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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NVFC provides a Video Series of Quick Tips for PPE

Proper use and maintenance of PPE is critical in protecting firefighters from many of the hazards of firefighting, including exposure to toxic materials and carcinogens. The NVFC teamed up with subject matter experts to create a series of videos providing short, simple tips and ideas for cleaning, maintaining, replacing, and funding PPE. The goal is
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Safety and Health Week Starts June 14

Creating a culture of safety in your community, department, and for yourself is key to reducing line-of-duty deaths and injuries in the fire and emergency services. Utilize the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week June 14-20 to learn what you can do to enhance safety and health efforts. Resources and planning tools are available
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NFPA Seeking Comments on Proposed New Projects and Members for New Committees

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has posted the following proposed new projects with their justifications at http://www.nfpa.org/newprojects. The deadline to submit comments on these new projects is June 15, 2015. Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) response to incidents/accidents at public air shows – http://www.nfpa.org/airshowarffresponse Competencies for responders to incidents of flammable liquids in transport-high hazard flammable trains
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VCOS Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Scholarships

The Volunteer & Combination Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) awards two $1,500 scholarships to attend Fire-Rescue International (FRI) each year. This scholarship program was developed to promote leadership through learning among volunteer and combination officers. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s description of how the department or attendee will benefit from attendance at FRI.
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Register for the Fire & Explosion Investigation and Prosecution Conference

For fire & police investigators and prosecutors. Tuesday, October 27 – Wednesday, October 28. The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040. Registration opens June 1, 2015. Registration fee is $175 including 2-day conference and all meals. Click here to register. Keynote Presentation: • The Boston Marathon Bombing Response Other topics to include: • Bombing Investigations • Mass Casualty
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NVFC, IAFC Encourage Departments to Create a Culture of Safety

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have announced the theme for the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week: Creating a Culture of Safety.    Fire and EMS departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during the week of June 14-20 and allow all shifts and personnel
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MCVFA SAFER Scholarship – Update February 2, 2015

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, The second round of reimbursements will be going in the mail on Monday, February 2.  Recipients who submitted all the required documents, including grades, between January 8 and January 21, 2015 should receive the payments by the end of the week.  If you have not yet submitted your grades please do so immediately.  If you have questions about your reimbursements,
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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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