Thursday, March 25

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.


Visit the new page at


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.

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.

View the FESHE conference announcement & agenda at


International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) EMS Section’s Fire-Rescue Med Conference - May 1-5, 2010

Hear from Kelvin Cochran, U.S. Fire Administrator; Alexander Garza, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and DHS Chief Medical Officer; and other federal government presenters and panelists speaking at Fire-Rescue Med (FRM) as they address EMS at the national level.

More information:


Kate Ruhe

Conference Marketing Manager

International Association of Fire Chiefs

Direct Line: (703) 537-4827




We are developing a county-wide curriculum on population protection (shelter in place) and I am seeking if anyone has any information, perhaps any work they had developed and/or performed, in their community and are willing to share.  Thank you.

Bernie Becker

Bernard W. Becker III, MS
Director, Center for Emergency Preparedness
Cleveland State University
Office: (216) 875-9860
Fax: (216) 687-5299
Cell: (937) 751-7371




The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue, along with volunteers, are going door to door checking and installing smoke alarms.  I am in need of suggestions for funding this program.  I am in need of smoke alarms and nine volt batteries.  Any assistance or contact information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks,


George L. Thomas IV, CFO, EFO, MIFireE
Safety Lieutenant "B" Shift
Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue
Frederick, MD

Office:  (301) - 600 - 9331
Internal Extension - 1 - 9331
Cell: (301) - 418-8652   Direct Connect - 164*17223*134
Fax: (301) - 600 - 9339



I have an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and currently am researching Bachelor programs in emergency services but not focusing in fire. Does anyone have experience with Columbia Southern University, specifically with their Occupational Safety and Health program? Thank you.


Carl Roberts

Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management

Spotsylvania, VA

Cell: (540) 287-6778

Fax: (540) 582-6957



My question is that I am developing a JFSI program and a Public Fire Program for my department.  I would like to see how if possible to receive other departments SOP's or SOG's for both of these areas and any educational or programs that anyone would be willing to send me to use in the development process.


Thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from everyone.


Robert L. Bell

Haralson County Fire Department

Buchanan, GA

Office: (770) 646-2036 

Cell: (678) 988-1120

Station: (770) 537-1871


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2010 U.S. on duty firefighter fatality notices


17 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 16 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 1 from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date, monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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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