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Tips for Successful Firefighting Panel Interviews
Pre-interview fire station visits: Are they helping or hurting you?
15 basic tips to help you make a good impression before you interview for a fire service job  
Former Kan. deputy chief files $1.3M gender discrimination suit
Kathy Petty alleges she was fired in place of less qualified men   
FDNY hires 9 convicted ex-felons
The department has faced criticism for graduating the probationary firefighters from the academy   
Women firefighters talk recruiting, changing nature of firefighting
It has become easier for women to perform the job of firefighting, yet remains difficult to land one  
Firefighters' union battle to negotiate agility test
The two-year battle has been further complicated by labor board appointments  
Report: 80 percent of NH depts. are volunteer
Fire officials agree that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain on-call firefighters  
Fla. volunteers forced to ask career FFs to man station
The volunteer station had its public funding yanked and was unable to fill all shifts  
Huge turnout for few firefighter openings in Ohio
More than 1,000 candidates took the test; Dayton has not hired firefighter or police officer since 2008  
New fire department trying to fill firefighting positions
The short time to launch the new fire department has made it harder to hire enough firefighters  
Calif. fire dept. enters recruit program to boost diversity
Outreach program focuses on local schools and students between 14 and 21 years old  
Baseball player rejects draft to pursue firefighting career
Despite draft eligibility, Jones' pursuit is 'done deal'  
Firefighter diversity at risk at Ohio department
As many prepare to retire, lack of minorities and women may worsen   
NY dept. struggling for vol., fears loss of ambulance service
In what seems to be a nationwide trend, the dept. is on the lookout for more manpower  
Conn. dept. uses new training program to recruit, retain volunters
Officials say the program is successful because of the sense of community   
NC fire department accepts SAFER grant, to hire 15
Grant pays for salary and benefits of new firefighters' first two years on job  
Maine fire chief's recruiting success spurs plan for new fire department
Fire Chief Rick Smart is crafting a proposed budget and plan to equip and operate a fire department  
Houston Fire Department aims to recruit more women
HFD has been on the defensive since allegations last July of discrimination at Station 54 at Bush Intercontinental Airport  
Mass. chief struggles to recruit firefighters in bad economy
Tenn. fire department recruits paramedics from Ohio
NJ fire chief selection process could change due to lack of experienced volunteers
NC fire departments ramping up recruitment
Several Brunswick County fire departments have been hit hard by low volunteer rates  
2 sons of 'Worcester 6' to graduate from Mass. fire academy
Loss of 6 city firefighters in 1999, Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire influences recruits to join department  
NJ town may ease volunteer firefighter requirements
Under the township code, a firefighter can be dismissed if he doesn't respond to 50 percent of the fire calls for two straight years  
Calif. fire chief hopes to recruit more local firefighters
Less than 10 percent of the 82 firefighters and paramedics hired in the past 15 years have been San Bernardino residents  
Fewer answer the call for Maine volunteer fire departments
Small-town volunteer fire departments in central Maine are aging and shrinking  
Pa. high school plans firefighting course
New Oxford High School plans to offer "Orientation to Fire Service" to students in grades 10 through 12 who are at least 16 years of age  
Va. fire companies part of volunteer retention study
A study is trying to examine the pros and cons of various methods of volunteer recruitment  
Miss. camp teaches kids safety, ignites interest in firefighting careers
The weeklong academy started Monday, and by Wednesday most of the kids had already decided they want to be firefighters  
Volunteer firefighters getting harder to find in Va.
Each year, departments lose about as many volunteers as they keep  
Fire departments roll out annual carnivals across Pa. county
Some departments have dropped carnivals from their calendars, possibly due to volunteer recruitment and retention issues  
Allow LAFD to recruit, panel urges
The department is working hard to train recruits from under-represented categories — such as women — to pass the rigorous qualifying tests  
Decline in volunteering hurts fire departments around the country
Recruitment is a problem for some departments, but a more common complaint is that it's hard to keep people once they've joined  
College tuition aid offered for recruiting volunteer firefighters in NY
Volunteers statewide cover a fire service area of 47,214 square miles and provide protection for 9.8 million citizens  
Firefighter recertification law threatens volunteer departments in Ohio
The 2008 law requires all Ohio firefighters to earn recertification every three years by passing a test  
Calif. fire department to boost ranks, reopen station
Vallejo station closed under weight of budget cuts may reopen by summer; fire administrators are running background checks on 10 potential new hires  
Firefighter candidate saved after heart stops during CPAT
FF-medics saved the man's life with CPR and by using a defibrillator  
FDNY firefighter bias tab $65M
The ruling could affect thousands of minorities who took the firefighter exam  
Video: Whites say, 'Black FDNY group barred us'
Volunteer said he was told to admit people only if they had received confirmation e-mail from society  
El Paso Fire Department's female ranks grow
City's number of female firefighters has tripled in the past 10 years  
Entire NM volunteer department quits except chief
Former captain says resignations were for various reasons, not organized walk-out  
Texas fire department retests applicants
Corpus Christi chief admits mistake in recording fitness test results, orders retest  
NY college offers volunteer firefighters free tuition
Incentive program for retaining volunteer firefighters includes associate's degree reimbursement  
17 recruits graduate as firefighters in NC
Volunteer fire companies fight for survival in Pa.
Closures, recruitment cuts approved for LAFD
Ousted cadet's return has Houston Fire Department reviewing policy
Va. city ends entry exam after discrimination lawsuit
Miss. agencies report more responders flunking initial fitness exam
Localized studies have consistently found that among firefighters and police, generally three-quarters are overweight  
Fire cadet program reaches out to youth in NY
10 Albany teenagers will spend their summer days alongside firefighters, learning the ropes  
Mass. fire department seeks recruits to balance retirements
An exodus could occur as many Worcester firefighters reach requisite age and years of service for superannuated retirements  
Texas fire department aims to ease rules for recruits
San Antonio Fire Department would be allowed to accept recruits who have used drugs as juveniles and who have more driving violations  
Grant could train future firefighters in Va.
