To better protect the residents of Lower Pottsgrove Township and nearby communities, Ringing Hill Fire Company has launched a comprehensive volunteer recruitment campaign.
A new slogan, “Reach New Heights at the Hill,” will be used to promote all the opportunities volunteers can gain at Ringing Hill Fire Company, or as volunteers call it, The Hill. To learn more about what’s it’s like to be a volunteer, the campaign will encourage the community to visit their new website, www.JoinRingingHill.org. They can also complete an inquiry form to begin the application process.
The new tagline and website will be incorporated into all print and electronic marketing materials used to inspire the public to volunteer. The three words that best describe Ringing Hill volunteers — “Respectful, Responsive, Ready” — will also be prevalent.
Ringing Hill’s recruitment campaign runs through 2022 and is no cost to taxpayers. It is funded entirely through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Recruitment efforts will include targeted residential mailings, lawn signs, display units for community events and a video. Social media management and public relations will also be vital to reach potential volunteers. A key part of the recruitment effort will be outreach directed to high school students such as speaking engagements and a brochure.
“The campaign encompasses all the opportunities volunteers have at Ringing Hill,” said Derek Dry, Recruitment and Retention Committee Chair. “Our volunteers aim for their full potential by protecting their neighbors, learning new skills, gaining a second family and serving the community. We are very excited to start the campaign and begin welcoming new volunteers.”
Volunteer Opportunities for All
Ringing Hill Fire Company has a place for everyone, regardless of age or level of experience. All training and equipment is provided to volunteers at no cost.
The following opportunities are available:
- Firefighter – As a volunteer firefighter for Ringing Hill, you will be trained to respond to fires, motor vehicle accidents and off-road calls with our state-of-the-art equipment.
- Junior Firefighter – Teens ages 16 and 17 can assist at the scene of fire calls and participate in training with other firefighters. At age 18, you can become an active firefighter.
- Fire Police – To ensure the safety of the public and firefighters during emergency situations, fire police direct traffic and crowds.
- Auxiliary – Members organize community events and fundraisers that benefit Ringing Hill such as weekly bingo, the Santa Run and the Easter Egg Candy Sale.
An Experience like No Other
Ringing Hill Fire Company volunteers voice numerous reasons for dedicating their time and effort. For many, it’s about giving back to the community and their passion for fighting fires.
“It’s fun, exciting and an adrenaline rush,” said Evan Gabel.
Many volunteers also speak about the support of the members and forging lasting friendships.
“They’re another family outside of your blood family,” said Elias Scipio.
Volunteers pride themselves on always being respectful, responsive and ready – but know that there is strength in numbers. With more volunteers, they could serve the community even more effectively.
To raise awareness of the need for volunteers, Ringing Hill Fire Company hired the services of The Communication Solutions Group Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm based in Jenkintown, Pa. The company successfully ran numerous recruitment and retention campaigns for fire and rescue organizations including Darby Fire Company #1, Paoli Fire Company, Abington Township Fire Department and many others.