The role of a firefighter has evolved in recent years. As well as fires, crashes, natural disasters and cats stuck up trees, these days firefighters also respond to thousands of medical events every year. The increased responsibility has resulted in some fire crews experiencing more demand than ever before. Volunteer firefighters are often part of the backbone of many rural and smaller towns, but what happens when people move away or go elsewhere for work? Reporter Kiri Gillespie investigates.

Bay of Plenty fire crews are struggling to respond to a soaring number of emergencies as fewer volunteers are available during

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Got what it takes? Volunteer firefighters must: