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  • Guide for Family Members of Volunteer Responders Now Available

    Joining the volunteer fire service means a lifestyle change not only for the individual volunteer, but also for their entire family. To help family members navigate the volunteer fire service life, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) partnered with to create the new resource, What to Expect: A Guide for Family Members of Volunteer Firefighters.

    This guide is intended for spouses, children, parents, siblings, or significant others of volunteer and paid-on-call responders. It introduces family members to the basics of the volunteer firefighter life and provides guidance for keeping family relationships strong, being part of the fire department family, and more. In addition, there are first-hand accounts from volunteer firefighters and their family members along with an array of tips and resources to help first responder families adjust to this lifestyle. Information on Fire Corps is also included.

    The guide is available for free download from the NVFC web site, or order print copies from the NVFC store. For a limited time only, NVFC members can order up to 25 print copies for free; access the discount code on the Member Benefits page of the Members-Only section of the NVFC web site.

    About the National Volunteer Fire Council
    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, training, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.

    About is an online community for wives, fiancées, and girlfriends of firefighters. Their mission is to strengthen fire marriages and encourage fire families.

  • Register for FREE Wildland Fire Assessment Program Training – September 20 in Lafayette, LA

    Register today to participate in the Wildland Fire Assessment Program FREE training that’s taking place in conjunction with the National Volunteer Fire Council’s annual fall meeting. This is an open training session and all interested persons are welcome to participate. There is no cost; however, advance registration for this half-day program is required.

    Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
    Location: 1521 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana, 70503-3158

    Registration deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014.

    About the Class
    The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to provide departments with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). This is the first program targeted to volunteers that specifically prepares a firefighter or Fire Corps member for how to conduct an assessment and what to look for during an assessment, as well as provides printed materials needed in order to become a more fire-adapted community. The course is a four-part, train-the-trainer series that covers understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources.

    About the Instructor
    Ron Roy has been a volunteer in the fire service in Washington State for over 40 years. He has been teaching for the fire/EMS services for over 25 years and has held leadership positions for over 20 years. Ron represents volunteers at the local, state, and national levels. He is currently the Volunteer Division Chief at Douglas County Fire District #2 and a board member of the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association. Ron also serves on the board of the National Volunteer Fire Council and is Chairman of the NVFC Wildland Committee.

    Additional Information
    Course materials and certificates of completion will be provided. The class is free and open to all department personnel and Fire Corps members wishing to learn more about WFAP and making their community more fire adapted. Registration is limited so sign up today!

    Questions? Contact Lori Moon at 202-887-5700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • NFPA Announces Theme for 2014 Fire Prevention Week

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA announced the theme at its 2014 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas on June 9.

    “Smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy. “Unfortunately, many home fire deaths result from fires where a smoke alarm is present but does not operate. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on motivating people to test their smoke alarms each month to make sure they’re working properly.”

    According to NFPA statistics:

    • Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
    • On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
    • In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

    “Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”

    NFPA recommends:

    • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
    • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
    • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

    Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations, and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America.

    For more information on Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign theme, visit

    About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at


Citizens Helping Fire and EMS

Since its start in 2004, Fire Corps has helped fire and EMS departments in 49 states to build more capacity by engaging community volunteers to assist in a variety of non-emergency roles. These community volunteers can make a real difference for their local department, both by expanding the services a department can offer and by enabling first responders to focus more on training and response activities. Fire Corps is a partner program under the Citizen Corps initiative and is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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