www.iVolunteerFIRE.org – The countywide recruitment clearinghouse I created to help bring in 500+ new volunteers each year for our county’s 93 volunteer fire departments.
www.iVolunteerEMS.org – EMS companion site to iVolunteerEMS.org
www.erie.gov/fire – This is where I hung my helmet every day for more than 20 years.
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!
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
www.firemansfund.com/intothefire – Another must have. Great motivational tool for your troops and a great recruitment tool for your target audience
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
Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment & Retention in Rural Pennsylvania
How to Recruit Volunteer Firefighters:
COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE Department of Fire Rescue (Charlottesville, Virginia) VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT & RETENTION COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia: Development of effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Volunteer Fire Services
TOWN OF OKOTOKS (Canada) Volunteer Firefighter Job Posting:
As of: 11/27/09
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