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Training as if Your Life Depended on It!

The public and all our fellow firefighters are relying on us to be 100% proficient 100% of the time. The only way that happens is through training—every day, every shift, whenever and however you can.

President’s Letter: Help is Available for the Volunteer Fire Service

We have a crisis on our hands: The number of volunteer firefighters is down and the local ranks of volunteer firefighters are getting older. There’s no quick fix to this problem, but resources are available to help calm the storm.

Executive Officer Leadership: Tipping Over

The life of an on-call/volunteer firefighter often becomes a balancing act. We need department cultures that recognize the importance of family and the wellbeing of our members.

Feeling Blessed to Pass the Torch

Not only is the fire service not immune from the speedy pace of retiring Baby Boomers, but given the demographics, culture and traditions, we may be at even greater risk. This article is adapted from one that ran recently in the VCOS newsletter.

Fighting Fire with the Tax Code

Tax cut bill: What's in it for fire and EMS

Bringing Back Fun in the Firehouse

I remember the days of riding the back step and so much more. I won’t call them the good old days; we were lucky to have survived them unscathed. But oh, was it easy to recruit and retain new members; the volunteer firehouse was the place to be.

Recruit the Best and Retain Them Longer

It’s no surprise that the recruitment and retention of volunteers has become a hot topic and one that many fire departments are constantly trying to overcome. Recruiting new members and retaining seasoned individuals is becoming a challenge.