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Desiree Seese

Jil Brooks

The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association and HelpFightFire.com say some of the most important work done at local fire stations is often behind the scenes and performed by volunteer moms. They are recognizing Jilian Brooks, who started volunteering at the Twin Valley Fire Department in Elverson, when she met her husband, Jason, in high school. Jilian and Jason married and now have two daughters, 17-year-old Michaela, who also serves as a junior firefighter, and 10-year-old Miranda. During the day, Jilian works at Little Mates Child Development Center in Morgantown and relishes the chance to host children’s tours of the fire station or teach fire safety. Jilian says that finding a balance between work, home and volunteering at the station became easier for her, once volunteering became a family affair. Similarly, Desiree Seese volunteers her time as secretary at Glenmoore Fire Company. Her husband, Jeff, is the company fire chief. They have three children, Danae, 26, Jeffrey, 16, (himself a junior firefighter) and Joella, 14. When Desiree’s not working full time as an elementary school teacher at Mary C. Howse Elementary School, in the West Chester Area School District, she’s taking graduate school classes at Immaculata University. Neil Vaughn, head of the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association’s volunteer recruitment committee, says that: “Fire companies need volunteers to do those behind-the-scenes jobs. They need volunteers who are able to take care of the books, track membership, take notes at meetings ─ so it’s not put on the laps of those doing the hard and dangerous work.” Those interested in volunteering can go to HelpFightFire.com