Hayward Fire Department Needs Volunteers

Building Pool of Volunteers in Case of Emergency

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The Hayward Fire Department hosted the first–ever volunteer recruiting event Thursday afternoon.

Authorities there are hoping to build a base of volunteers in advance, so they have a larger pool to pull from and assist emergency responders in the event of a disaster.

“It’s not that the people don’t want to volunteer, but they want to volunteer if there is an event scheduled here, or if a disaster happens then they’re there to volunteer,” explained AmeriCorps member Anne Marie Swanson.

The idea for the event was triggered after last September’s flood in Hayward.

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