National Volunteer Workforce Solutions

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Diversity and Inclusion Program

National Volunteer Workforce Solutions seeks volunteer and combination fire departments to participate in an internal climate survey and site visit focused on promoting diversity and inclusion. Departments that demonstrate best practices for establishing an inclusive environment, as well as departments that seek resources for improving diversity and inclusion efforts are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply was April 5.  

Participant Requirements (pdf)

Sample MOU (pdf)

View the informational webinar.

Conference Scholarships

The National Volunteer Workforce Solutions program for Inclusion and Diversity, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer & Combination Officers Section, is offering scholarships for five officers and future leaders from combination and volunteer fire departments to conferences. 

The scholarship will cover flight, hotel and registration to the following conferences: 

  • Fire-Rescue International, August 7-10 in Atlanta, GA
    • Application Deadline: June 7
  • VCOS Symposium in the Sun, November 14-17 in Clearwater, FL
    • Application Deadline: September 6
  • VCOS Symposium in the Spring, May 14-16, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN
    • Application Deadline: March 13, 2020 

Awardees will be notified within two weeks of the deadline. All flights must be booked 30 days prior to the conference. Selected applicants are expected to attend classes and network while at the conference.  

Application (pdf)




The National Volunteer Workforce Solutions is an 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.  The program has created and curated a variety of resources for combination and volunteer fire departments across the country. More about VWS | Contact VWS