Maryland fire companies show off skills to attract more volunteers

By Katiann Marshall – heraldmailmedia.com WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD — Volunteer fire companies from around Washington County gathered Saturday in hopes of recruiting more help. Held outside the Valley Mall, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association hosted the Volunteer Strong Challenge, a friendly competition among fire and rescue teams while showing off skills by first responders. Firefighters […]

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Lack of volunteer firefighters in South Carolina reaching critical levels

by Caroline Balchunas   Firefighter are a vital part of every community, but the number of volunteer firefighters is on the decline nationwide. In South Carolina, volunteer firefighters have decreased between 15 and 20-percent over the last 15 years, according to statistics from state fire officials. But their role is still crucial, especially for rural […]

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Northwest Indiana volunteer fire departments experience manpower shortage

By Chas Reilly Times Correspondent Local volunteer fire departments are putting out their own calls for assistance as more personnel is needed to help respond to burning buildings, vehicle crashes and other emergencies in their communities. Northwest Indiana fire officials say it’s not a trend specific to this area. Departments from across the country are […]

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No one told me…….

I remember sitting in our living room and telling my wife I wanted to join the Fire Department.  I’d seen the look she gave me before. Married guys know exactly what I’m talking about. I told her “I like helping people, and it sounds like fun.” She had reservations, but after a few days and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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