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 designed to help North Carolina’s fire departments achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce. The program is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the NCAFC by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
Program benefits include:
- Statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign including a new website and radio/social media ads, etc.
- Leadership support through the development and/or delivery of training and tools focused on the needs of volunteer and combination departments
- Recruitment and retention support, including development of unique recruitment strategies based on the features and characteristics of the community
- Department review to identify issues and challenges with the recruitment/retention of volunteer firefighters
- Strategic planning to increase departments’ visibility, viability and community support
- Customized printed recruitment materials and multimedia support
- GIS Tapestry reports to enhance the marketing and recruiting strategies of departments
- An interactive online recruitment and retention course