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    My department is the only department left in our county staffed 100% by volunteers (except the paramedic unit which consists of two paid people during the day) And the number of younger members is very low. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to recruit younger members.

    P.S. the rest of the county has career personnel running at least an engine and ambulance out of a station. Thus most of the younger people in our county do not realize we are volunteers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktstull View Post
    most of the younger people in our county do not realize we are volunteers.
    Just a thought, but ya might want to fix that. Get out and be seen in the town. Ruritan, Rotary, chamber of commerce meetings are great ways to educate influential people in your area. Get into the high school on career days. Try talking to the boy scouts. Have an open house centered around a young person theme. The FD will sell itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer534 View Post
    Just a thought, but ya might want to fix that. Get out and be seen in the town. Ruritan, Rotary, chamber of commerce meetings are great ways to educate influential people in your area. Get into the high school on career days. Try talking to the boy scouts. Have an open house centered around a young person theme. The FD will sell itself.
    Hopefully in the comming year we will be doing more of this. The only problem is that the High school is not our first due so many of the people there join the department that IS first due there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktstull View Post
    My department is the only department left in our county staffed 100% by volunteers (except the paramedic unit which consists of two paid people during the day) And the number of younger members is very low. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to recruit younger members.

    P.S. the rest of the county has career personnel running at least an engine and ambulance out of a station. Thus most of the younger people in our county do not realize we are volunteers.
    Step 1: Inform them.

    This can be done through an article in the local paper, or ecen somethinga s simple as lettering on the side of the truck "Still 100% Volunteer"

    Step 2: Determine what your fire department hasd to offer young people.

    Challeneg. Teamwork. Comrade. Look at your department and determine what you have to offer in terms of Maslov's Hieracrchy of Needs (Research project).

    Step 3: Determine who in your community may be interested in joining based on what you have to offer and who may be lloking to fufill one of Maslov's needs.

    Step 4: Determine where you can find these people in your community.

    Step 5: Develop a short message to catch thier attention.

    Step 6: Deliver the message to where they are.
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    A couple of "volunteer firefighters wanted" banners might help spread awareness (there probably should always be something like that at your station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktstull View Post
    Hopefully in the comming year we will be doing more of this. The only problem is that the High school is not our first due so many of the people there join the department that IS first due there.
    If you don't have a high school in your first due, the high school students who LIVE in your first due must go to high school somewhere. Do recruiting there.
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    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    The high school for our area is also in another district, and we have no problems performing recruiting activities there.

    Talk to the department that covers the high school. I would suspect they would have no issues.
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    Try making a brochure or a recruitment video for your fire department. Pass this out to all students in this high school through the administration if possible. If not, ask them to leave these brochures in the office or a cafeteria. Make sure you include that you are volunteer and make sure you explain your district and what areas you cover, some people may not know that you are first due to their home. Also include some actions pictures and some information of YOUR department.

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