iCHIEFS Podcast: COVID-19: Challenges Facing Volunteer Fire Departments

Fire Chief Kevin Cooney and Deputy Chief Edward Rush discuss operational challenges, budgets, recruitment and other hurdles facing volunteer departments


While COVID-19 continues to impact all fire and emergency service agencies, it presents unique challenges for volunteer fire departments, especially when it comes to staffing, equipment, training, and finances.

In this latest installment, Chief Kevin Cooney, South Windsor (CT) Fire Department, and Deputy Chief Edward Rush, Elmsford (NY) Volunteer Fire Department join us to discuss:

  • Operational and staffing challenges
  • The impact on budgets and fundraising activities
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Lessons learned and how to apply those moving forward
  • Strategies for economic recovery

Visit the IAFC's COVID-19 Resources website for additional podcasts and webinars.

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