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A simple "Paid-on-Call" discription

Started by Mick Niess Dec 5, 2011. 0 Replies

What are you going to do about it?

Started by Tiger Schmittendorf. Last reply by Tiger Schmittendorf Nov 1, 2009. 1 Reply

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Comment by Fred Zumalt on April 8, 2011 at 10:23pm
Looking for a recruitment brochure that we could use any ideas? thanks .
Comment by kevin on June 25, 2009 at 2:28pm
i have found a good tip that we tryed we started a ride along program where if they want to see what it is like we let them ride along to a call but they are not aloud to do any thing
Comment by Robert C. Baker on March 5, 2009 at 3:23am
Hello to all, like afew others have already said in earlier comments, this group has the right idea gettin new blood in the fire / rescue service. I also am not per se a recruiter but I'm always looking for new ideas to attract new members, and try and keep who we have around. It seems like we train these young lads and well I might add then there gone.... Have fun and keep looking.
Comment by Fireyladd - Chief Sharp on January 31, 2009 at 3:45pm
Hello everyone. Just joined the group. Should be some interesting ideas and info here.
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on January 14, 2009 at 9:35pm
I'm not a recruiter per se, but I do have a vested interest in successful recruitment and retention as a representative of the The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY), which is a membership-based organization representing the volunteer fire service across NYS.

Y'know....come to think of it.....don't ALL of us have a vested interest in Recruitment and Retention? Someone very wise once gave me a great quote. I kept it over my desk and still do:
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."

Why leave the recruitment process just to the white hats? If you can get EVERYONE in your department actively thinking about where that next viable recruit is coming've got yourself a recruitment machine.

We had a blood drive at my department this past weekend. After I gave my requisite bag of O+, I was in charge of running the canteen (I was the only one they could trust with the cookies...) and recruited a possible new member while chatting over juice and the crossword puzzle. Will he show up at the next meeting? Dunno. But I was smart enough to get his email, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be in touch over the next week and I'll remind him again as that date approaches.

What's working for everyone else?
Comment by Tiger Schmittendorf on January 11, 2009 at 3:07pm
Mike -

Thanks for starting this group. I stumbled upon while attempting to start a group with the same name. LOL

Hopefully we can get some successful conversations going.

Stay safe. Train often.

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