International Firefighters Day: Celebrating volunteers across Upper Michigan

Sands Township Fire Department Chief Thomas Wahlstrom
Sands Township Fire Department Chief Thomas Wahlstrom(WLUC)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - Wednesday is International Firefighters Day, a time to recognize those who serve in Upper Michigan.

TV6′s own Clint McLeod and Grace Blair both volunteer at fire departments in their communities.

In fact, many fire departments in the U.P. operate entirely with volunteers or partially-paid positions.

Sands Township Fire Department is one example, and it is currently in need of more volunteers.

Sands Township Fire Chief Thomas Wahlstrom said while the department is volunteer, its responders receive some pay for their time on-scene. He says the reward of joining a volunteer fire department, however, outweighs any pay.

“Being able to serve your community, making a difference to the residents around, being there for people on their hardest days typically is very rewarding to be able to help them in whatever way they can,” Wahlstrom said.

Wahlstrom said the department is looking for dependable applicants who they can rely on to be there when called.

To apply as a volunteer firefighter for the Sands Township Department, visit its website by clicking here.

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