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CVVFA Presidents Council to Meet Saturday April 11 2015 hosted by the Firemen’s Association State of Pennsylvania and the Lancaster County Firemen’s Association
Sean Caroll of CFSI presents at last Presidents Council Meeting
   Sean Caroll of CFSI presents at last
      Presidents Council Meeting
Saturday, April 11, 2015 
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The Lancaster County Firemen’s Association home of Steve Shenk, 2015 President of the Firemen’s Association State of PA will host the CVVFA President’s Council Meeting in at Lancaster County Firemen’s Association Headquarters, 630 E. Oregon Rd. Lititz PA 17543. A block of rooms has been a reserved for April 10, 11 2015  at Eden Resort  717-560-8400. Rates are $129.95 per night Group ID # 1102200. Reservations may be made on line or by phone.

Agenda:

Friday-Lancaster County FA Headquarters 5:00 p.m. doors open for FASP committee and board meeting and refreshments. CVVFA President Council Members are invited to attend and eat.

Saturday-Lancaster County FA Headquarters 7:30 doors open for coffee and snacks

FASP Business Meeting- 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Presidents Council Meeting convenes at 10:00 a.m.

Lunch served at 12 Noon

Target Adjournment of President’s Council Meeting is 3:00 p.m. 

The spring Presidents Council Meeting focused on current state legislative sessions and any high profile federal fire service issues. In addition to Association Leadership,  All members of the fire service are invited to attend.
 


 
Lancaster County Firemen's Association Presidents Council Invitation
May Booster Meeting Weekend Held in Conjunction with Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester VA April 30 to May 3 2015




Fire Chief Allen Baldwin invites members and guests of the CVVFA to attend and extended Booster Meeting Weekend in conjunction with the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Historic Winchester VA.

There are special firefighter events planned for your enjoyment including a Thursday April 30th evening muster at Shawnee Fire Company. Friday evening is the massive Firefighters Parade one of the largest in the nation. Saturday features the Grand Feature Parade. (Reserved seating at a reasonable price is available at Rouss Fire Company for both parades).

The Booster Meeting will be held beginning with a luncheon at noon on Sunday at the Friendship Fire Company 627 North Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601 (540) 667-6961

Rooms are available at BEST WESTERN Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center 540-662-4154. Room rates are $66.59 plus tax for 2 persons or $62.09 for a single. For the room block indicate CVVFA. Please call the hotel direct to get this rate.

Download the Muster information and registration here.


 
88th Annual Shenadoah Apple Blossom Festival
Winchester Fire and Rescue Department
Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department
Rouss Fire Company
Friendship Fire Company #1 Facebook Page
   
Chief Allen Baldwin
   Chief Allen Baldwin
CVVFA To Present at Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar Members Urged to Attend
Saturday, February 28, 2015 
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The thirteenth Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar will be held on April 10 & 11 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD. Please join us and participate in the excellent educational opportunities this program offers, along with the chance to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the mountains of Western Maryland. Where else can you receive two full days of training for less than $100? CVVFA Instructors Greg Yost and Candice McDonald are presenters. Download the registration information from this site


 
Candice McDonald
   Candice McDonald
Greg Yost
   Greg Yost
CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management Project Awarded $15,000 Grant from NVFC Foundation
   
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 
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The National Volunteer Fire Council Foundation awarded the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Firefighter Reputation Management Project a $15,000 grant to provide learning opportunities throughout the nation. As a result of this generous gift, the CVVFA will expand efforts to teach fire service members how to prevent behavior that undermines the high moral ground from beneath the feet of the fire service.

Improper and often illegal activities by a small minority of firefighters diminish the earned trust the public has placed in the fire service for hundreds of years.

The funds will be used for travel and instructional material. Classes will be provided at no cost by the CVVFA’s trained instructors who volunteer their time.

The CVVFA established an effort to combat poor firefighter conduct after being asked to study the issue by members of the CVVFA Presidents Council, a 30 year old round table of fire service leaders sponsored by the Association. The effort resulted in the creation of the Firefighter Behavior White Paper and the Fire Fighter Code of Ethics, all available on the CVVFA Fire Service Behavior website.

