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Newly released program: Are you ready?

There’s a new breed of worker lining up to be your next member:

Are you ready?

Cameron Gasaway (R) poses with a fire chief who attended his "Gen Y" program. Priceless!

Like it or not, here they come… The Generation Y first responder!  Are you ready? There are 80 million of them and they’re going to be your next crop of new firefighters and EMS providers. They’re a force to be reckoned with and they’re changing the rules for successful recruitment & retention. They’re tech savvy, family-centric and attention craving. And if you don’t know how to handle them, they can drive you crazy!  This program introduces you two Generation Y employment candidates.

The first candidate is your stereotypical Gen Y teen. He’s chillin’, saggin’, textin’, Ipodin’, X-Box playin’ and Facebookin’. He’s coming to you with no credentials and unreasonable demands. He’s going to tell you how it is! Like him or not, he is who he is and he ain’t changin’ to conform to what he sees as antiquated ways of management. Are you ready?

Your second candidate is the not-so-stereotypical Gen Y teen. He’s an Eagle Scout, honor student, national EMS competition award winner and a distinguished honor graduate from the United States Marine Corp crash-rescue firefighter training program. He’s coming to you with quality credentials and very high expectations.  He’s going to tell you how it is! And, like his fellow Gen Y teen, he’s not changing to conform to what he sees as antiquated ways of management. Are you ready?

Finally, to help you manage through this quagmire, you will participate in a discussion facilitated by a public safety leader with 30+ years of experience and the contributing author of The Leadership Guide to Combination Fire Departments, co-author of The Leadership Guide to Volunteer Fire Services (both Jones & Bartlett Publishing), and author of On Fire About Leadership (self-published).

NOTE: Even if you are a parent of a Gen Y child, you may be surprised to learn what your kids aren’t telling you about how they think and what’s important to them. And, here’s a hint, it’s not all bad news!


If you want to learn more about this program or if you are interested in scheduling Cameron Gasaway for an upcoming event, please contact him at:



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