‘Ask the Recruiters’ Video Podcast Series Launched: Pressing Topics, New Ideas for Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruitment & Retention

August 1, 2020 – First Arriving is excited to announce the launch of our new video podcast series “Ask the Recruiters“.

“Ask the Recruiters” is an open format online show that addresses volunteer recruitment, retention, sustainability and success in volunteer emergency services across the United States.

From the east coast to the west coast and all points between, we’re opening ourselves up to answer your questions and concerns, and just as importantly, to share your solutions and successes in enticing, engaging and keeping volunteer fire and emergency responders.

Hosted by R&R vets Tiger Schmittendorf and Matt Aalto this 60-90 minute show will leverage their deep experience in helping volunteer organizations nationwide and will include guests who are some of the leading subject matter experts in volunteer management along with recruiters who will share their real-world solutions to complex issues in volunteer emergency services.

Show participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, offer their own insights, and interact with the hosts and guests via Facebook Live, email and chat.

Get your questions ready and be ready to share what works for you on “Ask the Recruiters”

Episode 1: Coming Out Of Crisis Mode With Winning Fire/EMS Volunteer Recruitment

Live Date: August 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

This inaugural episode of the “Ask the Recruiters” video podcast show will address volunteer firefighter & EMS recruitment and retention challenges during COVID-19 and how it has caused volunteer organizations to get creative in how they market to, interact with, onboard and train new volunteers and those candidates who were in process pre-pandemic.

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Episode 2: Back to School Special: Leveraging Fire/EMS Youth Programs

Live Date: August 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

In this “Back to School Special” episode of the “Ask the Recruiters” video podcast show we will tackle the question of “Is a fire department youth program worth the investment?” With special guest Bryan Riebe, Firefighting Instructor at Greenville County Career & Technical Center in South Carolina, Matt & Tiger will discuss the challenges of starting and sustaining a fire service youth program and share success stories they’ve discovered being implemented across the nation.

Register/Archive AccessTiger Schmittendorf is Vice President of Strategic Services for First Arriving, a full-service marketing team focused on public safety. An active volunteer firefighter and recruiter, he’s located near Buffalo New York and formerly coordinated the recruitment, training and operations of his county’s 97 fire departments and more than 6,000 volunteer firefighters for more than 20 years. He frequently teaches and consults on volunteer recruitment and retention around the country.Matt Aalto is a lieutenant with the Gaston Rural Fire District, a combination fire department near Portland Oregon and co-creator and content coordinator of  OregonFireRecruitmentNetwork.com. Matt is a Subject Matter Expert for the National Volunteer Fire Council.