Governor-elect Northam announces administration appointments

Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced Tuesday appointments to his administration. Northam appointed Ryant Washington and Jae K. Davenport as Deputy Secretaries. Washington was appointed as Special Policy Advisor for Law Enforcement at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014. Davenport was appointed Deputy Counsel to McAuliffe in September. Lieutenant…

FY 2017 AFG Application Assistance Tools Have Been Released.

Begin Preparing Your Application Now! The 2017 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) release and application period is imminent.  A follow-up email blast will be sent with its release and the date of the opening of the application period. Begin preparing your application now by utilizing the application assistance tools available below. FY 2017 Application…

VDFP/Locality MOU Agreements

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) is diligently working to assist localities with delivering VDFP supported programs within their area. One way that VDFP is working to accomplish this is through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement process. The MOU process is designed as a mechanism for localities to obtain Train-the-Trainer courses specifically for…

Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Administrative Code Update

Presently the Virginia Administrative Code includes regulations governing the Fire Inspector and Fire Investigator certification standards. They have not been updated since 1989. The Virginia Department of Fire Programs has started the thorough process of reviewing them and making necessary modifications. The initial step of a periodic review was submitted earlier this week. During the…

DRAFT! – Virginia Five Year Strategic Training Plan

Click here to view the draft of the 5 year strategic training plan We are pleased to present the Five-Year Strategic Training Plan for the Virginia Fire Services Board. This plan outlines the Virginia Fire Services Board’s critical goals and objectives related to fire service training. This plan shall serve as a guide for enhancing…

Cancer—an Epidemic in the Fire Service

Firehouse presents the Cancer Awareness & Prevention supplement, which shares information about some of the ongoing research and projects that seek to heighten the awareness of cancer in the fire service, and also the preventative measures to enhance firefighter safety. Survivors share their experiences with cancer and offer advice as to how firefighters can better…

2017 Governor’s Fire Service Awards

  The Virginia Fire Services Board is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Fire Service Awards! The Governor’s Awards serve as a mechanism to formally recognize excellence in Virginia’s Fire Services. These awards are presented annually during the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center each February. Everyone is encouraged to…