Application Deadline extended for NFPA Sprinkler Grant Program

We’re giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America extra time to submit applications for NFPA’s Bringing Safety Home Grant. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30. This is your chance to secure up to $10,000 to fund an extensive sprinkler campaign or project in your state or region. Craving some ideas
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Firefighters and Alcohol, what the Data says

Research on firefighters’ relationship to alcohol and how that compares to the general public reveals some interesting and useful findings. When it comes to alcohol consumption, how much is too much? And, do firefighters drink too much? Science defines binge drinking as five or more servings for men or four or more servings for women. The
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Getting a Handle on Stress

By David W. Ballard, PsyD, American Psychological Association Reprinted from the NVFC’s Helpletter Stress is a normal reaction designed to help us cope with dangerous situations. Faced with a threat, this automatic response kicks us into gear so we can deal with the problem at hand. Although adaptive in high-pressure situations, the human body isn’t designed
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6th Annual EMSCO of Berkshire County EMS Expo

The Emergency Medical Services of Berkshire County (EMSCO) is holding its 6th Annual EMS Exposition on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The event kicks off National EMS Week, which officially begins on Sunday, May 17, 2015, and recognizes the day-to-day life saving services provided by emergency medical
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PrepareAthon Day of Action: April 30

The next National PrepareAthon! Day is April 30, 2015. The event focuses on taking actions to prepare for these specific hazards: earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and winter storm. Spring and summer bring the threat of many natural disasters including tornados, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Organize a local PrepareAthon! event to make sure your community
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NVFC, IAFC Encourage Departments to Create a Culture of Safety

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have announced the theme for the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week: Creating a Culture of Safety.    Fire and EMS departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during the week of June 14-20 and allow all shifts and personnel
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USFA Announces 2015 Arson Awareness Week Theme

The United States Fire Administration has announced the 2015 Arson Awareness Week theme is Accelerant Detection Canines – Sniffing Out Arson. Use May 3-9 to focus on the value and contributions accelerant detection canines make to fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and their communities. USFA and its partners – State Farm Arson Dog Program; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms, and
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Apply Now for a Regional Equipment Grant from the Firefighters Support Foundation

As in any profession, there are often much-needed tools that fire and rescue department budgets simply don’t provide for. Unlike most professions, however, the consequences of firefighting and rescue personnel not having these critical items can have tragic results. Many fire and rescue departments in the U.S. are under-funded and volunteer-based. This lack of funding
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MCVFA SAFER Scholarship – Update February 2, 2015

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, The second round of reimbursements will be going in the mail on Monday, February 2.  Recipients who submitted all the required documents, including grades, between January 8 and January 21, 2015 should receive the payments by the end of the week.  If you have not yet submitted your grades please do so immediately.  If you have questions about your reimbursements,
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Changes to the Fire Chief Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Application

The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission would like to make you aware of some changes to the Fire Chief Credentialing and Re-Credentialing application processes that will be effective January 1, 2015. The applications for credentialing and re-credentialing have been reworked to make them fill-in forms and to create consistencies between all forms and matrixes. Current program and course
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