departments! Just kind of pondering how other departments deal with problems. We are 1 of 17 departments in the county. This is volunteer departments. We don't run a big number of runs a month, maybe 10 to 20 Most of the runs are ems/resuce work. We have one department that runs an average of 5 or more calls A DAY!. Also have a couple that run maybe 1 or 2 a month. Getting people to volunteer is TOUGH. Our training is exactly the same as any other department in the state. So, obviously getting a person up and running is very time consuming for both the training people and the new volunteer. You don't get issued any equipment much less respond to calls or get behind the wheel of a rig until you are trained properly. Getting people that are avaliable to respond to calls during the day is also very tough. Seems like the younger folks don't want to get involved if they are not getting paid. We just got a new member a month or so ago, he is 20 years old. We have one other couple who are in their late 20's, everyone else is 45+ We do have the opportunity to work wildland stuff through a JPA with the feds and the state and get paid for it. BUT it can be a real moral buster to have one of our guys working side by side with a seasonal fire fighter only to find out that the "volunteer" has more and better training as well as more experience then the seasonal person but is being paid about half what the seasonal person is. So, I guess after all the "pondering" my question to you is, how do you get folks interested in devoting a ton of time to do a tough job for FREE? Just seems like the desire to give back to the community is fast becoming a thing of the past. I have to wonder what will happen in the next 10 to 15 years when there is no one to answer the call to duty? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!