Thursday, February 18

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.



Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Fire Code Administrator


The primary responsibility of the Fire Code Administrator of the Division of Fire Safety is to provide management and direction to Department of Fire Services (DFS) staff involved in the administration, interpretation and enforcement of the State Fire Code and development of 527 CMR pursuant to MGL Chapter 148. The Fire Code Administrator serves as the Executive Director for the fourteen member Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR), which is responsible for promulgating the comprehensive fire safety code (527 CMR) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and manages the overall code development process for the Director and the State Fire Marshal. The Fire Code Administrator will work on regulations that cover the storage, transportation, use and handling of hazardous materials, explosives, fireworks, model rockets, cannons/mortars.

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National Fire Academy (NFA) Training Opportunities (as of February 4, 2010)


Vacancies exist in the following NFA courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  You may refer to the internet at  for more information, or contact the Admissions Office via email or by phone at

(301) 447-1035.  Completed applications may be faxed to (301) 447-1441. 

If interested, apply immediately!


Note:  The NFA policy of only 1 stipend-supported trip per fiscal year remains.  However, a qualified individual may seek to participate without stipend assistance.  PLEASE INDICATE with your application that you are aware of this restriction when you apply for the course.     



All vacancies are filled on a first come, first served basis and qualified by using the Student Selection Criteria listed on our Website: 


2nd Semester


R108      Evaluating Performance Based Designs

                8/8/10-8/13/10                    11 vacancies


R129      Fire Service Course Design-1 week

                8/8/10-8/13/10                    16 vacancies


R135      Fire Protection for the Built Environment

                8/1/10-8/6/10                       3 vacancies


R151      Advance Leadership Issues in EMS

                4/26/10-5/7/10                    8 vacancies

5/17/10-5/28/10                  12 vacancies


R152      Emergency Medical Services: Special Operations      

                6/21/10-7/2/10                    8 vacancies


R203      Fire Dynamics-Fire Modeling

                4/26/10-5/7/10                    8 vacancies


R220      Fire Inspection Principles

                9/20/10-10/1/10                  7 vacancies


R225      Management of Fire Prevention Programs

                7/26/10-8/6/10                    6 vacancies


R227      Fire Protection Systems for Emergency Operations

                5/30/10-6/4/10                    2 vacancies

                8/15/10-8/20/10                  12 vacancies


R308      CMD. & Cntrl. F.D.Ops. Natl. & Man-Made

8/23/10-9/3/10                    10 vacancies


R335      Adm. Pub. Asst. For Community Recovery

                8/8/10-8/13/10                    9 vacancies


R348      Changing American Family at Risk

                5/9/10-5/14/10                    10 vacancies


R362      Developing Fire & Life Safety Strategies

                8/15/10-8/20/10                  17 vacancies


R378      Demonstrating Fire Prevention Program’s Worth

8/8/10-8/13/10                    3 vacancies


R628      Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist 1 & II

                5/30/10-6/4/10                    5 vacancies


R811      VIP: Fire Cause Determination for Company Officers

                6/13/10-6/18/10                  10 vacancies

                9/12/10-917/10                   11 vacancies


R815      VIP: Challenges Local Training Officers

                9/12/10-917/10                   11 vacancies


R816      VIP: Community Education Leadership

                6/13/10-6/18/10                  21 vacancies                        


R822      VIP: Advanced Safety Operation and Management

                6/13/10-6/18/10                  15 vacancies

                9/12/10-917/10                   22 vacancies


R823      VIP: Leading Community Fire Prevention

                9/12/10-9/17/10                  16 vacancies


R824:     VIP: Management Strategies for Success

                6/13/10-6/18/10                  14 vacancies


R825      VIP: CMD & CNTRL of Fire Departments Operations Target Hazards

                6/13/10-6/18/10                  10 vacancies


R826      VIP: Presenting Effective Public Education

                9/12/10-9/17/10                  20 vacancies




Why are there vacancies at the National Fire Academy?  Are enrollments down?


Enrollments in the National Fire Academy (NFA) are actually up. Last year, in cooperation with our State training partners, our on-line training at NFAOnline, and in our resident and off-campus delivery program, the NFA reached 120,000 fire service professionals.  In 1995 we trained just 15,000.  Like every college, we plan our academic year based on last year’s enrollments, the number of new courses on the schedule, waiting lists for current courses and the calendar and our best estimate of the demand for courses the following year.  It’s not an exact science.


Vacancies occur for any number of reasons – some classes have low demand because the number of fire department members doing that job is low (e.g. public educators, data analysts, training, plans review, budget), but these courses are in many ways critical to the success of fire and life safety and the administration of the fire department!  Other times we may overestimate the demand.  When that happens, we cancel a low-demand course, move the enrolled students into another delivery of that course and use the funds to run an additional high-demand course.


