VDFP Now Accepting Course Requests from Localities Until Sept. 1

VDFP Now Accepting Course Requests from Localities Until Sept. 1
VDFP staff is currently working with our stakeholders to reschedule classes that were affected by the March – July shutdown. Additionally, we continue to plan for future VDFP funded deliveries to the more than 700 fire departments that exist in the Commonwealth.
Beginning August 15, 2020 and continuing until September 1, 2020, VDFP Division Chiefs will accept funded course requests from localities for the period of January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 (18-months). This extended time will enable VDFP and its stakeholders to be more efficient, allow for a reduction in cancelled classes, allow stakeholders to plan on attendance for future course offerings, and reduce duplicate course offerings in adjacent geographical areas.
  • Stakeholders who submit requests for January and February of 2021 will be notified of their request status by October 1, 2020.
  • Stakeholders submitting requests for the time frame of March 2021 – June 2022 will be notified of their request status by December 1, 2020.
Please make sure that your request is fully filled out to include requested dates as well as venue. VDFP staff will make every effort to accommodate training requests but may have to combine requests in adjacent areas of the Commonwealth.
Questions or comments should be directed to Bill MacKay, VDFP Chief of Training and Operations at william.mackay@vdfp.virginia.gov

VDFP Launches New Learning Management System, Cornerstone OnDemand

VDFP Launches New Learning Management System, Cornerstone OnDemand

April 23, 2020 – The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) announced today the launch of its highly anticipated online, learning management system, Cornerstone OnDemand

Over 40,000 fire service professionals in Virginia have access to the cloud-based system that is equipped with a dynamic search feature and events calendar to easily locate VDFP training offerings throughout the Commonwealth.  

VDFP is taking a phased approach to implementing many features in Cornerstone OnDemand. The system unveiling is Phase 1. Users are encouraged to learn about Cornerstone OnDemand’s self-service features: registration, profile changes, searchable events calendar, and access to student training guides and instructor resources.

Before you log in for the first time, watch our Welcome Orientation Video.

*If you have taken, registered for, or completed a VDFP training from November 2, 2019- April 1, 2020 you already have an account in Cornerstone OnDemand. You will not need to create a new account.

VDFP is encouraging new users to do the following after the initial login: 

  • Check your user name and profile
  • Browse the Cornerstone OnDemand home page to become familiar with its features, and new look and feel. 
  • Review the Terms & Icons guide for a quick overview of the differences between Cornerstone OnDemand and FSTRS.
  • Upload your FSTRS transcript. This step is critical as you begin to register for new courses (sessions) that have pre-requisites. 

VDFP is kicking off CSOD Office Hours – Online next week for stakeholders who prefer a visual walkthrough of Cornerstone OnDemand, followed by a Q&A session. Register on the CSOD page

Phases 2 and 3 of the Cornerstone OnDemand implementation will be determined and announced at a later date. Visit the CSOD Page for updates.

VDFP Earns Pro Board Re-Accreditation with 23 Certification Courses

VDFP Earns Pro Board Re-Accreditation with 23 Certification Courses

RICHMOND – April 16, 2020 – The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) announced today its accreditation renewal with Pro Board, which solidifies 23 certification courses for the state training agency. VDFP is one of 70 agencies accredited by Pro Board throughout the world and is the accrediting body for fire service professionals in Virginia.

Pro Board accreditation is a rigorous process that entails an agency self-study within the submission of an application package. After the Pro Board application review, a committee conducts a site visit to review testing and certification processes. The result is a report that is reviewed for an accreditation decision.

“We are beaming with pride to have earned reaccreditation with Pro Board and add newly- accredited courses to our training program offerings. The news couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are currently working on our post-COVID-19 training recovery plan,” said VDFP Executive Director Michael Reilly. “This is also an achievement that will benefit Virginia’s Fire Service in upskilling or maintaining credentials to enhance performance and service delivery in the field.”

