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[…]

CT City Eyes Fairer Tax Breaks for Firefighters

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY KILLINGLY, CT– Killingly town and fire officials are working to amend a property tax relief ordinance in an effort to make it fairer for all firefighters in town to meet eligibility requirements. The ordinance, which covers tax relief for public safety volunteers, currently sets the same standards for all volunteer firefighters in town, regardless Read more about CT City Eyes Fairer Tax Breaks for Firefighters[…]

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[…]

Do Volunteers Need to Understand the FLSA?

BY CURT VARONE – FIREHOUSE.COM   The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of a handful of laws that has a tremendous impact on fire departments across the United States. Many in the volunteer fire service have paid little attention to the FLSA, assuming it is only a concern to career departments because it addresses compensation Read more about Do Volunteers Need to Understand the FLSA?[…]

Tensions high as career and volunteer firefighters feud

By: Tisha Lewis – FOX 5 HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Some volunteer firefighters are feuding with career firefighters in Prince George’s County and there is so much animosity between them that they have gotten into altercations at the scene of emergency calls. The latest battle took place over the holiday weekend with a burning home as the backdrop and involved a volunteer firefighter Read more about Tensions high as career and volunteer firefighters feud[…]

‘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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Demands of volunteer firefighting lead some to burnout

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN – BG Independent News As a young boy, Tim Schroeder remembers kids chasing behind fire trucks, then watching in awe as volunteer firefighters battled blazes. Children dreamed of becoming firefighters, and as soon as reaching adulthood, many joined the ranks. That was then. Now, most kids don’t race behind fire trucks, they Read more about Demands of volunteer firefighting lead some to burnout[…]