SAFER grants could help establish classes on recruiting  
Mass. firefighters honored for service
Four Fire/EMS responders who retired from local Townsand force are honored for their combined 116 years of experience  
NY village eases firefighter recruitment rule
The changes extend the recruitment radius from one to two miles around Blasdell and lift a residential restriction  
NJ fire departments aim recruiting pitch at holiday shoppers
They will take advantage of the start of the holiday shopping season by placing recruiters on Saturday morning at some of the bigger stores in their area  
Calif. firefighters union to reject 'final offer'
The president of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association says said unless the offer improves, the union will not return to the bargaining table  
Mich. responders inspire awestruck kids
NC feels volunteer crunch as rural towns become suburbs
Mass. departments produce TV ad to attract volunteers
Va. city settles firefighter racial discrimination suit
UK launches 'ethnic', womens' fire uniforms
Volunteer firefighter numbers drop in Texas
Volunteers join Ill. fire department after massive summer blaze
The newest recruits won't be able to fight any fires until they're done with their training; they now have 59 volunteers  
Okla. fire department awarded FEMA grant
The department will be awarded $830,792 for recruitment and retention of firefighters  
Firefighter pensions at risk after referendum votes
Voters in two Calif. cities approved plans to cut public-employee pensions; lawsuits sure to follow  
City's newest firefighters almost all war vets
This marks the first time the city has recruited veterans since WWII  
FDNY enlists diverse firefighter group to attract recruits
Officials chose two men and two women to attract potential recruits  
Watch: Rapping firefighters' parody recruitment video goes viral
The video, featuring firefighters rapping and rolling hoses, has been viewed more than 318,000 times  
Calif. turns to civilians as inmate firefighters dwindle
The California Conservation Corps reopened a camp to train three crews of young civilians to do the same work as the inmates  
At 150, FDNY is increasing diversity, with some hurdles
Some at Harlem recruiting table said it was the first time they'd considered joining the Fire Department of New York, which is under a court order to diversify its overwhelmingly white and male ranks  
33 graduate from Mass. volunteer firefighter program
The classes are held nights and weekends to accommodate the schedules of people from rural areas  
Bill would allow tuition waiver for Neb. firefighters
The bill would waive 30 percent of a responder's in-state tuition at the University of Nebraska, a Nebraska state college or community college  
Firefighter, police recruits quizzed about sex lives in application
The police and fire application process in Cincinnati includes questions about applicants' most unusual sex acts and how many times they've had sex outdoors  
Watch: Female firefighters share challenges, value of inclusive culture
The video features women who attended WTREX, a training exchange that helps advance participants’ qualifications for wildland fire operations   
San Francisco mayor’s budget plan allows for 90 new dispatchers
"Dispatchers are now answering approximately 1,000 more calls per day. That's about 1,000 more calls from seven years ago," Mayor Mark Farrell said  
Wash. city green card holders can now apply to be firefighters, cops
Senate Bill 6145, which took effect in June, gives legal permanent residents the right to apply to be first responders  
Girls firefighter camp rescheduled after abrupt cancellation
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s spokesperson said the city “is not going to allow the threat of a lawsuit stop it from happening”  
Tenn. fire dept. wants to add 67 more staff members
Nashville Fire Department officials voiced their concerns and said they “actually deal with having shortfalls” due to low staff numbers  
NY town may consider grant to hire more firefighters
The grant could be used to rehire laid-off firefighters, retain firefighters facing layoffs, fill positions vacated through attrition or hire new firefighters  
Fire dept. posts signs in search of new firefighters
The Owls Head Fire Department said they are so low on firefighters that sometimes they don’t have anyone to respond to calls  
First responders hire marketing firm to help with recruitment
In an effort to combat the nationwide volunteer shortage, 20 fire and EMS departments in three states are getting creative with tactics such as recruitment centers  
Ill. volunteer fire dept. struggling with call volume
"The shortage of volunteers is nationwide ... everybody's hurting," Blackhawk Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Todd Fitzpatrick said  
Va. bill would give teens chance to join volunteer fire depts.
SB 887 would take away the requirement that teens need consent or certification to join a volunteer fire department and participate in non-hazardous activities  
Mo. city proposes incentive to recruit firefighters, cops
The Public Safety Recruiting and Retention Initiative would “help to make Columbia a destination city” for first responders  
Fire department hires first female firefighter in 141 years
Hannah Lindemuth said she was inspired to join the fire service after first responders helped her say goodbye to her dying father  
Fire departments thinking outside the box in light of paramedic shortage
Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio fire departments say they need a new generation of paramedics to come on board  
Officials: San Diego’s 911 system ‘on the brink of crisis’
The police emergency call times now meet national standards, but a dispatch union rep said the fire department call center is understaffed and overwhelmed  
Study: Women firefighters can improve safety, but culture must change
Researchers said new ideas from women can increase safety in fire departments, but the masculine culture can make some females feel unwelcome  
Officials: Most volunteer firefighters are over age 40
“Volunteerism is dying, there is not a doubt in mind... The hard part is what’s that next step? How do we get other generations to come in?” Chief Bill Weimer said  
First FDNY Asian-American female firefighter honored by Netflix
Sarinya Srisakul was given the Freedom Award for her efforts in recruiting more female firefighters   
Veterans recruited by Forest Service for wildland firefighter crews
The Coconino National Forest’s Veterans in Wildfire program is hoping to give veterans the camaraderie many of them seek after leaving the military  
Chicago officials demand more fire dept. entrance exams to increase diversity
With the last firefighters entrance exam taking place in 2014, and the next one scheduled for 2021, Chicago aldermen are demanding a higher frequency  
New Ala. law offers free EMT training for volunteer firefighters
Under the new law, volunteer firefighters who commit three years of service can be reimbursed for their EMT course, saving them around $2,000  
SAFER grant guidelines released by DHS
An announcement said 300 SAFER grants equaling $350,000,000 are available to fire departments to help with hiring, recruitment and retention  
Tackling the Pa. volunteer firefighter shortage
A local Pennsylvania news site launched an in-depth look at the cause and the solutions to the the nationwide volunteer shortage  
Calif. bill would allow convicts to become firefighters
Assembly Bill 1211 would allow convicts to join the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship program  
Fla. high school offers firefighter prep program
The course includes classroom work in addition to hands-on training, life-saving skills and practical firefighting skills  
Ark. lowers minimum age for fire recruits
A new law lowers the minimum age for fire applicants from 21 to 18  
Ark. city approves 1st paramedic pay raise in 10 years
The $10,000 pay increase will affect 47 members of the firefighting staff and will cost the city an additional $78,312 for the rest of 2019  
New law drops age restriction for volunteer firefighters
The bill gives volunteers the option to join a department without a pension if they are older than 45  
Fire dept. pushes to recruit more female firefighters
In an effort to better accommodate the growing number, the fire department is currently upgrading their living quarters  
Firefighters may get fire certs for college credit in Utah
Utah Sen. Karen Mayne believes the bill will aid in attracting new recruits while also keeping veteran firefighters and police officers  
Firefighters' union blasts FDNY's cadet diversity plan
The high school cadets would work 20 hours per week for two years as firefighter trainees to earn a chance to be fast-tracked onto FDNY  
Firefighter recruit portal launched to combat volunteer decline
Departments can register and post their volunteer opportunities; it also includes customizable ads and materials used to reach recruits  
House considers volunteer firefighter tax credit
The $1,000 tax credit will help departments recruit and retain volunteers; NVFC called on firefighters support the bill  
Fire Chief Digital: Extinguishing firefighter burnout, why civilian fire boards don't work, and more
Fire Chief Digital Edition - Summer 2015 focuses on volunteer and combination leadership challenges  
FDNY recruit fails test, earns $81K desk job
EMT Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder has failed to pass the training academy two times; FDNY gave her top firefighter pay for a desk job; she is getting a third shot at the test  
How to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters
Chief Kenneth Richards shared his advice and successes on keeping volunteers on a combination fire department at FRI  
Minn. fire department recruiting inner-city teens
At the end program, students can take a test to become certified EMTs; they also get college credit for the class  
NM fire, EMS expo looks to tackle firefighter shortage
A local fire training academy put on the expo in an effort to attract more firefighters  
Court: Chicago Fire paramedic test discriminates against women
The unanimous ruling questioned the relevance of certain aspects of the required physical performance test  
Dallas medics leave dept. after massive budget cuts
Low pay and failing equipment has driven away almost half of all new paramedics  
Mass. dept. hires 5 female firefighters
Chief: “We’re excited to add these women to our roster of talented firefighters”  
Volunteer fire, EMS recruit and retain program launched
NVFC used Giving Tuesday to push its Make Me a Firefighter campaign to build public awareness and provide departments with the tools and resources to recruit and retain  
Disbanded SD volunteer fire dept. to reopen as combo dept.
