Sometimes, it seems like people just don’t have the time to be a volunteer firefighter anymore.
It’s getting harder to find people to volunteer and even more difficult to keep them after they’ve been trained.
Our guest this time completed a three-year doctoral study on firefighter retention.
She’s here to offer some strategies that aren’t based on expensive campaigns. They’re practical ideas.
Dr. Candice McDonald is a firefighter/PIO with Sebring, Ohio Fire Department and a firefighter with the Winona, Ohio Fire Department. She also works for NASA as a federal special agent/physical security specialist. She’s a contributing author to Fire Engineering and Fire Rescue and holds a doctorate in business administration/homeland security.
Candice’s dissertation: Retention of Internal Stakeholders in the U.S. Volunteer Fire Service
Recruiting the Next Fire Service Leaders: “The Millennial Generation”
How fire departments can recruit diversity
What was the deadliest hotel fire in US history?
The deadliest hotel fire in US history was the Winecoff Hotel fire, which killed 119 in Atlanta in 1946.