Elizabethtown Fire Department chosen for recruitment, retention initative
If you come down to the fire station, either the old one or the new one, you might see new faces, and Fire Chief Nick West is hoping an incoming program will bring on even more. Right now the department is a mixture of full-time, part-time and volunteers. "Whenever someone is on vacation part-time staff can fill that, and we have a minimum staffing level that we try to achieve," said West. West is hoping that utilizing a grant will bring in more help and boost the department. "The North Carolina Fire Chiefs Association is working with the International Association for Fire Chiefs, and they wrote a SAFER grant," he said. This recruitment and retention campaign is part of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program designed to achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce.
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