New VDEM chief named by governor

Curtis Brown was chief deputy state coordinator of emergency management Curtis Brown, for four years the chief deputy state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, was promoted Tuesday to state coordinator of emergency management, Gov. Ralph Northam announced. He is the first African American person to hold the post. “Curtis has done a…

NVFC Releases Behavioral Healthcare Provider Directory for Emergency Responders

  The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA)  and the American Psychological Association (APA), has released a new directory of behavioral health professionals that are equipped and ready to help firefighters, EMS providers, dispatchers, and rescue workers. Emergency responders are at risk of many behavioral health concerns,…

2020 Safety Stand Down: Building a Superhighway to Safety – Protecting Our Responders on the Roadways (June 14-20)

Looking for ways for your agency or department to participate in the 2020 Safety Stand Down Week? Responder Safety has created topic plans, activities, and supporting resources to enable roadway responders at all levels to take concrete action during the 2020 Firefighter Safety Stand Down from June 14-20.  Sponsored by the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the International Association…

Preparing for Normal and Future Operations with FEMA Exercise Starter Kit

FEMA has developed an Exercise Starter Kit with sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and conduct slides that are designed to be adapted and customized…

Apply Now for CHEMTREC® HELP Award to Support Hazmat Preparedness

Two volunteer fire departments will be awarded $10,000 each to enhance their hazmat incident preparedness and response. CHEMTREC®, the world’s leading source of 24/7 call center support and information during hazardous materials incidents, has teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to offer the 2020 CHEMTREC® HELP (Hazmat Emergencies Local Preparedness) Award. Through…

CivicCMS® Honors Local Difference-Makers with Small Town Volunteer Award

CivicCMS, part of the CivicPlus® platform of integrated technology for local governments, has announced a program to recognize small-town civic volunteers and volunteer organizations that are making a difference in their community. CivicCMS is launching the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award program; local government representatives may nominate citizens or citizen organizations. The initiative will…

Recruitment & Retention best practices

Finding and keeping volunteers are critical challenges for many fire and EMS departments. The NVFC has released a supplement for Firehouse with tips and best practices for recruitment and retention. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/3f1MJ5K