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Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification

We have several Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Certification courses coming up this year and we have funding to pay for your travel expenses to these classes. The class schedule is as follows:

  • October 2-3, Colington, NC, up to $200 in travel expenses reimbursed (for NC only)
  • October 16-17, Botetourt, VA, up to $200 in travel expenses reimbursed (for VA only)
  • November 6-7, Dover, DE, all travel expenses reimbursed*
  • November 20-21, Plainfield, IN, all travel expenses reimbursed*
  • December 4-5, Provo, UT, all travel expenses reimbursed*

If you are interested in taking advantage of this amazing free training opportunity contact Spencer Cheatham at scheatham@iafc.org.

Resources

About

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

VWS is proud to partner with the IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS). Make sure to check out all the wonderful VCOS resources at VCOS.org.

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Chiefs Reflect on Interview Regarding Volunteer Firefighters

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New VCOS Board Members Sworn-In at Fire-Rescue International

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National VWS Fire Camp Scholarships

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Fire Department Exchange (FDX) is Accepting Applications

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Vector Solutions and IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Training Officer Recognition Award

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NHTSA Encourages First Responders to Review its Guidelines for Incidents Involving Electric of Hybrid Vehicles Following NTSB Study on Risks Posed by These Vehicles

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IAFC Goes to New Mexico to Teach Recruitment & Retention

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The IAFC Applauds Passage of Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act

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Lessons Learned from the Misfortunes of Others

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FIRE/SAFER Reauthorization Introduced in the House

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Tax Reform: Not a Nickel-and-Dime Issue

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IAFC Supports Bill to Protect Volunteer Incentives

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The Making of a Volunteer in a Volunteer/Combination Department

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IAFC Announces Gift to Firefighter Cancer Support Group

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Grassroots Recruiting: Increasing the Ranks with Decreasing Budgets

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National Fire Service Organizations Address Volunteer Fire Service Concerns With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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VCOS Names 2013 Award Winners

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Jan 01, 0001

IAFC Asks IRS to Clarify Treatment of Volunteer Firefighters Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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From Passive to Active Recruiting: Recruitment Findings from Connecticut

Here are some key lessons learned from the Connecticut Volunteer Workforce Solutions Program.

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SAFER Volunteer Workforce Solutions: Helping To Solve Recruitment and Retention Issues

The SAFER Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) program continues to move forward in its effort to help solve the recruitment and retention issues faced by volunteer fire departments in the United States.

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Perception, Politics and Professionalism in Volunteer Departments

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VCOS Summit Update: Latest Progress and Next Steps

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Meet One of the World's Largest Volunteer Fire Departments

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National Leaders Gather for Landmark Summit

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Training & Events

Symposium in the Sun

  • Dates: 11 – 14 Nov, 2021
  • Location: Clearwater, FL
  • Address: Hilton Clearwater,

The leadership training available at this symposium will help you address the unique needs of volunteer and combination leadership in your department. The networking opportunities give you the chance to share ideas and solutions with colleagues from all over the country. The vendors attending can help departments of any size, giving you the tools and equipment necessary to ensure everyone on your team comes home.

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