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Our MISSION is to provide and enhance leadership to career and volunteer emergency services in Idaho.
‘Taking Care of Those Who took Care of Us’ ™
After fifteen years, the Lighthouse Uniform Company’s Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program has dropped the LODD requirement and is making a dress uniform for burial purposes available to any family wanting one. The new program is called the Bereavement Uniform Program. It is a collaborative effort between the Fire Service and the Lighthouse Uniform Company. It calls for departments and firefighters to check their ‘closets’ for dress uniforms ‘surplused’ or no longer fitting and to send them in to the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse cleans, refurbishes, reconfigures to rank and makes them available to any family requesting one for burial purposes, at ‘no cost’ to the family. The only charge is for freight which will be billed to the affiliated department. The Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) does not live on the Lighthouse website and a dedicated BUP webpage and hyperlink were built to insure easy, timely access for all your people, active and retired. If you need any help, have any questions, would like to engage the Bereavement Uniform Program, either to donate or receive, please don’t hesitate to call 800-426-5225. There is neither cost nor obligation.
IFCA Board Meeting Held on Nov. 4th
The IFCA Board of Directors held its Fall Board meeting on Monday, November 4th at the University Inn in Moscow. The agenda from the meeting is attached below. Members with any questions should contact their District Director for further information.
Fall Board meeting agenda: bod mtg 20131104 dft.doc
IFCA Applies for SAFER Grant for Volunteers Benefits Program
In July the IFCA Board approved action to apply for a SAFER grant for retention and recruitment of volunteers in Idaho. The grant application was officially accepted by FEMA this week. The actual grant application is being coordinated through Greg Redden of Adapt, LLC (formerly Redden & Associates) and would be used to provide accidental death and dismemberment coverage as well as disability insurance to ALL volunteer firefighters in Idaho that meet basic minimum standards. The IFCA Office has assisted in the lengthy application process of getting the IFCA fully registered with the federal government. In July the Board appointed Chief Stacy Hyde (Ammon FD) as interim Division President of a resurrected Volunteer Division. Chief Hyde feels this grant, if obtained, will be a major help in bringing chiefs of volunteer departments into the IFCA. It will also help volunteer chiefs in their recruitment and retention efforts of volunteer firefighters by being able to offer some tangible benefits for the volunteers protection.
Congratulations Charlie Butterfield
Lt. Paramedic Charlie Butterfield plans to accept an offer as the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Sun Valley Fire Department and has formally submitted his letter of resignation as a fulltime member of Wood River Fire and Rescue. Lt. Butterfield’s last shift will be on Tuesday November 26, 2013. Charlie’s career with WRFR began when he accepted a fulltime position on September 21, 2004 and was formally sworn in as a fulltime Firefighter Paramedic with Wood River on November 10, 2004. He plans to begin work with the SVFD sometime early next month. Please wish him the very best in this very important position of management with the City of Sun Valley. The Fire District extends its sincerest thanks to Charlie for his many years of dedicated service in Fire and Emergency Medical Service to South Blaine County.
Idaho Volunteer Fire Chief Wins Grand Prize for Battling Leading Cause of Firefighter Fatalities: Heart Disease
Source: NVFC / Published Date: 11-12-2013
Cardioviva™ Awards $30K in Cash and Prizes to Heart Health Champions
What do a former motorcycle dealership owner and MBA candidate, a marine scientist, and an emergency management consultant have in common? While their day jobs might be vastly different, they are all volunteer firefighters who have just been named the winners of the first Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest.
Heart attacks account for more than half of on-duty firefighter deaths. To encourage exercise, a nutritious diet, and other healthy behaviors among firefighters, Cardioviva™, the first natural probiotic clinically proven to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults, teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to conduct a nationwide search for three heart health champions.
The search puts the spotlight on firefighters who are not only taking care of their own health, but who are also motivating their brethren and communities to live healthier lifestyles. The winners will receive a combined total of $30,000 in cash and prizes so that they can continue their efforts and educate emergency responders ? and the communities they serve ? on how they can proactively protect themselves against heart disease. After a nationwide search and public voting to narrow the field down to the top 10 finalists, a panel of judges consisting of heart health, fire, and nutrition/fitness experts selected three winners, the Grand Prize winner being Chief Smith.
