The MCVFA is made up of committees that seek to aid the membership on a variety of topics. Each committee is made up of individuals from around the Commonwealth within the call/volunteer fire and EMS service. These individuals serve as a resource to the MCVFA membership and the community, providing information and assistance where ever needed.
- Emergency Medical Services Committee
- Fire Prevention Education Committee
- Training Committee
- Legislative Committee
- Junior Firefighters Committee
- Membership Committee
- Scholarship Committee
- Investment Committee
- By–Laws Committee
- Historical Committee
- Budget Committee
The MCVFA Emergency Medical Services Committee advises the association in all matters of legislation affecting the EMS community and hosts educational seminars annually.
The Emergency Medical Services Seminars deliver programming covering a variety of EMS-related topics. Each event features nationally or locally recognized speakers and optional core content workshop provided by OEMS-certified instructors.
The EMS Committee is represented on the MCVFA Awards Committee to honor an EMS Provider of the Year.Awardees have proven to be heroes by going above and beyond the call of duty – sometimes even when off-duty.
The EMS Committee also has a presence at the State OEMS level to stay on the forefront of EMS issues across Massachusetts.
The MCVFA Fire Prevention Education Committee assists in procuring resources for department and community programming not only during Fire Prevention Week each October, but on a continuous basis. The committee takes on an active role in helping determine the needs of and improving resources for departments providing fire prevention education to their communities.
Dave Evans, Chairman
This committee works in cooperation to develop, plan and promote fire service workshops. Topics are evaluated and chosen by the committee and then a series of workshops are planned for different regions around Massachusetts. These workshops are continually being evaluated and updated to ensure that the MCVFA presents the fire service with relevant and up to date information.
The purpose of the MCVFA Training Committee is threefold. First, the committee promotes the MCVFA as the voice of the call/volunteer fire and EMT service in Massachusetts. The second purpose is to increase the membership of MCVFA. The final and most important purpose are to reduce the number of injuries and deaths of fire and EMS responders by providing training in safety and other fire and EMS related topics. This training takes place via workshops and programs covering a wide range of fields: administration, chaplains, health and wellness, Haz-Mat and emergency response.
The committee provides information to fire and EMS personnel in a timely, convenient and cost-effective manner. The committee strives to place classes near all call/volunteer firefighters and EMT’s, enabling the maximum amount of people to attend. Each year new workshops and programs are added, with constant critiques and reviews to discover what the volunteer fire and EMS services are looking for in training. The MCVFA organizes classes each year with many in attendance.
This committee is also made up of experienced personnel in the medical field who advise the MCVFA leadership on matters of health unique to firefighting. The committee will also focus on cancer, heart issues and mental health in the fire service.
This committee is made up of MCVFA members from throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This committee’s purpose is to generate and pursue the MCVFA’s legislative program and to make the voice of the call/volunteer fire service and EMS heard in all levels of government. The Legislative Committee strives to secure passage of legislation in the best interests of the call/volunteer fire and emergency medical technician services of Massachusetts.
Joe Maruca, Chairman
Kevin Connolly, Co-Chairman
Dave Sullivan, Region 1
Lisa Evans, Region 2
Ryan Cheney, Region 3
Vacant, Region 4
Kevin Hempstead, Region 5
Eric “Chewy” Davidson, EMS Coordinator
The Junior Firefighters Committee is made up of firefighters from across Massachusetts. Our task is to promote, help and work with the youth and youth organizations in the fire service.
The mission of this committee is to support and promote participation of youth in the fire service across Massachusetts. We will serve as a resource to fire departments and any local government agency who wish to establish or clarify the role of youth within their specific organization.
Bob Silver, Coordinator
As the representative of the call/volunteer firefighter and EMT in the state, the MCVFA has been built on a commitment to tradition to serve fire service and EMT volunteers like you, providing fire service resources, support and networking opportunities. Today, MCVFA members are empowered by our commitment to the volunteer fire and EMS service. And we’re inviting you to become a part of our growing community.
Rachel Rawlings, Region 1
Lisa Evans, Region 2
Bob Silver, Region 3
Matt Lemieux, Region 4
Frank Speth III, Region 5
Kathy Bird, Secretary
This committee is comprised of the MCVFA Past Presidents in charge of selecting the recipients for the MCVFARobert J. Hindley Memorial Scholarship program. It seeks to find recipients who fit the program’s criteria, including strong personal, academic and career goals as well as involvement in extracurricular activities, including community and volunteer activities.
In addition, the committee is also charged with presenting a Memorial Scholarship to children of an MCVFA LODD member.
Tom Burnett, Chairman
The purpose of the Investment Committee is to maintain the prudent and effective investment of MCVFA funds and to formulate and oversee the investment policies and management of same.
Larry Holmberg, Chairman
The function of the By-Laws Committee is to maintain the current Association by-laws and policies and to interpret their meaning. Maintenance includes periodically reviewing them for relevance and to propose revisions to the by-laws and policies and to review and make recommendations on proposed revisions submitted by the membership in accordance with the accepted by-laws and policies of the Association.
Larry Holmberg, Member
Joe Maruca, Member
The Historical Committee maintains an updated record of all MCVFA activities. The committee will collect a copy of the minutes of the Annual Business Meeting and the Annual Budget which are adopted by the membership at the Annual Conference. The Annual Treasurer’s Report may also be included. The committee will include photos when possible from the Annual Conference and various other MCVFA events in. The committee will try to provide or designate a photographer for each event. The committee will strive to gather information and photos from previous years to fill in periods of MCVFA history that is not currently on record by providing one article each year to the SMOKE Showin’ editor requesting the missing information. Anyone may submit such information and photos. The committee may provide a historical display at the Annual Conference.
The budget committee is responsible for overall policy matters relating to the budget program and for coordinating the preparation of the budget itself. All MCVFA Committees will present their budget proposals by the April Executive Board meeting. The budget committee approves the final budget in June and receives periodic reports on the progress of the Association in attaining budgeted goals.