Volunteer Workforce Solutions

Volunteer Workforce Solutions A FEMA SAFER funded grant to assist volunteer fire departments with their recruitment and retention needs. www.volunteerfiretn.org, www.volunteerfirenc.org or www.everydayheroct.org

The Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) programs use SAFER recruitment and retention grants to study traditional recruiting methodologies as well as Geographic Information system (GIS) based methodologies. VWS provides marketing material, training, and support to participating departments to ensure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns. www.everydayherova.org for Virginia www.everydayheroct.org for Connecticut Follow us on Twitter @VWS_IAFC.

We invite you to attend our Tennessee Fire Service Leadership Training day. Sessions will immerse attendees and guide th...
07/05/2019
Tennessee Fire Service Leadership Training Day

We invite you to attend our Tennessee Fire Service Leadership Training day. Sessions will immerse attendees and guide them to creating a local plan with 3 take away tasks that can be implemented in their department.

Presented by Chief Bill Jenaway, Ph.D. and Chief Tim Holman with a special presentation by Vickie Pritchett of NFSA. The Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association invites you to attend an intensive day focused on providing your department and its leaders with tangible and practical retention tools. We will....

Wishing you and all of our 1st responders, military and veterans a happy and safe 4th of July.
07/04/2019

Wishing you and all of our 1st responders, military and veterans a happy and safe 4th of July.

Make sure your community is safe tomorrow by customizing and sharing our press release on firework festivity safety.
07/03/2019
VWS Press Release Templates

Make sure your community is safe tomorrow by customizing and sharing our press release on firework festivity safety.

We have created press release templates to help you connect with your local media. All of the following press releases are templates for you to use and have a call for volunteer firefighters.

John M. Buckman III Leadership Award
07/02/2019
John M. Buckman III Leadership Award

John M. Buckman III Leadership Award

The award recognizes a chief officer of a volunteer or combination fire department who stands out on the local or regional level as a true professional who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, and outstanding values within the fire service. The annual award is presented each November at the VCOS....

2019 is predicted to be another significant fire year, capable of taking unprepared lives, destroying tens of thousands ...
07/01/2019
Wildfire Risk Management Starts with Communities

2019 is predicted to be another significant fire year, capable of taking unprepared lives, destroying tens of thousands of homes and scarring hundreds of thousands to millions of acres. https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2019/06/27/wildfire-risk-management-starts-with-communities

The 2019 fire year has begun and the risk of wildfire disasters will no doubt continue to build as summer approaches. Even with record snowfall in the western United States, the region's multi-year drought continues in some states. In those that have had more precipitation, wildfire risk will increa...

Understanding the community is important for a department to deliver the best service; knowing how to interact with all ...
06/28/2019
How to Increase Community Outreach

Understanding the community is important for a department to deliver the best service; knowing how to interact with all members of the community can be the difference between life and death.

Local fire departments have always been a fundamental staple within a community. Understanding the community is important for a department to deliver the best service; knowing how to interact with all members of the community can be the difference between life and death.

We redid our VWS page. Check out the new look and all of our amazing resources.
06/27/2019
Volunteer Workforce Solutions

We redid our VWS page. Check out the new look and all of our amazing resources.

Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) offers fire departments turnkey solutions focused on volunteer and combination systems' recruitment and retention efforts. Through partnerships on the local, state and national level, VWS works directly with you to address department recruitment and retention chal...

Symposium in the Sun is an amazing opportunity to attend sessions specifically tailored to the needs of volunteer and co...
06/26/2019

Symposium in the Sun is an amazing opportunity to attend sessions specifically tailored to the needs of volunteer and combination departments. Apply for this scholarship to attend Symposium in the #Sun2019.

The Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship to Symposium in the Sun is now accepting applications. https://buff.ly/30gpy0l

06/25/2019
Strive for Five: Preparing Yourself to Be Fire Chief

The IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs has a new podcast on becoming a 5 bugle chief. This provides some great tips and discusses how setting your successors up for success can make a huge difference to them.

The path to becoming fire chief is often challenging and unpredictable. With that in mind, how can you best prepare to become a five-bugle chief? Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Chief Trisha Wolford and Prince William County (Virginia) Chief (Retired) Mary Beth Michos share their experiences and addr...

It is important to remind ourselves of the importance of building an inclusive environment. We hope these posters will h...
06/24/2019
Be Inclusive Initiative

It is important to remind ourselves of the importance of building an inclusive environment. We hope these posters will help serve as a discussion starter and a reminder.

The IAFC's Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) worked with the Human Relations Committee (HRC) to create the "Be Inclusive" initiative. We hope departments around the nation will put the posters developed in this initiative up in their stations as a daily reminder of all the benefits of....

It is important to show new firefighters that customer service is not just words, but also a fire service culture. This ...
06/21/2019
Are Your Firefighters Good Hotel Employees?

It is important to show new firefighters that customer service is not just words, but also a fire service culture. This is a great case study on an innovative way to show the value of customer service and improve customer service skills.

In the past, customer service was taught at the fire station and learned on the job by observing senior firefighters. However, this is doing the firefighter and the community a disservice. The fire service is known for providing customer service. When you became a firefighter, were you taught to pro...