It seems that I’m hearing more about vacancies than I ever have in the past. Why is that?


Well, you are. Before widespread communication using web sites and email, the NFA relied on last minute telephone calls to fill seats.  We couldn’t announce the vacancies in sufficient time to get the students here to campus.  Now, with improved communications, the increased membership and support of the Alumni Association and the participation of many of the fire service organizations, we distribute vacancy announcements in a matter of minutes.  It is working very well.


What you are seeing, though, is only the vacancies.  We never send out the list of classes that are already filled and have a waiting list.  The lists show only the few vacancies we have.


I don’t apply during the application period, I like to wait to see what classes have vacancies before I apply, is that a good idea?


NO!  The first requirement for a student’s eligibility to attend the NFA is their current job responsibility (Box #16).  If you wait, it is likely that the courses you qualify for will be filled by others in the normal application process.  When that happens, you lose the best chance you had to attend the NFA. Worse, if applications are low, the class you seek may be cancelled.  The most useful and valuable course for you may never show up on a vacancy list.  The better strategy is to apply during the normal application periods (April 15- June 15 and Oct 15 to Dec 15).  Remember, if you qualify, you may apply for two different courses in the same semester (using a separate application for each); however, you will only receive a stipend for one trip per fiscal year (Oct 1 through Sept 30)


Why are there waiting lists and vacancy lists at the same time?


Our courses are academically rigorous, and every class is considered mid- to upper-level college course work.  It is important to ensure that each student is capable of success in the course before being admitted.


Students are accepted to the NFA based on the ‘target audience’ criteria listed in the catalog.  We want to make sure that the course is a benefit to both the fire department and the students when they return; and is of sufficient complexity to advance the student’s knowledge to improve local service delivery.  Students who do not meet the ‘target’ criteria would slow the class down, and expose the student to possible failure.


It is more important to fill a seat with a qualified student than it is to simply fill a vacancy.  This ensures success for the department, the student and the rest of the class.


What is the most frequent cause of application rejection?


1.         Used the wrong application.  For resident courses, applicants should submit the long form (75-5) application which requires the chief’s signature

2.         Didn’t fill out the application completely

3.         Didn’t sign the application, or have the Fire Chief sign the application

4.         Failure to describe your activities/responsibilities as they relate to the course for which you are applying and identify how you will use the information obtained from the course. (Box 16).


Any suggestions to increase my chances of success?


On our website, there is a document that provides eight “tips” for completing a successful application.  It only takes a minute – but will dramatically improve your chances for success:


All vacancies are filled on a first come, first served basis and qualified by using the Student Selection Criteria listed on our Website:





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:


Annual Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) National Professional Development Conference

Every year, USFA hosts the annual Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Conference on its campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Representatives from fire-related degrees programs, State and local fire service training agencies, and national fire service organizations attend the three-day conference. For the first time since its founding in 1999 and to reflect changes in program scope since then, this event will now be known as the annual FESHE National Professional Development Conference. Attendance at the conference is available to only those in the target audiences (see below).

12th Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 12th annual FESHE National Professional Development Conference will be held June 3-5, 2010 at the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The conference days are now Thursday - Saturday instead of Friday - Monday, as in past years.

Costs and Enrollment Information

Lodging and Meals

As in the past, travel and meals ($97.86 meal ticket covers dinner June 2 through breakfast June 6) are borne by the attendees; however, USFA will provide lodging at no charge and scheduled bus transportation to and from a regional airport. Do not book your travel plans until confirmation of your acceptance is received from our Admissions Office.

Lodging on campus is limited. One other representative from your institution or agency may attend the conference provided he/she submits a separate application; however, depending on room availability, additional representatives from your organization may need to stay off campus at their own expense.

Selection Criteria

Priority No. 1
Those active in fire service professional development, including official representatives of regionally accredited academic fire programs, State and local fire service and emergency medical services (EMS) training, national and State fire associations, and those responsible for developing fire and emergency service personnel. Candidates within this audience will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Priority No. 2
Those with interest in the field of fire and emergency services professional development. Candidates within this audience will be reviewed for acceptance after the application closing date.

Application Information for the FESHE Conference

FESHE applicants should download and complete the General Admissions Application Short Form (75-5a).

Application information needs to be completed through block 18b.

When completing the application to attend the FESHE Conference, please enter this information in Blocks 12a-c:

  • Block 12a: R178 FESHE Conference
  • Block 12b: NETC Emmitsburg, MD
  • Block 12c: June 3-5, 2010

Application Deadline, Submission Information

The deadline for receiving FESHE applications is April 8, 2010. Applications must be mailed to:

NETC Admissions Office
Attn: R-178 FESHE Conference
16825 South Seton Ave., Bldg I
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Applications can also be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441. If you have any questions about the FESHE conference, please contact Lori Welch at (301) 447-1013 or Lori Welch. Please contact the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 with enrollment questions.

