Posted on November 11, 2011 by Tiger Schmittendorf
An article posted to FirefighterNation.com today outlines the challenges faced by volunteer fire departments in Pennsylvania in recruiting and retaining their members. Although these types of articles are becoming all too frequent, this one in particular is better than most in that it focuses on the positives of being a volunteer firefighter — not all the negatives. I’ve cited many examples of what not to say if you’re actually looking to solve your R&R challenges in a previous post titled “Is this our best approach?” Too often, we hand a prospective candidate all of the reasons and excuses why they wouldn’t join on a silver platter. (more…)
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Posted on April 26, 2011 by Tiger Schmittendorf
A college education is one of the greatest gifts and rewards we can ever offer a volunteer firefighter.
Giving them the opportunity to earn a college degree makes them more employable. Making them more employable offers them the opportunity to secure and succeed at a better paying job. Succeeding at a better paying job offers them a better opportunity to remain local, allowing them to give their time and dedication to serving your community. That’s what’s called: ROI – Return On Investment.
It’s a relatively simple equation — stuff you don’t even need a college degree to figure out that it can work for your fire department and your fire service. (more…)
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Posted on January 10, 2011 by Tiger Schmittendorf
Many progressive volunteer fire departments have embraced the live-in concept for years -- and with great success.
As many volunteer fire departments struggle to maintain adequate staffing, there’s still a long-standing solution available that is often overlooked.
Like many of the challenges we face, the solution to inadequate staffing may require more imagination and sheer will than it takes time or money to overcome them. (more…)
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