VFCA Departmental Membership
At the 2016 Virginia Fire Rescue conference the VFCA Board of Directors approved a new department membership initiative as an alternative membership option. The recruitment intent of this initiative is for departments to use their bundled cost savings to purchase more membership types, improving overall membership totals. In addition it is our hope that departments will see added value for their money spent as it relates to providing more membership opportunity for their personnel. More membership opportunity creates more professional opportunity, and overall membership participation improves the association’s influence and advocacy.
The following is an overview of the group rate discount membership initiative
- For departments who have between five (5) and ten (10) personnel as members in the VFCA, the department would receive ten dollars ($10.00) off per membership for active membership categories at the $75 membership fee and five dollars ($5.00) off per membership for membership categories at the $40 membership fee.
- For departments who have more than ten (10) personnel as members in the VFCA, the department would receive twenty dollars ($20.00) off per membership for active membership categories at the $75 membership fee and ten dollars ($10.00) off per membership for membership categories at the $40 membership fee.
Increasing the VFCA’s membership is one of the association’s highest priorities. It is imperative that the association improve its membership breadth and depth to continue to strengthen the association’s capability and capacity. The VFCA is not an association that only advocates and represents Virginia’s Fire Chiefs, but is an ambassador and advocate for all of the Commonwealth’s fire and EMS personnel. Contact your area’s Vice President for more information regarding VFCA membership and benefits or visit or email [email protected]
VFCA Membership Benefits
Your membership in the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association makes you a member of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Foundation, the companion non-profit educational organization that offers educational seminars, the Virginia Fire Officer Academy, the scholarship program and other such worthy programs. It’s a full palette of programs and services from which you can choose those of particular interest to you, the VFCA member.
1. Career Development
Virginia Fire & Rescue Conference
The Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference is the Commonwealth’s premier fire and emergency services conference offering a mix of association business, networking and over 40 educational sessions during the event. The Virginia Fire & Rescue Conference is a cost and time efficient way to sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge base and broaden your fire service network.
Virginia Fire Officer Academy
This award winning four and one-half day program assists fire and emergency services professionals to move from a tactical view to a comprehensive strategic view of fire and emergency services, operations, personnel safety, and administration. Participants will enhance their professional development through an interactive learning experience designed to provide a better understanding of the relationship between leadership, ownership and safety.
2. Information & Idea Exchange
Commonwealth Chief Magazine
Touted as one of the country’s best fire and emergency services organization member publications, Commonwealth Chief magazine puts the latest thinking and current issues – as well as all you need to know about your association – in your hands on a quarterly basis.
Opportunities occur throughout the year to learn informally from your peers. At VFCA events or on the Website (www.vfca.us) you can connect with fire and EMS personnel from around the state who share your concerns, but from a slightly different perspective.
3. Political Advocacy
VFCA leadership plays a leading role in the Annual Legislative Summit where major fire/EMS organizations from across the Commonwealth come together to decide what legislative issues are important and relative in today’s ever changing environment.
Members and leaders take the fire service story directly to state and federal elected representatives to work for laws and regulations that enhance your ability to provide safe communities. VFCA participates on many state boards and advisory bodies to help ensure fire and emergency services input is included on actions and decisions that affect all of the Commonwealth’s public safety personnel.
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance - Each VFCA member is provided with AD&D insurance benefits in the event an unexpected tragedy should strike.