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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.

Follow these 20 rules from Day 1 to lay the foundation for a long and successful career in the fire service
There’s a greater-than-ever demand for wildland firefighters; here’s how to get started
Detailing the expectations of the job and the three steps to becoming a volunteer firefighter
Lessons learned from organizational culture-focused research
ESO’s Trend Report breaks down coming innovations and game-changing initiatives
Voters in Missoula approved a fire levy to increase staffing, purchase equipment and build a new fire station
SAFER grant will allow Mankato Public Safety to put a day shift at Station2
Rockford firefighters and the Illinois Fire Service Institute joined together to create a skills event for fire department cadets
Fire service leaders must shift their recruitment and retention strategies
From showing appreciation to explaining the “why,” there are several ways to help minimize attrition rates at your department
Here are some common (and two uncommon) questions you may encounter on a typical entry-level oral board
Change these behaviors to practice relational leadership that will advance your professional and personal exchanges
Firefighting is a tough business, and firefighters — more than most other professionals — need to possess a multitude of skills and talents
From “doing more with less” staff to poor leadership, members share the top industry issues that sour their career ambitions
Prioritizing DEI starts with mission alignment and leadership support
Manhattan Beach firefighters sue city officials for failing to fill vacant positions and requiring overtime shifts
The Florida fire department’s targeted approach to mental health has resulted in lower turnover rate and enhanced recruitment efforts
Maryville Fire Chief Doug Dankenbring incentivized more responses and included time spent on calls
North Haven Lieutenant Chris Shea created “Hero to Hero” to help veterans find careers in public safety
The Winslow Township Fire Department created one “super station” to deal with a decrease in firefighter staffing
Waterford administrator offered a plan to create a new EMS department as part of a larger reorganization
Aldermen, residents criticized fire department leaders for not being at a meeting about race, discrimination and lawsuits in the department
The event seeks to establish a global fire service leadership network dedicated to supporting and strengthening the fire service around the world
While completing fire academy training is a rigorous challenge that’s not for everyone, it’s a necessity if you want to enter the rewarding field of firefighting
Virginia Beach Fire Chief Ken Pravetz is asking the city for 140 more firefighters after spending $3.7M in overtime
If you’re looking to be hired or promoted, you’ll want to prep for these go-to oral interview questions
The Capital Region Firefighter program launches a 100 Teens-to-Lifesavers Challenge
Newport News officials proposed a pay raise and step plan to be more competitive with neighboring departments