In 1990, the vast majority of the East Fork Fire District's firefighters, nearly 200 strong, were volunteers. When someone's house was on fire or there was some sort of disaster the volunteers were there.
Back then people who lived in Carson Valley worked here, so they were here when something happened.
But during the 1990s the Valley changed. People got older, in part because that's who moved here, or people found jobs out side the Valley.
Meanwhile, the requirements and training for being a volunteer firefighter got a lot more stringent.
That combination cut the number of volunteers who could …