NVFC Corner: Retention & Recruitment - Part 1

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Retention and recruitment are two of the biggest challenges facing the volunteer fire service. Over the last three decades, the ranks of the volunteer fire service have declined by seven percent, yet volunteers comprise 72 percent of firefighters in the U.S.

Join Dr. William Jenaway as he moderates a discussion into the key findings of a new U.S. Fire Administration/National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) retention and recruitment study, solutions to some of the retention and recruitment obstacles, and the overriding concept of leadership.

Guests include Philip C. Stittleburg, Chairman of the NVFC and Wisconsin Director; Jack Carriger, Second Vice Chairman of the NVFC and Oregon Director; and E. James Monihan, past Chairman of the NVFC and current Delaware Director. They will discuss some of the best practices they are seeing in their states to address the retention and recruitment challenges as well as how leadership plays an important factor in the solution.

Stay tuned to Radio@Firehouse and the NVFC's websites for future NVFC Corner podcasts. Firehouse.com and the National Volunteer Fire Council have teamed up for a series of podcasts that are directed at the members of the volunteer fire service.

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Related Links

Retention and Recruitment for the Volunteer Emergency Services: Challenges and Solutions (Second Edition) (PDF)

National Volunteer Fire Council Website

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