The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched the department portal component of the “Make Me A Firefighter” campaign aimed to help departments recruit the next generation of volunteer first responders. The NVFC, with support from a SAFER grant, has invested in the development of this research-driven recruitment and retention campaign designed to reach a broader audience of interested individuals.
“Recruitment is a challenge for many volunteer and combination departments across the country,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Yet our research shows that 44 percent of millennials are interested in volunteering with their local department. Many simply don’t know the need for volunteers exists. The Make Me a Firefighter campaign will help build awareness among the public as well as provide departments with the tools and resources they need to recruit to this and other target audiences.”
The online fire department portal is designed to help fire departments every step of the way in their recruitment and retention efforts and it’s completely free for departments to participate. It is very important that departments register for the campaign NOW at portal.nvfc.org and post their volunteer opportunities. This enables those departments to be ready when the public site launches August 1, 2015.
To learn more about the Make Me a Firefighter campaign and the department portal, view this video, and share it with others facing recruitment challenges: https://youtu.be/vhfk6lEyNKw.
AND, don’t forget to register with the recruitment campaign and post your opportunities now at http://portal.nvfc.org.