Thursday, August 6

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.


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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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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: 




I am an ARES radio operator, not a fireman. We are trying to adapt to ICS training to work with law enforcement and firefighters. Is there any training that we can take to assist firemen with additional communication and doing menial tactical items that take firemen away from the primary business of putting out fires?


David M Gray Sr.





We are a small career department in North Carolina.  I am looking into the possibility of operating a hybrid ladder/rescue company.  The company would operate two apparatus, a 105’ aerial and a heavy rescue truck.  The truck which they responded would be determined by the nature of the call.  I was curious if anyone else ran a company like this and if so any info, SOG’s, or implementation advice would be appreciated.


Thank you,


Trey Young


Weaverville Fire Department

Cell: (828) 776-3405






We are near putting in service our new ladder truck which is an E-One Bronto Skylift Articulating Aerial. I am need of any power points, SOP, and if you have any supporting documentation of issues you have found with your Bronto since you have had it in service. For example, reach limitations, best placement on residential and commercial fires, etc. I am sure there are not many differences between a Bronto and a normal Aerial with a basket, but seeing as this is a new piece of equipment to our organization and I want to make sure I have all of my bases covered.


Thank you all,


Frank Ricci

Battalion Chief/Training Officer

Casa Grande Fire Department

Station (520) 421-8777 x5988

Fax      (520) 836-9528

Nextel  (520) 251-3007




I am requesting information regarding on-board cameras on fire apparatus and fire station cameras including vendors and cost from departments that are utilizing cameras.


Dennie C. Boyt

Fire Chief

Natchitoches Fire Department




I am doing research for my final EFO applied research paper.  The subject material is Critical Incident Stress Management.  Could you please take the time to fill out the questionnaire at the following link –

If you have any other information that you believe would be helpful please email it to me.

Thanks in advance for your time and assistance!


George L. Thomas IV

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Cell (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect 164*17223*134

Office (301) 600-9331



# 6

The Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department is in the process of developing a pregnancy policy. If any department would like to share their policy it would be most appreciated. We are specifically looking at term limits on when a female should go from a combat position to a non-combat position.


Thank you in advance.


Jo-Ann Lorber

Captain -  EMS Bureau

Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue

Office: (954) 828-6809

Mobile: (954) 232-6679

Fax: (954) 828-6843



# 7

As the Safety Officer for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue I am looking for how other departments inspect and test ladder belts used by firefighters on trucks.  Any input you have related to policies, procedures and standards for the inspection of ladder belts would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your assistance in this matter.


George L. Thomas IV

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Cell (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect 164*17223*134

Office (301) 600-9331



# 8

Our Department is selling our training center to the state for use as a regional Training Center.  There is a proposal to reconfigure our training division from a traditional structure of a head training officer, admin person and a staff from our department- whose numbers vary widely depending on the city’s economic status- to that of completely outsourcing the training function to contract instructors (retired firefighters from our city and surrounding towns), with oversight provided by a 2-3 person training staff from our Department. Is anyone currently using such a model for your training needs and what are the pros and cons and challenges you’ve experienced when you adopted and run such a model?


We are a full time, career, 258 member department, with 8 stations protecting a city of 150k in 32 sq. miles.


Any information, history or informed opinions will be gratefully received and considered. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.  


Captain Stanislaus Skarzynski

Director of Training

Springfield Fire Department

Office: (413) 787-6417

Fax: (413) 750-2420



# 9

I am looking for input to determine when fire departments require after action reports to be written.  What criteria do you use to determine if one is to be done?  Who reviews them?  What is the required turn around from start to finish?  Do you have a template that you follow for each report?  Thanks for your time and input!


George L. Thomas IV

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Cell (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect 164*17223*134

Office (301) 600-9331



# 10

My department is researching issuing portable radios to each firefighter rather than having them rig mounted. Any SOG’s, Policies, and/or Pros and Cons that anyone has experienced would be greatly appreciated.


Eric Globerger

Lake Forest Fire Department



# 11

We are presently in the process of placing two 75ft straight sticks in service as Quads, I'm looking for any information on inventory and SOP/SOG on the use of such apparatus, any information would be helpful, Thank you.


 Lt Lee Finlayson

Grand Rapids Fire Dept



# 12

We’ve recently purchased and installed a Milnor Gear Guardian Washer Extractor (40 lbs capacity), but opted to not buy the aftermarket auto soap dispenser (thus far). The Washer-Extractor comes with 10 standard pre-programmed cycles. There are cycles for turnout gear, station clothes, etc. We’ve decided to use liquid Tide, but do not know how much soap for each of these cycles. Has anyone else developed or researched a guideline?



Deputy Fire Chief 

Willimantic Fire Department

Office: (860) 465-3120

Mobile: (860) 617-3227



# 13

Our department is interested in improving the report writing skills of our personnel, especially those involved with doing the narratives on our NIMS reports. If any of you have a training program or know of one available I would be greatly appreciative.


Ken Carr

Fire Marshal

Florence Fire Department

Office: (843) 665-3231

Mobile: (843) 495-0320




# 14

I am in the process of writing my final ARP for the Executive Fire Officer Program.  My research concerns Critical Incident Stress Management.  If you have or utilize a CISM team can you please send me the following:

1.      How many personnel are in your fire department?

2.      The type of CISM model your department follows?  For example the Mitchell Model or something else?

3.      The name of your fire department

4.      A contact person's information

5.      Sample SOP’s for CISM

6.      Any other input on CISM you would like to share with me


Thanks for your assistance in my research!


George L. Thomas IV

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Cell (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect 164*17223*134

Office (301) 600-9331




# 15

Does anyone have a table/list of fireground LODDs that shows the type of structure burning and the elapsed time when the emergency/mayday occurred?  I am interested in quantifying how long after the time of alarm or first company on the scene until the emergency/mayday occurred.  I would also be interested in the number of firefighters dispatched on the initial alarm or on the scene when the emergency/mayday occurred.  I know this is a lot and some of the USFA and NIOSH reports have this info but before I start tabulating it myself I thought I would ask.


Drew Smith

Deputy Chief

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

(847) 253-8060

FAX: (847) 253-4759

NEXTEL: (847) 366-1782




# 16

I am a member of a visiting committee for the New Hampshire Fire Academy.  We have been tasked with developing a vehicle and machinery rescue technician program that complies with the 2008 edition of NFPA 1006.  I am looking for curriculums, syllabuses, course material, or any other pertinent information that covers all or any part of the NFPA standard for vehicle and machinery rescue.




Battalion Chief Jack Webb

Derry Fire Department


------------------------------INFORMATIONAL ITEMS--------------



2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                         60 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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