Thank you for visiting the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
In October, 2012, the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
Association was awarded a four year, $1.96 million SAFER Grant
which has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. The intent of this
grant is to help retain & recruit more Volunteers throughout the
State of Nebraska.
The two major components of the grant are the STRIVE, State
Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency
Responders program and eight Recruitment and Retention
workshops to be held over the next four years, the first of
which was held at the 2013 Fire School and the second on
September 14-15, 2013 at the Battle Creek Fire Department.
Registrations continue to be taken for the STRIVE program and
the next Recruitment and Retention Workshop will be during the
2014 Nebraska State Fire School. To read the details on either
program and to make application for STRIVE, please click the
appropriate button below. Questions may be addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Adapt
management group at 855-VOLFIRE.
1, 2013 marked the KICK OFF of the
STRIVE program. This program is for any & all current or
future Volunteers. In order to qualify you must commit to
Volunteer at your local department for 2 years; in that time
period you must be active & in good standing. Once you have made
the commitment you can receive up to $4,400 in tuition
reimbursement for a year for you or for an immediate family
member (someone who lives in your household or who is claimed as
a dependent on your taxes). You can serve your commitment during
the time you receive the reimbursement or during a period
immediately after the education has been completed. (Click
button to follow the directions for application).
has currently hosted two of the eight workshops, one at the 2013
Fire School and one at the Battle Creek Fire Department. Six
more Retention &
Recruitment (R&R) Workshops (two per year)
throughout Nebraska are being planned and will be funded by the
R&R SAFER grant. This is your opportunity to set aside two days
from your busy schedule to focus on one of the most important
aspects of your department: VOLUNTEERS. (Next Workshop,
May 16-17, 2014, at the Nebraska State Fire School) Click button
to learn more.
Click HERE to download the SAFER Grant 2013 Year-End Report
The eighth annual Nebraska Senator’s Appreciation Breakfast was
hosted by the NSVFA and State Auxiliary on January 27, 2014, and
was a very successful event.
Twenty-two senators and two legislative aides attended the
breakfast. Thirty-five NSVFA, NVFC and E Board members and
thirteen auxiliary members were in attendance. Also attending
were Nebraska Attorney General, Jon Bruning; State Fire Marshal,
Jim Heine; Assistant State Fire Marshal, Don Fritz and State
Forester, Dr. Scott Josiah.
Banners for the NSVFA, the STRIVE Program and a banner providing
a cost analysis of providing gear for one firefighter including
SCBA were displayed for the Senators to view.
Many bills were discussed with the senators with particular
LB 62 – Rural and Suburban Fire District Levy
LB 402 – Novelty Lighters (Advanced to Final Reading January 31,
LB 440 – Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act
LB 752 – Assault on a Health Care Professional/Emergency
LB 772 – Increase Cap of Aerial Fire Suppression/Hazmat Response
LB 820 – Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact
LB 895 – Workers’ Compensation Act/Volunteer Firefighter and
Emergency Medical Personnel
Support is needed from members to attend hearings. More
information on this will be made available through Constant
Contact or information on legislative bills, committees and
hearings is always available on the internet at: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/index.php.
A 2014 bill summary with the stances chosen for the bills made
by the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s Association, their
Legislative and EMS Committees will be posted soon on the
Legislative page of this web site.
Kevin Campbell, Gretna FD with Joel Cerny,
NSVFA District 4 Director; Scott Cordes, Norfolk FD Fire
Chief and Jim Horn, NSVFA, 1st Vice President studying
the legislative issues.
Partially hidden, Brian Schlote,
Plainview FD; Scott Cordes, Norfolk FD Fire Chief;
Senator Jim Sheer, Nebraska District 19; John Bomar,
NSVFA/NVFC Alternate Representative discussing
Jim Egr, NSVFA Legal Counsel; Senator
Jerry Johnson, Nebraska District 23; Pat Moore, Dakota
City FD; Jerry Stilmock, NSVFA Lobbyist and Norm Hoeft,
NSVFA/NVFC Representative discussing legislation.
