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  • September 6, 2017
    Responding to current resource and response challenges with wildland fires in the Northwest, Hurricane Harvey and the approach of Hurricane Irma, IAFC Go Teams are ready to deploy to any location in the U.S. to assist local, state, tribal and federal officials with the myriad duties relating to fire resources and job tasks. read more
  • November 14, 2017
    I remember the days of riding the back step and so much more. I won’t call them the good old days; we were lucky to have survived them unscathed. But oh, was it easy to recruit and retain new members; the volunteer firehouse was the place to be. read more
  • November 14, 2017
    It’s no surprise that the recruitment and retention of volunteers has become a hot topic and one that many fire departments are constantly trying to overcome. Recruiting new members and retaining seasoned individuals is becoming a challenge. read more
  • November 14, 2017
    A public-safety organization's HR responsibilities include attracting applicants, retaining members, motivating members, planning for succession development and offering relevant training. The challenge for us is to get it right. read more

VCOS

The IAFC's Volunteer and Combination Officers Section provides chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination fire/rescue/EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism.

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Volunteer Workforce Solutions

VWS helps combination and volunteer departments improve their ability to recruit, retain and manage the volunteer of the future.

National

A national initiative to assist combination and volunteer fire departments with the means to improve their ability to recruit, retain, and manage a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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State-level

Statewide initiatives provide marketing material, training and support to departments to assure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns.

Connecticut VWS

Tennessee VWS

Virginia VWS

VWS initiatives are supported by FEMA SAFER grants.

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Fire-Rescue International

August 8 - 11, 2018
Dallas, TX
FRI, the IAFC's annual conference and expo, provides senior-level leadership training for chiefs and officer development education for chief and company officers, new ways to connect with vendors and colleagues, and the latest solutions to today's toughest challenges.
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This section is focused on providing the latest news, events and resources related to volunteer fire and emergency services. The majority of our work is done by the IAFC Volunteer Combination Officer Section, whose mission is to provide leaders in fire/EMS who manage volunteers within a volunteer fire, rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism.