Resources

www.firefighternation.com/profile/tiger5 – Where I first got my blog on. Log on at 2am, let’s chat.

www.erie.gov/fire – This is where I hang my helmet every day

www.fasny.com – 48,000 members (strong?)

www.nvfc.org – Great R&R resources available for download – mostly user-generated.

www.firecorps.org – I think everyone should have one

www.volunteermatch.org – If it’s free – it’s for me!

www.firefighternation.com – It doesn’t get any slicker than this. Meet me here.

www.facebook.com – Myspace for adults

www.rollwithit.com – The sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen in recruitment efforts

www.goarmy.com and www.1800goguard.com – Nobody recruits better than the military!

http://www.co.rockland.ny.us/Fire/fire_vol_needed.htm – Rockland County Rocks! They have their own recruitment radio show. How cool is that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsW786u2mFU – Rockland County’s (NY) cool recruitment video

http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/Home/departments/firerescue/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management/we2wantu/Volunteer.aspx – Props to Suffolk County’s (NY) Web Site for R&R

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5wgLD00iW0 – North Carolina’s recruitment video that demonstrates how people transition from every day people to every day heroes. Nicely done!

www.spotsyfire.org – Nice recruitment video and ads from a county-wide fire department (Wow! Now there’s a crazy-ass idea)

www.prideandownership.com – You absolutely, positively have to buy the DVD and the book “Pride & Ownership” by one of my personal heroes: Chief Rick Lasky

http://server.firehouse.com/carter/2000/081800.html – Harry Carter’s “Are You a Good Follower” article. He gets this leadership thing.

www.firemansfund.com/intothefire – Another must have. Great motivational tool for your troops and a great recruitment tool for your target audience

http://www.pennwellblogs.com/fenews/smokeshowing – Smoke Showing. Ditto.

www.firefighterclosecalls.com – And last but certainly not least, from my friend and mentor Billy Goldfeder: Not much about recruitment but I’m pretty sure “keeping us alive” is a great start towards retention. If you’re not subscribing to “The Secret List” – WTF?

Oh Yeah. I almost forgot: www.tigerschmittendorf.com

Here’s a bunch more that I just can’t think of any smart-ass comments to say about: 

U.S. Fire Admin’s Retention and Recruitment for the Volunteer Emergency Services Challenges and Solutions Guide – FA-310/May 2007: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-310.pdf

VFD Resources

http://vfd-resources.com/firefighter_training/VFD%20Management%20Course/table_of_contents.htm

Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment & Retention in Rural Pennsylvania

http://www.ruralpa.org/Volunteer_firefighters06.pdf

How to Recruit Volunteer Firefighters:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2081437_find-volunteer-firefighters.html

COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE Department of Fire Rescue (Charlottesville, Virginia) VOLUNTEER  RECRUITMENT & RETENTION COMMITTEE MINUTES:

http://albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Fire_and_Rescue/Forms/r_r/2004/7Jun04_RR_Minutes.pdf

Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia: Development of effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Volunteer Fire Services

http://www.vcos.org/resources/Recruitment%20&%20Retention%20Austrialian%20-%20US%20Study.pdf

TOWN OF OKOTOKS (Canada) Volunteer Firefighter Job Posting:

http://www.okotoks.ca/pdf/Human%20Resources/employment/VolPostingFF07.pdf

As of: 11/27/09

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