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Posted October 21st, 2014

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will host two regional stakeholder summits to provide the agency’s senior leadership the opportunity to hear from local fire chiefs, training officers and emergency managers across the Commonwealth. These summits will ensure the Department is fully meeting the needs of the Virginia’s fire services and discussions topics will include training, mutual aid, firefighter safety and recruitment challenges. The dates and locations are listed below. We hope your schedule allows you to participate in these discussions, but if not written feedback may be provided. Please contact Erin Rice at 757-848-5828 for additional information regarding these stakeholder meetings. Additional regional meetings will be scheduled for Spring 2015.

November 4, 2014 at 10 am
Virginia Public Safety Training Center
9146 Broad Neck Road
Hanover, Virginia 23069
November 6, 2014 at 5 pm
Verona Volunteer Fire Company
308 Lee Highway
Verona, VA 24482

Posted October 20st, 2014

Virginia Fire Services Board Meeting, Saturday, November 8, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: Virginia Fire Services Board Meeting, Saturday, November 8, 2014

What: You are invited to the Virginia Fire Services Board Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 9am

Where: The Assembly Hall located at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

Address: 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Parking: Parking is free for guests. Guests must park in guests parking and cannot park in areas listed as F/S (faculty/staff) and S (service vehicles).

If you have any questions, please contact Mohamed G. Abbamin, Policy Manager at or 804-249-1982.

Full Fire Services Board Meeting Announcement - Saturday November 8

VFSB Agenda - November 8, 2014

Posted October 20st, 2014

Now accepting 2014 Governor’s Fire Service Awards

The Governor’s Fire Service Awards are formal recognition of excellence in Virginia's Fire Services. The awards are presented annually to recipients in eight categories.

Everyone is encouraged to submit nominations for the Governor’s Fire Service Awards program. Nominations must be completed on the online form.

Posted September 26th, 2014

Micro Business Certification available for certified SWaM vendors

Dear Certified SWaM Business Owners,
Effective October 1, 2014, all state purchases under $10,000 shall be set aside for micro-businesses when the price quoted is fair and resonable. As a certified Small Business by the Department, your company might qualify to be a "Micro Business".

Posted September 25th, 2014

The VFCA is hosting a leadership class being provided by Art Jackson. The class is being held on 10-24-14 in Williamsburg, VA form 9-3. The class is free and lunch is being provided

Posted September 15th, 2014

Kidde Recalls Three Residential Smoke Alarm Models

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (“Kidde”) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

Please reference the following documents for more information:
Fire Marshal Letter
Product Safety Notice

Posted August 29th, 2014


Hewlett Packard has recalled over 6 million Notebook Computer AC Power Cords due to fire and burn hazards. Follow this link for more information. Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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 -