The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC) was awarded a SAFER grant to implement different recruitment and retention strategies. As part of the VWS program, the NCAFC provides marketing material, training and support to participating departments to assure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns. In addition, the NCAFC provides leadership and recruitment and retention seminars throughout the state of North Carolina as part of the VWS program. Data collected from the VWS program will be used to identify best practices and to contribute to the fire service’s body of knowledge related to recruitment and retention.
The VWS Program also offers participating departments assistance with basic firefighter entry level training courses as well as NFPA 1582 physicals for new recruits for volunteers. These resources will allow departments to have potential volunteers be fully adept in handling daily operations as well as increasing the safety in their community.