The VWS program offers departments GIS-based reports to assist in their recruitment efforts. The GIS-based methods utilize community-level profile data (Tapestry Data) derived from analyzing current firefighters and identifying the personal characteristics of future firefighter candidates. This information helps establish and identify the best methods to communicate with and recruit potential firefighters. The Tapestry Data allows departments to utilize solid information to custom build a recruitment plan to meet their specific needs. In addition, data collected from the VWS program is used to identify best practices and contributes to the fire service’s body of knowledge related to recruitment and retention.
The IAFC's Volunteer Workforce Solutions program is currently accepting applications from North Carolina Departments to Participate in the VWS Program. Apply online or Download the application online.
Through the VWS program, the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC) provides marketing, training and support to participating departments to assure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns. By participating, North Carolina departments benefit from: Marketing materials and assistance for recruitment and retention GIS-based reports to assist in their recruitment efforts Customized recruitment and retention plans based on demographic studies of the local region and department members Recruitment and retention seminars throughout the state Assistance with basic firefighter entry-level training courses as well as NFPA 1582 physicals for new recruits for volunteers Learn more: VWS application & selection process [...]