Thursday, January 28

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 33,136 subscribers worldwide to the weekly newsletter.  This is an increase of 86 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.


If you have a question or comment for inclusion in the weekly TRADENET newsletter, please send it and your contact information to  Please be sure and include your Department or Organization name, your email address and any other method you wish to receive feedback.  USFA reserves the right to edit content submitted or reject any material submitted.


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.




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.


Visit the new page at


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:




Student Recruitment for the first PILOT offering of:

Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Program Management

P – Pilot Offering (see attached)


The United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA), is conducting a pilot course at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the newly developed 6-day course Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Program Management (P254).




Looking for SOP / SOG's  regarding the Incident Safety Officer. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

George J. Teixeira II
Nebraska Forest Service
Fire Resource Manager, ISO
Planning and Management
102 AA Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0815
(402) 472-5870






 I was wondering if any organization has a policy, SOG, or training outline they utilize to reintroduce or provide refresher training to their personnel when they report back to duty after a 12 month or greater military deployment? Anything you have that you could share with me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Frank Ricci

Battalion Chief

Casa Grande Fire Department

119 E. Florence Blvd.

Casa Grande, AZ 85222

Station (520) 421-8777 x5988

Fax      (520) 836-9528

Nextel  (520) 251-3007

D.C.     128*25*1658



I am looking for job descriptions and rank of Public Life Safety Educators in your department whom do community risk reduction programs.  Thanks for your assistance.


Lieutenant George L. Thomas IV, CFO, EFO, MIFireE

B Shift Safety Officer

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services

Cell (301) 418-8652

Direct Connect 164*17223*134

Office (301) 600-9331

Fax (301) 600-9339




I am doing some research on Tankers / tenders and the venting systems installed on the tanks. This is for fact finding on what type of vents are in use, i.e Open, butterfly, float etc.. This will be used in conjunction with what types of dump valves are being are being used.

If you could send any information or pictures regarding the above to:

Paul Doyle

Goose Lake Fire Department





As a metro training chief with 1100 career and 1500 volunteer personnel we are currently using an "on-line" LMS (learning management system).  Our current vendor contract is expiring this month and we are exploring various options to continuing this training format.

I am looking for departments and training divisions who are currently operating an LMS or similar "on line" training system.  Specifically I need to determine the following:


1.  Are you using an internal server or a vendor's? 

2.  What is the LMS (learning management system) platform/software

3.  Are you doing on-line testing (SCORM compliant?)

4.  Are you using power-point,  narrated power-point, streaming video or ? 

5.  Can you issue certificates "on line"? 

6.  Do you have storage limitations on your server and if so how long are programs/courses

     posted "on line".

7.  Are you totally "web based" or only network based for internal use? 

8.  Your experiences either positive or negative regarding your system


Any feedback is sincerely appreciated.  Please respond to :


Division Chief Michael W. Robinson, CFO

Baltimore County Fire Department

Fire Rescue Academy

1545 Sparrows Point Blvd.

Sparrows Point, MD 21219

(410) 887-7523 or (443) 463-9496



Happy New Year and Good Morning Fire Prevention Professionals,

Attached is a letter of introduction and a word document survey regarding your experiences in selection and use of electronic Hand Held devices for use by field inspectors and mobile printer information.

If you know of other agencies fire or otherwise, that are not on the distribution list above, who are using electronic devices in the field and/or mobile printers, please pass this email along to them.  

I am on the DDES Taskforce for Hand Held Devices and I am trying to glean info from agencies who are currently using these devices in the field, so as to streamline our selection to devices that really work and to learn from others mistakes in device and component selection, so we do not re-invent the wheel!! (I know that comes as a shock to you).

Thanks for your time and participation in our survey.

Mark Thompson, Deputy Fire Marshal
King County Building and Fire Services Division
(206) 296-6757


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2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                          6 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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