Friday, November 13

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.

The information provided here must be non-commercial and non-copyrighted.  None of the material shared should be incorporated into any copyrighted programs.

The TRADENET newsletter is distributed through the USFA/FEMA server.  This allows you to control your subscription easier by allowing you to add new email addresses or delete old ones. There are over 32,517 subscribers worldwide to the weekly newsletter. This is an increase of 54 subscriptions since last week. If you know of someone who wishes to subscribe, all they need to do is go to the following site, and enter your email address.  They will then be taken to a page which will allow them to select their choices of newsletters.

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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 looking for how fire departments handle employees after driving incidents whether at fault or not.  SOP’s, SOG’s or other information pertaining to how departments deal with drivers whom have been involved in accidents would be helpful.  Also, how do you handle accident investigations?  If they lose driving privileges then for how long and what must they do to get reinstated as a driver?  Thanks for your time and consideration.

 George L. Thomas IV

Please note new email address listed below

George L. Thomas IV, CFO, EFO
Safety Lieutenant "B" Shift
Frederick County
Division of Fire and Rescue
Spring Ridge Station
6061 Spring Ridge Parkway

Frederick, Maryland 21701

Office: (301) 600 - 9331
Internal Extension: 1 - 9331
Cell:  (301) - 418-8652   Direct Connect - 164*17223*134
Fax        ; (301) - 600 - 9339



I am looking to find examples of SOP’s/SOG’s for operating out of an Elevated Platforms when conducting roof vent operations.




Robert H. Field

Fire Training Instructor

Manchester Fire Department

Manchester, NH

(603) 665-6803



I am looking for a recommended fire incident narrative report format, similar to how ICHART or SOAP is used in the EMS arena.  The goal is to provide narrative reports that present in a uniform fashion, and cover all the basics.  Some format that uses a similar easy to remember mnemonic structure would be ideal.  Please send responses to:


Thank You;


Stephen Abbott

Battalion Chief, Emergency Medical Services

North County Fire Protection District

Fallbrook, CA 

Office: (760) 723-2018

Mobile: (760) 644-1107

Fax:  (760) 723-2044



Our city has just gone through an IRS audit. I am trying to find out what other fire departments are doing in terms of identification for staff type take-home vehicles.  What is considered the minimum for a “marked” fire department vehicle?   I have been informed that any operator of an unmarked vehicle is subject to a commuter tax by the IRS.  Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you,


Terry Page

Acting Fire Chief

Farmington NM Fire Department

(505) 599-1432



My fire department is exploring options to switch from a privatized ambulance service to a fire department based ambulance. We are looking for information from departments that have made this switch.

Especially departments that have used quality surveys that have shown increased levels of service from fire based services compared to private services and information that would support or oppose a claim that fire based EMS provides better quality of service, would be most beneficial. All responses may be sent via email and is much appreciated.


Thank You For you Time!


Todd Walters


Olivette Fire Department

Olivette, Missouri 


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

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        80 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 second semester application period

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



Massachusetts Fire Academy Deputy Director Position


Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Fire Academy, (MVI)

Application Deadline:  November 13, 2009

Salary Range: $41,017.08 to $90,561.63 Annually


Position Summary:


The purpose of the Deputy Director is to serve as a key member of the Management Staff, charged with oversight of training delivery. With input from the Director, the Assistant Director directs and coordinates the divisions activities related to the development of fire service training and certification.

The Deputy Director works with the Director to establish, prioritize and manage those activities associated with the delivery of effective fire service training programs to the cities, towns and fire districts of the Commonwealth.

For a complete job description and requirements on this position, please visit our Web site at .


 Application Instructions: 


 Please download application from DFS website: and click on JOB@DFS


How to Apply:


Submit Cover Letter, Resume, and Application to:


Maribel Fournier, Director Administrative Services

Department of Fire Services

P.O. Box 1025-State Road

Stow, MA 01775

Fax: (978) 567-3121    



The Department of Fire Services is an AA/EEO Employer





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