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NVFC E-UPDATE - January 2008

January 22, 2008

In this issue:

  1. NVFC Board Member Appointed to National EMS Advisory Council
  2. Nominations for Fire Prevention Award Due February 15
  3. NVFC Membership Renewals Due February 1
  4. NVFC Launches New Members-Only Section of Web Site
  5. Recognize a First Responder as One of America's Firefighting Heroes
  6. CSB Safety Videos: A Training Tool for Emergency Responders
  7. 9-1-1 Honor Awards: Call for Nominations
  8. ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Credentialing and Access Control for Disaster Management
  9. Calendar of Events
  10. Support Those Who Support the Voice of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services


NVFC Board Member Appointed to National EMS Advisory Council

The Department of Transportation announced on January 15 that Ken Knipper, Kentucky State Director for the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Chair of the NVFC's EMS Committee, has been appointed as a charter member of the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). NEMSAC was created to provide formal input to the Department of Transportation, which houses the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of EMS. The Office of EMS provides administrative support to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), which coordinates federal EMS activities and includes representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"I'm humbled by this appointment," said Knipper. "Over the past 30 years, EMS has emerged as an extremely important component of emergency response. NHTSA's Office of EMS plays a vital role in executing federal EMS policy and I look forward participating in this process by representing the interests of volunteers to the best of my ability through the NEMSAC."

Knipper has been an active volunteer EMT for 25 years and helped establish EMS provision in his volunteer fire department. He represents the NVFC on the National Fire Protection Association's EMS Committee and has participated in numerous NHTSA Office of EMS initiatives, most recently in the EMS Workforce for the 21st Century project and developing EMS 9-1-1 Guidelines and Protocols for Pandemic Flu.

NEMSAC is comprised of 24 individuals selected to represent a wide range of EMS functions and disciplines. Knipper was selected to represent the volunteer EMS community, which includes fire service-based and non-fire service-based systems.


Nominations for Fire Prevention Award Due February 15

Do you know a volunteer firefighter whose achievements in the fire service and in the community exemplify the philosophy of fire prevention? Nominate this outstanding individual for the NVFC Fire Prevention Award. Nominations must be received by February 15.

The NVFC Fire Prevention Award, sponsored by First Alert, was established in the memory of volunteer firefighter and NVFC Board member Marc Mueller, who energetically promoted the causes of volunteer firefighters and supported all efforts to elevate the volunteer fire and emergency services to their highest level. This prestigious national award is presented each year at the NVFC Spring Board Meeting, which will be held this year from April 2-6 in Arlington, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.

To nominate an individual for the NVFC Fire Prevention Award, submit a nomination packet including:

  • nomination form (available at www.nvfc.org/fire_prevention_award)
  • a background sheet or resume containing an overview of the individual's experience, education, and other pertinent information
  • letters of recommendation supporting the nominee

Email submissions to kettinger@nvfc.org or mail to:

NVFC Fire Prevention Award
Attn: Kimberly Ettinger
7852 Walker Drive, Suite 450
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Visit www.nvfc.org/fire_prevention_award for more information, including award criteria and a nomination form.


NVFC Membership Renewals Due February 1

Remember to renew your NVFC membership by February 1 to ensure you do not experience a disruption in membership services. Renewing online has just gotten easier thanks to the launch of the new members-only portion of the web site. Simply login, click on the "Join or Renew" link, and then process your membership renewal. Information regarding your login name and password will be sent out this week via email. If you do not receive this information, contact the NVFC office at nvfcoffice@nvfc.org.

Your support of the NVFC enables us to continue to provide important advocacy, resources, and publications for the fire and emergency services. The NVFC values its members and strives to offer services and opportunities that benefit our supporters. Benefits of membership include:

  • $10,000 AD&D life insurance policy through VFIS (for Personal Members)
  • NVFC, Heart-Healthy Firefighter, and Fire Corps E-updates
  • Subscriptions to the Dispatch and The Pulse newsletters
  • Personalized membership card or certificate
  • Static cling membership decal
  • Complimentary or discounted rates on NVFC publications
  • And much more!

Learn more and renew your membership.


NVFC Launches New Members-Only Section of Web Site

NVFC members can now access a special section of the NVFC web site. Use the members-only section to update your information, such as email and mailing address; renew your membership; access member benefits; and view archives of the Dispatch and The Pulse newsletters. Members can also log in before ordering designated NVFC publications to receive a reduced or complimentary rate.

Members should receive an email this week with access information to the new members-only section of the web site. If you do not receive this information, please contact the NVFC office at nvfcoffice@nvfc.org.


