NVFC mourns passing of long-time CEO Heather Schafer

Heather Schafer, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) chief executive officer, passed away suddenly on 15 March. Heather had helmed the organization, which also marked its 45th anniversary on 15 March, for 27 years and the NVFC saw dramatic growth…

Free webinar: Reducing Occupational Cancer Risks in the Fire Service

Understanding how and where firefighters are exposed to carcinogens is an important step towards mitigating occupational cancer risks. Join us for this free webinar to learn more about exposures to carcinogens, the dangers of soot, contamination control activities and risk-reduction…

Safety Stand Down 2021: Rebuild Rehab

Firefighting puts intense strain on firefighters, both physically and mentally. It is critical that firefighters receive a comprehensive rehab programme after fire incidents or intense training to ensure their physiological and psychological well-being. To address this issue, the theme of…

NVFC releases toolkit to help fire-service leaders create healthy, high-performing departments

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, launched the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments (PHFD) initiative to support firefighters and EMS providers and create healthy, successful departments. A…

Final Recipients Announced for MSA’s and DuPont’s 2020 Globe Gear Giveaway

The final three recipients have been announced in MSA’s and DuPont’s 2020 Globe Gear Giveaway. The White River (ON, Canada) Fire Department, New Baltimore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (Warrenton, VA), and the Central Hardin Fire Department (Elizabethtown, KY) will…

Major Fire Service Organizations Call for Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of State Fire Marshals, and National Volunteer Fire Council urge governors and state health officials to make career and volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics a top priority…

NVFC members Maggie Zimmerman and Randy Cannon awarded Columbia Southern University Scholarship

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) are pleased to award NVFC members Maggie Zimmerman of Breckenridge, MI, and Randy Cannon Jr. of St. Stephen, SC, as the recipients of CSU’s 2020 NVFC Scholarship. Each scholarship…

First Alert and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) team up to offer Carbon Monoxide training course and free alarms

The Online Course, designed for Volunteer Fire Departments, and corresponding Carbon Monoxide alarm donation aims to increase CO safety across the country. Carbon monoxide (CO), also known as the “silent killer,” is especially dangerous because you cannot see, smell or…

Anheuser-Busch donating 1.5 million cans of emergency drinking water to support Volunteer Fire Departments facing unprecedented challenges

In their second year of partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Anheuser-Busch has committed to donating more than 1.5 million cans of emergency drinking water in 2020 to volunteer fire departments across the country as they navigate unprecedented…

DripDrop Hydration and the National Volunteer Fire Council team up to provide dehydration relief to Volunteer Firefighters

Leading rehydration therapy company will donate up to 100,000 units of new DripDrop ORS to volunteer firefighters across the U.S. DripDrop Hydration, a leading rehydration therapy company, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the leading association representing the volunteer…

Nominations for the NVFC’s Fire Service Achievement Awards Due February 7

Each spring, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) honors a volunteer firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, a volunteer firefighter or EMS provider who has demonstrated leadership in the area of responder health and wellness, an outstanding junior…

Exciting membership announcement from the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has some exciting membership news to start out 2020! The NVFC strives to offer the best services for our members, and we also want to make sure membership is affordable for volunteers. That is…

Message from the NVFC on Australian wildfires

The National Volunteer Fire Council would like to express our support for the people of Australia and all of the firefighters battling the devastating wildfires. Our thoughts are with the brave men and women working to protect lives, homes, and…

Volunteer Fire Departments in TX and NJ Receive the Inaugural CHEMTREC HELP Award

CHEMTREC® and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have selected the Prairie View (TX) Volunteer Firefighting Association and the Willow Grove Fire Company (Pittsgrove, NJ) as the recipients of the 2019 CHEMTREC HELP (Hazmat Emergencies Local Preparedness) Award. Each department…

MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway Program Reaches $1 Million Milestone in 2019

MSA, DuPont, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) provided 13 volunteer fire departments with needed personal protective equipment through MSA’s 2019 Globe Gear Giveaway. Each department received four sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear along with four helmets to…

Nominations for the NVFC’s Fire Service Achievement Awards Due February 7

Each spring, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) honors a volunteer firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, a volunteer firefighter or EMS provider who has demonstrated leadership in the area of responder health and wellness, an outstanding junior…

Anheuser-Busch Delivers Emergency Drinking Water to Volunteer Firefighters Nationwide

Deliveries to Help Departments Prepare for Upcoming Wildfire Season This week, Anheuser-Busch will deliver approximately 300,000 cans of emergency drinking water to 26 of the country’s volunteer fire departments, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), to provide…

ADT Supports Volunteer Firefighters During Fire Prevention Month with Major Contribution to NVFC

ADT Inc., the leading provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, announced a $100,000 contribution to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to help raise awareness for recruitment of volunteer…

Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Released

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to develop and release the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. This report provides 11 actions…

Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer Released

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to develop and release the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. This report provides 11 actions…

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