This is the shape of things to come. Every year, the average age of the volunteer pool goes up. The lack of support from the public and government bodies and the need for people to put in the time and money it takes to stay up to speed means that vollies that do start, drop out of the program. Very few will still be getting up at 'O dark 30 when the pager goes off, 2 years from now.
I have no idea what it will take to turn the trend around. Money and love are in short supply if you don't have political power behind you.