Recognize a First Responder as One of America's Firefighting Heroes

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Baskin Robbins Corporation through its 31 Cent Scoop Night to raise the national awareness of the great work the American fire service is doing to support our communities. This year's campaign will highlight fire prevention measures to help eliminate the occurrence of fires in the home. As a part of this program, Baskin Robbins, through the Foundation, would like to recognize 31 firefighters from across the country who have performed an act of valor or significantly contributed to the wellbeing of their community.

Applications for the America's Firefighting Heroes award are due by February 8. The award recognizes members of the American fire service community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the ideals of community service and the protection of life and property as a first responder. Nominees must be active firefighters or emergency medical care providers, career or volunteer, who have performed an act of valor that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to positively support and assist their organization and/or community in which they serve. Individuals must be nominated by a chief fire officer.

View the award criteria and application form.


CSB Safety Videos: A Training Tool for Emergency Responders

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) aims to achieve continued interest in its chemical accident investigations by keeping the fire protection community informed of the latest CSB news releases and safety videos. Hundreds of fire chiefs and fire marshals are already using these videos to train department personnel since the program was launched in December 2005.

CSB safety videos provide a graphic overview of agency investigations, and the recommendations that have resulted – all aimed at chemical accident prevention. The cautionary messages are channeled through powerful real-life accident damage scenes and computer animated reenactments in order to promote an interest in chemical process safety.

Over 45,000 safety videos have been distributed by the CSB. All videos are free of charge and can be ordered online at www.safetyvideos.gov. Simply click on one of the video titles and select "Request a DVD of this video" from the menu on the left-hand side of the video player, fill out the appropriate information, and the CSB will mail you a safety video DVD.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems. The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. For more information on the CSB, visit www.csb.gov.


9-1-1 Honor Awards: Call for Nominations

The E9-1-1 Institute has announced the categories for the 2008 "9-1-1 Honor Awards
Gala" and issued a call for nominations. The Gala will take place on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in Washington D.C. The deadline to submit nominations is February 1.

Every year, the E9-1-1 Institute, in conjunction with the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus, hold an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. to honor heroes and leaders in the 9-1-1 field. The event will be hosted jointly by the E9-1-1 Institute and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

"It is an honor for our organizations to recognize those individuals who have contributed so much to the safety and protection of our country," said Gregory L. Rohde, Executive Director of the E9-1-1 Institute. "Every year, the nominations reveal the true heroism, expertise and dedication of those whose job it is to save lives, and of those who save lives in the course of everyday life."

There are eight categories of awards, including the First Responder Award. This category recognizes those individuals that 9-1-1 people call – including fire, rescue, and emergency medical providers – for their professionalism, initiative, creativity or diligence in assisting a person reporting and/or experiencing an emergency situation.

View all category descriptions and submit a nomination at www.e911institute.org.


ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Credentialing and Access Control for Disaster Management

The next meeting of the ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Credentialing and Access Control for Disaster Management will be held January 30-31 in Arlington, VA. If you are planning to attend and have not yet registered, contact Jessica Carl a jcarl@ansi.org.

The discussions at and following the kick-off meeting on October 23 confirmed the value of this Workshop effort, especially towards the goal of facilitating further public-private partnership in this subject area. By bringing additional experts and stakeholders to the table to discuss and collaborate with key decision makers charged with implementing the applicable elements of PL 110-53, Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007, the final deliverable is anticipated to address the issue of coordination of standards development in this area.

One of the recipients for this work will be the FEMA Credentialing Working Group. A presentation at the meeting will elaborate further on the role and work of this group. The meeting will also continue to investigate the role that standards developing organizations (SDOs) and private sector standards and conformity assessment solutions can play to assist national efforts and to fill any gap areas where additional support is needed.

Learn more about ANSI at www.ansi.org/.


Calendar of Events

Below is a list of events that the NVFC will be attending, as well as nationally recognized dates which the NVFC would like to acknowledge.

Annual Apparatus Specification and Vehicle Maintenance Symposium
January 20-23, 2008
Orlando, FL

NVFC Spring Meeting
April 2-6
Washington, DC

CFSI Dinner
April 3, 2008
Washington, DC

April 7-12, 2008
Indianapolis, IN

Fire Chief's Station Style Conference
April 26-29, 2008
Phoenix, AZ

Fire Expo
Harrisburg, PA
May 16-18, 2008

Firehouse Expo
July 22-27, 2008
Baltimore, MD

Fire-Rescue International
August 14-16, 2008
Denver, CO


Support Those Who Support the Voice of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

The NVFC relies on the assistance of its corporate and association partners to be able to provide a voice for the volunteer fire and emergency services in Washington. We encourage you to look at a list of our Corporate Members and support them with your business.

Join the NVFC and support the voice of the volunteer. Find out more and join online at www.nvfc.org.

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