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Year in Review
This past year, the fire service has seen several highs and lows. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported a record drop in firefighter injuries (see page 66) while the number of firefighter layoffs and other cuts has hit record highs. Look for the Firehouse.com Year in Review that will begin around Christmastime to see the top news stories, training articles, podcasts and more.
Editor Peter Matthews talks with Manchaca, TX, Fire Chief Chris Barron and Loudoun County, VA, Volunteer Program Manager Karen McQuaid about their efforts for the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Manchaca was awarded the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section’s Recruitment & Retention Award last month. Barron and McQuaid share methods of recruiting new members and focusing on retention to keep rigs staffed with trained personnel.
Look for “VCOS Radio: Retention of Volunteer Firefighters” on Dec. 14.