Mandan Rural Firefighters Celebrate 50 Years | VideoMichelle San Miguel | 7/8/2012
On Sunday, the department celebrated five decades of a completely volunteer service. Firefighters with the department, as well as those who work for nearby departments, were invited to Sunday`s celebration at the station.
Lynn Gustin, the chief of the department, says when the station started in 1962 it had between 40 to 50 members. These days it`s staffed with about 30.
"It`s just tough to keep volunteers and the time they put into it. Everybody`s got a busier schedule."
Gustin says he`d like to bring on another ten volunteers, but he says thanks to better technology the department doesn`t usually need the amount of people it used to.