Rather than starting at zero in terms of recruiting efforts, ambulance agencies need to think about where they can find volunteers.
National EMS Week was originally created by President Gerald Ford to recognize Emergency Medical Services personnel. The week serves as a great opportunity for EMS agencies to educate the public on what they do while also expressing their agency needs.
Can you afford to limit the pool of applicants to only those with all of the certifications? Unlike a business degree, firefighting certifications only work in one job and the general public does not go to school to see if they want to be a firefighter, thus the pool is very limited.
Solving the recruitment puzzle: Many volunteer ambulance agencies are having extraordinary trouble trying to staff their ambulances.
Risk management should be included in the curricula of the American public education system. It could help students develop critical thinking skills while understanding the fundamental components of emergency management.
American Public University was chosen from among 19 U.S. institutions by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide career-focused academic programs to up to 20,000 TSA employees located at 147 airports nationwide.
It's important that children know what to do if they are faced with an emergency, because a supervising adult may not be nearby or may be incapacitated.