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Darby Fire Company #1 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign Puts Focus on Conquering the Unexpected through Firefighting
Darby, PA….One local fire company’s ability to tackle unexpected situations has become the catalyst for its new recruitment campaign. Darby Fire Company #1 has announced a new effort aimed at promoting the need for volunteer firefighters and other members at its station. The new campaign will encourage community members to visit JoinDarby1.org.
As part of its recruitment kick-off, the fire company unveiled its newest slogan “Expect the Unexpected, then Conquer It,” which represents the fighting spirit and training each volunteer demonstrates at a moment’s notice when community lives and property need to be saved. The new slogan will be incorporated into all print and electronic materials, ads and public relations used to inspire interest among potential volunteers.
Through its new recruitment website, JoinDarby1.org, prospective volunteers will have a place where they can learn about the various volunteer opportunities, get their questions answered and complete a volunteer inquiry form for those interested in beginning the application process.
There are four ways community members can get involved as volunteers:
- Firefighter- As a volunteer firefighter you’ll learn the skills to keep your neighborhood safe. Training includes learning how to advance a hose line, perform search-and-rescue operations, and position ladders strategically.
- Fire Police- Assist at the scene of an emergency by helping to direct traffic, crowds and working with other first responders.
- Training Members- Teens ages 15 to 17 can help at the station, assist firefighters at the scene of an emergency and begin the training to become a full member once they turn 18. Becoming a training member looks great on college applications.
- Administrative Volunteer- For those looking for other ways to help besides fighting fires, there are plenty of opportunities available. Administrative volunteers work behind the scenes doing important business for the company to keep us up and running including finance, logistics, fundraising, marketing, information technology and vehicle maintenance, to name a few.
All training, gear and equipment are provided to volunteers at no cost.
The JoinDarby1.org volunteer recruitment campaign will utilize a proactive social media campaign, presentations at schools and groups, lawn signs and booth displays.
This new four-year campaign initiative will be implemented at no cost to tax payers. It is funded entirely through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which Darby Fire Company was awarded recently.
A Growing Demand
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three-fourths of the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters are volunteers, and two-thirds of all fire departments are volunteer. There were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, a number that’s fallen to about 38,000 currently and continues to drop, according to a state legislative study released in November 2018.
Meanwhile, over the last five years the number of calls Darby Fire Company #1 has responded to has continued to grow. There were 802 calls in 2018. That’s up from 670 calls the previous year and 505 calls in 2013.
Current members say they are dedicated to keeping their community safe but need help staying ahead of the increasing demand for service.
“When it comes to saving lives and protecting our community, we truly are trained and ready for anything,” said Darby Fire Company #1 President Kevin Carry. “Our historic company has kept lives safe for nearly 250 years. But we still need the next generation of firefighters and other volunteers to come join our ranks.”
The Unique Appeal of Darby Fire Company #1
Interestingly, the diverse and often unpredictable nature of Darby Fire Company #1’s emergency calls is its biggest draw to volunteers, several of whom came over from other fire companies in search of more challenges.
“It’s been the best experience I’ve ever had with any fire house,” said firefighter Edward McBride, who came to Darby from another fire company. “The group of guys down here are phenomenal. It’s like a family-oriented place.”
“If you already like helping people and want to get involved in public service, it’s definitely something to get into,” said firefighter James Watts, who also came to Darby from another fire station.
To assist with its recruitment campaign, Darby Fire Company #1 has hired the services of The Communication Solutions Group Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm based in Jenkintown, Pa. established by Leza Raffel, who grew up in Delaware County.
The company is no stranger to working with area fire and rescue organizations, with local clients that include Narberth Ambulance, Paoli Fire Company and Delaware County Fireman’s Association.
“We look forward to working with Darby Fire Company #1 to raise awareness of the need for volunteers and recruit community members ready to answer the call to help,” said Raffel.
For more information or to fill out a volunteer inquiry form, visit JoinDarby1.org.