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  • Support the NVFC and Fire Corps through Combined Federal Campaign & United Way

    Designate CFC#11395 and United Way #9657 in your pledge

    Each year, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and United Way raise money for charities and nonprofits through a concentrated donation campaign. This year, help support the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services by designating the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in your donation pledge. The NVFC is the organization that administers Fire Corps at the national level.
    The CFC season opened on September 1 and runs through December 15. Federal employees can use this opportunity to designate a contribution to the NVFC by indicating CFC identification # 11395 when making your pledge.
    Managed by the Office of CFC Operations in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace giving campaign. Its mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. During campaign season, federal civilian, postal, and military donors can make pledges to eligible nonprofit organizations.
     Non-federal employees can support the NVFC through the United Way. Designate #9657 on the donation form. The NVFC is listed in the brochure for the United Way of the National Capital Area, but any participant in a United Way campaign nationwide can designate the NVFC in their giving.
     Money donated to the NVFC helps support NVFC's legislative initiatives, the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, Fire Corps, the National Junior Firefighter Program, and other important initiatives and projects that benefit the fire and emergency medical services. To learn more about the CFC of the National Capital Area, visit To learn more about the United Way of the National Capital Area, visit
     If you are not a federal employee and your company doesn’t participate in United Way but would like to make a donation to support the NVFC, click here to learn about other ways to give.


  • Fire Prevention Week Starts October 5

    We are less than a month away from the start of Fire Prevention Week. Use the week of October 5-11 to spread important fire prevention and safety messages in your community, educate community members about your fire department and Fire Corps team, and re-invigorate your department’s fire prevention program.

    This year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” There are many resources you can utilize to educate your community on the importance of working smoke alarms:

    • Fire Prevention Week 2014: Find materials and resources to help promote the theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” and educate the public on important smoke alarm and fire safety information.
    • Smoke Alarms: This section of the NFPA web sites includes statistics, resource guides, videos, smoke alarm installation instructions, and more to help fire departments, educators, and community members reduce fire deaths and injuries.
    • Install. Inspect. Protect.: This campaign from the U.S. Fire Administration urges residents to install smoke alarms in their home and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis.
    • Fire Corps: Fire Corps teams provide non-operational support to fire and EMS departments, including fire prevention and life safety education in the community. Resources available on the web site include “Fire Corps Guide to Fire and Life Safety Education,” fire prevention and safety tips sheets, tools to help implement a smoke alarm installation and home safety check program in your community, and much more.
    • NVFC Virtual Classroom: Courses in this online learning center include “FC-303: Fire Corps in Public Education” and “FC-304: Conducting Home Safety Checks.”

    You can also test your knowledge about smoke alarm safety through the 2014 Fire Prevention Week Quiz. 

  • 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.

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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