The 134-year-old all-volunteer department voted to disband 10 weeks ago, citing a lack of support and low morale  
NY awards volunteer recruitment and retention grants
Twelve organizations will receive funding to improve their recruitment and retention efforts  
SAFER grant application period now open
The application period is open through March 25; $340 million in grants are available  
Boston Fire Dept. swears in all-military veteran recruit class
The newest firefighters served as either soldiers, Marines, sailors or airmen  
Aspiring male firefighter claims bias in female recruitment policy
An equal opportunity recruitment policy was introduced after the department found that there were six female firefighters among 300 males  
Lawmakers introduce legislation in support of volunteer firefighters
The bills would enhance communities’ ability to recruit and retain volunteer responders  
Ohio fire union criticizes lowering of firefighter exam passing grade
The city said the new passing grade will help expand its pool of potential candidates  
Former MMA fighter training to become SD firefighter
Jonny Knutson, 28, who competed in the 155-pound lightweight division, said he wants to serve his community  
Marine, former NFL player join Fla. fire department
Clint Mitchell said he joined the department because he wants to help others; Antonio Apolinar said he wants to make his daughter proud  
Son of firefighter killed on Sept. 11 joins FDNY
Aric Tegtmeier said he was inspired by his father’s sacrifice and wanted to continue his legacy  
Va. fire, EMS dept. seeks to hire younger recruits
Eighteen-year-olds will be eligible to apply if they have a driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED  
FDNY exam forces mandatory overtime for EMS providers
With over half of their staff taking the city’s firefighter exam, the department’s EMS team will have to work overtime  
Decorated football player to join fire academy
Jeff Badger, a star Calif. college football player, plans to pursue firefighting after graduating  
City set for SAFER grant despite mayor's protests
Figures presented by mayor says city could lose up to $2 million by 2016  
Refusing SAFER grant could land Mich. mayor in jail
Mayor refuses to approve $8 million grant to recall 32 firefighters  
Chief wasn't certified to be firefighter, says report
Fla. investigators believe his certification lapsed because he could not prove that he was firefighter from 1995 to 2004  
Top 10 tips to passing the final EMT exam
We took to Facebook to ask our fans how they studied for EMT exam success  
8 things to do after you've been disciplined
FireRescue1 readers offer their advice on how to get past a disciplinary incident  
Top 10 ways to build your firefighter resume
9 changes readers would make to CPAT
Here are eight serious and one not-so-serious changes readers would like to make to CPAT-style tests  
8 ways to attract and keep volunteer firefighters
Readers weigh in on how volunteers can stem the flow of volunteers leaving the firefighting ranks  
Detroit halts plan to hire 100 firefighters
Two years ago, the city had more than 1,000 firefighters; now, they have fewer than 800  
Europe's oldest volunteer fire departments making do with less
U.S. fire departments' donated used equipment is delivered to rural Croatian firefighters  
Firefighter follows in her father's boots, joins fire department
The graduates will be assigned to one of 24 fire stations across the city and must serve a six-month probationary status  
Study highlights mutual aid reliance
Black Conn. firefighter reinstated after wrongful termination
Report on fire academy cites multiple procedural failures, inappropriate communications, possibly false allegations of recruit misconduct  
Pa. fire companies launch video recruitment program
The documentary-style program, launched on May 2 via YouTube, is funded by a regional 2008 SAFER grant  
The 10 traits all great firefighters have
Firefighting is a tough business, and firefighters — more than most other professionals — need to possess a multitude of skills and talents  
How to get involved with a volunteer fire department
Becoming a volunteer firefighter is a great way to serve the community and prepare for the jump to a full-time career firefighting position  
How to join a fire academy
While completing fire academy training is a rigorous challenge that’s not for everyone, it’s a necessity if you want to enter the rewarding field of firefighting  
What are the requirements to be a firefighter?
Fire careers: how to progress from rookie to chief
2 killer tips for acing your entry-level fire service interview
For me the firefighter interview process was a lot like my golf game, inconsistent and frustrating. Here's how I fixed that.  
Ring in the New Year with new recruits
We need to get the next generation of the fire service ready now so that they still have time to learn from their seasoned counterparts   
How to Save Staffing if SAFER Funding is Denied
Becoming a firefighter: 10 must-do things
Use this checklist to make yourself the best candidate possible for the firefighter job you want  
What to do when you're not a Probie anymore
SAFER grants: Path to a competitive application
SAFER grants are not exclusively awarded to big cities; a competitive application will increase smaller departments chances of winning  
How to prepare to be a company officer
Follow these steps to get the promotion and to be a good officer  
The written test: Get a better score
Have these test-taking basics down pat to give yourself the best chance at a high score and a job offer  
Community pays back volunteers who saved the town
After a major fire, the people of Prophetstown stepped up to thank, help and restock their fire department  
Beyond tactics: What makes a good officer
Being an effective leader off the fireground means developing these characteristics and practices  
Fire recruit beating video is deeply troubling
Although extreme, this 'firefighter hazing' should gives all reason to pause and examine how we bring recruits into the fire service culture  
LA's smart timeout in fire department hiring game
The department needs to analyze and revamp hiring to avoid lawsuits and hire the best firefighters  
Make a strong first impression on fire recruits
Show a recruit class the department's best instructor from day one to lay the right firefighter foundation  
The 10 steps to becoming a firefighter
The probie to-do list
Career plan: How to succeed after probation
Set career goals, seek training and use these steps to achieve those goals  
Fire officer voting: Yea vs. nay
The tradition of voting-in officers is fraught with problems, yet with adjustments may have a place in a professional volunteer service  
New fire recruit: Steps to first-year success
Tips and strategies on how to handle and succeed while in the fire academy   
Making your job search easier
Historical hiring trends and 4 fire service truths
Hiring is down now, but it hasn't always been nor will it always be this way; the best-prepared candidates will win the day  
Fire experts: How to bounce back from the recession
The slow economic recovery and the delay in tax revenue means continued financial pain for many fire departments, but there are ways to minimize the damage  
How to get the most out of NFA education
Planning ahead and following these suggestions will make your trip to the National Fire Academy a success  
Women in the fire service
The fire service needs to encourage more women to join our ranks, and this program is a step in that direction  
Firefighter hiring grant changes for 2016
SAFER grant use and cost sharing requirements are tighter in the coming cycle; here's what you need to know before you apply  
Do fire departments hire those with a criminal record?
