NVFC Receives Federal Grant to Improve Responder Health and Safety
September 11, 2018
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to further its firefighter health and safety initiatives and reduce line-of-duty injuries and deaths.
FP&S grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Thanks to support from this grant, the NVFC has been able to implement groundbreaking programs, including the Share the Load behavioral health support program, Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, and Serve Strong awareness campaign, as well as release critical resources and training relating to cancer prevention, vehicle safety, culture change, injury prevention, and more.
With the new grant, the NVFC will work to create a culture within the fire service that embraces safety and takes proactive measures to lessen the risks faced by firefighters and emergency services personnel. This will include an awareness campaign and training program that focuses on key fire service health and safety issues. In addition, the NVFC will continue to provide critical support and resources through its health and safety programs, including the Fire/EMS Helpline provided in partnership with American Addiction Centers.
The grant will also enable the NVFC to host its fifth Training Summit. This two-day event brings together firefighters and emergency responders from across the country to participate in health and safety training as well as promotes collaboration and information-sharing among attendees. Travel stipends are offered to help offset attendance cost and enable more responders to participate.
“The NVFC is grateful to receive an FP&S grant from FEMA to enable us to continue our important work of increasing firefighter safety and preventing death and injury among our boots on the ground,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Health and safety are critical focus areas of the NVFC, and we are excited to build upon our successful initiatives and provide responders with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves and their crew.”
Learn more about the NVFC’s health and safety initiatives at www.nvfc.org/ServeStrong.