A Saturday night visit to Florence NJ Fire Station 401 and a Sunday breakfast meeting at Burlington Township Fire Company was the perfect combination for a fun and informative weekend at the first CVVFA meeting to be held in New Jersey. With 35 members in attendance Ed Klima Executive Director of the First Responder Center of Excellence and Safety Officer at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. spoke about the issue of firefighter behavioral health. Dr Candice McDonald CVVFA Director from Ohio presented on how the CVVFA could improve recruitment by using strategies to attract a new generation of members. The presentation was a shortened version of Candice’s 4-hour program she delivers around the country. Several new logo wear items were shown for the organization. A first reading of some needed updates to the By-laws was passed. Six new members joined the Association.
Walking Traffic Cones appear at the Firehouse Expo. The popular Traffic Cone costumes appeared on the show floor of Firehouse Expo in Nashville. Past CVVFA President Jim Watson of Delaware City induced Trish Cross of Spanaway, WA who was working a nearby booth for IMSalliance.com to join the fun. The cone costumes are a popular “hook” to start conversations with show attendees about the serious topic of roadway incident scene safety. Since the roll out at the FDIC last spring scores of people have gotten selfies as a traffic cone.
Miami FL Fire Rescue and the CVVFA are partnering with training the department on Highway Incident Scene Safety using the Responder Safety Learning Network. Additionally, the CVVFA is working with the Public Safety Educators at Miami Fire to establish a community risk reduction plan for struck-by incidents. Miami joins almost 44,000 other registered users of the on-line learning platform around the nation. Recently the FL Department of Transportation began stocking the CVVFA distracted driving “push card” in every rest stop and welcome center in the state. The CVVFA has been actively working in Florida for years and is a member of the FL Fire Chief’s Association and the FL Firefighters Safety and Health Consortium.
Dale Hill was volunteer firefighter for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department in addition to a retired Howard County police officer and Maryland State Deputy Fire Marshal. Most recently, Dale was the President of the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association and the chairman of the legislative committee for the MD State Firemen’s Association.
In addition to his many state and local fire service responsibilities Dale was a proud member of the CVVFA and attended the convention in Fairplay MD this past summer.
Dale is remembered for his steady hand in guiding the Washington County MD Fire and Rescue Association and the respect he garnered from the member companies as well as elected and appointed officials. CVVFA President Greg Yost wrote about the passing of his friend “Your dedication and never-ending work for improving the volunteer system in the county and beyond was amazing. You will be missed.”
CVVFA President Greg Yost announced a recruitment drive for the Association. The contest runs from August 4 2018 and ends at the Spring Booster Meeting. To qualify a minimum of 3 members must be recruited.
The top recruiter will be offered a seat at the CVVFA table at the Congressional Fire Service Institute National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner April 25th 2019.
In order to received credit your name must appear on the application mailed to Financial Secretary Jim Watson at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If joining online, email Financial Secretary Jim Watson with the recruit’s name. That will serve the same purpose.
President Yost has pledged to grow the membership during his term of office. This is your opportunity to help and win a seat at the nation’s premier fire service event.