NVFC Releases Training Track in the Virtual Classroom for New Emergency Service Volunteers

A lot goes into training a new recruit for their role in a volunteer fire or EMS department. To help departments with the classroom training portion and to prepare new volunteers for service, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has created a track in its Virtual Classroom designed specifically for new recruits.

The New Recruit Track is a carefully curated selection of seven courses that cover critical introductory topics for new emergency responders ranging from health and safety; diversity, equity, and inclusion; personal growth within the fire service; risk management; and finding a balance between work, life, and volunteering. Departments are encouraged to use the track as part of their mandatory onboarding process to ensure that these essential topics are covered early and consistently in the recruits’ experience.

The courses included in the New Recruit Track are as follows:

  • The Fire Service – A History
  • Bridging the Gap: A Diversity & Inclusion Training
  • Stress & Life Management: Finding Your Life Balance as a Volunteer
  • The Way Forward: Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in the Fire Service
  • Volunteer Fire Service Culture – Essential Strategies for Success (Modules 2 & 3)
  • Risk Management Principles for New Volunteers
  • From Recruit to White Helmet

Attendees will be provided with a certificate at the end of each course as well as a final certificate indicating completion of the full track.

For a limited time, non-NVFC members who purchase the New Recruit Track for $21 will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NVFC. Membership comes with a myriad of benefits that will enhance the experience of new recruits and seasoned volunteers alike. Benefits include all courses free in the NVFC Virtual Classroom, a $10,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy, access to the NVFC online member forum Volunteer Voices, and access to the NVFC First Responder Helpline for assistance in a crisis or with a variety of work-life-volunteer stresses. Learn more about membership at www.nvfc.org/join.

Access the New Recruit Track in the NVFC Virtual Classroom at https://virtualclassroom.nvfc.org.