In case you missed it, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) recently released several resources to aid fire departments on a wide range of issues. Each of these new resources is targeted more at fire department administrations and may not be particularly appealing to boots on the ground. However, knowing some of these resources are now available may help your department provide for and protect those boots.
- Funeral Procedures for Firefighters, 2nd edition (.pdf, 38 pages) – This guide provides answers to many of the questions we’d prefer not to think about (funeral preparations, funeral job responsibilities, etc). The only thing of concern to me is the many circumstances listed that could entitle a firefighter to a departmental funeral. I may be old fashioned, but I have a very narrow view of what would be acceptable as a firefighter funeral. Having too large of a scope does a disservice to those who’ve made the true sacrifice.
- Fire & Emergency Services Grant Writing Guide (.pdf, 6 pages) – It would have been nice had this come out a month ago while I was still in the process of writing our SAFER Grant. Now at least we’ll have the resource for the next round of AFG-grant-writing in the spring.
- Going Green in the Fire Service (.pdf, 11 pages) – Provides snapshots of departments that have gone green as well as additional resources that may be of use to other departments.