Seymour Volunteer Fire Department needs more volunteers

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department needs more volunteers, donations

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Like many other volunteer departments, they say they're always in need of help. Like many other volunteer departments, they say they're always in need of help.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) - A steady increase in calls has the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department asking for your help with more volunteers and donations.

Like many other volunteer departments, they say they're always in need of help, but even more so now because their coverage area is growing in population, and warmer weather means more transportation accidents to respond to.

One of the department's volunteers is 18-year-old Jason Flanigan. He's a senior at South Doyle High School and plans to be a fourth generation firefighter.

"My family is very proud," Flanigan said.

He helps out about four times a week after school.

"I love it. It's a different experience from anything else. Every call is different, dramatic, you never know what you're going to walk up on," Flanigan said.

He says the growing department needs more help.

"I think if you live in the community, you ought to step up and serve the community in some kind of way," Flanigan said.

"Our call volume has just continually increased every year I've been here," said John Linsenbigler, the department's executive administrator.

Linsenbigler says they cover an area almost as large as Knoxville firefighters do, but depend solely on volunteers. They're looking for at least 20 more people to help with all areas.

"With running 140 calls this past month, 65 of those in Knox County, and around 60 in Sevier County, and some in Blount County, it wears you down," Linsenbigler said.

He says the department was given a four year grant to help recruit and retain firefighters, like Matthew Geagley.

"I believe in helping my community. I've been doing this for 11 years. Back when I was a young child, my house burnt down and this is a way that I can repay that, by being a firefighter myself and helping people who are in need," Geagley said.

In addition to volunteers, the department also relies mainly on donations to get by.

The annual spring boot drive is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Chapman and Boyds Creek Highways.

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