The CVVFA Firefighter Behavior Instructor Team is led by Candice McDonald. The team presents at numerous conferences for both the career and volunteer fire service. “We ask only to have our actual expenses covered when we speak” says Candice. “This wonderful opportunity that the NVFC Foundation has provided gives us the ability to deliver our message to audiences that we might not otherwise be able to reach. The NVFC, like the CVVFA is concerned with Fire Service Reputation Management. We are pleased to be working with them,” she added.

 


 
CVVFA to Join the Florida Fire Chiefs Association during Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach FL January 22-24th 2015
   
Thursday, January 22, 2015 
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The CVVFA again will feature our ResponderSafety Booth at Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach in January. The Association had a booth at the show last year thanks to member Bob Romig who is active in the volunteer section of the Association. The FFCA has provided the booth space at no charge and allowed us to address the volunteer chief officers. As a result of the strong relationship with the Volusia County Fire Police and the Chiefs Association it was agreed at the October Booster Meeting to join the organization.  Over the years the CVVFA has had a presence at many state shows and as finances and logistics permit our plan is to expand our show schedule.




 
FL State Fire Chiefs Association
2015 Convention Book Sponsorships On Sale Now
Convention Books from the 1970's
   Convention Books from the 1970's




Did your organization or business miss out on last year’s Convention Sponsorship Book? If so you lost a great opportunity to communicate with key fire service folks who attend the CVVFA Convention. The 2014 Book was the largest ever published and thanks to our loyal supporters it was the best ever.

Don’t miss your chance to be showcased in this annual publication. Publicity manager Bob Timko (PA) and his assistant Bob Romig (FL), a former CVFA Publicity Manager, have pledged to work with the Delaware City Fire Company, this year’s host to produce an outstanding book; to do that they need your help.

 

Download the invitation letter and the sponsorship form now and follow the instructions.  


 
CVVFA Admitted into the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee
CFSI National Advisory Committee December 11, 2014  Phoenix Park Hotel Washington DC Photo by Rod Ammon
   CFSI National Advisory Committee
      December 11, 2014 Phoenix Park Hotel
      Washington DC Photo by Rod Ammon
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
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The Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee unanimously approved membership for the CVVFA at its meeting held in Washington DC of December 11, 2014. The application was presented by Chief Dennis Compton who represents the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Dennis is the CFSI/NAC Membership Committee Chair as well as a member of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute.  A prerequisite for membership is that an organization must be national in focus in programmatic activities. The CVVFA met this requirement for our long term commitment to Highway Incident Scene Safety, Fire Service Reputation Management and for our sponsorship of the CVVFA Presidents Council.

The CVVFA has a long term relationship with CFSI. We have purchased tickets for our President at every CFSI National Fire Service Dinner and Seminars for the last 26 years. In addition we have exhibited at the Seminars for several years and transported the CFSI trade show booth to various fire service events around the nation.

CVVFA President Walter Robertson appointed Past President Bob Cumberland and Past President Greg Yost as the Association's representatives to the CFSI/NAC. PP Cumberland is a current member of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors representing the CVVFA. Bob has chaired the CVVFA Legislative Committee for many years. PP Yost is the Chief Financial Officer for the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute and has been our primary contact in arranging logistics for moving CFSI's trade show materials. He enjoys an excellent working relationship with CFSI Staff.

The CVVFA’s membership application clearly showed that our some 1300 members in 30 states and our programs have made a positive impact on the entire fire service and qualified us to be considered an organization with national impact. Thanks to a cost sharing agreement with IFSTA the expense of CFSI NAC membership will be shared. Like CFSI the CVVFA enjoys a productive partnership with IFSTA.


 
Congressional Fire Servcies Institute
CVVFA Mourns the Loss of Chief Harvey Eisner
Chief Harvey Eisner
   Chief Harvey Eisner
Friday, October 24, 2014 
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Chief Harvey Eisner, Editor Emeritus of Firehouse Magazine and nationally known fire service writer, speaker and photographer died of a massive heart attack while hospitalized following surgery in New York. 

Harvey was a member of the CVVFA and  a presenter at the annual conventions. Harvey was a particular friend of the CVVFA Presidents Council. 

