Hope Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) will hold a Recruitment Open House on Monday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Fire Station, 475 Camden Road. The no-obligation event is being held to give people an opportunity to ask questions and see what HVFD is all about. The need for volunteers is great says a spokesperson, because HVFD currently has 14 volunteers, down from 26 in 2012, and the average age is 52. “Over the next five years it is critical that we rebuild our team,” the spokesperson said. “We would like to get our team back up to a minimum of 20 firefighters, and reduce the average age to 40.” HVFD is an equal opportunity organization. For more information, call 542-2694 or email firechief@hopemaine.org.