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  • advice for getting more volunteers active

    ive been a proud member of my vol. department for almost two years now, ive just started to get more responsibilities. I consider my self in decent shape i work out and run often, but id like some ideas on how to get more members active with me. its harder to do being one of the younger ones on the department and i have less things to worry about such as family and things i know.

    i tried looking for other threads on this topic but didn't find any, just wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions
    any help is appreciated thanks

  • #2
    Define "Active"?

    Are you talking about working out, making calls, making training , making work nights, etc., etc.?

    At the end of the day you have to find a way to motivate the members to want to be there - calls, training, work details, etc.- and in most departments this will be a challenge. Unless your department is the exception, the motivated members will be in the minority. Many will be willing to help if asked, and if they have the time. And there will be those that will do only what they have to, and likely, they will grumble about that.

    Advise ... Do what you must to keep the first group motivated as they will do 70% of the stuff that you need done. Try to keep the 2nd group as happy as possible as they, in many cases, will be there for you within the limits of the time available, and try to get rid of the third group as soon as possible.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.


    • #3
      Originally posted by GFD512 View Post
      but id like some ideas on how to get more members active with me
      In this context when you say active are you referring to becoming more involved in projects and the community or do you mean active, as in working out and fitness? If it is the former, then I believe your first course of action should be to initiate some communication with them. This gives you the chance to allow the volunteers you work with to feel appreciated and needed and it also gives you the opportunity to approach them with actionable volunteer activities. A huge part of keeping volunteers active revolves around having things for volunteers to do, now this may not entirely be up to you to handle but make sure that you have something actionable for them to carry out when you are trying to get them engaged. Also, always make sure that you try and keep them as inspired as possible by rallying behind a cause, as opposed to rallying behind a person or an organization. At the very root of things, people want something to believe in so if you give them a cause to believe in they will most likely be more active. In short, I believe it all comes down to communicating the right way, whether this is about the cause or if it is about the activities you want to get volunteers involved in.


      • #4
        Ask around to different gyms if you have them where you are. See if they have a discount for first responders with multiple memberships. See if they have a package deal. Or, do you have space to put together your own gym? You would be surprised how much equipment comes out of the woodwork if you ask around.


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