“All 14 of our volunteer fire companies are short-staffed,” he said. “We are all dealing with the same issues, shifting kids back and forth. It’s really hard to get volunteers.
“We need to do everything we can to help our volunteer firefighters,” Shoemaker said, because they need it.
The delegate said when he was a county commissioner, it was projected covering the costs of fire departments at the county level would cost at least $40 million per year. That was from 2010 to 2014, so he suspects it would be more now.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m here today,” he said.
The carnival will continue every day this week until Saturday.