Out of the 13 fire departments in Marion County, 12 are volunteer departments. Funding for these fire departments come from grants and donations.
The Marion County Commission has awarded the 12 volunteer fire departments $18,000 each. The money will be used for equipment, truck payments, and more.
"It shows us as volunteer firemen that the county is finally come to the point to recognize that we are a vital part of the community. We support the community and we need this kind of funding to help us continue to do our job day to day," said Winfield District Assistant Fire Chief Mark Niggemyer.
"It may only take an hour to put a fire out, but it takes three hours to put the department back together. Those types of little things are just as important as people that are willing to go through 120 hours of training to become a firefighter," Niggemyer said, "maybe this a way the community will see that the commission is supporting the county and maybe people will come out and help us do those medial tasks."
The volunteer fire departments that received funding were Valley VFD, Barrackville VFD, Monongah VFD, Farmington VFD, Worthington VFD, Bunner's Ridge VFD, Rivesville VFD, Winfield WVF, Grant Town VFD, Fairview VFD, Boothsville VFD, and Mannington VFD.
Volunteer fire departments said they always need volunteers, not just to fight fires, but to help clean up once they return to the station.