Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 VFMA Basic Law Enforcement School

The application period for the 2017 VFMA Basic Law Enforcement School is now open.  The school will be held at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia, and will start on Tuesday, September 12, and end on Friday, November 17. The initial deadline to submit complete application packages is 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  We will make the first round of notifications on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Submit complete application packages to  Applications submitted via other means or to other address will not be accepted.  Submit applications separately, i.e. a separate E-mail for each applicant.

Please note that a complete application package consists of:

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Copy of VDFP Fire Investigator (NFPA 1031) certificate
  3. Copy of Oath of Office indicating police powers in accordance with COV§27-34.2-1
  4. Copy of specific section of jurisdiction’s code or ordinance authorizing police powers in accordance with COV§27-34.2-1
  5. Needs Statement


Fireworks Safety

Have a Happy and Fire Safe 4th of July!

Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

While fireworks are often synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day, these colorful displays can cause serious injuries, significant property damage and even death.  During the past 10 years, 778 fires and 650 explosions have been ignited by fireworks across Virginia according to the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth has seen a tremendous increase in total number of fireworks-related incidents, with a total of 105 fireworks-related incidents in 2016 compared to only 34 incidents in 2015. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospitals across the country treated 11,900 firework-related injuries during calendar year 2015. Additionally, eleven people died as a result of their injuries.

Fireworks Safety Media Alert

Copy of – REAL ID Act

To prepare for the REAL ID Act, a federal act that was passed in 2005, federal facilities including the National Fire Academy will be enforcing this act effective June 7, 2017. Any students taking courses at the National Fire Academy including our Tennessee/Virginia State Weekend will be required to furnish the required identification before being allowed to enter the facility. This enforcement tells us that students from Virginia will need to furnish another form of ID other than a state issued drivers license/ID Card for access to the facility. Other forms of identification include a valid federal PIV (Personal Identity Verification) card, military ID (active, retired, reserve, dependent, civilian employee), U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or Transportation Worker’s Identification Card (TWIC).  Individual criminal background (NCIC) checks can be performed, but will require submission of personally identifiable information from the state that would be responsible for collecting and transmitting that information. Possessing a U.S. passport would eliminate the need for repeat NCIC checks upon each visit to campus. State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative are acceptable for official federal purposes such as accessing a Federal facility or boarding a commercial aircraft. Individual agency policies may still apply.

Here is a link for more information on the REAL ID Act:

Announcing 2017 Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Schools

The Virginia Fire Marshal Academy has resumed its training programs and has scheduled a Fire Inspector Course in Hampton (July 10 – July 28, 2017) and a Fire Investigator Course in Lynchburg on August 7 – September 1, 2017.

Please complete Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Registration Form. Complete applications are required by the registration deadline. A complete application includes all the required signatures/endorsements with copies of all required perquisite certifications attached.

For more information, please review the VFMA Application Instructions or contact the VFMA at 804-249-1956.

Annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

Register today for Richmond’s Annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the fallen firefighters on September 11, 2001. It is currently scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 919 E. Main St. at the SunTrust Center. All proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Click here for more details

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.

2017 Training Survey

The 2017 VDFP Training Survey launched on Monday, May 1.  The deadline to return the survey is May 31.  The status of completed surveys, by Fire Department, will be posted to the website weekly.

2017 Virginia Fire Service Training Survey Stats

Completed: 156

In Progress: 21

Not Started: 213

Response Rate: 40%

Click here for detailed report.

For assistance or questions about the survey please contact Rob Magnotti at 804-249-1989.