The volunteer emergency services are a long-standing tradition in the United States that often encompass families generation after generation. Unfortunately, it is a tradition in danger of weakening. Many fire departments across the nation are experiencing more difficulty with recruiting and retaining members than ever before.  Although there has been a decline in the number of active volunteer firefighters nationally from a high of 897,750 in 1984, the trend has changed in the last few years. The number of volunteers dipped to a low of 770,100 volunteers in 1989. While the number has increased since then, the problem of recruitment and retention is still serious in many areas. The most recent figures (2003) indicate over 800,050 volunteer firefighters provide over 73 percent of the nations firefighting force.
Fire departments can no longer count on the children of current members following in their parents footsteps. Nor can they count on a continuous stream
of community people eager to donate their time and energy to their local volunteer fire department. Adding to the problem, department cannot rely on members
staying active in the volunteer fire service for long periods of time.

quote from a United States Fire Administration (USFA) article.
Hornbeak Fire Department
  Hornbeak, Tennessee
 
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Volunteers Needed !

 
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If you would like to join our organization, just contact any Hornbeak VFD member or come by the fire station and fill out an application. Step forward to help your community and neighbor in their time of need. We offer mentorship, training, a sense of brotherhood and the personal satisfaction of giving back to your community.
You can choose your level of participation from fund raising activities, support personnel, medical first responder, firefighter, driver operator or just do it all.

We accept applications from individuals as young as 16 years of age to enter in our junior firefighter training program. Men and women, young and old, are encouraged to apply.
If you decide to join, you can expect several hours of training, both in classroom and hands on. 
We are ordinary people, preforming un-ordinary jobs, facing extraordinary challenges.

Bob Reavis, Chief
Hornbeak VFD

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