Thursday, September 17

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 link to the USFA/NFA TRADE Site is:


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: 



Good day,


I am compiling data and looking for supportive data on manpower units. Specifically cost analysis, effectiveness of manpower units. Any SOG'S that you have in place; do you allow manpower units to be used in place of apparatus for mutual aid? What type of vehicles are you using to carry the firefighters? How many on a unit? What tools? If you have a shortage in a station, due you pull from manpower unit or adjust from other resources.(IE Over time, Fill- in from other stations etc) I thank you for your support in this endeavor and look forward to hearing from you. Fore now stay safe and take care.


 Elmer F Williams II

(210) 317-3329




Dear Colleagues,

I need a few moments of your time. I am working on an Applied Research Paper dealing with succession planning for fire departments. I would appreciate it if you would take ten minutes to fill it out about your department. This will help me finish my fourth year paper and it will also help my department with our future planning.


I apologize if you received more than one request from me.


Ray Hansen

Deputy Chief / Life Safety Management

City of Pinellas Park Fire Department

Phone: (727) 541-0713

Fax: (727) 541-0813

Cell: (727) 214-7850




I am looking for polices that deal with the response of Safety Officers to violent scenes, such as shootings, stabbings etc...  Also, I am looking for polices on apparatus returning to stations, as to how the vehicle is to be driven regarding to safety, after calls or when on the air driving for non-emergency uses.  If you have a smoke alarm program in your department, can you please share with me how it is funded?  Thanks in advance for your time and assistance!

George L. Thomas IV, CFO
Safety Lieutenant
"B" Shift
Frederick County
Division of Fire and Rescue
Cell: (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect: 164*17223*134

Office: (301) 600-9331




What does your department require in regards to annual driver training or driving requirements for personnel beyond keeping their license current?  Our department has a driving program which only requires Engineers and Acting Engineers to get "stick time" (1 hr every 6 months) on the truck / water tender and nothing for Firefighters driving the Engine, which they may be required to drive from time to time.  We also have no annual EVOC or Code 3 driver type training.  All personnel must maintain a California Class B Firefighter Exempt license.   Any info would help.


Jeff Ryder
Training Officer
Vacaville Fire Department

Office: (707) 449-5437
Cell: (707) 249-4825




I'm looking for info to help finish building/tweak/update a family home fire safety program. Fire safety do's and don'ts in the home, fire plans, etc.
Capt. R. Murphy




The State of Georgia Office of EMS is currently in the process of developing an online virtual classroom for medics licensed here to obtain their CEUs through. The training will be provided free of charge. The training is linked to our license database and tracks the attendance of the personnel in each class. We currently have some Videos, Podcasts, and some PowerPoint's with an instructor shown in a video window on the site. My question here is: Is anyone else out there doing this and can you think of other types of presentations which may fit this style of education?



Thank you in advance,


Mickey Moore, EMT-P

Program Evaluator

Office of EMS and Trauma

(404) 679-0527


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2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        72 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 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


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

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- has partnered with the Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) to provide members access to the EMR-ISAC’s free, critical infrastructure protection (CIP) information. Located at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the EMR-ISAC was developed to collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, consequential information to assist in the practice of critical infrastructure protection by the leaders, owners, and operators of the nation’s Emergency Services Sector.

The EMR-ISAC, a no-cost information sharing program within the Department of Homeland Security, specifically provides information necessary to protect local internal critical infrastructures (i.e., personnel, physical assets, and communication/cyber systems that must be intact and operational 24 x 7) against all hazards, from natural disasters to terrorist activities. The program’s main focus is ensuring that emergency response leadership, their organizations, and local policy leaders have both the internal and external support and resources to aid in disaster protection, prevention, and response to enhance survivability, continuity of operations, and mission success.

The EMR-ISAC can be contacted at or 301-447-1325. To view the EMR-ISAC page on, please click here or login to and click on the EMR-ISAC link on the homepage. To subscribe for the free critical infrastructure protection (CIP) information disseminated by the Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC), please click on the following link:


 USFA Safety and Health Studies and Initiatives


The U. S. Fire Administration is prolific in its production of cutting edge, timely research on firefighter health, safety and survival. USFA often partners with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U. S. Departments of Transportation and Justice, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Volunteer Fire Council and others to provide the best research and practices that can reduce your line of duty deaths and injuries.


Being in the fire and emergency services professional development community, you are in the unique position to inform the students in your training and college courses about this research. You can build class assignments, project and discussions around them. Most importantly, you are in the position to make a difference. For every new firefighter training or degree-seeking fire science student, you can empower them with information that can keep them safe and show them where to find this information as needed throughout their careers.


Attached are three flyers of USFA studies and initiatives in various areas of safety and health. Please do your part to share this information with your students, staffs and co-workers.



USFA Emergency Vehicle Safety Flyer

USFA Firefighter Health and Wellness Flyer

USFA NFDC Research Initiatives Flyer



Job Opportunities


The City of OPKS Fire Dept has a Paramedic position available. 

Requirements:  18 years of age or older, HS diploma or equivalent, possess a valid DL, completion of a drug screen, physical & psychological evaluation, and background check. Applicants are required to have a current State of KS Certification for Mobile Intensive Care Technician, MICT Paramedic or National Registry Certification for Paramedic with requirement to obtain KS certification within 1 yr. of hire date.  No residency requirement.

Qualified applicants will be scheduled for a FireTeam Video Test on October 29th or 30th, 2009. Learn more at  Copies of all required certifications will be collected at this time and are mandatory before allowing entrance into the exam. 

Attaching a resume does not complete the application. You must fully complete the application to be considered for employment.  All fields including the required licenses and certificates must be completed or you will be automatically disqualified. 

Normal Work Hours:  As determined by supervisor

Monthly Salary:  $3,123/month; step plan reaching a monthly salary of $5,366

Application Deadline:  October 16, 2009

Benefits:  Full-time



The City of OPKS Fire Dept. has a Firefighter/EMT position.

Requirements:  18 yrs of age or older, HS grad or equiv., valid DL, pass a drug screen, physical & mental evaluation, and background check. Applicants are required to have: Firefighter I Certification in the State of KS or IFSTA equivalent, Emergency Medical Technician Certification in the State of KS or National Registry, current CPAT certification, and have taken the Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) and achieved a score of 70% or better prior to applying. No residency requirement.

Qualified applicants will be scheduled for a FireTeam Video Test on October 29 or 30, 2009. Learn more at  Copies of all required certifications and FSEE will be collected at this time and are mandatory before allowing entrance into the exam. Applicants successfully passing the FireTeam Video Test will be scheduled for an oral interview.

Attaching a resume does not complete the application. You must fully complete the application to be considered for employment.  All fields including the required licenses and certificates must be completed or you will be automatically disqualified.  In order to receive an electronic confirmation that you successfully submitted the application, an email address is necessary. 

Normal Work Hours:  As determined by supervisor

Monthly Salary:  $3123/month; step plan reaching a monthly salary of $5,366

Application Deadline:  October 16, 2009

Benefits:  Full-time

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and practicing a home fire escape plan.

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