Webinar - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: The Keys for Making a Positive Impact on Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Fire and emergency services have encountered a downturn in staffing in recent years. Although recruitment and retention issues are present in many industries around the world, fire and emergency services agencies seem to be especially hard hit in the last few decades, putting communities at risk. Join the NVFC for this free webinar presented by Chief Debbie Carpenter to learn what has changed and what can be done to turn things around. This webinar will address issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including what factors make recruits want to join and stay with a department and what fire service administrators can do to address those needs.
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Chief Debbie Carpenter
Chief Carpenter was one of the inaugural members of iDELP, the Diversity Executive Leadership Program with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and helped to write the IAFC’s Guide for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department, and also serves on the Professional Development Committee with the IAFC. She was with a mid-sized suburb of Dallas, TX, for over 26 years but has recently taken a position as a Fire Chief with Spirit Lake Fire Protection District in north Idaho. SO with that being said, please join me in welcoming Chief Debbie Carpenter
Chief Carpenter earned a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University in 2016. She is a graduate of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program. She has taught at state and national conferences on ethics in public safety and how to teach people to make ethical decisions.
Carpenter’s own passions include kayaking and mountain biking, and she has turned those hobbies into opportunities to partner with wounded veterans in long-distance canoe and kayak races and mountain bike trail building for wounded veteran multi-day events. If you find yourself in north Idaho, she will happily take you out on the water or on the trails.