NEWS: Silver Creek NY May Merge Fire/EMS

According to an article in the Dunkirk Observer posted at www.eriecountyfireblotter.com; it appears that the Village of Silver Creek in Chautauqua County NY are talking of combining fire and EMS services under one roof: the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Here’s why ...

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Recruitment Goes Statewide in NY

Congratulations to the members of FASNY’s Recruitment and Retention Committee for being proactive and planning a statewide recruitment effort for April 9 and 10, 2011. They’re promoting the simple concept of each volunteer fire department hosting an open house that weekend and have backed ...

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Can you afford to live without a live-in?

As many volunteer fire departments struggle to maintain adequate staffing, there’s still a long-standing solution available that is often overlooked. Like many of the challenges we face, the solution to inadequate staffing may require more imagination and sheer will than it ...

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Tempering Turmoil

As many communities are asking lots of questions and weighing the costs – and the value – of their volunteer fire service, this columnist offers what I think is one of the most balanced news editorials I’ve seen about the volunteer fire service ...

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Valuing Volunteers

The organization IndependentSector.org released a document identifying the value of volunteers in America. The study indicates that the average value of a volunteer’s time was $20.85 per hour in 2009. According to the report, that number was as high as $28.52 ...

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Make the Right Investments

Is it just me, or does any one else smell opportunity? You say you don't have enough volunteers? Here's an idea, take those donations and invest them in a VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN!!!! As I've spoke and written of many times before, why is it that we spend the thousands and sometimes millions of dollars to support the inanimate objects of our jobs that are entirely useless without the proper quantity and quality of firefighters to operate them?

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Roll With It!

"Roll With It!" is a part music video, part movie trailer --- full-on high energy - high impact web site for the recruitment of emergency services personnel.

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Reporter Takes Test Drive of Firefighter Training

Check out this reporter’s experience as he dons a firefighter’s gear and learns about the life of a volunteer. Training shows reporter how much volunteer figherfighters deal with: http://journalstar.com/news/local/article_23a66580-50c4-11df-b21a-001cc4c03286.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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A Touch of Gray

As I wrote in "From the X-Box to the Box Alarm" --- This demo includes settled homeowners; their kids are growing to an age of independence; focused on giving back; perhaps even looking for an outlet – or just an excuse to get out of the house.

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The Art of Speed-Recruiting

If you had just 30 seconds to convince someone why they should join your volunteer fire department, what would you say?  What would your message be? Do you have a standard sales pitch that you use for just such occasions? ...

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