VFCA Life Safety/CRR Section
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the April 9th, 2020 Sound the Alarm Summit is Cancelled
I am sure that you are aware of all the media coverage in relation to the Coronavirus. In response to this a number of presenters have sent notification their travels are restricted as we are all restricted to attending functions such as ours. With that said we will be cancelling the sound the alarm summit. For the next few months we will not have a reschedule date, however, once conditions become more stable and safer for travel we will begin the process of planning for a future summit.
Please be safe and I wish you and your family a healthy and safe few months. We will all be working to protect our community and our family in the coming months and we will pick up where we left off once the COVID 19 is over.
Joshua "Jay" Davis
President Life Safety-Community Risk Reduction Section
From CRR/Life Safety Section President BC Jay Davis......
I wanted to take a few minutes and reach out to all Fire Officials, to introduce myself and share some thoughts with each of you on the new LS-CRR Section of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association. In the fall of 2017 the LS-CRR Section was established as part of the VFCA. Chief Robby Dawson served as the first President of this section. During the 2018 VFRC this section met and I was elected to serve as the 2018 President of this section.
A little background on myself and my career. I started my fire service career in the US Navy as a Ship Board FF (Gulf War Veteran) and have been working at the Charlottesville Fire Department for 24 years. I graduated from the University of Richmond with my Bachelor of Emergency Management; in 2014 I completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program from the NFA. I have been the Fire Marshal and head of the Community Risk Reduction section for the past four years.
One of the primary goals the LS-CRR section of the VFCA will be to establish better communication for local fire officials and to ensure a safer Commonwealth through our combined efforts. The Virginia Fire Service has seen many challenges over the past few years with the fire code adoption process, the need for better training for FM’s and concerns for safety in school buildings, just to name a few. I would like to see this section be a stronger voice in the Virginia code change process, and work with our partners to bring a clear and professional voice to fire safety concerns in Virginia.
Some of the goals that we will be working on this year:
- Establish this section as a unified group to provide clear and concise communication and to serve as a resource to the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association members and assist partner groups/agencies in fire prevention effort.
- Host a summit for local fire officials, to bring all FMs together to discuss concerns/opportunities for 2018. This will provide an opportunity for local fire marshals to hear topical subject matter to build new partnerships, and work together to have a positive impact on our communities
- Out of these discussions we will work to identify key concerns and establish work groups to help research and make recommendations. Such as; define CRR for the fire service, establish fire code adoption standards, Preparedness for Active Shooter in schools and assist with safety for students.
I will be sending out additional information about opportunities and asking for assistance with specific projects.
I look forward to work with you on various projects and issues to make fire safety a way of life in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you in any way.
Yours In Service,
Joshua "Jay" Davis, EFO, CFO
Assistant State Fire Marshal, Virginia Department of Fire Programs