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Recruitment and Retention in Career Fire Departments

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iCHIEFS Podcast

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The challenges with recruiting and retaining firefighters is not limited to volunteer departments.  What can you do to attract and retain qualified firefighters?

York City (PA) Fire Chief Chad Deardorff and South Bend (IN) Assistant Chief John Corthier share their departments' challenges with recruitment and retention and how each has responded.

Topics addressed include:

  • Recruitment and retention challenges on the career side
  • Initiatives for improving recruitment and retention
  • Results and lessons learned
  • Strategies to engage and retain current and future generations