Not every slip up is fatal to your firefighting aspirations; a lot depends on what you do after the infraction  
Book excerpt: 3 ways to prep for the firefighter interview
Repeat these three exercises as much as you need and as often as you can leading up to the interview  
How to build fire-based EMS for volunteers
Here's a look at the initial steps necessary to add medical response to your volunteer fire department  
8 firefighter SAFER grant priorities
SAFER grant applicants’ success will be partly determined by how well they match up with this list of priorities  
How involving families can help recruit volunteer firefighters
After one volunteer fire department adopted a family-oriented approach to recruiting firefighters, it made a huge impact  
Roadmap for recruiting diverse firefighters
It takes more planning, effort and money, but progressive recruiting builds solid firefighter candidates from a diverse pool  
How fire chiefs can hire like corporate pros
Getting good company officer candidates starts at the point of firefighter recruitment and hiring; here's what the recruiting pros do to land the best applicants  
3 ways to recruit more volunteer firefighters
Despite rising call volumes and training requirements, more volunteers can be recruited and retained with effort and forethought  
How to keep firefighters from quitting
Financial compensation is a small piece of why firefighters stay or leave a department; here are the bigger reasons  
Firefighter retention begins with recruitment
Firefighters leave the job for a variety of reasons, setting things in order before recruiting them can cut those losses  
10 things fire chiefs must do
Building the best future for the fire department requires concrete processes; here are 10 things every chief can do toward that end  
Fire service leadership lessons from Reno
The International Association of Fire Chief's VCOS Symposium drew 128 fire service leaders  
Is the fire service biased against diversity?
Similarities between the business world and the fire service on diversity informs the depth of the issue  
How this interview can retain good firefighters
Interviewing firefighters before they quit will keep the best ones on the department; here's how to do it  
I'm a 43-year-old rookie firefighter
Leaving a successful career for the firefighting life has taught me some lessons that may help you succeed in a similar move  
4 ways to bomb a firefighter candidate interview
Here's a look at why even a great candidate can be cut after the interview and the steps to avoid these big mistakes  
4 questions you'll get in a firefighter job interview
When you make it to the panel interview, how you answer these types of questions will influence their hiring decision  
Tax break for vollies: The breaking ball I was looking for
We can ill afford to whiff at an opportunity to give volunteer firefighters a much needed break and reward for their efforts  
Predictions: 6 things to look for in 2015
From the easy to the slightly outrageous, albeit needed, here's a look at what to expect in the coming year  
Catering to millennials: Challenges in recruiting volunteers for fire and EMS
Politics, financial constraints and increased educational demands contribute to a disinterest by millennials to engage in a volunteer role  
How to rid fire service of rivalry with a name change
Changing the name of volunteer firefighters would better reflect the fire service mission and reduce rivalry  
4 steps to successful firefighter recruiting
It is counterintuitive that fire departments would have a recruiting problem now, yet we do; here are ways to attract the best candidates  
Why involving families is a valuable recruiting tool for fire departments
The legacy of service extends through multiple generations, with parents passing their knowledge, dedication and passion to their children  
Hiring firefighters: Is their online history fair game?
Fire departments should find the balance between vigilance and intrusion when considering a candidate's social media history  
How fire departments can recruit diversity
Taking a deliberate approach to recruiting underrepresented segments of the population will boost fire department ranks and its overall quality  
4 reasons you shouldn't become a firefighter
Pursuing a firefighting career with misguided motives will make for an unhappy career choice  
8 traits great firefighters share
Firefighters who become great firefighters share these characteristics; here's a look at why they matter  
What recruiting experts can teach fire chiefs
Some of the most successful recruiters, both inside and outside the fire service, offer their tips to get more volunteer firefighters in the door  
Fire service census: Beyond the numbers
A deeper look at the census numbers reveals both where we are and where we may be heading  
Bridgeport Fire Department offers second chances to firefighters with criminal records
Program seeks to represent the full diversity of the community while giving qualified applicants a good job opportunity  
The critical role of the volunteer fire chief
How volunteer fire chiefs can effectively serve their communities and value their members  
Code 3 Podcast: Why everyone wants to work for this fire department
Our host, Scott Orr, interviews Chief Scott Thompson about how culture of learning trumps salary in firefighter retention  
The future of the fire service: Hiring for character
Dig deeper with interview questions that reveal how a candidate will shape the fire service values and culture in years to come  
Pitfalls and strategies: Corporate models for recruiting for diversity
To truly embrace diversity, fire service agencies need to implement change from the top down  
Engaged supervisors set the tone for employee retention
Using LEAD principles, EMS leaders can encourage employee retention at their organizations  
What motivates new firefighters?
As generations change, so do our motivations and our methods of learning and training  
Roundtable: Community risk reduction in the year ahead
Wildfires, acts of violence and declining numbers in the fire service will require training, data-driven approaches to emergency response  
Roundtable: How to improve fire department diversity
Fire service leaders explain why inclusivity creates a stronger department and counter a common area of contention in advocating for diversity   
The diversity paradox: A true commitment to change needed in the fire service
A commitment to diversity and inclusion must be practiced and reaffirmed constantly in both behavior and underlying culture  
5 steps to overcoming volunteer firefighter recruitment obstacles
Go beyond traditional recruiting efforts and focus on diversity when seeking volunteer firefighter recruits  
Key strategies for firefighter recruitment and retention
Gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your team in regard to its ability to execute a recruitment and retention plan  
Unique partnership leads to a regional recruiting and retention grant
A county-wide effort results in a $4.3 million SAFER grant to fund recruitment and training of 500 additional volunteer firefighters  
Igniting a change: Recruiting and retaining female firefighters in a male-dominated occupation
If departments want to promote diversity in the fire service, they have to do more to remove the barriers preventing women from becoming firefighters  
7 steps to an inclusive fire department culture
Promoting recruitment and retention for diversity throughout the firefighter career lifecycle helps departments achieve success today and tomorrow  
5 principles to include in your hiring process to set your fire department apart
The policies presented to potential candidates define your philosophy and values with respect to diversity and hiring decisions  
7 questions to ask before hiring a fire department recruitment consultant
For fire departments considering outside assistance with recruitment campaigns, here are some valuable tips on how to find the right consultant  
The technical millennials: Energy, knowledge and a fresh perspective
The millennial generation is immersed in technology, and can use their skills to achieve success in the modern-day fire service   
Code 3 Podcast: Volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention
NVFC Chairman Kevin Quinn offers strategies to overcome volunteer staffing challenges  
3 factors that motivate volunteer firefighters to join the service
Allowing volunteer firefighters to be emotionally fulfilled by serving their communities and feel a part of firehouse camaraderie will help recruitment and retention efforts   
Girls' fire camps: Discrimination, or key to increasing female firefighters?
