Recruiting & Retaining Diversity in the Fire Service™
Our Workshop for Leadership, Labor, and Human Resources Teams
Participants attend and work as department teams. They create a shared vision and concrete action plan to target and attract qualified, diverse, inclusive, and safety-conscious candidates with the best potential to become successful first responders.
The workshop focuses first on helping the teams to understand what it takes to develop and grow a department culture that is inclusive, supportive, and fosters mentoring. They learn cost effective marketing strategies to help maximize resources for reaching new markets.
Each team is asked to complete a “report card” in advance of the workshop. They rate how their department is doing compared to best practices for diversity recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention.
Minimal lecture and an emphasis on group discussion and participant dialogue make the learning environment highly interactive.
Teams identify and develop one “Smart Goal” that they can implement within 30-60 days; and each participant commits to a personal 60-day goal.
- Complete a report card on how your department compares to best practice guidelines.
- Identify your department’s specific assets and vulnerabilities.
- Apply a framework of interdependent principles, strategies, and tactics that supports retention, enrolls the community as recruitment partners, and maximizes the effectiveness of campaigns.
"Fire 20/20 brought together for the first time a local regional perspective to recruitment and retention. My goal is to use the networking and education provided by Fire 20/20 to make a real difference in the fire service as well as my own department.” ‐Mike Garcia, Fire Chief, Aurora Fire Department, Colorado
“It was a great experience and I look forward to being a part of the solution and the change agency that will move the fire service in the right direction.” ‐Jeff Piechura, Fire Chief, Northwest Fire District, Arizona
Schedule a Workshop
The workshop is conducted regionally for a maximum of 12 departments and a minimum of 8. The regional orientation enables departments to build a network of support, share what's working and what's not, and contribute to best practices. To request that FIRE 20/20 conduct a Recruiting and Retaining Diversity workshop in your area, contact us.