MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Update – June 29, 2015

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, The second round of reimbursement awards for those recipients who had submitted all the required documents by June 14, 2015 will be mailed out today.  The third round of reimbursements for recipients who submitted the required documents by June 26, 2015, has been submitted to FEMA.  Awards should be going out more

Why Fire Departments are Skipping Grants

Once again this year the number of applications FEMA received for the AFG program has decreased. This is the fourth year in a row that this has occurred. Ask fire and EMS agencies why they aren’t applying and you basically get three different answers: they don’t have time to put the application together, the application more

Fireworks Safety Resources

July 4 is here and many people celebrate this time of year with fireworks. However, consumer fireworks lead to fires and injuries each year; in 2011 fireworks caused 17,800 reported fires, and in 2012 approximately 8,700 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries. Help inform your community members about fireworks safety with resources from the National Fire more

Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act Introduced in the House

On June 12, Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and David Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (H.R. 2752), along with a bi-partisan group of 26 original co-sponsors. The bill exempts property tax benefits and up to $600 per year of other incentives from being subject to federal income taxation.   “On behalf of more

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 to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities.    Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the more

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 more

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