Thursday, October 1

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

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Welcome to TRADENET, TRADE's Training Network, a National Fire Academy sponsored activity.  The objective of TRADENET is to provide a forum for members of Fire Service organizations to maximize performance through quick and easy information sharing.

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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.


Visit the new page at


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:



Vacancies in the Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management (EAFSOEM - R306) courses in November and December


The course dates which have vacancies are:


November 9 - 20, 2009

December 7 - 18, 2009


While this is a required course for the EFO program, you do not have to be in the EFO program to attend the course.  This course is designed to prepare senior staff officers in the administrative functions necessary to manage the operational component of a fire and rescue department effectively. Since the subject matter is comprehensive, maximum use of the students' time is required. Some of the areas covered are risk assessment, incident documentation, media/political considerations, standards, legal mandates, capability assessment, damage assessment, emergency operations, Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS), Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS) including the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and emergency information systems. This course meets the NIMS requirements for ICS 300 and ICS 400. Throughout the course, students are presented with a series of senior-staff-level issues that require extensive analysis and action. The actions implemented are applied to a mock community in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these decisions relative to the fire and rescue department's operational readiness. The course is very intense and uses lecture, case study, simulation, scenario, and student participation as instructional media.


If you are interested, please submit the standard long form application with the appropriate block 16 information to our Admissions Office as soon as possible.  The Admissions Office fax number is 301-447-1441.

Please include a cover letter indicating it is for a short notice EAFSOEM delivery. If you have any questions regarding scheduling for one of the specific dates, please contact Crystal Harrison at 301-447-1035.

Any other questions, feel free to give me a call or drop me an email.




Robert J. Bennett

Incident Management Training Specialist

Response Branch, National Fire Academy

16825 S Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727


301-447-1372 Fax



HSO and ISO Update Complete


The update to Health and Safety Officer (HSO) and Incident Safety Officer (ISO) courses is complete.  This update was to provide the most current content and improve the flow of presentation.  New materials will begin shipping to all National Fire Academy qualified instructors, state fire training directors and TRADE departments shortly.  (State qualified instructors should contact their state’s fire training agency.)  Off-campus offerings of HSO and ISO will begin using the new materials in January 2010 (2nd quarter FY2010), as 1st quarter course materials have already shipped.


Thank you.




Michael Stern

Training Specialist - EMS and Health & Safety Programs

National Fire Academy / U.S. Fire Administration

FEMA / U. S. Department of Homeland Security

(301) 447-1253

(301) 447-1372 (fax)




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’m in the process of implementing minimum company standards for our department. We are a combination Dept with 4 FF per shift per day. I have been looking through NFPA 1410 and working with that standard to implement MCS’s. Does anyone have a minimum standards training book or something to that nature that will help me get this process started. If so, how did the department respond to you when you implement this type of standards?  Please email me at  thank you for your help.

Tyler Lambert

Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District





I am looking for class material, studies, and real world examples (positive or negative) of the use of CAFS in interior structural operations in both rural and suburban applications.  Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


Mike West

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority




My name is Captain Craig Dart - Toronto Fire Services, Ontario, Canada. I am completing a Degree in Public Administration and Governance through Ryerson University and conducting research for a report on the issue of Diversity in the Fire Service. I would appreciate receiving information or links to any academic literature, or research that examines two main issues:

  1. Hiring strategies for a diverse Fire Service


  1. Reasons/theories why individuals from different equity groups are not considering a career in the Fire Service.

Any assistance would be appreciated please send all replies to




Captain Craig Dart, CMM ll

Fire Training Professional

Toronto Fire Services

Phone: 338 9557  

Fax: 338 9569





Hello to all,


My question is regarding staffing.  I am the Fire Chief for a small community in West Tennessee.  We operate two stations with three shifts of seven personnel on each shift, who work 56hr/week schedules.  We typically allow two people off at a time, making minimum staffing five.  I am exploring ideas to see what other departments are doing as far as staffing schedules.  What is your minimum staffing number?  What type of work schedule or rotations are you working (24 on 48 off, 56hrs/week, or eight/ten/twelve hour shifts)?  Any and all comments are appreciated.