This newsletter contains such important content from tips on FLSA Compliance to the importance of interacting with our n...
06/21/2019

This newsletter contains such important content from tips on FLSA Compliance to the importance of interacting with our neighbors and letting them know you are a first responder.

Our summer newsletter is now available. It features updates on all of our recent activities, how to protect yourself from an FLSA lawsuit and a spotlight on City of Calimesa Fire Department. https://buff.ly/2UNLsoW

The State of the Volunteer Fire Service Report provides actionable takeaways you can implement in your department to hel...
06/20/2019

The State of the Volunteer Fire Service Report provides actionable takeaways you can implement in your department to help improve retention, recruitment and leadership of the volunteers of today and tomorrow. https://buff.ly/2BiVAwX

Check out our customizable recruitment material, if you are looking for a fresh new look to help bring in volunteers.
06/18/2019
Fillable Marketing Materials for Volunteer Recruitment

Check out our customizable recruitment material, if you are looking for a fresh new look to help bring in volunteers.

The following fillable marketing materials have been designed to assist volunteer and combination fire departments in their recruitment efforts by providing an easy to use template for various marketing items. These items are free for any volunteer or combination fire department to use.

06/17/2019
IAFC - VCOS Section

This is a great opportunity to attend one of the best educational events for leaders of volunteer and combination departments at little to no cost.

The Emerging Leader and Emerging Leader Alumni Scholarships to Symposium in the Sun are now accepting applications. Thank you to the sponsors of these 2 scholarships the Gasaway Consulting Group, LLC and the Emerging Leader Scholarship Alumni.

06/17/2019
Everyday Hero CT

This video just won an Emmy and a Gold Telly Award. We hope you will share it with your community and let them know you need volunteers.

We won! Congratulations to everyone that worked so hard to help make this amazing PSA, especially Matthew Troy, Chris Ca...
06/17/2019

We won! Congratulations to everyone that worked so hard to help make this amazing PSA, especially Matthew Troy, Chris Casey and the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association.

We won! Congratulations to Matthew Troy, Chris Casey, and everyone who worked so tirelessly to make our “See You Out There” PSA a reality! What a night at the New England Emmys!!!!!

Volunteer Workforce Solutions
Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association
IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - New England Chapter

#DoYouHaveWhatItTakes #EverydayHeroCT #VolunteerFirefighter #SeeYouOutThere

We won! Congratulations to Matthew Troy, Chris Casey, and everyone who worked so tirelessly to make our “See You Out T...
06/17/2019

We won! Congratulations to Matthew Troy, Chris Casey, and everyone who worked so tirelessly to make our “See You Out There” PSA a reality! What a night at the New England Emmys!

Pictured is our director, Matthew Troy, as well as CFCA Chiefs Thurz and Wallick.

Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association
IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs

#DoYouHaveWhatItTakes #EverydayHeroCT #VolunteerFirefighter #SeeYouOutThere

Summer is here! Here is a case study on how one department improved their recruitment efforts through sponsorship of a l...
06/16/2019
Recruitment Through Sponsorship of a Little League Team

Summer is here! Here is a case study on how one department improved their recruitment efforts through sponsorship of a little league team.

HOW In 2016, the Old Mystic Fire Department contacted their youth baseball league and inquired about sponsoring a baseball team.  For a nominal fee, they were able to sponsor a team of 15 young boys and girls age 6-8 to play baseball and learn vital skills including: how to interact with others; an...

06/15/2019
For Departments

We recently updated our resources page on the VolunteerFireNC.org. Check out all of the new resources to help your department with retention and recruitment.

Welcome Departments North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), formally kicked off their volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention campaign. The campaign is part of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program design...

We have a free online 3 part series to help your department recruit the volunteer of the future. Check out the first par...
06/14/2019
A Practical Approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Volunteer Fire Service

We have a free online 3 part series to help your department recruit the volunteer of the future. Check out the first part today.

This 1 hour web-based training aims to identify current recruitment and retention challenges within the volunteer fire service, explores the value of diversity and inclusion in strengthening the volunteer fire service, and inspires participants to actively work towards building a diverse and inclusi...

Tomorrow is Flag Day. Here are some ways you can help commemorate it.
06/13/2019
Fire Service Urged to Commemorate Flag Day

Tomorrow is Flag Day. Here are some ways you can help commemorate it.

Chief Dan Eggleston, IAFC president and chairman of the board, is urging the fire and emergency service to join the National Flag Foundation (NFF) and other national organizations to commemorate Flag Day, Friday, June 14. 

We have created several press release templates through our many programs. They are all available for you to customize a...
06/11/2019
VWS Press Release Templates

We have created several press release templates through our many programs. They are all available for you to customize and use for free. We hope this will help you raise awareness about your department and help keep your community safe.

We have created press release templates to help you connect with your local media. All of the following press releases are templates for you to use and have a call for volunteer firefighters.

