Winners Announced in the ATS/NVFC $250K Training Giveaway

Action Training Systems (ATS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the 50 winners of the 2014 ATS/NVFC $250K Training Giveaway. The announcement comes during International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which this year focuses on the importance of all personnel receiving adequate training with the theme of “Train Like You Fight.”

The 50 winning departments will each receive a one-year subscription for 20 learners and one administrator to the Essentials of Fire Fighting series via the ATS Online Learning Management System. This totals nearly $250,000 worth of online training. The series contains 33 interactive courses, streaming video, and PowerPoints to teach Firefighter I and II skills and prerequisite knowledge. Essentials of Fire Fighting teaches to the current NFPA 1001 standards and can be used as a training resource to simplify technical knowledge and reinforce training objectives. The department administrator can track the progress of up to 20 students through the program. All applicants also receive a 10% discount off of any ATS training program.

“We are pleased to partner with ATS to help these 50 volunteer departments get essential training that they otherwise were unable to afford for their personnel,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We received hundreds of applications, demonstrating the critical need for this type of program. We thank ATS for recognizing this need and making the commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of these departments through this training giveaway.”

“I would like to personally congratulate the recipients of the 2014 ATS/NVFC Training Giveaway and also thank the NVFC for their support throughout this program,” said Action Training Systems President George A. Avila Jr. “I would also like to recognize the men and women of the volunteer fire service for their commitment and sacrifice to their respective communities. The volunteer fire service has a long history of contributing to the public safety of their communities across the country, and it is essential that each member has adequate training resources to ensure their safety and the safety of their community. ”

To be eligible, departments had to be all or mostly volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized within one of the 50 U.S. states, and demonstrate a true need for the training that they could not meet on their own. Over 500 departments applied for the giveaway. A total of 50 winning departments were selected, representing 48 states.

The recipients of the 2014 ATS Training Giveaway are as follows:

Alabama Boldo Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Alabama Dixons Mills Volunteer Fire Department
Alaska Klawock Volunteer Fire Department
Arizona Happy Jack Fire Services Inc.
Arkansas Upper White Oak Lake Volunteer Fire Department
California Ben Lomond Fire Protection District
Colorado Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
Connecticut Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department
Florida  Liberty Fire District
Georgia Gresston Volunteer Fire Department
Idaho Bliss Fire District
Illinois Dalzell Fire Protection District
Indiana Clarksburg Volunteer Fire
Iowa Farley Volunteer Fire Department
Kansas Lincoln First Rural Fire
Kentucky Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department
Louisiana Washington Parish Fire District #9
Maine Kenduskeag Volunteer Fire Department
Maryland Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company
Massachusetts Oakham Fire Department
Michigan Wildwood Fire Rescue
Minnesota Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department
Mississippi East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department
Missouri Kinsey Volunteer Fire Department
Missouri Gorin Volunteer Fire Department
Montana St. Labre Volunteer Fire Department
Nebraska Randolph Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Nevada Peavine Volunteer Fire Department
New Hampshire South Hampton Fire Department
New Jersey Keansburg Fire Department
New Mexico Latir Volunteer Fire Department
New York Hurleyville Fire Department
North Carolina Sterlings Volunteer Fire Department
North Dakota Stanley Fire Department
Ohio Terrace Park Fire Department
Oklahoma Delaware Volunteer Fire Department
Oregon City of Antelope Fire Department
Pennsylvania Heights Fire Company #1
Rhode Island Harmony Fire District
South Carolina Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department
South Dakota Tyndall Fire Department
Tennessee Midtown Volunteer Fire Department
Texas Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department
Utah Orderville Fire Department
Vermont Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
Virginia Craigsville Volunteer Fire Company
Washington Ruston Fire Department
West Virginia New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department
Wisconsin Silver Cliff Fire Department
Wyoming Bar Nunn Volunteer Fire Department

About Action Training Systems
Action Training Systems is a multi-media production company with over 26 years of experience developing training programs for emergency responders. Its interactive programs are proven to significantly increase learner competency, and are all based on current national standards. With over 200 EMS training and firefighter training programs available, these programs are great tools for initial or recurrent training. Learn more and view a training demo at

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (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