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    Post what kind of retention plans does your dept offer?

    Ok, it must be that time of year, that all departments are out trying to recruit new members. However, what about the people on your departments already, what kind of incentives does your departments offer towards the retention of members. How much do you pay your firefighters if paid on call or do you offer any retirement benefits or a 401K program? Does your department pay for schooling like FF1 & 2 classes? What do other departments offer to keep everyone interested other then the love for the job?
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    We just try to treat people decent

    You'd be suprised how far that goes
    As volunteers, I don't know how attractive financial offerings are.
    And our current budget doesn't allow for bumping up money given.

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    First off our chief at every monthly meeting will make sure he thanks and praises everyone for there commitment and job there doing. As pfd3501 said, it goes a long way. Are town gives (active) volunteers Tax breaks. Those memebers who never show up are removed form the list by the department.

    Another thing we do is have good active drills, such as live burns, simulated MVA's with entrapment and ask our loacl volunteer ambulance core to participate. If you are doing the same old borning drills we find alot of guys get bored. Spice it up. We had people from the community on one Sunday afternoon actualy watching are drill in our rear parking lot, why? Well to make it short we simulated, at the station, emergency firefighter evacuations. We had guys comming down ladders out second floor windows, and RIT removal of downed firefighters buy stokes baskets. We all wore SCBA, and gear, and made it as real as possible. Guys had alot of fun and get a good education as well.

    P.S. some of the people that where watching actual donated money to the department and where impressed. But the basic point here is to treat everyone respctfully, and that they feel there service to the department is wanted and appreciated. In turn keep the guys happy and active with good quality drills.

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    Ok, so with everyone that have read this post, no one out there gets any kind of compensation for the time and effort we put in. We all just do it for the love of the job, I know that we donít get paid as much as we should for what we do but, come on you must get more that an at-a-boy, or a pat on the back. I know some departments are exactly what they call themselves ďvolunteersĒ and they say they donít get anything. Nevertheless, in this day and age and you would put your life on the line and not get anything. What I do make a year Iím able to defer 25% into a retirement fund so that when I do decide to call it quits I will have something set side for my wife and myself. With all the tax money that is budgeted in for fire departments, they canít budget in something for a retirement fund or just pay for the gas to get to the scene. The department that Iím on, and the departments around my county, we are all looking for ways to keep members and recruit new members to the departments and we have seen the need to have something to offer them to join and to stay. People today donít want to do something and not get something in return, most people would we have found have joined just because our departments around the county pay for the training. They pay for fire fighter 1 and 2 and if the department runs medicals, they pay for medical licenses up to the departmentís licensure. Therefore, I ask you again, what does your department. No what would you like to see your department offer you for to stay on your department?
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    My department also offers a deferral program that we can defer some of our money and then the Township will add 7% to what we defer. The township and the fire department also pays for classes they paid for my Firefighter 1&2 and Fire Officer 1&2, they will also pay for my EMT class if my wife lets me take it.

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    My department doesn't really offer any "perks." We get $8.50 a call but I don't think that's what keeps everyone there. I really think it's the brotherhood and esprit de corps. We genuinely get satisfaction from doing our job well and the camaraderie of our brother and sister firefighters.

    As far as what I would like to see, property tax breaks and a LOSAP program like Maryland has would be great.
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    Only perk here is being a volunteer firefighter. That is a big enough perk for me to be one! No money involved.

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    All department related training, ie FF1, First responder or EMT-B and any HAZMAT classes are paid for from Department funds. We get all bunker gear, medical bags, O2 cylinders, pagers, radios and even red dash lights issued by the department. Every few months we order new shirts for members to wear for easier identification by the public. We have caps, mugs, beer can coozies and if you want a specialised liscense plate to put on the front of your car we have a stack of them too.
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