FEMA has announced that the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period will open on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 8 am ET and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 5 PM ET. These grants can be used to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters or to hire paid firefighters.

Start planning your FY 2017 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Economic Hardship Waivers Information Bulletin (IB). Technical assistance tools to help applicants begin to plan their applications will be released soon on the SAFER web site.

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can submit an application. To register, or validate your information, visit https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.

The NVFC will be hosting a free webinar titled “Enhancing Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Using SAFER Grant Funding” on Tuesday, March 20, at 1pm ET. This webinar will present the application requirements for the grant program, as well as identify best practices for the management of a grant award. Learn how to make your department’s application successful and be on the pathway for gaining additional volunteer members for your department. Space is limited, so register now at https://nvfc.webex.com/nvfc/k2/j.php?MTID=taa5cb677fd5ba88ff551e3b89f0690b3.

Cancer is increasingly recognized as one of them most dangerous threats to firefighters. Studies have shown that firefighters are at increased risk for many types of cancer as compared with the general population. The toxins and carcinogens firefighters are exposed to on the scene and through residual effects of firefighting are better understood now than ever before. A new resource is now available to help firefighters understand their risks and proactively protect themselves from occupational cancer.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Cancer Subcommittee and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS), along with the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), and with support from California Casualty, have developed a poster of the best practices for preventing firefighter cancer. Read More...

Research out of the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute has been examining fireground exposures and how carcinogen exposure occurs for firefighters.  For dermal exposure, it has been well recognized that exposures can occur when chemicals breach the gear.  In particular, research has found areas of gear interface (e.g., wrists, neck and groin) are especially high risk. 

Recent work shared by the IFSI scientists also indicates that how much exposure a firefighter gets is influenced not just by how they wear the gear, but also in how they take it off.  An IFSI video shows two firefighters who fought the same fire at the same time, but doffed their gear differently. Read More...

Join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Redmen Hall on Main Street in Wareham. Tickets are $20 which include salad, 1/2 baked chicken, potato, vegetable, rolls, butter, coffee and dessert. Also, pleae bring a wrapped item for the surprise auction. The item may be something new or repurposed. For more information please contact, Howie Smith 508-295-4679 or Missy Bourne 508-295-6534 for tickets.





Interested in attending the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Training Summit June 1-2 in Concord, NC, but concerned about the cost? Scholarships are available to help more NVFC members attend. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1 – apply now.
The NVFC Training Summit is a two-day event featuring classroom sessions on a variety of topics critical to the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. In addition, the Summit provides an opportunity to network and share ideas and best practices with fire service members from across the country. View agenda.
The registration fee for the Summit is $75, which provides two days of training from nationally-recognized instructors, lunches, and a special networking social event. To help more first responders attend, a scholarship is available for NVFC members. The scholarship will reimburse two nights hotel plus up to $500 per person for transportation expenses. In addition, the registration fee will be waived (or reimbursed, if you have already registered). The final deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1, with notification by April 20. Click here for more information and to apply for a scholarship.
Not an NVFC member? Join here to be eligible for the scholarship and other great NVFC benefits.
Learn more about the NVFC Training Summit at www.nvfc.org/summit