In February, VDFP announced 16 courses accredited by the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). IFSAC is the accrediting body that recognizes and standardizes competencies in fire and emergency services programs worldwide.

Re-accredited Courses Newly-Accredited Courses
1. NFPA Standard – 1001: Edition – 2013, Chapter 5 Fire Fighter I
2. NFPA Standard – 1001: Edition – 2013, Chapter 6 Fire Fighter II
3. NFPA Standard – 1002: Edition – 2017, Chapter 5 Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump
4. NFPA Standard – 1002: Edition – 2017, Chapter 6 Apparatus Equipped with an Aerial Device
5. NFPA Standard – 1003: Edition – 2015, Chapter 4 Airport Fire Fighter
6. NFPA Standard – 1005: Edition – 2014, Chapter 4 Marine Fire Fighter
7. NFPA Standard – 1021: Edition – 2014, Chapter 4 Fire Officer I
8. NFPA Standard – 1021: Edition – 2014, Chapter 5 Fire Officer II
9. NFPA Standard – 1021: Edition – 2014, Chapter 6 Fire Officer III
10. NFPA Standard – 1021: Edition – 2014, Chapter 7 Fire Officer IV
11. NFPA Standard – 1031: Edition – 2014, Chapter 4 Fire Inspector I
12. NFPA Standard – 1031: Edition – 2014, Chapter 5 Fire Inspector II
13. NFPA Standard – 1033: Edition – 2014, Chapter 4 Fire Investigator
14. NFPA Standard – 1035: Edition – 2015, Fire and Life Safety Educator I
15. NFPA Standard – 1035: Edition – 2015, Fire and Life Safety Educator II
16. NFPA Standard – 1041: Edition – 2012, Chapter 4 Instructor I
17. NFPA Standard – 1041: Edition – 2012, Chapter 5 Instructor II
18. NFPA Standard – 1041: Edition – 2012, Chapter 6 Instructor III
1. NFPA Standard – 1072: Edition – 2017, Awareness
2. NFPA Standard – 1072: Edition – 2017, Operations
3. NFPA Standard – 1072: Edition – 2017, Operations Mission-Specific 6.2
4. NFPA Standard – 1072: Edition – 2017, Operations Mission-Specific 6.6
5. NFPA Standard – 1521: Edition – 2015, Chapter 5 Incident Safety Officer

COVID-19: What You Need to Know

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a declared pandemic that is evolving throughout the U.S. and abroad at a rapid pace. As with many localities and government agencies in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Fire Programs is remaining flexible and working proactively to announce changes to agency training programs and operations as they occur.

Visit this page for real-time updates on VDFP-specific actions and decisions.

March 21, 2020

  • Effective March 23, 2020VDFP will cease providing funded staff for testing and to support live burns. 

March 20, 2020

  • April 20-27, 2020: Driver Aerial Operator (NFPA 1002-14) course being held by the Williamsburg FD is postponed.
  • Offices in Divisions 3, 5, and 6 are closed until further notice. You can conduct VDFP business with Divisions 3, 5, and 6 by contacting those divisions directly by email or phone.
  • We are also taking measures to practice social distancing and adhere to Governor Northam’s mandate that bans gatherings of 10 or more people in a location. In-person and walk-up visitors at all VDFP offices are discouraged. Conduct VDFP business by email or phone.

March 19, 2020

  • April 6-10, 2020: Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Environmental Crimes course is cancelled.

March 17, 2020

  • April 17-26, 2020: Rockingham Regional Fire School is postponed.
  • May 4-7, 2020: Rescue Challenge 2020 is postponed. There will be a conference call held on Monday, April 6 between TRAVA, VDFP, and Regional Hosting Agencies to determine a reschedule and/or cancellation options. Please do not contact them until information is forwarded to you from the April 6th conference call. Review the details.

March 16, 2020

  • March 16-April 3, 2020: Effective immediately, all VDFP Funded and Reimbursable Courses that are currently in progress or beginning, up to and including April 3, 2020 are cancelled or postponed. In addition, at this time VDFP will not be accepting any new course requests. Further guidance will be provided by April 1, 2020.

