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Posted December 18th, 2014

The Commonwealth of Virginia Knowledge Center and all partner sites (including VDFP Knowledge Center) is currently experiencing login issues with several users. The State Knowledge Center Administrator is working through the issue and should have the system back online shortly. If you should receive an error that your account is inactive you may have been affected by the outage and permission will be restored once the update has been applied to the system. Once the system is back up, an update will be posted to the VDFP website.

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:

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 October 23rd, 2014

Ebola Awareness Online Training Module

Ebola - An ounce of prevention

This information is provided as a precautionary information module on the VDFP Knowledge Center using Keyword: Ebola, and is not intended for individual mandate or recommendation. For additional information on this topic contact your local health care facility, State Department of Health, or the Center for Disease Control. Please note, to access this training event you will need an active account on the VDFP Knowledge Center.

Posted October 20th, 2014

Now accepting 2014 Governor’s Fire Service Awards

The Governor’s Fire Service Awards are formal recognition of excellence in Virginia's Fire Services. The awards are presented annually to recipients in eight categories.

Everyone is encouraged to submit nominations for the Governor’s Fire Service Awards program. Nominations must be completed on the online form.

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 September 15th, 2014

Kidde Recalls Three Residential Smoke Alarm Models

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (“Kidde”) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

Please reference the following documents for more information:
Fire Marshal Letter
Product Safety Notice

Posted August 29th, 2014


Hewlett Packard has recalled over 6 million Notebook Computer AC Power Cords due to fire and burn hazards. Follow this link for more information. Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Posted June 9th, 2014

2014 Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service YouTube Video

Our sincere thanks to all of you who attended Saturday's Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

And for those of you who were unable to attend (or would just like to see it again), here is the YouTube video of the service. Note: This is unedited footage at this point, and the processional that starts the service does not begin until around the 5 minute mark.

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 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 -