Whats Your Thoughts To Improve Public Relations For The Fire Station

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Whats Your Thoughts To Improve Public Relations For The Fire Station

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Comment by Hondo on July 19, 2009 at 7:45am
Dottie thanks for the nice comments. I think that improving the public image and relations of a dept. especially a volunteer one, kinda go hand in hand with recruitment and retention as well. Ashfire I too saw the article in Parade magazine. I thought that article was put together well for a national publication.

But as far as improving the image and showing the public what we do. Has anyone considered doing an open house/safety day? Lot's of other organizations would be willing to join in and help for the day i.e. Local PD's State PD's. It's gives you the opportunity to show off your station, your members. If you mix in some music and perhaps a BBQ for the day and you have recipe for success. Provide the guests with a brochure that tells about you department, totals calls and type of calls along with a "quick" application and you might get a few to return them. It's a start.
Comment by ashfire on July 5, 2009 at 5:00pm
The article in Parade Magazine is another way to reach the public about the volunteers.
http://www.parade.com/news/2009/07/05-why-they-serve.html
Comment by ashfire on June 26, 2009 at 12:36pm
I got back from this years state convention and they had a siminar on how to connact the i generation. You can create a website for twittering for people to put in info or breaking news about what you fire company is doing and for people to find out what is happening.
You always see where people have raw video of this or that shot with a cellphone or notebook.
Comment by ashfire on May 21, 2009 at 11:21am
Clowning is a good public relations idea. Is there someone in a fire company who would dress has a firefighter clown and put on a safety show for kids.
We have a guy that has been doing it for years and has fire safety props and has kids do activities to learn safety.
His whole family and even his dogs have helped him with his shows.
Comment by ashfire on May 21, 2009 at 10:54am
One idea I have seen in one area is a FD support vehicle and a city bus done with a vehicle wrap that has promotion info on.
Its like having a traveling billboard.
The support vehicle is a large cargo van which is used like a canteen support vehilce and has recruitment info on it with pictures of scenes and fire personnel.
The bus has the type of wrap that allows the passengers to see out and the exterior is the ad info.
Comment by ashfire on April 23, 2009 at 8:35pm
I just put on one forum about treaching citizens how to handle emergencies. Form a CERT or Fire Corps unit in your department. Let these groups help draw interest for your department as one way.
Comment by ashfire on April 12, 2009 at 7:54pm
Well I have attended a few siminars during the Maryland State Firemen's Convention about how to get the public interested in your dept.
Some say sell your dept meaning do what it takes to put your dept out there like news articles in the newspaper or on local TV. Just some ideas.
 

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