Dedication or Motivation?

By David Mellen With the diminishing numbers of volunteers in this country, some departments have found themselves in one of the most dangerous situations they can face: responding to calls on a consistent basis with minimal manpower, lack of equipment, and the realization that they are going to have to make do with what they have. Recruitment and retention has been a hot topic for volunteer fire departments in years past and promises to be an ongoing issue for some time. While some departments have a waiting list to join, others have monthly open houses and place banners in front of the station reading: “Volunteers needed”. Many have blamed the diminishing numb...

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