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Posted July 21st, 2014

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy

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 fire ground, he witnessed things that he will never forget. Flyer

Posted July 10th, 2014

Virginia State Firefighters Conference Training Opportunities

The Virginia State Firefighters Association and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs would like for you to take advance of the training opportunities being offered at the upcoming 2014 Virginia State Firefighter Conference in Hampton on August 13-16, 2014. There are more than twenty-five programs/topics being presented by various fire service professionals. You may register on line at for the training programs and you may register for the conference at Should you not have an account in the Fire Service Training Record System you make contact the QA Division of VDFP at (804) 249-1969 to have your registration taken over the phone. Registration will close on July 28, 2014 so register today.

Posted July 8th, 2014

Jones and Bartlett Online Learning Platform Training – August 16th at Hampton Convention Center

Jones & Bartlett Learning Solutions Specialist Robert Towson will demonstrate how to use the latest educational technologies to engage learners, save time in and out of the classroom, and increase student accountability. Beginning with an overview of the Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills training program and Jones & Bartlett Learning’s Navigate online learning platform, this presentation will demonstrate how cutting-edge ebooks, advanced reporting and analytics tools, online test preparation resources, and interactive lecture tools can be used to reinvent your Fire Fighter training program. The presentation will conclude with hands-on training to show educators how to customize courses, use online gradebooks and reports, and utilize other tools to reduce classroom time and increase time on the training grounds.

JB Training Notice

Posted July 7th, 2014

VDFP now accepts online applications for Development Committee Membership

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs is now accepting online applications for development committee membership to assist with the development and/or review of Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer, Chief Officer, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Driver Operator Aerial and Pumper, Basic Pump and Rural Water Supply.

Appointment to the Development Team is based on qualifications of the applicant, balance of interested applications from across the state, maintaining the committee at a manageable size, and the ability of the applicant to attend and participate in all phases of the process.

Interested individuals can apply by going to the agencies website at Applications will close on July 31st for the above identified courses.

Posted June 18th, 2014

4th Annual Richmond 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Registration for the 4th Annual Richmond 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is now open. Please note the attached flyer with all the details surrounding this years event. As always, please pass the information along to anyone whom you may think would be interested in participating!

Date: September 7th 2014

Stair Climb Flyer 2014

Posted June 9th, 2014

2014 Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service YouTube Video

Our sincere thanks to all of you who attended Saturday's Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

And for those of you who were unable to attend (or would just like to see it again), here is the YouTube video of the service. Note: This is unedited footage at this point, and the processional that starts the service does not begin until around the 5 minute mark.

Posted April 11th, 2014

Firefighter I & II Train the Trainer (TtT) now on Knowledge Center:

In addition to the Firefighter I & II TtT’s being set up across the Commonwealth, we now have the TtT on the Knowledge Center (KC). The intent of this offering on the Knowledge Center is to allow all of those existing instructors who are teaching the prior “2008” course, to be upgraded to the current “2013” material.

For those who have instructor certification but are not current instructors for the Firefighter I & II: We will be posting an announcement in the relatively near future inviting qualified candidates to apply to become Firefighter I & II instructors and will provide directions on the process at that time.

For help with the KC please email:

Posted March 20th, 2014

Firefighter Program Development Update:

The Firefighter Development Committee has completed the review and update of the Firefighter I and II programs to align with the NFPA 1001-12 Standard. With this update, the development committee has provided the localities with the ability to teach the update program from one of two publisher’s material.

Between now and June 30, 2014 the locality can teach the firefighter programs from either the 5th or 6th edition of IFSTA or the 2nd or 3rd edition of Jones and Bartlett curriculum. This will provide localities with the ability to teach with existing resources.

On July 1, 2014 and beyond the localities will have to use the new editions of the two publishers listed above to comply with the new NFPA Standards. These materials can be obtained from the VDFP bookstore.
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Posted Dec 12th, 2013

Memorandum from Executive Director W.G. Shelton, Jr.

IRS Mileage Rate Effective 1/1/2014

Posted June 17th, 2013

DFP to suspend courses for review and update

Effective July 1, 2013 the Department of Fire Programs will be suspending the following three classes:

  1. L. P. Gas Emergencies: , Program Manager
  2. Farm Machinery and Extrication: , Program Manager
  3. Firefighter Skills for Single Family Dwellings: , Program Manager

The courses are being suspended to allow the Program Manager with the assistance of a development committee for each program to review, update and pilot the programs. This is required to ensure our programs meet the objectives and needs of the first responders throughout the Commonwealth. Part of the review process will be the development of a process whereby the programs can be delivered consistently throughout the Commonwealth. This will require that the logistical requirements be identified and available either by the agency or the host locality in order for the program to be delivered.

The goal of the agency is to develop the programs for pilot delivery over the next several months so the programs can be put back on line for the spring delivery in 2014.

Questions about these programs and or a desire to serve on the development committee should be directed to the program manager responsible for the program or the .

Posted November 15, 2012

National Fire Academy requiring Student Identification Numbers for All Courses

National Fire Academy students interested in applying for on-campus (10-/6-/2-day), off-campus (10-/6-/2-day) and NFA Online courses need to register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) prior to taking any NFA delivery course. This number is used in place of a Social Security Number and is obtained through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). If you are planning to take a NFA course this unique number must be submitted on your application to receive a certificate. Use the following link to begin the registration process -