Hurricane Gustav ripped through the Gulf Coast, leaving over 800,000 households without power and causing flooding and destruction in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Tropical Storm Hanna struck the East Coast, while Hurricane Ike and Tropical Storm Josephine are still turning in the Atlantic. When large-scale disasters strike, our nation relies on first responders to protect our communities. Yet these same firefighters and emergency personnel are also among the victims, suffering damage to their homes and property while putting their lives on the line to serve their communities. You can help these first responders in need by contributing to the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.
The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund provides a stipend of $250 to volunteer first responders whose homes have been impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster. The stipend helps these firefighters and emergency personnel meet their basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster. The NVFC donates all administrative costs associated with managing the fund, so all donations go directly to helping volunteer first responders in need.
To receive a stipend through the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be from an NVFC member state as an individual or department member of the state association
- Be an active volunteer firefighter, rescue worker, or EMS provider
- Have incurred an uninsurable loss in excess of $5,000
- Live (or have housing) in a state- or federally-declared disaster area
All applications are reviewed by the NVFC Director from the applicant’s state fire association and also require approval (by signature) of the chief of the department.
Help support volunteer first responders in need. CLICK HERE to contribute to the NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. To apply for assistance through the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, head to at www.nvfc.org/supportfund.