Thursday, January 21

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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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:





The McCutchanville fire dept is revising their ICS training in an attempt to bring it into NIMS compliance.  Does anyone have a program they would be willing to share.


Thank you

Michael Kane

Division Chief of Training

McCutchanville Fire Dept





We are working towards an 800 MHz system while currently still maintaining our current analog system.  We currently use a 2-tone signal via a portable radio (issued to each career employee, as well as volunteers).  Radios are cumbersome and annoying when shopping, mowing the lawn, or just doing anything in general, other than riding the truck.  I have been contemplating the Swissphone RE729 Fire Pager.  If your department is currently using any model of the Swissphone Fire Pager, I would greatly appreciate if you could supply me with a contact # for you or whomever the contact person for your department may be.




Byron Sutton

Assistant Fire Chief

Gordon County Fire/Rescue

Calhoun, GA

Phone: 706.629.8851

Fax: 706.629.1023



In order to attempt to meet training and response coverage needs simultaneously, the Las Cruces Fire Department is looking into technological solutions that can be used for distance training/learning/information sharing for items such as EMS CE’s, staff meetings, classroom portions of fire training prior to the field training, etc. Please send any examples that are currently being used to provide training in this manner as well as some details of the issues encountered and overcome and types of equipment/software required.


Thank you.


Andrew Bencomo

Deputy Chief of Operations

Las Cruces Fire Department

(575) 528-3473

(575) 528-4082 (FAX)




We are looking for any policies regarding the posting of fire videos and photographs to YouTube, Facebook and other similar sites.  I would appreciate any electronic copies you could send, or descriptions of your policy.




Jane Moorhead

Battalion Chief, Training

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

Office:  (925)454-2314 

Cell:  (925)998-1214 


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2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                          5 LODD’s

2008 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

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:



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