- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Lafayette County Fire Department wants money to hire six new employees because leaders say it’s getting harder to recruit volunteers.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/29oHYUO ) that Deputy Fire Chief Wes Anderson asked county supervisors for more than $334,000 to make the hires.

Anderson says people who wanted to volunteer years ago would show up at the fire department and hop on a truck. Today, state law requires volunteers to undergo 80 hours of firefighter training.

Many of the department’s 100 or so volunteers are aging or are University of Mississippi students or off-duty Oxford firefighters.

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