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Volunteer Fire/EMS News: Recruitment & Retention

June 12, 2023

June 9, 2023

Please be aware that the NVFC Virtual Classroom will be unavailable from Tuesday, June 20, 9am ET - Friday, June 23, 9am ET due to system updates.

Keep an eye out every Friday for the National Volunteer Fire Council's weekly Training Times email to help you prepare for trainings in the weeks ahead.

Volunteer Fire/EMS Recruitment & Retention: Lessons from Top Gun

June 15 at 2pm ET

Presenter: Walter Campbell

Sometimes lessons can come from surprising sources. Take the movie Top Gun. If we look closely with a recruitment and retention lens, there is much we can glean about building a strong team culture, providing effective communication, the importance of mentorship and recognition, and creating a strong sense of purpose and mission. These are all key elements for a successful recruitment and retention strategy. This webinar, presented by Walter Campbell, will explore the key strategies and lessons from Top Gun that can be used to enhance your fire or EMS department’s recruitment, retention, engagement, teambuilding, and communication.


About the presenter

Walter A. Campbell is a highly skilled recruitment and retention strategist at First Arriving, known for his innovative ideas, strategies, and solutions that help organizations attract top candidates. As a retired U.S. Air Force recruiter, he continues to be enthusiastic about recruiting techniques and focusing on ways organizations can create a more diverse workplace, address equity issues, and foster inclusivity. Walter is a certified diversity and inclusion thought leader, recruitment and retention strategist, and morale & humor enhancement professional.  

R&R Coffee Talk with the Doc: Onboarding

June 23 at 6pm ET


Dr. Candice McDonald and Chief Joel Cerny with special guest Chief Doug Cline

Talking TIM

June 28 at 1:30pm ET

Presented by the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations

Webinar on Recruitment and Retention

July 26 at 2pm ET


Colby Cagle

Webinar on Distracted Driving

August 30 at 2pm ET


Joel Feldman

The NVFC offers in-person trainings at fire departments and conferences nationwide. Topics include R&R, health, safety, EVs, hazmat response, and more. View the current schedule to find a training coming up near you.

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Check out the NVFC New Recruit Track in the Virtual Classroom

The NVFC's New Recruit track is designed to prepare volunteers new to fire and EMS departments for service. The track includes seven courses on topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion, health and safety, personal growth within the fire service, risk management, and finding that work, life, and volunteer balance. The track takes approximately 9 hours total to complete. Learn more and register here.

DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Resources

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships seeks to build bridges across the whole community and to help overcome coordination challenges among community organizations, emergency managers, and other stakeholders in all stages of the disaster cycle. They have a variety of training resources to help you reach people in your community where they already are.


View the full list of NVFC Virtual Classroom courses currently available for free. All Virtual Classroom courses are always free to NVFC Members; join for $21. Find additional training opportunities here.