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Scholarship Information (Updated 8/23/2018)

The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. was awarded a FEMA SAFER grant in July 2011 and was successsfully completed in February 2016.  During the 4 year grant period, we assisted over 200 volunteer firefighters in obtaining their Firefighter I cerftification from Florida State Fire College.  Also, we awarded over 90 sets of PPE to the newly recruited and certified volunteer firefighters. 

The Council applied for FY2016 SAFER grant to continue this program and in September 2017, we were notified that we were award a SAFER grant to provide scholarships over the next 4 years to attend certain Firefighter I classes, Wildland, and Recruitment and Retention Workshop.  The SAFER grant also provided for PPE for newly recruited volunteer firefighters, reimbursement for the NFPA 1582 Medical Exam for newly recruited Florida volunteer firefighters, and certified fire instructors to assist Florida volunteer fire department members in completing the Firefighter I Practical Skills Task Book.   


Florida State Fire College is utilizing a Skills Task Book for completing Firefighter I certification.  The Taskbooks contains the required skills (JPRs) that are to be demonstrated and signed off by two certified fire instructors along with completion of live fire evolutions.  Below is a link to this Taskbook.

      Florida Firefighter I Task Book


Scholarships

The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. was awarded a FEMA SAFER grant in September 2016 for the amount of $938,000 which is to be spread over the next 4 years.  This Grant will be used to provide scholarships for those attending the Event.

The following courses will be awarded a scholarship on a first come-first serve basis:

  • S-130/S-190/L180 - The scholarship is only for students obtaining their Florida FF I Certificate of Completion.  The scholarship will pay for lost wages from Wednesday through Friday, per diem, 5 nights of lodging, and mileage.

  • Florida Firefighter I Skills Task Book, 2nd Signature Sign Off - The scholarship is only for students obtaining their Florida FF I Certificate of Completion.  The scholarship will pay for lost wages on Thursday and Friday, per diem, 2 nights of lodging, and mileage.

  • Live Fire Evolutions - The scholarship is only for students obtaining their Florida FF I Certificate of Completion.  The scholarship will pay for per diem, 2 nights of lodging, and mileage.

  • Beyond Hoses and Helmets - This 2 day course is for Chief Officer's and those members involved in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.  The scholarship will pay for per diem, 2 nights of lodging, and mileage or airfare.  Scholarship application is not needed for this course.  You will be emailed additional information after registration is confirmed. 

Scholarship Application (To attend one of the above training courses)

After registering online for the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend, complete and return the Scholarship Application by faxing it to us at 877-468-7309 or scan and email it to us.  You will be notified by email if you are awarded a scholarship.  If you are awarded a scholarship, then you will need to make your hotel reservations as follows: S130/S190- Comfort Suites; Task Book Sign Off and/or Live Burn- Quality Inn.  Once you make your reservation, we ask that you please email us so we can have your room charged to our account.   After completing the training, you will submit a reimbursement form for your lost wages (if applicable), per diem, and mileage at $0.545/mile for POV.  This form will be emailed to you after the Event. 

Space is limited!  Registration will begin June 1, 2018.  The scholarship form is a "Form Fillable PDF", we ask that you please complete the form on your computer before printing it.  Illegible forms will not be processed.  Thank you.

PPE Scholarships

The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. SAFER grant is designed to help volunteer fire departments in Florida to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.  By attending and successfully completing the 2nd signature for the Florida Firefighter I Skills Task Book and Live Fire Evolutions or the S130/S190/L180 at our annual event , the department maybe eligible to receive a complete set of firefighting gear (pants, coat, helmet, boots, gloves and hood) for FREE once their firefighter submits a copy of their Certificate of Completion Volunteer Firefighter from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

To be eligible for a voucher for PPE, the applicant and his/her Fire Chief must complete the PPE Scholarship Application  form below.  The Council will review these applications and advise the Fire Chief before the event in September so the firefighter can be sized for the gear.  If your fire department is awarded, the Fire Chief will be given a voucher after the firefighter successfully completes Florida Firefighter Part I to purchase a pre-determined set of firefighter gear from our vendor.

PPE Scholarship Application (Now Available)

NFPA 1582 Medical Scholarships

The Council's SAFER grant will provide for reimbursement up to $150 for the cost of the required medical exam (NFPA 1582) to enter into firefighter training for the newly recruited Florida volunteer firefighter.  The newly recruited member must submit a copy of their Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion prior to award.  Click on the link below for complete information and application.

Medical Scholarship Application (Now Accepting Applications)

Florida Firefighter I Task Book Skills Sign-Off's Assistance

Through the Council's SAFER grant, we will provide up to two (2) certified fire instructors at no charge to a host agency to assist with the completion of the Florida Firefighter I Task Book.  For more information on this program, email Patrick Garvey at training@nwflvolunteerffweekend.com

CLICK HERE for a link to a worksheet that can be used by Volunteer Fire Departments to record training that will enable the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (Florida State Fire College) to issue an updated Volunteer Firefighter Certification that will reflect 206 hours of training completed.


 
   The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc. admits students of any, race, color, and national or ethnic origin.