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Coronavirus Creates Risks for Volunteer Departments

Volunteers are taking extra steps to prevent exposure to COVID-19, but fear cases could diminish limited resources, reports WHAS 11 ABC.

According to the US Fire Administration, 76.1% of Kentucky and 74.2% of Indiana fire departments are “volunteer” departments, while about 14% of departments in both states are also considered “mostly volunteer.”

Now, places like the Ballardsville firehouse are under strict regulations for its paid and volunteer firefighters.

Volunteers are hard to come by. If one gets coronavirus, and others are around them, CDC guidelines require quarantine. In a tight knit community, that could limit resources in an instant