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Volunteer firefighter workshop planned to boost membership

The Lauderdale County Volunteer Fire Department said it's time for a change after seeing a declining number of recruits. The Lauderdale County Volunteer Fire Department said it's time for a change after seeing a declining number of recruits.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Lauderdale County Volunteer Fire Department said it's time for a change after seeing a declining number of recruits. They are thinking outside the box when it comes to retention and are inviting other volunteer departments to join them.

"Our volunteers are becoming fewer and fewer every year. We're not gaining as many applications, we're not getting as much help, and the workload on everyone at the fire department is just growing," said Association President Adam McCanless.

A two-day workshop has been planned by the Lauderdale County Volunteer Firefighters' Association, free of cost to all local departments in the area. Registrations have been made by departments as far away as Tennessee and Mississippi, and there is still room for more.

McCanless wants to challenge the departments to help build membership. The training provided in the workshop will cover topics from fundraising ideas to marketing, as well as ways to help get the community involved with their local departments and encourage them to give back.

"I want the volunteers to be motivated, to go out and get people, to be inspired to try new things. It's all about change today; you have to change with the times, otherwise you're going to fall behind," he said.

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