On today's episode Brian and Kara are joined by members of the Sullivan County (NY) Recruitment and Retention Task Force.
In early spring of 2021, the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire created the recruitment and retention task force
Their mission is twofold - inspire more of our friends and neighbors to join the fire service and to ensure the success of our current members.
Learn how the task force is promoting the volunteer fire service by hosting in-person outreach at public events, utilizing social media to reach new audiences, and working with school officials about how best to inspire young people towards a life of service.
The task force is also doing its part to educate current fire service leaders on how to improve their current recruitment/retention efforts and mentorship programs.
John Hauschild - Sullivan County Fire Coordinator and Past Chief
Jill Holland - Firefighter and Commissioner
Brendon Cunningham - Past Chief and Commissioner
Chris Ramirez - Firefighter, Professional Photographer and Cinematographer
About our hosts:
Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY. Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.
Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years.
He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel.
Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness.
Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is a Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist and Burn Prevention Outreach Educator.
On social @st.florianfitness