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U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control 2023

Fire Service Recruitment and Retention

U.S. Fire Administration
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Invest in recruitment and retention initiatives and incentives to address the shortage of firefighters and make the fire service more diverse and inclusive.

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In recent years there has been a steady decline in the number of firefighters in the nation. This decline is impacting all department types, leaving the communities they serve vulnerable to threats, and increasing the stresses among firefighters and municipalities. It is imperative that we invest in programs and initiatives to incentivize individuals to join volunteer, combination, and career fire departments.