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Recruitment and Retention, Not Just a Volunteer Challenge

The challenges with recruiting and retaining firefighters are not limited to volunteer departments.

What can you do to attract and retain qualified firefighters? The IAFC's iCHIEFs podcast tackles this issue in Episode 7Listen as Chad Deardorff, fire chief, York City (Pennsylvania) Fire Department and John Corthier, assistant chief, South Bend (Indiana) Fire Department share their departments' challenges with recruitment and retention and how each has responded.

The IAFC has learned that there are people in your community that are willing and maybe looking for opportunities to join the fire service. Sometimes we need a push in the right direction on both sides. Listen in as the chiefs discuss:

  • Recruitment and retention challenges on the career side
  • Initiatives for improving recruitment and retention
  • Results and lessons learned
  • Strategies to engage and retain current and future generations

Listen now, and make sure to share this vital information with others. Also, don't forget to subscribe to and rate the podcast on Apple Podcasts, as this will help us reach a wider audience.

Looking for volunteer recruitment and retention resources? Go here on the IAFC website to download tool-kits and other resources.


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