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Generational Differences

The FireRescue1 Generational Differences resource page offers a variety of news, podcasts and expert analysis that can help older generations learn how best to communicate with tech-savvy younger members, while also helping the young members learn how to share newer technologies or tactics with confidence.

Plaistow’s program was launched in Oct. 2022 and has seen its number of junior firefighters more than double
There is no substitute for high-context communications and training that occurs between two people, engaging privately, face-to-face
Skip the corporate exercise and focus on your bread and butter
The IPSDI CEO argues that labeling firefighters by arbitrary birth years is unfair, too convenient and shortchanges the conversation around individuality
Recognizing the differences among the many generations in the fire service can help identify skills and talents to improve team dynamics
Detailing the factors that create division between upper and lower management – and how we can learn to balance diverse perspectives and competing priorities
The Salisbury (N.C.) division chief shares the origins of his training focus, his personal evolution on the job, and what it means to be “combat ready”
Dispelling generational myths and clarifying the root of workforce personnel differences
Managing generational differences is difficult, but there are ways to bring a group together to function as a team
The retired FDNY battalion chief underscores that while being into the job is great, finding balance in your life ultimately makes you a better firefighter
Getting inside the teenage brain to engage new recruits
Four common retention pitfalls, plus simple solutions for improving department culture and keeping firefighters happy
No matter generation or leadership style, everyone brings something unique to the table
Embrace them and thank them, then get on the ball and teach them
When dealing with the public, too many members either clam up and say nothing or say way too much beyond the scope of what’s appropriate
Follow simple steps to build connections between fire service leaders and the newest generation of firefighters
Resources, exercises and discussion points to enhance your leadership style and management skills
Finding a supervisory style rooted in authenticity creates an environment of trust and common ground
Traditional methods of supervision are evolving to align with the needs of firefighters of all ages
The Anne Arundel County chief considers whether stereotypes of generations hold true or whether they are used as a crutch for poor leadership
Officers must acknowledge generational differences and develop common goals for team members
Facing the reality of diverging leadership styles – and evolving your leadership style with the times
Successful volunteer firefighter supervision is rooted in clear expectations, decisions rooted in policy, and interpersonal relationships
Implementing supervision-focused best practices requires leaders to address their members’ different worldviews, work ethics and perspectives
While many fire service leaders still consider millennials to be the latest department newbies, it’s those in Generation Z that are peak-rookie age
Why supervisors should consider replacing a micromanagement-focused structure to one based in helping members thrive
Real-world examples highlight the simple ways supervisors can enforce fire department policies
Chief Goldfeder weighs in on how to deal with underperforming firefighters who can cramp the style of the entire crew