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NC Volunteer Firefighter Survey Results
Posted August 2023

NCAFC Grant 1 & 2 Summary
Posted January 2022

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NCAFC Announces Recruitment and Retention Campaign Departments

Fifteen North Carolina fire department groups, stretching across the East, West, and Piedmont regions, have been selected to participate in the two-year program and receive additional support.

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IAFC to Partner with NC Association of Fire Chiefs on SAFER Grant

Grant Will Assist Communities in Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Firefighters

After a successful phase I, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC) proudly announce receipt of a second Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Recruitment and Retention grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For phase II, the Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) team of the IAFC will partner with NCAFC to assist communities in achieving a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighting workforce.

NCAFC Volunteer Workforce Solutions

The Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) program strives to improve Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention.

The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC) was awarded a SAFER grant to implement different recruitment and retention strategies. As part of the VWS program, the NCAFC in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs provides marketing material, training and support to participating departments to assure the success of their recruitment and retention campaigns. In addition, the NCAFC provides leadership and recruitment and retention seminars throughout the state of North Carolina 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.


For more information, contact Tracy Mosley, NCAFC Program Manager at (252) 205-1289 or by email at



Chief Tracy Mosley

NCAFC Program Coordinator
PHONE:  1-888-50-CHIEF (2-4433) opt. 3

Tracy Mosley is a thirty-one year veteran of the fire service following in the footsteps of his Father—William L. Mosley who served in both the volunteer fire and rescue services of Wilson County.

He began his Fire Service Career in October of 1984 with Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Wilson County where he served in the positions of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief. Tracy was offered the opportunity to serve full-time with the Wilson Fire/Rescue Services May 21, 1986. While with Wilson he has held ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Commander and Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, Training and Maintenance. Tracy recently retired from Wilson however currently serves his community as Assistant Chief with Silver Lake Fire Department.

Chief Mosley is a graduate of both Wilson Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Fire Science technology and Fayetteville State University with a Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Management. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and has served as a fire service instructor for 25 years. Chief Mosley also serves as an adjunct instructor for numerous Community Colleges.

He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Officer with the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, a member of the North Carolina State Firemen's Association, and Past President of the Eastern North Carolina Firefighters Association. Tracy remains a member and is actively involved in his volunteer department and has the continued support of his wife Wendy and two lovely daughters Mackenzie and Mahayla. He also is a member and serves as Deacon at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. 

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Eastern Region

Salem VFD

Roanoke Island VFD

Leland Fire Rescue

Piney Green VFD

Piedmont Region

Cumberland Co. Chiefs Association

Conover VFD

Guil-Rand FD

Wake Co. Firefighters' Association

Gumtree VFD

Western Region

Advance VFD

City of Cherryville FD

Lincoln Co. Firefighters' Association

South Salisbury FD

New Hope VFD



And the Emmy® Goes to ... 
NCAFC's VWS "They Say" PSA

“They Say”, a public service announcement launched by NCAFC and IAFC VWS volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign won two Midsouth Regional Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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