Dunn County Relies on Volunteers in High Fire Danger
Dunn County has been in a burn ban since May first, and the fire danger right now is higher than it's been all year.
Ryan Hauck has been a volunteer firefighter for around seven years.
He is also a full-time county worker with the road department.
"They let me go whenever the tones go off, no matter what equipment I'm in... " says Hauck.
This new water truck is used to help with dust control in the area, but Ryan has his radio on, ready to be called at a moment notice for any fires that may come up.
"We've been really lucky so far this year, we've only responded to a handful of grass fires, but people have been cautious and safe." says Hauck.
He is one of around 35 to 40 volunteer firefighters in Dunn county which has an overall increase in emergency calls.
It might be extra work being on call, but born and raised in Dunn Center, he's making it his business to protect the people and area he's grown up with.
"The biggest thing I've ever gotten is a thank you, and as you can tell it's very emotional and rewarding for me, I don't care if I get paid, I don't care what happens as long as somebody can sleep at night, knowing that somebody's been taken care of, when those tones go off, we respond and we take care of our community." says Ryan Hauck, Dunn Co. Fire volunteer
Hauk is also a volunteer with the ambulance squad and says 100 calls a year used to be considered a lot.
Now they're pushing around 300 calls a year.
He says drivers should safely pull over in both lanes, when an emergency vehicle has its lights on.
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