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Daily Incident Log – 06/26/2020

Forsyth County fire departments face critical volunteer shortages 

Two Forsyth County fire departments have been identified as "at-risk" when it comes to recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Fire chiefs in Lewisville and Rural Hall hope a grant program will help attract new recruits. "We knew we were looking for a large diverse group of people, one of the questions we had was how do we target those people? How do we identify those people?" Lewisville Fire Chief Darin Needham said. The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will help provide targeted research in 12 communities across the state, and workshops to boost involvement. "We're truly neighbors helping neighbors, and without those volunteers, we would cease to function, there would be nobody to respond," Needham said.  

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Daily Incident Log – 06/18/2020

Elizabethtown Fire Department chosen for recruitment, retention initative 

If you come down to the fire station, either the old one or the new one, you might see new faces, and Fire Chief Nick West is hoping an incoming program will bring on even more. Right now the department is a mixture of full-time, part-time and volunteers. "Whenever someone is on vacation part-time staff can fill that, and we have a minimum staffing level that we try to achieve," said West. West is hoping that utilizing a grant will bring in more help and boost the department. "The North Carolina Fire Chiefs Association is working with the International Association for Fire Chiefs, and they wrote a SAFER grant," he said. This recruitment and retention campaign is part of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program designed to achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce.  

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