69%of emergency responders Are Volunteers Saving localities across the nation $140 billion each year.

69% of emergency responders
are volunteers

Saving localities across the nation $140 billion each year.

Yet over the past 30 years, the number of volunteer firefighters has declined, while call volume continues to increase.

It is critical for the safety of our communities and our nation that we continue to have a strong volunteer fire service now and in the future.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through a federal SAFER grant, has developed this national recruitment and retention campaign to put research-based, ready-to-use tools and resources in the hands of local departments. We want make the process of recruiting new volunteers as easy as possible for local departments.

This Fire Department Portal was created specifically to help local volunteer and combination fire and rescue departments recruit and retain volunteers.

Through this web site, you can:

Enter your existing volunteer opportunities into a database searchable to potential volunteers through MakeMeAFirefighter.org, AllForGood.org, and other volunteer search sites

Customize marketing materials with your department-specific information for use in your community

Access additional resources, tips, and recruitment ideas to make your local campaign a success


Help Us Spread the word about the campaign

We've made it simple for you to communicate with departments about this campaign. Help us get the word out to the more than 20,000 volunteer and combination departments across our country.