Every June the Ft. Mitchell Fire Department hosts its BBQ. The men and women who volunteer at the department are an asset to the community.
"These guys and these women out here are doing this for free. You know they don't get paid for it, they don't get reimbursed, as a matter of fact, it usually costs people to volunteer," says Bob Franklin.
The fire department asks Russell County residents to pay 40 dollar dues to keep the department running. Bob Franklin says it's better than the alternative.
"Without the fire department, most people's insurance rates are going to double or triple for their homeowners insurance from what they are paying now."
Volunteer firefighters can be first responders in rural communities. They can help avert even bigger disasters.
"Last night actually there was a small fire on my road and to have them come and be able to help save a woman's house was amazing," says Brandi Moore.
The firefighters volunteer for many different reasons, Fire Chief Joshua Brown says it has always been a part of his family.
"I just love to help and growing up with my dad being in the fire department, I can't get ride of it. I'm hooked."
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