Thank you for visiting the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
In October, 2012, the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
Association was awarded a four year, $1.96 million SAFER Grant
which has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. The intent of this
grant is to help retain & recruit more Volunteers throughout the
State of Nebraska.
The two major components of the grant are the STRIVE, State
Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency
Responders program and eight Recruitment and Retention
workshops to be held between 2012 and 2016 at various
locations throughout Nebraska.
Registrations continue to be taken for the STRIVE program and
six Recruitment and Retention Workshops have been held. To read the details on either
program and to make application for STRIVE, please click the
appropriate button below. Questions may be addressed to
[email protected] or by contacting the Adapt
management group at 855-VOLFIRE.
1, 2013 marked the KICK OFF of the
STRIVE program. Only one deadline is left to apply for
the Spring/Summer 2016 term reimbursement as this grant ends in
October of 2016. This program is for any & all current or
future Volunteers. In order to qualify you must commit to
Volunteer at your local department for 2 years; in that time
period you must be active & in good standing. Once you have made
the commitment you can receive up to $4,400 in tuition
reimbursement for a year for you or for an immediate family
member (someone who lives in your household or who is claimed as
a dependent on your taxes). You can serve your commitment during
the time you receive the reimbursement or during a period
immediately after the education has been completed. (Click
button to follow the directions for application).
has currently hosted five of the eight workshops, one each at the 2013
and 2014 Fire Schools and one each at the Battle Creek Fire Department,
at Omaha and at Lincoln. Two
more Retention &
Recruitment (R&R) Workshops
are being planned and will be funded by the
R&R SAFER grant. This is your opportunity to set aside two days
from your busy schedule to focus on one of the most important
aspects of your department: VOLUNTEERS. There is no cost
to attend a workshop; travel, 2 nights lodging and per diem for
attendees will be reimbursed upon completion of the workshop.
Click button to register for the following workshops or register
with Ashley at 1-855-Vol-Line or email at
Kearney, NE January 23-24, 2016 (with meetings at the Younes
Conference Center, 416 Talmadge Rd., Kearney and motel at
the Hampton Inn, 507 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney (308) 234-3400).
Lincoln, NE June 11-12, 2016 (details to be announced).
January 28, 2016
Your NSVFA and NE Fire Chiefs Legislative Committees met on
Sunday, Jan. 24th and provided input to our lobbyist Jerry
Stillmock on the bills in the Nebraska Legislature. NOTE:
The link below will take you to the most current Legislative
Stance document and please let the office know if you have any
input. Pay particular note to the committee hearing dates and if
you can, please join us to testify or simply show your support
for our efforts. 2016 is a short 60 day session which ends April
20th. Things will move fast and furious so keep checking back on
our web site.
2016 Bill Summary
“Excerpt from NVFC email of October 14, 2011”
fire prevention is something we need to emphasize all year long.
Fire departments and Fire Corps programs are encouraged to
continue to strengthen their prevention and safety campaigns and
spread community awareness to help keep residents safe and
prevent tragedy throughout the year.
The NSVFA has a very active Fire
Prevention Committee who is happy to help departments find
resources and activities related to Fire Prevention.
JOIN TODAY! Department’s
memberships will speak as a stronger voice in guiding the future
of all Fire & Emergency Services in Nebraska. Enrollment
documents were mailed June 7 to department addresses but are
also available on the Forms page of this web site or at the
The NSVFA looks forward to all previous departments’ memberships
being renewed and welcomes new members. New departments will
also have received enrollment packets and the office will assist
with any inquiries or can assist with attendance of a
representative at a department meeting to assist with questions.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Membership dues for the new term,
2015 to June 30, 2016, remain the same and will be $20.00 per
member as approved by motion at the NSVFA E-Board. Significant
to membership enrollment is that a grace period of July 1 to
September 1 has been established for NSVFA dues to be paid for
renewing memberships. What does this mean? Memberships not
renewed by September 1, will have the member benefits of the
newspaper and $4,000 accidental death and dismemberment
insurance discontinued until such time that memberships are
Also available is the Gold Badge Associate Membership and
Corporate Sponsor Membership, all on the Forms page of this web
Benefits: In addition to the
American Income Life $4,000 accidental dismemberment insurance,
the Nebraska Firefighter newspaper, the Fire School class fee
member discount, and the availability of Nebraska Public Agency
Investment Trust to members of the NSVFA, membership now also
offers the following new benefits.
ATIRAcredit Master Card ||
California Casualty Auto and Home Insurance
Columbia Southern University online education
Enterprise rental discounts
Visit the NSVFA Member Benefit
Partnerships tab for additional information or click the icons
to the right for more details.
Casualty has been providing specialized auto and home
insurance to those that make our communities better for over
100 years. This exclusive program offers special firefighter
rates, money-saving discounts, exceptional customer service
and unique firefighter benefits. To learn more or to get a
quote, call 1-866-680-5143 or visit
http://www.calcas.com/nsvfa. Be sure to mention that
you’re a member of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters
Association. You can also reach California Casualty’s web
page by clicking on their icon on the right side of this
page or by clicking:
The winner of California Casualty’s next “Work Hard/Play
Hard” contest will have their choice of a 2015 special
edition peace officer or firefighter/EMT Harley-Davidson®
FLHP Road King or $25,000. It’s California
Casualty’s biggest prize yet!
