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1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The volunteer fire service is experiencing its biggest challenge to date with volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention. With today’s era of competing demands on the volunteer/potential volunteer firefighter, the question becomes, “What strategies are volunteer fire departments using to successfully recruit and retain volunteer firefighters?” This workshop is based on ...read more...

Instructor
Candice McDonald
Firefighter/PIO
Sebring & Winona (OH) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop presents lessons learned and best practices that are common among high-performing combination fire departments. Topics include developing local ordinances that establish authority for organizational consolidation, establishing a healthy relationship with all stakeholders, developing training standards for volunteer and paid members, policies and procedures for career and volunteer members, ...read more...

Instructor
Eddie Buchanan
Assistant Chief
Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Although this presentation is modified and enhanced based on feedback and comments received from students every time it is presented, the main message continues to be "Being a professional firefighter has nothing to do with earning a paycheck but has everything to do with attitude, appearance, commitment, and dedication." The ...read more...

Instructor
Thomas Merrill
Fire Commissioner - Past Chief of Department
Snyder (NY) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Volunteer firefighters respond every day to a wide array of emergencies across the country including fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, and other general public service calls. Adequate preparation is needed to meet these challenges. A number of  factors must be in place to achieve success. Use ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Ray
Battalion Chief
Durham (NC) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What does it take to be a volunteer fire officer? Climbing up into the right seat of the apparatus, you are taking the leadership role. That role contends with issues and problems both out on scene as well as in the station. How you choose to ...read more...

Instructor
Chris Niebling
Captain
Mantoloking (NJ) Fire Company
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What does "risk" mean today? How does it differ from, say, 20 years ago? These are among the questions addressed. Managing risk in the volunteer fire service is important yet a frequently ignored fireground management skill. Volunteers put a lot on the line every time they ...read more...

Instructor
Joe Nedder
Firefighter (Ret.)
Uxbridge (MA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What strategy and tactics are necessary to retain and recruit today? The retention programs that have been most successful in retaining active volunteers are discussed, as are the best way to ensure that volunteers maintain motivation. Factors that affect your fire department's attractiveness to potential volunteers ...read more...

Instructor
John Buckman, III
Chief Retired
Wildfire Studios
United States

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