The issue of recruiting and retaining firefighters is a worldwide issue that we in the Alberta Fire Service were naive enough to believe wasn’t affecting us. During our 2008 Annual Conference our membership debated a resolution on recruitment and retention and it became evident we did have issues. It was time to stop hiding our heads in the sand and look at whom and what we are when it comes to recruiting new members and keeping the old.
This has been a long process and I believe a valuable one. As we have studied and developed reports, created some self assessment tools and recruiting tools we have seen Alberta departments continue to struggle. The report developed by Volunteer Alberta contained in this document has a good insight into the fire service and contains a large toolbox that can be used across the province to help with the recruitment and retention issues we all face.
Below are the two reports concerning Recruitment & Retention: