Winners Announced in ATS/NVFC Training Giveaway

Action Training Systems (ATS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the 50 winners of the 2014 ATS/NVFC $250K Training Giveaway. The announcement comes during International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which this year focuses on the importance of all personnel receiving adequate training with the theme of "Train Like You Fight."

The 50 winning departments will each receive a one-year subscription for 20 learners and one administrator to the Essentials of Fire Fighting series via the ATS Online Learning Management System. This totals nearly $250,000 worth of online training. The series contains 33 interactive courses, streaming video, and PowerPoints to teach Firefighter I and II skills and prerequisite knowledge. Essentials of Fire Fighting teaches to the current NFPA 1001 standards and can be used as a training resource to simplify technical knowledge and reinforce training objectives. The department administrator can track the progress of up to 20 students through the program. All applicants also receive a 10% discount off of any ATS training program.

"We are pleased to partner with ATS to help these 50 volunteer departments get essential training that they otherwise were unable to afford for their personnel," said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. "We received hundreds of applications, demonstrating the critical need for this type of program. We thank ATS for recognizing this need and making the commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of these departments through this training giveaway."

"I would like to personally congratulate the recipients of the 2014 ATS/NVFC Training Giveaway and also thank the NVFC for their support throughout this program," said Action Training Systems President George A. Avila Jr. "I would also like to recognize the men and women of the volunteer fire service for their commitment and sacrifice to their respective communities. The volunteer fire service has a long history of contributing to the public safety of their communities across the country, and it is essential that each member has adequate training resources to ensure their safety and the safety of their community. "

To be eligible, departments had to be all or mostly volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized within one of the 50 U.S. states, and demonstrate a true need for the training that they could not meet on their own. Over 500 departments applied for the giveaway. A total of 50 winning departments were selected, representing 48 states.

The recipients of the 2014 ATS Training Giveaway are as follows:

Alabama

Boldo Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Alabama

Dixons Mills Volunteer Fire Department

Alaska

Klawock Volunteer Fire Department

Arizona

Happy Jack Fire Services Inc.

Arkansas

Upper White Oak Lake Volunteer Fire Department

California

Ben Lomond Fire Protection District

Colorado

Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department

Connecticut

Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department

Florida

Liberty Fire District

Georgia

Gresston Volunteer Fire Department

Idaho

Bliss Fire District

Illinois

Dalzell Fire Protection District

Indiana

Clarksburg Volunteer Fire

Iowa

Farley Volunteer Fire Department

Kansas

Lincoln First Rural Fire

Kentucky

Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department

Louisiana

Washington Parish Fire District #9

Maine

Kenduskeag Volunteer Fire Department

Maryland

Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company

Massachusetts

Oakham Fire Department

Michigan

Wildwood Fire Rescue

Minnesota

Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department

Mississippi

East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department

Missouri

Kinsey Volunteer Fire Department

Missouri

Gorin Volunteer Fire Department

Montana

St. Labre Volunteer Fire Department

Nebraska

Randolph Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Nevada

Peavine Volunteer Fire Department

New Hampshire

South Hampton Fire Department

New Jersey

Keansburg Fire Department

New Mexico

Latir Volunteer Fire Department

New York

Hurleyville Fire Department

North Carolina

Sterlings Volunteer Fire Department

North Dakota

Stanley Fire Department

Ohio

Terrace Park Fire Department

Oklahoma

Delaware Volunteer Fire Department

Oregon

City of Antelope Fire Department

Pennsylvania

Heights Fire Company #1

Rhode Island

Harmony Fire District

South Carolina

Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department

South Dakota

Tyndall Fire Department

Tennessee

Midtown Volunteer Fire Department

Texas

Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department

Utah

Orderville Fire Department

Vermont

Franklin Volunteer Fire Department

Virginia

Craigsville Volunteer Fire Company

Washington

Ruston Fire Department

West Virginia

New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department

Wisconsin

Silver Cliff Fire Department

Wyoming

Bar Nunn Volunteer Fire Department

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