Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s New State Fire Marshal

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s New State Fire Marshal RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the selection of Virginia’s new State Fire Marshal, Garrett Dyer. Garrett Dyer will oversee the law and code enforcement branch of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), and lead more than 28 inspectors and administrative support staff. The Virginia State Fire…

What’s in your Stocking?

Here’s a Great Holiday Gift for Members of the Fire Service The Congressional Fire Service Institute for the 3rd consecutive year is offering exclusive fire service ornament that will grace every firefighters Christmas Tree. The 2019 National Fire Service Ornament commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Chaz Fagan’s painting “Father of Our Fire Service.” Capturing the Holiday…

VHDA’s Community Heroes Grant Program

This program will provides an $8,000 grant for down payment and closing cost assistance to help public school educators and first responders, such as law enforcement officers and firefighters, to purchase their first homes. Read Article For more information, contact Dan Kern, VHDA Business Development & Training Manager, at or (804) 343-5992.

Webinar on Holiday Stress

The holidays can be especially stressful for first responders and their families. Join the NVFC and Ali Rothrock for a free webinar on 11/19 titled “The Holidays and First Responders – How to Cope with Increased Stress.” Register:

National Traffic Incident Response Week

National Traffic Incident Response Week is Nov. 10-16. Each year, responders are struck and injured or killed while responding to traffic accidents. Make sure you and your crew stay safe on the roadways with free training and resources for Traffic Incident Management:

VDFP Launches Conerstone OnDemand TORCH

From VDFP Executive Director Mike Reilly: Greetings, I wanted to inform you that we recently launched Cornerstone OnDemand TORCH on the VDFP website as a communication tool to keep you informed about the progress that the agency is making towards the Cornerstone OnDemand implementation in early 2020. Cornerstone OnDemand is the new cloud-based learning management system that will…

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have life-saving impact.   Follow…