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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 between 2012 and 2016 at various locations throughout Nebraska. Registrations continue to be taken for the STRIVE program and six Recruitment and Retention Workshops have been held.  To read the details on either program and to make application for STRIVE, please click the appropriate button below. Questions may be addressed to [email protected] 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. Only one deadline is left to apply for the Spring/Summer 2016 term reimbursement as this grant ends in October of 2016.  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 five of the eight workshops, one each at the 2013 and 2014 Fire Schools and one each at the Battle Creek Fire Department, at Omaha and at Lincoln. Two more Retention & Recruitment (R&R) Workshops 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. There is no cost to attend a workshop; travel, 2 nights lodging and per diem for attendees will be reimbursed upon completion of the workshop. Click button to register for the following workshops or register with Ashley at 1-855-Vol-Line or email at [email protected].

  1. Kearney, NE January 23-24, 2016 (with meetings at the Younes Conference Center, 416 Talmadge Rd., Kearney and motel at the Hampton Inn, 507 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney (308) 234-3400).

  2. Lincoln, NE June 11-12, 2016 (details to be announced).

Legislative Updates:

January 28, 2016

Your NSVFA and NE Fire Chiefs Legislative Committees met on Sunday, Jan. 24th and provided input to our lobbyist Jerry Stillmock on the bills in the Nebraska Legislature. NOTE: The link below will take you to the most current Legislative Stance document and please let the office know if you have any input. Pay particular note to the committee hearing dates and if you can, please join us to testify or simply show your support for our efforts. 2016 is a short 60 day session which ends April 20th. Things will move fast and furious so keep checking back on our web site.  2016 Bill Summary 

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, 2015.

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, 2015 to June 30, 2016, 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.

Current Events:

California 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 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:

California Casualty currently has the $10,000 DeWalt Sweepstakes promotion.  Enter for your Chance to WIN!


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  • 4200 Watt Portable Generator
  • 3” Two-Speed Planer Package with Base
  • 20-Volt XR Lithium-Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit
  • 4-Foot Fiberglass Stepladder
  • 168-piece Mechanics Tool Set
  • 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Jig Saw
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  • 1.3-Amp 20” Variable-Speed Scroll Saw with Stand
  • 12/20-Volt MAX Worksite Charger Radio
  • 1” to 2-1/2” 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer
  • 10” Jobsite Table Saw and Rolling Stand
  • 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion 4-1/2” Grinder
  • 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Premium 5-Tool Combo Kit
  • 12” Dual-Rail Double-Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw with Stand
  • 36” 6-Drawer Heavy Duty Top Chest
  • 36” 5-Drawer Heavy Duty Roller Cabinet
  • 12-Amp 2-1/4 Horsepower 3-Base Router Kit
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AND MUCH MORE!  Visit to Register.

Always available through California Casualty at is a “Nominate Your Hero” award which requires filling out a simple form. Each “Hero of the Month” wins a $250 gift card and will be entered in a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.


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 May 27, 2015, LB 325 to change levy provisions for rural and suburban fire protection districts.
APPROVED April 22, 2014, LB 811 in which LB 752 was amended expanding the provisions relating to assault of a healthcare professional to also include emergency responders, firefighters, and out-of-hospital emergency care providers.
APPROVED April 22, 2014, LB 390 in which LB 772 was amended increasing the authority of the Adjutant General to make expenditures up to $25,000 for aerial fire suppression or a hazardous materials response without a state of emergency proclamation.
APPROVED April 16, 2014, LB 961 in which LB 820 & LB 895 were amended. LB 820 authorizes Nebraska to join the Great Plains Interstate Forest Fire Compact. The Compact is contained within Section 1 of LB 961 and Section 2 of the bill sets forth requirements for Nebr. Volunteer firefighters to provide certification of insurance covering Nebraska volunteers for workers’ compensation benefits outside the boundaries of Nebraska. LB 895 clarified provisions of the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act, which will be beneficial to volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel.
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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