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Recruitment and Retention Resources

These Pennsylvania and national resources may be helpful when developing and updating recruitment and retention programs in the fire service.

  • Blue Ribbon Report:  Recommendations are outlined in this report to enhance the volunteer fire service at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • National Volunteer Fire Council:  This organization r​epresents the interest of the volunteer Fire, EMS and Rescue Services and provided a wide range of service and programs including recruitment and retention.
  • National Fire Service Resource Guide (PDF):  This guide will provide quick reference on topics such Recruitment and Retention, grants, funding and more. It also includes a compilation of tips, tools, and resources.
  • International Fire Chief’s Association This organization represents emergency responders and leadership of firefighters from a worldwide perspective. The offer education/training in various venues and resources/tools to assist Fire/EMS on a variety of topics. 
  • Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT): This organization collaborates on identified common public policy challenges. The Public Safety, Health, and Human Resources work group is doing work to address the volunteer firefighter crisis. 
Note:  These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the Office of the State Fire Commissioner of any of the products, services, or information contained therein.  

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.