Diversifying Fire Department Membership

As fire and emergency service departments look for new recruits, reaching out to currently untapped audiences is a great place to start. NVFC research shows that millennials, women, and minorities have a high interest in volunteering in the fire service, and yet these groups are largely underrepresented in the U.S. fire service. Department demographics should reflect those of the community they serve. Recent articles highlight departments’ efforts to increase their numbers of women and Latino members. The NVFC provides resources, tools, and training to help recruit a diverse membership through the free Make Me A Firefighter campaign.