Grand Prize Winner: Chief Peggy Smith, Coolin-Cavanaugh Bay Fire Company, Coolin, Idaho
Peggy (pictured front left during grand prize check presentation) is the chief of her firehouse in the rural Idaho resort town of Coolin, about 25 miles from the Canadian border. Also known as the Priest Lake area, Coolin has a year-round population of 350, but can soar as high as 25,000 during peak tourist times. Peggy started volunteering after a harrowing experience spending a long, cold winter night out on a mountain with her husband after he broke his leg. After this incident, Peggy made it her mission to volunteer and give back to the community. She created a back country snowmobile rescue team, and was then recruited to be part of the volunteer fire department. Under her leadership as Chief for the last three years, the department has grown from three members to 35.
As Peggy began to take on more of the administrative side of her duties while studying for her MBA and taking the exclusive National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program, she became more sedentary. Her weight and cholesterol numbers skyrocketed. She wanted to improve her own health and also motivate the other volunteers to maintain their health so they would be less prone to injury. Peggy and her team began a wellness program, which includes group exercise classes with an instructor four times a week, with nutrition counseling available on request.
“As part of winning the Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest, I want our fire department to be a healthy example for other emergency responders as well as consumers,” said Peggy. “By showing how I am tackling my own weight and cholesterol issues by eating healthfully and exercising regularly, I hope to be a positive role model and inspire others to reduce their risk of heart disease.”As the grand prize winner, Peggy’s firehouse will receive $10,000 in cash, plus donated TRX FORCE kits and additional exercise equipment (valued at $5,000), as well as a nutrition and fitness makeover with Chris Mohr, RD, PhD, a nationally-known sports nutritionist. Peggy plans to use the prize money as the foundation to sustain the firehouse’s wellness program for many years to come, and to attract other members in the community to volunteer.
Working hand-in-hand with the IAFC’s Government Relations Department, several members of the VCOS board of directors have been engaged in a sustained effort for the past several months to bring attention to areas of concern within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which will directly affect volunteer and combination departments.
Chief Dan Eggleston, the VCOS International Director, and I have had meetings with various legislators and/or their staff on Capitol Hill to discuss the ramifications of the new legislation and its potential impact, using the IAFC’s comments submitted to the IRS, which is drafting the regulations, as our talking points.
I encourage you to become informed on the issue by reading the information on the IAFC website; the VCOS board urges you to take action by sending your comments directly to the IRS on the issue of whether fire departments will be required to offer health insurance to volunteers and under what criteria they will be required to do so.
The IRS has made it relatively painless to submit comments. You may do so by going to the comment page on the IRS website and submitting by any of the following three methods:
· You can personalize the letter drafted by the IAFC (doc) by putting in your own ESO’s information. Then copy and paste the contents of the letter into the appropriate comment section;
· You can upload the personalized letter to the webpage;
· If you prefer to write your own anecdotal information about how this PPACA will affect your department, you can write your own comments into the comment section.
All three options are equal and will be directed to the IRS staff.
I want to thank everyone for your attention to this matter; it’s of critical importance that we let our voices be heard before the provisions are finalized. The deadline to submit comments is Friday, November 8.
If you need clarification on any of these matters, call the IAFC headquarters at 703-273-0911 and ask to speak with a member of the Government Relations Department.
Chief Timothy S. Wall
Chair of the VCOS Section
International Association of Fire Chiefs
PPACA Comment Letter
Support WFCA's Fire-Rescue GPO
Saving money should be at the top of every chief's list of things-to-do. The power of group purchasing and pre-qualified contracts saves departments time and money when purchasing a wide range of fire equipment and items of everyday use. We encourage all of our members to take advantage of the WFCA's Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) program. A percentage of your purchase benefits the IFCA so please consider using this program for your department purchases.