{FD} Pennsylvania grapples with critical firefighter shortage; is your state next?

AƂ generational decline in volunteerism brought about a public safety crisis in Pennsylvania, with the number of volunteer firefighters reaching startling lows. More than 90 percent of the state's fire companies are volunteer, and since the 1970's the number of volunteer firefighters has declined by 88 percent. State officials warn the rest of the country could find themselves in a similar position very soon, as roughly 70 percent of the nation's fire departments rely on volunteers.