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Class A's or Company the Uniform of the Day for August 1 Installation Banquet at Convention
Walter Robertson
   Walter Robertson
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 
Incoming President Walter Robertson has asked that a Class A uniform or any other issued company uniform be worn at the 113th Annual Banquet Friday night August 1. Walter is carrying on a tradition begun by President Jim Watson. Members and guests who do not have a uniform are requested to wear business attire.

Dress for all other events during the convention is casual.

Convention Registration, Event,Souvenir Order Form is Right Here

The Greater Chambersburg Firefighters have provided a Convention Registration, Event Ticket and Souvenir order form for your convenience. Click on the title of this story, download and print out the form. Mail with your check and your tickets, souvenirs and registration will be complete when you arrive at Convention.


Homecoming Convention Back in Chambersburg Where We Started
Birthplace of the CVVFA August 15, 1901
   Birthplace of the CVVFA August 15, 1901
Chambersburg PA July 30, 31, August 1,2 2014 where the CVVFA began in 1901 is the host for the 113th Annual Convention. The Chambersburg Area Firefighters have completed their plans to make this a wonderful family event full of education, new ideas honoring our past and present. Plan now to bring your family for fun and fellowship. Learn how you can be a part of the CVVFA's nationally recognized programs that make the fire service a safer and better place. FOLLOW THE STORIES FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CONVENTION ACTIVITIES BY SCROLLING DOWN THE HOME PAGE.

See you at the Convention.

Click on the title of this story to download Convention Schedule

Chambersburg Fire Department

Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company 7

Franklin Fire Company Station 4
Convention Housing In Chambersburg-Make Your Reservation Now
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Now is the time to make your hotel reservation for the 113th Annual Convention July 30 through August 2 2014. Mention the CVVFA to get the best rate.

Country Inn and Suites 399 Bedington Blvd. Chambersburg PA 17201 Phone 717- 261-0900

Best Western 211 Walker Road Chambersburg PA Phone 717-262-4994

Country Inn and Suites Chambersburg
Best Western Chambersburg PA
Map to Country Inn
Map to Best Western
Country Inn
   Country Inn
Best Western
   Best Western
Greater Chambersburg Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Convention
Monday, June 23, 2014 
The Greater Chambersburg business community and the Chambersburg area firefighters are rolling out the red carpet for the 113th CVVFA Convention July 30-August 2.Fire Chief William FitzGerarld  has provided a number of links to the community. Check them out. Chambersburg is shaping up to be one great convention. Don't miss it! Click on  the links below:

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Chambersburg

Facebook Downtown Chambersburg

Franklin County Visitors Bureau
Be a Vendor at the 113th Annual Convention In Chambersburg
Vendors Providing Roadway Safety Material
   Vendors Providing Roadway Safety
Do you have a product or service to sell? What about some fire service items to trade or sell. The Chambersburg Convention Committee has made arrangements for a vendor area at each venue during the convention. Click on the title of this article to download a vendor application form.

Fire Service Reputation Management Class August 1st in Chambersburg
Candice McDonald will present the CVVFA Reputation Management Course at the Annual Convention in Chambersburg PA at 9:00 a.m. on Friday August 1. There is no charge for CVVFA Members. The cost for all others is $5 and includes lunch and Membership in the CVVFA.

Candice is part of the CVVFA teaching team that includes Erin Drumheller and Claudia Garner. The team travels extensively presenting the message the CVVFA developed in Fire Service Reputation Management White Paper penned by our Association. Many problem areas will be covered including social media issues. Come learn what trouble looks like before it happens to you.

Company Pride On Display -Register Now for the 113 th CVVFA Conventioin Parade
Chief Allen Baldwin
   Chief Allen Baldwin
Show your company pride at the place it all began in Chambersburg PA at the 113th Annual Convention Parade. In 1906 in the 5th Annual Parade the prizes awarded were $1050 in GOLD! That's at least $72,000  today! Unfortunately the Convention Committee can't match that figure but they do have some nice cash prizes and plaques. Click on the title of this article to download the Parade Invitation and the Prize List. Show off your fire company  in Chambersburg on August 2nd. Click on the title of this story to download Parade Registration, Rules and Prize List.

