Recruitment, Staffing, and Retention Strategies for the Rosemount Fire Department


Recruitment, Staffing, and Retention Strategies for the Rosemount Fire Department

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota




This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between the City of Rosemount and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project ( With an all-volunteer Fire Department, daytime staffing of fire responders—when most residents are at jobs outside of the community—has regularly posed a challenge for Rosemount. The goal of this project was to identify areas for growth in the recruitment and retention of firefighters available during work-week hours. In collaboration with city project lead Rick Schroeder, Fire Chief for the City of Rosemount, a team of students in PSY 5707: Personnel Psychology examined national, statewide, and local volunteer fire departments to identify strategies for more successfully attracting, recruiting, and retaining firefighters. A final report and poster from the project are available.


Report and poster completed by students enrolled in PSY 5707: Personnel Psychology, taught by Deniz Ones and John Campbell in spring 2015.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at

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Ellis, Brenda; Matsuda, Win; Moore, Mariah; Shewach, Ori; Yamada, Tetsuhiro; Yu, Martin. (2015). Recruitment, Staffing, and Retention Strategies for the Rosemount Fire Department. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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