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Posted April 17th, 2014

On behalf of Governor Terry McAuliffe and the citizens of the Commonwealth, the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security (SPSHS) recognizes and applauds Virginia public safety telecommunicators, past and present, during “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” April 13-19. Read the full text of the letter from SPSHS here.

Posted April 11th, 2014

Firefighter I & II Train the Trainer (TtT) now on Knowledge Center:

In addition to the Firefighter I & II TtT’s being set up across the Commonwealth, we now have the TtT on the Knowledge Center (KC). The intent of this offering on the Knowledge Center is to allow all of those existing instructors who are teaching the prior “2008” course, to be upgraded to the current “2013” material.

For those who have instructor certification but are not current instructors for the Firefighter I & II: We will be posting an announcement in the relatively near future inviting qualified candidates to apply to become Firefighter I & II instructors and will provide directions on the process at that time.

Updated March 25th, 2014

Governor’s 2013 Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Award nominations now open

The Virginia Governor’s 2013 Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Awards are now open for nomination. If you have a first responder that meets the criteria of saving a citizen’s life in the commonwealth while placing his or her personal safety in danger, they may be eligible for one of these prestigious awards. The nomination period is now open through May 1, 2014. The incident must have occurred within four calendar years of fiscal year 2013 to be eligible. Download the attached form, complete and forward to the address listed in the upper left-hand corner of the form.

Governor’s 2013 Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service form

Posted March 20th, 2014

Firefighter Program Development Update:

The Firefighter Development Committee has completed the review and update of the Firefighter I and II programs to align with the NFPA 1001-12 Standard. With this update, the development committee has provided the localities with the ability to teach the update program from one of two publisher’s material.

Between now and June 30, 2014 the locality can teach the firefighter programs from either the 5th or 6th edition of IFSTA or the 2nd or 3rd edition of Jones and Bartlett curriculum. This will provide localities with the ability to teach with existing resources.

On July 1, 2014 and beyond the localities will have to use the new editions of the two publishers listed above to comply with the new NFPA Standards. These materials can be obtained from the VDFP bookstore.
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Posted Dec 19th, 2013

VDFP Training Announcement
Active Shooter / Mass Victim Incident Awareness Program

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs in cooperation with the Department of Criminal Justice Services announces a new online learning program for all first responders available through the VDFP Knowledge Center portal. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Response to Active Shooter Mass Victim Incidents is an awareness level course with no practical exercise. This program will provide the first responder with the didactic information to heighten awareness during the planning, preparation and response to Active Shooter and Mass Victim incidents. Additional practical training is necessary to accomplish the unified command objectives of response to these types of incidents. It is recommended that key leaders of your organizations communicate with local law enforcement to accomplish this task. This information shall be intended as a basic guide and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) should follow defined and approved Standard Operating Procedures to accomplish this task.

To access the program sign on to your VDFP Knowledge Center account at: Once on the site follow the path by clicking on:
Learning Center >> then Course Catalog >> type in Active Shooter >> click the search button and follow the prompts to complete the training.
Your computer will need to be set at Internet Explorer Browser 8 or 9. Browsers such as Safari, Firefox and levels beyond IE 8 or 9 will not function properly.

Posted Dec 12th, 2013

Memorandum from Executive Director W.G. Shelton, Jr.

IRS Mileage Rate Effective 1/1/2014

Posted June 17th, 2013

DFP to suspend courses for review and update

Effective July 1, 2013 the Department of Fire Programs will be suspending the following three classes:

  1. L. P. Gas Emergencies: , Program Manager
  2. Farm Machinery and Extrication: , Program Manager
  3. Firefighter Skills for Single Family Dwellings: , Program Manager

The courses are being suspended to allow the Program Manager with the assistance of a development committee for each program to review, update and pilot the programs. This is required to ensure our programs meet the objectives and needs of the first responders throughout the Commonwealth. Part of the review process will be the development of a process whereby the programs can be delivered consistently throughout the Commonwealth. This will require that the logistical requirements be identified and available either by the agency or the host locality in order for the program to be delivered.

The goal of the agency is to develop the programs for pilot delivery over the next several months so the programs can be put back on line for the spring delivery in 2014.

Questions about these programs and or a desire to serve on the development committee should be directed to the program manager responsible for the program or the .

Posted November 15, 2012

National Fire Academy requiring Student Identification Numbers for All Courses

National Fire Academy students interested in applying for on-campus (10-/6-/2-day), off-campus (10-/6-/2-day) and NFA Online courses need to register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) prior to taking any NFA delivery course. This number is used in place of a Social Security Number and is obtained through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). If you are planning to take a NFA course this unique number must be submitted on your application to receive a certificate. Use the following link to begin the registration process -