Fire camps teach teenage girls the fire service is a valid career option and can bolster a diverse workforce  
Firefighter recruitment help is available through SAFER grant
FEMA opens the SAFER grant application period for career, combination and volunteer firefighter recruitment assistance  
Recruiting female firefighters: Closing the gender gap
Confronting gender stereotypes to encourage women to see the fire service as a career option  
Addressing the toll of increased call volumes and firefighter training
Firefighter training requirements, call volumes, politics and recruitment/retention top combination fire department concerns   
Firefighter arson: Could it happen within your ranks?
Learn how to identify the signs of firefighter arson within your own ranks and the actions fire chiefs can take to mitigate the problem  
Changing hands: Making the firefighter generational transition
We must learn from and rely on a new generation of firefighters if our profession is to progress  
An intro to fire service leadership: Influencing with relationships
Chief John Buckman breaks down the leadership characteristics to embrace and those to avoid to lead your firefighters to success  
Honolulu department delays recruiting to cut costs
Bus recruits for Va. fire department
Age is nothing but a number at NY fire department
Volunteers at the Syosset firehouse are joining the department at an older age  
13 Things You Can Do To Kill a Volunteer Fire Company
16 Things You Can Do To Help a Volunteer Fire Company Succeed
Cruisin for Solutions Recap
Electing Volunteer Fire Officers
Firing a Volunteer
The Fire Fighter Union Movement and the Volunteer Fire Service
Bringing Members Back to the Fold
Welcoming New Members...
Nice Job
Recruitment Techniques Part 1
Recruitment Techniques Part 3
Keeping Volunteers in the Station
SC official: New standards for interior firefighting could hurt recruitment
Critics say 200 hours of training will require firefighters to work nights and weekends  
Record number of minorities, women sign up for FDNY exam
Two-and-a-half times as many Blacks and Hispanics filed for this exam compared to 2007 and more than three times as many women applied  
4 Texas firefighters suspended for hazing
Rookie was sprayed with water hoses, chased down, duct taped, buckled to backboard, laid on floor under water pipe  
San Diego struggles to retain firefighters
The department typically loses nearly 49 employees per year  
Va. counties participate in volunteer firefighter study
The statewide study tracks volunteer firefighters and their community demographics  
SC teen sets record as youngest certified firefighter
He participated in explorers program, where after completing 90 hours of classroom testing and physical training, he earned his certificate  
Fire grant helps recruit, retain volunteers
They were able to utilize grant funds to send volunteers to a driver/operator course to become trained to specifically operate water tenders freeing up line firefighters to fight fires  
Viral video shows soldiers beating new firefighter recruits
In the video, there's a moment when a senior soldier kicks a new recruit in the stomach  
Feds pledge $25M to hire 150 Detroit firefighters
The White House sends top officials to Detroit to offer millions to knock down empty buildings  
Md. volunteer fire department struggling to recruit
The county has now hired a recruiter to help fill those spots sooner and faster  
Ohio volunteer fire department struggling to recruit
The department received three applications from individuals interested in joining the program through a meet and greet event  
New Fla. firefighters training cited for low retention numbers
Low number of volunteers makes coordinating difficult  
Wash. scrambles to fix volunteer firefighter shortage
The County relies on volunteers to not only save thousands of dollars every year, but keep people in the community safe  
New Orleans fire dept. to hire 50 recruits after hiring freeze
Head of the firefighters' union called the department's understaffing dangerous  
W.Va. volunteer fire departments share $800K grant
The funds will provide financial support and assist with recruitment efforts for eight departments  
Court reinstates firefighters at Wyo. fire dept.
Judge John Brooks reinstated the 10 original firefighters and declared the fire district and volunteer department are separate entities  
Former NFL running back graduates fire academy
Fire marshall: "He's a leader, he was a leader on the field and just his experiences with OSU and with the NFL, I think folks will listen to him."  
FDNY said to graduate woman who failed fitness test
The story is based on an unnamed source close to the department; FDNY officials did not comment on the allegations  
Some Tenn. volunteer fire dept.'s moving to full-time
The move would help cut response times; the departments hope to raise money for full-time firefighters through more donations  
Bill may change residency requirements for firefighters
It would make it easier to attract and retain volunteers who might be discouraged from joining if they lived outside municipal limits  
11 firefighters leave Tenn. fire department
Residents are concerned about response performance; the city doesn't plan to close any fire stations  
Wyo. fire board fires 10 firefighters, 12 on leave
Officials said the reason for the removals is because firefighters who live outside the district were driving at dangerous speeds to get to scenes  
Fire board delays action, dispute leaves town unprotected
More than 20 firefighters are in limbo while the board decides whether it wants to go into mediation  
Wyo. town forms 60-day fire dept.