Through his efforts to promote the Firehouse Expo in Baltimore and Firehouse World in San Diego, he arranged CVVFA Fire Service Reputation Management and Responder Safety speakers to be part of those programs. 

As the Editor for Firehouse, Harvey was on the scene for the largest fires and disasters over the last 18 years. Harvey was a Past Chief of the Tenafly NJ Fire Department and was a police/fire photographer in the City of New York. 

Harvey attended the CVVFA Annual Convention in Chambersburg this year. He will be missed.

  

 


 
Sweeping Changes To Association Proposed at Meetings
Monday, October 20, 2014 
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Changes to meet the needs of our current and future members while protecting the CVVFA Brand were proposed at the October 19-20 Strategic Planning and Booster meeting held in Aberdeen/Fallston MD.

Proposed changes include a revamping of the Officer and Director positions to allow members to run for offices from any state; the establishment of an Executive Committee to replace the current Board of Directors; changes in committee structures to consolidate and streamline operations and revamping the convention agenda among others.

The draft strategic plan will be made available to all members. Implementation will necessitate a number of By-Law changes but other improvements may be made by the President or the membership at a regular meeting.

Changes are needed to update the Association's business plan as the CVVFA is emerging as a national organization with partnerships with the other organizations and federal agencies. Members are asked to remain involved by

Members are asked to remain involved in the planning process by attending meetings and voicing their opinions.

Other business approved at the regular Booster Meeting included submitting a membership application to the Florida State Fire Chiefs Association, approving the CVVFA as the Fire Service Sponsor of the new Keystone Firefighters Conference. An invitation to host the spring 2015 Presidents Council Meeting on April 11 in Lancaster PA was received and accepted  from the Firemen's Association of the State of PA. A Resolution was presented to Don Strock for his steadfast support of the organization for many many years.

These are exciting times for our Association. Many of these changes present the opportunity for us to meet the needs of younger members of the public safety community and ensure that succession planning takes place by encouraging emerging leaders to become involved in our programs and governance.


 
Convention Parade Prizes Posted
CVVFA Members carried the banner for Chambersburg FD
   CVVFA Members carried the banner for
      Chambersburg FD
Friday, August 29, 2014 
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CVVFA 113TH CONVENTION PARADE PRIZE LIST

Saturday August 2, 2014 NOON

Chambersburg PA


Best Appearing Uniformed Fire Company with Music with 25 or more members:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Hose Company of Shippensburg, PA)

Delaware City Fire Company-Mike McMichael

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Steve and Peg Flickinger of Newport, Pa. in memory of Past President H.M. Flickinger Jr.)

Chambersburg Fire Department Banner Carriers

Best Appearing Engine 1250 GPM or Larger:

1st Place David O. Gabler & Harold E. Snyder Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Franklin Fire Company #4 of Chambersburg, PA)

Newburg Hopewell Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by First Hose Company of Hagerstown, MD)

Cumberland Valley Hose Company

Best Appearing Engine under 1250 GPM:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Provident Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA)

None Entered

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company of Mont Alto, PA)

None Entered

 

Best Appearing Aerial Device:

1st Place Robert J. Gerhart Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Junior Hose and Truck Company #2 of Chambersburg, PA)

New Franklin Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Mason Dixon Fire Store of Hagerstown, MD)

Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Newport

Best Appearing Engine/Tanker:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Perry House of Awards, Newport, PA)

Rescue Hose Company of Greencastle

 

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Rescue Hose Company #1 of Greencastle, PA)

MMP&W Volunteer Fire Company of Mercersburg

President’s Award:

1st Place Chief Elmer J Ellison Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company of Newark, DE)

2nd Place Guy M. Flory Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Vigilant Hose Company #1 of Shippensburg, PA)

None Entered

 

Best Appearing Rescue or Squad:

1st Place William E. Haug Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Mill Creek Fire Company of Wilmington, DE)

Fayetteville Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Dave’s Truck Repair of Chambersburg, PA)

Waynesboro Fire Department

Best Appearing Ambulance/ Basic Life Support:

1st Place Merle Kauffman Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Goodwill Steam Engine and Hose Company #3 of Chambersburg, PA)

