Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) Conference 2019

August 16th & 17th, 2019, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Recruiting for the Long Term: Public Service Motivation and Why It's Necessary

Jason Decremer, PhD, Director of Certification for the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control

Numbers of volunteer fire fighters continue to get smaller, at an alarming rate. This course is a dynamic discussion on using non-traditional recruitment and retention (R&R) methods to maximize membership in volunteer fire departments. The course begins with an overview of the volunteer life cycle, moves into public service motivation (PSM), how to use PSM to develop interview tactics and questions and concludes with a focus on recruiting for the long term. This is not a lecture program, audience participation is a key component of the course. Everything you do in R&R should be done to positively affect your department 20 years into the future. Be prepared to get engaged and problem solve our most frightening issue together.

Jason Decremer, PhD, is the director of Certification for the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. He is responsible for over 40 levels of national certification testing for approximately 20,000 firefighters statewide. Decremer has been a member of the volunteer fire service for nearly 20 years. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven and Goodwin College, teaching courses in Homeland Security and Fire Administration. He received his PhD in public policy and administration from Walden University and a master’s degree in curriculum design and education from the University of Phoenix. Area of research is on the public service motivational traits necessary for long term retention in the volunteer fire service. He lives in Southbury, CT with his wife Carina and three children.