Lancaster County had 600 volunteer firefighters three decades ago. Today, the number is less than half that.
In the past four years, 184 volunteers have left, and just 147 new ones have joined.
If that trend continues, there’s big trouble ahead for taxpayers, worries Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Fire Rescue.
“We’re hanging in there,” Player said, “but it’s astounding when you look at the numbers.”