How to get local volunteers?
I'm with a combination paid/vol department, and lately we've been having problems finding volunteers who live in district. We've kept the roster full with volunteers from the city next door, but for obvious reasons this isn't the preferred way of doing things. About 1/2 of the department actually lives within the response area, while the rest come down for their scheduled EMS on call or for fire on call that they've signed up for and stay the night. During the daytime especially, this causes problems as those who do live in district are still at work and are too far away to respond on a regular basis.
What are some ways you all have found and kept quality local recruits? The village itself is a suburb, with the expected suburbian demographic - heavy on the middle and upper class, and most work in the city during the day. What are some ways you've found to get those groups to volunteer?
Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!