Prompted by the receipt of this month’s newsletter from Fire 20/20 — a non-profit organization focused on increasing diversity and providing solutions for the fire service — it reminded me that I’ve written several posts, comments and articles about the ...Read More »
My Bologna Has a First Name
Grabbing and keeping the public’s attention for the purpose of promoting a product, service or a cause has become a billion dollar business. As fire and emergency medical services struggle to find or maintain its identity in this generation of flux, ...Read More »
The Jury is Out on Criminal Background Checks
As happens pretty frequently, I had a fire chief call recently to ask for some advice on what has become a bit of an arresting matter in his volunteer fire department. It appears that a prospective candidate for membership was being ...Read More »
Where is Recruitment on your list?
I just visited a volunteer fire department’s web site based on a referral from Facebook and was disappointed, if not dismayed, to find that “Recruitment” was listed at number 11 out of 18 options on their site’s sidebar menu. I ...Read More »
Burning Question: Is a Co-Op Campaign Right for You?
Has your fire department ever considered conducting a co-op advertising and marketing program for recruiting new volunteers, promoting fire and life safety or just generally good public relations? Maybe you should. Think of the benefits of partnering with a local ...Read More »
Engage: The Xbox Generation
As I’ve shared previously in “From the Xbox to the Box Alarm” and “Dig In!” — I’m continually conducting my own observational research of the people who are already, or soon will be our replacements in the fire service: GenY. ...Read More »
DHS Announces Veterans Hiring Program
In an effort to increase the number of military placed back in the workplace after active service, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced it’s latest initiative as part of the SAFER grant program for recruitment, retention and hiring. ...Read More »
Time to get SAFER!
The application period for the US DHS SAFER grant program for the recruitment, retention and hiring of firefighters opened today: July 16, 2012. Applications are due by August 10. “SAFER grants provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter ...Read More »
Different Views on Generational Differences
A recent e-mail blast from Fire Chief Magazine included a video interview with a training officer in a combination fire department in Texas where he shared his views on the impact of generational differences in the fire service. While I ...Read More »
GX Magazine Catches on to the Soldier-Firefighter Connection
As they often do, the most recent edition of the National Guard’s GX Magazine featured my favorite kind of two-hatter: Those who wear both a soldier’s helmet and a fire helmet. The featured Guardsman is Specialist Rob Fox – a Soldier in the ...Read More »