Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association (MCVFA) Receives $1.7 Million Grant Award from U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thu May 26, 2011 9:37am EDT

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Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association (MCVFA) Receives $1.7 Million Grant Award from U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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BOSTON, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association (MCVFA) announced today it has been awarded a $1,747,500 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.  This award will permit the MCVFA to continue to expand its volunteer recruitment & retention program which it began three years ago, following a nearly $300,000 SAFER award.

According to Chief Joseph Maruca, co-chair of MCVFA Recruitment and Retention Committee, "Recruitment of new firefighters and EMTs and the retention of experienced personnel are the most critical challenges facing the national volunteer fire service, and Massachusetts shares in that challenge," he said.  "The MCVFA's goal is to strengthen the response capabilities of local fire and EMS departments by promoting and maintaining adequate staffing of volunteer departments."

The MCVFA plans to use the funds for a multifaceted recruitment and retention campaign.  Over the next four years, the Association will promote awareness of the volunteer fire and EMS service through a statewide public awareness campaign as well as continue to encourage and promote the use of the tools and resources the MCVFA developed for individual departments previously.  

"An important component to the recruitment program, especially during these difficult economic times, is a college scholarship component that will allow eligible individuals to obtain a degree in an appropriate degree program in return for a service commitment to the students' local volunteer fire department," said Chief Maruca.

The Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters' Association represents more than 8,000 call and volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel across the Commonwealth.  For more information, visit mcvfa.org.

SOURCE Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association

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