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What motivates our members to service?

Question asked by charlieboyte on May 16, 2017
Latest reply on May 18, 2017 by kbreed

What are the various factors that motivate each of the generations listed below to prioritize their time?


  • Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 and later.
  • Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995.
  • Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976.
  • Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964.


Has NFPA or anyone else done a study that identifies the motivating factors specific to each generation that lead to volunteer fire service engagement? 


If we understand those factors could we tailor our recruiting programs to focus on the benefits to each and achieve better success?


What do you all think?