City of Canandaigua asks, What would make you volunteer?

It’s no secret Canandaigua is seeking community members interested in volunteer firefighting.

And, after a gathering last week of local fire companies, it’s also no secret that many are facing difficulties in finding volunteers, for a variety of reasons, including time and training commitments, family situations and more.

To help attract volunteers, the city has posted a survey of a range of possible incentives intended to discover what would entice someone to join.

City Manager John Goodwin said that besides camaraderie and serving the community, volunteers now receive a YMCA membership, for example.

But providing more incentives may result in increased interest in serving.

The four-question survey, which is posted at the city’s website, tries to gauge if property tax exemptions, state income tax credits, length of service award programs and free State University of New York college degrees would attract potential volunteers.

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