Pleasant Hall Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Mont Alto Ambulance Squad of Mont Alto, PA)

Fayetteville Fire Company

Best Appearing Ambulance/Advanced Life Support:

1st Place James McGowan Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Newport Ambulance League of Newport, DE)

Fayetteville Fire Company

2nd Place Louise Fahreney Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, MD)

West Shore Medic

Best Appearing Special Unit-Air, Wagon, Traffic, Utility, Command:

1st Place Secretary Emeritus Louise Dell Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Active Members of the CVVFA)

Franklin County Fire Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Walter Robertson of Stuarts Draft, VA)

Delaware City Fire Company

 

 

Best Appearing Brush Truck:

1st Place Barbara L. Fischer & Dennis P. Deshong Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company of McConnellsburg, PA)

Mont Alto Fire Company

2nd Place Past President Charles D. Baker Memorial Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Wayne Baker)

Pleasant Hall Fire Company

Best Marked Fire Apparatus for Highway Incident Scene Safety:

1st Place Emergency Responder Safety Institute Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Chief Crawford G. Wiestling of Prior Lake, MN)

Marion Fire Company

Best Marked Ambulance for Highway Safety Incident Scene Safety:

1st Place Deputy Chief Mark Reid Sr. Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Chief Stephen M. Reid of Myersville, MD)

Fayetteville Fire Company

Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Pumper or Hose Reel:

1st Place Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Past President Steve Austin of Newark, DE)

Rescue Hose Company of Greencastle

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President George Dove of Winchester, VA)

None Entered

Best Appearing Antique Fire Engine Driven in the Parade:

1st Place Reverend Dr. David R. Hoover & Past President Martin I. Mowen Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company of McConnellsburg, PA)

Cumberland Valley Hose Company

2nd Place Plaque and $40.00 (Sponsored by Past President Robert P. Cumberland Jr. of Westminster, MD)

Hagerstown Fire Department

Fire Dept. Owned Apparatus that Traveled the Farthest Distance:

1st Place Robert K. Wright Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by the Citizens Fire Company #1 of Newport, PA)

Delaware City Fire Company

Best Appearing Privately Owned Fire Dept. Antique Apparatus:

1st Place Past President Raymond T. Kimble Memorial Plaque and $50.00 (Sponsored by Emergency Vehicle Specialist of Hagerstown, MD)

Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE (Steve Austin)

 

Judges Awards

Alex Baker

Dave’s Towing

Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark DE

Winchester VA Fire Department

Franklin Fire Company

 

Special Judges Awards

The Spinning Illusions Marching Group

Superstar Twirlers

 

 

 


 
Reputation Management Focus at CVVFA Convention
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Four years ago, the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) tackled a tough issue – one that many would prefer not to talk about – ethics.

On any given day across the country, the headlines announce the arrests of firefighters for any number of issues.

In the 2010 White Paper, the authors noted: ­"The nation's fire service has long been held in justifiably high esteem. This reputation has been hard earned. The fire service is that 'rock of stability to which the public knows to turn during the upheaval of a crisis -- be that crisis a dwelling fire, rescue, natural disaster, or medical emergency."

They later came up with a code of ethics that suggest every person in the fire and emergency services sign. Plaques bearing those rules hang in every building at the National Fire Academy.

The CVVFA effort continued during their annual convention this week with a focus on reputation management.

N.J. Paramedic Anthony Correia said it’s imperative that close scrutiny be paid to every single person who signs an application.

“Is the person ethical? Is the person trustworthy and reliable? If there’s doubt, this person shouldn’t be allowed in.”

Are the recruiters really telling it like it is? Are they painting a correct picture of what you do?

With the numbers of fires down, potential members should be informed about public education events and fund-raising activities. “Do you tell them about the hoagie sales they’ll be expected to help with?”

It’s also imperative that the applicant’s family understand the commitment involved.

And, no one should be allowed to join without a background check.

In an effort to keep the books intact, he said multiple signatures should be required on checks. While all departments have mutual aid agreements, the majority don’t have it available for administrators.

This article was published in FIrehouse.com by Susi Nichol who has been covering the CVVFA for many years. 


