View On Demand (Recorded Sept. 1, 2022)

Across the country, headlines scream about a crisis of recruitment in the fire service. Career and volunteer departments alike are struggling to fill the ranks. And that situation has a direct impact on community safety. 

Although the challenges are real, some fire departments are fighting back with unique approaches to hiring and shift scheduling, examining hiring standards and creating new opportunities for community members to participate in fire department operations. Importantly, these strategies are working. If you’re looking for new recruitment inspiration, join us to hear more.  

You’ll learn:

  • How societal changes are affecting career choices and the impetus to volunteer
  • Why fixing the recruitment problem starts with department culture
  • The difference between changing hiring standards and lowering them
  • Specific strategies each of these agencies are using to boost recruitment 

Presented by:


Chief John Donnelly
DC Fire & EMS


Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder
Loveland-Symmes (OH) 
Fire Department


Chief Hugh Jacobson
Monsey (NY) Volunteer 
Fire Department

Lori Moore-Merrell, DrPH
United States 
Fire Administrator
Chief (ret) Dan Petersen 
Unified Fire Authority
Salt Lake County, UT


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