In Columbus, Ohio, a spate of retirements has pushed the department to increase hiring. But new recruits might not be ready soon enough.
The city has approved the hiring of 25 additional recruits to fill newly opened positions after already adding 40 new firefighters this year. However, some firefighters have stated that there will be more open spots by the time these new recruits are trained and certified.
With cities like Columbus that have growing populations, it's important to factor in the number of recruits needed and the time necessary to prepare them for duty. Technology, like workforce management software, can use historical data to help determine the number of recruits necessary and the time needed for their training. What's more, each recruit's academy training results can be tracked, including physical and physiological performance testing results.
With tools like these, fire chiefs can rely on data-driven analytics to help determine the right staffing balance when replacing retired firefighters with recruits.
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