Posted on December 21, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
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Posted on December 15, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
Volunteer fire departments, whether they realize it or not, compete for recruits. Sometimes with other volunteer fire departments but most often with a busy home life, other community organizations, volunteering opportunities and a wide array of social activities.
What if our recruits, like in college recruiting, were in competition with other recruits wanting to be selected by our fire departments? Would we see more or less candidates? More or less qualified? Or are they already in competition with each other?
More importantly, what can we learn from college athletic recruiters like the NCSA
who set up this registry
for potential recruits? Do you use language like: “SEIZE the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and change your life” to describe the benefits of joining your volunteer fire department? (more…)
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Posted on December 1, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
Sgt. Don Keuck is a Citizen-Soldier-Firefighter with the Doyle Hose Co. 1 Volunteer Fire Company in Cheektowaga NY and the NY National Guard
As we’ve shared before, recruiting veterans into the volunteer fire service can be a great solution to our staffing challenges.
They might just be the perfect candidate as we don’t have to teach them discipline, respect, honor, loyalty, chain-of-command or teamwork. In return we offer the camaraderie, adrenaline rush, teamwork and sense of value that they miss from active duty.
Check out this article at our sister site and think about the “VetNet” we could create in the Volunteer Fire Service. There’s an army of volunteers out there just waiting to be asked. Recruiting a Soldier|Firefighter may be the perfect fit for your volunteer fire department.
Read: “VetNet” To Help Military Veterans Re-Enter Civilian Life
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Posted on October 27, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
Grabbing and keeping the public’s attention for the purpose of promoting a product, service or a cause has become a billion dollar business.
As fire and emergency medical services struggle to find or maintain its identity in this generation of flux, what can we learn from the advertising and marketing industry that will help us build our brand?
A recent web-surfing adventure randomly brought me back to this commercial I remember from when I was a kid:
That jingle first hit the TV screen in 1973 but all I need to hear is the start of the theme music, and I can’t help but break into song. Now that’s a lasting marketing message.
When you market your fire department for the purpose of gaining financial support, recruiting new volunteers or simply building company and community pride — do you have a theme, jingle, motto, or tagline that makes your message memorable? Is it integrated into all of your community education, relations and recruitment efforts? (more…)
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Posted on October 19, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
What you should and can ask an applicant about their criminal history is a smokey issue. What you can legally do with the information you receive can obscur your visibility even more.
As happens pretty frequently, I had a fire chief call recently to ask for some advice on what has become a bit of an arresting matter in his volunteer fire department.
It appears that a prospective candidate for membership was being honest when they checked off the little box on their fire department application that asks whether or not they’ve been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense. Essentially, they were being honest about being dishonest — now that’s what I call irony.
What to do? Deny the application. Case closed. Simple as that. Right? (more…)
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Posted on April 10, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
As they often do, the most recent edition of the National Guard’s GX Magazine featured my favorite kind of two-hatter: Those who wear both a soldier’s helmet and a fire helmet.
The featured Guardsman is Specialist Rob Fox – a Soldier in the California Army National Guard’s 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and firefighter with the San Diego Fire Department.
Read the rest of the story at: SoldierFirefighter.com
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Posted on March 7, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
I recently had the privilege of writing a feature article for Fire-Rescue Magazine outlining the importance of “Making the Citizen-Soldier-Firefighter Connection.”
What started out as a vision for a successful joint recruitment project has morphed into a passion to connect firefighters and soldiers of all stripes.
Based on the concept that we’re looking for the same people — and we are the same people, I created a joint recruitment project between our county’s volunteer fire service and the NY National Guard.
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Posted on February 20, 2012 by Tiger Schmittendorf
OK, maybe that’s not how the song goes, but I have to thank my good friend Bill Schumm over at FireGeezer.com for doing my FireRECRUITER work for me.
In his February 17th Morning Lineup features (and updated on February 20th), he discusses and demonstrates the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of using video as a recruitment tool. While his perspective on why we face the recruitment and retention challenges we do are certainly part of puzzle, the value of his commentary lies in the subliminal call to action that we need to be more creative in creating the solutions.
Certainly, a recruitment video with appropriate visuals and a good, solid message can be effective, but FireGeezer proposes that we need to do something about our culture, our society, to inspire and perpetuate volunteerism. I couldn’t agree more.
However, I feel that before we can tackle the 300 pound elephant of societal viewpoints, we should first look inward at our own culture. No longer can we afford to act as a “secret society” — shunning those who don’t necessarily fit our traditonal demographic or the model of what a firefighter “used to be.” While we must certainly strive towards those who can embrace or already share our value system, reality is that those people come in different shapes and sizes, colors and backgrounds too. (more…)
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