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Va. group looks for way to boost volunteer firefighter ranks

The number of firefighters in Virginia declined to about 26,500 in 2010, from 27,000 in 2009, and 27,600 in 2008, according to surveys by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Volunteers made up about 63 percent of the state's firefighting force during those years.

Tags: Virginia Fire Chiefs Association , Botetourt County , Rich Burch , U.S. Department of Homeland Security , firefighters

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