Recruitment and Retention How-To Guides

The National Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) team has created short how-to guides on a variety of topics to assist volunteer and combination fire departments with their recruitment and retention activities. 

Speaking to Government Officials

We have created a template to assist departments in creating presentations for government officials. This PowerPoint is complete with directions in each slide's notes section on how to customize a presentation unique to your department. Please feel free to utilize this template, while referencing the “How-To” guide to create a professional and informative presentation for your next meeting with government officials.

Access the How-To Guide


Hosting a Successful Open House

The ability to host a successful open house is vital to volunteer fire departments. Open houses give the community the opportunity to learn from and interact with department members. 

Access the How-To Guide & Checklist

 For more information on the National VWS How-To Guides, please contact Ms. Rhiannon Bogozi at

  • Topics:
    • Volunteer
    • Recruitment
    • Retention
    • Project VWS
  • Resource Type:
    • Case Study
    • Guide/ toolkit/ template
  • Organizational Author:
    • VWS

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