ABOUT THE MAKE ME A FIREFIGHTER CAMPAIGN
Volunteer fire and rescue departments across the country are struggling to recruit enough volunteers to adequately protect their communities.
Volunteers make up 69% of the fire service, saving localities across the nation $140 billion each year.
Yet the number of volunteer firefighters has declined by 12% over the last 30 years, call volume has nearly tripled, and the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing.
It is critical for the safety of our communities and our nation that we continue to have a strong volunteer fire service now and in the future.
That’s why the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, has developed a national campaign designed to put research-based, ready-to-use tools and resources in the hands of local departments to help make recruitment and retention less of a burden.
This Fire Department Portal was created specifically with fire and rescue departments in mind, to help strengthen local department recruiting and retention efforts.
Through this department portal, you can enter your existing volunteer opportunities, customize marketing materials for use in your community, and access additional resources, tips, and recruitment ideas to make your local campaign a success.
Watch the video at http://portal.nvfc.org/about to learn more about the campaign.
ABOUT THE NVFC - The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services.