Thursday, October 8

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:



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) 447-1483

Fax: (301) 447-1372



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

Fax: (301) 447-1372




I'm with a combination department with 3 stations and volunteer officers at each station.   I'm looking for information on what common types of departments have for officers for both career and volunteer.  Additionally how are disciplinary issues handled?  Is there a board of directors for the volunteer side, and how are they appointed or elected? Is FIRE & EMS separate volunteer companies or is it a joint operation? Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance for all your thoughts and information.

Joshua Hale
Training Captain

New Haven-Adams Township
Fire Department
Station: (260) 493-7500 Station
Cell: (260) 403-3543




Does anyone have a training program on Radiation Detectors for the Fire Service?

In NJ through the Urban Area Security Imitative (UASI) Canberra dosimeters are being purchased for Prevention personnel and line personnel. The intent is 2 fold. Identification and protection of personnel from a dirty bomb and discovery of illicit storage or use of radioactive materials.

The only program I'm aware of is the Personal Radiation Detector Course (PRD) PER-243. This course came out of the Secure the Cities grants and is specific for law enforcement, not fire service. I'm hoping for something probably shorter that does not need to get as deeply into things like, reasonable suspicion, probably cause, etc...



Carl Heitmeyer

Battalion Chief
Elizabeth NJ Fire Department
UASI CBRNE Neptune Project Lead
(908) 420-4969




I am seeking advice on how to format a proposal to reduce spending within our budget for the upcoming budget years.  I am compiling ideas on places to reduce spending that preferably will not affect manning or reduce services.  I would welcome any ideas you have had that have been successful.  I am also interested in how to format my presentation.  If you have any suggestions on software, layout etc. it would be greatly appreciated.  If you have an example on electronic format that you can send me that would be appreciated.  My presentation is part of a promotional process and I have been encouraged to seek outside council.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.


Erik Propotnik

Captain Fire Station 3

Rochester Fire Department

Phone: (507) 285-8955




We are purchasing 3 thermal imagers for our department. I will need to write specs to go out for bid. Has anyone written some that I may use as a model? Thanks.


Deputy Chief Steve Borkowski

Niles Fire Department

Office: (847) 588-6803




I have a question regarding “Morning meetings vs. Rig checks”.


We currently have station captains that are conducting morning meetings before rig checks are started. The first 15 to 20 minutes of each day are started with pass on information from the previous shift and any new information such as new memos, what’s for breakfast, new medical updates, other BS,  etc... We are a paid department on a 24/48 schedule with engines and ALS rescues.


Question 1. 

Does anyone else allow morning meetings first  and if you do how do you justify a rig sitting for up to the first 20 minutes without anyone knowing if it starts, radios work, bottles have air, or water in the main tank, etc...?  


Question 2.

If your department completes rig checks first how would you justify it over having a morning first?


Any information or comments would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you,


Rick Sullivan

Battalion Chief, B-Shift

Plant City Fire Rescue

(813) 757-9131

Fax: (813) 757-9133




We are looking for information on Officer Development programs that are done in-house.  We are planning on developing a program that would cover Acting Captains and Battalion Chiefs, as well as for existing officer.  This would also include ongoing training.  I have developed a short survey to gather information if you would not mind.  The address is

I will be posting the results on our training website if you are interested.

Please include your contact e-mail or phone number on the survey, so I could contact you if I had more questions.




Ron Wieland

City of SeaTac Fire Department

(206) 973-4509



Our department is in the early process of designing a new engine house. We have had females in the department for several years and the accommodation provided has been a lock on the bathroom doors. We keep hearing that separate bathroom and sleeping quarters are a mandated Federal requirement. We have not been able to find nor has anyone been able to provide this documentation. If anyone has or knows where I can find this regulation I would greatly appreciate it.


Steve Fair

Battalion Chief

Ferguson Fire Dept. Missouri




I am looking for an itemized list of all materials and equipment that would be needed to put on a complete Firefighter 1 course. If anyone already has a list like this could I please have a copy?


Thank you.


Jeff Cappe

Training Coordinator

Idaho Emergency Services Training

Office: (208) 334-3216

Fax: (208) 334-2365




We are looking to develop Policies & Procedures for our newly formed fire/life safety inspection program.  We are looking for policies & procedures for a fire marshal type program.  If anybody has some to share, my contact information is below:


Steven Jones


Lancaster Fire Department

(603) 788-3221

(603) 788-3921 fax



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