• Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc.

    • Education
    8820 Cagle Dr
    Navarre, Florida 32566
    850-259-5137
    • About

      The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend began as an idea of the Florida State Fire College in 2005. They wanted a fire department to host this event, and the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department agreed to do it. In the spring of 2006, we began our planning and the first annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend was held December 8-10, 2006. Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department partnered with the Florida State Fire College, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and several corporate sponsors to produce this free training event. The event was a huge success with over 140 volunteer firefighters from more than 40 departments. The volunteer firefighters received over 1700 hours of training during the weekend.

      In early 2007, we began planning with the Florida State Fire College for the Second annual event and decided that we should become an independent non-profit organization. The necessary forms were filed with the State of Florida and on May 10, 2007 we become the “Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc.” In June of 2008, we filed with the IRS to become a 501(c) (3) organization. In December of 2008, the IRS determined that we qualified for 501(c) (3) status. The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council continues to partner with the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and Northwest Florida State College to provide FREE training to volunteer firefighters.