As we've seen before here on FFN it's difficult to air our interdepartmental "dirty laundry" in public. Ideas: Motivate the guys somehow with recognition, gift certificates donated by local businesses, etc. Anything you can think of. Second, have the Chief help you or authorize you to establish a structured training program based on the state requirements or the NFPA (Ours is both). Third, remember they are volunteers, but if they don't pull their weight place them on the inactive roster (not allowed to respond to calls) until they get with the program.
Search the training ideas here on FFN for ways to keep interest up. Also, join the FFN training groups and meet other training officers. Maybe start a local training officers group and meet monthly to discuss ideas and plan joint exercises.
Good luck! Stay safe.
Yeah, I agree with Norm, but I'm also having a tough time following this post.....what is the gist here?
If looking to motivate others remember you are no longer in the military, the aspects are different than yelling oo-rah and trying to shame others to participate more. If you want to incorporate change, start at the top, bring ideas to the chief and work to incorporate ideas with the membership over a time period. Listen to other ideas and suggestions, even from those you perceive as lazy or glory hounds. From the way I see this post, I would think you were the glory hound.
Another thing --- patience. It has taken ten years for the department where I serve to transform itself from a so-so semi-safe department that just got by to a top-notch department led and motivated by a true leader. As I like to say, "I would go anywhere/do anything any time for our chief." Like John says it all comes from the top.
I worked silently for several years making small improvements here and there and suddenly one day the past chief decided to retire. All else is ancient history.
Hang in there.
Awesome! You're on the right track.
Keep up the good work and things will improve.
You're right Cory, I don't know you. Your post is very difficult to read to understand the gist you are trying to get across. I get the motivation issue and so forth, but having trouble grasping what you are trying to accomplish.
I am saying that just because you and another member are former military, you can't use the same type of mentality and expect to accomplish the changes you may envisioning. That is why I said that to accomplish change you need to go to the top and work things in over a time period to accomplish buy in and to have other members accept the change. However, nothing is going to change if it doesn't start at the top, hence the reason I mentioned it.