The emergency action is a stop-gap as the town has no fire protection since a dispute led to firefighter firings and leaves of absence  
Mich. fire dept. awarded $691K grant for recruitment
The department will hire six 24-hour shift firefighters  
W.Va. volunteer fire department receives grant for recruitment
The department will receive $577K to increase staff and buy new equipment  
SF fire department receives $8M to hire 36 firefighters
With many retirements expected over the coming years, SFFD will need to hire additional personnel to maintain minimum staffing levels  
Philly fire department receives $22M to hire 160 firefighters
Due to attrition, the department loses about 100 firefighters a year and last year it paid $37M in overtime  
Cities to raise stipends to attract volunteer firefighters
Volunteers will be compensated per hour or service call; rates range from $12-16 per call no matter how long it takes  
Firefighters persuade Maine board to up firefighter stipend
After refusing to boost the pay the board reversed itself and will now pay an additional $5 per meeting and training session  
Lack of volunteers closes Tenn. fire department
The department will officially close June 30; surrounding departments will cover their area  
Future of Tenn. volunteer fire dept.'s uncertain
The volunteer departments need donations and grants to survive  
Tenn. firefighters seeking $8K pay raise
The department has lost 12 firefighters in the last eight months because firefighters went elsewhere for more money  
Tenn. volunteer fire department faces closure
Fire Chief Dan Schaeffer said the decision to close comes down to a lack of volunteers  
Proposed bill to help fix volunteer firefighter shortage
The bill would allow cities and towns to give volunteer firefighters a $750 property tax credit for their service  
Grant helps S.C. fire department offset cost of volunteers
The money will pay for firefighting gear as well as station gear and required physicals for about 25 volunteers each year  
Pa. fire department receives $176K grant
The grant is specifically earmarked for the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters  
Fire department to add volunteers after state law change
Waiving a residency requirement will allow a New York volunteer department to be fully staffed  
Volunteer firefighter shortage plagues Idaho towns
The state needs 3,000 to 4,000 more people to fully staff volunteer fire departments  
Congress looks at tax break for volunteer firefighters
The bill would help bolster staffing by allowing them to claim a portion of the value of the services they donate each year as a charitable donation  
N.J. fire department swears in 10 military veterans
"The discipline you have in the military really transfers over to the discipline you need to have as a firefighters," one new hire said  
NY fire dept. allowing 16-year-old firefighters
The chief said volunteer firefighter numbers have been dwindling due to members' job placement outside the area or inability to meet the time commitment  
Campaign leads to increase in female firefighters
The massive recruitment drive and marketing campaign addressed the fire service's gender imbalance  
Allegheny Mountain Firefighter Initiative reaches goal of 300 trained firefighters
The Allegheny Mountain Firefighters Initiative has been recruiting volunteer firefighters since 2013   
FDNY reaffirms commitment to diversity with new policy
“Anyone with the talent, tenacity and valor to serve in the FDNY should have the opportunity to do so,” said NY Mayor Bill de Blasio.   
How firefighters can repeat legislative wins in 2015
Two key pieces of legislation were made law by the efforts of firefighters; similar effort is needed in 2015 to protect our interests  
Part 2: How different generations see the fire service
From the newest recruit to the oldest officer, different firefighters bring a different outlook to the job; some of that is based on when they were born  
Why have a junior firefighter program
Most know that these programs are an excellent recruiting tool, but the benefits to the department and its members extend well beyond the obvious  
How different generations see the fire service
At times the generation gap in the fire service can seem as wide as the Grand Canyon, here's a look at why it is so wide and how to narrow it  
5 critical issues facing volunteer firefighters
Addressing these five broad issues should be a high priority for the volunteer fire service in the coming year  
The 20 things all rookie firefighters should know
Follow these 20 guidelines from day one to lay the foundation of a long and successful firefighting career  
4 key changes for volunteers in 2012
Continuing focus on recruitment, retention and leadership will be critical for the volunteer fire and EMS service in 2013  
Rookies aren’t servants: Go train them
It’s our responsibility to mold and train new firefighters in every aspect of the job, because failure to perform has dire consequences  
Kan. fire dept. hires first female firefighter in its 141-year history
Cadie-Marie Stapleton, 18, of Galena, has changed the course of history, becoming the first female volunteer firefighter with the Galena Fire Department  
Robbery arrest douses teen's future with fire department
Isaac Garcia, 19, was set to become a volunteer firefighter with the Patterson Fire Department until he was arrested on suspicion of robbery and hit-and-run  
Sonoma County supervisors give $1.7M for fire staffing, recruitment
Officials, citing the need for action after last fall’s catastrophic and deadly October fires, also agreed to spend $800,000 to recruit and retain firefighters  
Mich. city hires more responders as full-time EMS service moves forward
Adrian fire chief Tim Bartenslager asked the mayor, city commission and city administrator to increase the roster from 15 to 18 firefighters  
Wis. fire dept. teams up with EMS agency to combat paramedic shortage
Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance and the La Crosse Fire Department have agreed to a partnership that is expected to help solve the local paramedic shortage  
Fla. city seeking 18 responders for new station
Firefighter Colton Conrad, who has been employed with Panama City Beach for three years, said it's a tough job, but the payoff is worth it  
Fla. fire chief actively recruiting women to join firefighting ranks
The push for more women in the fire department is being driven by Fire Chief Doug Riley  
Family: Recruit was fired from Toledo FD due to race
Outgoing Chief Luis Santiago confirmed the recruit was fired after he was unable to meet the state’s standards  
Pa. fire chief requests tax break for volunteer first responders
Chief Justin Mochar asked that active volunteer responders receive a property tax rebate of 20 percent, as well as an earned income tax refund  
Wis. towns team up to combat lack of volunteers
The "operational merger" allows each to more easily tap the other’s equipment and firefighters  
Girls firefighter camp expanded a week after being canceled over discrimination
“This is an important camp that ... exposes many of them to a career opportunity they may not have considered," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said  
Los Angeles struggles to expand number of female firefighters
The sluggish rate of progress threatens Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas' push to double the number of women firefighters by 2020  
Pa. firefighters claim chief is driving away veteran volunteers
Don Dreisbach said Whitehall Township Fire Department Chief David Nelson's treatment of members and training requirements are causing volunteers to leave  
Pa. city considers offering tax incentives to volunteer responders
Active volunteer responders could get a 20 percent credit on their municipal real estate taxes and a rebate on earned income taxes  
Pa. township offers tax breaks to volunteer first responders
Eligible volunteers can receive a tax credit of up to $250 on their earned income tax levied by the township  
Female firefighter: 'We're assumed incompetent'
Researchers studied the experiences of 30 female firefighters, and a majority of the women said they faced a double standard  
Ga. chief: City-trained firefighters leaving for higher pay
Brunswick Fire Chief Randy Mobley said the starting pay of $9.29 an hour is the primary factor behind the department’s perpetual revolving door  
Mo. fire chief considers new hiring policy after station approval
Officials will consider expanding to people who live within 15 miles of the station instead of the current limit of 10 miles   
Ky. fire dept. seeks lower age restriction for firefighter recruits
Officials will hear an ordinance that would reduce the age to 20 for recruits who have earned an associate's degree in fire/rescue science technology  
Miss. fire chief pleads for help in firefighter recruitment
Natchez Fire Chief Aaron Wesley pleaded for the city and community members to help support his recruiting efforts  
Girls firefighter camp canceled after lawyer claims discrimination
Attorney Alfred Rava said his client had a son interested in the Girls Empowerment Camp but was “deterred” from enrolling  
Wash. city fire dept. feeling effects of 'baby boomer bust' retirements
Officials said expenses in recruiting and training newer employees will likely offset the decrease in pay scale expenses due to newer employees being paid less  
New firefighting program ignites interest of high school students
A Piedmont Fire Department pilot training program aims to recruit more firefighters for the department while offering a new career option for students  
NC city seeking ways to diversify fire department
Lateral hiring, a consultant, a symposium and changing how interviews are handled were all suggestions on how to diversify the department  
Fire chief wants fewer volunteer firefighters, more paid ones
The city has 93 volunteer firefighters, but Chief Mike Scott would like to reduce that number to 63  
Pa. borough weighs tax credit for volunteer firefighters
Act 172 allows communities to offer volunteers breaks on earned income taxes and up to a 20 percent reimbursement for property taxes  
NH fire chief says previous staffing plan may not be enough
The fire department has experienced decades of stagnant staffing, which officials say have caused longer emergency response times in Salem   
Shrinking volunteer ranks force Pa. fire department consolidation
The scenario of not having enough volunteers to run a department is playing out across the state  
NY volunteer firefighters win income tax battle
The association is also pushing for expanded cancer coverage for sick volunteer firefighters  
Aspiring L.A. firefighters feel cheated by aborted hiring program
Mayor Eric Garcetti scrapped what he described as a "fatally flawed" hiring program amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism  
Female firefighter joins Ala. department for first time in 20 years
"They made me feel like a sister. There were times of congeniality, but towards the end these are my brothers, it was just like family," firefighter Shree Bostick said  
Conn. department considering paying crews per call
As the time required for firefighter training has increased, the amount of time part-time and volunteer firefighters commit has decreased  
1 of 5 LAFD recruits are related to department firefighters
The interim fire chief says the process was in place before he took over and that it is 'wholly unacceptable'  
LAFD suspends recruit program amid controversy
New evidence shows special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department members  
Ohio fire chief grilled on hiring practices
Lima Fire Chief Mark Heffner said he wasn't prepared to discuss the issue publicly  
Pa. volunteer firefighters to hold summit with municipal leaders
The hope is to find more funding and manpower to support local fire stations  
St. Paul Fire pushes for more female recruits
The fire department held an expo to prepare women for next year's application process  
Ferguson-area fire chiefs on difficulty hiring black firefighters
Fire Chief Dave Radel: "Even when we are fortunate to hire a minority, we don't get to hold onto them for very long."  
