Get Ready for National Volunteer Week, April 6-12
National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, provides a great opportunity to honor the volunteers in your department as well as promote volunteerism in your community. Utilize this week to showcase the work of your volunteers and recruit new members to your department.
Make plans now to recognize the achievements of your department’s volunteers and let them know how much they are appreciated. You can nominate volunteers for a department, local, state, or national award, such as the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Find more resources and tools for recognizing volunteers from the National Volunteer Week Resource Guide, available from Points of Light and HandsOn Network.
Also use this event to celebrate volunteerism and let your community know about volunteer opportunities in your department and Fire Corps program. Consider hosting an open house, giving presentations to community groups, exhibiting at a local event, or conducting a local media campaign to help get the word out.
The NVFC and Fire Corps thank all volunteers who dedicate their time to protecting their communities.
May 3, 2014 is Wildland Community Preparedness Day
Join communities throughout the U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD)!
Wildfires continue to surge throughout communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Fire Corps and Fire Adapted Communities are encouraging departments and Fire Corps teams to be proactive in mitigating the risks of wildfire by participating in the inaugural WCPD.
Not sure how your department can participate? Click here for WCPD resources specifically created for fire and emergency service departments by the National Volunteer Fire Council.
Commit a couple of hours or the entire day on May 3 to wildland fire prevention and mitigation activities, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your department to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to help protect homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.
Learn more about WCPD at http://fireadapted.org/.
Learn more about the NVFC’s Wildland Fire Assessment Program at www.nvfc.org/programs/wildland-fire-assessment-program.
Reserve your Spot at the NVFC Training Summit
June 2014 training to focus on fire prevention, health and safety
Pre-registration is now open for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Training Summit. The Summit will take place Friday, June 20, from 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturday, June 21, from 8am-noon in Myrtle Beach, SC. Scholarships are available for select attendees. Reserve your space and apply for the scholarship today at https://nvfc.wufoo.com/forms/nvfc-training-summit-preregistration/.
This two-day seminar will provide an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, network, and participate in valuable training. Training will be offered for two tracks: one on first responder health and safety issues, and the other focusing on fire prevention activities and methodologies, including tools for implementing local initiatives. The conference is open to all volunteer firefighters, EMTs, department leadership, and other fire department personnel from across the United States. Attendance will be limited to 60 individuals.
The registration fee for the Summit is $75. To help more first responders attend, a scholarship is available for select attendees. The scholarship will reimburse up to two nights hotel and up to $500.00 per person for transportation expenses, and the registration fee will be waived. To apply for a scholarship, simply complete the requested information in the pre-registration form. A maximum of two representatives per department can receive reimbursement. To be considered eligible for reimbursement, you or your department must be a current member of the NVFC. Membership options and benefits can be found at www.nvfc.org/membership.
Register today at https://nvfc.wufoo.com/forms/nvfc-training-summit-preregistration/. Stay tuned for course details and other information at www.nvfc.org/hot-topics/nvfc-training-summit.
Questions? Contact the NVFC at 240-297-3568 or