Mike Pertz tackles why new members leave the ranks – and how to keep them interested in a career in firefighting

It’s important to understand the misconceptions new recruits have about the fire service and identify the challenges they face in their first year


In this episode of FireRescue1's Side Alpha podcast, host Marc Bashoor speaks with Mike Pertz, a firefighter-paramedic with the Avon Lake (Ohio) Fire Department, who offers tips to prospective firefighters facing challenges joining the ranks. Pertz also addresses some of the misconceptions recruits have about the fire service, and tackles the key reasons members ultimately leave the fire service, and what leaders can do to keep them interested in a career in firefighting.

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