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What's the first thing you would do?

Several times a year a few of my friends and I go out to eat. We talk about our jobs (the ones that pay the groceries) our families, and of course the firehouse and the fire service in general. The other night the topic turned to incident command, who runs it, what...

Whats your roster look like?

  When is the last time you looked at the demographics of your roster? How many members do you have in the 1yr -5yr range, the 10yr – 15yr range, and the over 20yr range? How many of your members have more than one job or children under the age of 18. How many are...

No more Volunteers – REALLY?

August 23rd, 2011 By Al Rufer, MBA This past Saturday I taught a 4hr session of Backpacks 2 Air Packs at the Monroe Fire School in Monroe Wisconsin. Backpacks 2 Air Packs is a volunteer recruitment and retention course that focuses on educating fire service leaders on...

3 Steps to lengthening your career

                   Although the rewards are great, managing a volunteer fire department can seem overwhelming at times. I mean really, with all of the work, both tactical and administrative, the internal and external politics, and outside responsibilities such as...

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