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Rural Alberta departments face difficulties recruiting and retaining volunteers, says chief

By CBC News   

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May 8, 2017, Rockyview County, Alta. - Volunteers make up more than 80 per cent of Alberta's firefighters but the economic downturn has hit recruitment and retention hard, says a local fire chief, especially in smaller communities. Rockyview County has been losing about 16 per cent of its volunteers each year, according to fire Chief Randy Smith. 

"We'll do our training and then we'll print out our roster sheet and we'll already start losing people," he said. CBC News reports. | READ MORE

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