Do not mail or fax your application to the NFA. It must be sent to the Admissions Office or it will be discarded.

Application Information for the FESHE Conference and the Emergency Management Higher Education Conference

Individuals participating in both R-178 FESHE (June 3-5, 2010) and the Emergency Management Institute's Higher Education Conference(June 7-10, 2010) must submit a separate application for each conference. EMI Higher Education applications can be obtained by contacting Barbara Johnson.




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

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).

Program Notice

January 2010


Student Recruitment for the first PILOT offering of:

Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Program Management

P – Pilot Offering


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).


The NFA will be delivering this pilot offering May 9-14, 2010, with students to arrive Saturday May 8 and depart Saturday May 15, 2010.


Course Description:  The Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Program Management course is designed to guide students in gaining and sharing the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively develop, manage and lead  hazardous materials and/or other specific all hazards special operations response capabilities involved in specialized emergency response.


Upon completion of the course, students learn how to analyze the complexities, dynamics, and inter-relationships of the components of special operations.  Through interactive lecture, group activities and testing, the students will study:


·        Identification of special operations components.

·        Identification of the inter-relationships between each discipline and then demonstrate how the manager balances the influences of diverse components.

·        Manage all related disciplines under the same operational procedures.

·        Balancing the “spider web” with understanding all the unique internal and external demands and influences.


The course utilizes lessons learned on how to identify the needs, develop, implement and sustain a Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Program. Ensuring the program meets the needs of the community and the current standard of care.  Included in the course materials are historical examples, current models and best practices for community risk based special response capability development and sustainment.


Student Selection Criteria: Hazardous Materials / Special Operations Teams coordinators, managers, and personnel aspiring to become coordinators and managers, Personnel responsible for training, equipping, and sustaining specialized response resources, Personnel responsible for the supervision or leadership of a hazardous materials or special operations team or company.


Class Size:  22


Length:  6 days


Prerequisites:  ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.


How to Apply:

·        Students must complete a General Admissions Application (FEMA Form 75-5).  An electronic application is available on our website at:

·        Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2010 and sent to:

NETC Admissions Office

Building I, Room 216

16825 S. Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

·        Completed applications may also be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441.

·        Applicants should not make plans to attend this pilot course until notified in writing by the Admissions Office.

·        Stipends for eligible students are available for attendance for this pilot course.  Attendance at the pilot course does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year.




If your department has a SOP/SOG regulating how your personnel portray themselves and your department on social networking sites please forward a copy to me. Thank you in advance.


Ray Hansen

Deputy Chief / Life Safety Management

City of Pinellas Park Fire Department

5000 82nd Ave. North

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Phone:  (727) 541-0713

Fax:  (727) 541-0813

Cell:  (727) 214-7850




I would like to submit a question to TRADENET concerning positive pressure attack (PPA).  I’ve purchased a training book on the subject but before committing to a change in our tactics I would like to know the experiences of other departments that may be using PPA.


Thank you,


Greg Robbins

Deputy Fire Chief

City of Hamilton, Ohio Fire Dept

Phone:  (513) 785-7505




Good Morning –


We are expecting to see a rise in solar power in our community in the next few years.  Does anyone have any operational SOG/SOP’s on how to deal with residential solar panels, i.e. roof travel, ventilation procedures, ladder placement, etc? I am looking for any and all I can get.




Bob Magee

Battalion Chief

Training & Safety Officer

Marysville Fire District

Marysville, WA

Business: (360) 363-8500

Office: (360) 363-8564

Cell: (425) 754- .4693



I am asking for your help in providing information regarding Electronic Hand Held Devices, including Tough books, notebooks, PDA’s etc. that are being used by agencies and their inspectors in the field.  We will be using the Accela software program.

King County DDES has embarked on an aggressive program to provide all field inspectors with hand held electronic devices as an aid to conducting inspections and streamlining data entry time in 2010.  We are also providing mobile printers in vehicles. I am asking for information on mobile printers for vehicles too.

If you, your agency are using electronic devices and/or mobile printers please provide the following information, so we can learn from your successes and/or mistakes or troubles in using electronic devices in the field.

If you know of another government agency that is using electronic devices and/or mobile printers please forward this memo to them, so we can learn more from their experiences in field use.

Please complete the following information, add your responses to this word document memo, and return by email to:  Feel free to provide more background info on your experiences using electronic devices.

If you have questions, call me at 206-296-6757.  A timely response would be appreciated by 2/17/10.

