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Videos and Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Link to these videos and PSAs from your department's web site or contact your local radio or television and cable stations to air the PSAs. Unlike advertisements, many local radio and television stations and cable networks will donate the air time for showing PSAs, reducing or eliminating the cost to your department. You can use the PSAs as is or you can customize them to include your department's name and contact information.
Junior Firefighter Program Recruitment Video
Junior firefighter program advisors and department leaders can use this 4-minute video, which features juniors participating and explaining their interest in junior firefighting and their plans for their future, to recruit youth for their program at the local level. The video can be downloaded and taken to schools, community organizations, or department open houses to educate youth and adults about the benefit of junior firefighter programs. Sponsored by Tyco International
Retention and Recruitment in the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services
This 6-minute video for volunteer and combination departments explains why retaining and recruiting volunteers is important and provides departments with ideas on how they can overcome the challenges as they search for more volunteers.
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Video PSA featuring Brian Williams - Fire Corps
NBC newscaster Brian Williams recorded this video public service announcement you can use in your community to target potential Fire Corps volunteers and garner support for your local Fire Corps program. Fire Corps members assist departments with non-emergency tasks,Â helping departments to increase their capacity and services while allowing first responders to focus on training and emergency response.
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Radio PSA featuring Erron Kinney - 1-800-FIRE-LINE
Firefighter and former NFL player Erron Kinney recorded this radio PSA alerting the public to the 1-800-FIRE-LINE number that anyone can call from anywhere in the country to learn about volunteer emergency and non-emergency opportunities available near them.
Radio PSA featuring Erron Kinney - Fire Corps
Firefighter and former NFL player Erron Kinney recorded this radio PSA focusing on the need for community members to play a role in the non-emergency functions of their fire/EMS department through Fire Corps.
Podcasts and Radio
Junior Firefighter Programs - Podcast
Youth programs are critical to the long-term health of the fire service. This podcast offer insights and best practices for establishing and managing a local youth program within a department. It can be used as a resource for departments who are thinking of establishing a youth program as well as those who already have a program in place. Join Heather Schafer, Executive Director of the NVFC; Jim Williams, NVFC’s New York Director; Jeff Cash, NVFC’s North Carolina Director and Fire Chief of the Cherryville Fire Department; Allen Metheny, NVFC’s Alternate Director from Delaware and Past Chief and Past President of the Hartly Volunteer Fire Company; and Mike Barnett of the Elkridge (MD) Volunteer Fire Department as they introduce the National Junior Firefighter Program and discuss best practices for local programs.
Retention and Recruitment - Podcast
Join Dr. William Jenaway as he moderates a discussion into the key findings of a new U.S. Fire Administration/NVFC retention and recruitment study, solutions to some of the retention and recruitment obstacles, and the overriding concept of leadership. Philip C. Stittleburg, Chairman of the NVFC and Wisconsin Director; Jack Carriger, Second Vice Chairman of the NVFC and Oregon Director; and E. James Monihan, past Chairman of the NVFC and current Delaware Director, discuss some of the best practices they are seeing in their states to address the retention and recruitment challenges as well as how leadership plays an important factor in the solution.
NVFC Featured on Community Alert Radio Program (January 2009) (MP3, 42.1MB, 46mins)
In this radio interview on KZSB-AM's (Santa Barbara, CA) Community Alert program, NVFC California Director Vern Losh discusses many issues relating to the volunteer fire service, including retention and recruitment, training, strategic planning, insurance/liability concerns, and more. He draws on specific examples from California , Sonoma County , and the California State Firefighters Association.