An important message from the President of VFPA concerning the 2020 VFPA Spring Conference.
After discussion with several health and emergency officials across the Commonwealth, the VFPA Board of Directors has determined that the 2020 Spring Conference and Annual meeting scheduled for May 18, 19, and 20 at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel will be postponed. This decision was made with the concern of the health and well being of our members, the current forecasting concerning the Covid 19 virus, and that Local, State, and Federal governments as not approving travel and/or limiting meetings to 10 or less people. The VFPA Board of Directors is in process of evaluating the options for rescheduling the Spring Conference and Annual meeting and updates regarding the final decision will be provided on out Website as they become available. Check the Website frequently over the next week or so for these updates. In the meantime stay safe and healthy and take care of yourselves.
Ernie Little, VFPA President
VFPA Leadership Retreat
Recently, the Executive Board of VFPA met at a Leadership Retreat in Winchester, VA to complete a Critical Alignment for Boards Training Session presented by Dr. Dave Leadership Corp.
This program provided valuable resources for our Board to align itself to better serve our members and stakeholders.
Day two of our retreat proved fruitful for our board to discuss the training/education programs we offer, fire and building code development and legislative initiatives. Board members worked diligently to develop a VFPA Strategic Plan. Our board will continue work on this project which will be introduced to our membership at our 2020 Annual Meeting for adoption.
To view the minutes of this retreat, click: VFPA Exec Retreat Minutes Feb 2020.pdf
2020 Legislative Priorities
The process of gaining consensus on legislative priorities can be a daunting task that requires significant collaboration and, often times, compromise by all entities/stakeholders involved. Each year, the Virginia Fire Prevention Association joins forces with the major fire and EMS stakeholder organizations from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to meet and discuss not only our specific legislative needs, but the key issues concerning the Commonwealths Fire and EMS Services as a whole. It is the consensus of the nine, major Virginia fire and EMS stakeholder organizations that legislative items contained in the booklet which you may find in the below link are a top priority.
The VFPA Legislative and Code Development Committee have already identified several proposed bills in the 2020 legislative session which have been identified to adversely affect the fire service and/or fire code enforcement community. As we continue to work with your elected officials to resolve any perceived issues, we encourage you to take an active part in the legislative and code development processes. We will continue to update our membership through email and communicate important dates where your input can be heard.
Should you have any questions, comments or need assistance, we are an email away!
Linda M. Hale
VFPA Legislative and Code Development Chair
David Diamantes Receives VFPA Meritorious Award
At opening session of the 2019 Spring Training Conference, 1st Vice President Ernie Little was joined by all present Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association in attendance along with VDFP Director Michael Reilly and VFMA Chief Garrett Dyer who presented Mr. David Diamantes (VFPA Life Member) the VFPA Meritorious Service Award.
This honor was granted upon David upon a vote of the Board of Directors of VFPA for his dedicated service and support to the Commonwealth’s Fire Service and Code Enforcement Communities.
Please help us in congratulating David and saying THANK YOU for his many years of hard and dedicated work!
Latest Edition of VFPA News
The Virginia Fire Prevention is excited to present "VFPA News"; a quarterly newsletter to keep the membership of VFPA and Virginia's Fire Service and Code Enforcement Communities up-to-date on the activities of VFPA and partnering organizations. Please feel free to share this with your co-workers, email list, suppression personnel, building department, etc.! Even print a copy and place it on the bulletin board, coffee stand, break room table... Help us spread the word of VFPA!