Friday, October 30

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

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I forgot to attach the 2010 Fire Service Leadership Summit announcement. So here itis. Sorry.

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.


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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:



My name is Troy Perry, I am a Captain with Walker County Emergency Services. I am in the process of writing a Department Safety Officer SOG.

As not to reinvent the wheel, I am looking for SOG's or SOP's that are currently being used. Primarily the HSO portion as the ISO portion is currently in place.  However, any information would be greatly appreciated. Located below is some of the criteria in which I have been charged to meet:


1. Comply With NFPA 1521.

2. Include Both HSO and ISO.

3. Response procedures.

4. Injury investigation procedures.


 Thanks ahead of time for your assistance.


Troy Perry

Walker County Emergency Services





My Department recently placed in service a 100' midmount Sutphen Tower, this truck has taken the place of a 105' rear mount straight stick aerial. Because of the obvious difference I am looking for the best training materials, SOPs, articles etc. on spotting and use of a mid-mount tower.


If anyone has information on this it would truly be appreciated.


Stay Safe

Joseph D. Pronesti


City of Elyria

Ohio Fire Department




My Fire District is currently looking into painting the top section of our ground ladders beams with paint and applying DOT reflective tape to aid in ladder location for companies working on roofs.  I would greatly appreciate any information as to who may have implemented it?  What color has worked best?  Type of paint and durability?  Maintenance issue you may have encountered?  Any other thought you may have. Thanks in advance.



Ted Sciaky
Lieutenant/Training Officer
Addison Fire Protection District
Addison, IL.




I've gotten some extremely helpful responses to my request for help last week. 

Right now, I'm trying to get as many responses to a very brief survey as possible. 

I appreciate very much all the help TRADENET and its readers have provided me with, and I hope it is not asking too much to send out the aforementioned survey, provided here:


Once again, thank you very much for your help.



David Seliger

Dartmouth College '1




Does anyone have SOP’s they would be willing to share regarding the release of EMS reports to the public?  We are a non-transport Fire agency which runs EMS calls and does not bill for these services.  Any information would be great as we modify our policies.



Vince Moffitt

Training Chief

Farmington Fire Department





I am looking for cases that the Cyanokit@ has been utilized in the field. Please provide any particulars of the case, within the limits of HIPPA of course. Thanks for any information you can send only regarding the use of the Cyanokit!

Otto Sandleben
Division Chief Training/Safety
Largo Fire Rescue
727-587-6740 ext. 2111
Cell:  (727) 235-8470

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

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        77 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 16825 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.

Please share this with your organizations, friends and colleagues.


Dr. Denis Onieal


National Fire Academy

US Fire Administration

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security


 (301) 447 1117


2010 Fire Service Leadership Summit announcement (attached)

Monterey Bay, CA

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