Call/Volunteer Firefighters Closer to Winning Property Tax Exemption

Call/Volunteer firefighters and EMTs may soon be eligible for a property tax exemption of up to $2500 per year after MCVFA sponsored legislation won State Senate approval. The legislation, S.1537, An Act Providing Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians with a Local Option Real Estate Tax Exemption, was passed by the Massachusetts State Senate on more

NVFC Urges Congress to Pass Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

On May 17 the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joined with other national fire service organizations and members of the U.S. House and Senate at a press conference on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act (H.R. 4625/S. 2799). The bill would establish a national firefighter cancer registry to be managed more

Phillipston Fire Chief Richard Stevens is selected for Barre Fire Chief’s Job

BARRE – On the eve of a recall election that could result in the ouster of a selectman, the Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 to offer the job of fire chief to a local man who started his firefighting career in Barre. After interviewing a half-dozen candidates, selectmen voted 2-1 Monday to offer the job more

GREAT TIMING! New Camera saves McLean Home from Fire

Two days after the McLean Fire Department, NY, received a thermal imaging camera donated by Cargill Deicing Technology, the camera was used to save a house from a fire. Etna volunteer firefighter Linda Fenner, who is a mutual aid member of the McLean department, and her husband, Cliff, the Etna fire chief, were visiting Cliff’s mother in McLean. After being asked to more

Village Ambulance Program training Young Members to save Lives

A public safety program is creating a pool of potential lifesavers among Northern Berkshire’s youngest citizens. Village Ambulance Service launched its Explorer Post 911 about three months ago, and its hands-on focus is boosting members’ abilities and self-assurance, said post adviser John Harris, who also is an emergency medical technician. “Having youthfully engaged as active more

Southwick Fire Chief’s Job passes from Anderson to Anderson

Walk into any fire department anywhere in the U.S., and the odds are good you’ll find siblings, parents and children, cousins, in-laws, husbands and wives, all serving side by side. It’s not unusual for generations of the same family to be represented in the fire service. Hold on before you go crying nepotism here. The fire more

Rutland Fire Chief Weber resigns

RUTLAND – Fire Chief Bradley Weber has submitted his resignation, citing health concerns. Chief Weber, whose contract was scheduled to end June 30, submitted his letter to the Board of Selectmen on Friday with an effective date of April 28. Chief Weber thanked the voters for funding a second ambulance as well as an override more

Recruiting New Volunteers

Recruitment is a challenge for many volunteer departments across the country. Resources are available from the NVFC’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign to help departments by providing ready-to-use recruitment tools and resources. Many departments are finding innovative ways to address recruitment. Check out this article about successful recruitment efforts from the Hyattsville (MD) Volunteer Fire Department. Watch this video from FirstNet more

Grant, Scholarship, and Training Opportunities Available

There are many grant, scholarship, and training opportunities currently available to firefighters, EMTs, and NVFC members. To make sure you haven’t missed any of these opportunities, here is a quick synopsis of some of the applications periods that are now open. Fire Prevention and Safety Grant: FEMA’s FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of more

There’s more to Volunteering than running into Burning Buildings

Ron van Oostendorp, the fire chief at the Redding Ridge Volunteer Department, first got into firefighting when he singlehandedly put out a fire in his father’s chimney some 20 years ago. “My parents, who still live next door to us in Redding, called and said they thought they were having a problem,” he remembered Tuesday. more