Forsyth County, NCWinston-Salem Journal
In every age, wherever people have built communities, the danger of fire has loomed on the periphery. Calm summer evenings and quiet wintry nights have been spliced by the sound of a fire station alarm. Men and women from all walks of life have scrambled to the call, harnessing equipment and mustering courage to rush to the aid of those in need. And the majority of those men and women are volunteers. Volunteers staffed the first fire companies in the U.S., and not much has changed … except their numbers.