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NSVFA SAFER GRANT

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 lyndsay@volunteerfirefighter.org or by contacting the Adapt management group at 855-VOLFIRE.
 

SAFER Grant 2013 Year-End ReportFebruary 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).
 

NSVFA 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

 

Eighth Annual NSVFA Senators' Appreciation Breakfast
January 27, 2014

 

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 attention given:
LB 62 – Rural and Suburban Fire District Levy
LB 402 – Novelty Lighters (Advanced to Final Reading January 31, 2014)
LB 440 – Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act
LB 752 – Assault on a Health Care Professional/Emergency Responder
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 legislation. 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.
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 legislation. 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.
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.  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. Rhonda Cerny, NSVFA Fire Prevention Committee Chair discussing legislative bills with Senator Burke Harr, Nebraska District # 8.
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.

Nebraska Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Service

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 before.

 

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 special.

 

 

Keep Fire Prevention Alive all year long

 

“Excerpt from NVFC email of October 14, 2011”
Remember that 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.

 

NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s Association Membership Annual Enrollment begins July 1, 2013.

 

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 Membership tab.

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, July 1, 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 renewed.

Also available is the Gold Badge Associate Membership and Corporate Sponsor Membership, all on the Forms page of this web site.

 

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.

 

  1. ATIRAcredit Master Card   ||   APPLY NOW   ||

  2. California Casualty Auto and Home Insurance

  3. Columbia Southern University online education

  4. Enterprise rental discounts

 

Visit the NSVFA Member Benefit Partnerships tab for additional information or click the icons to the right for more details.

 


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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.


NSVFA LEGISLATION PAYS OFF!

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:

APPROVED February 13, 2014, LB 403 to prohibit the retail sale of Novelty Lighters.
APPROVED 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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