Thursday, March 4

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.




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:




I am Phillip Russell, Training Manager with the South Carolina Fire Academy.  I am the TRADE Region IV representative for our organization.  The reason for my email this morning is that we have a Fire Chief with an interesting question regarding the use of personal helmet cameras to document fire department operations.  As we do not presently have any departments with any policies and or procedures regarding the use of these, I thought I would send this request for information to you, and see if I could respectfully request if we could send this out to the TRADENet and see if there is any knowledge from TRADE members.


I hope that this email finds you well today, and that I have sent this request to the correct person.  Thank you in advance for your assistance, and if needed, please send this back to me if it this request needs to go in another direction.



Phillip Russell

Training Manager

South Carolina Fire Academy

(803) 896-9893




I would like to find out which FDs have a dedicated Health and Safety Officer.  What are their duties?


Jerrold E. Prendergast

Chief of Administration

Springfield Fire Department

Springfield, MA

(413) 787-6411



I'm doing a research paper on the fire investigation that followed the Sept 11th attacks on the WTC. I've got the report from NIST that was published in 2005, but I'm looking to see if anyone else has any other articles or publications I can research. Any help would be greatly appreciated


Thanks Stay Safe


Bill Hartman Jr.


Bellevue Fire Department



My name is Bobby Tatum; I am a Battalion Chief in charge of the Fort Worth Fire Department Arson/Bomb Investigations Division. I am conducting a survey of what efforts fire departments are taking to prevent arson fires.  The information compiled will be included in an Applied Research Paper (ARP) which I am writing as part of my participation in the National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program. I will be glad to share the results of this survey and any additional information regarding this very important topic at your request.


Bobby J.Tatum Jr.

Chief Fire Investigator

Fort Worth Fire Department

Investigations Division

Fort Worth, TX

817-392-6854 (office)

817-350-3034 (cell)

817-392-6855 (fax)




The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) works in a response system where Bomb Threat and Suspicious Package/Explosive Device incidents are considered a Law Enforcement (LE) incident and is handled by LE with LCFD playing a support role. We are exploring the option of not responding to any incident that is of a threat nature ONLY with no actual suspicious package or device involved and would like to get feedback from other departments on whether or not they have also followed this type of response. Please respond with your procedures.


Thank you


Andrew Bencomo

Deputy Chief of Operations

Las Cruces Fire Department

(575) 528-3473

(575) 528-4082 (FAX)



With our cities current budget shortfalls, we are exploring many options and have two questions to pose to the group:

1.      Does anyone have any experience in the integration of POC and Part-Time firefighters to a full time, mid-sized, urban department?  We are specifically looking for SOPs, Polices, and Procedures.

2.      Has anyone had a Fire based EMS ambulance service and transitioned to a Private Ambulance Provider or from a Private Ambulance Provider to a Fire Based EMS Service?


We are looking for all the pros and cons of Departments with experiences in both matters.


Thank you.


Please contact:

Matthew W. Knott, MS, CCEMT-P, CEM

Division Chief


Rockford Fire Department

Training Division

Rockford, Illinois

(815) 987-5684 office

(815) 987-5737 fax


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

 2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        11 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.


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