Thursday, June 11

U.S. Fire Administration Training, Resources and Data Exchange Network (TRADENET) Update

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Are you familiar with the training program called “Coffee Break Training?”  It is on the USFA website and can be found at  Please access this training and provide any feedback to the Deputy Superintendent Robert Neale at  He will be happy to receive any feedback regarding this program.


Remember the Website for the National Fallen Firefighters program is  Also, please visit their Resources page at  This page contains many PowerPoint presentations and downloadable video clips available for your use.


Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program


Be sure to check out the new look for the model curriculum in its print-/handout-ready format. While there, view the new FESHE bachelor’s courses outlines that reflect the new Web-based formats delivered by the Degrees at a Distance Program schools. You can also download under the “Tools and Resources” section the new FESHE brochure in its DHS/FEMA configuration or take the same marketing piece without our logo and customize it with your own logo and content. You can also download the artwork for a FESHE tabletop display for conferences and classroom buildings which, again, is in both formats.


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Attention EMS Professionals


The US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is offering a Hospital Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Incidents Course.  This course is for participants in Hospital Management, Emergency Planners, Emergency Responders, Public Health Officials, Physicians, and Nurses.  This course is also a DHS sponsored course, DOD-005-RESP.  If you have anyone interested in coming to this course or would like further information about the course you may contact the Chemical Casualty Care Division at 410-436-2230.  You may also address your questions or concerns to the following email,  A description of the course follows:


We would like to present to you an advanced-level education opportunity from the US Army, the HM-CBRNE course.  It offers healthcare professionals state-of-the-art instruction that may save lives in a major WMD incident.  Designed for civilian and military healthcare managers and providers, it is presented by some of the nation’s leading authorities in biological, chemical, and radiation incident management.  This course was developed with hospital level objectives – clinical and non-clinical.  It features interactive seminar discussions and dynamic exercises.  The HM-CBRNE course is intended to help mitigate the existing gaps in support of hospital operations during a major WMD event.  Additionally, it benefits all other routine and crisis hospital operations.  It also provides a great opportunity to meet other professionals from across the nation who faces the same challenges you do.



Our department is putting together a Safety Manual for our fire stations.  We’d like to be specific in the material we put in the manual and not the catch-all phrase, “in case of …….contact……….”


Some of the topics we are considering (but not limited to) are: Safety Responsibilities, General Safety Guidelines, Emergency Action Planning, Infectious Disease Control, Ergonomics, Safety and Health Training, OSHA Training Reference, Promoting Safety and Health, Accident Investigation, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Management, Machine Safeguarding and OSHA Inspections.


Thank you for your help,


Jeff Dobson

Chief Safety Officer

Anchorage Fire Department




We are looking for ways (formulas, policies, etc.) to determine rates when charging for reimbursement of equipment (engine, squad, atv, etc.) and/or personnel while staffing special events in your jurisdiction.


Thank you,


Mike Hall

Captain of Community Services

Olathe Fire Department

1225 S. Hamilton Circle

Olathe, Kansas 66061

(913) 971-6333





I am looking for any training outlines, PowerPoint presentations or other resources instructors have used in the past pertaining to facility fire pumps (inspecting, testing, performance etc.)  The target audience will be life safety inspectors that have a basic working knowledge of fire pumps. The training objective (3-4 hours in length) will be designed to add to the inspectors skill knowledge as they inspect nursing homes and other sites similar in size.


The training will take place in September of this year. Any information you/departments are willing to share will be appreciated and any information provided will be created to the author/department.


Thank you,

Glenn Davis

Assistant Chief of Training

Helena Fire Department

Helena, MT 59602




I am interested in finding out what Fire Departments meter for, and with what type of meters, after a structure fire to determine if it is safe for firefighters to take of their SCBA.  Any input or SOP’s in regard to this would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


George L. Thomas IV

Lieutenant of Safety

B Shift

Frederick County, Maryland

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services




We are in the process of changing our evaluation process and need some ideas of what other Departments are using. We are a full-time department with 103 members and are all paramedic/firefighters. The process we use now is very long and is not user friendly. Any suggestions???


Dan Pearson




I am looking for fire simulator programs that will be used for Company Officer, multi company operations and Battalion Chief training.  Ones that show the structure, then a 360 and then the fire scenario.  I will be willing to reciprocate with any interested parties.


Fraternally Yours,

Lt. Don Kaderabek

Niles Fire Department




We have received requests to do live fire wildland training on some private citizen’s land.  We have done this training in the past numerous time but never on land owned by a private citizen.  We are looking for any type of liability release form that anyone might already have that would release our department and city from liability for damage to their land caused by our units.  If anyone has something like this we would appreciate your response.


Jon Neely

Chief Training Officer

Edmond Fire Department

5300 E. Covell

Edmond, OK 73034

405 216-7309


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2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                         45 LODD’s

2008 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                         114 LODD’s


Visit FIREFIGHTERNEARMISS.COM and check out the Report of the Week(ROTW) for an incident description followed by review questions designed to spark discussion.  We can all learn from these.







If you find the Virtual TRADEing Post useful, please send an email to Nashid Hasan  Nash is the mastermind behind the structure of the Virtual TRADEing Post.  So, please let Nash know how much you appreciate the availability of this material and how useful you find it.


The VIRTUAL TRADING POST SYSTEM now allows you to search for material by key word(s).  Check it out!  Go to Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute's NFA TRADE page:

 and access it there.




This is a new web address for the Virtual Trading Post.  If you had it bookmarked, delete your old bookmark, go to this new page and bookmark the new page.





As part of its continual effort to improve information sharing across the emergency response and homeland security communities, launched a new partnership with the US Fire Administration (USFA). The USFA strives to provide national leadership to local fire and emergency services departments. To highlight the new partnership, has created a new USFA Resource Page where members can access USFA technical and special reports, related original content, featured documents, and valuable links. To access the resource page, log onto and click on US Fire Administration under LLIS.GOV PARTNERS.

The Team continues to post new Lessons Learned, Best Practices, Practice Notes, and Good Stories to the system on a regular basis. Weekly updates about new original content can be found in the NEW LLIS.GOV CONTENT box on the homepage of recently posted the following original content documents drawn from USFA Technical Reports:

Lessons Learned


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