Issue 12 and Volume 144.

MUTUAL-AID GROUPS VOLUNTEERS CORNER In the past many departments were reluctant to request aid from neighboring departments; it meant that the department was weak, ill-equipped, or unable to handle an emergency. But with issues such as budgets and manpower constraints came a change in thinking, as departments now try to find new ways to do more with less. One of the most logical solutions— mutual aid—often is overlooked or not used to its potential. W ith a strong mutual-aid organization, departments can band together into a more effective and cohesive unit A well-managed mutual-aid organization can he a positive addition to all participating departments. SIZE The size of your mutual-aid group is important to its success. A small group may not have enough resources to handle what it wants to accomplish A large group may have too many conflicting resources. The size of the group depends on several factors One…

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