Congratulations to Chief Charles Burger

The Great Barrington Fire Department and the MCVFA would like to congratulate Chief Burger on his appointment by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Fire Training Council. The Council governs the Fire Academy and is the certifying agency of all levels of firefighters. Our local fire departments face growing challenges and it is important volunteers and more

Let’s Make a Difference

Let’s Make a Difference: Best Practices to Minimize Injuries and Deaths while Using Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) for ESO Responses is a report exploring best practices while using privately owned vehicles (POV) for ESO responses. The report is a joint effort between the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS), Safety, Health and Survival Section (SHSS), and more

SFO: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities for Fire Service

The Department of Fire Services Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is pleased to announce a Senior Fire Officer Forum: Leadership Challenges & Opportunities for the Fire Service. The Forum is being held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at our Stow campus, One State Road, Link Classroom from 1000 to 1500 hours. Please view the flyer for course more

Bringing Safety Home Award

Nominees now being accepted for Bringing Safety Home Award  The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up to recognize outstanding local efforts by an advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who more

Apply for an NVFC-Columbia Southern University Scholarship

Looking to further your education but concerned about the cost and time? Then apply for a scholarship to Columbia Southern University! Two NVFC members will be selected through a competitive application process to receive a $12,600 for up to three years towards any Columbia Southern University online degree program, including fire science. Deadline for application more

Recruiting a More Diverse Fire Service

My grandmother was born in the 1940s, but it wasn’t until the year 2014, at the age of 73, that she was recruited into the fire service as a member of Fire Corps. She will tell you that during her youth, having women in the fire service was something that was not culturally promoted or more

MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Update – July 5, 2015

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, The third round of reimbursements for those recipients who submitted the required documents by June 14, 2015 will be mailed out on Monday, July 6, 2015.  The four and final round of reimbursements involving three recipients will be submitted to FEMA shortly. For questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Larry Holmberg more

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