Thursday, September 10

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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To enroll in NFAOnline, visit and browse the course catalog through the ‘New Students’ option.

Go to NFAOnline to see the complete COURSE CATALOG


Additional courses are now available on NFA Online:




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: 



Does anyone have draft or copies of MOU's or contracts w/ utilities and/or private industries for Confined Space standby and rescue services?  Our regional Zone Group is looking to set up these agreements.



The Training Division

City of SeaTac Fire Department

Phone: (206) 973-4509




Hello everyone,


It is has been a short or long four years and I am back for one last request for your assistance in completing a short survey regarding programs directed at adult seniors.


If you have the requisite experience, please take a look at it, if not; please forward it to your Public Education or EMS Division. And by all means send over your surveys and I will make sure they land in the hands of the relevant sources of expertise.


Thanks to all of you.


Mike Scott

Battalion Chief

Emergency Medical Services

Kent Fire Department

Phone: (253) 856-4308




We are developing curriculum for two ATV subjects: 1) operation / use of ATVs as a response vehicle for fire, rescue, EMS and haz-mat; 2) responding to ATV accidents. We are seeking both lesson plans and PowerPoint programs from departments and training organizations, anything you are willing to share with us. As we develop a curriculum specific to Kentucky, we appreciate any and all contributions.




Bryant Stiles

Division Director

State Fire Rescue Training

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

Office Phone: (800) 782-6823 or (859) 256-3189

Cell Phone: (270) 993-9733

Fax: (859) 256-3125




The Las Cruces Fire Department is preparing to begin a review of our department in comparison to applicable NFPA Standards in order to evaluate where we stand in comparison to those standards with our overall operations, equipment and management. We are interested to see if anyone has a "Template" or "Guide" that they have used and are willing to share to accomplish this.


Andrew Bencomo

Deputy Chief of Operations

Las Cruces (NM) Fire Department

Phone: (575) 528-3473

Fax: (575) 528-4082




If anyone has any resources for instructing CPR and First Aid for a collegiate-level course approximately thirty hours in length, I’d appreciate it. I’m looking for any curriculum, a syllabus, PowerPoint Presentations, and other media files.


Thanks in advance,


Nicklas Gerstel

Assistant Fire Chief

Penn Hills Fire Department, 222




We are a two station 30 member career department looking to develop a succession plan for firefighter through division chief. We are looking for requirements that a person needs to achieve in order to promote to a higher position.  Please forward any information you have to  Thank you in advance.


Tim Winfield

Division Chief

City of Benicia Fire Department

Phone: (707) 746-4275

Fax: (707) 745-4425



Looking to see what other Fire Investigators are wearing to investigations during warm weather besides turnout coats suggested by NFPA 921. Also, any policies or related S.O.G.s would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance 


Engineer Mark Kuzmicki

North Palos Fire Prot. Dist.




The Niles Fire Department has obtained a grant to purchase thermal imaging cameras.

Presently we are looking at the Bullard T-3 or T-4 and the Draeger UCF 3200.

There are many local departments that use Bullard products, but very few that have the Draeger’s. I am looking for feedback on the pros and cons of both the Bullard and the Draeger products.


Your help is greatly appreciated.   


Fraternally Yours,


Lt. Don Kaderabek

Niles Fire Department




I am a Lt. in a rural FD in Northwestern Ct tasked with overseeing the Jr.  Program. The sr. FD does not want to spend 700.00plus for bunker pants for one of our Jr.'s who is 6'6"and has a 42"waist. Any of you have used gear that might fit him? We can offer up to 200.00 for them.


Lt. Mike Brunetto

East Litchfield Fire Co




I am an adjunct faculty instructor at an Ohio community College for fire science. We currently utilize Brunacini's Command text and NIMS in the course. I am trying unsuccessfully to reach Mr. Brunacini to ask him a few questions. If anyone has good and up to date contact information I would appreciate very much.


Thank You in advance


Carl Mack

Adjunct Faculty

Lorain County Community College- Ohio



I'm putting a pump operations program together for new operator. Does anyone have a power point program out there that I could use? Or any hand out or other related materials that I could use to make my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Bill Hartman Jr.

Bellevue Fire Department




We are looking at our PAS (Personnel Accountability System) and I would appreciate any information on how/what other departments are using.

Michael Wilson

Assistant Chief

Training Division

Kansas City Kansas Fire Department

(913) 573-5923


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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 mhasan1@lsu.eduNash 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


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Lessons Learned

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