Washington, D.C. – The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Board of Directors voted to permanently establish the NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. The Fund, established in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, will now provide individual assistance to volunteer firefighters affected by any man-made or natural disaster.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast depended on emergency responders, yet so many volunteer firefighters had themselves lost their homes and belongings. Through the NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, we were able to distribute nearly $200,000 worth of assistance to help those volunteer firefighters and their families meet their essential needs,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We have now expanded the Support Fund in order to continue to provide assistance to volunteer firefighters in the wake of any disaster they might face.”
The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund provides a stipend of up to $250 in individual assistance to volunteer firefighters who are affected by a disaster. Volunteer firefighters in need should contact their state fire association. A full list of NVFC state fire associations can be found at http://www.nvfc.org/links.html#State_Members, or contact NVFC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832).
The NVFC donates all administrative costs associated with the Support Fund to ensure that 100 percent of the contributions reach volunteer firefighters in need. Contributions to the Support Fund are tax-deductible and can be made online at http://www.nvfc.org or mailed to:
P.O. Box 222061
Chantilly, VA 20153-2061