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    Question Keeping Their Interest

    We are a small department that averages around 300 runs a year, mostly EMS.

    Most of these runs are handled by the ambulance with a crew of 4, usually all of whom live within a few blocks of the firehouse.

    This leaves a large percentage of the department who's only activity is coming to the station and then sitting around for 20 minutes until the rig gets back and they get to wash it ( ) or the ambo transports to the hospital and they get released.

    As you can imagine this has led to some "dissatisfaction" with the volunteer experience. All of our members are required to become EMT-Basics but most never get a chance to use the skills they acquire except at training drills. (Of course, this is even more true for firefighting skills as we have very few working fires per year.)

    Anybody else had these issues?

    What can be done to make our members feel like they are more of a part of the mission of a volunteer department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt790 View Post
    We are a small department that averages around 300 runs a year, mostly EMS.

    Most of these runs are handled by the ambulance with a crew of 4, usually all of whom live within a few blocks of the firehouse.

    This leaves a large percentage of the department who's only activity is coming to the station and then sitting around for 20 minutes until the rig gets back and they get to wash it ( ) or the ambo transports to the hospital and they get released.

    As you can imagine this has led to some "dissatisfaction" with the volunteer experience. All of our members are required to become EMT-Basics but most never get a chance to use the skills they acquire except at training drills. (Of course, this is even more true for firefighting skills as we have very few working fires per year.)

    Anybody else had these issues?

    What can be done to make our members feel like they are more of a part of the mission of a volunteer department?
    For starters I have to say good job on your participation from your members. Not to many depts have as good as turn outs as yours. Alot of depts are lucky to have a crew to even cover the squad. Anyways, What if you have your people sign up for different days to cover the squad or what not to not only get exp but relieve the workload of the crew that usually is running the squad. I feel that way everyone (hopefully) will get involved.

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    Default Try Duty Crews

    Our department used to have the same type of situation years ago. We are now on a duty crew system for about the last five years. The duty crews are responsible to run the medicals calls, making sure everyone gets involved. As for fire or MVA , we treat them as all calls. This works out well giving all members the opportunity to make calls.

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    Yep we've have these issues in the past when we were a higher medical response dept. Only the MFR's and a select few others would go on the medical calls, at that time being the vast majority of the calls, and everyone else would sit around and wait too come back. We basically told em if you wanna be able too respond on these calls get your MFR cert and respond otherwise your going too have too keep on going how you are. And we were a lot less than 300 calls per year. If they wanna keep doing it they will otherwise it's too bad
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