PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pennsylvania state senator is worried about a decline in the number of volunteers at fire stations.

Sen. Randy Vulakovich said Wednesday that the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania is 50,000, down from 300,000 four decades ago.

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The Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh reports that Vulakovich says the state needs to form a strategy to boost the number of volunteer firefighters.

Vulakovich, of Allegheny County, is chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

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Vulakovich made the comments during a hearing at the Adamsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company, about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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