Day in the life of a Houston County volunteer firefighter

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REHOBETH, Ala. (WTVY) -- Have you ever thought about volunteering for a fire department?

Last week, we told you that Houston County has a desperate need.

Todd Phillips has been volunteering since he could remember, he saw his dad in action.

And it's something he says, any one of us can do.

He is a captain with the Dothan Fire Department.

But during his off time, he's home in Rehoboth.

"I see the need in this community."

Between work, family, and baseball with his son; He still finds the time to volunteer.

He says, "I grew up in the fire department, so I am fulfilling a family tradition."

It all started with his dad,

"He was a volunteer in Wicksburg for many years."

EMA director Chris Judah says,
"When the call comes in, people expect a response."

Judah is looking for more recruits for the 17 fire departments in Houston County.

"These people are putting their lives on the line."

Phillips says they have around 12 active volunteers in Rehobeth.

"It becomes a priority."

Rehobeth Fire responded to around 200 fire calls and 450 EMA calls in 2017.

"Structure fires, vehicle fires, outdoor fires."

Whatever it is, they're ready.

But he says, you don’t have to fight fires to give your time.

They need people to work in the office as well.

"Everyone is so busy but to see these people come in here and give their time for free, it's impressive."

If you want to volunteer, all you have to do is contact Houston County EMA.

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