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I have been reading again,

How to successfully recruit volunteers, and that can be firefighters and EMS. We all need to know what makes your volunteers volunteer, is it the free Beer, food or other parties or is it a true volunteer , someone who wants to give back to their community. What do they like about your volunteer dept. or dislikes maybe, that why they joined another deptment. I know for sure here in my area you have to go throught a class called Firefighter 1 which is atleast 30 classes all 3 hrs. long and its hard going for some as you are put throught actual smoke and heat filled burn towers, and there is classroom training and test all this is a must before becoming a firefighter and some departments have there own traing bbeyound the State courses, I have seen alot get through and some that say heck with this and quit, they were not meant to be a firefighter and or ems. The only way to stay on the top of anything now days you need to educate all your firefighters, new and old timers, as things are different from when I first joined to the new firefighters of today, materials are made cheaper and with more chemicals that I can not even pronounce, but we need to keep training and educating everyone. And then there the free time to spend with your loved ones, birthdays maybe miss as you may have a squad call, fire call or training nite, but after its all said and done you can sit back and smile and say yea I helped my community out and you got nothing in return other than knowing you helped or a "Thank You" from a home-owner, Fire Chief, You did your best.

Just think you may have saved a life with CPR, or gave out a band-aid, or brought a new life into this confused world, helped at a accident on the highway , local street, it just that feeling of helping out and just getting a "THANK YOU", thats all it takes sometime to keep you going, I know it does me, even if I don't get a THANK YOU, just knowing I helped is good for me.

I can remember saving a man who was in cardiac aresst, and my team and me brought him back for a week as he needed a new heart, atleast his family got to see hime for awhile longer , but it made me feel good, I did my best. But we must remember thst we will not save everyone lives and property as I can remember many a house fire that was a total lost, but hey I did my best.

I want to say when I say "I" Iam meaning my team as we work as a team, work together. You may have done more then the others but we work as a team and don't forget that cause when you start getting away from the team concept things begin to go in a mayhem, people can get hurt and lost or even die, so "PLEASE work as a "TEAM".

Ok , thats all for me me I love ya all and wear your seat belts and dam you almost got hit by that vehicle that never heard your siren blarring as they where day dreaming or texting or cell use, you know what I am saying, watch the kids on the bike, wow we made through that intersection .

see ya.


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Comment by Janet Liebsch on May 14, 2012 at 5:12pm

Great post Bob and totally agree. Volunteers are the lifeblood of this great nation and we cannot thank them / you enough.

Comment by Fyre Walker on May 13, 2012 at 8:23pm

Excellent post Bob!

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