Make Plans to Attend the AFA Summer Conference…

Make plans now to attend the AFA Summer Conference.  The conference will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the Alabama Fire College June 18th beginning at 0800.  Please find the registration form for the conference as well as the itinerary for the day.

AFA Conference Reg 2016

0800 – Opening of 2016 Annual AFA Meeting

0900- Instructor Retired LAFD Captain Don Lee

1015-1030 Break

1145-1300 Lunch (lunch will be provided)

1430- 1445 Break

1600-1615 Break

1700 End of Presentation

1730 Dinner and Awards Presentations


Our instructor for the conference is retired Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Don Lee, who retired with over 30 years with LAFD. Holding multiple positions including District Commander for a remote EMS District, EMS Training Officer for a 3200 member department, assigned to the Special Operations Section leading Disaster Preparedness and serving as CERT Cofounder and Coordinator. Director of the EMT and EMT D programs, the Communicable Disease Program, the Paramedic Liaison Officer and Office of Accreditation and Licensure.

He was an EMS consultant for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, managed the EMS planning and logistics for 2000 Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Captain Lee was Emergency Medical Command for 1992 LA Civil Disturbance, the North Hollywood Bank shoot out, and The Granada Hills Day Care shooting.

Captain Lee has been an Adjunct Instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland for over 20 years, where he has developed programs in EMS Special Operations and Advanced Medical Services Leadership and Management. He was selected by the United States Fire Administration to conduct post incident analysis of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.

Captain Lee is also a published author , Gangs, Violence, and Tactical Response; California Fire Chiefs EMS Platform; and the Privatization of Public Safety; as well as serving on Advisory board for Fire Engineering Magazine.

NVFC Unveils New Recruitment Campaign

NVFC Launches Volunteer Recruitment Portal for Fire Departments to Combat Declining Volunteerism
Register your department’s volunteer opportunities

GREENBELT, Md. – The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) today launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. Departments can now sign up at to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. At the same time, call volume has nearly tripled. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials – those within the 18-34 age range.

To help departments counter these trends and increase the number of volunteers, the NVFC was awarded a SAFER grant from FEMA to conduct a nationwide recruitment campaign. The first component of the Make Me a Firefighter campaign consists of a department portal where volunteer and combination fire departments can register for the campaign and post their volunteer opportunities. Starting August 1, the NVFC will launch a public web site allowing potential volunteers to search for opportunities and connect with their local department.

This summer and fall, the NVFC will also be releasing resources through the campaign to help local fire departments recruit members. This includes recruitment ads and materials that departments can customize and localize using an online materials generator; tools to help departments reach target audiences such as millennials, women, and minorities; and training to assist departments in conducting a successful recruitment program. NVFC research has shown that there is strong interest in volunteering among millennials and minority audiences, and helping departments reach these largely untapped markets is a main goal of the campaign. Register for the campaign now at so you will have access to these tools as they are released.

“Recruitment is a challenge for many volunteer and combination departments across the country,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Yet our research shows that 44 percent of millennials are interested in volunteering with their local department. Many simply don’t know the need for volunteers exists. The Make Me a Firefighter campaign will help build awareness among the public as well as provide departments with the tools and resources they need to recruit to this and other target audiences.”

Learn more about the Make Me a Firefighter campaign and the department portal by watching this video, and share it with others facing recruitment challenges:

Register with the recruitment campaign and post your opportunities now at

About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, training, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at