Let me tell you about the discounts and free food at the County fair.Is this a serious response? I honestly can not believe that you are being serious here.
Ultimately it comes down to this question.
"Would YOU want these people responding to your home if your loved ones were trapped inside during a fire?" The ones who refuse to keep current on their training or even participate in the training and only show up for meetings, county fairs (not to volunteer but, to get the discounts and free food), and to stand around while the "younger guys" do all of the work.
The ambulances at the County fair go there on a standby basis.
They are not paid, they go there for nothing.
They get to stay by that ambulance and waste 8 hrs of their day .
If they get food, they pay for it. They didn't have to pay at the gate because they are there as workers, not visitors.
It's a royal pain in the ass.
Why don't you go to the County Commissioners and tell them you want an age limit on the volunteers.
See what they say.
Go ahead take all of these older men out of the Volunteer system and see what you have left.
Punks like your friend who thinks these older men are worthless.
Tell your friend to stop spreading BS to you, and go to his meeting and bring up his complaints to the company.
If he has the balls.
In my experience when a person's home is on fire they are damned glad to see anyone respond.