Scholarship programs attract, train tomorrow’s firefighters

By RITA MICHEL – PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE Many volunteer fire departments in the region are looking for ways to attract new — and keep old — members. And a unique scholarship program at Community College of Allegheny County is helping. The only program of its kind in the state, FireVEST —  which stands for Fire Volunteer, Education Service Read more about Scholarship programs attract, train tomorrow’s firefighters[…]

CA Chief Fired amid Agency Complaints

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY The Chief of the Burbank-Paradise Fire District was fired Wednesday night following a unanimous vote by the district’s board. Mike Hillar, 55, who had been with the district for 26 years and was chief for seven, had been on unpaid leave since June 23. In March, Scotty Douglass, the executive director of Stanislaus Regional Read more about CA Chief Fired amid Agency Complaints[…]

Denver Fire camp encourages girls to pursue career in firefighting

By Connor Wist – Denver ABC 7 DENVER — A group of young girls is heading to camp this week to learn all about a career in firefighting. The Denver Fire Department is putting on the Career Exploration Camp, offering training and experience to kids funded by grants. Attendees are going through confidence building exercises in the Read more about Denver Fire camp encourages girls to pursue career in firefighting[…]

Volunteer Fire Departments Are Struggling to Retain Firefighters, While 911 Calls Are Surging

BY MADELINE BODIN – Emergency Management The search for solutions as volunteer firefighter recruitment sputters and 911 calls soar. Every year an average of 10 volunteer firefighters quit the West Barnstable, Mass., Fire Department, about 27 percent of the department’s total. Fire Chief Joseph Maruca never finds out why half of those department members leave, Read more about Volunteer Fire Departments Are Struggling to Retain Firefighters, While 911 Calls Are Surging[…]

‘Broken’ system concerns fire companies

by Sean Yoder – StateCollege.com The number of volunteer firefighters has been on a long, steady decline, as fewer people have time to devote to training, fundraising and fire calls, according to local fire officials. Local officials also say they fear for the future if volunteer departments do not get more support. “The reality is, this system Read more about ‘Broken’ system concerns fire companies[…]

Two PA fire departments set to merge after sharp decrease in volunteer firefighters

By Dawn White – WHTM DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s a serious problem plaguing the entire state. The number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania has decreased 500 percent over the past four decades. This has led some concerns for your safety. Two volunteer fire departments in northern York County are merging. They’re bringing together their firefighters and Read more about Two PA fire departments set to merge after sharp decrease in volunteer firefighters[…]

An Ohio Township Fire Department out of service most of weekend

By Kent Mallett , Reporter – Newark Advocate ALEXANDRIA, OHIO– The St. Albans Township Fire Department was unable to respond to calls with emergency vehicles most of last weekend due to resignations of department leaders and unavailability of part-time firefighters. The township instructed the Licking County 911 Center to mark its engine and medic units out Read more about An Ohio Township Fire Department out of service most of weekend[…]

PA Volunteer Fire Company, others offer incentives to attract younger firefighters

by LEIF GREISS – TRIB LIVE As volunteer fire companies across the country struggle to retain new members, the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is taking a proactive approach to keep more young blood in its ranks. The fire company will be offering a tuition reimbursement plan and a scholarship-based junior program to help recruits pay for higher Read more about PA Volunteer Fire Company, others offer incentives to attract younger firefighters[…]

OH Department’s OT Surges Despite New Plan

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY When Columbus officials rolled out a plan to cut the number of paramedics on fire vehicles responding to medical emergencies, they said it would save on the Division of Fire’s bulging overtime budget. Six months later, overtime in the division is on track to bust its budget for the sixth time in seven Read more about OH Department’s OT Surges Despite New Plan[…]

Texas volunteer fire department walks off after chief let go

by Hannah Davis, WFAA WILLS POINT, TEXAS – Tuesday night the majority of the Wills Point volunteer department walked off in solidarity with Chief Ed Leipply. Leipply’s family says he is touched by the loyalty, but adds the decision to walk off was up to each of the volunteers. He never commanded or asked them to do so. Dylan Hatten says Read more about Texas volunteer fire department walks off after chief let go[…]