Attention CVVFA Members. Dues Notices for members and the Companies and Associations that belong to the Association were mailed to members who owe dues for 2019. Dues were payable at the 2019 Convention. Dues for individuals are $5 per year and $15 per year for companies and associations. Pay on line or by mail. Members who have not paid their dues by August 1, 2019 are considered in the arrears and will be dropped from the membership rolls prior to the 2020 Convention. Don’t let your membership lapse. Individual members receive a monthly Pennsylvania Fireman Magazine, a $7 value that is included with your CVVFA membership. Questions may be directed to Financial Secretary Jim Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
CVVFA President Chief Allen Baldwin was inducted into the prestigious Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame at the 127th Annual MSFA Convention and Conference held in Ocean City. Allen was recognized for teaching for 10 straight years at the convention something that has seldom been duplicated. In honor of his dedication to training the Maryland Fire Service he was bestowed on of the highest honors by the state association.
IAFC FIRE & EMS NATIONAL EMERGENCY SAFETY & SURVIVAL ALERT
Firefighters, EMTs and Apparatus Struck – Roadway Operations
DATES: 02/04 – 02/08
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), through their Safety, Health and Survival Section and in cooperation with the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, are urging all fire chiefs and officers to immediately issue a safety and survival alert in their departments.
During an emergency safety and survival alert, personnel are urged to postpone non-emergency tasks to focus on critical safety and survival training. During this period, we are hoping to remember the many brothers and sisters whose lives have been lost working on our roadways due to multiple incidents of personnel and apparatus being struck. Responders being struck on our roadways has become an almost daily occurrence.
“Operating on roadways are high-risk, high-frequency events,” said Chief Dan Eggleston, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “With distracted driving, drivers under the influence, along with road and weather conditions and related traffic, firefighters are more at risk now than ever before, and unfortunately, numerous recent crashes back that up.”
It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop this loss of life and maiming of our firefighters and others they work with. There is no better way to respect the sacrifice of those we’ve lost than to educate and train others on how to avoid future incidents.
During this time, chiefs are asked to have all personnel immediately review and discuss applicable department policies and procedures to minimize the risk to firefighters operating on our highways. In addition to department polices and federal, state and local laws, other resources are available to use during this alert and in ongoing efforts to educate personnel about safe roadway operations.
The Federal Highway Administration has developed Traffic Incident Management (TIM), which includes a variety of best practices and resources and a Traffic Incident Management Handbook. They offer the National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program that incorporates both online and in-person training.
The 2018 NFPA 1500 Standard has an updated chapter dedicated to Traffic Incident Management (chapter 9) that requires training related to roadway-incident safety. NFPA 1091, the Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications, identifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for TIM personnel.
The IAFC’s Near Miss Program collects and shares firefighter near-miss experiences, allowing others to learn from these experiences. There are a number of reports available about personnel and apparatus struck while operating on roadways, sharing valuable information about how these incidents occurred and how they can be avoided in the future.
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute offers a single portal with an online network for training, with the defined goal of protecting our responders on the roadway; ResponderSafety.com hosts the ResponderSafety Learning Network. These sites offer a variety of resources to aid in training firefighters to be prepared for the dangers associated with roadway responses, including online modules and certificates for completion. The ResponderSafety Learning Network also delivers the Federal Highway Administration National Traffic Incident Management Certificate. There is no cost for any of the training or materials.
Together, these suggested materials and sites form a useful toolkit for your response to this this safety alert as well as your continued department training and education efforts.
“In recent months, incidents involving fire and EMS personnel operating on roadways have left firefighters critically injured and killed,” stated Chief Scott Kerwood, chair of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section. “In numerous recent cases, while heroic attempts were made to help victims of vehicle crashes, firefighters and EMS personnel ended up becoming victims themselves.”
We are losing too many firefighters and other responders to the battleground we call roadways. Take a leadership position during this safety and survival alert and protect your people with valuable education and training.
The IAFC Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section provides guidance and resources toward a clear mission – to reduce the number of preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries in the fire and emergency service.
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute is funded in part by the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the U.S. Fire Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice. Highway Near Misses may be reported ResponderSafety.com thanks to an agreement with the IAFC.
The entire Allison Hook & Ladder Co. No. 2 membership enrolled in the CVVFA. The Allison was organized in 1905. Throughout the years some members of the Allison were CVVFA members. The Allison fire house was abandoned in 1980 by the city and was acquired by Jason Lloyd a Harrisburg Firefighter. Jason and a dedicated group of men are restoring the fire house. The Company has a number of trained firefighters who are working to preserve the structure located in the inner city.
The Allison hosted a group dinner for the attendees of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute Workshop held in Harrisburg in November. Thirty roadway safety professionals including President Greg Yost toured the facility and met the Allison members. Many of the attendees were already CVVFA members themselves and by the end of the workshop those who were not a member all joined. Harrisburg Chief Brian Enterline was an invited guest. He met with Assistant Chief Ron Tenant of Grand Rapids Michigan and Chief Victor Conley of Irving Texas
Rouss Fire Company and CVVFA member George Dove was honored at the Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards Ceremony as the longest serving volunteer at the Winchester VA Fire and Rescue Department with 65 years of service.
George joined Rouss in 1953 and the CVVFA shortly thereafter. He was elected CVVFA President in 1965. After years as CVVFA Treasurer he was bestowed the title of Treasurer Emeritus. George remains active at Rouss Fire Company and is in the fire house several days per week completing administrative duties.
“The contributions that George has made to the fire service are immeasurable” said Winchester Fire Chief and CVVFA Vice President Allen Baldwin. “He is a role model for the department and I am proud to call him my friend” he added.