Volunteer Firefighting: The Professional Volunteer Fire Department: Recruitment

By Thomas A. Merrill If your volunteer fire department is like mine, you could always use more members. Like most, it can prove very difficult to attract new members. Even harder sometimes is retaining them once you have them. We must make the most of every opportunity to attract and retain members. Let's talk about recruiting. What can we do? I firmly believe that one of the best ways to recruit new members is through word of mouth. Friends bring in friends just like family can bring in family. Talk it up! Sure, ad campaigns might work, as well posters and other announcements. But my department has had tremendous success talking it up face to face with people throughout our community. TA...

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