Success Story from the West Newbury Fire Department

During Safety and Health Week, West Newbury Fire Department with it’s 30 members created a streamlined training and drill schedule that will promote safety awareness to members throughout the year. They also worked with their junior firefighters to teach them why being healthy and in shape is critical to performing all the jobs that are asked more

Register with SAM Now to Apply for AFG, SAFER, and FP&S

Fire departments, non-affiliated EMS agencies, and other entities eligible to apply for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, and the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program must be registered and active in the System for Award Management ( before submitting an application. more

Free Behavioral Health Workshops Available to Volunteer Fire Departments

The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) has been awarded a grant to present the Saving Those Who Save Others workshop for free at fire departments across the country. This four-hour workshop focuses on suicide awareness and prevention and discusses signs and symptoms, communications, addictions, stress, and PTSD. Behavioral health a critical concern in the fire service; take more

8 Simple Rules for Applying to AFG

With the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period opening soon, the team at has released a quick and easy presentation outlining eight simple things you can do to improve your chances of grant success. Access slideshow. Also remember if you are a NVFC member you receive a discount off of grant-writing services from FireGrantsHelp. Visit the more

Volunteer Fire Service Faces Many Challenges, but the NVFC is Here to Help

A recent article from The Voice of America takes a look at the challenges fire departments face in recruiting and retaining volunteers. Although volunteers make up 70 percent of the fire service, the numbers have been down in recent years and may continue to decline if the challenges are not met. The NVFC provides numerous more

Statewide Mass Decontamination Unit

The Department of Fire Services has announced a Statewide MDU training opportunity at their Stow campus. This 8-hour handoff program provides an opportunity for firefighters to successfully operate the Massachusetts Decontamination Units (MDU). It covers the basic principles of decontamination, prevention, chemical hazards, routes of exposure, and chemical protective clothing. Significant time is spent on the operation more

2014-15 Schedule of Senior Fire Officer Forum Presentations

The Senior Fire Officer Forum (SFOF) series provides Massachusetts chief officers the opportunity to learn directly from national fire service experts without the time and expense of traveling to a national conference. Any Massachusetts fire officer can attend these programs at no cost. The 5-hour forums run from 9 am – 3 pm and include more

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