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Volunteer firefighters urgently needed in Pitt County and other areas

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The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs is launching an urgent volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign across fourteen North Carolina departments and associations, including Pitt County.

More than 80% of North Carolina firefighters are volunteers, and officials say the need for volunteers is always in high demand.

Since 2020, North Carolina has lost almost 5,000 volunteer firefighters, and officials say that makes this recruitment effort more critical than ever.

Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities – from operational firefighters to administrative personnel – who are willing and able to respond to emergencies when needed.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.