|December 19, 2007
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NVFC Mourns Loss of Missouri Director
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) mourns the loss of longtime Board member Philip Sayer. He passed away on December 14 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
"We have lost a truly extraordinary member of the fire service community," said Philip C. Stittleburg, Chairman of the NVFC. "Phil Sayer made a difference not only in his community, but also in his state and across the nation. His service and his memory will live on through the great things he accomplished."
Chief Sayer served as a volunteer fire chief for over 40 years, beginning when the Galt (MO) Fire Department was established in 1965. The Department relied solely on various fundraising activities and donations until 1993 when Chief Sayer led an initiative to create a tax-supported district, which passed by an overwhelming majority. The Galt Fire Department then became known as the Galt Fire Protection District.
His commitment to the fire service led Chief Sayer to take an active role in numerous local, state, and national emergency service organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of the Firefighters Association of Missouri for over 30 years, served as an instructor for the Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute as well as helped develop curriculum, was appointed by late Missouri Governor Carnahan to the Fire Education Commission, served on the Board of the Missouri Association of Fire Districts, was the Missouri statewide Mutual Aid Coordinator and the Missouri Fire and Rescue Regional Coordinator, chaired the Grundy County 911 Board, and was an influential member of the Missouri Fire Service Alliance.
Chief Sayer became the NVFC's Missouri Director in 1979 and rose to become one of the most respected and trusted leaders of the organization. He was elected to the NVFC's Executive Committee in 1995 and represented the Council on the NFPA 1021 Committee, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. In 2003, he received the NVFC Firefighter of the Year Award in honor of his outstanding achievements and distinguished service and dedication to the volunteer fire service.
In addition, Chief Sayer was one of the main catalysts in the establishment, construction, and dedication of the Missouri State Firefighters Memorial, which was dedicated in 2002. The Firefighters Association of Missouri recognized his commitment and excellence by awarding him their 2003 Fire Chief of the Year Award.
Chief Sayer leaves behind his wife, Roberta, and their children. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Firefighters Association of Missouri Memorial Foundation. More information on the Foundation is available at http://ffam.org/memorialfoundation.htm, or send donations to:
Special Member Update: Legislative Victory: Congress Passes Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act
On December 18, the United States House of Representatives passed the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA), prohibiting the federal government from taxing benefits provided to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel by state and local units of government. VRIPA, which was one of the National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) top legislative priorities in 2007, passed the Senate last week as part of H.R. 3648 and is now headed to the President for signature. Read more.
Give the Gift of NVFC Membership
This holiday season, help your colleagues or department join the voice of the volunteer fire and emergency services by giving the gift of membership to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Membership is only $30 for individuals and $50 for departments. Whether a family member, friend, or colleague, this is the perfect gift for the first responder in your life.
You can also reward each of your departments' members for their hard work and dedication by taking advantage of a special new membership opportunity. If you give every member of your department the gift of membership, the cost for each member is only $10 and the department membership fee will be waived. Each department member will receive all of the NVFC's extraordinary benefits.
There are many benefits of membership in the NVFC. Individuals receive a $10,000 AD&D life insurance policy through VFIS, a subscription to the NVFC quarterly newsletter, access to invaluable tools and resources, a personalized membership card, member access to the NVFC web site, discounts, and more. Departments receive a personalized membership certificate, toolkits, a subscription to the NVFC quarterly newsletter, member access to the NVFC web site, discounts, and more. View a full listing of member benefits.
Your support enables the NVFC to continue providing the advocacy, resources, information, and tools vital to the fire and emergency services. Your gift of membership enables the first responders in your life to enjoy amazing benefits and become a part of the voice of the volunteer. Give the gift of membership today!
Reminder: The NVFC Has Moved
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has moved to new offices. Please remember to update your address books with the NVFC's new mailing address.
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Stay Safe This Holiday Season
Promote Safety Messages in Your Community
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joins the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in reminding all residents there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. Learn more and spread fire safe messages this season.
Call for Nominations: ICC Raising the Profile Award
The International Code Council (ICC) is sponsoring a new award to honor an individual or organization whose acts or contributions have raised the public awareness of the work accomplished by code enforcement personnel to improve public safety in the built environment. The Raising the Profile Award will be presented during the 2008 Building Safety Week activities. The deadline for nominations is January 4, 2008. Learn more and download a nomination form at www.iccsafe.org/safety/BSW/index.html.
USSTC Operation Ranger Program Applications Due December 28
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is now accepting applications for 2008 Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicles through its Operation Ranger program. Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by December 28 to be considered. Download the application at www.ustinc.com/corp_giving/operation.asp.
Entering its sixth year as USSTC's signature community relations initiative, Operation Ranger assists America's emergency first responders by donating versatile utility vehicles to worthy organizations across the country. USSTC provided nearly 80 Rangers to fire-rescue, police, emergency medical services, emergency management, and wildlife law enforcement organizations in 2007, and has awarded more than 335 off-road vehicles nationwide since late 2002. In the past year, USSTC-donated vehicles have helped battle wildfires in Georgia and California and provide tornado relief in Florida and Kansas, among hundreds of other uses.
The company hopes to award at least 75 vehicles throughout 2008. Learn more and download the application.
Register for National Fire Academy Training Opportunities by December 31
Registration for the second semester of the 2007-2008 National Fire Academy (NFA) courses is now open. The semester runs from April 1-September 30, 2008. Applications must be postmarked by December 31. View the second semester schedule and access registration forms.
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