Friday, March 19

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:




Our department is looking at a way we can reduce/eliminate the need for leaving our EMS Supervisor’s vehicle idling when out of their main station. Currently we have to leave the vehicle idling in order to maintain the temperature controlled cabinet for our drug boxes. If we cut this unit off, the cabinet will start to drain down the vehicle battery. This question is in part due to several recent citizen complaints about an unstaffed vehicle idling for long periods of time. Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Robert S. Ryalls, BA, EFO, NREMT-P

District Chief - Support Services Division (EMS & Training)

James City County Fire Department

Williamsburg, VA

Fire Administration: (757) 220-0626

Direct Line: (757) 565-7603

Fax: (757) 220-9125

Pager: (757) 886-4158




My department was recently awarded a Scott Pak Tracker Firefighter Locator System.  We are attempting to put together some type of power-point presentation to assist with training our firefighters in the use of this device.  If your department has any type of power-point presentation or other visual-aid that could be used by our department we would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


Randy Simpson


Mendota Fire Department

Mendota, IL

(815) 539-3434




I am the assistant training officer with two Illinois fire departments with limited training resources.  Any updated training is up to me to produce, and as you know the training budgets are the first to be cut.  Any information to aid me is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your time.  Below are my departments and contact information.


George Taylor


Westchester fire Department

Westchester, IL


George Taylor


Richmond Township Fire Protection District

Richmond, IL






I am a Training Officer in a large combination fire department. Like many jurisdiction we are looking into implementing new educations standards, attaining COA Accreditation, and Recruiting and Retaining Paramedics.  I am seeking information on the following:


1. How Fire Academy Based Paramedic programs are planning on implementing the new EMS Education Standards and gaining COAEMSP accreditation?


2. How do your students attend their initial paramedic training program i.e. jurisdiction pays employee to attend on duty, mirrored program on employees off duty time, contract with local college, hire paramedics already trained, or others?


3. Will any Academy based programs forego accreditation and collaborate with a local college? If so, what challenges have you faced and how did you deal with them? I would really like any successful models currently being used.


4. How are you dealing with recruitment and retention of Paramedics?


EMS Lt. Rich Schenning

ALS Training Administrator

Baltimore County Fire Department






I moderate a Yahoo Group for Fire Marshals across the U.S. and we are trying to find people who may have knowledge of centralized information sharing about fire and life safety outside of the U.S. More specifically we want to identify web sites, social networks, email groups, list serves, etc. in Europe and Asia that identify best practices and in general, news about fire and life safety. There is evidence that in the UK, Japan, Sweden and many parts of the world innovative processes and ideas are used to promote fire safety. We want to find these news streams and be able to join or at least monitor them to learn more about how to make the United State more fire safe. If you are aware of any centralized information sources that are dynamic and provide on-going information please contact me by email with information about how to obtain this information. My email is






Chief Michael Love

Fire Marshal

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

Division of Community Risk Reduction Services

Rockville, MD

Voice: (240) 777-2439

Fax:  (240) 777-2415



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

 2010 U.S. Line of Duty Deaths                        15 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.


  LESSONS LEARNED INFORMATION SHARING Partners with US Fire Administration

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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