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    I need some help with recruitment. Our junior program at one time had 10 juniors. Our last junior just turned into a senior member last month. Our biggest recruitment tool was other juniors, but now with no juniors I am kind of stuck. Our school has pretty much told us no for any kind of recruitment presentation. Our company cannot spare anyone during events like our fair or something where a lot of people (teens) would attend. We have a website, but I cannot figure out how to get people there. Flyer pass out in the school is a waste of money and time because most people throw them away before they leave the room. We are working on an open house in the spring with demos and stuff, but I still have the problem of attracting the teens. So I guess what I am asking is a new approach to get new junior members, or at least a way to show them a program other than a piece of paper? Any Ideas?

    Also on a side note, I have seen a few departments out there have junior/cadet programs where members younger than 14 belong. I have seen some as low as 9. I was just wondering how that works with the child labor laws and stuff, and why did you choose to go younger. I can really see how it can be a benefit, so does it work?

    Thanks ahead of time for your replies. I know our program has a lot to offer, I just cannot figure out how to show them that.


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    First of all,

    stick with a program geared towards high schoolers.


    Anything less will be, here is a fire truck, watch the pretty lights, cover your ears the horn is loud, etc, etc, etc.

    Please, if you gather just one thing from this post, it is leave the program to the high school aged kids.

    Second, try to make a video or slideshow of your department and put it to music. Include pictures from MVA's, fires, just the trucks, etc, etc and I guarantee that you will spark some attention. I have made 2 for our department and 1 or 2 for our post and not only do high school aged kids love them, but the firefighters do too.

    I'll try to post a link to them when I get home.

    Also, put articles in the local papers about it and get the program advertised in the news media.

    It sounds like you used to have a post so you have some SOP/SOG's, etc. in place, but maybe you will want to look at those before you consider starting it up again. If you want, I can email you all of our files concerning our SOP/SOG's, Rules and Regulations, Probationary Packet (that MUST be completed in order to get off probation), Ride Along Policies and Forms, etc, etc.

    Open houses are also a great idea, but I still think that one of the best ways to get members is to go into the school and do demonstrations. If you could find a way to do this, let me know. I have done plenty of these and would be gald to share with you what I have. Also, do not limit membership to those who live or go to school in your district, we have more people that go to other schools or live outside our FD response area in our post than people who live "in town".

    One way I think that you might be able to pull off getting into the school for a demonstration would be a pre-prom "mock crash". If you want help in doing this, there are numerous threads on here about it and I could even help you.

    Here are some pics from our most recent mock crash..........











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    Jake said it well... Very well.
    I have some videos that I can post... Since I have snow day.

    Jake and I during a demo we did at my high school last February...
    http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSCN0700.flv
    A few pictures from the demo...
    http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSCN1215.jpg
    http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSCN1217.jpg
    http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSCN1213.jpg

    The videos I've done for the post...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxilTl8NKpI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5u7reLWnu4

    Here's one from the Orange County Fire Authority that gives a great insite(sp) about Fire Exploring. You could do one almost just like it... Just change everything to gear it around Jr. FFs or you could do the ultimate change and start an Explorer Post once you get some members to join.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r21Y_jg92Y
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