VAOEMS update on Training and Certifications

Message fom Gary Brown,Director  OEMS Dear Educator, First, the Office of EMS would like to thank you for all you are doing for your communities and the Commonwealth during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  We sincerely appreciate your dedication and steadfastness during these unprecedented times.  We have gathered a number of pertinent items below to assist…

Online Training Available

Online Training Available Due to the current challenges in holding in-person department training, in our last issue we highlighted some online training that is available for firefighters and EMS providers, including free courses in the NVFC Virtual Classroom. Here are a few additional sources for online training: ResponderSafety.com Learning Network has close to 40 free…

Virtual Meeting Guidance

Virtual Meeting Guidance Want to move your department meetings online but not sure where to start? We have created a quick reference sheet for hosting and participating in a virtual meeting. Access it here.

How to Protect Your Nonprofit Organization from Financial Fraud

April 22 at 2pm ET Stories of financial fraud are on the rise, but there are steps nonprofit organizations can take to protect themselves. In this free NVFC webinar, Chris Rauch of Vault Consulting will explain why nonprofit organizations may be at risk for fraud, whether from employees or through cyber-attacks and phishing schemes. He…

New Module from ResponderSafety – NIOSH Fatality Investigations

RESPONDERSAFETY.COM Breaking News Alerts Visit us at Respondersafety.com New Module from ResponderSafety – NIOSH Fatality Investigations This New module from ResponderSafety offers lessons learned from the NIOSH Fatality and Investigation Prevention Program.  Click here to watch now. In this program, we look at four NIOSH reports about line-of-duty deaths that occurred while operating at a…

PSOB OFFICE PROVIDES COVID-19 PROGRAM UPDATE

March 31, 2020 The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has published a one-page program update document explaining how the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program and implementing regulations treat conditions caused by infectious diseases like COVID-19. PSOB is a federal benefit paid to the family of a public safety officer who dies as the result of an…

Volunteer Fire Departments Can Apply for CARES Act Loan Programs

The recently passed CARES Act enables volunteer departments with an IRC 501(c)(3) or IRC 501(c)(4) designation to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Nonprofits that apply can receive an advance of $10,000 within three days, which does not need to be paid back even if the organization is denied for the…

VSFEMSA Charity Golf Tournament CANCELLED

The issues relating to the COVID 19 virus, in regards to gatherings of no more than 10 and social distancing, make it necessary for us to CANCEL the VFSEMSA Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for April 17th. It is our intention to reschedule the tournament at a later date after the virus has run its course.…