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Jodi Wambeke, a coordinator with Willmar Early Childhood Initiative, gets her first look Wednesday at the children's book "Firefighters: On call for their community." The book, published by the Willmar Early Childhood Initiative and the Southwest Initiative Foundation, paints a portrait of the life of an on-call firefighter and also provides fire safety information for families. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Early Childhood Initiative, SW Initiative develop kids book about rural firefighters

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WILLMAR -- More than 4 out of 5 fire departments use on-call and volunteer firefighters rather than full-time career employees and protect half of the population of the United States.

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A new book, "Firefighters: On call for their community,'' published by the Willmar Early Childhood Initiative and the Southwest Initiative Foundation, colorfully and factually tells the story about a community's on-call firefighters, and provides fire safety information for children and families.

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