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Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and retention is one of the most critical topics in the fire service, particularly the volunteer fire service, which has long been seeking to attract and maintain members. The recruitment and retention resource page provides critical content to help fire departments manage their personnel, from articles that inform prospective members are life as a volunteer to podcasts about recruitment best practices to new techniques being used to encourage new members, and so much more.

Goshen students will have the ability to transfer credits toward an associate’s degree in fire science
Firefighters get real about one of the biggest issues facing the industry and how to fix it
It’s time to reevaluate our SOPs, eliminate insular groups, and see traditions as an honor, not an anchor
Decatur Fire & Rescue usually does lateral hires to fill firefighter positions
“I’m still pretty badass at 75, but I wish I had done it sooner,” Mary Jarschke said as she prepares to graduate as a volunteer firefighter
The issue of age isn’t a simple problem to solve, particularly in the volunteer fire service that’s struggling for members
Grant County Fire District 7 saw a 25% increase in calls, purchased new apparatus and nearly doubled its number of volunteers
Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott opposes to going to a firefighter-based EMS model
Test how your personality aligns with the motivation, teamwork and key character traits that exemplify firefighters around the world
Tucson Firefighter Cyprian Ortiz saw a familiar face on his first day as captain — his sister Captain Crystal Ortiz
The Senate bill would allow small city, county departments to hire retired firefighters for chief officer positions
A consolidation plan in Sunbury will cover everything from leadership, staffing and apparatus to avoid duplication of services and improve costs, training
Plaistow’s program was launched in Oct. 2022 and has seen its number of junior firefighters more than double
The FireRescue1 community considers what is driving high stress and staffing challenges