BISMARCK, N.D. - They protect homes, farms, and families, and North Dakotans have voted to give something back to their volunteer first responders.
Volunteer firefighters don't get paid for their time, they don't get gas money for driving out of town to fires, but now they'll get a vehicle registration.
The new custom licenses will also double as state park passes. The Department of Transportation has 30 days to compile a list of these volunteers and design the new plates.
"They just feel an appreciation for the volunteers that go out there and do this day in, day out, really without getting compensation, and this is a way to say 'thank you' to them," said Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, Volunteer Firefighter.
The Department of Transportation estimates the program will cost the state about $3 million in revenue every two years.