MCVFA announces the 2016 Hindley Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2016 Robert J. Hindley scholarship: Michael W. Farias Jr. from Region 1 who is attending Bristol Community College, Tyler Evans from Region 2 and is attending Northern Essex Community College, two recipients from Region 4, William Ingram attending Greenfield Community College and Kailey Noelle Bak attending Springfield College. And from Region 5 is Amanda
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Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2015

A detailed look at last year’s on duty firefighter deaths nationwide. Plus, an update on behavioral health in the fire service, including firefighter suicide. In 2015, 68 firefighters died while on duty in the United States, the fourth time in the past five years that the total number of deaths has been below 70. For quite
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Make Me A Firefighter: Six Steps to Recruitment Success

Finding and recruiting potential volunteers is a multi-step process that requires dedication, follow-up, and follow-through. The NVFC’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign was designed to help departments simplify and streamline recruitment efforts. Follow these six steps to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your recruitment program. Read more…

Legislative Victory! House Voted to Increase Volunteer Fire Assistance Funding by $2 Million

On July 13 the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment supported by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) increasing funding for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program from $13 million to $15 million. The amendment was offered by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Peter King (R-NY), and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) to the FY 2017 Interior,
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NFIRSGram: Coding an Electronic Cigarette Fire

Twenty-five separate incidents of explosion and fire involving electronic cigarettes (e-cigs or e-cigarettes) were reported in the United States media between 2009 and 2014. The task of coding the source of the explosion and fire can be difficult. This NFIRSGram will assist fire departments in coding these incidents in the National Fire Incident Reporting system
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Grant Writing Training for Public Safety Agencies

First Responder Grants will present this class on September 23 & 24, 2016, at the Sunderland Fire Department. It will be a specialized class for Public Safety & First Responder Agencies on developing, writing and applying for grant programs. The training is specifically directed at First Responder and Public Safety Agencies of Police/Fire/EMS and Emergency Management or local
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Congratulations to John Zellman as New Chief of Turners Falls Fire Department

John Zellmann, deputy fire chief of the Turners Falls Fire Department, will replace Robert Escott Jr. as fire chief on August 28, 2016 following Escott’s early retirement. Having been with the Turners Falls Fire Department for 32 years, Zellmann said it is a natural part of his career path to become chief. Escott has held
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Station Nightclub Survivor becomes an Onset Firefighter and a Sprinkler Advocate

Following The Station fire, I had very few plans except to see Donna’s two daughters through high school. After that, I really didn’t care what happened to me. I struggled with my life’s purpose and self-sabotaged my own progress. I didn’t fully know how to take care of myself. I did go out—mostly to bars,
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2016 Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service

The US Fire Administration (FEMA) has published the 2016 Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service. This guide covers the basics, digital and analog radio to trunked radio systems and much more. To review this in-depth guide, please click here.

NASA Works with U.S. Forest Service to Improve Fire Shelters

NASA engineers say they’re making progress in their efforts to help the U.S. Forest Service design a better emergency fire shelter for wildland firefighters. The NASA Convective Heating Improvement for Emergency Fire Shelters or CHIEFS project started because of the deadly Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona in 2013. Nineteen firefighters were trapped in a raging,
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