Thursday, October 22

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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Go to NFAOnline to see the complete COURSE CATALOG


Additional courses are now available on NFA Online:



I am looking for information, plans, or policy from departments on how they intend to deal with the H1N1 flu, and the resulting decrease in staffing of suppression personnel. Our department is a three station department operating three front-line engines and an aerial platform. We work closely with a slightly smaller auto-aid department. We are working to draft a policy or plan on how to deal with decreased staffing due primarily to N1H1, but that could also work during times of disaster, high vacation time coinciding with high fire activity (summer wildland season), or times when the department can’t for whatever reason find overtime coverage.


We work like many departments to cover vacancies with overtime, and use a recall system to bring off-duty staff back during significant incidents for coverage or response. We are exploring the ideas during emergency staffing decreases of dropping minimum staffing level to down-staff and engine and move remaining personnel to the aerial, mandatory staffing patterns to hold personnel on, and even the idea of shifting to a two platoon system (working 24 on/24 off, 48 on/48 off, or even 72 on/72 off) during the worst potential times of reduced staffing levels.


Any feedback of what your department does or is planning would be greatly appreciated.


Bill Gillespie

Assistant Fire Chief

Eureka Fire Department

Eureka, CA

(707) 441-4000

Fax: (707) 441-4133




Does anyone have any PowerPoint's or videos on salvage and overhaul for evidence preservation? Anything would be helpful, thanks.


Dan Pearson

Hoffman Estates Fire Department




I am currently researching policies concerning television viewing in different divisions of the Fire Department. This includes not only station personnel but also communication, EMS and maintenance divisions. If you have any policies you would be willing to share I would greatly appreciate the help.


I am primarily concerned with viewing hours, permitted content, special events, etc.


If you are able to help please email me back at:


Capt. John Ostroski

Dallas Fire – Rescue




Our department is looking to update the uniform policy.  We are looking for examples that would help us.  We are looking specifically looking to see what people are wearing (uniform shirts, polo’s, t-shirts, shorts, under armor type materials, etc…) and when they are allowed to wear them.   Any additional information on studies that were done on what is good to wear or not wear would also be helpful.  Thank you in advance for the help.


Andy Russell


Peotone Fire Prot. Dist.

Peotone, IL

Cell: (630) 330-7893




I am in the process of drafting a recommendation for the Huber Heights Division of Fire to purchase a proximity warning device that detects electrical current. This devise was recommended in a NIOSH firefighter fatality investigation report NIOSH 200801(see recommendation #5 within the report). Part of the device is mounted on the tip of an aerial and the control panel/alarm is mounted at the operator’s turntable controls. If the tip of the aerial would come in close proximity to an electrical charged power source or utility, an alarm will sound warning the aerial operator.


Is there a fire department in the United States that utilizes such a device? If so please send me your input and or a contact e-mail address


Jeff P. Buerschen
Heights Division of Fire

Huber Heights, Ohio 
Office: (937) 237-6062
Fax: (937) 233-4520


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

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        76 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.




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:


National Fire Academy application period for the second semester

The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes opens October 15. The application period closes December 15.

All information about courses, applications and suggestions for successful completion of the application can be found at the following sites:

How to Apply

View Resident Schedule

Download Catalog

Download Applications


Tips to completing your application:


Eight Tips for Completing a Successful NFA Application

Completed applications for resident courses must be sent to the following address:

Office of Admissions, Building I, Room 216
National Emergency Training Center
South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998

Applications may also be faxed to (301) 447-1441.

For more information, please call the Admissions Office at (800) 238-3358, ext. 1035 or (301) 447-1035.

Hope to see you on campus!!





Dr. Denis Onieal


National Fire Academy

US Fire Administration

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

(301) 447 1117



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