Local Lucas County Public Safety Job Fair Attracts Job Seekers

Several local public safety organizations have come together under one roof for the first time to offer people the opportunity to apply in person for their organizations.

TOLEDO, Ohio—
For years, recruiting has been a challenge for the Lucas County Fire and Police Department.

Tanya Saunders, director of planning and development for Lucas County, said it’s time to try a new approach. The county hosted the first Public Safety Career Fair on Friday, drawing recruiters from nearly a dozen city programs and first responders to the West Toledo Consolidated Services Building.

“We’ve been away for so long, a lot of online activity and we really want to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers and give them the opportunity to have an open dialogue,” Saunders said.

Anyone interested can ask questions and take the first steps to applying to a wide variety of organizations in Lucas County, from law enforcement to fire departments to dog care.

Toledo Fire and Rescue Department recruiter Sheldon Collins said he liked the in-person method and it allowed them to get a first impression of candidates immediately, instead of just guessing from ‘nomination.

“We’re able to see how their body language is, how good they are at answering questions, if they’re shy, we love everything about people but we want to bring out the best in people,” Collins said.

According to fair workers, about 30 people entered and left the job fair.

Representatives from the Sylvania Fire and Rescue Department said about six people had expressed interest. A Maumee Police Department recruiter said there were about 10 to 15 people interested.

For the TFRD, Collins said, “It’s been very rare, but we expect more to come.”

While the fair may have been more successful for some than others, recruiters at every stand said they were looking forward to next year. They also said he successfully achieved the county’s goals of making it easier than ever for organizations to connect with the public and hopefully get the workforce back to healthy numbers.

“We actually had a few on-site interviews there. What’s great is what job seekers want,” Saunders said.

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