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2024 Virginia Legislative Priorities and Issues

The 2024 Virginia Legislative Priorities and Issues booklet, containing information provided to members of the Virginia General Assembly, is available for reference by clicking here. This document was developed by eleven of the major Fire and EMS Stakeholder organizations in the Commonwealth to provide the consensus position on legislative priorities regarding Fire and EMS to Virginia legislators.

2021 Virginia Codes Adoption

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced that the 2021 Virginia Codes have been approved. The effective date of the 2021 Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC), Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, and Amusement Device Regulations is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Click here to see a copy of the DCHD letter issued November 29, 2023.

Remember, if you are have a Virginia Certification as a Fire Inspector, Fire Protection Inspector, or Fire Official you need to attend the mandatory code change training taken through DCHD. More information on the code update training can be found by clicking here to go to the DCHD website.

Keith Buchanan Appointed as VFPA Region 1 Representative to the Board of Directors 

VFPA President Gerry Maiatico is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Buchanan to the VFPA Board of Directors as the Region 1 Representative. 

Keith entered the fire service in September of 1985 as volunteer firefighter in Hanover County, VA where he served as a volunteer firefighter until entering the career system in 2001. In 2006, Keith entered the world of fire prevention and code enforcement after attended VDFP/VFMA 1031 & 1035, and later joined VFPA where he became a fixture at the Spring and Fall Conference Events.  Keith retired in 2019 and remains active in code enforcement when needed.  Keith  resides in Caroline County with his wife of 29 years and six grown children and still volunteers in Fire and EMS in the local fire department. Keith remains an adjunct instructor with VDFP and occasionally assist with the VFMA programs.

When asked about the benefits of VFPA, Keith stated "VFPA has assisted me by keeping me informed and allowing me to get the required hours needed to stay current with DHCD and VDFP and I look forward to this position and promoting VFPA." 

Please join President Maiatico and the VFPA Board of Directors in welcoming Keith as the VFPA Region 1 Representative.   

VFPA Board of Directors Appointed by Membership at Annual Meeting

The Virginia Fire Prevention Association is pleased to announce the 2023/2024 slate of officers for the Board of Trustees of the Association as elected by its membership at the 2023 Annual Meeting:

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President: Gerry Maiatico (Warren County)

First-Vice President: Mike Armstrong (City of Harrisonburg)

Second-Vice President: Shawn Maddox (Albemarle County)

West Delegate: Robert Paxton (City of Salem)

East Delegate: Steve Phillips (VFMA)

Secretary: Jimmy Csizmadia (Prince William County)

Treasurer: Austin Cucciardo (Warren County)

Past-President: Jeremy Luttrell (Winchester City)

Since 1968, the Association has represented Virginia’s Fire Service and Code Enforcement Communities in the areas of code enforcement, fire code training/education, fire and building code development, and legislative initiatives. Serving over 660 members, the Association works closely with fire service and code enforcement stakeholders to meet the needs of its membership.

President Maiatico will be announcing the appointments to regional representatives of the board in the near future.

VFPA Board of Directors Appointed by Membership at Annual Meeting

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VFPA Past-President Robin Preece Honored at Annual Meeting  

At the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Association, Past-President Robin Preece was recognized with the association’s Meritorious Service Award for his hard-work and dedication to Virginias Fire Service and Code Enforcement Community. 

Robin joined the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy in 1985 and has been instrumental in teaching over 125 fire inspector certification courses thus teaching over 3,000 students. He continues his work in the program representing the Association in the curriculum development and review community. This small recognition could never repay Robin’s impact to our service!

(Pictured: L-R: President Elect Maiatico, Past President Preece and President Luttrell) 

The Virginia Fire Prevention Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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