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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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The IAFC Releases Two New Alternative Fuels Training Packages for

First Responders


Fairfax, Va., June 12, 2009… As the production and use of ethanol and biodiesel fuels accelerates, first responders need new training to prepare them to handle incidents involving these alternative fuels.  To address this need, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is offering two new training packages. 

The first training package, “Ethanol: Response Considerations,” focuses on responding to ethanol incidents.  It was created in partnership with the United States Fire Administration and the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The training package has been updated and revised from the original version released last year.  It now also contains a companion training video.

“With the increased production and use of ethanol as a renewable fuel, emergency responders need to understand the chemical characteristics of this flammable liquid and how best to fight any possible fire that results from a hazmat transportation accident or incident,” said PHMSA Acting Deputy Administrator Cindy Douglass.  “The ethanol video trains everyone to the current response standards.”

The second training package, “Biodiesel: Response Considerations,” focuses on general biodiesel information and details about biodiesel commercial manufacturing facilities. This package was created through a partnership between the IAFC, National Biodiesel Board, and the United States Department of Energy. 

Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, praised the leadership and cooperation of the IAFC in developing these materials. “With a flash point of 200 degrees, biodiesel is a safe fuel to handle, store and use, and our industry prides itself on a good safety record,” said NBB CEO Joe Jobe.  “However, preparing for the worst case scenario is always wise and we applaud the IAFC for being proactive.”

The challenge of responding to incidents involving alternative fuels has received national attention.  In his testimony on May 14 on Capitol Hill, the IAFC’s 1st Vice President, Jeff Johnson, chief of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, stated, “Due to federal policy, new breakthroughs in technology and the recent high petroleum prices, there has been a new focus on alternative fuels.  In the past two years, ethanol production and use has skyrocketed, and fuel-grade ethanol is the number-one freight rail commodity, by volume, in the country,” he said.

“Fire departments cannot use the same tactics and equipment that they used for petroleum-based fires,” Chief Johnson noted.  “Instead, they must be equipped with the right equipment -- including alcohol-resistant foams -- and tactics to respond to alternative fuels incidents.”

The IAFC introduced the new training packages at the IAFC Hazmat Committee’s International Hazardous Materials Response Conference, May 27-31, 2009.  The materials include training tools, such as a PowerPoint presentation, instructor guide, participant manual, as well as a video about response considerations.

Both training programs are available on the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center website at [] along with companion videos available on IAFC TV at under “Hazmat.” For more information or to request a copy of the training materials, please email 



About the IAFC

The IAFC represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders.  IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.






Hot Topics in Fire Protection (P138) Pilot Courses Scheduled

The United States Fire Administration (USFA), Department of Homeland Security, is recruiting students and instructor candidates to attend pilot classes for its new six-day on-campus course Hot Topics in Fire Protection. The pilot will be offered October 18 to 23, 2009 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Students will arrive Saturday October 17 and depart Saturday, October 24.

Hot Topics in Fire Protection is intended to help students discover what’s new in fire protection by exploring how current events, products and trends apply to you and your jurisdiction.


  • How to “scan the environment” and conduct valid research into new technologies, trends, laws and products.
  • How to read, interpret and apply fire protection research, human behavior studies, fire dynamics research, fire protection law and emerging issues.
  • How to identify emerging local, regional and state fire protection challenges; and develop technically-based strategic solutions.
  • How technology develops and can be transferred to solve local issues.
  • What significant changes are in the short- and long-term future for fire protection systems and equipment?
  • How fire protection plays a part in all-hazards preparedness and response.

Using modern research tools, and student-centric learning, attendees will learn: how to evaluate technological and human behavior topics that exist in fire protection, the wide variety of research resources available, and how to collect and present that information in a meaningful way that can effect change to reduce fire losses or enhance understanding of new technologies.

Pilots are highly participatory among the instructors, course developers and students. Attendees are expected to contribute their ideas and expertise to improve course content and delivery. Attending a pilot does not affect a student’s ability to obtain another travel stipend within the fiscal year.

More information and application at: 



HSO / ISO Update Completed


Great News!  After a long journey of updating both Health and Safety Officer (HSO) and Incident Safety Officer (ISO), while I was trying to learn the system, the update is complete.  Our contractor was very helpful in meeting with us several times after the pilot to make corrections and fix issues identified.  Once the contractor had completed their task I went through the process of confirming it all, specifically matching the course materials to US Fire Administration documents (such as the Traffic Incident Management System, Effects of Warning Lamp Color and Intensity on Driver Vision, etc…).  It seemed that each time I thought completion was near, I found something else to research, confirm and improve.  As it is, I am already looking at improving on Mental Health as a topic in these courses (primarily HSO).


The final draft has gone to our editing/publishing contractor.  After they proof and edit the materials electronic copies (CD/DVD) of the materials will be distributed to currently qualified instructors, state fire training agencies and the TRADE network. 


If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.


Michael Stern

Training Specialist - EMS Programs

National Fire Academy / U.S. Fire Administration

FEMA / U.S. Department of Homeland Security

16825 S. Seton Avenue   Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Office:  301-447-1253            Fax:  301-447-1372




 U.S. Department 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

of Transportation Washington, D.C. 20590

Pipeline and Hazardous

Materials Safety Administration

June 24, 2009

To: Fireworks shippers, distributors and carriers and related industry associations.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, wants to assure that every American has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

PHMSA recently completed several investigations involving the transportation and storage of consumer fireworks by non-profit organizations. These investigations identified widespread problems related to these activities, including a lack of understanding of applicable Federal regulatory requirements covering hazard communication, training, and driver qualifications. PHMSA is concerned that many non-profit organizations who offer, accept, transport, and store fireworks do not understand the hazards posed by fireworks during transportation.

