Firefighter Recruitment Drive

By Ben Manning |

Published 06/04 2014 10:38PM

Updated 06/05 2014 12:13AM

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - Firefighters check their progress after a year-long recruitment drive.

Just over a year ago 32 volunteer fire companies got together to pool resources and increase their numbers. The Allegheny Mountain Firefighter’s Initiative has added more than a 119 new fire fighters in the last year. They're using grant money to encourage people with tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and gas money.

The Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Company got an award Wednesday night for adding the most with 15, but Dennis Walls says their success isn't because of those perks. He says they are like a family and encourage their members to go out and recruit people they know.

Nicole Shaffer is one of the newest recruits. She joined the department to help the community, but she's thinking about going back to school and that ten thousand dollars in tuition reimbursement would help.

The Allegheny Mountain Firefighter’s Initiative is happy with their new members. But statewide they've dropped from about 300,000 firefighters in the 1970's to about 50 thousand.

You can learn more about becoming a firefighter on their website.

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