Photo Story of Mid-Missouri Volunteer Firefighters

In Missouri, small towns rely heavily on volunteer firefighters because the budget is not enough to hire career firefighters and buy necessary equipment. Lincoln is one of the cities that all firefighters serving it are volunteers, and most of them are farmers who have to spend majority of time on their farms. 

Robert Creed, regional training coordinator at the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, teaches is teaching a rescue class at the Lincoln Community Fire Protection District on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Lincoln, Missouri. The institute teaches multiple weekend courses into rural areas.

Bob Beeson, volunteer firefighter at the Lincoln Community Fire Protection District, holds a panel to rescue someone sinking into a grain elevator on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Lincoln, Missouri. The volunteers use multiple panels to completely surround the victim so they can scoop him out of the corn.

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Clifford Yearout, volunteer firefighter at the Lincoln Community Fire Protection District, acts as a victim who has sunk into a grain elevator at the rescue training on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Lincoln, Missouri. Yearout, a second generation volunteer firefighter has been volunteering more than 20 years. 

Jonathan Evans puts on his hat and gets ready for the rescue training on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Lincoln, Missouri. Evans has been a volunteer firefighter for 16 years.