Volunteer firefighters featured on Mike Rowe’s podcast

May 31, 2024

Volunteer fire service spotlighted on national podcast

The recent episode of “The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe” podcast, released on May 28, 2024, focuses on the essential role of volunteer firefighters in the United States.

As reported by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the episode features discussions with Dr. Candice McDonald, a volunteer firefighter/EMT from Ohio and the deputy CEO of the NVFC, and Jonathan Dayton, a volunteer firefighter/EMT from Maryland.

The episode explores the motivations, experiences, challenges, and benefits of being a volunteer firefighter.

Dr. McDonald emphasized the importance of public awareness and recruitment for the volunteer fire service: “We are thankful to Mike Rowe for shining the national spotlight on the volunteer fire service and showcasing to the public what it means to be a volunteer.

“This platform will open the door to the volunteer fire service for many members of the public and provides a great opportunity for local departments to recruit new members through the Make Me A Firefighter campaign.”

Increased awareness and recruitment opportunities

Volunteer fire and EMS departments can leverage the increased visibility from the podcast to boost recruitment efforts.

The NVFC encourages departments to listen to the episode, share related posts on social media, and participate in the Make Me A Firefighter campaign by posting volunteer opportunities on their portal.

Dr. McDonald and Dayton’s participation in the podcast aims to inspire community members to consider joining the volunteer fire service.

The podcast episode also directs listeners to resources such as www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org, where individuals can find local volunteer opportunities.

The increased exposure through Mike Rowe’s podcast and social media channels can significantly impact the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters across the country.

How to access the podcast

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe podcast is available on various platforms, including the official podcast link provided by the NVFC.

The series, known for its engaging and diverse content, covers a wide range of topics and features conversations with various guests.

This particular episode stands out by highlighting the crucial contributions of volunteer firefighters and encouraging public support and participation in the fire service.

Listeners can access the episode through the NVFC’s website, social media channels, and major podcast platforms.

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