The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department is actively recruiting new members but after an unsuccessful open house, they’ve released a survey to find out why locals aren’t signing up.
The number of active members “is important so that the community as a whole can maintain its Fire Underwriter Rating which directly impacts insurance rates for local residents and businesses.”
Currently, the department has 16 active members, and their goal is 25, or about one per cent of the population.
In receiving survey responses, the District of Clearwater aims to understand what factors might be creating challenges in increasing firefighter numbers.
“Our current reality is that our membership numbers are declining due to several factors such as career changes and retirement, and our initial recruitment efforts have had limited success,” reads the DOC website. “With this survey we would like to explore any potential reasons or barriers that may be impacting our recruitment efforts.”
The site notes the survey will take about three minutes to complete. It will close on Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m.