Creating a Clearinghouse

FireRecruiter-904x160Patience is some times not one of my better virtues. I’ve been kicking around the idea of creating an online clearinghouse of recruitment and retention resources for quite some time.

Needless to say, it’s an area of the fire service that I’m quite absorbed in but I’ve always waited for someone else to create such a thing. Sure, there’s the National Volunteer Fire Council and, which does a more than formidable job of compiling resources for the volunteer fire service, but I still felt there was something lacking. I needed more. We need more.

I identified a gap, an opportunity to create a single source for everything related to how we market to, recruit, indoctrinate, treat and retain the single most important resource in the fire service: our people.

Finally, I couldn’t wait any longer. I registered and published: – a single site dedicated to ensuring the survival and success of the volunteer fire service across our nation.

Building the framework was the easy part. Creating, compiling and organizing the content to achieve this lofty goal is not something I can do alone. I need your help.

I’ve been conducting a (very) soft roll out of over the past few days, adding content as I go, but there’s obviously room for plenty more. That’s where you come in.

With your input and feedback we can build a comprehensive clearinghouse for all the topics that influence and affect the human side of the business of delivering emergency services. With your help, we can share information that ensures we have the appropriate quantity and quality of people to continue our common goal of serving our communities.

Visit and let me know what you need this resource to be to better serve you.

PS – Don’t worry, isn’t going anywhere. While it’s primary focus is more indepth blogs and professional services, will offer a broader platform to include my blogs and those from other appropriate sources, along with toolkits, related news, documents and other resources. Stay tuned as this develops.