 
CVVFA Celebrates Successful 113th Annual Convention in Chambersburg
Sunday, August 3, 2014 
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The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) just wrapped up its successful 113th annual convention, hosted by the Chambersburg area fire companies, where the CVVFA was founded in 1901. 

The convention was called to order Thursday morning.  The business meeting got off to a great start at Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company’s Community Hall, with President Jim Watson reporting on his full year of activities and CVVFA attorney celebrating his 25th year of CVVFA membership and 20th year as its attorney.  The business meeting broke for Chaplain Charles Barnhart’s stirring memorial service remembering recently passed CVVFA members at the nearby Otterbein United Methodist Church, followed by lunch back at Fayetteville’s hall.

Following lunch, and in support of the CVVFA’s lauded Reputation Management Program,

the CVVFA heard Chief Anthony Corriea speak about “How to Keep Geraldo Rivera from Investigating your Firehouse.”  CVVFA members have become well-versed in the importance of reputation management, and Chief Correia’s message resonated well, and was accompanied by spirited discussion, as he spoke about ethics, internal controls, and good business and personnel practices.  Later, Thursday afternoon reports brought the membership up-to-date on the latest happenings of the CVVFA’s Responder Safety and Reputation Management projects.  The CVVFA maintains a national leadership presence on both fronts – with one project aimed at saving lives and the other aimed at preserving the fire service’s well-deserved and honored reputation – and CVVFA speakers are regularly invited to speak at programs nationwide in recognition of our pioneering roles promoting both these topics.  Thursday’s capstone event was a well-attended chicken barbecue dinner, held under fair skies and gloriously cool weather for the end of July, just outside the community hall at Fayetteville’s picnic grounds. 

Friday’s events moved to the heart of Chambersburg at the Franklin Fire Company #4, and kicked off with the Presidents’ Council meeting.  The summer Presidents’ Council meeting features, in addition to the regular state reports, extensive reports on federal affairs from CFSI, NVFC, and IAFC representatives.  Presidents’ Council topics of interest included continuing concerns with timeliness and access to benefits with the federal Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program, and firefighter recruitment and retention (R&R).  Delaware representatives provided an extensive report on their multi-faceted federal grant-funded R&R program that features print and electronic media promotions, media appearances, and a strong presence at the Delaware State Fair. 

Following the Presidents’ Council meeting, a large contingent headed to the nearby cemetery of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, where Chaplain Charles Barnhart led a brief memorial service at the grave of CVVFA founder Joseph Fulton Boyd.  CVVFA Past President Steve Austin recounted Boyd’s role in the Civil War, how, as Superintendent of the Cumberland Valley Railroad, he later helped in the development of the Cumberland Valley, and how he spurred the development of the CVVFA following a devastating fire in nearby Shippensburg where a lack of common hose threads meant fire apparatus brought in by the Cumberland Valley Railroad wasn’t able to seamlessly operate together. 

Friday evening’s banquet, again at Franklin Fire Company #4, brought the convention’s formal activities came to a close.  Following a fine meal, local historian and author Mike Marotte presented a brief overview of the history of the Chambersburg fire department, which history echoes the development of the fire service in America.  For his long and devoted serviced to the CVFA, Assistant Chaplain Jim Wharry was awarded the CVVFA’s highest honor, E. Wade Thomas Memorial Award.  The banquet came to a close with parting words from outgoing President Jim Watson, and the installation of new officers, led by new President Walter Robertson of Stuarts Draft, Virginia.     

Escaping the threat of rain, Saturday’s grand firemen’s parade through the heart of Chambersburg featured well over 100 units – one of the CVVFA’s largest parades in years – and brought the activities of the 113th annual convention to a close.

