JONES COUNTY, Miss. - In the last 24 hours, Jones County volunteer fire departments have battled one major blaze that destroyed a home, two other structure fires, two medical calls, and three fire alarm calls.
But, it is all in a day’s work for these volunteers who are prepared to put on their gear and help out their community at a moment’s notice.
Volunteer firefighter, Lance Chancellor said, "It's just one of those things that you do and you don't expect any pay for it, you don't expect any reward. But, at the end of the day that thank you, those two little words go a long way."
Although the workload may be tough, Chancellor said he loves doing what he does.
"Don't see ourselves as heroes. We're out there just doing a job that needs to be done and try to help our communities. And, help the people who are calling for help. When they call 911, they expect somebody to show up, and we're excited to do that. We have a great group of volunteer firefighters here in Jones County and across the Pine Belt," said Chancellor.
Chancellor said all of the volunteers have families and jobs that surround their daily lives, but the desire to help other people is what keeps them going.
If you would like to become a volunteer firefighter, you can call (601) 428-3187.