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Vt. fire departments looking for volunteers

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NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - Many fire departments in Vermont are scrambling for volunteers, and at least one has put up signs on the sidewalk to get 10 to 15 people.

The effort is underway in Norwich. Vermont Public Radio reports Linda Cook, who became Norwich's first woman firefighter in the early 1980s, says recruiting is tough, especially since many residents leave town every day to commute to work and are dealing with their schoolchildren's activities.

Nationally, about 69 percent of firefighters are volunteers, and their numbers have been on the decline as the average age goes up.

Some departments are taking advantage of federal money to pay for signs and a recruitment video.

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