On behalf of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association’s Board of Directors, thank you for visiting our website.
If you are visiting our website as a member, I want to personally thank you for supporting the VFCA. Our organization is only as strong as the individuals that comprise our membership, and your hard work and dedication to advancing the fire service both locally and state-wide is the lynchpin of our success. I believe Virginia’s fire service has some of the best departments; firefighters and chief officers in the nation, and that is a direct result of your individual commitment and contribution!!! I am humbly and graciously proud to represent the VFCA membership and will strive to exceed all of your expectations.
If you are visiting our website as a guest/non-member, I want to personally encourage you and your department to become members! The information provided on our website and to our members is not only beneficial to you, but to your organization as well! From new company officer training to chief officer training, the VFCA provides a broad array of educational opportunities that will allow both you and your department to perform at its best! For membership information, click here.
As President of our Association, I am excited to tell you that your Board of Directors will be working hard over this next year to ensure we are offering our membership numerous educational opportunities. Opportunities to come together as a group, to sharpen our skills and ensure we are prepared for the ever-changing fire services environment. We will also be working through our website, social media, and email to provide beneficial information to our membership.
My goal as the 2019 VFCA President is to challenge our Board of Directors as well as the committees within our organization, to work hard to support the mission of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association. In conjunction with the association’s mission, we have a vision – a vision to see a growth in our membership and in our professional capabilities. This is not a new challenge, but more of a new surge of ideas to promote our association. I have given our Board of Directors and our committees a challenge to work hard to support our mission. I also have a two-part challenge for our membership. I challenge you to take advantage of all the opportunities that this association offers, step up and be a part of it. The second part is don’t do it alone. From the ranks of lieutenant through chief, you can belong to our organization. So, when you attend a VFCA event, bring someone with you. Invite your neighboring chiefs and chief officers to come with you because they are facing the same issues within the fire service that we all are facing. If we stand alone, we are only as strong as one member, but if we stand together, we stand strong joined in a unified mission and vision of improving Virginia’s fire services for ourselves, our departments and the communities we so valiantly serve!
I look forward to the year ahead and plan to work hard to continue what our previous leadership has started. Today’s fire services face an ever-changing environment in many aspects that the fire services have never seen before! From a surge in light-weight and modified building codes that don’t necessarily work to preserve the fire services safety and well-being; to a continuously changing political climate; to continually expanding the physical and emotional health of our people; to diversifying our workforce to simply retain firefighters, the best answer to the challenges we face will only come if we face them together. As we work to grow our member base and find more external partners, the VFCA will continue to grow stronger and expand our foundation to ensure we are always prepared to handle the multitude of complexities that face today’s fire services and chief officers.
It is a privilege and an honor to lead this organization and I ask that you contact me if I or the VFCA can be of any assistance to you. You may contact me at 540-332-3884 or email at [email protected].
Yours in service,
Scott Garber, Fire Chief
Staunton Fire & Rescue
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
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.