The contest is open to peace officers, EMTs and
firefighters, American heroes who work hard and risk their
lives to make our communities safer. This is why
California Casualty is giving one lucky winner the
opportunity to win a new 2015 Custom Harley Davidson or
$25,000. Entries will be taken through October 7, 2015 and
the entry form and rules can be found
*Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, USA. All rights reserved.
Harley Davidson is not a participating partner in or sponsor
of this contest.
Always available through California Casualty at
a “Nominate Your Hero” award which requires filling out a
simple form. Each “Hero of the Month” wins a $250 gift card
and will be entered in a chance to win a $10,000 grand
Winner of the Bass Boat:
The winner of California Casualty’s latest “Work Hard, Play
Hard” contest is Tom Vail, Volunteer Firefighter of
the Sidney Fire Department, NE. Given the option of a bass
boat or $10,000, Vail chose the $10,000 option and was
presented the check August 1, 2013.
California Casualty's “Work Hard, Play Hard” contests honor
and reward everyday heroes such as firefighters, volunteer
firefighters, peace officers and EMT's – this time with a
bass boat or $10,000 equivalent cash option. Tom Vail’s name
was randomly selected from a pool of nearly 11,000 entries
from around the nation.
Tom arrived at the Sidney firehouse for a regularly
scheduled monthly meeting unaware of the surprising news
awaiting him. Shawn Courtney, California Casualty
Representative, had the honor of presenting Tom with a
$10,000 check while announcing him as the latest “Work Hard
Play Hard” contest winner.
The NSVFA sponsors
lobbying at state and national levels, supporting a Nebraska
State Lobbyist and two representatives to the National Volunteer
Fire Council. Each year the NSVFA and Nebraska Fire Chief’s
Association executive boards meet with their Legislative and EMS
Committees to choose legislative goals which senators may
sponsor in the upcoming session. Each January, the NSVFA and
Fire Chiefs sponsor an annual breakfast with the senators to
which all members are invited where they may visit with senators
about the importance of the fire and EMS services in Nebraska
and to ask the senators assistance with upcoming legislative
matters. A Legislative Stance meeting
is held in January or early February that is open to all members of the NSVFA and Nebraska
Fire Chief’s Association where upcoming legislative bills are
discussed and stances developed by the two Associations.
These efforts have paid off. The following list of bills is a
small sample of those approved in recent years that are
important to Nebraska fire and EMS services:
APPROVED May 27,
2015, LB 325 to change levy provisions
for rural and suburban fire protection districts.
APPROVED April 22,
2014, LB 811 in which LB 752 was amended expanding
the provisions relating to assault of a healthcare
professional to also include emergency responders,
firefighters, and out-of-hospital emergency care providers.
APPROVED April 22,
2014, LB 390 in which LB 772 was amended increasing
the authority of the Adjutant General to make expenditures
up to $25,000 for aerial fire suppression or a hazardous
materials response without a state of emergency
APPROVED April 16,
2014, LB 961 in which LB 820 & LB 895 were amended.
LB 820 authorizes Nebraska to join the Great Plains
Interstate Forest Fire Compact. The Compact is contained
within Section 1 of LB 961 and Section 2 of the bill sets
forth requirements for Nebr. Volunteer firefighters to
provide certification of insurance covering Nebraska
volunteers for workers’ compensation benefits outside the
boundaries of Nebraska. LB 895 clarified provisions of the
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act, which will be beneficial
to volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical
2014, LB 403 to prohibit the retail sale of Novelty
June 3, 2013, LB 634 and 634A,
the Wildfire Control Act of 2013, and the funding bill were
signed into law by Governor Heineman and because of an
emergency clause became law effective immediately. The
NSVFA/NVCA through their lobbyist, Gerald Stilmock and the
Nebraska Forest Service through Dr. Scott Josiah, Nebraska
State Forester partnered advantageously to support these
bills and move them through the legislative process. The
Act provides for a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) for rapid
initial attack during fire seasons, funding for expanded
programs in firefighter training, forest fuels reduction,
federal excess property provision, burned land restoration,
and wood product market development.
APPROVED April 5,
2007, LB 160 to Change fire and rescue department
provisions relating to clothing, equipment, and donations
APPROVED March 31,
2008, LB 948, the Emergency Responders Job
Protection Act, was incorporated into LB 1096
APPROVED April 9,
2009, LB 110, Providing for Specialty License Plates
(The Department of Motor Vehicles processes and regulations
for this bill are being developed.)
APPROVED April 22,
2009, LB 206, Adopt the In the Line of Duty
Dependent Education Act This bill will provide education
benefits for surviving children of LODDs for those attending
state universities, state colleges and community colleges
located in Nebraska.
APPROVED May 13,
2009, LB 92, Move-Over Bill, Serious support was
provided by the NSVFA and the AAA.
APPROVED May 19,
2009, LB 198, Adopt the Reduced Cigarette Ignition
Propensity Act Beginning January 1, 2010, cigarette
manufacturers and cigarette retailers will be required to
produce, market and sell only cigarettes that comply with
the Fire-Safe Cigarette law.
APPROVED April 14,
2010, LB 780, Mental-Mental Workers Comp - a first
responder suffering mental injury will be able to recover
workers’ compensation benefits upon establishing certain
criteria. The law will expire in four years
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