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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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I am conducting research for an Applied Research Project as part of the Executive Fire Officer Program for the Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management (EAFSOEM) class. I have a short survey that I would like all of you to take about risk assessment and capability assessments in your local community. I would like as close to 100 participants as possible; so your participation is greatly appreciated! If you would like the results of the survey, please send an e-mail and I will provide the results. Thank you for your participation.


John F. Galganski

James City County Fire Department




We are in the process of redeveloping our pre-plan program. Unfortunately, we have not implemented our MDT units for our apparatus and are still doing this on paper. We are looking at simplifying our pre-plan paper work. If anyone has any forms they carry in their apparatus that they would wish to share, please do so. Thank you for your help


Warren Adair


City of Goose Creek Fire Department

Goose Creek, SC

(843) 553-8350




If your dispatch center uses Locution or a similar radio voice product, coupled with DTMF tones or other over-the-radio station alerting, I’d like to hear from you. We plan to begin using such a system soon through our regional dispatch center, serving well over 400k people. As this is not a typical installation, any experience-based feedback from other users would be greatly appreciated.


Mike Senchyna, Battalion 2-B

Vancouver Fire Department

Vancouver, WA

(360) 487-7231




We have a couple pair of bunker pants and coats plus some helmets we are willing to donate to a department that can use them. Please contact me if interested.


Thank You,

Cal Cain- Chief
Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept.
E. Dubuque, IL

Home:  (815) 747-6915



We are currently revising our regional mass casualty incident response guide. We are searching for a job aid/position checklist and/or verbiage that best describes the role of the Medical Supply Unit Leader or the equivalent. We are also interested in see what other organizations may have developed as a medical supply/resupply process. Any Department that could share their first hand experience, or similar information or suggestions for conducting medical supply operations during a multiple or mass casualty incident would be greatly appreciated.


J. Shuck

Mass Casualty Preparedness Coordinator

Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System

Tidewater EMS Council

Norfolk, VA

(757) 963-0632




We are a growing department with currently four man engine companies.  Later this year we will be opening a second station that has been projected for over two years now.  This is exciting but to meet the demands of that station and the needs of our community we will be dropping to two person engine companies. 

My inquire is what suggestions are there for preparing these guys for the things they will face as two man engine companies vs. the four they have enjoyed.  We are currently focused on ICS and driving but would like some company drills and trainings for them to work on as two man crews.


Captain Chris J Head
Star Fire District
Star, ID

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

2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                          2 LODD’s

2009 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        93 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

Fire Operations: Determining if Local Water Systems Can Meet Demand during Major Fires (Reno, NV Twelve-Fatality Hotel Arson, 2006)
Fire departments’ pre-planning processes should determine if local water systems are capable of meeting the demand necessary for fighting major fires.
Incident Management: Locating Public Information Operations Close to the Command Area (Apex, NC Chemical Fire, 2006)
Incident commanders should consider locating public information operations in close proximity to the command area.
Emergency Management: Updating Incident Action Plans Throughout an Incident’s Response (Apex, NC Chemical Fire, 2006)
Incident commanders should consider having incident action plans routinely updated during extended response activities.
Fire Operations: Training Personnel in Specialized Tactics for Incidents at Power Plants (Rhea County, TN Watts Bar Hydroelectric Plant Fire, 2002)
Fire departments that have power plants located within their area of operations should ensure that their personnel are trained in the appropriate specialized tactics. This will enable the departments to respond successfully to incidents at the plants.
Incident Command: Appointing a Public Information Officer (Ardent Sentry Full-Scale Exercise, 2007)
Incident command should ensure that an appropriately trained individual serves as public information officer during an incident response. This individual should understand his or her media management responsibilities and should be able to interface with the emergency operations center and joint information center.
Incident Management: Identifying Remote Staging Areas (Apex, NC Chemical Fire, 2006)
Incident commanders should identify potential remote staging areas for use during response operations when resources may be exposed to unacceptable hazards. This enables incident commanders to relocate and protect resources from potential exposures.
Mass Evacuation: Planning for the Evacuation of Special Needs Populations (Apex, NC Chemical Fire, 2006)
Emergency managers should develop clear, concise plans that address the evacuation of their special needs populations in the event of an incident.
Pre-Incident Site Planning: Acquiring Diagrams and Plans for Power Plants and Industrial Facilities (Rhea County, TN Watts Bar Hydroelectric Plant Fire, 2002)
Fire departments should acquire diagrams and pre-plans for local power plants and other industrial facilities in their area. It is critical that these facilities provide fire departments with all information necessary to respond to an incident on their premises.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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:



Fire Program Specialist, GS-0301-12/12


Job Announcement Number: CB-20101040

Open Period: 1/14/10 - 1/28/10

Duty Location: Emmitsburg, MD

Who May Be Considered: United States Citizens. See also: Job Announcement Number CB-20101033




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