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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Managing Combination Departments — Leadership Challenges

May 29

Instructor: Quentin Cash Leading a combination department with both career and volunteer personnel can bring unique challenges for officers. This webinar will provide an overview of challenging issues and considerations

Roundtable Talk: Safety Stand Down – Building the Foundation of a Successful Fire Department Training Program

June 4

Presenters: Jim Barnhart (FDSOA), Sean DeCrane (IAFF), Bob Duval (NFPA), Tom Miller (NVFC), John Schmidt (IAFC), and Darin Wallentine (IAFC, moderator) A solid training program that is built on relevancy

Webinar: Advancements in Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage Safety Features, Standards, and Practices

June 5

Utility-scale battery energy storage is a critical component to achieving decarbonization objectives while maintaining a reliable and resilient power grid. Deployment of utility-scale battery energy storage capacity is accelerating dramatically

Wildfire Home Assessment Training

June 8

When: June 8, 8am-5pm PT; June 9, 8am-12pm PT Where: Milpitas Police Department Community Room, 1275 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035 What: Learn the fundamentals of assessing a home

Recent News

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AFG and SAFER Reauthorization Passes the House of Representatives

May 21, 2024

On May 8 the House of Representatives passed an amended version of S. 870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act, by a vote of 393 Yes, 13 No, and 1 present. This bill would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) through the end of... Read More ...

NVFC Continues to Sound Alarm on Proposed OSHA Standard and Clarifies Impact on Non-OSHA States

May 21, 2024

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) continues to raise awareness on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed Emergency Response Standard and offer resources to help first responders take action. On February 5, OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to replace the agency’s “Fire Brigades”... Read More ...

Bills Relating to PSOB Benefits and Volunteers’ Usage of UAS Advance

May 21, 2024

On May 16 two important pieces of legislation relevant to the volunteer fire service advanced through Congress. The first is the 2024 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill (P.L. 118-63), which was signed into law. The second is S. 930, the Honoring Our Fallen Heroes Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Section 926... Read More ...

The Psychologically Healthy Fire Department: A Holistic Approach to Member Well-Being and Department Success

May 21, 2024

Incident stress, chronic exposure to trauma, higher call volume, and difficulty maintaining work-life-volunteer balance creates an environment where first responders are leaving the field and departments are finding it difficult to fill rosters. The NVFC’s Psychologically Healthy Fire Department initiative takes a holistic approach to helping... Read More ...

Serving the Whole Community: Mental Health in Your Neighborhood

May 21, 2024

Practical tips for diversity, equity, and inclusion in your community First responders are consistently exposed to a variety of traumatic experiences on calls and though these events can certainly affect a first responder’s mental wellbeing, often these traumatic calls can be met with resiliency. Because first responders are aware that they may... Read More ...

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