Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2022 NVFC Recruitment and Retention Experience

Proposals due March 1

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that it will host its second annual in-person Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Experience on September 16-17, 2022, in Mesa, AZ. The NVFC is now accepting proposals from qualified instructors and speakers for presentations to educate first responders about critical volunteer staffing issues in the fire and emergency services. The deadline to submit proposals is March 1.

The R&R Experience theme is A Forum for the Future. The Experience is an interactive educational and networking conference that brings together fire and EMS personnel from across the country to participate in valuable classroom training and idea exchange relating to recruitment and retention issues in the volunteer emergency services. Sessions will be offered in two lengths: 1.5 hours and 3 hours.

Examples of relevant presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Working intergenerationally
  • Work-life-volunteer balance
  • Marketing your department
  • Finding funding
  • Reputation management
  • Department culture
  • Youth development
  • Supporting your volunteers
  • Recruitment tips and tricks
  • Forming community partnerships
  • Working with local government

Applications must be submitted by March 1 at A peer review team will evaluate all presentation proposals. Selections will be made based on quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and the presenter’s experience and credentials. Selected presenters will be notified by March 31.

The NVFC will cover travel expenses and provide a stipend for selected presenters. Teaching teams are welcome to apply, but only one instructor per course can receive travel reimbursement/stipend. Please note, while organizations and companies are welcome to apply to share their subject matter expertise, all courses must be educational in nature.

Learn more about the NVFC R&R Experience at Read about the 2021 R&R Experience 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