Jim Woolhiser, Manley FD Fire Chief;
Micheal Dwyer, Arlington FD & NSVFA Legislative
Committee; and Senator Bill Kintner, Nebraska District 2
discussing a legislative bill.
Justin Scamehorn, Waco FD; speaking with
Greg Adams, Speaker of the Legislature and representing
Nebraska District 24.
NSVFA Lobbyist, Jerry Stilmock speaking
with Kate Sullivan, Senator for Nebraska District 41.
Nebraska Attorney General,
Jon Bruning in conversation with NSVFA 2nd
Vice-President, Dell Cerny.
NSVFA State Auxiliary Members who
assisted in serving breakfast to the Senators.
Rhonda Cerny, NSVFA Fire Prevention
Committee Chair discussing legislative bills with
Senator Burke Harr, Nebraska District # 8.
NSVFA State Auxiliary members above) from left
to right they are: Pam Lundy (York), Taylor Anderson (Superior),
Diana Stier (Blair), Kathy Barnes (York), Sandra Teegerstrom
(York), Gerri Heywood (Snyder), Ruthie Bertram (North Platte),
Kathy Horn (Schuyler), Ruth Krumbach (York), Kristi Rounds
(Blair), Sharlene Kuhr (Blair). Missing from the photo are Kathi
Gustin and Nancy Moore both who are State Auxiliary members from
Dakota City who also assisted at the breakfast.
The NSVFA wishes to
thank the Alliance Fire Department for hosting the September 8,
2013, Nebraska Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service which honors
deceased members and state auxiliary members who passed the year
Keynote Speakers at
the service were Senator Al Davis of District 43 and Jim Heine,
Nebraska State Fire Marshal. Special music was provided by Kelly
Van Meter of Hastings, Nebraska. Roll calls were read by Cleon
Schwede, NSVFA President and Jan Beerbohm, NSVFA Auxiliary
President and NSVFA Chaplain, Rev. Todd Burpo provided segments
of the program. Alliance Fire Chief, Troy Shoemaker assisted by
members of his department led various facets of the service and
the Ogallala Fire Department provided the Honor Guard.
The NSVFA gratefully
appreciates the participation of all who made this service so
“Excerpt from NVFC email of October 14, 2011”
fire prevention is something we need to emphasize all year long.
Fire departments and Fire Corps programs are encouraged to
continue to strengthen their prevention and safety campaigns and
spread community awareness to help keep residents safe and
prevent tragedy throughout the year.
The NSVFA has a very active Fire
Prevention Committee who is happy to help departments find
resources and activities related to Fire Prevention.
JOIN TODAY! Department’s
memberships will speak as a stronger voice in guiding the future
of all Fire & Emergency Services in Nebraska. Enrollment
documents were mailed June 7 to department addresses but are
also available on the Forms page of this web site or at the
The NSVFA looks forward to all previous departments’ memberships
being renewed and welcomes new members. New departments will
also have received enrollment packets and the office will assist
with any inquiries or can assist with attendance of a
representative at a department meeting to assist with questions.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Membership dues for the new term,
2013 to June 30, 2014, remain the same and will be $20.00 per
member as approved by motion at the NSVFA E-Board. Significant
to membership enrollment is that a grace period of July 1 to
September 1 has been established for NSVFA dues to be paid for
renewing memberships. What does this mean? Memberships not
renewed by September 1, will have the member benefits of the
newspaper and $4,000 accidental death and dismemberment
insurance discontinued until such time that memberships are
Also available is the Gold Badge Associate Membership and
Corporate Sponsor Membership, all on the Forms page of this web
Benefits: In addition to the
American Income Life $4,000 accidental dismemberment insurance,
the Nebraska Firefighter newspaper, the Fire School class fee
member discount, and the availability of Nebraska Public Agency
Investment Trust to members of the NSVFA, membership now also
offers the following new benefits.
ATIRAcredit Master Card ||
California Casualty Auto and Home Insurance
Columbia Southern University online education
Enterprise rental discounts
Visit the NSVFA Member Benefit
Partnerships tab for additional information or click the icons
to the right for more details.
