Free Online Fire Department Resource (VFIS)

By FD Hacks

Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services, Inc., better known as VFIS, recently activated a new one-stop-shop online resource for fire departments - ResponderHelp. You can access the website at

Free of charge, VFIS has consolidated a vast library of resources, ranging from sample standard operating guidelines (SOGs), technical bulletins by industry experts, checklists, informational flyers, and articles/research papers on a variety of fire service topics. Categories include:
• Community Risk Reduction
• Emergency Medical Services
• Facilities
• Fire Rescue Operations
• Governance
• Human Resources
• Organization and Administration
• Safe Vehicle Operations
• Safety and Health
• Training

Our favorite resource on ResponderHelp are the sample SOGs, which can be downloaded for free, without logging in or creating an account. You just click the “Download Document” button and you’ve got a draft document to work off of. SOGs range from Social Media to Intersection Practices While Driving to Aerial Device Maintenance & Inspection. These are far from perfect and definitely need to be customized to your organization, but they are a decent starting point. It’s almost always easier to edit something than create from scratch.

Again, here is the link to this firefighting resource: Let us know what you think!

If you don’t find what you are looking for, check out our Helpful Stuff For Firefighters page. If you have a great firefighting resource you want to share, please contact us and let us know!

Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only. We are not affiliated with VFIS.