TargetSafety and the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS), a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), announced the availability of a $1.5 million training grant for volunteer and combination fire departments in the U.S.
The grant will provide these departments with six months of free access to TargetSafety's PreventionLink™ platform. This access includes 15 hours of online, essential firefighter training, covering such topics as NFPA-approved fire curriculum and EMS continuing education as well as OSHA, human resources and general safety courses. It also includes Web-based tools that enable a fire chief or training officer to assign, track and record all training as well as manage and document required tasks, such as vehicle and equipment inspections and departmental policy and procedure review.
"As a participant in the 2007 grant, our firefighters were given the opportunity to receive much-need training at no cost to us," said Steve Mormino, Fire Chief of the South Farmingdale Fire Department, and IAFC member. "This training and the other tools available within PreventionLink were invaluable to our department and we have since become a TargetSafety client."
Volunteer and combination fire departments interested in applying for the grant can go to www.targetsafety.com/grant. Online applications must be submitted by November 30, 2008. TargetSafety and VCOS will review all applications and notify grant winners by December 31. The program runs through June 30, 2009.
"We are extremely grateful to the men and women who are part of a volunteer and combination department, and who sacrifice their lives every day to protect their communities," said Bruce Kaechele, President and CEO of TargetSafety. "Partnering with VCOS to deliver this grant is just one way that we can acknowledge their sacrifice and, in some small way, give back to the fire and EMS industries."
"VCOS is proud of this partnership with TargetSafety because of its significance to volunteer and combination departments' online training programs. This online training is another tool in the training officer's toolbox to assist in the education of our nation's fire service," said Chief Timothy S. Wall, VCOS chair.