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How can we find volunteers, even people who only have a few hours to spare?

First, make sure you’re not using terms like “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” if you don’t treat potential members that way

In this episode of “What’s YOUR Problem?” Chief Goldfeder addresses this reader question:

With today’s economy and people having kids, how do you get people to volunteer, PERIOD? I’d take whatever time they can give. I have approximately 7-13 volunteers depending on the up or down cycle of the membership. It’s hard to find VOLUNTEERS!”

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Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department. He also serves as Lexipol’s senior fire advisor and is a member of the Fire Chief/FireRescue1 Editorial Advisory Board. Goldfeder is a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations: the IAFC, the September 11th Families Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). He also provides expert review assistance to the CDC NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards, appointments and recognitions. He has served on several NFPA and IAFC committees, has authored numerous articles and books, and presented several sessions at industry events. Chief Goldfeder co-hosts the website
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