Save the Date for the 2022 NVFC Recruitment and Retention Experience

Annual training event to take place in Mesa, AZ

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that the next NVFC Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Experience will take place September 16-17, 2022, in Mesa, AZ. Pre-register here to get updates as event information becomes available.

The inaugural NVFC R&R Experience took place in 2021. This training event is an opportunity for fire and EMS personnel from across the country to participate in valuable classroom sessions on topics relating to volunteer fire and emergency department staffing as well as exchange ideas and best practices with their peers. The conference is open to all first responders nationwide but is targeted toward department leadership and recruitment personnel. More details, including a stipend program, travel information, and registration, will be available soon. Pre-register for the R&R Experience to stay informed of new event details.

The NVFC is now accepting proposals from qualified instructors and speakers for presentations to educate first responders about critical recruitment and retention issues in the fire and emergency services. Key topics include diversity and inclusion, work-life-volunteer balance, generational issues, and supporting your volunteers. Learn more and submit your proposal by March 1, 2022.

The NVFC has also partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Offers Section (VCOS) to offer an additional two days of free, optional training on September 18-19. Find out more at

Get a glimpse of the Experience by reading about the 2021 event, held in Cleveland, OH, here. Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, conference planner, at or 202-887-5700 x130.

About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (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 tools, resources, education, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Find out more at