Saving America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters Petition

This is just one tool that could be used to stop volunteers from exiting the service. This is by no means to be considered “the solution” to the problem. “The Solution” is a mix bag of different ideas to help each department deal with the drop in volunteerism, a problem that is plaguing the world…

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WVSFA 89th Convention

Moundsvillle, WV. The WVSFA 89th Annual Convention is well underway in Moundsville this week. Local host, McMechen VFD eagerly stepped up and is putting on a well orchestrated event for all fire departments in the State. Speaker of the House of Delegates Tim Armstead was on hand to help kick off the event, as well…

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Volunteer Firehouses Struggle to Find Recruits

The number of volunteer firefighters has been falling for decades here and across the country, dropping by about 12 percent from 1984 to about 788,000 in 2014. That has spelled trouble for cities and towns — especially smaller ones in more rural areas — that have always depended on volunteer departments to save thousands, even…

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Funding and Recruitment Challenges – WOWK News

        “….Whether it’s a car accident or a house fire, a fire department typically arrives on scene within minutes. In West Virginia, more than 95 percent of the time those helping are volunteers. “We have basically the same rules and regulations and training as [paid departments] but we don’t have the big…

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Recruitment Video/Audio

Greetings, For the upcoming 2011 Convention, we’ll be providing several copies of the DVD developed for the “Recruitment and Retention” of Volunteer Firefighters. This video is for delivering to media outlets, such as local television stations and cable t.v. providers for use in “Public Service Announcements”. These PSAs are provided to non-profit groups such as…

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Volunteer Firefighters Needed: Bridgeport WV

Via wdtv.com Fire departments across the state are short on volunteers, and one local neighborhood would like to see more folks join. In Bridgeport, there’s currently only 14 volunteer fire fighters, and that’s down from an average of 30. Officials believe this shortage may be because there’s more testing now than in previous years. Lt.…

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