VFCA Administrative Professionals
"Professionals Partnering to Serve Our Community"
The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Administrative Professionals Section was established in 2001.
The mission of the Administrative Professionals Section (APS) is to: • Provide quality assistance to the fire service and our community • Maintain a working partnership with administrative professionals • Enhance communication and sharing of information through networking and technology • Provide opportunities for education and training
Renee Allen-Stallings - President rstallings
Jessica Wilkes - Vice President [email protected]
Melissa Heiderman - Secretary [email protected]
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Administrative Professionals Retreat Recap from President Stallings:
I wanted to give you all a summary of the Retreat held October 17th & 18th in Chesapeake. Chief Elliott and the Chesapeake Fire Department hosted 33 of us for this year's retreat! 33, can you believe it? That is much better than the 20 we had in 2018. Of the 33, we had 10 non-members come to visit and see what we are all about, and 5 of those expressed interest in joining the group. We also had 6 members attend a meeting for the first time since joining. I was very pleased with the turn out, and reading over the evaluations, I believe everyone enjoyed all that we offered and having the time to network and share knowledge about the challenges we face daily.
We had four sessions in total (one had to cancel due to a death in her family) with topics covering being present while getting things done, peer suport, active threat, and stop the bleed. With the recent events in Virginia Beach earlier this year, I had to jump at the opportunity offered for these last three sessions mentioned. These are topics that our members have been asking for, so I urge our fire and rescue personnel to include them in any trainings like these in the future as we barely scratched the surface. We are the last ones thought of when it comes to training, but trust me, we need to learn and stay current with things happening in our profession as well so that we can help our Chiefs, and our departments look good while running as smoothly as possible.
Chesapeake Fire Station 2 hosted us on Friday afternoon and gave us the opportunity to learn about and try our hand at forcible entry props and vehicle extrication. Some of us even took a ride up in the bucket, and we all had the opportunity to go out on the fire boat and learn about the role it plays on the water. I hope to post pictures and a possible video once all of the pictures have been processed.
I can't end without a huge thank you to all that have gotten on board this past year by spreading the word and supporting your admins in attending meetings and the Retreat. I see a lot of potential in this group and know that we can only continue to do great things moving forward.
Also, Save the Date for next year's Retreat - October 15th & 16th in Roanoke!
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2019 VFCA Administrative Professionals Section President