Changes to the Aid to Localities Program

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs would like to inform you of several significant changes to the ATL program. On August 4th The Virginia Fire Service Board approved the below changes to the ATL program. All changes are effective immediately. The complete updated policy can be found at http://www.vafire.com/content/uploads/2017/08/Final-ATL-Policy-Update_August-2017.pdf ATL Changes: Localities will receive 100% of their…

Tune in to S&T’s Tech Talk on Free First Responder Training

First responders are our first line of defense for homeland security and they face a variety of environments that demand specialized skills and greater exposure to different scenarios. Providing such exposure is often met with funding challenges for necessary training for today’s responders. Active shooter incidents, for example, are unfortunately happening more frequently than in…

Training Grant available from the NVFC

NVFC Members Can Apply for $5,000 Training Grant Provided by Josh Cellars   The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has partnered with Josh Cellars to provide 10 fire departments with a $5,000 grant to help provide training to their firefighters and department personnel http://www.nvfc.org/nvfc-members-can-apply-for-5000-training-grant-provided-by-josh-cellars/

National Fire Academy Training Weekend

Reminder: The Virginia-Tennessee National Fire Academy Training Weekend will be held September 22-24, 2017 in Emmittsburg, MD. Deadline for registrations is August 8, 2017.  Please read the attached informational flyer. It includes important information concerning registration and the requirement for attendees to have a FEMA Student Identification Number. More Event Information

2017 Virginia Fire & Emergency Services Memorial Service

The 2017 Virginia Fire and Emergency Services Memorial Service was held on June 3rd at the Richmond International Raceway. There were three fallen firefighters recognized for service. The service was streamed live on the internet. If you were unable to attend follow this link to watch a you tube video of the service. The service…

Update on LegalShield

This past week, CBS NYC ran a news story featuring IDShield member Bob Zagaros who was a victim of identity theft that resulted in tax fraud. Check out how IDShield helped Mr. Zagaros resolve his tax fraud issues here. Kroll’s Brian Lapidus and Ellen Abbott are also featured. Sign up for your membership today and…

Training Program for Solar Systems

In Virginia, the number of residential and small commercial rooftop solar electric systems has grown from fewer than three hundred in 2010 to over 3,700 today. While we hope the use of these clean renewable energy systems continue to grow, there is a potential risk for firefighters responding to fires at solar powered facilities. The…