The San Antonio Fire Department has partnered with the United State Army South-side Battalion to combine recruiting efforts. Starting in Mid-October this partnership will create a career pathway for military personal exiting their military career.
Currently the average enlistment lasts only 4 to 5 years; this program would connect with candidates to provide information about the department and the need for qualified candidates with their skills and values. Currently the Battalion consists of over 80% minority enrollment and has the potential to connect with the San Antonio Fire Department goal of increasing the number of minority candidates.
The department has a 4 step approach for recruiting those within the military, as well as those contemplating a career within the military.
- SAFD in conjunction with the military will work together recruiting at high schools. They will work together to make presentations to high school seniors on the opportunities within SAFD and the military. They will also set up recruiting tables at the high school with information on the department.
- SAFD will also create a connection with those military individuals waiting for their orders. SAFD can provide information on opportunities as a Fire fighter, which will allow SAFD to create a connection with the military individuals throughout their career.
- That connection will create a mentorship that will exist throughout their career in the military. SAFD will maintain constant contact with them to keep SAFD in the forefront of their minds. This will create a long term engagement with SAFD, as well as a communication link for the soldier.
- Once their career has been completed in the military, SAFD will help plan an exit strategy and provide them with information on starting a career with SAFD.
San Antonio Fire Department looks forward to working with the United States Army in the near future, as well as working with potential recruits for the San Antonio Fire Department.