 CHECK THIS SITE FOR PARADE RESULTS- COMING SOON


 
Picnic provides time for everyone to relax
   Picnic provides time for everyone to
      relax
Chambersburg Honor Guard Posts Colors
   Chambersburg Honor Guard Posts Colors
TIM Train the Trainer at NFA
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
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Attention Fire Service Instructors: Special Multidiscipline TIM Train the Trainer Course Offered at the National Fire Academy. Train the Trainer (T-t-T) course for Traffic Incident Management (TIM Course T-0690) is being offered at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD June 27 to June 29, 2014 for Certified State Fire Service Instructors and/or Metro Fire Department Training Division Members as well as roadway incident trainers from other disciplines. The opportunity to become a recognized TIM trainer is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and hosted by the National Fire Academy (NFA). This is the initial offering of the course at this prestigious institution and is a first for multiple public safety disciplines attending an NFA hosted course on campus. The National TIM Course is designed to establish consistent training of all roadway responders and achieve the three objectives of the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management; Responder Safety, Safe Quick Clearance and Prompt Reliable Interoperable Communications. Reasons to consider attending the TIM Train the Trainer Course 1.First multi-disciplinary course offering at the National Fire Academy 2.Travel, lodging and course materials are all covered minimizing agency expense 3.The TIM course supports the 16 Life Safety Initiatives (Everyone Goes Home) by setting standardized response actions geared to prevent harm to first responders 4.The program facilitates intra-agency operability and communications eliminating on scene disagreements and facilitating quicker mitigation and clearance 5.The Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) of Draft NFPA 1091 Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications are reflected in the TtT course. Registration preference is for State Certified Fire Instructors and/or Members of Metro Fire Department Training Divisions. Interested instructors should download registration information from this article.


 
The ResponderSafety Learning Network hit 10,000 registered users today!
Monday, March 3, 2014 
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The CVVFA ResponderSafety Learning Network hit 10,000 registered users today!  We are excited by the progress.  Based on the size of our potential user group, we believe the current enrollment to be a fraction of the audience that we will develop in years to come.  Our goal is to have more than 35,000 users by the end of this year and to double that each year after. 

Thanks to the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA for their support through the Fire Prevention and Firefighter Safety grant program that makes the Network possible.  In addition we have developed partnerships and received strong support from the United Sates Fire Administration, US Department of Justice, the Federal Highway Administration and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  Other supporters in the private sector including VFIS and Provident are valued partners. We invite other entities to join us in our goal to make the roadways safer for responders.

The network has only just begun with its programming and has already delivered close to 15,000 credit hours to first responders on our highways.  Our audience is made up of Firefighters, Police, DOT, EMS and Towing professionals.

New programs are coming out on a regular basis; programs like Emergency Lighting and dealing with traffic during vehicle fires to name a few.

Please let your brother and sister first responders know about the ResponderSafety Learning Network.  Our goal is to improve safety on the roadways for responders and the public, while reducing congestion that triggers secondary incidents. 

Many agencies are looking for ways to integrate our network into their training programs. We have developed a solution.  Shortly we will communicate information about our Secondary Reporting System so use of our network for continuing education will be easier for users and agencies to track progress. If you are interested and would like advance information please let us know.  

Thanks again for your support from all of us at the ResponderSafety.com team.

 




 
James C “Robbie Robertson” Passes Away After a Long Illness Was one of the CVVFA’s Most Distinguished Members
Saturday, November 9, 2013 
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Robbie Robertson whose fire service career spanned the 1940’s to the present died November 9, 2013 after suffering a long illness. Robbie was a graduate of Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Engineering Program. Robbie was well known in fire service circles around the nation in part for his tenure as the MD State Fire Marshal and as a Regional Representative for the National Fire Protection Association. He began attending CVVFA meetings in the 1950’s. He was a recognized expert in fire prevention having authored a number of books. He was especially active in the FL Fire Service where at the time of his death he was authoring a book about fire service history in the Sunshine State. Several articles outline a small portion of Robbie’s contributions are available by clicking on the links below including his full speech on the CVVFA Convention Floor at the 1957 Convention in Waynesboro PA. To say the Robbie’s wise council will be missed is an understatement. Few if any members of our Association have had such an impact on fire protection in our country as did Robbie.

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Susie Nicol writes in Firehouse.com about Robbie
Robbie escapes  injury when a wind sheer crashed a tree on his car at the 2009 Convention in Newark DE
   Robbie escapes injury when a wind sheer
      crashed a tree on his car at the 2009
      Convention in Newark DE
Robbie at the 2010 Convention in Hancock MD
   Robbie at the 2010 Convention in Hancock
      MD
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