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President's Message

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes as I take on the role of President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.  The number of people reaching out to me to offer their help and willingness to serve is amazing, and the opportunity to work alongside so many fire service leaders that I have respected and admired for years is very humbling.  I do not take the responsibility of this role lightly, realizing I was placed in this position for a reason, and that reason is to serve Virginia's fire service the same way you all serve your communities.  By adhering to the focus of the Association of serving through leadership, education, advocacy, and development, we will make a difference in the future of Virginia's fire service.  While our Conference Committee and Professional Development do an outstanding job with the Fire-Rescue Conference, our Association is about so much more than the conference.


Over the next year we will continue to seek to expand upon the many successes seen through the various educational opportunities provided by the VFCA.  The Virginia Fire Officer Academy and the Virginia Chief Officer Academy continue to grow and impact current and future leaders across the Commonwealth.  Additionally, we will pursue the development of a mentoring program to capture the vast amount of knowledge and wisdom of our more senior and retired fire service leaders, and work to pass it along to tomorrow's up and coming leaders. 


Finally, we will work with other public safety organizations to combat an enemy that has been threatening all of us in the fire service, whether career or volunteer, metropolitan or rural department, male or female.  The issue of cancer in the fire service is not selective, and has impacted all of us, either in our own diagnosis or through a friend or loved one. We must seek to reduce the risk of cancer to tomorrow's firefighters, and adequately care for those who have already been exposed or have developed the disease.  We need to join together to find opportunities to implement new techniques and technologies that will add to the protection of our next generation of firefighters; those who have yet to be exposed to the carcinogens that result in this dreaded disease.  We need to continue educate our legislature on the cancer risk that exists, the increased potential for firefighters to develop it over that of the general population, and the fact that the few types of cancers named as being presumptively caused by the job is too limited.  Additionally, if a cancer diagnosis is presumed to be caused by the job, it should be just that, presumed, and the burden should be on the locality to prove otherwise, not on the firefighter to prove that it is related to the job.  


Thank you again, and I look forward to working with many of you in the coming year to make a positive difference for the future of the fire service in Virginia.


Jay Cullinan, VFCA President






Mission Statement

The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, (VFCA) serves the communities of Virginia through its fire service leaders and advances the Fire & Rescue service through leadership, education and advocacy.


History and Purpose of VFCA

(Formerly SFCAV)

The State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia, Inc., was organized in 1930 by progressive Fire Chiefs who saw the need to work together for the betterment of the fire service. The Association's original purpose was to work for the promotion of fire prevention, protection from and extinguishments of fires, and attendant reduction of insurance rates. The Association proposed to accomplish this by bringing into closer contact the various Fire Chiefs in the Commonwealth for their mutual benefit and welfare. Among the first matters discussed in 1930 were the need for a State Firemen's School, the Firemen's Pension Bill, and a Model Arson Law.

The Association has continued to grow through the years and its goals have broadened to keep pace with the challenges. Today, the Association's stated purpose is to bring together at least once a year persons interested in the advancement of the fire service; to discuss ways of improving life-saving and fire extinguishments procedures; to assist in research studies; to serve as the recognized organization for the exchange of ideas, information, knowledge and experiences affecting the safety of life and property from fires; to encourage and assist in the development of public education in fire prevention programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to cooperate with all organizations in the promotion of the goals and objectives of the fire service; and to support and encourage the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical services by the fire service to relieve human suffering.

In 2002, the SFCAV changed its name to become the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association in order to facilitate searching capabilities on the Internet and a more direct identification similar to other organizations throughout the United States.