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Chinook Volunteer Fire Department Faces Recruiting Dilemma


July 10, 2019

Wishing for a sign that would set the Chinook fire station apart from other fire stations, the CVFD found a metal sign builder in Hobson, Montana. The proprietor and fabricator of Woods Metals created-by hand and without computers-a unique piece of artwork at a fraction of the cost for which other companies had bid the job.

Imagine being in a horrific situation such as a house fire or a vehicle accident where immediate help is required. In the event of such horror, someone typically calls 911 so that emergency personnel can be dispatched to render aid. In a small rural community like Chinook or Harlem, those emergency personnel are often volunteers, neighbors helping neighbors. Yet, departments across the country are finding it more and more difficult to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. The Chinook Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) is one of those orga...

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