Support the 113th Annual Conventioin By Becoming a Convention Program Book Sponsor
1958 Convention Program Book Waynesboro
   1958 Convention Program Book Waynesboro
Thursday, May 22, 2014 

 Greater Chambersburg Firemen Chairman Dick Hershey invites your participation in the Annual Convention Proceedings booklet.

This year will mark the 113th Annual convention of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association.  The association consists of members from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and has expanded to North Carolina and New York and now has members all across the country.

The Greater Chambersburg Firemen’s Association is our host for this year’s convention.  The dates for this great event will be from July 30th through August 2nd, 2014 in Chambersburg, PA.

Please help us celebrate this occasion by becoming a sponsor of our program booklet.  With your help, we can make this convention one that everyone remembers for many years.  Remember these women and men who voluntarily serve your community with pride and commitment each and every day of the year.

Your sponsorship shows support for all the states represented by the CVVFA. 

We would prefer camera ready art-work.  We would prefer the copy in PDF format and title the file with your agency, business or fire department name.  Please mention in the subject/ e-mail it is for the 2014 CVVFA program booklet.

The officers and members of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association will appreciate your generous support and cooperation in this project. 

We would ask that your ad information along with your check and request form be returned by June 30th, 2014.

 Click on the title of this article and download a Convention Book Sponsorship Form.

TIM Train the Trainer at NFA
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
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 

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 team.


James C “Robbie Robertson” Passes Away After a Long Illness Was one of the CVVFA’s Most Distinguished Members
Saturday, November 9, 2013 

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.


Susie Nicol writes in 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
Chief Greg Yost Named CVVFA Member of the Year
2013 CVVFA E. Wade Thomas Memorial Member of the Year recipient Chief Greg Yost of Hancock MD
   2013 CVVFA E. Wade Thomas Memorial
      Member of the Year recipient Chief Greg
      Yost of Hancock MD
Chief Greg Yost of the Hancock MD Fire Department was selected as CVVFA Member of the Year at the 112th Annual Convention held in Shippensburg PA. Yost received the E. Wade Thomas Memorial Award the highest honor bestowed by the Association. E. Wade Thomas was a WV Fire Marshal and CVVFA President. He was a nationally recognized instructor. He died unexpectedly during his term of office in 1955.

Chief Yost received the award due to his outstanding support of the Protecting Emergency Responders On the Highway Project. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute. Under his leadership ERSI has a record of sound fiscal management. Greg is also in charge of the CVVFA /ERSI assets including AV equipment as well as all supplies. Greg is a past CVVFA President and served as Host Convention Chairman at this hometown of Hancock MD

ResponderSafety Learning Network Funded Through Fire Grant Program for 2013

The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association received a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to continue building and delivering its free on line learning network providing roadway incident safety training to responders. The ResponderSafety Learning Network may be accessed from any device that can be connected to the internet. Modules are about one half hour in length and are tested. Students may print a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Records are maintained securely and are password protected. Almost 7,000 students have taken the opportunity to register for the network. There is no cost. The CVVFA is working with several jurisdictions in order to provide CEU’s to students who need them for recertification. The modules are high quality and are designed for adult education. If a student has to stop the module for any reason the system will return to the point where it stopped when the student logs back on thus saving time.

At least 7 modules are available with more on the way thanks to the grant. Experts in many areas of roadway response contribute their knowledge to the network. Access the ResponderSafety Learning Network from 

Federal Highway Administration Partners with CVVFA to Promote National Traffic Incident Management Training to the Fire Service

The Federal Highway Administration has entered into an agreement with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association to provide outreach to the fire service for the new National Traffic Incident Management Course that is being rolled out across the country. 

The course now in the Train the Trainer stage provides multi-discipline training for responders at no cost. The CVVFA will provide advice to FHWA on how to encourage fire department participation in the classes. Chief Rich Marinucci a CVVFA Member and a Past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs will be the point person for the Association on the project. 

The National TIM course teaches responder safety, safe quick clearance and interoperable communications. These are elements of the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management. 

It is the goal of the CVVFA to encourage all members of the fire and ems service to enroll in the TIM course. The course is being taught by leading instructors across the country. A number of the instructors are CVVFA members.   


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