The New Recruit Track
This New Recruit Track is designed for volunteers new to fire and EMS departments. This carefully curated selection of seven courses provides important information to prepare new recruits for service. Topics include diversity, equity, and inclusion, health and safety, personal growth within the fire service, risk management, and finding that work, life, and volunteer balance. Attendees will be provided with a certificate at the end of each course, as well as a final certificate indicating completion of the full track. Departments are encouraged to utilize this track as part of the mandatory onboarding for new recruits to ensure that these critical topics are covered early and consistently in the recruits experience. From start to finish, this track will take an estimated 9 hours to complete. Progress will be saved each time a student logs out, ensuring students are able to complete the track at their own pace.
For a limited time, non-NVFC members who purchase the New Recruit Track for $21 will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NVFC. Membership comes with a myriad of benefits that will enhance the experience of new recruits and seasoned volunteers alike. Benefits include free access to all courses in the NVFC Virtual Classroom, a $10,000 AD&D policy, access to the NVFC First Responder Helpline and the Volunteer Voices community, and more! Please allow 10 business days for your membership to be activated. NVFC staff may reach out to you for additional information if needed.
Ali Rothrock is a speaker, author, educator and advocate who has delivered over 500 presentations nationwide. Ali has been in the volunteer fire service since 2005, enjoying more than a decade as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Ali is the CEO & Lead Instructor for On the Job and Off, an online platform dedicated to building more resilient first responders.
As Director of Risk Management for Emergency Services Insurance Program with McNeil & Co, Dave works with emergency service organizations across the US . He is the Past Chief of The Cortlandville Fire Department in Upstate New York and A Fire Commissioner in the Virgil Fire District. Dave serves Cortland County as a Deputy Fire Coordinator and is a Director for the Association of Fire Districts in the State of NY. Dave served as the Foundation Secretary for the NVFC. His experience also includes being Treasurer of several non-profit organizations and a Board Member for the First National Bank of Dryden.
Matt Aalto serves as Lieutenant/Training Officer for the Gaston Fire District and assists with recruitment and retention. Matt earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Portland Community College and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Eastern Oregon University, along with a Certificate in Leadership Effectiveness from Notre Dame’s College of Business. In 2019 he completed the NFA’s 2 year Managing Officer. Matt has worked directly with the IAFC, NVFC and NFA as an instructor and specialist. Matt Aalto brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, human resources and recruitment and retention. In 2011 he co-founded the Oregon Fire Recruitment Network that has helped the State of Oregon gain over 1000 line-firefighters since its inception by combining resources and recruitment efforts from across the state.
David is an active member of the Odenton (MD) Volunteer Fire Company, having served for over 40 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT and past Chief Officer. He is an adjunct instructor with the National Fire Academy, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, and University of Maryland University College. He is also NVFC's Maryland Director and the NVFC representative to the AFG, SAFER, and FP&S criteria development process. He is a Past President of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association and of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
Joe Maruca was appointed chief of the West Barnstable (MA) Fire Department in 2005. Prior to 2005 he served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, lieutenant and captain for the West Barnstable Fire Department for 10 years, and had 18 years of prior service as a volunteer firefighter with the Sandwich Fire Department and Longmeadow Fire Department. Chief Maruca is an attorney. He has his BA in Business Administration from Boston University’s Questrom School of Management and a BS in Fire Department Administration from SUNY Empire State College. He is a member of the NVFC Board of Directors, serves as chair of the FCAM Call/Volunteer Chief Committee, and is chair of the NFPA 1917 Technical Committee on Ambulances.
Mark Moorhead is the Curator of Education at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Fire Chief, Level III Fire Instructor & EMT-Paramedic Instructor
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Douglas Cline, is a 43-year veteran and student of the Fire Service serving as the Assistant Chief of Professional Development and Standards with Horry County Fire Recue.
Cline, a Fire Chief (Ret.), is a Level III Fire Instructor, National Fire Academy Instructor and an EMT-Paramedic instructor. Chief Cline is the 2nd Vice Chair for the South Carolina Firefighters Association Officer Section, a past President of the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, Executive Director for the National Fire Academy Alumni Association, past President International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), past President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC), a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina Society of Fire and Rescue Instructors. Cline served on the FEMA grant criteria development committee, Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee, past member of the FDIC Advisory Board and peer reviewer for the Fire Act Grants.
Cline was honored in 2000 with the prestigious International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), George D. Post International Instructor of the Year. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Services with a Minor in Education from Concord University and a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Cline is a well-known international speaker presenting dynamic power packed /high intensity programs on leadership, officer development, instructor development, rapid intervention team training, health and safety and firefighter safety and survival. Cline also is a highly published author.
Cline co-host of www.thecompanyofficer.com. Cline further hosts “Fire and Training” blog talk radio show on Fire Engineering and “The Chief’s trumpet”, the Official pod cast for the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs. Cline also has multiple training videos on Leadership, Rapid Intervention Team Training, Vehicle Fires, Hose Line Management, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Fire Ground Safety and Survival. Cline is also a contributing editor to the Carolina Fire Journal.
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