NVFC Awarded FP&S Grant to Enhance the Health and Safety of Emergency Responders

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant for $826,509 to continue the organization’s health and safety initiatives. The grant will enable the NVFC to build upon key programs and expand its efforts to improve the health and safety of fire, emergency medical, and rescue personnel and reduce preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. FP&S funding has allowed the NVFC to implement groundbreaking programs including the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, Share the Load support program, and Serve Strong awareness campaign, as well as develop critical resources and training to create a healthier, safer, and stronger fire service.

The new grant will allow the NVFC to build upon its existing programs and initiatives with a two-pronged approach of raising awareness of health and safety issues as well as providing responders with the specific skills, tools, and resources they need to take personal accountability for their health and safety and make better, more informed decisions. Key focus areas will include heart health, cancer, suicide prevention, and vehicle and incident scene safety, among others.

Online training will be provided to empower volunteer firefighters and emergency responders to embrace a culture of health and safety and make small, manageable changes at all levels to protect themselves, their colleagues, and their communities. In addition, the NVFC will hold its fourth Training Summit. These successful education events provide classroom training on critical health and safety topics to volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel from across the country that they can then take back to their local departments.

“Firefighters and emergency personnel put their lives on the line for their community every day, yet many of the greatest risks they face are directly related to the health and safety choices they make both on and off the scene,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Thanks to the FP&S grant, the NVFC is able to provide the boots-on-the-ground firefighters with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves and be safer, healthier, and more effective for their community and all who depend on them. We are grateful to FEMA for supporting us in this important work.”