Each year, experienced emergency management and first responder personnel are retiring from their
careers, and retiring the vital skills that they spent their lifetimes learning. As the next generation
of young adults moves into these fields, it is critical for the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the
previous generations to be passed on through education, training, and mentorships. Some organizations
are leading this effort with youth programs that strive to attract new interest in emergency
preparedness and response.