Registration is Now Open for the 2022 NVFC Recruitment & Retention Experience

Travel stipends are available

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will host its Recruitment and Retention Experience on September 16-17 in Mesa, AZ. This interactive educational and networking conference is open to all volunteer firefighters and EMS providers nationwide, with sessions targeted toward leadership and recruitment officers of volunteer and combination departments. Space is limited – register now.

The NVFC Recruitment and Retention Experience focuses on critical staffing issues in the volunteer fire and emergency services. The conference provides an opportunity for fire and EMS personnel from across the country to participate in valuable classroom training as well as exchange ideas and best practices with their peers. Subject matter experts will lead keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and interactive conversations on recruitment and retention topics, including integrating new recruits, junior firefighters, diversity, leadership, motivation, and mentoring. View the full agenda here.

The registration fee for the Experience is $129, which includes two days of training from industry leaders, a networking reception with vendor expo, and most meals. To help more first responders attend, a travel stipend is available for select attendees. The stipend will reimburse up to $750 of conference expenses, which can include hotel, round-trip economy airfare, cab/shuttle fare, mileage, and the event registration fee. Full details and criteria are available on the application form. To be eligible for the travel stipend, you must be a current member of the NVFC; join for $21 at

Learn more about the Experience, register, and apply for a stipend at Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, conference planner, at or 202-887-5700 x130.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at