I've incoporated more hands-on training to keep the young FF's interested. This actually gets some of the older guys involved by being helpers. They can point out something I may have missed or overlooked. They also can add something I didn't know. I'm lucky in that everyone except one guy is younger than me. So we have a pretty young department. I've also picked up the book, Volunteer Training Officer's Handbook. from Fire Engineering. Some good tips in there.
Our guys have to have 24 hours, but same story, some don't even have half that amount. Some of our newer guys have loads because they are a taking the FF II class. I count drivers training in the training hours (something not done before me). We also count EMS training but at half the hours, so if a guy has two hours EMS training, it gets one hour credit for FF training.
I've got lots more ideas, so here's my e-mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org Drop me a line and I'll send you more stuff.
Also, let me what kind of training schedule you have. I'll include mine when I e-mail you.
Hope this helps.
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