March 13, 2020

  • Albemarle County Regional School scheduled on March 21-22, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The 1031 Fire Inspector course scheduled on Monday, March 16, 2020, has been cancelled due to the local state of emergency declared by the City of Portsmouth. Please be advised that there are other 1031 Fire Inspector course offerings available this year and we welcome you to register for those classes. Please indicate during registration that your class was cancelled due to this state of emergency and you will be given preference in registering.
  • The joint Fire Services Board Meeting and DHCD meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 has been cancelled.
  • The Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service Committee meeting scheduled on Tuesday, March 17 will occur as scheduled. Members will be advised of the meeting process.
  • The Virginia Fire Services Board Live Structures meeting scheduled on Friday, March 20 will be postponed until further notice. However, the Code Subcommittee meeting will occur as scheduled and members will be advised of the process.

 

VDFP Trainings at VFRC 2020 – Descriptions

VDFP Training Descriptions at VFRC 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (NFPA 1033)

0800-1200

  • Legal

Focus on criminal procedure as outlined by title 19.2 of Virginia Code; basic rules of evidence; proper foundation and limits of expert testimony at trial, and; significant changes to criminal trial rules, set to begin on July 1, 2020, which will impact all Fire Marshal’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Attendees will receive four (4) hours of “legal” in-service credit from the Virginia Fire Marshal’s Academy.

Presenter: J.W. Senter, Assistant Fire Marshal, Newport News Fire Department

1:00- 3:00

  • Flame Jetting Awareness and Investigative Challenges

Over the last several years, science demonstrations and experiments in school settings have gone terribly wrong. Popular Science experiments conducted regularly in schools have resulted in critical injuries to students from pre-school to high school, and their teachers. When the conditions are just right, a hand-held container of flammable liquid being poured near an ignition source can shoot out a 15-foot jet of flame. The phenomenon, called flame jetting, is a serious, largely unknown danger that is both devastating and deadly. This presentation will:

  • Provide a review of the research conducted to correctly identify flame jetting;
  • Define hazardous combinations in the educational setting
  • Review public education strategies aimed at ending flame jetting hazards
  • Review the other areas affected by flame jetting and what is being done
  • Detail possible solutions for prevention
  • Ensure investigators are correctly identifying the causes of these incidents.

Presenters: Battalion Chief Kerwin A. McNamara, Connie McNamara

3:00-5:00

  • UAV Familiarization and Awareness

In the ever-changing fast paced world of unmanned aerial vehicles, this course aims to clarify misinformation with respect to rules, enforcement and current threats.   Using a plethora of videos and discussion point’s, participants will engage and interact to discuss topics including:

  • How first responder are utilizing UAV technology
  • Type of Operators
  • Hobbyist vs Commercial UAV rules
  • Airspace and Privacy
  • VA specific drone law
  • “What would you do” LEO/UAV interactions
  • Malicious actors and UAV related threats
  • Government response and mitigation

Presenter: SA Dante Robinson, Virginia Fusion Center

Thursday, February 20, 2020 (NFPA 1031)

0800-1200      

  • Blasting & Case Reviews

(Lessons and Pit Falls in Blasting Code Enforcement)

Blasting is a highly regulated industry and as a standard of practice, commercial blasting firms doing business in Virginia make every effort to follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations to ensure personal safety and to prevent damage to property.  FMs work closely with the industry to ensure they comply with all regulations and performs timely investigations whenever complaints arise.  If the FM has reason to believe that blasting is occurring outside of the established regulations they will suspend or terminate permit(s) until compliance is achieved.

But what happens when it isn’t quite so cut and dry?  Historical markers and districts, hand dug wells, monuments, and implosive devices to splice power lines, mis-fires and throw rock.  When and how does NFPA 495 and the ATF Federal Explosive Law and Regulations apply to the SFPC?

