As part of the VWS program, the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) provides marketing material, training and support to participating departments to assure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns. In addition, the TFCA provides leadership and recruitment and retention seminars throughout the state of Tennessee as part of the VWS program. Data collected from the VWS program will be used to identify best practices and to contribute to the fire service’s body of knowledge related to recruitment and retention.
The VWS Program also offers participating departments assistance with basic firefighter entry level training courses as well as NFPA 1582 physicals for new recruits for volunteers. These resources will allow departments to have potential volunteers be fully adept in handling daily operations as well as increasing the safety in their community.
In addition to marketing material and training, the VWS program offers departments GIS based reports to assist in their recruitment efforts. The GIS-based methods utilize community-level profile data (Tapestry Data) derived from analyzing current firefighters and identifying the personal characteristics of future firefighter candidates. These data and characteristics help establish and identify the methods to best communicate with and recruit potential firefighters. The Tapestry Data allows departments to utilize solid information to custom build a recruitment plan to meet their specific needs.