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Decrease in # of volunteer firefighters 300,000 in 1970s 70,000 in 1990s PA State Fire Commissioner Edward A. Mann estimates about 50,000 volunteer today.

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2 Decrease in # of volunteer firefighters 300,000 in 1970s 70,000 in 1990s PA State Fire Commissioner Edward A. Mann estimates about 50,000 volunteer today 2,400 fire departments across PAs 67 counties

3 Municipal governments responsible for fire protection & emergency medical services (EMS) Volunteer fire services save local governments about $6 billion in avoided costs Estimated hourly value of PA volunteer firefighter is $20.51

4 PA Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association Program and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program Programs provide $150 million a year to volunteer fire service

5 Myth: Local services tax funds fire departments Myth: State training requirements hinder recruiting efforts Myth: Volunteer fire departments are in great financial health

6 Reality: Volunteer fire departments do not receive any local service tax revenue Reality: Pennsylvania does not require any level of training for state firefighters Reality: Many volunteer fire departments face dire financial circumstances. Local governments must create career fire departments if they lose volunteer service.

7 Fundraising requirements Dissatisfaction with time spent on fundraising (chicken barbecues, bingo games, etc.) Firehouse politics Bureaucratic red tape (4 month process to replace a lost glove in Montgomery County, PA) Both cited as main reasons for leaving departments

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9 Exit surveys to determine why people are leaving Example: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Fire department reduced bureaucratic red tape after exit surveys frequently cited it as reason for leaving

10 Shorten application Quick and personal follow up with applicants Establish Citizens Fire Academy Market to millennial generation Diverse and tech-savvy demographic group Value: recognition, little bureaucracy, friendly work environments

11 Selective paging reduces # of volunteers for unnecessary runs Climate & exit surveys to assess retention needs Highlands Emergency Services Alliance EMS and firefighting training to high school students during school Essentials of Fire Fighting and Emergency Response certification Many later serve as junior firefighters

12 Online training options OHara Township Points-based gift card incentive system Awarded points for tasks such as training and EMS shifts Customize training to dept & community needs Montgomery County, Virginia County-wide Volunteer Orientation teaches basics of firefighting & emergency response

13 Build strong relationships Work with local elected officials & community groups Department tours, better communication, etc Reach out to community for non-firefighting jobs fundraising, financial reports, administrative, etc

14 Create incentives for different age groups Younger: Tuition breaks Middle-age: Student loan forgiveness Older: Length of service awards or retiree stipends

15 Allegheny County Scholarship for volunteer firefighters 65-credit Associates Degree at Community College of Allegheny County Covers tuition, fees, & books Must meet minimum 2.00 GPA Must commit to 5 years of fire service FireVEST scholars represent 60 Allegheny County companies and 14 CCAC academic programs 60% current participants have GPAs above 3.0

16 Implement recommendations in Senate Resolution 60 report Tax and insurance incentives for volunteer firefighters local income tax breaks forgiveness of local fire tax state income tax breaks municipal group medical insurance rates state grant programs local matches for Length of Service Award Programs Albemarle County, Virginia Funds incentives and cost recovery so volunteers dont spend money to volunteer.

17 Tax foreign fire insurance to fund volunteer training Albemarle County, Virginia County funds volunteer leadership and management programs

18 Establish state-funded regional support network Help with technology, administration, accounting, time consuming projects Restructure Volunteer Loan Assistance Program

19 What can we do? As citizens… As volunteers… As elected officials… How can we help? As citizens… As volunteers… As elected officials…


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