Thursday, March 11

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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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Do you have any Historic Buildings with Mixed Use Occupancies, namely Business / Restaurant and Residential? If so have they performed recent renovations that required sprinklers? What version of the Code do you enforce? If the Code stated that sprinklers were required but an alternative was allowed what was it?


John Clinton Browning

Fire Marshal/Chief Training Officer

Lockhart Fire Rescue

Lockhart, TX

(512) 398-2321 ext. 263




We are looking to help a small volunteer department in Vermont with an aerial apparatus training program. The department recently purchased a 1998 KME 75' AerialCat Quint. We are looking for any training programs or presentations that deal with the KME Aerial. (Specifically - capabilities, limitations, safe operation, emergency procedures, maintenance, etc). We are also interested in any aerial apparatus operator programs that may be valuable for a small rural department. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you and stay safe.




Aaron J. Collette


Burlington, Vermont Fire Department




Our hazardous materials team is looking for anyone who might have all of the science completed for the top 66 chemicals. If we are unable to find anyone that has this completed we are looking for anyone who would like to help take this task on. We feel that if we can split up the tasks we could complete all of the science and have that resource available in the event we have an incident involving one of these agents. I have attached some of the forms we have begun to develop. Any information would be greatly appreciated and if you are interested in assisting us with this task please send me an email with your contact information.



·        TopSciAnswers.doc

·        NIJAdendem.doc

·        Top66JA.doc


David Piper


Station 4 / Red Shift

Orland Fire Protection District

Orland Park IL

708-349-1050 - station

708-259-6300 - cell






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




I am researching the viability of instituting user fees in our department as part of a cost recovery program for my EFO project. Could you please have someone from your department complete this survey (accessed through the below link) before March 19th? Thank you.


Eric Hicks


DeKalb Fire Department

DeKalb, IL

(815) 748-8469 - office

(815) 748-0476 - cell

(815) 748-8497 - fax



As assistant to the training office of Promised Land VFA, I've been charged with determining the required training for each position in the company and what training requires annual refreshers. Is there a source where I can find list like this?


Thank you

Deb Crockett

Promised Land VFA

Pike County, PA

(570) 862-5153




1. We have begun to evaluate all Fire ground Operations SOG's we have to see where they may have gaps and areas for improvement. We are especially interested in how firefighter safety standards have been included in other department's fire ground operations guidelines. I would appreciate any and all SOG's for comparison. If you like what your department has as guidelines, could you send an email with a word doc, or a pdf?


2. I am working on developing a department Fire ground Communications SOG. I would appreciate any examples of SOG's as a starting point to create ours. If you like what your department has as guidelines, could you send an email with a word doc, or a pdf?


Thanks in advance for your help.


Rob Inouye


Cedar Falls Fire Rescue

Cedar Falls, IA

(319) 239-4348 - cell

(319) 273-8622 - office




Hello Brothers and Sisters!


For the past five years, I have been working with an organization called Outreach Emergency Services Program ( We have been securing equipment for donation and sending it to cities in Colombia and then training them on its use as well as EMS and Fire Suppression activities. As we present materials or as they progress, the language barrier is an issue. Additionally, they are trying to create their own USAR Task Force. Any and all training materials that you may possess that are in Spanish would be greatly appreciated! This is an awesome way to support a non-profit organization.


Thank you for all of your time and energy towards this. Please send your responses to


Be safe,


Mike Stanley

Outreach Emergency Services Program

Elizabeth CO





My department is building a training program to certify individuals as Acting Officers and to provide on-going training to Promoted Officers. My question is, do any departments require any training classes on a regular basis for Promoted Officers? This would be like a continuing education program where an Officer would have to record training in specific topics during a set period of time. As a follow-up, how many hours are required and what specific subjects are required?


John Gallup

Captain, Training Officer

City of SeaTac Fire Department

SeaTac, Washington

(206) 973-4509



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

Rockford, Illinois

(815) 987-5684 office

(815) 987-5737 fax


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 2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        14 LODD’s

2008 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                         93 LODD’s


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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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