Deadline Extended! Submit Your Nominations for the
Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship by May 1st
Training is the most requested resource from National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) members, but
costs can be a concern. The NVFC is making it easier for members to attend training events through the
Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will cover up to $1,500 in expenses related to
attending the Health & Safety Training Summit or the Recruitment & Retention Experience. The deadline
for nominations has been extended to May 1, 2022.
Sponsored by ADT, the Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship recognizes emerging leaders in public
safety who are committed to improving the fire and emergency services in the areas of health, safety,
recruitment, retention, department culture, and emergency response. Four recipients will be awarded a
$1,500 scholarship for travel, lodging, meals, and registration fee.
The NVFC’s Health & Safety Training Summit takes place June 24-25 in Orlando, FL, and focuses on
critical issues impacting the wellbeing of volunteer responders. The Recruitment & Retention Experience
takes place September 16-17 in Mesa, AZ, and addresses staffing challenges and solutions to help
volunteer and combination departments thrive. Both events feature classroom sessions, keynote
speakers, and opportunities for networking and idea-sharing. Participants take the knowledge they gain
back to their departments to help enhance the department’s initiatives.
Learn more about the Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship at www.nvfc.org/heather-schafer-
memorial-scholarship. Submit your nominations here.
About Heather Schafer
Heather Schafer joined the NVFC in 1993 and took on the role of CEO in 1994, a position she served for
27 years until her death in 2021. During her tenure, the NVFC grew immensely – from hundreds of
members and a staff of two, to over 25,000 members and a staff of 11. Under her leadership, the NVFC
prospered and flourished, offering groundbreaking programs and resources to the volunteer fire and
emergency services. She led the development of the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, Fire Corps,
Share the Load program, Make Me A Firefighter program, and more. She also formed many partnerships
and collaborations that benefited the volunteer emergency services community. This scholarship
program continues her mission to elevate the voice of local fire and EMS personnel who have made an
impact in their community.
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 critical tools, resources, education, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the
nation. Find out more at www.nvfc.org.
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