Recruitment and Retention: How to Get Good People and Keep Them!
Friday, June 16, 2023
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Over the years, emergency services agencies have been a revolving door. When recruiting members, we can sometimes get many well qualified candidates, and other times we seem to not have much to choose from. Recruiting the right candidate, whether volunteer or career, and keeping them, is vital to meeting the needs of your department. Unnecessary time and money can be spent when having to constantly replace the wrong employee. In this presentation recruitment issues, such as advertising for vacancies, and retention issues such as meeting your members’ needs, will be discussed. All the information given will aid agencies in overcoming the proverbial hurdles, leading to the recruitment and retention of good people and decrease the amount of resources spent on the wrong employees.
David Hesselmeyer began his emergency services tenure in 1997. He holds certifications as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Rescue Technician, Certified Emergency Manager, along with many others. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 with a Master of Public Administration. David is the President/CEO of On Target Preparedness, a full-service emergency services consulting firm, and is also an adjunct professor at Campbell University in their Homeland Security program. He serves with the Buies Creek Fire Department in North Carolina.