Fire departments look to reduce training burden for volunteers
One suggestion is to reimburse current members for training expenses and to pay new members for completing the courses  
Volunteer firefighter bill goes to Okla. governor
The bill would remove a state law barring anyone older than 45 from becoming a volunteer firefighter; they would still be denied pension participation  
LAFD to graduate all-male class after women exit
There were four women, who later dropped out, picked among 43 recruits; it's the department's second consecutive all-male class  
Fire chief improves volunteer recruitment, retention
The chief and Capt. Gene Shealy set six specific goals; read them below to help recruit and retain volunteers at your department  
Fla. fire dept. seeks $400k SAFER grant for volunteer firefighters
The grant money would train and equip 50 volunteers; the department now has 200 volunteers  
Maine departments in need of volunteer firefighters
Falling numbers and aging staffs pose an escalating risk to people and property  
Minn. fire department recruits older candidates, swears in 12 firefighters
The fire department not only welcomes older candidates, but they seek them out over younger firefighters  
More than 10K rush to apply for LAFD positions
The hiring process was halted recently because of nepotism and mismanagement  
LAFD to resume hiring after 4-month freeze
The last class was criticized because of a high number of recruits hired who had relatives already in LAFD   
LAFD to hire 165 firefighters after recruiting controversy
Newly appointed Chief Ralph Terrazas pushed up the hiring deadline to fill vacancies and reduce response times  
New report calls for another overhaul in LAFD hiring
Officials need to spend more on the recruitment of qualified women and minorities and develop ways of ranking candidates  
Pa. volunteer firefighters face crisis in staffing, funding
The department's number of volunteers has dropped 22 percent while its emergency calls have increased 12 percent  
Video: Fire dept. creates 'Dynamite' recruitment video
One firefighter brought the music video idea to training one night, mandating the volunteers to lip sync and dance to 'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz  
Fire dept. offering free housing for volunteer firefighters
In return, the firefighters agree to respond to fire and emergency calls in the area  
Volunteer fire department weighs options to stay open
The department's inability to meet state-required staffing levels during daytime hours has landed it on probation  
Ind. fire dept. lowers age requirement for recruits
Chief Stephen Cox said lowering the age to 18 is expected to help the department better compete with the military and building trades for talent  
'Citizen' firefighters pour into to volunteer to fight Wash. fires
An unprecedented outpouring of volunteers has inundated both centers, far outpacing the few available staff to process and deploy qualified volunteers  
LAFD falling short on diversity goals
Chief Ralph Terrazas said he expects to double the number of women on the force by 2020  
Miss. fire dept. must hire more firefighters to avoid ISO rating drop
Despite citywide budget buts, the department must have a minimum of 18 firefighters on staff  
Son of fallen firefighter joins father's fire department
Jordan Hudgins returned to his hometown and joined his father's department after moving away following his death in 1996.  
Firefighting a family affair for Texas father-daughter duo
Firefighter Verle Pearce said he's excited to pass the torch on to his daughter  
Fla. county receives $4M SAFER grant to hire more firefighters
The grant funds 75 percent of 30 firefighters' salaries and benefits during the first and second year, and 35 percent in the third year  
Minn. fire dept. struggles to recruit firefighters
The Austin Fire Department is in need of three to six more firefighters as it faces pending retirements, and others are out on medical leave  
Struggling Calif. fire department down to 4 volunteers
Fewer residents are willing or able to commit to the rigorous training and unpredictable time demands  
Officials: Number of SC volunteer firefighters fading
There are 35 volunteers today, down from 145 five years ago and 220 in 2010  
Miss. firefighter hopes to inspire other women to join the dept.
Savanna Sanchez said she wants other women to feel they are capable of succeeding at building a career as a firefighter  
NJ dept. will hire 27 new firefighters with $5.2M federal grant
The FEMA grant will boost the number of Camden firefighters to 196  
Atlanta to hire 47 new firefighters with federal grant
The SAFER grant program was born in 2004 out of the 9/11 attacks where hundreds of New York City firefighters were killed at the World Trade Center  
3 Va. counties receive $4M in grants for new firefighters
County officials will hire 26 firefighters to serve the areas  
Ind. firefighters share impact of 9/11 on their lives, careers
Firefighters shared how witnessing 9/11 at a young age inspired them to become first responders  
Fla. volunteer firefighters seek training, insurance, retirement
Over 100 firefighters from nine of the 10 volunteer fire departments responded to online survey questions  
Why can't some Calif. firefighters afford to retire?
A fire protection district loses members while struggling with a $1.2 million deficit  
NY twins join dept. after one was rescued as an infant
Firefighter Joe Rice shook the hand of a future coworker, someone he'd saved almost 18 years ago  
Third generation Ind. firefighter joins dept.
Robert McWhorter Jr.'s grandfather, father and uncle are all in the fire service   
Morale low after Texas fire chief slashes overtime
The dept. cites a "lack of communication" and unwillingness to work with labor as major concerns  
NY teens train to become firefighters at fire camp
The camp trained teens through a series of drills, including extricating victims with hydraulic rescue tools and putting out vehicle fires  
Girls train to become firefighters at Wash. camp
Confidence is a main focus of the camp, which sets out to empower young women in a field typically dominated by men  
Video: Ky. department agility test helps narrow pool of 60 applicants
The department will see 60 candidates over two days and will select at least two new firefighters  
Female firefighters talk fire service in Wash.
