Heart of the Midstate: Volunteer firefighters need your help

ABC27’s Christine McLarty introduces us to the Grantville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Saul Schmolitz.

The Grantville Carnival begins Wednesday and the volunteer firefighters need your help. All proceeds form the food, games and music goes towards the operations costs of the Grantville Volunteer Fire Company through the year. Today we’re introducing you to one man who has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years, since the age of 13.

In this week’s Heart of the Midstate, we’re taking you for a behind the scenes sneak peak at the carnival fairgrounds on opening day. We’re also chatting with the Grantville Fire Department Chief, Saul Schmolitz, about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter.

Schmolitz said their department has 15 active volunteers, most of whom volunteer 30-40 hours a week on top of their full time jobs. He said no matter what township you live in it’s important to reach out to your local volunteer fire department to see if you could donate a few hours of your time to help. You don’t have to rush into a burning building, he said a lot of times they need help with administration and behind-the-scenes operations too. Schmolitz said the reward you get from helping your community is the best feeling in the world.

Schmolitz said the Grantville Carnival takes 120 volunteers to run each night. He said if you don’t want to volunteer year-round at least support and attend local events like this. The Carnival is Wednesday-Saturday. To learn more about what bands are playing, parking, food, etc. click the organizations website here.

According to their website, admission to the Grantville Carnival is free Wednesday and Thursday with a $5.00 admission Friday and Saturday.

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