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Four Essential PARTS to Recruiting a Farm-Team for Your Volunteer Fire/EMS Agency

Spring is in the air and so is the opportunity to get out of our COVID-confined cocoons and go recruiting. A recent email to my volunteer fire department’s recruitment team “accidentally” caused me to write this piece about recruiting in a high school career/college fair environment, an opportunity we welcomed with open arms.

Looking for Volunteer Fire & EMS Recruitment Influencers?

Throughout the pandemic, volunteer fire and EMS recruiters across the nation had to get creative and develop recruitment messages through new means of communication To help overcome those obstacles, some organizations hired social media influencers to help attract and recruit people to their brand. Although TikTok is new, using influencers is nothing new in the recruiting world.

Striking the Balance Between Retention & Recruitment in Volunteer Fire/EMS Organizations

Recruitment without retention can create a revolving door in your volunteer Fire/EMS agency. Retention without recruitment will eventually wear down your workforce without a plan to address regular and positive attrition. Retention and recruitment are so interdependent that they must be tackled simultaneously in order to sustain and grow your volunteer emergency services organization.

Chasing the Unicorn: Recruiting Today’s Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers

Fire & EMS is a volunteering opportunity like none other; difficult if not impossible to describe, largely because of the tremendous impact you can have on the lives of others, yourself, and your entire community. Not many volunteering opportunities put the ‘real’ into real world experiences and education like fire and emergency services. Our challenge is to motivate the right audience towards serving with us. So, if you’re not focused on volunteer recruitment and retention, what are you focused on?