Governor’s Day to Serve

June 30, 2017 Re: Governor’s Day to Serve Initiative “Get Alarmed West Virginia” Dear Hopeful Participants: For the past two years as your State Fire Marshal, my staff and I have witnessed the reporting of unacceptable numbers of fire fatalities due to numerous preventable fire incidents. I see this as unacceptable because of the loss…

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Marshall County Fire School 2017

Marshall County Fire School 2017 September 23rd and 24th John Marshall High School Glen Dale WV   Sponsored by: Marshall County Fire Association   Please see the attached flyer.

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Firefighter 1 Modules (Survey)

We’re working on creating modules for Firefighter 1 that will create a pathway for completion of Firefighter 1 over a period of time, rather than an “all at once” approach. We have a pilot project in place to do so and it’s about to roll out. Let us know what you think below… this will…

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Statement Concerning HB2973

In the statement released 3-6-2017, in regards to the closing of the RESAs: “…we require quality training at affordable costs for our members. If any agency were to be eliminated from providing training, we must see provisions be put in place to overcome the void that would be created.” Tonight, the Leadership and Legislative Committee…

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Press Release

Press Release West Virginia State Firemen’s Association Supports Senate Bill 168 By John Holstein, President For Immediate Release Charleston, WV. – Senate Bill 168 (SB168) is currently stalled in the Finance Committee of the WV State Senate, Senator Mike Hall (R – Putnam) Committee Chair. We would request that everyone interested in lowering their yearly…

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WVSFA Statement Concerning Pending Legislation (3-6-2017)

The Leadership and Legislative Committee of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association met on Saturday March 4 2017, the primary topics of discussion dealt with the legislation currently being presented. In particular, Senate Bill 168, issues relating to the volunteer fire service worker’s compensation subsidy programs and the potential closing of the RESAs across the…

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Legislative Update 3-2-2017

To All: The Legislative Committee has a scheduled phone conference on Saturday Mar 2 2017. I am requesting the Vice Presidents and Executive Committee of the Assn join us in this meeting to discuss the activities of the Committee and the pending legislation. After this meeting, we will address some of the pending issues. Please…

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Legislative Update 2-27-2017

Bills within the WV Legislature that we’re currently keeping an eye on. Download the PDF

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Volunteer Firehouses Struggle to Find Recruits

The number of volunteer firefighters has been falling for decades here and across the country, dropping by about 12 percent from 1984 to about 788,000 in 2014. That has spelled trouble for cities and towns — especially smaller ones in more rural areas — that have always depended on volunteer departments to save thousands, even…

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Legislative Reception and Firefighter Day at the Capitol

The Legislative reception will be on March 23rd from 5:30pm until 8:30pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Temple in Charleston WV. Firefighter Day at the Legislature/Capitol will be following on March 24th, 8am beginning in the Rotunda, 2nd Floor at “Sam’s Office”.

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