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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Campaign to recruit volunteer firefighters
Everyone is busy.....making a living and spending time with family, and as a result, volunteering is on the decline. Rescue squads and volunteer fire departments are on a continuing search for good, reliable volunteers. Now the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has kicked off the "What Fuels Your Fire?" firefighter recruitment and retention campaign. The campaign is part of the Tennessee Volunteer Workforce Solutions program designed to help Tennessee's fire departments achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce. The program is funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model aimed at enhancing the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Nineteen Tennessee fire departmental groups, consisting of 64 departments, are participating in the two-year program, designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in the state. The fire departments will use geographic information systems (GIS) to take in-depth surveys of their communities, measuring demographic, cultural and economic data to predict the best way to recruit a volunteer firefighter workforce. The results and findings from the program and the subsequent recruitment efforts will benefit all fire departments in the state. In addition, several leadership workshops aimed at improving retention will be offered to all departments statewide. "The TFCA is excited to partner with the IAFC to apply data-driven recruitment practices for Tennessee fire departments and affect tangible long-term volunteer staffing solutions," says President David Hodges. "As the Volunteer State, we have a long running history of community service minded people making big differences and this will help us build on that strong foundation." The number one issue facing volunteer fire departments today is the ability to maintain adequate staffing levels. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Tennessee are volunteer firefighters and the majority of departments are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and one of the best ways someone can make a difference in the community. The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, who are willing and able to respond to emergencies when needed. To learn more about becoming a firefighter and joining a local volunteer fire department, go to www.VolunteerFireTN.org.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Clarification
  • Finance Committee considers sheriff's budget
  • Newport Utilities Board
  • Update on Gatlinburg wildfires

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Funding for animal shelter tentatively approved.
  • Tressler arrest
  • Senate bill bad for Tennessee hospitals
  • Weekend activities in Parrottsville and Cosby
  • First Saturday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Ramsey ruling overturned by Appeals panel
  • Terry Fine arrest
  • Rodriguez arrest
  • Tax changes come on Saturday
  • Gas prices take a dip

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Parrottsville to receive low-interest loan
  • Food and housing grant for Cocke County
  • May jobless numbers
  • Haslam to make job recruitment trip
  • TWRA on wildlife

    Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Healthcare bill
  • Monument vandalism
  • Brandt charged with aggravated assault
  • Nease charged with attempted jail escape
  • Newport couple charged with child abuse or neglect
  • Cocke County Corrections Partnership
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