Texoma Volunteer Fire Department Looking to Increase Numbers

Texoma Volunteer Fire Department Looking to Increase Numbers

The Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department is looking for new recruits. 
     "If they want to serve the community this is probably the best way to do it," Lieutenant Robert Wade said. 
     The department currently has 28 volunteers, but would like to raise that number to 35. 
     Burkburnett VFD serves a response area of 127 square miles that includes the Cashion Community and areas in Clay County. 
     It's part of the 77 percent of volunteer fire departments across the state of Texas.
     That's something Wade is proud of. 
     "I've always wanted to do it, since high school. I did the junior program in Clay County, then came over to Burkburnett and actually thought it was a paid fire department," Wade said. 
     He's been with the department since July of 2009 and is hoping seven more firefighters can help when it comes to battling those flames. 
     "It allows more firefighters on the scene, especially at house fires because it takes a lot to work on a house fire. If you have the same guys that keep showing up, you're just wearing them out easily, so the more you have, the better you can refresh those guys and put more guys in," Wade said. 
     While volunteering as a firefighter benefits the community, Wade said this program offers key training one could use to become a career fireman, and it's offered free of charge. 
     "They're getting experience, they're getting their certifications and it's free. You don't have to go to school and pay for it. Then you can get a career after that. Some of our guys have done that. I'm in the process of doing that," Wade said. 
     Once the academy is completed, volunteers are considered a Firefighter 1, which is one step closer to becoming a career fireman. 
     If you're interested in applying, you can head to burkfire.org, call (940) 569-3553 or stop by the station on Tommy Thornton Way.
     Wade said the department would like interviews to be complete by the first Thursday in December. The academy will begin in January 2016, it runs three to six months. 
     The Burkburnett VFD also has a program for those looking to help behind the scenes. It's called Fire Corp. The department is hoping to add more members to that roster as well.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6