We are going to address the basic blasting provisions the SFPC, expand to NFPA 495 and ATF explosive laws and then discuss several cases that just don’t fit the norm.

Presenter: Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale, Loudoun County Fire & Rescue Department

1:00-5:00

The 2015 SFPC – How to navigate the (N), applicable building code and section deleted:

The 2015 edition of the SFPC underwent a dramatic change in appearance that was a “rewrite” to remove unenforceable language from the code. The end result caught many fire code enforcement personnel off guard. The words “section deleted”, “applicable building code” and the symbol “(N)” now consume much of the code. This program will review the 2015 SFPC and discuss how to navigate the respective changes and discuss what this really means for the fire code enforcement community.  This program will also review the development of the 2018 SFPC and how the fire inspector can participate in the code development process.

Presenter: Gerry R. Maiatico, Warren County Department of Fire & Rescue Services

Friday, February 21, 2020 (NFPA 1031)

0800-5:00

NFPA 25 Step-by-Step Inspections and Tests

This one-day seminar provides a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of the AHJ, the service provider and the owner of water based fire protection systems and will highlight the requirements of NFPA 25. Using NFPA 25 as a guide, the session reviews procedures for inspecting sprinkler system components along with procedures for many common tests performed by inspectors. The session is deigned to be interactive with attendees having the opportunity to discuss the various options for the complete and efficient inspection and testing of sprinkler and related systems. This seminar will benefit inspectors, contractors, AHJ, and property owners.

Presenter: Bob G. Caputo, CFPS, CET, instructor for American Fire Sprinkler Association & NFPA

2019 Legislation In Effect on July 1

2019 Fire Services Legislation Effective July 1

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).

  • *HB 1804 – HugoWorkers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases, review of program. Adds cancers of the colon, brain, or testes to the list of cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act when firefighters and certain employees develop the cancer. The measure will become effective if reenacted by the 2020 Session of the General Assembly. The measure also directs the 2020 Session of the General Assembly, in considering and enacting any legislation relating to workers’ compensation and the presumption of compensability for certain cancers, to consider any research, findings, and recommendations from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s review of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation program. The provisions of this bill do not become effective unless reenacted by the 2020 Session of the General Assembly.

Resolution: 

  • HJ 646 – Mullin – First Responders Day. Designates September 11, in 2019 and in each succeeding year, as First Responders Day in Virginia.

VDFP Bills: 

  • HB 2093 – Guzman – Virginia Fire Services Board; changes membership. Changes the membership of the Virginia Fire Services Board by removing a member of the Virginia Society of Fire Service Instructors and the State Fire Marshal and adding a certified Virginia fire service instructor and a local fire marshal.
  • SB 1411- Mason – Burn buildings; change in terminology. Changes the term “burn buildings” in the Code of Virginia to “live fire training structures” to conform to the terminology used by the National Fire Protection Association and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
  • SB 1625 – McPike – Statewide Fire Prevention Code; changes definition of permissible fireworks. “Permissible fireworks” means any fountains that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than five meters (16.4 feet); wheels that do not emit a flame radius greater than one meter (39 inches); crackling devices and flashers or strobes that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than two meters (78.74 inches); and sparkling devices or other fireworks devices that (i) do not explode or produce a report, (ii) do not travel horizontally or vertically under their own power, (iii) do not emit or function as a projectile, (iv) do not produce a continuous flame longer than 20 inches, (v) are not capable of being reloaded, and (vi) if designed to be ignited by a fuse, have a fuse that is protected to resist side ignition and a burning time of not less than four seconds and not more than eight seconds.

