Suffolk County (Long Island NY) has been at the forefront of volunteer fire and EMS recruitment for several years.

Thanks to a $1M+ SAFER grant, they’ve made great strides in increasing the ranks of their 109 volunteer emergency services agencies in their county.

Inquiries completed online are directed to the appropriate agency for immediate follow-up with follow-through and close tracking at the county level. Check out and see how their county has established itself as the clearinghouse for volunteer recruitment.

Their campaign is more than just a web site though, it includes print, TV, radio and interactive media — reaching out to all demographic audiences.

Congratulations to my good friend Tom O’Hara and his committee on putting together a good site and a great program. We can all learn a lot from their efforts.