I have just looked over the new report from NFPA, what a shocker. It appears the folks at NFPA now see a trend, while many fire departments in smaller communities have been seeing this for over the past decade. Does it mean the older members can't do the job, NO. However, many of these departments are having trouble recruiting the younger citizens. There are many factors that have caused this, some are: Many of the younger citizens don't have a sence of community as in the past, many younger citizens have to travel out of their community to work, many times these jobs require a commute of thirty minutes or more, and that is if they are lucky enough to have a job in this day in age, the training requirements placed on all professional firefighters both career and volunteer take a toll on family life, so many prospects find that they would prefer to spend this time with family, and who can blame them, as time is to short. How can we change this trend? Many folks out there have written books and manuels on this subject, but this is not a one size fits all subject. Some fire departments have merged with other's to form districts to gain lost manpower and aging crews, where daytime response is critical with less manpower. Now you will see a trend of longer response times, less personnel on the scene of an emergency (EXTREME SAFETY ISSUE) in larger cities, due to the loss of taxpayer revenue and overbudgets. Where do we go from here, Large City or Small Community, we better get use to the fact that we will have to do more with less, and weigh the risk and benefits each call poses.