Pilot Departments for National Recruitment and Retention Program Named

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has selected the departments that will participate in the IAFC’s Volunteer Workforce Solutions National Recruitment and Retention program, funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. This program will focus on recruiting women and underrepresented groups in the volunteer fire service.

The 10 pilot departments are:

  • Brooklyn Center (Minn.) Fire Department
  • Central Whidbey Island (Wash.) Fire and Rescue
  • Elkin (N.C.) Fire Department
  • Santa Fe (N.M.) County Fire Department
  • Ketchikan (Alaska) Fire Department
  • Mountain View (Wash.) Fire and Rescue
  • Prince George’s County (Md.) Fire Department
  • Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton (Va.) Volunteer Fire Department
  • Milton and Milton Township (Wis.) Fire Department
  • Windsor Severance (Colo.) Fire Rescue

Over the next two years, liaisons from these departments will work with the IAFC to enhance their volunteer recruitment strategies and efforts, creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce.  The departments will come together at the IAFC’s VCOS Symposium in the West, May 13-14, in Reno, Nevada.  

Not only will the Symposium in the West be a launching point for the program, but it also provides a way for members of these departments to network, expand leadership skills and share ideas and solutions with others in the volunteer fire service.

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