Henry County leaders say like many places, people aren't helping volunteer fire and rescue departments like before.
They're is planning to hire 13 new rescue staff. Eight of those are firefighters, four supervisors and one training officer.
They will be stationed throughout the county and could do work from this fire station in Ridgeway.
Right now the volunteer staff allows the Henry County Public Safety department to store two trucks here.
The board of supervisors approved the proposal for the new positions yesterday.
It's now in the hands of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA to grant more than a million dollars to cover the jobs.
County leaders say it's good to have more first responders on staff, but blame the economy for the dwindling number of volunteers.
"We are suffering like a lot of localities, a decrease in volunteers. Probably the biggest reason in Henry County we have a decrease in volunteers is because so many of our jobs have left and people who live here now have to commute to Roanoke, Greensboro, Danville, and during that commute they lose a lot of their personal time," said Rodney Howell, the Henry County Director of Public Safety.
The county has more than 300 volunteers but not all of those are active.
Henry County also has two paid EMTs, Emergency Medical Technicians. The new staff will serve as backup EMT's if needed.