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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New Grant helps Boost Sprinkler Advocacy and Education

Expanding on its commitment to help fire safety officials advocate for home fire sprinklers, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative has launched a new grant program aimed at ramping up sprinkler-related efforts across North America. The Bringing Safety Home Grant Program will assist as many as 10 selected U.S. state sprinkler coalitions and other safety advocates throughout the
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Apply for an FP&S Grant to Support Fire Prevention and Safety Initiatives

FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period is open through April 1. Apply for a grant to fund projects in your department that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Learn more about the award and access planning materials here. Need help writing your grant application? NVFC members get
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Tell Congress to Restore AFG Funding!

The leadership of the House Fire Services Caucus is circulating a sign-on letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to provide $405 million each for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. Providing a combined $810 million for AFG and SAFER would restore the programs to the
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Region 4 is Hosting a Legislative Breakfast

MCVFA Connecticut River Valley Region 4 will be hosting a legislative breakfast meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2015. It will be held at the Hatfield F.D. headquarters, 59 Main Street, Hatfield and will begin at 9:00AM. We will be serving a continental breakfast. Several regional legislators are being invited to attend and the topic will
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Benefits of Having a Junior Firefighter Program

Throughout my years in the fire service, I have heard comments from both sides of the spectrum concerning junior firefighter programs. Although the majority of the comments are positive, I do periodically receive offerings of constructive criticism. It is important we give careful consideration to the criticism so that we can overcome the challenges and
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Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders

The Honorable Lou Barletta has reintroduced the bill exempting volunteers from Obamacare and his office expects it to be considered on the House floor next week. This bill already passed the House once this year but it was amended and used as a legislative vehicle for passing the one-week DHS extension that kept the agency
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Region 1 Chief’s Night

Plympton Firefighter’s Association is proud to host the Annual Region 1 Chief’s Night which will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Upland Sportsman’s Club in Plympton. This event is open to all members of the MCVFA. A catered dinner consisting of roast half chicken with sides will be served. A cash bar will be open
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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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