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Tiffin Fire Department needs more volunteer firefighters

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TIFFIN (KWWL) -

The City of Tiffin says as the population grows, so does the demand for firefighting and emergency services.
The Tiffin Fire Department only has about 18 volunteers on staff. Many have full-time jobs and can leave when a call comes in. However, the right conditions outside increase the chances for emergency.
“The conditions are starting to get really dry out, the temperatures are warming up, people want to get outside and do their controlled burning,” said fire chief Brian Detert. “This year and the next year we’ve go so many new developments going in that it’d really be nice to get some more community support to volunteer and help us out and be able to respond to better things.”
Controlled burning is not recommended when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning. That warning is issued when the conditions are warm, dry and winds are gusty--a combination making it favorable for any small fire to get out of control. Detert says many people aren’t aware of how fast fires can spread and how easily they can ignite, from a simple cigarette butt.
“People not within city limits, but outside city limits, they typically like to burn their trash or they want to burn off their ditch. If it's windy like this, and as dry as it is you should hold off as long as you can before you try to do them kind of things,” said Detert.
He recommends that you clear items that can catch fire from around your house like grills, lawn furniture and wood piles.
The department offers free training if selected as a volunteer firefighter.
If you’re interested visit the Tiffin City Hall, 300 Railroad Street for an application.

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