8th Annual Tri-City Regional Fire and EMS School – Postponed

The 8th Annual Tri-City Fire and EMS Regional School is Postponed

As we all have witnessed over the past several weeks the country has experienced unprecedented weather events that have impacted many states, localities and families.  As public safety first responders, our first priority is to be ready to respond to those calls for service from both our local citizens as well as those in need across America.

Due to the number of Virginia’s first responders that have been deployed to support Federal and EMAC missions both in Texas and those areas that are effected by Hurricane Irma and those still on the roster for the potential deployment, VDFP has worked with the host locality and we have made the decision to postpone the 8th Annual Tri-City Regional School scheduled for September 16th-18th, 2017.   The agency and locality have rescheduled the school to be delivered on December 9th-11th, 2017.

Those participants that registered for a program other than the Surface Water Level I & II will be given first priority to keep their seat in the class when it is offered in December 9th-11th.  If they are not able to attend the program that weekend then the locality will work to refund the fee paid for the program to the individual or organization.  The Surface Water program will be rescheduled for the March or May timeframe and will be held as a stand-alone event.  Those registered students that have paid for the Surface Water program will receive a refund over the coming week or so.

The host locality is going to update the brochure with some additional classes and redistribute the brochure with the class offerings on both the agency Fire Service Record Management System (FSTRS) as well as through other social media opportunities.

In closing, we would ask for your understanding for this delay and keep those affected in your prayers as we assist them in our response and recovery efforts.  We will continue to work with the host department to ensure those that attend have a great training weekend.

Stay safe,

David Jolly


Division Chief

Quality Assurance Division

Virginia Department of Fire Programs

1005 Technology Park Drive

Glen Allen, Va. 23059


Office: 804-249-1970

Cell: 804-840-2195

Fax: 804-371-3209

Email: david.jolly@vdfp.virginia.gov


Unified Command and Customer Service Symposium 2017

Petersburg Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and Richmond Fire Department will be jointly sponsoring two excellent training opportunities this October by retired Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini. These symposiums are open to all that would like to attend at no cost. Interested students may register by visiting FSTRS.

  • The Customer Service Symposium will be held on October 2 -4, 2017 in Petersburg, Virginia. This seminar explores and discusses many of the barriers and contemporary issues that face all public safety agencies and any organizations that deal directly with the public. This one-day training program will be offered three days. For more information, see the training flyer.
  • The Unified Command Symposium will be held on October 5, 2017 in Petersburg, Virginia. This seminar explores and discusses many of the barriers and contemporary issues that face all command team members when the need arises to implement Unified Command. Topics include case study reviews as well as a discussion and interaction regarding implementing the Unified Command process. For more information, see the attached training flyer





Virginia/Tennessee State Weekend at National Fire Academy

Virginia/Tennessee State Weekend Update

As you are aware, many places in our country are coping with devastating effects of natural disasters. The need to staff up Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources and provide critical training to deliver assistance is impacting every branch and location of the Agency. As a key component of the Nation’s training arm, the National Emergency Training Center is preparing for a large surge of individuals to be housed on campus to support the disaster mission.
In order to help support local and state efforts through FEMA assistance, during the recent natural disasters, the National Fire Academy (NFA) is canceling you upcoming class as part of the Virginia/Tennessee State Weekend Program.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support of the NFA. For additional information, please contact the Virginia Department of Fire Programs Division 7 Office at 703-259-3232.

Governor McAuliffe Issues Campus Fire Safety Month Proclamation

Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized September 2017 as Campus Fire Safety Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Campus Fire Safety Month is a nationwide effort to raise fire and life safety awareness on college campus. August and September are typically the worst time of year for fatal campus-related housing fires. Unfortunately, some students do not realize how quickly a fire can occur, and most have not received fire safety education since elementary school.

We hope through Campus Fire Safety Month that students, faculty and staff will realize they are not invincible, that fires do happen in campus-related settings and that they should take steps to protect themselves no matter where they live.

Did You Know? Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fire in campus housing and alcohol was involved in 76 percent of fatal campus fires.

Read Campus Fire Safety Month Proclamation

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2017 Instructor In-Service

This year’s Instructor In-Service has been scheduled to be delivered in 12 different location throughout the Commonwealth. The classes have been placed into the FSTRS and instructors can log into the system and registered for the session that best suits their schedule. Those instructors who do not pre register will only be accepted if there is space available. Those preregistered will be guaranteed their seat.

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In Honor of the Charleston 9 Seminar

In Honor of the Charleston 9 Seminar: Presented by Dr. David Griffin.

On June 18, 2007, nine firefighters perished in a warehouse fire in Charleston, SC. What was initially dispatched as a trash fire escalated into one of the most scrutinized events in national fire service history. David had the unfortunate experience of being the engineer on the first due engine that day. As he operated on the fireground, he witnessed things that he will never forget.

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 8am-5pm
Location: Berglund Center (Berglund Hall) 710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA
Cost: $30 (Non Roanoke Fire-EMS Member)

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2017 Central Virginia Regional Fire School

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Central Virginia Firefighter’s Association will conduct the 2017 Central Virginia Regional Fire School on September 30th and October 1st, 2017 at the Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA.

Click here for information on registration and classes offered.