The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will continue to work with Ashburn Hill Corp. (AHC), maker of the patented TECGEN® fiber for personal protective apparel, to support the fire service in a variety of ways. The partnership, which was launched in 2010, focuses on the mutual goal of keeping first responders safe. Components include promoting firefighter health and safety through National Firefighter Health Week, distributing valuable resources at industry trade shows, supporting the National Junior Firefighter Program, and more.
“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with AHC to further the safety and well-being of first responders across the nation,” said NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer. “The NVFC and AHC both aim to decrease the tragedies of firefighter fatality and injury. By joining our efforts together, we have reached already reached thousands of first responders with important safety messages and will now reach even more in 2011.”
As part of the partnership, AHC will sponsor one day of National Firefighter Health Week 2011. Each August, the NVFC, through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, holds National Firefighter Health Week to encourage first responders to focus on their health and wellness and make the lifestyle changes necessary to stay strong. Each day of health week highlights a different topic of particular importance to first responders. The 2011 event will be held August 15-19. In addition, AHC will sponsor a health and safety webinar for first responders nationwide. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site for an announcement of the webinar time and date.
Another component of the partnership will be to ensure visitors to the NVFC and Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program exhibit booths at industry trade shows across the nation can take home valuable resources. AHC is providing co-branded bags at the eleven fire service trade shows the NVFC is attending this year. This will enable the NVFC to distribute resources and tools such as the NVFC’s Volunteer Firefighter Health and Safety Priorities poster and the Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations guide to all conference and fire school attendees who stop by the booth. View a full schedule of the NVFC and Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program booths at www.nvfc.org/calendar.
New in 2011, AHC will provide support for the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program. The Program provides tools, information, and resources for departments and young people to encourage youth participation in the fire and emergency services. TECGEN gear can be used by youth in training and other non-operational activities they may perform as a junior firefighter to help prepare them for a future in the fire service. This year’s recipient of the annual NVFC Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco International, will receive a complimentary full set of TECGEN gear as part of their award.
Ashburn Hill Corp., based in Greenville, SC, with manufacturing in Angleton, TX, is dedicated to bringing innovative protective apparel solutions to the industrial and firefighter markets. With their patented TECGEN® fiber, AHC has developed the next-generation of flame resistant garments, including products such as TECGEN XTREME® coveralls, TECGEN SELECT® coveralls and TECGEN® baselayers and hoods. Through their unwavering commitment to ‘Advance the Science of Safety,’ the company is developing products that increase industrial and firefighter workers’ comfort as they meet and exceed regulatory compliance standards. For more information, visit www.TECGENFR.com.
The National Volunteer Fire Council 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 on the NVFC web site.