The level of innovation that Mr. Hayden infused into the area of recruitment earned him the Outstanding Employee Award for the City of San Jose. His contributions included the development of the fire department's first recruitment program. He built upon this program to include a comprehensive internship component that yielded many successful recruits.
Recognizing the needs of candidates to be better prepared for the application and testing process, Mr. Hayden developed the acclaimed eight-hour course entitled "The ABC's of Becoming a Firefighter". He continues to conduct this highly effective course throughout the nation.
Additionally, Mr. Hayden has participated as an oral board member and proctor for agencies throughout Northern California.
With a passion for diversity and recruitment, Mr. Hayden's experience and leadership roles include the following:
About Firefighter's ABC's
Through hundreds of conversations with fire departments nation-wide, Firefighter's ABC's observed a host of challenges that hinder the fulfillment of diversity recruitment goals within the fire service. Many fire departments proclaim that recruiting qualified candidates, from diverse backgrounds, is literally like finding the proverbial "Needle in a Haystack".
While some departments do a better job than others, the anecdotal evidence clearly indicates that the vast majority of programs is not sustained over time and is not comprehensive or broad enough in scope. This led Mr. Hayden to form the Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council and to couple it with the National Recruit Database.
This "Power in Numbers" approach benefits from the collaboration of shared "Best Practices" and the budgetary efficiencies of sharing a much broader pool of diverse candidates.
The most important aspect of Firefighter's ABC's is that it was developed to support our many diverse youth nationwide with a 100% Free platform that will in some small way help support their career goals to become part of the fire service and if not the fire service simply being more productive citizens.
I ask for your support in the following three simple ways:
I thank each of you in advance for your support of a more diverse candidate pool for the fire service.
Russell G. Hayden - Founder
"All That I AM I Owe"
"I Live Eternally In The Red"
From a homeless at-risk youth hitch-hicking on the freeway to Dr. Irvin Roth of Foothill Jr. College picking me up and introducing me to the fire service in 1969.
Yes, the fire service made a difference in my life - for more about this select "A Message From Our Founder" and read "A Short Story".
Thus began my career in the fire service as the first Black on the Los Altos Fire Department and the only Black for my entire five years on that department.
In 1972 Kenneth C. Moore and I entertained the idea of forming an association to create a more diverse candidate pool within Santa Clara County - thereafter the Santa Clara County Black Firefighters Association was founded in 1973 which is a Chapter of the Southwest Region of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters - our first meeting was held at Trotters Inn in Los Altos - for more about this select "Resources & Directory" then select "Firefighter's ABC's Downloads" then scroll down to History of the Santa Clara County Black Firefighters Association - PDF.
Do not go where the path may lead.....
Go instead where there is no path.....
And leave a trail.....
Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson