Code 3 Podcast: Volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention
NVFC Chairman Kevin Quinn offers strategies to overcome volunteer staffing challenges
With the vast majority of U.S. firefighters – 70 percent – being unpaid volunteers, it’s unsettling to realize that fewer men and women are volunteering these days.
It’s a challenge. There are hours, even days, of training and then you get paged out at 3 a.m. for a medical call. Fires offer their own kind of dangers, including the looming risk of cancer.
How can we recruit more volunteers to the fire service and keep the ones we have?
Kevin Quinn, chairman of the National Volunteer Firefighters Council, joins host Scott Orr to explore volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention challenges and strategies.