In the spring of 1990, when Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company President Jay Jester joined, the roster was full and boasted 125 active-duty members.
Almost 30 years later, that number has dropped by about a percentage point per year, every year.
“I only got in because someone else dropped off,” Jester recalled. “Now we have 72 active members — about 68 percent of where we were.”
The numbers are bolstered by the different roles the company offers, from life members and gold badge life members to honorary, associate and contributing members.