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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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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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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Accidental Death

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fire department family of Chief Fizer of the Loudendale VFD. http://wvmetronews.com/…/vfd-chief-killed-in-freak-accident/

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Passing of Dale Clayton

From the WVSFMO: It is with great sadness that we pass along the passing of Dale Clayton, a longtime Winfield Firefighter and former WV State Fire Commissioner. The Winfield VFD is requesting that departments send people in uniform, but please come in small trucks, meaning mini pumpers, pickups etc. The burial will be at the…

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Passing of Robert S. Miller

The WVSFA wishes to express it’s sincere condolences to the friends, family and extended fire service family of Robert S. Miller, Deputy Chief of the Ohio River Road VFD and WV State Fire Commissioner.   Per the Ohio River Road VFD: Services for Deputy Chief Bob Miller are as follows….. Viewing: Wednesday, January 4, from…

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Former Fire Marshal Passes

By Jeff Jenkins in News | December 15, 2016 at 11:50AM CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree says he’s more thankful than ever for the work Sterling Lewis did during his 13 years in the position that Tyree now holds. Former State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis died this week. Tyree and the many…

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12-7-2016 Public Meeting w/ Fire Commission

There was a public meeting held last night with the State Fire Commission to discuss the upcoming plan to implement a “points system” to the re-certification forms for the fire departments of the State. Several individuals were present at the meeting, including President John Holstein of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association. The State Fire…

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Did You Know?

Did you know that over 75% of the fire departments within West Virginia are members of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association? Did you know that the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association represents over 6000 paid and volunteer firefighters within the State of West Virginia? Did you know that the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association…

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