Working through conflict and building trust within volunteer departments takes many skills and abilities. Some of these skills include leadership, respect for the department’s history and dynamics, positive vision building and clear communication. While these are not the only skills needed, they are the foundations of a successful organization for a voluntary fire service leader. […]
National Fire Academy (NFA) courses are delivered online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and off-campus throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities. Our free courses target middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions. Any person with […]
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of volunteer firefighters, EMS providers, and rescue personnel. The NVFC values its members and strives to offer benefits and programs that address the critical needs of the fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. In order to continue providing the best services possible for our […]
On October 27, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting America’s First Responders Act. Then on November 4, the Senate voted unanimously to agree to the House version of the bill. It now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. The bill contains language clarifying that members of fire departments who provide traffic […]
Eligible regional activities under AFG are Vehicle Acquisition, Training, Equipment, Wellness and Fitness, and PPE activities The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and its sister programs (SAFER and Fire Prevention and Safety) allow fire departments and EMS organizations the opportunity to apply for grants utilizing a regional approach for their project. Eligible regional activities […]
The IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) has released an update to its Yellow Ribbon Report, “Best Practices in Behavioral Wellness for Emergency Responders.” The updated draft includes a new set of 11 best practices, and an emotional tactical worksheet, survey results on behavioral wellness, and key resources. Share this resource with your members.