National Volunteer Fire Council – Supporting Volunteer Firefighters and EMS Providers
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the nation’s 677,000 volunteer firefighters, EMS providers, and rescue workers. We serve as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provide critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.
Volunteer firefighters make up 65% of the fire service, and communities across the nation rely on these volunteers to respond to emergencies of all kinds, including structure fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, wildfires, natural disasters, and much more. We are working to make sure these responders and their departments have what they need so they can continue to be there for their neighbors.
The number of volunteer responders reached an all-time low in 2021. It is critical that the public recognize the importance of volunteer responders in the community and that they can step up and serve in this critical, rewarding, and life-saving role. There is a role for everyone at their local volunteer department – whether as an operational member (firefighter, EMS provider, driver) or in a support role (public education, fundraising, administration, etc.).
We offer these PSAs to let people know the benefits of volunteering and that there is a place for them. We hope your station will help get these important messages out so that our nation’s fire and emergency medical services can continue to be there when their communities need them.