Some of the common violations and safety problems noted during our investigations include:

• No PHMSA Hazardous Materials Registration

• No Hazardous Materials Placards

• Limited or no Hazardous Materials Training, and

• No Commercial Drivers License (CDL) w/ Hazardous Materials Endorsement


In an effort to educate the non-profit organizations and increase their hazardous materials safety awareness, this letter summarizes the regulatory requirements that apply to consumer fireworks shipments and provides a point of contact to obtain additional information.


Requirements governing the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce, including consumer fireworks, are contained in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 171-180). The HMR apply to the commercial transportation of consumer fireworks, including transportation conducted by non-profit organizations in support of fund-raising activities.

The HMR specify appropriate packaging and handling requirements for hazardous materials, and require a shipper to communicate the material's hazards through use of shipping papers, package marking and labeling, and vehicle placarding. The HMR also Consumer Fireworks Advisory Letter 2

require shippers to provide emergency response information applicable to the specific hazard or hazards of the material being transported. Finally, the HMR mandate training requirements for persons who prepare hazardous materials for shipment or who transport hazardous materials in commerce. The HMR also include operational requirements applicable to each mode of transportation.

Questions and Answers

Q1. What do non-profit organizations need to know about the transport of consumer fireworks?

A1. There are a number of Federal regulations that apply to the safe transportation of hazardous materials. If the regulatory requirements are not met then enforcement actions may be taken, to include significant civil penalties, criminal fines and imprisonment where applicable.

Q2. Are consumer fireworks considered a hazardous material, and if so, do they require special handling in transportation?

A2. Yes, the U.S. Department of Transportation identifies fireworks as a Division 1.4G explosive and regulates their safe transportation in commerce.

Q3. What are the regulatory requirements applicable to consumer fireworks shipments?

A3. In addition to the general and highway specific requirements of the HMR, all shipments of Division 1.4G fireworks by highway transport vehicle, including shipments from sales outlets and retail stands to storage areas or return, must conform to the following:

• The shipment must be accompanied by a shipping paper that describes the explosives, including the quantity being transported (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart C).


• The shipping paper must include a telephone number of a person who can provide comprehensive emergency response information about the fireworks; the telephone number must be monitored at all times the shipment is in transportation (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart G).


• The shipment must be accompanied by written emergency response information that describes the risks associated with the shipment and immediate precautions to be taken in the event of an accident (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart G).


• The packages containing the fireworks must be properly loaded, blocked and braced to restrict movement in the transport vehicle and protected against ignition sources (see 49 CFR Part 177, Subpart B).


• All persons involved with the transportation of the shipment, including persons who load and unload the transport vehicle and persons who operate the transport vehicle, must be trained. The training must cover the components specified in the

Consumer Fireworks Advisory Letter 3


regulations (i.e., general awareness/familiarization, function specific, safety and security training) and must be documented (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart H).


Q4. Are there additional requirements for transporting large quantities of consumer fireworks?

A4. Yes, for any shipment of Division 1.4G fireworks that exceed 1,001 lbs gross weight on a transport vehicle the following additional requirements apply:

• The transport vehicle must be operated by a driver with a commercial driver’s license with a hazardous materials endorsement (see 49 CFR 177.804 and 49 CFR Part 383).

• The transport vehicle must be placarded on each side and each end with EXPLOSIVES 1.4 placards (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart F).

• The shipper and the carrier must both develop and implement security plans that include an assessment of possible transportation risks of the fireworks and appropriate measures to address the risks. At a minimum, the security plan must address personnel security, en route security, and unauthorized access (see 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart I).

• The transporter/ carrier must apply and hold a current hazardous materials registration certificate with, and issued by, PHMSA (see 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart G).


Q5. What are the potential federal consequences if I don’t follow the requirements for transporting consumer fireworks?

A5. Persons found to be in violation of the HMR may be subject to significant civil penalties, criminal fines and imprisonment. The maximum penalties depend on several factors, including the nature and circumstances, extent and gravity, and severity of the consequences of the violation, but can range up to $100,000 per violation for a civil penalty and $500,000 and ten years in prison for a criminal penalty.

Q6. Where can I get more information about the safe transportation of consumer fireworks?

A6. The HMR, along with more detailed information and guidance on the regulatory requirements governing the shipment of fireworks, are available at DOT’s Hazmat Safety web site: In addition, you can obtain answers to specific questions from the Hazardous Materials Information Center at 1-800-467-4922 (in Washington, DC, call 202-366-4488).

R. Ryan Posten

Director, Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement



We are in the process of writing a rehabilitation SOG.  I would appreciate any feedback from anyone who may have any information to share. 

Captain Jerry Calabrese
Field Training Officer
Westminster Fire Department
(303) 658-4534




Our department is in need of updating our annual personnel evaluations for firefighter, engineer, and captain. We are interested in what other organizations are using. If you could e-mail your agencies format it would be greatly appreciated.


Jerry Funk, Captain

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District

(530) 265-4431



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2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                         57 LODD’s

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


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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

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