New Perspectives, New Strategies, and New Skills for Addressing Workforce Issues
FIRE 20/20’s workshops were developed to address the workforce issues that career, volunteer, and combo departments face for recruitment and retention and leading change. Participants attend as a team from their departments. The workshops are conducted on a regional basis so departments can form a network of support, share what’s working and what’s not working, and help contribute to best practices.
Our workshops focus on enabling participants to apply the learning to their department-specific goals and achieve measurable results within 30 to 90 days.
Recruiting & Retaining Diversity is offered as a two-day workshop for career departments. They learn how to target and attract qualified, diverse candidates with the best potential to become successful first responders.
In 2009-2010, with sponsorships from Motorola Foundation, Scott Safety, PBI, TenCate, and Lion, FIRE 20/20 developed the regional Recruiting & Retaining Diversity in the Fire Service workshops. Scott Safety became the presenting sponsor for ten regional two-day workshops in 2011 and 2012. To date, 156 fire service leadership teams have attended 18 regional workshops in the U.S. & Canada.
Leading Change in the Fire Service is a two-day workshop that provides fire chiefs, their command officers, and union leadership with new perspectives, skills, and strategies to help them lead and navigate through these challenging times.
Each One Reach One is a customizable, two-day workshop aimed at helping volunteer and combo departments overcome their barriers to recruitment and retention. Fire chiefs and their command officers learn cost-effective, innovative marketing strategies, and ways to sustain enthusiasm and commitment.
Through a 2008 SAFER Grant, the State of South Carolina Firefighters Association retained FIRE 20/20 to design and develop the Each One, Reach One Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Program. FIRE 20/20 developed a regional training model that brought together 31 department teams, who over two days, developed strategies and tactics to recruit a new generation of volunteers, and build an inclusive and
supportive department culture that encouraged retention for all who want to contribute.