Thank you for your participation in sharing your experiences and knowledge in use of electronic hand held type devices for field use by inspectors.


Yours in Fire Safety and Prevention

Mark L. Thompson

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


Hand Held Electronic Device and Mobile Printer Survey


Name of Contact and Department/Agency:

Contact phone numbers:


Brand Name, Model number and Type of Electronic device(s) being used:

a.       Is the device wireless:  Yes___ No___

Is device connected to 800 mhz radio system:  Yes___ No___?

b.      What brand of broadband card are you using

c.       Any quality of connection issues, dead spots, too slow etc.? Please elaborate


What are the pro’s of the unit/model/brand of device you are using:


What is the con’s of the unit/model/brand of device you are using:


If you were going to start a new program using electronic devices as an inspection tool, what would you do differently or what would you look for that would make the use of the device and program better?


If you had to purchase a new electronic device, which brand/model would you choose and why?


Suggestions on devices and components that you would do differently if you were buying a new field device.


Other Comments that you would like to make that are not covered above.



Brand name, Model of Mobile Printer being used:

What are the Pro’s and Con’s of the unit you are using?

If you had to purchase another Mobile Printer, which brand, model would you purchase and why?



Interested in SOP / Protocols etc. regarding "CO detector" sounding calls. Specifically interested in FD responsibilities, type of response, (# of vehicles, Code 1, 2, 3, etc.) and what, if any, instructions are given by dispatch to the homeowners.

Thank you.
George J. Teixeira II

Fire Resource Manager, ISO
Nebraska Forest Service
Planning and Management
Lincoln, NE
(402) 472-5870



Hi All;


I’m looking for information on setting up a job description for part time firefighters. Our department has gone from paid on call/full time to part time/full time. We have an excellent job description for our full time staff. However I need to set up a very clear and detailed job description for the part time staff. So if there’s anyone out there that can give a hand. Please E-Mail me at



Dale R. Hutchings

Deputy Fire Chief

Dowagiac City Fire Department

Dowagiac, MI.




Good day-

I am in need of informational assistance regarding alarm monitoring ordinances for municipalities that have home rule powers. Specifically, we are working towards a municipal owned, wireless fire alarm radio network and are pursuing the drafting of an ordinance that would mandate the use of the network in lieu of utilizing a program where we need to obtain renewable contracts with property owners. It is our primary intent with this ordinance to grant us powers to bill in conjunction with other municipal services such as water and sewer rather than perform separate billing activities. I would really appreciate any ordinance copies (or web addresses for location of ordinance documents) from my fellow fire service members if they have implemented something similar to this arrangement. Please feel free to email, fax, or call me with information. Thanks for your help!!



Bill Schultz

Deputy Fire Chief

Wheaton Fire Department

Wheaton, IL

(630) 260-2171 Phone

(630) 260-2010 Fax



We are small career department of 55 firefighters that is just implementing a fully staffed truck company. We are looking for SOG’s for a Truck Company Operations including seat assignments. I am also interested in any training requirements and how they are met. Any assistance would be helpful.




Doug Baker

Assistant Chief

Searcy Fire Department

Searcy, AR

Office: (501) 79-1066

Fax: (501) 279-3892




Hi, I’m new to this TRADEnet information system, but maybe you can help me. I’m looking for information on Animal Rescue and Recovery policies for natural disasters. My organization is currently developing a comprehensive earthquake policy and we have no dedicated plan for domestic animal care. I understand that somehow through this site I can inquire about such policies to fire departments across the country? I would be particularly interested to hear from organizations in hurricane, tornado, and earthquake prone areas. Please give me some direction, if you can. Thank you.



Karl Lieb

Deputy Chief Operations

Salt Lake City Fire Department

Office:  (801) 799-4203

Cell:  (801) 664-5694




My name is Ed Beirne, Assistant Chief with the Metro West Fire Protection District. I am requesting an EFO survey instrument to be included in the TRADENET newsletter. I am conducting applied research on the various measuring parameters for physical fitness and wellness programs. I have included the intro and link below.






Edward M. Beirne

Assistant Chief, Special Operations/ Chief Training Officer

Metro West Fire Protection District

Phone:  (636) 458-2100 extension 134

Cell:  (636) 262-3303

Fax:  (636) 458-2199





Hi Folks,
I'm kind of new to this face book "blogging" so please excuse any protocol violations I may inadvertently post. I am building an internship program here in Colorado as I am the new fire science faculty member at Pikes Peak Community college. We have an extensive credit for prior learning program and I wan...t to expand it to include more experience for our students. I would appreciate ANY ideas, comments or suggestions you may have.

Thanks, Mike


Michael McCabe



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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.


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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.  

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