Thursday, December 10

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.

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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 any information in the form of a training program or curriculum that is designed to instruct on firefighting in the maritime (marine) environment. This can be a course developed by a local government agency or from an educational institute. Thank you for any help that you can provide by sending the information to


Paul Matheis
Fire Division Chief
Newport Beach Fire Department
Newport Beach, CA

Office:  (949) 644-3368 
24/7 (949) 795-2231




Greetings all:

We are looking to develop an SOP that addresses the EMS care provided by a licensed Registered Nurse.   We currently employ EMT-B,I and Ps.  We are looking at allowing RNs to operate at a higher level than our Paramedics under our Medical Director’s supervision.  Any SOPs that others have developed and utilized to address the issue of integrating RN’s into the EMS ranks would be helpful.


Best Regards,


Hal Doughty Deputy Chief

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority
Durango, CO
Phone: 970-382-6006
Fax: 970-382-6018




All of our fire apparatus is equipped with some type of auxiliary braking system; Jake Brakes, Transmission Retarders, or Exhaust Brakes.  What I am looking for is any SOP’s or policies that address auxiliary braking systems and when and how they should or should not be used.  Any assistance you can provide would be swell.


Stay Safe


Albert W. Schlick III

Division Chief / Director of Training

Wauconda Fire District

Wauconda, Illinois

Station:  847-526-2821

Direct:  847-416-7508

Fax:  847-416-7558

24 Hour:  847-526-1780





We are looking for examples of Volunteer Retention and Recruitment Plans to utilize as a template in developing our own plan in order to make us more competitive for the SAFER Grant.  We would greatly appreciate it if anyone willing who has a plan to please forward it to the email address listed below.


Best Regards,


Mark Quick

Training Chief

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority

Durango, CO

(970) 382-6007




"Greetings fellow fire service practitioners. I'm trying to gather data related to officer development. Please click on the link and answer 10 easy questions.

Many thanks! Stay safe!"

Captain Jesse Wilson,
Operations Officer,
Philadelphia Fire Academy
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 685-8064
Cell:  (215) 906-1707 (cell)
Cell:  (215) 439-7020 (cell)
FAX:  (215) 331-4097





Hello all,


We are looking for information related to training leave.  Specifically what you provide for your Firefighters (time off, registration fees, travel/meals, books, etc…) and what they must provide on their own.  Do you differentiate between voluntary training (classes they are requesting) versus classes you are sending them to/requiring?  In-Town vs. Out-of-Town?


If you have a policy in place, and would be willing to share, we would be most appreciative.  If interested, we can send you our current policy.


We are hoping to balance the desire of personnel to attend training (Fire Officer I, Instructor II, etc), with the staffing and budgetary/overtime restrictions of our department.


Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.


Be Safe!




Karl Kuhlman

Division Chief

San Marcos Fire Rescue

(512) 393-8476

Fax:  (512) 392-4245



I am looking for an equipment maintenance program (schedule, forms, etc.) for Technical Rescue Equipment.  Any samples will be appreciated.


Drew Smith

Deputy Chief

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Prospect Heights, IL

(847) 253-8060

Fax:  (847) 253-4759

NEXTEL 847-366-1782





 I have been tasked with writing our department’s SOG on Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS).  I was just wondering if anyone out there is willing to share their CAFS SOG with me. If so, it will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you,

Geoffrey Chang


Honolulu Fire Department

Office:  808-723-7185

Fax:  808-723-7121

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2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        84 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 LLIS.GOV PARTNERS.


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

Due to the current economic conditions, many governments are invoking “no travel” policies.  Even though the National Fire Academy reimburses the cost of travel to and from the campus and provides the training and a dorm room at no cost, some governments are not making any exceptions.  No travel means “no travel at all, no matter the cost or value.” As a result, the number of applications is “down” from last year’s application period.


The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes closes December 15 – YOU HAVE 5 DAYS TO APPLY.

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

Course Catalog and schedules:

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.

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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