Recruitment and mentorship is a vital process for any fire department that is searching for their next candidate.  This is the opportunity for firefighters, captains and chiefs to get to know the individuals who want to join their family.  The culture and traditions of the fire service can be learned from books, but to truly appreciate them, one must immerse themselves.  The recruitment and mentoring process is like a courting stage for fire departments to find the candidates that are a good fit for them and for the candidate to find the department that they will be most successful for a 25-30 year career.