About 11,000 women among the 1.1 million firefighters in the U.S. work as career firefighters  
911 camp teaches kids about public safety jobs
Kids wore bunker gear, watched mock patient extrications and learned about first responder professions  
Fire dept. seeks annexation, voices staffing concerns
The district has been losing firefighters to retirement and to other fire departments, but is receiving more calls than ever  
Fire departments merge to combat lack of volunteers
Statewide, Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter numbers have fallen 80 percent in the past 40 years  
Homegrown talent may be key to hiring more Ill. minority firefighters
Along with citing the need for more minority positions within the department, there were significant gaps in the hiring of female candidates  
Memphis firefighters may face residency requirement
Opponents say the move would hurt the city's ability to fill the 200 firefighter and 500 police vacancies  
Lack of NC volunteer firefighters may increase insurance costs
The department has used several tactics to get those interested in volunteering including word of mouth, the town newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, the newspaper and radio  
Memphis outlines plan to recruit, retain firefighters
The ideas included giving new recruits a relocation bonus, down-payment help and creating a private health care exchange  
Report: Volunteer firefighter numbers continue to decline
Some Ill. fire chiefs attribute the decrease in volunteers to changes in work and family commitments  
How do I become a volunteer firefighter?
Whether you're an aspiring firefighter or just looking to give back, nearly everyone can be involved with the fire service  
What are the firefighter ranks?
Understanding the difference between firefighter ranks  
11 requirements to become a firefighter
The firefighting career field is very competitive; here's a quick breakdown of what you should and should not do as you prepare to join the fire service  
Camp empowers, inspires girls to pursue fire, EMS careers
The two-day free event, led by female firefighters, taught girls how to use a fire hose, climb a ladder and how to perform CPR  
Evidence-based hiring practices for fire, EMS departments
A new approach to hiring EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and police officers described at EMS World Expo  
Volunteer fire department struggles reflect larger problem
The fire service doesn't come free and now is the time to remind newly elected or re-elected officials of that fact  
What's your earliest childhood memory of the fire service?
Some readers said they grew up around the firehouse, while others remembered seeing a firefighter for the first time at an emergency scene  
What issue causes you the most worry going into 2015?
There's always going to be something to worry about, but a new year does offer everyone a new start and new optimism  
Is it time to psych test volunteer firefighters?
The recent European airline tragedy shows how hard it is to filter out those with mental health problems  
12 situational firefighter interview questions to prepare for
All of these questions would be asked as "What would you do, if__" questions  
Getting hired like a presidential candidate
Securing a firefighting position can be very similar to getting elected to office  
50 most common firefighter interview questions
Here are some common (and 2 uncommon) questions you may encounter on a typical entry level oral board  
20 great firefighter job oral interview questions
Whether you are looking to be hired as a firefighter or looking to hire firefighters, you'll want to consider these oral interview questions.  
Q&A: Mentoring, marketing and the importance of diversity in fire department recruitment
A robust, multi-faceted recruitment strategy that celebrates diversity is essential to achieving sustainability in the fire service  
Answer 'Why diversity is important' to improve firefighter recruitment
A fire department is stronger when it understands its community and reflects the diversity of the community through improved recruitment  
Volunteer firefighting: Responding to common excuses, criticisms
It's true – the volunteer fire service isn't for everyone  
Q&A: Preparing volunteer firefighters for a shift to a combo department
Communication is key to helping career and volunteer firefighters be champions for a change that is ultimately good for service, the community and the department  
Making it Memorable: Increasing retention on firefighter training
New approaches, focusing on emotions, recent events and adding a social element can increase retention of firefighter training  
Recruitment and retention efforts often need extra focus
Take whatever steps are necessary to recruit, retain, educate, hire, consolidate or reevaluate  
The fire department closet: Being gay in bunker gear
I am a volunteer firefighter. I am also gay.  
CAL FIRE launches TV ads pressuring officials to hire more firefighters
The 30- and 60-second spots are meant to be informative, but Cal Fire Local 2881 President Tim Edwards said more aggressive commercials could follow if fire conditions worsen  
RI to vote on proposal to expand overtime pay for firefighters
Two bills would strike from R.I. state law an exemption that shields the cities and towns from having to pay firefighters overtime after 42 hours  
Wash. fire department forms in-house training program
Instructors tout the inaugural program as cost-effective, incorporative of department-specific techniques and convenient for recruits  
Fla. city firefighters say nepotism played role in selecting new recruits
Of the 21 recruits ultimately selected for fire department training, six are related to current employees  
Emmy-nominated PSA highlights volunteer firefighter shortage
Fire service leaders say finding dedicated volunteers, particularly young people, has been getting harder over the past several years  
Officials: County program has increased Polk Fire Rescue diversity
The Proactive Diversity Recruitment and Training Program was designed to help bring economically disadvantaged and minorities into the fire services  
Ill. cities concerned about dwindling volunteer pool of first responders
Several emergency volunteer agencies are operating with half of the volunteers ideally needed to fully respond to emergency situations in their coverage areas  
Conn. fire dept. expands eligibility, offers scholarship for recruits
The Bridgeport Fire Department is hoping to attract a diverse crew to become the newest of the city’s bravest  
Ohio fire department sees most diverse academy class in decades
Out of 47 recruits, 30 are white, 12 are black, four are Hispanic, and one is American Indian  
Mass. fire chief alarmed by lack of 'help wanted' interest
When the Orleans Fire Department recently sent out the call for a new paramedic the response was anything but rapid  
Pa. fire chief stresses need for volunteer firefighters
Sunbury Fire Chief Paul Brown said he is doing all he can to get younger people involved with their local departments — in his community and elsewhere  
Ind. teen to become firefighter before high school graduation
Lake Station Fire Chief Chuck Fazekas said Taeylor Holliday, 18, is part of “a different breed,” willing to risk her life to save others  
Ala. city aims to make its first responders highest paid in state
Montgomery has been plagued with retention issues for years, losing around 60 officers and 30 firefighters last year alone  
Wis. emergency services struggling to hire new firefighter, EMT recruits
The National Volunteer Firefighter Council found that, from 1984-2015, the number of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. has dropped by 12 percent  
Volunteer shortage prompts Pa. fire dept. to consider paid staff
Millcreek Township officials said critical staffing issues and an 80-year-old volunteer fire department model they say is vastly outdated need to be addressed  
Ohio fire dept. gets rid of paramedic requirement for firefighter applicants
To bring more recruits into Springfield Fire-Rescue, the department is no longer requiring applicants to be at a paramedic status  

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