The dramatic increase in fire calls has culminated in an intense strain on departments and higher than normal pressure on the countyâ€™s volunteer fleet. Members of the countyâ€™s District 8 Volunteer Fire Department say firefighters feel a mix of emotions while on the frontline.
â€œWhen youâ€™re in front of that fire, youâ€™re scared and youâ€™re excited all at one time,â€ said Jason Lord, a lieutenant with the department. Lord is a member of a select crew who shares a common bond and commitment with other county firefighters.
Heâ€™s a volunteer battling blazes in an exceptional year that has culminated in a dramatic spike in the number of fires ripping through Chaves County.
Where Lordâ€™s department of about 20 members differs, is that itâ€™s comprised of Roswell Correctional Center prison inmates. District 8 was established in Login to read more