Casualty has been providing specialized auto and home
insurance to those that make our communities better for over
100 years. This exclusive program offers special firefighter
rates, money-saving discounts, exceptional customer service
and unique firefighter benefits. To learn more or to get a
quote, call 1-866-680-5143 or visit
http://www.calcas.com/nsvfa. Be sure to mention that
you’re a member of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
Association. You can also reach California Casualty’s web
page by clicking on their icon on the right side of this
page or by clicking:
Winner of the Bass Boat:
The winner of California Casualty’s latest “Work Hard, Play
Hard” contest is Tom Vail, Volunteer Firefighter of
the Sidney Fire Department, NE. Given the option of a bass
boat or $10,000, Vail chose the $10,000 option and was
presented the check August 1, 2013.
California Casualty's “Work Hard, Play Hard” contests honor
and reward everyday heroes such as firefighters, volunteer
firefighters, peace officers and EMT's – this time with a
bass boat or $10,000 equivalent cash option. Tom Vail’s name
was randomly selected from a pool of nearly 11,000 entries
from around the nation.
Tom arrived at the Sidney firehouse for a regularly
scheduled monthly meeting unaware of the surprising news
awaiting him. Shawn Courtney, California Casualty
Representative, had the honor of presenting Tom with a
$10,000 check while announcing him as the latest “Work Hard
Play Hard” contest winner.
The NSVFA sponsors
lobbying at state and national levels, supporting a Nebraska
State Lobbyist and two representatives to the National Volunteer
Fire Council. Each year the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s
Association executive boards meet with their Legislative and EMS
Committees to choose legislative goals which senators may
sponsor in the upcoming session. Each January, the NSVFA and
Fire Chiefs sponsor an annual breakfast with the senators to
which all members are invited where they may visit with senators
about the importance of the fire and EMS services in Nebraska
and to ask the senators assistance with upcoming legislative
matters. A Legislative Stance meeting
is held in January or early February that is open to all members of the NSVFA and Nebraska
Fire Chief’s Association where upcoming legislative bills are
discussed and stances developed by the two Associations.
These efforts have paid off. The following list of bills is a
small sample of those approved in recent years that are
important to Nebraska fire and EMS services:
2014, LB 403 to prohibit the retail sale of Novelty
June 3, 2013, LB 634 and 634A,
the Wildfire Control Act of 2013, and the funding bill were
signed into law by Governor Heineman and because of an
emergency clause became law effective immediately. The
NSVFA/NVCA through their lobbyist, Gerald Stilmock and the
Nebraska Forest Service through Dr. Scott Josiah, Nebraska
State Forester partnered advantageously to support these
bills and move them through the legislative process. The
Act provides for a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) for rapid
initial attack during fire seasons, funding for expanded
programs in firefighter training, forest fuels reduction,
federal excess property provision, burned land restoration,
and wood product market development.
APPROVED April 5,
2007, LB 160 to Change fire and rescue department
provisions relating to clothing, equipment, and donations
APPROVED March 31,
2008, LB 948, the Emergency Responders Job
Protection Act, was incorporated into LB 1096
APPROVED April 9,
2009, LB 110, Providing for Specialty License Plates
(The Department of Motor Vehicles processes and regulations
for this bill are being developed.)
APPROVED April 22,
2009, LB 206, Adopt the In the Line of Duty
Dependent Education Act This bill will provide education
benefits for surviving children of LODDs for those attending
state universities, state colleges and community colleges
located in Nebraska.
APPROVED May 13,
2009, LB 92, Move-Over Bill, Serious support was
provided by the NSVFA and the AAA.
APPROVED May 19,
2009, LB 198, Adopt the Reduced Cigarette Ignition
Propensity Act Beginning January 1, 2010, cigarette
manufacturers and cigarette retailers will be required to
produce, market and sell only cigarettes that comply with
the Fire-Safe Cigarette law.
APPROVED April 14,
2010, LB 780, Mental-Mental Workers Comp - a first
responder suffering mental injury will be able to recover
workers’ compensation benefits upon establishing certain
criteria. The law will expire in four years
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