VFPA is 50!
Our organization was created in 1968 and we are working to honor our history this year. In commemoration of this event, a 50th Anniversary challenge coin will be issued. These special coins will be given to 2018 conference attendees and special friends/guests. Additional coins will be offered for sale for those of us who would like to collect additional mementos of this special year.
VFPA continues preparation for our Annual Conference in Virginia Beach to be held May 21-23, 2018. As noted in our January report, this is the first time we will offer two tracks from which our students can choose. In addition to the technical code training track normally offered, we are also offering a Leadership Development Track. Members of IFMA will be providing training for this track. Thus far, registration numbers are strong for both tracks. We extend the invitation to our fellow IFMA members to attend. Details can be found on our website vfpa.org. Virginia Beach is a great place to be in late May!
We have added an additional date and location for training to be offered in 2018 which will be held in Northern Virginia July 25-26. With this addition, we will now be providing training in three diverse locations to provide convenient access to all of our members and others interested in fire prevention training in Virginia. The third training conference of 2018 will be held in Wytheville, located in Southwest Virginia, October 15-16.
Our most recent Board of Directors meeting was held on March 28. The following items are highlights from that meeting:
- 1st Vice-President Duane Perry will attend the annual IFMA business meeting in June.
- Delegate Mike Osborne will attend the Annual Congressional Fire Services dinner and conference later this month in Washington, DC.
- Jay Davis, President of the Virginia Fire Chief’s Community Risk Reduction Committee, attended the board meeting to initiate communication and cooperation between VFPA and the CRR Committee.
The 2018 Virginia General Assembly has closed. While we were successful in defending fire safety from the usual bills that recur in some form each year related to fireworks and other fire safety concerns, we had little success in gaining any new initiatives. VFPA will be sending out a Request for Proposals in April for professional services related to our efforts to maintain and/or improve our levels of fire safety protections in the Code of Virginia.