The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Volunteer & Combined Officers Section (VCOS) and Kidde Fire Safety will host a volunteer recruitment and community engagement webinar on Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00pm (EST). The online seminar was organized so that fire departments can learn the best strategies to engage their community by conducting fire safety events and promote the Step Up and Stand Out program, a national campaign to recognize volunteer firefighters and promote community involvement in fire safety.
The one hour webinar will help local fire departments:
- build awareness of the Step Up and Stand Out campaign
- learn strategies for recruiting and retaining talent in the fire service
- educate volunteer fire departments how to teach fire and life safety education at community events
- create an understanding of how to utilize local media as a communications tool
Earlier this year country star Craig Morgan, Firehouse Magazine and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in conjunction with the organizations hosting the webinar, launched The Step Up and Stand Out campaign to recognize current volunteers and encourage citizens to learn how they can become a volunteer firefighter. At select stops along Morgan's 2016 tour, he will meet with local volunteer fire departments, and donate Kidde 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms. Members of IAFC will hold open houses at various firehouses along the route too. Fire departments in non-tour locations are also staging local events or taking part in community programs to draw attention to this campaign. Tuesday’s webinar will give departments, big and small, the tips and tools to successfully plan, participate in or host local events - and connect with local residents, recruits and the media.