Posted Feb 6th, 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 April 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.
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: http://covkc.virginia.gov/vdfp/fst. 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.
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 June 11th, 2013
Post updated Feb 6th, 2014
Firefighter Program Development Update:
As many are aware of, the agency has begun the process of updating the Firefighter I and II programs. To that end, the agency has put together four of our part time instructors to work with agency staff to assemble the necessary program components to bring the agency into accreditation compliance with the NFPA-1001-13 Standards.
We are hoping to have the completed packages for each of the programs to roll out to the fire service on February 24th, 2014. During the mean time the agency is working to pilot two different publisher's material to determine which of them will become the primary program of the Department of Fire Programs. The two publishers that are being used for pilot are the IFSTA / Essentials of Firefighting- 6th Edition and the Jones & Bartlett / Fundamentals of Firefighting Skills 3rd Edition. ~ Continue Reading
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