would create partnerships with high schools.

Stroudsburg High School student Tyler Frantz is already a junior firefighter and hopes to see the program offered in Monroe County.

"The training is important. It teaches us how to survive and get people out safely without getting yourself injured," said Frantz.

If you're interested in volunteer firefighting, fire officials say the best time to go for information on training is during department drill nights.

In Stroudsburg, drill nights are held on Mondays.


  • I'll pass

    Nobody wants to take the chance of being arrested when these organizations are on the news weekly for theft, conspiracy, and arson. Who needs that headache?

    • I didn't

      Have you ever been arrested for something you didn’t do? Me neither. When people dial 911 they expect there to be fire trucks coming, not ‘hold, please, your call will be answered in the order received’. Thank goodness there are good fire departments and unselfish caring people out there that don’t have your attitude. Imagine watching your house burning down with all your possessions in it – and nobody comes to help. That day may be coming in some areas sooner than you think. I didn’t pass because I care about my community, neighbors, and those that pass through it.

      • I didn't

        Hang on there ‘I’LL JOIN’, let me find my super-suit and I’ll visit every volunteer fire company in the Commonwealth and tell them to knock off the funny business so you’ll join the ranks. Something tells me you wouldn’t join even after that because you would rather criticize than help out. Our fire company has a spotless record, we’ve turned people away and let people go because we would rather have a few good people than a lot of trouble makers. It’s OK if you don’t want to help others, we understand completely. Someone else will do what you won’t.

    • Sue

      If you don’t do any of those things the odds of being arrested for it are slim to none. Someday you’ll need help and no one will come due to a lack of volunteers. OR your taxes will increase because you will have to have a paid fire protection with all their benefits (health insurance, retirement funds etc)

      • I didn't

        Pay no attention to the trolls Sue. They are probably using their neighbors wifi too because that’s how some people are: takers, not givers. I know some lady firefighters, one of them in our area has been Chief off and on and I would say she is one on the most experienced and professional volunteers I’ve met. We have a young lady that is probationary on our team, she out works some of the guys – that’s just her character. You are correct – some people have no idea what would happen if they had to rely on paid-only departments.

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