Posted: Jan 9, 2014 5:11 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 5:11 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A volunteer fire district in Livingston Parish needs twice the number of active volunteer firefighters they currently have, according to their chief.
Chief Joe Koczrowski says the District 5 Fire Department need about 20 more volunteers to cover the 26 square miles in their district. Volunteers answer about 2,000 calls a year in the district.
The chief says being a volunteer is a big commitment, but taking care of each other is what you do when you live in a small town.
"My whole philosophy on life is were here for a reason, and you've got to give something back, if you're not here to give something back to some other person who is in need, I cant figure out why i'm here then," he explained.
"It's good and it's bad being in a small community, because you may know somebody and you may not want to see them in that state," said volunteer Denver Ballard. "You see people in their worst, but you can also be the best thing that that person can see that day."
Training to become a volunteer firefighter takes six months. To volunteer, call Chief Koczrowski at (225) 664-1679.