Keeping with my theme of “Treat every public interaction as a public service, public education, public relations, AND a recruitment opportunity,” a new member announcement can have a positive impact on your recruitment and retention efforts. Young Blood: Newton Abbott ...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 »
NVFC Receives SAFER Grant for National Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Campaign
According to an NVFC.org press release, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a $2,390,479 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement a national volunteer firefighter recruitment ...Read More »
Is reserving a name change right maneuver for volunteer firefighters?
While I appreciate that this chief gets the SoldierFirefighter connection, he also thinks Volunteer Firefighters need a name change to put us on par with our partners in the military reserves. What do you think? http://www.firerescue1.com/volunteer/articles/1883831-How-to-rid-fire-service-of-rivalry-with-a-name-change/Read More »
Recruit your replacements. Train them well.
Given the national decline in experience-building fire load (aka-the work we do as firefighters), I’ve written before about the challenge of today’s fire service leaders to dig in and invest more in their firefighters than ever before to prepare them ...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 »
Are You Ready to RecruitNY?
SHARED COURTESY OF FASNY and Nell Killoran, Senior Editor, The Volunteer Firefighter [www.FASNY.com and www.abcideabased.com] Images created or modified by FireRECRUITER.com Recruiting and retaining manpower is one of the greatest challenges, if not the greatest challenge, we face in the volunteer ...Read More »
NVFC: Quantity of Volunteers is Down
According to this report released at NVFC.org, there were 44,000 fewer volunteer firefighters in 2010 compared to 2009, a reduction of 5.4 percent, according to the U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2010, an annual report that was recently issued by ...Read More »
Is this Our Best Approach?
This article was originally published November 29, 2009 at www.TigerSchmittendorf.com. Rather than keep creating new posts on this subject, I intend to re-publish this post as opportunity presents itself to learn from best — and not exactly our best — ...Read More »
Can you rise to the challenge?
An article posted to FirefighterNation.com today outlines the challenges faced by volunteer fire departments in Pennsylvania in recruiting and retaining their members. Although these types of articles are becoming all too frequent, this one in particular is better than most ...Read More »