CCFCA Launches Recruitment Campaign

The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association (CCFCA) has launched a new volunteer recruitment and awareness campaign. The focus of the campaign is to promote the importance of volunteerism and encourage residents to become volunteers.

The CCFCA is the advisory body to 55 separate volunteer fire departments and companies located in Chester County, all of which have volunteer opportunities available within their respective locations.

As part of the kickoff to the recruitment campaign, the CCFCA unveiled its newest slogan, "Volunteer Today. Chester County Lives Depend on It," which will be included in all print and electronic materials sent to the community. In addition, the CCFCA has rebooted its website, http://www.HelpFightFire.com, to help prospective volunteers understand the role they may play in protecting their community. The website also includes a volunteer inquiry form they may fill out.

To become volunteers, readers may visit the aforementioned website.

A variety of opportunities are available for prospective volunteers.

Firefighters help save lives and protect property in their community. Volunteers learn to do tasks like advance a hose line, perform search-and-rescue operations, and position ladders strategically. Training and equipment needed to stay safe are provided free of charge.

EMTs (emergency medical technicians) help save lives by transporting sick and injured people to the hospital. Volunteers respond to specialized calls like automobile accidents, carbon monoxide alarms, and other rescue calls. Training and equipment are provided.

Fire police help keep an emergency situation safe by directing traffic and crowds and by providing general assistance to other first responders.

Junior firefighters are teenagers who gain experience around a fire house, lend a hand, and begin fire training that will prepare them to become full members at age 18. Volunteering as a junior firefighter may count as community service hours.

Administrative volunteers are non-emergency volunteers who help teach fire safety, assist in fundraising events, and help with bookkeeping, human resources, website maintenance, and other duties.

The new campaign will also develop content to post on the official Help Fight Fire social media accounts in order to develop a following. Additionally, there will be a dedicated effort to raise public awareness of CCFCA's activities through billboard and movie theater advertisements and production, press releases, and other print and electronic materials.

The campaign is funded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

For more information on volunteer opportunities, readers may visit http://www.HelpFightFire.com.

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