Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Fall 2015 Data Tables

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Q11a. To what extent, if any, would you say that recruitment and/or retention is a problem — either now or recently — for paid firefighters in the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction? (Among jurisdictions reporting that paid firefighters serve their jurisdiction)

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
To what extent, if any, would you say that recruitment and/or retention is a problem — either now or recently — for paid firefighters in the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction? (Among jurisdictions reporting that paid firefighters serve their jurisdiction) Not a Problem at all ** 33% 41% 22% 34%
Not much of a Problem ** 27% 32% 18% 27%
Somewhat of a Problem ** 12% 16% 16% 14%
Significant Problem ** 4% 4% 2% 4%
Don't Know ** 23% 6% 42% 21%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.


**Counties were not asked questions about fire services

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
To what extent, if any, would you say that recruitment and/or retention is a problem — either now or recently — for paid firefighters in the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction? (Among jurisdictions reporting that paid firefighters serve their jurisdiction) Not a Problem at all 22% 28% 47% 51% 43% 34%
Not much of a Problem 20% 28% 31% 30% 33% 27%
Somewhat of a Problem 16% 12% 14% 14% 17% 14%
Significant Problem 4% 5% 2% 3% 6% 4%
Don't Know 39% 27% 7% 3% 2% 21%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
To what extent, if any, would you say that recruitment and/or retention is a problem — either now or recently — for paid firefighters in the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction? (Among jurisdictions reporting that paid firefighters serve their jurisdiction) Not a Problem at all 22% 18% 39% 35% 45% 34% 34%
Not much of a Problem 20% 23% 31% 18% 28% 32% 27%
Somewhat of a Problem 22% 23% 9% 12% 8% 15% 14%
Significant Problem 9% 7% 2% 2% 5% 3% 4%
Don't Know 27% 30% 19% 32% 14% 16% 21%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.