Action Training Systems (ATS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the 50 winners of the 2014 ATS/NVFC $250K Training Giveaway. The announcement comes during International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which this year focuses on the importance of all personnel receiving adequate training with the theme of “Train Like You Fight.”
The 50 winning departments will each receive a one-year subscription for 20 learners and one administrator to the Essentials of Fire Fighting series via the ATS Online Learning Management System. This totals nearly $250,000 worth of online training.
The series contains 33 interactive courses, streaming video, and PowerPoints to teach Firefighter I and II skills and prerequisite knowledge. Essentials of Fire Fighting teaches to the current NFPA 1001 standards and can be used as a training resource to simplify technical knowledge and reinforce training objectives.
The department administrator can track the progress of up to 20 students through the program. All applicants also receive a 10 percent discount off of any ATS training program.
“We are pleased to partner with ATS to help these 50 volunteer departments get essential training that they otherwise were unable to afford for their personnel,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We received hundreds of applications, demonstrating the critical need for this type of program. We thank ATS for recognizing this need and making the commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of these departments through this training giveaway.”
“I would like to personally congratulate the recipients of the 2014 ATS/NVFC Training Giveaway and also thank the NVFC for their support throughout this program,” said Action Training Systems President George A. Avila Jr. “I would also like to recognize the men and women of the volunteer fire service for their commitment and sacrifice to their respective communities. The volunteer fire service has a long history of contributing to the public safety of their communities across the country, and it is essential that each member has adequate training resources to ensure their safety and the safety of their community. ”
To be eligible, departments had to be all or mostly volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized within one of the 50 U.S. states, and demonstrate a true need for the training that they could not meet on their own.
Over 500 departments applied for the giveaway. A total of 50 winning departments were selected, representing 48 states.
The recipients of the 2014 ATS Training Giveaway are as follows: Alabama Boldo Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Alabama Dixons Mills Volunteer Fire Department; Alaska Klawock Volunteer Fire Department; Arizona Happy Jack Fire Services Inc.; Arkansas Upper White Oak Lake Volunteer Fire Department; California Ben Lomond Fire Protection District; Colorado Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department; Connecticut Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department; Florida Liberty Fire District; Georgia Gresston Volunteer Fire Department; Idaho Bliss Fire District; Illinois Dalzell Fire Protection District; Indiana Clarksburg Volunteer Fire; Iowa Farley Volunteer Fire Department; Kansas Lincoln First Rural Fire; Kentucky Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department; Louisiana Washington Parish Fire District #9; Maine Kenduskeag Volunteer Fire Department; Maryland Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company; Massachusetts Oakham Fire Department; Michigan Wildwood Fire Rescue; Minnesota Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department; Mississippi East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department; Missouri Kinsey Volunteer Fire Department; Missouri Gorin Volunteer Fire Department; Montana St. Labre Volunteer Fire Department; Nebraska Randolph Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Nevada Peavine Volunteer Fire Department; New Hampshire South Hampton Fire Department; New Jersey Keansburg Fire Department; New Mexico Latir Volunteer Fire Department; New York Hurleyville Fire Department; North Carolina Sterlings Volunteer Fire Department; North Dakota Stanley Fire Department; Ohio Terrace Park Fire Department; Oklahoma Delaware Volunteer Fire Department; Oregon City of Antelope Fire Department; Pennsylvania Heights Fire Company #1; Rhode Island Harmony Fire District; South Carolina Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department; South Dakota Tyndall Fire Department; Tennessee Midtown Volunteer Fire Department; Texas Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department; Utah Orderville Fire Department; Vermont Franklin Volunteer Fire Department; Virginia Craigsville Volunteer Fire Company; Washington Ruston Fire Department; West Virginia New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department; Wisconsin Silver Cliff Fire Department; Wyoming Bar Nunn Volunteer Fire Department
About Action Training Systems
Action Training Systems is a multi-media production company with over 26 years of experience developing training programs for emergency responders. Its interactive programs are proven to significantly increase learner competency, and are all based on current national standards.
With over 200 EMS training and firefighter training programs available, these programs are great tools for initial or recurrent training. Learn more and view a training demo at www.action-training.com.
About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.
Learn more at www.nvfc.org.