With volunteer firefighter numbers dwindling across the state and nation, the town of Croydon, New Hampshire has found itself questioning how to better serve its residents after its full-time service provider increased its fees.
The town is currently served by a small volunteer force that remains unpaid due to the state’s non-profit laws, though the majority of the town’s calls are handled by Newport Fire & EMS.
Newport Fire & EMS has served Croydon – along with the towns of Goshen and half of Sunapee – for more than a decade, but the Newport selectboard voted just last month to increase its fees to outside towns.
That change resulted in an increase of more than $26,000 for the town of Croydon, prompting concern among the town’s selectboard that its volunteer staff won’t be able to handle a potential lack of support from Newport. The selectboard plans to meet with volunteer firefighters during an upcoming non-public meeting.