Volunteers receive training

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By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
Deputy Chief
Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

    On Saturday March 24, 2012, Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue hosted a Leadership Roundtable at the Bedford Columns. 
    Fifty volunteers representing the various fire and rescue agencies throughout Bedford County attended informational training for efficiently and effectively managing the common business transactions that occur within volunteer organizations.  Chief Jack Jones discussed the state of volunteerism within Bedford County and the current recruitment and retention efforts that are taking place was presented by Captain Janet Blankenship. 
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz presented detailed information on ethical decision making in financial management and discussed the importance of maintaining accurate accounting records, ensuring that every financial decision is made with the public interested in mind. 
    Doug Kline from Selective Insurance discussed safety measures, policies and procedures that are in place to prevent accidents.  He discussed the importance of accident prevention and how reducing the number of claims within the agencies reduces overall operations cost.
    Brown Edwards Accounting firm presented proper accounting and record-keeping practices and how established procedures ensure funds continue to be utilized with public trust. This training was outside the typical fire and emergency services field operations training that is so often seen within other fire and rescue systems, however, it is the type of all hazards training that Bedford County Fire & Rescue works to provide for the benefit of all components of our system and will certainly continue to be beneficial for the volunteer agencies that participated.
    Volunteer agencies continue to need personnel from all walks of life to aid in daily operations.  If perhaps you would like to volunteer your time and do not want to respond to calls but would like to serve on an agency Board of Directors or fill an executive position as a volunteer, contact your local fire or rescue agency and see if they have a need.