MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Update – 12/22/14

To All MCVFA SAFER Scholarship Recipients, With the end of the Fall 2014 semester it is imperative that all required documentation be sent to us as soon as possible. For most of you that should only be your grades but for others it may also include the college invoice and/or proof of payment. Documents may be mailed to: MCVFA/SAFER more

Register Today: Free Fraud Prevention Webinar

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that fraud and abuse cause billions of dollars of losses per year, roughly equivalent to five percent of gross revenues on average. Nonprofit organizations, including volunteer fire departments, are particularly vulnerable. The NVFC is offering a free webinar, Fraud Risk in Nonprofit Organizations, on January 15, 2015 at 3:00pm more

Agawam Fire Department seeks On-call Volunteer Firefighters

The Agawam Fire Department is looking for more volunteer firefighters to round out its staff. The department has four on-call firefighter positions open, Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois said. The volunteer firefighters get paid by the hour and assist at fire scenes, man the department desk and respond to calls when full-time firefighters are tied up. more

Senior Fire Officer Forum: The Firefighter Obesity Epidemic

This past June the Center for Disease Control released research that indicates that more than 70% of our nation’s fire service is either overweight or obese. These numbers far exceed the national average weight for adults who work under far less strenuous conditions. The study of over 1,000 male firefighters from across America also concluded more

Share the Load Video Now Available

The NVFC has released a new video as part of its Share the Load support program that helps department members recognize key signs and symptoms of five serious behavioral health issues. The brief three-minute video focuses on the warning signs to know for post traumatic stress disorder, depression, suicide risk, substance abuse, and anxiety. It more

Bi-Partisan Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Legislation Introduced in Congress

On December 9, U.S. Representatives David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5811) to bolster recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. The bill allows volunteer emergency responders to claim the first 300 hours per year of services that they provide as charitable donations worth $20 per hour. more

Year-End Spending Bill Funds All Federal Agencies Except DHS Through FY 2015

DHS Funded Until End of February; Funds Included for Wildland Fire and Hazmat Response Training Legislation funding most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year was passed on December 13. The appropriations bill provides more than $1 trillion and funds all federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year except more

New Fire Grant Rules

All federal agencies that administer grants, loans, contracts, and other types of financial assistance must adhere to Super Circular 2 by December 26. The new rules streamline eight federal regulations into a single regulation. has released two articles to help fire and EMS agencies understand the new rules and regulations and changes to federal funding requirements. more

Use Care When Decking the Halls this Holiday Season

As you deck your halls this holiday season, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home candle and decoration fires peak in December. Nearly half of all holiday decoration fires occur because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source, with two out of every five more

Critical Incident Stress Management Conference

The Department of Fire Services will be hosting a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Conference in Stow, MA, on Friday, January 9. The conference is open to first responders of all backgrounds, hospital personnel, mental health clinicians and chaplains. Presentations will be on: Preventing Youth Violence, The Columbine School Shooting: CISM Considerations in the School Setting, Lessons more