Warwick Firefighters Build Firehouse + Need Our Help

An open note from the Warwick, MA Firemen’s Association: Warwick Firemen’s Association is the fraternal organization of firefighters and emergency responders that volunteer and train to resolve real emergencies in Warwick and surrounding towns. We needed a new larger fire station and realized that our town’s people could not afford the tax increase to have one built,
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Tell Congress to Make Minor Volunteer Benefits Tax-Free

The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (S. 609/H.R. 2752) would allow communities to provide volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel with property tax reductions and up to $600 per year of other types of recruitment and retention incentives without those benefits being subject to federal income tax and withholding. In recent years the Internal Revenue Service
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MCVFA announces the 2015 Hindley Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2015 Robert J. Hindley scholarship: Nina Maruca, Region 1; Connor Shults, Region 3; Nathan Posterro, Region 3; Patrick Wheeler, Region 3; and Brittany May Munson, Region 4. The scholarship is open to a MCVFA member in good standing and who has paid dues for at least two years prior to application, or immediate
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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
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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
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NVFC Launches Volunteer Recruitment Portal for Fire Departments to Combat Declining Volunteerism

Register your department’s volunteer opportunities The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. Departments can now sign up at http://portal.nvfc.org to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities.    Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the
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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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Check out the latest Near Miss Report of the Week, or learn from other reports, you can browse or search for reports using the Near Miss library. Another feature at Near Miss is the training with applied lessons learned and leading practices resources. Or share your experience which is an anonymous, non-punitive, and a secure process. Visit the
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