America’s PrepareAthon! Taking Place September 30

There is still time to participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Join millions of Americans who will bring attention to the importance of preparedness, build awareness of local hazards, and encourage individuals and communities across the country to practice preparedness actions. Learn more and register.

Check out the New MCVFA Calendar Page

The MCVFA calendar page is now up and running. Don’t miss the next member golf outing, BBQ, or pancake breakfast. Also, find firefighter related events, meetings and classes. If you would like to promote an event on the MCVFA calendar page, please forward the information to Susan Dyer at

Survey: Many Firefighters Putting Love of Firefighting Above Health, Safety

A recent survey of 2,400 firefighters contributes to the renewed national conversation on firefighter health and efforts to prevent line of duty deaths from cardiovascular and other health events. This conversation is critical given that 2014 is proving to be one of the worst years for firefighters killed by stress, overexertion or heart attack. The more

Assistance to Firefighter Grant Workshops

The Department of Fire Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct several 2-hour workshops to help fire departments plan for the 2014 application period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Chief David Parr (Retired), a FEMA Regional Fire Program Specialist, will review the grant opportunities under the AFG Program, discuss changes more

Now Available is NVFC’s Guide for Family Members of Volunteer Responders

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 more

Globe Offers Discount on CLASSIX® SE to NVFC Members

Purchasing new, state-of-the-art turnout gear is a challenge for many volunteer fire departments. Globe is providing assistance with the launch of an innovative new style available at a value price. In addition, National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) members receive a special discount off of each suit. The CLASSIX® SE is the latest turnout gear style more

FY15 Community Forest Program Grant Application Period Now Open

The U.S. Forest Service is currently accepting applications for the FY15 Community Forest Program grants. Through this program, local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes can apply for grants to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Read the Federal Register announcement, or learn more on the Forest Service web site.

Report Shows Rapid Increase in Cost of Fighting Forest Fires Over Last 20 Years

On August 20, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report showing that while the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk. The Forest Service’s firefighting appropriation has rapidly risen as a more

New England Clam Boil

Join us for a fun evening at the Rehoboth Station 2 Firefighters Association’s New England Clam Boil on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:00pm. This event will be held at the Seekonk Gun Club, 61 Reed St., Rehoboth, MA. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased before hand – no walk-ins. For tickets more

The Swansea Fire Department is hosting its 23rd Annual Public Safety Day

The Swansea Fire Depaiiment will be hosting its 23rd Annual Public Safety Day on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The event will be held at Swansea Fire Department Headquarters, Station No. 2, at 50 New Gardners Neck Road, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. You and the members of your department are cordially invited to attend this year’s event. Any apparatus more