James Fountain, Fire Chief

Milan Fire Department

Office: (731) 686-0441

Fax: (731) 686-9727





I am in dire need of your help!  Please click the above link to complete a short survey regarding apparatus replacement.  By completing this short (5-10 minutes if you are slow) survey, you will greatly assist me in completing my fourth and final NFA EFO project.  I am down to the wire on time and desperately need your help.  Thank you in advance.  I am more than willing to share this information when I finishing compiling it, so please include your contact information so I may do the work and then send you the results. 



Troy Hughes

Fire Chief

Grand Island Fire Department

Office: (308) 385-5444 ext. 229

Fax: (308) 385-5423







I'm looking for some course wear on Fire Arson/Investigations. I am looking for something beyond what you would get in a probie academy, yet suitable for experienced firefighters and Captains. If you have a power point and/or student/instructor guide, or anything you can share I would appreciate it.


Thank you,


Frank Ricci

Battalion Chief

Casa Grande Fire Department

Station: (520) 421-8777 x5988

Fax: (520)-836-9528

Nextel: (520) 251-3007

D.C.     128*25*1658




We have never had a dedicated individual or SOP’s regarding release of information to the public or the media.  For the most part, the chief of I usually handle these issues.  I need to develop a SOP/SOG regarding such.  If you have such info for your department regarding SOP/SOG’s for a department PIO, release of any and all information (such as who can or cannot release info, etc) and are willing to share what you have, please contact me.




Byron Sutton
Assistant Fire Chief

Gordon County Fire/Rescue

Phone: (706) 629-8851

Fax: (706) 629-1023





We are in the process of evaluating our fire/EMS incident reporting and inspection software. We are specifically looking for software that is all-inclusive for departmental operations including NFIRS reporting, occupancy inspections and fleet maintenance. With this evaluation, I am polling different agencies to find out the following: Software brand? Mobility issues? Web-based? Easily customized with little training? Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Craig LoSasso
Willamette Fire & Rescue Authority




I am looking into the possibility of putting together an EMS Bike Team for my department. We’re a small department and the team would be used for local community events as a PR tool and obviously for rapid EMS response. Anyone with information or advice on how to start a program like this, your input is greatly appreciated. I’m especially interested in ideas for funding ideas, as we’ve recently had layoffs, and department funding would not be possible for start-up.  Please email me any information you think might be helpful. Thank you in advance.


Lt. David Emswiler

Walpole Fire Department





We are writing specifications for the replacement of our Lifeguard rescue truck, and I am looking for a department that utilizes a crane on an emergency response vehicle that is willing to share their spec.  We are looking for a commercial 4-door, 4WD service body vehicle with at least a 600# crane load capability.  I appreciate any help you can offer.


Kevin Ester, Battalion Chief

San Diego Fire-Rescue

Office: (858) 573-1409

Fax: (858) 636-4825

Cell: (619) 990-4234




Does anybody have a PowerPoint program or anything else regarding documentation that they are willing to share?  I am looking for a ready-made program/lecture/class that covers the major points in Pt care and/or fire reports.  We seem to be having a rash of reports being pulled in audit that I would like to correct, but I don't have the time to make a class from scratch.  Anything you have would be useful.  Thanks,


Jim Talmadge

Asst Chief EMS

Portage Fire Dept

(219) 762-7404




The Lansing (MI) Fire Department is interested in accumulating information, feedback and Lessons Learned form Departments or agencies that use an electronic Learning Management System.


Departments that use kiosk type training, server, IP or teleconference training methodology please respond with the vendor, company you use, type of system cost of original project and ongoing costs or anything else you think may help my team explore this technology smartly.


If you are a user of this type of system please feel free to comment on what your organization did/does right and wrong when using this method of training.


From a new Training Chief, I thank you in advance for your input.


Chief Daniel J. Oberst, PEM

Chief of Training

Lansing MI Fire Department

Office: (517) 483-7649

Fax: (517)483 4488





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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.


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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


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:



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