There are only three options for communities to maintain viable emergency services: 1. Recruit and retain volunteer firefighters 2. Maintain a combination volunteer and career Fire Department 3. Hire entirely career firefighters Recruiting and retaining volunteers is obviously the most cost effective source of maintaining this service on behalf of all residents
One of the most successful programs to bolster emergency services is rooted in recruiting young volunteers. Fire Explores are those volunteers between the ages of 14 to 18. It may surprise you to learn that even those 14 to 18 years old can volunteer to join the our Explorer Post.
Volunteer emergency services is a grassroots operation. For hundreds of years, volunteer firefighters did what they had to do to provide services. When they needed something, they had a bake sale or a homemade fundraiser of some sort within the community to get the funding. It was this very thing that made them so visible,
They come from our community. They vary in age and they are both men and women. Where does the leadership come from to organize and direct this unselfish effort? It comes from within the ranks. The Chief and line officers, who are elected by their peers, have total responsibility for the safety of lives and
It’s likely that the average person in our community doesn’t know that volunteers are indeed providing their emergency fire and medical services. We influence outcomes that directly affect people’s lives by responding at a moment’s notice, whether it’s day or night, to put that fire out, to rescue that person in harm’s way, or sometimes