Happy New Year from President Hoby Howell, the Officers and Members of the CVVFA. As we look ahead it is time to glance back to 2017 and see where we been and chart the course for 2018.
Meeting Locations and Dates for 2018 Join your fellow members at our Spring Meeting April 7-8 in Emmitsburg MD. A weekend of education, remembrance and social activity awaits. Highlights include a special remembrance at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy on Saturday April 7. Our fallen heroes, David Good (March 9, 1998) and Joe Kroboth (May 3, 1998) will be remembered in a special ceremony marking their deaths 20 years ago. These tragedies gave rise to the establishment of the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute which has transformed the manner responders respond to highway incidents. The event is being jointly sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the CVVFA. Check this page often for information regarding this important event.
Convention set for August 1-4 at Fairplay MD. More information as the year unfolds. Save the dates. Presidents Council will meet during convention on Friday August 3.
Fall Meeting to be held in October. Check back for details
How did the Membership Drive Go? Not as good as we expected, but we did recruit some outstanding new members who are have assisted the CVVFA in the past and are willing to make a commitment to do more. Our number one concern as an organization is to challenge our existing members to recruit others and to provide help to staff our programs.
Speaking of our “programs” last year was quite successful. The Association voted in October to host one Presidents Council meeting each year at Convention. Emphasis will be on having the executive officers of the various associations attend as well as representatives from the national groups that support fire service issues. The Association agreed to host the annual parade at convention and is seeking input on the convention schedule that could accommodate training and perhaps conclude the convention on Sunday shortening the time off from work during the week. This change is under study.
A Nominating Committee was appointed to better vet potential candidates for office. Emphasis is placed on candidates declaring that they want to seek an office prior to arriving at Convention.
Training Day at Carlisle PA in October suffered from a low turnout even though the presentations were first class. Getting behind Training Day in 2018 is a top priority.
The Fire Service Reputation Management Team had a banner year in 2017 presenting classes all over the United States. Directors Dr. Candice McDonald and Dave Lewis taught at the Texas Fire Chiefs, North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, the FDIC, U.S. Fire Academy, Oklahoma State Fire School and in Somerset County, NJ. Recent events show the fire service needs this training now more than ever. The CVVFA has gained a national reputation in dealing with this troubling topic.
The CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute continues as the only entity in the nation solely committed to reducing deaths and injuries to emergency workers on the roadways helping others. Successes in 2017 have been impressive despite the need to engage more CVVFA members. The following is a partial report of our activities that was presented to the TIM Executive Leadership Group at the Federal Highway Administration in December. Director of Training Jack Sullivan spent untold hours ensuring our materials and training are the absolutely the best anywhere. Highlights of 2017 follow.
ResponderSafety.com: Approaching 9000 pages of content regarding Responder Safety and TIM issues clearly the world’s largest repository of subject matter on this issue and growing each day. Site contains a portal to the National Near Miss Reporting System.
ResponderSafety Learning Network: Twenty-seven tested modules with 6 more ready to come on line in the next several months. Three additional modules, TIM for the Next Generation, What Responders Need to Know about Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and NFPA 1500 and TIM are on the drawing boards. New modules have pretests to better measure student learning.
An instructional video generated from 4 back over deaths in the last year will be released in a matter of days. All existing modules will be reviewed and updated in 2018.
Ten TIM Training Packages designed for one hour in service training are being developed that will be distributed at no cost through ResponderSafety.com
Current registered students are 32,275.
National TIM Certificates earned 5162.
In addition, we do polling to stay in touch with the students and to solicit opinions 84% say they have used the lessons learned in their jobs.
Third Party Validation: We have entered in to an agreement with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors to have our modules third party reviewed for enhanced credibility.
CEU’s: We are actively soliciting CEU’s from all jurisdictions that offer them. Currently MIEMSS in MD and the Commonwealth of PA are granting EMS CEU’s and the State of NJ is granting them for Fire Instructors.
National Accreditation: In cooperation with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association we have prepared an application to become accredited to certify under NFPA 1091 using our modules and other materials as exam prep.
Public Education Campaign about Distracted Driving: Launched in October with the endorsement of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Everyone Goes Home Program and the National Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.
Research and Development: We have established relationships regarding connected vehicles technology and are working with developers during roll outs. We are completing a study on emergency lighting for USFA and DOJ.
Advocacy: We are taking the highest profile possible in raising the awareness of the lack of responder input to autonomous vehicle safety issues with the integration of autonomous vehicles into the mix of conventional vehicles currently on the roadways.
Outreach: Classes: In 2017 CVVFA/ERSI attended, promoted and/or taught TIM, Highway Incident Safety and Responder Safety at: FDOSA, FDIC, Fire-Rescue East, Firehouse Expo, NVFC, IAFC/FRI, PA Fire Expo and MS Fire Chief’s Conference.
Presentations: We also presented 4 national webinars for Fire Engineering magazine, ISFSI, NVFC and Lexipol
Publications: We wrote technical TIM & Highway Incident Safety articles for IWomen, NVFC newsletter and we are accepted for the Feb. 2018 edition of Fire Engineering Magazine. We are drafting a report for FEMA/USFA on a “Study of Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highways and Operation of Emergency Vehicles”.
The New Year is starting with a booth at the Florida State Fire Chiefs Conference in Daytona Beach in January where our Florida members led by Bob Romig, the CVVFA Publicity Director, who can always be counted on for strong work on behalf of the Association, will staff the show.
In Summary, very few organizations our size have national programs with measured results and real impact on public safety responders. If you haven’t been active in a while we encourage you to re-engage with your Association by attending meetings, serving on committees recruiting new members. Make 2018 your “homecoming” to the CVVFA. Our work is exciting and fulfilling but it would be even better with more of our members involved.