Additional Virginia Fire Service Bills:

  • HB 1725 – KnightPublic school building security enhancements; compliance with Uniform Statewide Building Code, etc. Each school board shall, in consultation with the local building official and the state or local fire marshal, develop a procurement plan to ensure that all security enhancements to public school buildings are in compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code (§ 36-97 et seq.) and Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq.).
  • HB 1911 – Peace – Duties of drivers approaching stationary vehicles displaying certain warning lights; penalty. Makes a driver’s failure to move into a nonadjacent lane on a highway with at least four lanes when approaching a stationary vehicle displaying flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber lights, or, if changing lanes would be unreasonable or unsafe, to proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed, reckless driving, which is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, a first such offense is a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $250, and a second such offense is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • HB 1966 – Yancey – Uniform Statewide Building Code; issuance of building permits. Requires any fees that are levied by a local governing body in order to defray the cost of Building Code enforcement and appeals, with the exception of the levy imposed for the support of training programs of the Building Code Academy, be used only to support the functions of the local building department. The bill also requires local building departments, when denying an application for the issuance of a building permit, to provide to the applicant a written explanation detailing the reasons for which the application was denied. The bill provides that the applicant may submit a revised application addressing the reasons for which the application was previously denied and that, if the applicant does so, the local building department shall be encouraged, but not required, to limit its review of the revised application to only those portions of the application that were previously deemed inadequate and that the applicant has revised.
  • HB 2263 – KrizekFirefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians Procedural Guarantee Act; breach of procedures, etc. Provides that any Evidence gathered through the conduct of an interrogation that violates the provisions of this chapter shall not be admissible in any administrative hearing against a firefighter or “emergency medical services personnel
  • HB 2762 – BulovaFirefighting foam management; use of foam that contains PFAS chemicals. Firefighting foam management. Prohibits, beginning July 1, 2021, the use for training purposes or for testing, with some exceptions, of a class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals, as defined in the bill.
  • SB 1494 – Edwards Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians Procedural Guarantee Act; Prohibits evidence gathered through the conduct of an interrogation that violates the provisions of the Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians Procedural Guarantee Act from being admissible in any case against a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel.
  • SB 1755 – Hanger – Changes to Codes for safety measures for schools. Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to convene stakeholders representing entities that enforce the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and other law-enforcement organizations to develop proposals for changes to each such code for submission to the Board of Housing and Community Development. Such proposals shall have the goal of assisting in the provision of safety and security measures for the Commonwealth’s public or private elementary and secondary schools and public or private institutions of higher education for active shooter or hostile threats. The review conducted by the stakeholders shall include the examination of (i) locking devices, (ii) barricade devices, and (iii) other safety measures that may be utilized in an active shooter or hostile threat situation that occurs in any classroom or other area where students are located for a finite period of time.
  • SB 1774 – Edwards – Automatic fire sprinkler inspectors; requirement for licensure, certification. Creates the classification of fire sprinkler contractor for the purpose of licensure by the Board for Contractors (the Board). The bill also creates a certification for automatic fire sprinkler inspectors and prohibits any person from conducting inspections of automatic fire sprinkler systems unless he maintains or is accompanied by a person who maintains a Level II or higher NICET certification. The bill requires the Board to promulgate regulations requiring continuing education and knowledge of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code as prerequisites for certification renewal as an automatic fire sprinkler inspector. The provisions of the bill mandating NICET certification have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021.

 

 

About the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

About the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

History of the Memorial Service

  • This year marks the 22nd Annual Memorial Service and has long been held on the first Saturday in June.
  • The Virginia Fire Services Board established the Memorial Service and enlisted the services of a Memorial Service Committee to plan the annual event. The committee is comprised of representatives from Virginia fire department, survivors, the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
    Honor Guard from across the Commonwealth participate each year, as well as fire departments from across Virginia who display apparatus for the Memorial Service.
  • A reception immediately following the Memorial Service is open to the families, distinguished guests, and the public.

Virginia Fallen Firefighter and EMS Facts

  • For more than 20 years, on the first Saturday in June, firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the previous year, are honored at the Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service.
  • With the completion and dedication of the Virginia Public Safety Memorial, names of firefighters who are honored are now also added to the wall of the memorial annually.
  • The annual Memorial Service honors Virginia firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the previous year, but also the memory of all firefighters and EMS personnel who have perished while on-duty.