NVFC Members Can Apply for $5,000 Training Grant Provided by Josh Cellars

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has partnered with Josh Cellars to provide 10 fire departments with a $5,000 grant to help provide training to their firefighters and department personnel.

The National Fire Protection Association’s Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service reported that there are several areas of significant need in regards to fire department training. The report shows:

  • 49% of all departments in 2015 have not formally trained all of their personnel involved in structural firefighting.
  • 60% of all departments provide hazmat response but have not formally trained all their personnel involved in hazmat response.
  • 63% of all departments provide wildland firefighting but have not formally trained all their personnel involved in wildland firefighting.
  • 34% of all departments provide emergency medical services (EMS) but have not formally trained all their personnel involved in EMS.
  • 40% of all departments provide technical rescue but have not formally trained all their personnel in technical rescue.

“Training is essential to ensure our firefighters can do their job safely and effectively,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Many departments struggle to find funding to provide this critical training. We appreciate the support of Josh Cellars, who has not only recognized this need, but has taken action to ensure our men and women in the field are properly prepared and ready to respond.”

For Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars, the NVFC is a cause close to home: “Growing up, my dad Josh, our family, neighbors, and friends were all volunteer firefighters. It is a civic duty shared and understood by all where I come from that you always take care of your community. That’s why, for the second year, Josh Cellars is partnering with the NVFC to provide assistance to volunteer fire departments.”

In order to be eligible to apply for the training grant, departments must meet the following requirements:

  • Either the department or the member applying must be a member of the NVFC. Learn about member benefits and join at www.nvfc.org/beyourbest.
  • The department must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%), serve a population of 25,000 or less, and be located in the U.S. and legally organized under state law.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the department’s need for the training grant.
  • Grants are to be used for training purposes. Grant recipients must utilize funds within one year of their award date and report back to the NVFC about how the funds were spent.
  • Because of the nature of the funding source, training for junior and Explorer programs are ineligible.

Funds may be utilized to train department personnel, both online and in-person; purchase training aids, student materials, or props needed to support training; or for travel stipends for personnel to attend off-site trainings. Examples of training topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Apparatus/equipment/protective equipment
  • Building construction/water supplies/sprinklers/electrical
  • Code enforcement
  • Driver/operator
  • Emergency medical
  • Fire prevention and life safety education
  • Grant writing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Health and wellness
  • Leadership/officer
  • Retention and recruitment
  • Safety and survival
  • Search and rescue
  •  Structural firefighting
  • Traffic incident management
  • Wildland

How to Apply
Apply online at https://nvfc.wufoo.com/forms/josh-cellars-training-grant/. Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department will be ineligible. The application period will be open from August 1 to September 30, 2017.

Selection Process
After the application period has ended, the applications will be reviewed by an expert panel. Ten winning departments will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant. Winners will be announced by March 2018 and will be contacted directly before any publications are made.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Shirley, NVFC Program Manager, at lshirley@nvfc.org or 1-888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832).

Partnership Background
Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars wine, created the Josh Cellars brand in honor of his father – a volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army veteran. To commemorate his service, Josh Cellars raised over $300,000 to help first responders, the troops, and their families. In 2017, Josh Cellars will donate $1 for every bottle purchased in September and October (up to $100,000) to the NVFC.

About Josh Cellars
Josh Cellars offers bold, complex and approachable wines for drinking with family and friends. Sourced from vineyards across California, Josh Cellars offers seven varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Rosé and a red blend, “Legacy.” Josh Cellars wines are available at retailers nationwide. www.joshcellars.com

About the NVFC
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.