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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:



I am a student with the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and currently working on an applied research project. Please take a moment and follow the link to a survey about Incident Management Teams.  The information gathered from the survey will be used to develop an integration policy for an Incident Management Team.  Thank you for your time and assistance.  The survey should only take about 5-10 minutes.

if the link is bad please copy and paste into a browser. Please let me know if you have any questions.  The survey will be open until November 11, 2009.

Bryan E. Newberry
Assistant Chief
Nixa Fire Protection District
Nixa, MO
Phone:  (417) 725-4025
Fax:  (417) 725-2393
Web site: 



I am a Safety Lieutenant for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services looking for information on the following:


Hydrogen Cyanide and the firefighter: How does your department deal with this issue?

HCN’s affects on the body?

Current trending of HCN and Firefighter Cardiac Death?

Toxic Levels of HCN (Time Weighted averages, LEL, PEL)?

Routes of Exposure and how we can protect ourselves to include SCBA and wearing your PPE during overhaul?

Benefits of using a HCN meter before taking off SCBA?

What units carry HCN meters and how many does your department have?

What brand HCN meter do you use?  Do you have a cheat sheet devised for its use at an incident?


Any SOP’s , PowerPoint’s, reports or other input would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance for your time, consideration and assistance!


George L. Thomas IV




Lieutenant George L. Thomas IV, CFO

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Frederick, MD

Office:  (301) 600-9331

Fax:  (301) 600-9339

Cell:  (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect:  164*17223*134





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




I am seeking information on SOP’s/SOG’s of other departments concerning the use of helmet and/or cell phone cameras on emergency responses. We currently do not have a problem but, we have not addressed the issue in our rules and regulations.


Should anyone be willing to share their rules on this subject I would appreciate it very much.


Dennie C. Boyt

Fire Chief

Natchitoches Fire Department




My name is Michael Adams and I'm a Lieutenant with Montgomery County Fire Rescue located just outside Wash. DC in Maryland.  As we all know Firefighter injuries have been a significant problem and the cause of many early retirements.  One of the major issues I see is how the injury is cared for during the rehabilitation period.  A lot of departments contract out the rehabilitation to a work-hardening program or similar.  A large percentage of these programs are just worried about the all mighty dollar wish leads to improper care for the injury.  This mistake can be the difference between a career ending injury or a 30 year retirement.


My question is:  Does anybody have or know of a department that does Work-Hardening within their department?  If so do you have any policies that reflect the subject and can you tell you about the program.  Lets face it most departments have all the equipment necessary to do this themselves and it would save a heap of money.  More importantly it can save the careers of many people.  Any information or comments you may have on this subject I would be interested in viewing!!!  This research is being done for a personal project that I would like to submit to my department when completed.  Anyone interested in my findings can drop me an email also and I will the forward results.


Michael Adams


Montgomery County Fire Rescue

Montgomery County, Maryland




We are in the process of evaluating our rotary saws for effectiveness, we are currently using the STIHL K-12 with abrasive and wood blades, and we recently compared the STIHL 700 to the PARTNER 400 Rotary Saw and feel that the PARTNER would be a good purchase. We are looking for any information that anyone may have on the PARTNER rotary saw.


  1. Is it a reliable saw?
  2. What types of repair issues have been experienced?
  3. Are replacement parts expensive?


I have noticed that a lot of departments are using the PARTNER saw and would like to evaluate it further before we spend the money, any information or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Contact information is below.


Steve Page


City of Raleigh Fire Dept.

Cell:  (919) 345-4755

Nextel ID - 151*131417*9




We are in the process of staffing a volunteer station within our combination department.  We would greatly appreciate any SOP/SOGs regarding the staffing of an all-volunteer station.  With this new concept, we are hoping to cover weekends and week nights and build up to a completely staffed 24/7 station in the future.


Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.


Mark Quick 

Training Chief/Safety Officer
Durango Fire & Rescue Authority
Durango, CO
Phone:  (970) 382-6007
Fax:  (970) 382-6018



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

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        79 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



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