The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) held its Spring Board Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah from March 26-29. Forty-three state associations, federal agency representatives, sustaining members, and special guests attended the productive meeting.
Workshops on the liability issues in the fire service and grant writing for fire departments kicked off the meeting. Following the workshops were more than a dozen committee meetings, each of which made recommendations to the full NVFC Board on important legislation and other significant issues affecting the nation’s volunteer fire service.
The Chairman’s luncheon featured guest speaker James Shannon, President and CEO of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). U.S. Fire Administrator David Paulison opened the general session with an overview of activities in the fire service at the federal level. In addition, he and NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg signed a joint agreement as partners in Citizen Corps. Citizen Corps’s Karen Marsh described the program in detail to the Board. Cee Cee Molineaux, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provided an overview of how this federal agency can provide volunteers to help fire departments with administrative and other tasks. For more information regarding Citizen Corps visit www.citizencorps.gov and for more information regarding CNCS visit www.nationalservice.org.
USFA Project Officer Tim O’Dowd discussed the multiple USFA/NVFC Cooperative Agreements and all of the tasks that are underway in the agreements. These include a state benefits guidebook, a health and wellness initiative and educational seminars. IFSTA Assistant Director Mike Wieder and ICC Regional Director of Fire Service Activities Dan Lane also addressed the Board.
On Friday evening, the Utah State Firemens Association and the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department hosted a dinner for the group at the Utah Fire Museum. The NVFC Foundation Auction followed the dinner and raised nearly three thousand dollars.
On Saturday evening the NVFC Banquet was held, which included the NVFC Fire Prevention Award Presentation. Over 150 guests applauded Don North from the Grantsville (UT) Volunteer Fire Department who won the award. The award is sponsored by Scott Health and Safety. The newly elected NVFC Officers and Executive Committee were also sworn into office.
The NVFC’s Fall 2003 meeting will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 24-27. Visit www.nvfc.org for more information.