Welcome to the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association (SVFFA) Web Site. Since September 1990 the SVFFA has been proud to represent and be the responsible voice and leadership to the Volunteer Fire Fighter of Saskatchewan. The SVFFA provides a powerful voice offering Volunteer Fire Fighters the opportunity to shape the future Fire Service of Saskatchewan.



May 2016 SVFFA Newsletter - Check out the May SVFFA Newsletter for plenty of good information, including Sask.'s newest CISM team!



2016 SVFFA Fall Fire School - Information and Registration Package Click here for the student/instructor Information and Registration Package for the 2016 Fall SVFFA Fire School in Melville, SK on 29 Sep - 01 Oct 2016!



2016 SVFFA Fall Fire School Exhibitor Registration - Click here for the Trade Show Exhibitor Registration Form for the 2016 Fall Fire School in Melville, SK on 29 Sep - 01 Oct 2016!



CHANGE TO PLANNED PROTEST/PUBLIC INFO SESSION ON 06 JUNE 2016

Attention to all who were planning to attend the informational protest on 06 June 2016. The SVFFA Board of Directors has been asked by one of their partners in this battle to postpone our planned event to allow the partner time to proceed on their front. The board has agreed to hold off for now out of respect for our partner in this initiative. This is not to say that we will not proceed if necessary, but we will postpone it for now. Please share this will everyone who was planning to attend so that there is no one showing up to this postponed event.

Respectfully yours,
Doug Lapchuk, SVFFA President



New classifieds posted! - There are new classifieds posted to the News & Events page from Moosomin Fire Department!



CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award nominations now open - The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association’s “CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award”©, in partnership with Duracell Canada Inc. and their partners, annually honours an individual whose remarkable achievements in the fire service and community exemplifies outstanding performance. To be considered for the award, nominees must have been a volunteer firefighter or volunteer-on-call firefighter for at least twenty (20) years.
Click here for the information package.
Click here for the nomination form.



Regional Communications Centre Career Open House - The Regional Communications Centre in Regina is offering a Career Open House for anyone considering becoming a Communications Specialist. Join them Wednesday June 8th at 7PM to find out about this valuable and necessary career, and how Communications Specialists make a difference in the lives of Saskatchewan Residents every day. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kim Gutwin at kim.gutwin@rqhealth.ca.



Royal Canadian Mint National Heroes Collector Set - The Royal Canadian Mint is proudly honouring Canada’s national heroes with a new silver collector coin series. The series features firefighters, paramedics, police and the military, all of which face danger in the line of duty yet remain steadfast in their commitment and dedication to helping others. Click here to purchase the whole collector set. In conjunction with this coin series, the Mint is donating $10,000 to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal (Fort McMurray) as well as $5 from the sale of every “Firefighters” coin, which is the first coin in the series.



Ecuador fire departments looking for assistance - The SVFFA recently received an email from Brian Wilson with Moose Jaw Fire Department:
"As some of you know, I've been a volunteer Disaster Response Team Leader for a small organization for about the last 6 years. I've been deployed on international disaster response deployments to Haiti, Philippines, Nepal and most recently Ecuador. Through the organization I volunteer with (Humanity First), I was approached today by two small fire departments in Ecuador that were impacted by the earthquake last month. Their stations collapsed in the earthquake, and the fire fighters are doing their best to make do and still provide this much needed service to their communities."
The organization will be providing transportation and logistics, while the fire departments are looking for some pretty basic stuff: Tents for living quarters; Kitchen supplies / cook stoves; Toilets; Water tanks for personal use; Fire fighting supplies;



2016 Winnipeg Firefighter Paramedic / Firefighter / Primary Care Paramedic recruitment - Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Winnipeg Firefighter Paramedic / Firefighter / Primary Care Paramedic recruitment! All of the information and documents needed to apply are available at www.winnipeg.ca/fps/careers.



Huge thank you to Mosaic! - The SVFFA has to give a huge thank you to Mosaic for their donation of a Hahn fire engine! You will be able to see this truck in person at the 2016 SVFFA Spring Fire School this weekend (08-10 April 2016).



Saskatchewan's Newest CISM Team!



Prairie Region TRANSCAER Flammable Liquids and Rail Safety event - The Prairie Region TRANSCAER® Committee, in co-operation with the City of Swift Current, will be hosting a Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response outreach event on Thursday August 18th and Friday August 19th, 2016. There is no cost to attend either of these dates. Click here for the registration form and more information!



SGI 2016 Fire Suppression & Vehicle Extrication rates

  • Hourly Rate for Productive Call - $887.00
  • Hourly Rate for Unproductive Call - $533.00



Jan 2016 SVFFA Newsletter - Click here for the January 2016 newsletter!



DEVASTATING LOSS FOR ROSE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT - HELP NEEDED!

On 18 Dec 2015 the Rose Valley Fire Hall was destroyed by fire, which damaged their apparatus and destroyed all of their personal PPE. The apparatus were not a total loss but they will be out of service until they can be recertified, however they have no personal PPE left.

Mutual aid will be provided by Kelvington, Archerwill, and Wadena Fire Departments but Rose Valley firefighters are looking to borrow PPE (including boots and helmets) until they can buy new equipment. I am hoping that we can find fire departments who have both supplies and equipment to lend or donate until Rose Valley can rebuild and become a fully functional fire department again.

Anyone who can help out can contact Rose Valley Fire Chief Dale Whitford at 306.322.2383 (home) or 306.322.7744 (cell). Even if you cannot help materially, you can help by getting the word out to as many of your fellow fire departments as possible.



Changes to the Call for Nominations for Sask. Protective Services Medal - The Sask. Gov. Protocol Office has changed the annual deadline for the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal Call for Nominations. They will now accept nominations until 31 Mar 2016. For more information and for the nomination forms, please go to http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards/saskatchewan-protective-services-medal.



SVFFA 25th Anniversary Mugs - Mike Kwasnica and the Humboldt Fire Department has a number of SVFFA 25th Anniversary mugs still available. Go to the Classifieds page for more info!



YouTube videos from 2015 Humboldt Fire School Auto Ex - Mike Beamish has posted two YouTube videos from our Auto Extrication course in Humboldt, SK.:
Air Bag Detonation
Auto Ex Scenario



Fundraising Possibility - The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) is leading the clean-up of private scrap tire stockpiles in the province. In many rural municipalities, non-profit or service groups are recruited to assist, and sometimes lead, the clean-up and are provided with compensation for their efforts. Go to the News and Events page for more information. They have a new map showing which RMs they are operating in this year, go to the News & Events page to find the link to the map.



Updated Bylaws Posted - The newest version of the SVFFA bylaws (modified in 2008) have been added to the Membership page.



Hug-a-Bears for Children in Traumatic Situations - For many years, the SaskTel Pioneers have used a simple pattern to sew a little comfort in to the shape of a bear. Pioneers sew and distribute Hug-a-Bears for children in times of trauma. They work with community agencies, such as police departments, ambulance services and volunteer fire departments, so that a Hug-a-Bear is always available to give to a frightened child facing a traumatic situation. Sometimes just one is needed, where other times large shipments are sent to areas struck by a of disaster. The cost for the bears is free.
For more information about the SaskTel Pioneers or to order bears call 1-866-944-4442 or email SaskTel.pioneers@sasktel.com.