2018 Fallen Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service – June 2, 2018

The 21st Annual Virginia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Richmond Raceway Complex Main Exhibition Hall. This year’s service honors four individuals who have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the last year for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth. The memorial service marks the official start of Virginia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Week, which will be commemorated during the week of June 3-9.

Governor’s Proclamation of Fire and EMS Memorial Week.

The individuals honored include Firefighter Roger Dale Johns of Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Senior Firefighter Kevin Lee Frye of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department, Willard C. “Bill” Meiggs, III of Chesapeake Fire Department and Captain Darrell C. Hamlett of Lynchburg Fire Department. Their names have been added to the Virginia Public Safety Memorial in Richmond and will be dedicated at Wreath Laying Ceremony on June 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm. In addition to honoring these individuals, the memorial service will also honor the memory of all the firefighters and emergency medical services personnel who have lost their lives over the years while serving and protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. Read their biographies.

The service will also be broadcast live over the internet. Viewers will be able to access a live feed of the service starting at 11:30 a.m. with preliminary information on the individuals being honored, followed at 12 p.m. by the full service. Click Here for Live Feed.

A reception, sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Virginia State Firefighters Association, and Virginia Professional Firefighters Association, will be held for family members, department members, and guests immediately following the service.   Both the service and the reception are open to the public.

For questions about the Virginia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service, contact Erin B. Rice at (804) 385-9887 or by email at erin.rice@vdfp.virginia.gov.

 

VDFP Stakeholder Input Meeting

Virginia Department of Fire Programs Stakeholder Input Meeting

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will be hosting a series of Stakeholder Input Meetings to provide an opportunity for input and feedback from Virginia’s Fire Service. The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will have many of the Division Chiefs present to be able to answer questions from both a Division and Program Management aspect. We cordially invite you to attend these to give feedback and input that will assist the Virginia Department of Fire Programs to better service. Virginia’s Fire Service. Should you have any questions please contact:

John Caussin
Chief of Training and Operations
John.Caussin@vdfp.virginia.gov 
(804) 371-1990

Dates and Locations:

June 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

August 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (cancelled) 
VDFP Division IV Office
1169 East Lee Highway, Chilhowie, VA 24319

October 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
VDFP Division III Office
124 N. South Street, Farmville, VA 23901

December 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (cancelled) 
Richmond Area

Virginia Fire Services Board and Committee Meetings – Thursday, May 31 – Friday, June 1

Virginia Fire Services Board’s Training and Education Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 31, 2018
10am
VDFP HQ

Virginia Fire Services Board’s Administration Policy and Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 31, 2018
1pm
VDFP HQ

Virginia Fire Services Board’s Fire Prevention and Control Committee
Thursday, May 31, 2018
3pm
VDFP HQ

Full Virginia Fire Services Board Meeting
Friday, June 1 , 2018
9am
VDFP HQ

Senate Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

On Thursday, May 10th, the Senate approved by unanimous consent H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The bill, which was amended by the Senate prior to passage, was unanimously approved by the House on September 12, 2017.
The bipartisan legislation creates a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources needed to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters.
H.R. 931 was introduced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9). Similar legislation, S. 382, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK).
The amended bill will now go back to the House for final passage. ~ Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)