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Wise Regional Fire School – September 6-8, 2019
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NOVA Regional Training School – October 19-20, 2019
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Virginia Department of Fire Programs’ State Fire Marshal Office Stresses Safety First During the Fourth of July Holiday
Don’t Get Burned. Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals.
GLEN ALLEN – The Virginia Department of Fire Programs’ (VDFP) State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Virginia residents and visitors that operating fireworks is extremely dangerous – let professionals handle the fireworks this Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Around this time of year, an increase in burns to hands, fingers, and arms occurs due to the mishandling of fireworks by consumers,” said VDFP Executive Director Michael Reilly. “There are more adverse effects from handling fireworks improperly that residents don’t consider, such as the start of fires and excessive noise. The safest way to celebrate the holiday with fireworks is to visit a professional fireworks show.”
According the 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were a reported five deaths from the direct impacts of fireworks. An estimated 5,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated across the U.S. during June 22 and July 22. In that four-week span, children ages 10 to 14 years of age suffered the most fireworks-related injuries. Teens ages 15 to 19 had the second highest rate of injuries.
“We also emphasize that the possession of and selling illegal fireworks in Virginia is a criminal offense,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal Steven Sites. “The State Fire Marshal’s Office confiscated nearly 2,000 illegal fireworks in Virginia by the Fourth of July holiday in 2018. Remember that illegal fireworks are illegal for proven and sensible reasons.”
Only “permissible fireworks,” as defined in the Code of Virginia, can be legally sold, possessed or used within the Commonwealth. A list of permissible fireworks can be viewed here. The fireworks listed in this document have been field tested to compare the items to the performance criteria of the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL). Permissible fireworks may also be further limited in different localities. Check local ordinances as well as the Statewide Fire Prevention Code prior to purchasing and utilizing fireworks. In general, any firework that explodes, moves on the ground or in the air, or shoots a projectile is illegal.
The sale, possession and /or use of any fireworks not classified as permissible is prohibited. Violations can be prosecuted as a Class I Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,500 and/or up to one (1) year in jail. Any illegal fireworks can be confiscated by authorities. Many localities prohibit the sale, possession or use of all fireworks.
Fire and law enforcement officials will be working over the holiday to ensure the safety of Virginia’s residents and visitors.
If you do use permissible fireworks, follow these important safety precautions:
About the VDFP
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs provides training, support services, and resources to more than 700 fire and emergency service organizations, and approximately 44,000 fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. Support areas include funding, professional development, research, operational support, technical assistance, and fire prevention inspections through its State Fire Marshal Office.
The 2019 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session lasted 46 days this year and brought over 3,000 bills and resolutions with nearly 1,900 going to Governor Northam for action.
Fire Programs pursued three bills and tracked a total of 18 bills and resolutions that affect Virginia’s Fire Service. Here is a list of the 11 bills and one resolution that go into effect on Monday, July 1.
*Note: The bill otherwise known as the “cancer bill” among Virginia’s Fire Service will be revisited during the 2020 Legislative Session and is under review by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).
Additional Virginia Fire Service Bills:
June 2-8, 2019 is recognized as Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Week in Virginia. Take a moment this week to acknowledge Virginia’s fire and EMS personnel who devoted their lives and careers to protecting the Commonwealth.
WHEREAS, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel play essential roles in saving lives and protecting property in communities throughout Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of Virginians is important to the prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, Virginians value the courage and devotion of our Commonwealth’s fire and emergency medical services professionals who put their lives in danger in order to safeguard the lives and property of Virginians; and
WHEREAS, on the first Saturday of June, a statewide memorial service is held to pay tribute to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, seven valiant individuals who gave their lives to protect the people of the Commonwealth in 2018 will be recognized at the 2019 Virginia Fallen Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service; and
WHEREAS, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Week is an opportunity for Virginians to stand with firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, honor their tremendous sacrifices, and continued devotion to serving the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2-8, 2019, as FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MEMORIAL WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
**View the Memorial Service livestream. The Service will begin at noon.**
The 22nd annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex, Main Exhibition Hall. This event is open to the public.
This year’s Memorial Service honors seven (7) individuals who have been recognized in the Virginia Line of Duty Act in 2018 for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Memorial Service Lineup
The Memorial Service will include a keynote address, a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession, a musical performance, and a fire and EMS apparatus display from departments throughout the Commonwealth. State flags will be presented to the families of the fallen. A reception immediately following the Memorial Service will be held for family members and guests.
The Service and reception are open to the public. In addition, the names of each 2019 Honoree will be added to the Virginia Public Safety Memorial Wall in Richmond.
Students asked to review transcripts in FSTRS
March 14, 2019
VDFP is currently preparing student data in order to transfer it to the new learning management system — Cornerstone OnDemand — scheduled to launch this summer.
Students are encouraged to review their existing transcripts in FSTRS before Friday, March 22, 2019 to ensure information is accurate. If you have questions or concerns, contact your respective VDFP Division Chief.
VDFP closings through the end of 2019:
The VDFP Branch and Stakeholder meetings scheduled on December 5 at VDFP Headquarters are cancelled.
VDFP Stakeholder Input Meetings provide an opportunity for Virginia’s Fire Service to provide feedback and interact with VDFP Division Chiefs, and learn about Division and program management. Stakeholder Meetings are held several times a year at various VDFP Division offices throughout Virginia.
VDFP Closes at noon on Wednesday, November 21
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs Headquarters and Division offices are closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The agency will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 26.
VDFP closings through the end of the year: