The Friday Report
  March 18, 2022
Dear Members, 

If you have a spare moment, please consider following the link below to take part in a research survey to gather data on full-time versus part-time firefighters. 
You would be assisting Orange County District 1 Fire Chief Robert Smith, who is seeking this data as part of his work to receive his Master of Public Administration degree. 

With appreciation, 

Texas Fire Chiefs Association

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"Building Resilience Through Leadership"
April 11-14
Waco Convention Center
Early registration pricing ends March 14, so REGISTER TODAY!
Follow the link below to register. 

2022 Spring Academy – Grapevine
June 5-10, 2022Embassy Suites by Hilton - DFW
Airport North 2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

2022 Fall Academy – San Marcos
Sept. 25-30, 2022
Embassy Suites - San Marcos
Click here for more information about the Embassy Hotel.
Follow the link below to register.  

March 21 - 23, 2022

Sugar Land 
May 1 - 4, 2022
This will be an extended program with additional networking opportunities provided by the Sugar Land Fire Department.

Follow the link below to register. 


Please join us in supporting the Special Olympics with the first-ever
Fire Truck Pull in Prosper at Children’s Health Stadium on April 9.

This will be a very fun event for a great cause!

Follow the link below for more information. 







Assessor Training Program
April 13 & 20
Distance learning webinar

Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services Workshops 
April 13-15
Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction, CO

April 19-21
Marysville Fire District, Marysville, WA

May 2-4
Covington Fire Department, Covington, GA

May 24-26
Town of Cary Fire Department, Cary, NC

Follow the link below to register for these events. 

On-Demand Webinars and Resource Documents
We encourage you to take the time to access these free resources in the CPSE University — Click here to view videos and download handouts. 

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On March 8, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee released their Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2471). 

The bill would cut both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (also known as the FIRE Grant) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program by $10 million each from President Biden’s request of $370 million to $360 million for each program. 

However, the bill would also increase funding for many fire and EMS programs.

The Dallas City Council has approved a plan to provide professional fire fighters — and other city employees — paid time off to help cope with mental stress on the job. The new mental health leave provision was approved unanimously following a string of fire fighter suicides and after the city had approved mental leave for police officers.

Under the new city ordinance, fire fighters will be allowed to take 60 hours leave from work for mental health reasons. To earn the leave, a fire fighter must request it, and the request must be tied to a particular on-the-job incident. The employer would then provide the fire fighter with a professional clinician to assess the situation and approve the leave.

A new study from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) suggests that the presence of very highly reflective markings may decrease drivers’ ability to see first responders working adjacent to their vehicles.

Click here to read the U.S. Fire Administration blog post. A full text of the study can be found by following the link below. 

Source: Modern Healthcare 
Congress will include a months-long extension of telehealth flexibilities in a package to fund the government, fulfilling a key ask made by providers and advocates.

Source: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas
From Celina to Plano, a group of firefighters and family members walked 140 miles to raise awareness about occupational cancer as part of the Walk for the Red 140.

This particular walk raised money for 11 firefighters in North Texas who died of cancer or who are currently battling the disease. Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters.

Source: KWKT-TV FOX 44 Waco
Ten fire departments and crews with the Texas A&M Forestry Service have been battling a stubborn, wind-driven brush fire in rural Mills County.

It was not immediately known exactly where the fire started or what its origins were, but it was estimated that about 6,000 acres had burned.

Source: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Wes Moorehead, former Assistant Director, has been promoted to Associate Director of Forest Resource Protection and Fire Chief at Texas A&M Forest Service. 

Moorehead started his career with Texas A&M Forest Service as a Forest Inventory and Analysis Forester in Kirbyville before transitioning to a District Forester position. He then served as one of three Regional Foresters for the agency based in the Nacogdoches office.

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TCFP will be hosting a regional meeting in El Paso on March 24, 2022 at 10 a.m. TCFP staff members will be there in person to meet and greet attendees, answer questions, listen to concerns, and offer updates related to commission news. 

Attendees can receive continuing education hours for attending. Please use the QR code provided at the link below to register with TEEX if you plan to attend and would like to receive CE.

Tarrant County College is hosting a FREE regional cancer seminar on April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here to register. 

The Texas Municipal League released its legislative update on Thursday, March 10. This update includes information about a call for volunteers to become involved in TML's legislative process, a reminder regarding the COVID-19 first responder disease presumption laws, the Office of the Governor's adoption of law enforcement funding rules for large cities, the federal infrastructure bill and the Texas Speaker of the House releasing interim charges for review ahead of the 2023 legislative session.

On Monday, Feb. 21, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of a new classroom and administrative building at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station.

This presentation by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), in cooperation with the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association (TFCA), provides an overview of what to expect from the Texas legislature interim session. It is intended to provide helpful information and to increase awareness about the processes of the Texas legislature.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has refused to dismiss the state law claims of a fire investigator with Norfolk Fire-Rescue who alleges sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and violation of Virginia’s Whistleblower Protection Act.

A Missouri volunteer firefighter is facing three arson-related felonies for a series of fires dating back to last year. Joshua A. Gerstner, 19, was charged today with three counts of “knowingly burning or exploding.”

A sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by a division chief with the Ashville Fire Department will proceed, despite most of the claims having been dismissed. That was the bottom line of a lengthy ruling by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Martin Reidinger.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against FDNY alleging a violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act by not providing requested public records. The suit was filed in Kings County Supreme Court and seeks access to FDNY’s disciplinary records.

According to the IAFC, who is in contact with the Polish State Fire Service, and according to information they provided, currently a total of 12 State Emergency Service of Ukraine firefighters have been killed in the line of duty. These are specific to the time during the attacks by Russia during fire and rescue operations.

Click here to view a recent video of Ukrainian firefighters at work, and follow the link below to read the full article.

In this #FirefightingFridays episode, Jeff Shupe and the members of Strategic Fire Training preview Shupe's forthcoming article in Fire Engineering and look at some aspects of the two-inch attack line.