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Volunteer Incentive Program

The Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) is a free, intensive 6-day educational opportunity for volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel. Students have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the country.

VIP courses, offered during a "VIP Week" three times a year on the NFA campus, are accredited through the American Council on Education.

VIP schedule dates and courses

Select a VIP Week below to see which courses are available. Courses offered will vary depending on the week that you attend.

2023 schedule

First semester

March 5‑10
Courses not included in VIP Week: R0385 and R0388

Second semester

July 9‑14

Sept. 10‑15
Courses not included in VIP Week: R0385 and R0388

Who can take VIP courses

Volunteers in volunteer or combination fire departments
can take VIP courses. Special consideration is given to qualified volunteer chief officers accompanied by elected officials, i.e., city managers, elected board members, town/borough council members, village selectmen, township supervisors, or other allied professionals who are not fire service members. The elected official also must submit an application for the same course/same class session as the volunteer chief officer.
Paid personnel in predominantly volunteer combination fire departments
MAY be eligible. In addition to your application, you will also need to provide a letter from the chief verifying a predominantly volunteer combination department and how you will use the training requested to help the volunteers with whom you work.
Personnel in career fire departments
Volunteers are given priority seating in all VIP classes. Vacant seats are first assigned to applicants from combination departments and then to career departments.

For more information, contact the VIP Program Manager, Tyler Shaw, at 800-238-3358, ext. 1157, or 301-447-1157.