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…

Deadline Approaching for Va. EMS Scholarship Program

Submit your application today! The current application cycle deadline to apply for the Virginia EMS Scholarship program is Thursday, November 30, 2017. Interested in furthering your EMS career or know of someone in need of funding who is considering a profession in EMS? Apply today for the Virginia EMS Scholarship Program. The EMS Scholarship Program provides…

Action Needed to Save the AFG and SAFER Grants

On January 2, 2018, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be eliminated if Congress does not act to extend them. In August the Senate passed S. 829, which extends the grants and eliminates the “sunset” provision. The co-chairs of the House Fire…

Kidde recalls almost 38 million fire extinguishers

On Nov. 2, 2017, Kidde announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers sold in the United States. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt someone. Kidde recommends…

Firefighter AFG Grant Funding

Are you planning to apply for an AFG Grant when the window opens? If you’ve applied before and been turned down or if you’ve never applied before, FEMA is offering some very informative webinars to help you avoid errors that can keep you from successfully receiving grant money. Tuesday 10/24 10 am EST Wednesday 10/25…

Tell your Senators to support the Volunteer First Responder Housing Act!

On September 19, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced the Volunteer First Responder Housing Act (S. 1831), which expands access to the Single Family Housing Guarantee Loan Program and the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program for volunteer firefighters and EMS providers. Contact your U.S. Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1831! Take Action