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VFPA Works to Identify Legislative Priorities
The Virginia Fire Prevention Association has been working with our Fire and EMS Partners from across the Commonwealth in a process of gaining consensus on legislative priorities. This can be viewed as a daunting task that requires significant collaboration and, often times, compromise by all entities/stakeholders involved. As a result of this process, the 2018 Virginia Legislative Priorities and Issues Document has been released and sent to the Virginia General Assembly.
To view to the 2018 Legislative Priorities and Issues Document, click the link below:
VFPA Welcomes the Newly Appointed VDFP Executive Director
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam has selected Mike Reilly to join his administration as the next Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
Michael T. Reilly previously served over 36 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, retiring in February 2015 at the rank of Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, Michael held command level positions as Operations Chief, Chief Training Officer and Chief of the Fire Marshal’s Office. In addition, Michael also served for over 25 years as the Safety Officer with FEMA and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance’s U.S. Urban Search And Rescue Team. As Safety Officer, he responded to missions around the world including: the Pentagon on 9/11, the 1999 Taiwan and Turkey earthquakes, the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya, among many others. In April of 2015, Michael was recalled to Active Duty, retiring in April 2017 from reserve military duty at the rank of CWO-4, and was the Senior Reserve Special Agent with the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) with 30 years’ experience. He conducted criminal investigations and protective service operations as the CGIS small arms instructor and liaison with I.C.E. and the NOVA Environmental Crimes Task Force. While the Fire Marshal for Fairfax County, Michael provided expert testimony to legislative bodies on the impacts of bills and resolutions. He also served on the Virginia Fire Services Board for eight years after being appointed by Governor Mark Warner in 2004 and Governor Kaine in 2008.
The VFPA is looking forward in working with Chief Riley and wishes him the best of luck in this endeavor!
Jack A. Proctor VBCA Releases 2018 Training Schedule
The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) just released it's 2018 training schedule. View Schedule Here
All classes are posted and open for registration on the VBCA On-Line Registration System at https://dmz1.dhcd.virginia.gov/BFR/Main/LogOn.aspx. To meet the increased demand the VBCA has increased the Core offerings to six times a year. Core will run once every eight to 10 weeks with classes offered twice in each semester location. In addition the VBCA is pleased to announce its newest certification class, Elevator Inspection, to the permanent schedule. This three-day class is specific to those seeking certification as an elevator inspector however is open to all looking to increase their knowledge of this area. For more information on this or any other class please contact the VBCA office at VBCA@dhcd.virginia.gov or visit the VBCA On-Line Registration System https://dmz1.dhcd.virginia.gov/BFR/Main/LogOn.aspx.
Life Member Ernest H. Little
Honored at 2017 Fall Conference
President Elaine Gall presented Life Member Ernie Little with a Certificate of Appreciation for his dedication and support of the mission, vision and goals of the VFPA and his service to the Commonwealths Fire Services.
Ernie has served the Commonwealths Fire Service for over 47 years, starting as a volunteer member of the Sterling Fire Department in Loudoun County, VA in 1970. Ernie became a paid member of the Prince William Fire and Rescue Department in 1974. Serving Prince William for 38 years, Ernie retired at the rank of Battalion Chief. Taking only 16 months off, Ernie returned to work as Plans Examiner for the Prince William County Fire Marshals Office and continues to serve the Department.
Ernie joined VFPA in 1975 and served the Board of Directors as secretary and long-term treasure. Due to his dedication and support of the VFPA, Ernie was granted "Life Membership" in May of 2015. Ernie has been involved in the development and delivery of the VDFP/VFMA Fire Inspector Program and has instructed various fire inspection and plans review programs across the Commonwealth.
Jeremy is the fire marshal and fire official for the city of Winchester Fire Rescue Department. Jeremy has worked for the city for the past 16 years and has progressed through the ranks from Firefighter/EMS Specialist, Sergeant, Assistant Fire Marshal, and Fire Marshal. Jeremy started his fire rescue service career as a volunteer in Frederick County, Virginia at Greenwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company where he currently holds the position of Assistant Chief.
Jeremy first got involved with VFPA in 2012 when he was elected as a Delegate at-Large to the Board of Directors. Jeremy was elected to the position of Secretary in 2013 and began the process of upgrading and revitalizing the association‘s website. He held the position of secretary until being elected as 2nd Vice President in the spring of 2017.
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!