Wednesday, November 25

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 requesting any information from other departments that have a Fire Department Citizens Advisory Committee. I am considering developing one but have very little knowledge on this subject.


We are an all career suburban fire department serving a predominately all African American Community. I am looking for any and all information on how to go about forming a Citizen Advisory Committee and what their role should be within the fire department structure. Any successes, failures, advice etc.?


Thank You all in advance for your help. Be Safe!!!


Please send information via email (preferred) to:


Chief Kenneth L. Ledford

City of Bedford Heights, Division of Fire

Bedford Heights, Ohio

Office: (440) 786-3251

Fax: (440) 786-3224

Cell: (440) 343-1553




Greetings all:


I am looking to update our current Annual Driver's Training program and am looking to beg, borrow and steal from anyone willing to send me something. If you could take the time to send me your annual requirements and Training Standards I would appreciate it.


Hope all is well as everyone prepares for the Holidays.


Thank in advance, Eric


Eric Holly

Training Captain

Ceres Fire

Ceres, CA

Office:  (209) 538-5631

Fax:  (209) 538-5681




Two requests:


1) I am looking for short audio files of radio traffic between dispatch and companies that illustrates benchmark practices and poor practices. We are attempting to develop a training program for a 13 agency regional dispatch with nearly 500 career firefighters. We would prefer to use radio traffic from departments outside our area so as not to embarrass members and keep the focus on the need.


2) I am looking for stand pipe operations SOPs and JPRs that deal with 2-inch and 2&1/2-inch hose.


If you have large files (greater than 6MB) I have a file transfer service than can be used to send them to me. Thanks for your assistance.


Drew Smith

Deputy Chief

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Prospect Heights, IL

(847) 253-8060

Fax:  (847) 253-4759

Nextel:  (847) 366-1782




Hello Fellow EFO's,


I am looking for anyone that has job descriptions they may be able to share for the positions of Dispatcher and Records Clerk/Administrative Assistant.


Thank you in advance.


Hope you are all doing well.




Eric J. Hall

Support Services/ Training Officer

Des Peres Department of Public Safety

Des Peres, MO

Dispatch Main Line:  (314) 835-6200 Ext. 231

Mobile:  (314) 575-8194



We would like to report "dollars saved" rather than just "dollars lost" due to fire. For example, in a building valued at $100 that experienced a fire, we currently would only report that there was a fire that caused $5 in damage. We would like to report something similar to "the building was valued at $100, the fire department saved $95, and the fire caused $5 in damage." Does anybody make use of this type of reporting? If so, would you please share your policy and/or practice with me?

Thank you in advance!


Steven Dubay
Colorado Springs Fire Department
(719) 385-7214




I am looking for some similar information as requested by George Thomas IV last week regarding driving accidents, but with the focus on volunteer departments. I am with a small volunteer dept. looking for SOP's or other information regarding accidents, disciplinary actions, and reinstatement of privileges. Thanks for your help.


Jacob Dukett

Captain/Training Officer

Sherman Fire Prot. Dist.

Sherman, IL

(217) 496-2213




I am looking for information on shift staffing schedules in other than 24 hour blocks (i.e.: 12, 10/14, 8). If you work such a schedule I would appreciate a copy of your schedule rotation, the number of apparatus and minimum staffing per vehicle and per shift.


William "Mike" Baker

Assistant Fire Chief

Elgin Fire Department

Elgin, IL

Office:  (847) 931-6181

Fax:  (847) 931-6179


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

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        82 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

U.S. Fire Administration

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Department of Homeland Security

 (301) 447-1117


USFA RELEASES UNIVERSITY Housing Fires Topical Report

Please see the attached press release.



Happy Thanksgiving!





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