NVFC Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant for Training Initiatives
February 24, 2014
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the leading membership association representing the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services, has received a $90,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, the NVFC will provide in-person and online training for the nation’s nearly one million volunteer first responders.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families, and the general public in the United States and Canada. This is the third year the NVFC has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to support important training initiatives.
“We are exited to once again receive the support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation to help provide critical safety training for the fire and emergency services,” said NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer. “Training is a key part of improving health and safety in the fire service, and through this grant we will be able to provide free, easily accessible online and in-person trainings to busy, budget-constrained first responders and departments nationwide.”
The grant will help the NVFC further the B.E.S.T. Priorities for Firefighter Health and Safety, which focus on Behavior, Equipment, Standards and Codes, and Training. The NVFC will develop and deliver three new courses focusing on key fire service issues, provide additional training opportunities for existing courses on critical topics such as recruitment and retention and grant writing, and complete an outreach campaign to ensure that fire and emergency service personnel are aware of the free training opportunities available to them.
“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The Motorola Solutions Foundation aligns itself with this mission by supporting programs like the NVFC’s that train people how to respond to potential safety problems or recover from the loss of a first responder. We are proud to see these valuable programs make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.”
Through the Public Safety and Security Institute, the Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor, convener, and supporter of issues that affect the public safety of communities worldwide, providing leadership to drive innovation and grow and engage the network of those interested in these issues.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides grants around the world with an emphasis on programming in communities where Motorola Solutions has a significant presence. For 85 years, Motorola has worked side-by-side with law enforcement to develop the solutions that support its mission. Since 2007, the foundation has provided over $25 million in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S and Canada.
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 tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering, and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/.