To create an inclusive environment, we must start with inclusive behaviors. We can make policies, write SOPs/SOGs, and d...
06/10/2019

To create an inclusive environment, we must start with inclusive behaviors. We can make policies, write SOPs/SOGs, and develop initiatives to support such an environment, but an inclusive environment can only be created by the collective use of behaviors that foster inclusive interactions. https://buff.ly/31pV2RU

Having a strong relationship with your community not only helps to improve public safety and recruit new members, it als...
06/09/2019
Outreach for Inclusion: How to Engage Diverse Communities

Having a strong relationship with your community not only helps to improve public safety and recruit new members, it also makes people feel welcome at your department.

Having a strong relationship with your community not only helps to improve public safety and recruit new members, it also makes people feel welcome at your department. In diverse communities this is especially important. For a fire department to effectively serve and represent a diverse community, t...

#Accountability means #responsible #behavior and #Ownership. It is fully required at every single organizational level.
06/08/2019
The 5 Rules Followed By Accountable Leaders

#Accountability means #responsible #behavior and #Ownership. It is fully required at every single organizational level.

Effective leaders at all levels understand the importance of two-way accountability and act accordingly. They never look for scapegoats as they make themselves fully accountable for their team’s success. Find here the six basic rules of accountability followed by successful and effective leaders!

Today is the last day to apply for the VCOS FRI Scholarship, that gives you $1,500 to cover the costs of attending FRI.
06/07/2019

Today is the last day to apply for the VCOS FRI Scholarship, that gives you $1,500 to cover the costs of attending FRI.

Tomorrow is your last day to apply for the VCOS FRI Scholarship. Don't miss out on a great chance to attend one of the best fire and emergency events of the year. https://buff.ly/30gpy0l

We still have open slots for our upcoming Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification class June 29 and 30 in Wh...
06/07/2019

We still have open slots for our upcoming Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification class June 29 and 30 in Whitefish, Montana. https://buff.ly/2ClcA79

iDELP has been a tremendous success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the inaugural cohort fostering a more dive...
06/05/2019
2nd iDELP Cohort to Help Foster More Diverse, Inclusive Fire Service

iDELP has been a tremendous success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the inaugural cohort fostering a more diverse and inclusive fire and emergency service. We look forward to what the 2nd cohort will do for the fire & emergency service.

Chantilly, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced the participants accepted into the 2nd official IAFC Diversity Executive Leadership Program (iDELP). iDELP is a 2-year program developed by the IAFC in 2017 to bring together a group of current and future leaders...

Cancer prevention is a key part of retention. This podcast provides important information on steps you can and need to t...
06/05/2019

Cancer prevention is a key part of retention. This podcast provides important information on steps you can and need to take to prevent firefighter cancer. For more resources on cancer prevention, check out IAFC - VCOS Section's VCOS.org/BeatFFCancer.

We're pleased to announce the launch of the new iCHIEFS Podcasts!

Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, will discuss hot-button issues with leaders in the fire and emergency service.

Listen to Episode 1 as we explore reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22. Listen Now: https://buff.ly/2wydYjs

On the podcast, you'll hear Chief Nathan Trauernicht, University of California-Davis, and Chief Louie Bright (Ret.), Dallas Fire-Rescue share their experiences addressing firefighter cancer and strategies they employed to reduce risk.

#firefighter #firesafety #safetystanddown

This short interview on passion is something that firefighters can closely relate with. How do you fuel your member's pa...
06/03/2019
Mario Andretti On How Passion Led To 886 Professional Races and a 35-Year Career

This short interview on passion is something that firefighters can closely relate with. How do you fuel your member's passion while balancing their time with family?

Mario Andretti is one of the successful race car drivers of all time. He is the only driver ever to win The Indy 500, The Daytona 500 and a Formula 1 World Championship.

Have you seen the latest TN VWS press release on grilling safety. It ensures the safety of your community and lets them ...
06/02/2019
This Grilling Season, Make Sure it’s Only the Food That Gets Barbequed!

Have you seen the latest TN VWS press release on grilling safety. It ensures the safety of your community and lets them know volunteers are needed. We hope you will share it.

There’s nothing like grilling your meals outside on a warm summer day! The taste of grilled meats and vegetables can’t be recreated anywhere else. However, grilling safety should be an important part

Looking for a press release that will help you protect your community and let them know about your need for volunteers? ...
05/31/2019
VWS Press Release Templates

Looking for a press release that will help you protect your community and let them know about your need for volunteers? Check out and use our press release templates.

We have created press release templates to help you connect with your local media. All of the following press releases are templates for you to use and have a call for volunteer firefighters.

Looking for resources that provide education, training and guidance on administrative tasks associated with leading and ...
05/30/2019
Chief's A-RIT

Looking for resources that provide education, training and guidance on administrative tasks associated with leading and managing your volunteer fire department? Check out our Chief's A-RIT.

Learn more about the challenges and solutions for volunteer retention and recruitment in this report from USFA, DHS and NVFC.

Have you taken our Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification class? This class goes above and beyond to set up...
05/29/2019

Have you taken our Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Certification class? This class goes above and beyond to set up admin members and those handling recruitment and retention for success. buff.ly/2ClcA79

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