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


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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Senate Committee Approves AFG/SAFER Reauthorization

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously approved S. 829, the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act.  S. 829, the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant programs through Fiscal Year 2023. Additionally, the legislation removes a “sunset” provision in the current authorizing statute that would eliminate the programs on January 2, 2018.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) provides financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained firefighters available in their communities.  Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. FP&S helps reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

829 was introduced by Senator John McCain (AZ) and Senator Jon Tester (MT), both co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.  Senator Susan Collins (ME), chair of the Fire Caucus, and Senator Tom Carper, a fellow Fire Caucus co-chair, are original co-sponsors of the legislation.  S. 829 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.