NEW PROCESS FOR VIRGINIA OFFICE OF EMS FINGERPRINT-BASED BACKGROUND CHECKS – DEADLINE TO UTILIZE NEW PROCESS IS JANUARY 1, 2020

  For additional information about this process, please visit the OEMS web site at: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/2019/12/02/new-process-for-virginia-office-of-ems-finger-print-based-background-checks-deadline-to-utilize-new-process-is-january-1-2020/ http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/regulations-compliance/criminal-history-record/ Some individuals have expressed concern that the location of the Fieldprint offices are not convenient (proximity or hours of operation) for their volunteer members. There is a process to request an exception through the VAOEMS office that will alloow…

Governor’s Fire Service Awards

Due to unforeseen website difficulties, the due date for Governor’s Fire Service Awards nominations has been extended until 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2019. The nomination applications are available on the Virginia Department of Fire Programs website. Click the link below to learn more or apply.  

Call for Presentations 2020 FRV Conference-Expo

Submit Your 2020 Presentation Proposals VSFA Training Committee would like to invite all interested speakers to submit your presentation proposals for the 2nd Annual First Responder Virginia Conference/Expo. We are seeking energetic and engaging speakers who can share their knowledge, experiences and best practices to members of the Fire & Emergency Medical Services community. Submit…

Governors Fire Service Awards

GOVERNORS FIRE SERVICE AWARDS The Virginia Department of Fire Programs, in conjunction with the Virginia Fire Services Board, is seeking nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Fire Service Awards, which honors and recognizes excellence in Fire Services in the Commonwealth. The annual Governor’s Fire Service Awards is presented in eight categories during the Virginia Fire Chiefs…

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 Dan.Kern@vhda.com 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: http://bit.ly/3326zr6