Help Volunteer Firefighters Impacted by Recent Disasters

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast last week, leaving millions without electricity, almost 115 dead, and lower Manhattan underwater. Counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have been federally declared disaster areas. As citizens in these areas look to their local firefighters and EMTs for assistance, those same first responders are dealing with loss of power, damaged homes and vehicles, and other difficulties of their own.

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund is designed to help volunteer firefighters who are impacted by large-scale disasters such as this. The Fund provides a stipend of $250 to volunteer fire and EMS personnel affected by state- or federally-declared disasters to help them meet basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster.

If you are an active volunteer first responder who has been impacted by a disaster, click here to apply for a disaster relief stipend. To receive a stipend, you must be an active volunteer firefighter, rescue worker, or EMS provider; be from an NVFC member state as an individual or department member of the state association; live (or have housing) in a state- or federally-declared disaster area; and have incurred an uninsurable loss in excess of $5,000.

The Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund relies on the support of individuals and organizations to assist volunteer first responders in need. Click here to make your contribution to the fund. The NVFC donates all administrative costs associated with managing the fund, so all donations go directly to helping volunteer first responders in need.