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Salisbury Fire Dept. Looks to Create Volunteer Coordinator Position to Boost Recruitment and Retention Efforts

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Fire Department wants to create a new position to help recruit volunteer firefighters and boost retention rates.

Salisbury Fire Chief John Tull said the department is seeing a decline in volunteers joining and an increase in members leaving the department for one reason or another.

The proposed volunteer coordinator position would be responsible for public outreach and coming up with new recruitment strategies to reach all communities.

The coordinator would also work closely with new members.

"That volunteer coordinator position is going to be essential to that person's success, especially within the first year within the department," Tull said. "They're going to show them how to sign up for classes, who to talk to, where to get certain things."

The Salisbury City Council will take a final vote to create the volunteer coordinator position at its next meeting.

The position will be funded entirely by the department's volunteer corporations for its first year.

It will then be phased into a city-funded position over a five-year period.

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