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Winnebago Fire Chief’s Association

WOW – what a night at the Winnebago Fire Chief’s Association meeting hosted by the Northwest Fire Protection District in Rockford Illinois. We were invited down to do a keynote on recruiting and retaining volunteers in today’s fire service by Deputy Chief Lindman. The night started off with a few snacks, small talk and typical firehouse stories. The chief had told me ahead of time that they would serve supper, but – this was a meal fit for a king. The woman’s auxiliary prepared and served the meal and boy, I know a few restaurants that could learn a thing or two from these women.

Salad with choice of dressing, mostaccioli for an appetizer, followed by a full rack of ribs, baked potato, kernel corn, and buns. Oh, did I mention ice cream over a chocolate brownie for dessert. This meal was DELICOUS and served with such precision – the teamwork by itself was worth watching. Thanks Ladies!!

A short business meeting followed the meal and then it was show-time. We did a 1hr highlight reel of Backpacks 2 Airpacks, focusing on recruiting and retaining Gen Y, and the future of the fire service, and the importance of a graduation ceremony. Finishing right on time with Q & A, I found my audiance to be very attentive and gracious. I am both humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to meet such a great group of people.

Supper with my brothers and sisters was AWESOME - Just like one big family

Supper with my brothers and sisters was AWESOME – Just like one big family

Those in attendance review their handouts

Those in attendance review their handouts

Chief Rufer discusses the pros and cons of testing recruits during the training process.

Chief Rufer discusses the pros and cons of testing recruits during the training process.

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