Posted August 20th, 2015
Camp Prospect, Hampton Fire & Rescue's camp for teen boys, addressed some of the needs of at-risk male youths with a two-pronged approach; mentoring, and an actual week-long camp which was held July 19-25.
Allowing students to participate in Camp Prospect provided them with another tool with which to aide in crafting their own successes. Activities were not limited to the fire service; participants shared in team building and individual achievement exercises, as well as being exposed to local business operations through day trips to area businesses. Both prongs of the program utilized city resources and volunteers. The Camp was being co-sponsored by Hampton Volunteer Fire Companies.
Posted August 14th, 2015
Policy Review Workgroup
Policy Review Workgroup scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 10am at VDFP Headquarters. The Policy Review Workgroup will review/modify the agency’s policies related to:
- Aid to Localities (ATL) Entitlement Program
- Burn Building Grant Program Policy
- Regional Fire Services Training Facility Grant Program Policy
The meeting is open to the public. Flyer
Posted August 6th, 2015
Division Chief’s Meeting September 2nd
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will be conducting a meeting of the Division Chief’s on September 2nd starting at 6 pm at the Virginia Department of Forestry in Charlottesville, Va. The address of the meeting will be 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22903
Any member of the fire service is welcome to attend the meeting to listen to the topics being discussed. We have added an agenda of topics as well as we will allow for the members in attendance to address the Division Chief’s of the agency on the topics that have been discussed as well as other topics of interest.
The agenda topics are:
- 1. Discussion on NFPA Updates that have affected the agencies programs
- 2. Discussion on NFA Programs
- 3. Locality hosted training responsibility
- 4. Discussion on new course offerings
- 5. Stakeholder Comments
We look forward to seeing everyone on the evening of September 2nd.
Posted July 14th, 2015
Rescue Week 2015 (September 28 - October 2)
Schedule and Course Prerequisites posted for Rescue Week 2015 hosted by Technical Rescue.
Posted July 6th, 2015
2015 Instructor In-service Dates Released
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs 2015 Instructor In-service will be offered in the Blended format this year. This training is offered once every two years as mandatory training to Part-time compensated instructors and optional for all other instructors. The training will be offered in-person this year, twice in each of the Divisions, and as an option on-line after October 1, 2015. For additional details click here.
Re-Posted July 10th, 2015
2015 Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service YouTube Video
We sincerely thank everyone who attended the 2015 Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service on Saturday, June 6.
For individuals who were not able to attend, as well as attendees who would like to view the service again, here is an edited video of the service. We would also like to thank the Virginia Beach FD Training Division for their wonderful assistance in both filming and editing this video.
Posted June 16th, 2015
Policy and Procedures durning Hot Weather
As the heat and humidity steadily increase, it is a good time to review our policy on conducting Outdoor Training Activities During Extreme Weather Conditions. Please be careful, and remember to stay hydrated.
Posted February 19th, 2015
Shut the Door on Fire Children’s Activity Pages
Posted January 21st, 2015
This Week in Richmond - Blue Ridge PBS
Melvin Carter, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs recently appeared on “This Week in Richmond.” You can view the full interview here.
Guests: Melvin Carter & Jay Poole
Posted October 27th, 2014
Pro-Board Registration has changed
By David Jolly, QA Division Chief
Beginning October 1, 2014 VDFP will no longer register student’s completed certifications with the Pro Board national registry. VDFP will continue to offer certification training through the Pro Board national standard, but students wishing to register their certification with Pro Board must do so themselves effective October 1, 2014.
A student wishing to have their certificate registered with Pro Board, must complete sections 1 and 3 of the Pro Board application for each certification and remit the completed form along with a check for $15.00 (per certificate) to the division office in which the certificate was issued. A copy of the Pro Board application can be found at: http://vdfp.virginia.gov/training/proboard_accreditation.htm.
The Department of Fire Programs will not be able to complete any application without payment information (an attached check or credit card information) being provided when the application is received in the division office. Those applications without payment information will be returned to the student for payment information and resubmission.
Should you have questions and/or if we can assist you with this process please do not hesitate to contact our Division Offices.
Posted September 26th, 2014
Micro Business Certification available for certified SWaM vendors
Dear Certified SWaM Business Owners,
Effective October 1, 2014, all state purchases under $10,000 shall be set aside for micro-businesses when the price quoted is fair and resonable. As a certified Small Business by the Department, your company might qualify to be a "Micro Business".
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.
For help with the KC please email:
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 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:
- L. P. Gas Emergencies: Chief Tom Berry, Program Manager
- Farm Machinery and Extrication: Chief Tim Estes, Program Manager
- Firefighter Skills for Single Family Dwellings: Chief Tom Berry, 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 Quality Assurance Division.
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 - http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/about/attend/ftin.shtm
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