The Big Country is home to quite a few volunteer fire departments, so we'd like to take a moment to honor these selfless heroes.

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As a matter of fact, volunteers make up the majority of fire service in the United States, according to

Volunteer emergency responders make up 73% of the fire service throughout the US. The volunteer emergency service is an extremely valuable national resource, protecting neighbors and saving taxpayers money.

From Rotan down to Lake Brownwood and Nolan to Huckabay, volunteer fire departments are all over our area. That means there are a ton of volunteer firefighters that strap on the gear out of mere selflessness, so let's show them how much we appreciate what they do for our communities.

Please take a moment to submit a photo and a few comments about a volunteer firefighter in your life and we'll add them to our Hall of Heroes and also give them some love on our radio shows.

If you have the commitment and motivation to make your community a better place, consider volunteering with your local fire or EMS department. []

If you'd like to become a volunteer firefighter, you can apply online here. While being a volunteer firefighter is not a paid position, there are some fire departments that provide stipends or even reimburse certain expenses.

Then again, "volunteer" is in the name and you're doing it for the community, not a paycheck.

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