It’s a new year and a new opportunity to re-align our focus and our commitment to volunteer enlistment. This is the question I ask at the start of every presentation, class or simply conversations with others as passionate about the ...Read More »
Get Schooled on Recruiting High Schoolers
A recent online message from a firefighter friend prompted me to publish the recruitment insight I shared with him: Hey Tiger, I’m looking for help with our Recruitment and Retention Efforts . In the past few months we have lost ...Read More »
Recruitment Video of the Week: Perry Hi-Way VFD
This week’s recruitment video review comes from Perry Hi-Way Volunteer Hose Co. in Erie PA. While the video is very professionally done, I’m concerned with any public outreach that leads with the message that our numbers are dwindling and the reasons people ...Read More »
If you vent too early, oxygen is introduced and the fire can grow. Put water on the fire without proper ventilation and the trapped heat converts the water to steam and everyone’s survivability is compromised. A coordinated attack is critical ...Read More »
Be a hero, save lives, join LVAC!
Great job by the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) in producing this professional video demonstrating their capabilities and dedication to the community, just in time to celebrate their 60th anniversary of service to the Town of Lancaster and Village of ...Read More »
Volunteer fire departments, whether they realize it or not, compete for recruits. Sometimes with other volunteer fire departments but most often with a busy home life, other community organizations, volunteering opportunities and a wide array of social activities. What if ...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 »