The Friday Report
  October 28, 2022
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Casco Industries, Inc.®
Casco Industries, Inc. has been in business for over 72 years. Casco is a family-owned business and is in its third generation of ownership. Casco covers 8 States with 6 offices and warehouses, with two office locations in Texas with 18 salesmen and 6 service tech’s covering the State. Casco is the exclusive dealer for MSA SCBA, Globe manufacture, and many other Fire Service Products in most of the states it covers.
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Inspired by the Texas Fire Chief’s Annual Workshop, this gathering is designed specifically for the Second in Command. Attendees will tackle common challenges encountered in their position and will discuss innovations and strategies used in departments throughout Texas. Past history shows that these formal and informal conversations provide dynamic networking opportunities made possible by the diverse and talented professionals of the Texas Fire Service.

Class size is limited, so please make plans now to attend. This class is open to all fire service personnel who are considered Second in Command to their Head of Department. There are no prerequisites to attend this Workshop.

The Workshop will take place from January 23–25, 2023 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Blvd. 


The Texas Fire Chiefs Workshop is a comprehensive networking opportunity for current Fire Chiefs (Head of Department). Earn the Additional 20 Hours Required by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection with your peers in one event!

The workshop will take place Dec. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78251.

Pflugerville will be hosting the next Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class on April 4-6, 2023.  This is a pre-requisite for accreditation managers and peer assessors. A consortium meeting will likely be hosted the day before. Expect registration to be open on the CPSE website within the next week.

Become an outstanding leader in the fire services community by acquiring fresh and up-to-date leadership training through the TEEX Leadership Development Symposium. Topics include leadership, management, safety, budgeting, and more. The 2023 Leadership Development Symposium will be held on January 9-11, 2023 in Frisco, TX! For event details, registration and hotel reservation information follow the link.

Martinez Architects, LP
Casco Industries, Inc.
SOURCE: Wildfire Today
During a prescribed burn on Oct. 19 at the Malheur National Forest in Oregon, firefighter Rick Snodgrass reached out to law enforcement to help control aggressive traffic and to deal with harassment his crews had been receiving. However, instead of providing assistance, law enforcement arrested Snodgrass in what is possibly the first instance that a U.S. Forest Service firefighter has been arrested in the course of performing their job.

Snodgrass was taken away from the scene and charged with reckless burning, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $6,250 fine. His arrest has since drawn national attention and has fanned the debate over Forest Service fire mitigation policies, especially as they pertain to intentional burns adjacent to private lands.

SOURCE: Fire Safety Matters
In a recent survey, 100% of firefighters indicated they were concerned about their future health, and 65% these concerns as ‘considerable’, which is almost double the number from the initial research conducted two years ago when the equivalent figure stood at 34%. Almost three-quarters (71%) of respondents said that reducing their exposure to carcinogens was ‘extremely important’ in their working environment, with a further 18% declaring they find this ‘very important’. Firefighters were also asked which technologies would be most important in protecting their long-term health, and 40% responded with ‘contamination detection equipment’ while 30% suggested that biometric monitoring should also be prioritized.

SOURCE: Reuters
New York state law allows public employers to fire injured workers after a year’s absence, but a new law demands negotiation over termination procedures. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court ruled that public-sector employers in New York must bargain with unions over the process for terminating employment of workers injured in the line of duty who are unable to return a year later. 

Following information released Monday about murders at a Dallas hospital which first responders consider part of their extended family, Dallas County unveiled a plan to offer mental health care to first responders. There’s a growing suicide problem in the US among first responders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the daily tragedies they face.

“It's almost like hitting on our home turf, our home territory. This is supposed to be a place for people come and get help. It's never a place where you would expect to have something like that happen,” said Cedar Hill Police Captain Colin Chenault.

SOURCE: Denton Record-Chronicle
In the Denton Fire Department’s Fire Ops 101 event on Saturday, city and state officials along with other participants got to be firefighters for the day and try out they equipment they work to fund for themselves. Activities included the Denton Chamber of Commerce President Erin Carter operating the Jaws of Life, Mayor Gerard Hudspeth driving the city’s aircraft rescue firefighting truck, multiple participants operating the aircraft rescue firefighting truck to shoot water at a crashed airplane prop among other scenarios.

SOURCE: Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott
Governor Greg Abbott has invited Texas veterans, service members, and their spouses to participate in the 2022 Hiring Red, White & You! statewide veterans hiring fair Nov. 1 - Nov. 18, with in-person and virtual events across the state. 

"On behalf of the people of Texas, I thank all of our military veterans who have served this great nation," said Governor Abbott. "Smart employers know military veterans bring unmatched skills and experience to the workplace. They understand teamwork and accountability; their professionalism, perspective, and mission focus can create a competitive advantage for any business. Military spouses also often have advanced degrees and share a similar service mindset. I encourage Texas veterans and military families to attend a Hiring Red, White & You! event in communities across the state. Let us now serve you in seeking your next rewarding career, and together we will continue creating greater opportunity for all.” 

Emergicon , LLC.
This week's update covers the following:
  •  BDO Hosts Monthly Local Government Roundtable
  •  Reminder: TML Survey on General Fund Revenues and Expenditures
  •  NLC Seeks Input to Improve 2030 Census

TEEX has an exciting opportunity to be part of the evolution of Recruit Fire Training.  We are seeking a next generation thinker to lead the Recruit Fire Academy Program into the future.  Managing both the in-person and blended Recruit Academies, the successful candidate will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Brayton Fire Training Field.  

The Recruit program currently hosts a 12-week program in College Station and a blended online and skills camp program with one of the longest skills camps available at 4 weeks.  Hands-on skill training is critical in preparing new recruits for a career in the Fire Service, and the TEEX Recruit Academy exemplifies that belief while challenging students with the academic curriculum. Recruits come from throughout the United States and Canada due to the Program’s Pro Board certification and reciprocity with TCFP. To view the job position and apply directly see the link below.

The NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor II course is designed to meet the needs of entry-level fire and emergency service instructors by meeting or exceeding the job performance requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5 “Fire Instructor II.” 

Upon completion of this course you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and skills testing.  Participants that receive a Pro Board certification are eligible for certification through Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) through reciprocity. In addition, participants can apply for certification through State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA).

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Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit challenging the termination of a union president from Massachusetts for wearing his dress uniform to a firefighter funeral, a Virginia Beach firefighter facing child porn charges, a disability discrimination suit brought by an LA County firefighter, a California firefighter sentenced to prison for his role a defrauding the federal government while administering a SAFER grant, and a ruling in a suit by a Nashville firefighter disciplined for social media postings.

Throughout the month of October, Corpus Christi Firefighters will be wearing pink on duty and in the community to support the fight against Breast Cancer. Firefighters are also selling shirts to raise money for Cancer research.

"All the proceeds from our shirt sales, which is about $100,000, we give back to the community. We also give, not much but a little bit, to firefighters in the surrounding area who are battling Cancer. That's just to kind of help offset cost for things like going to MD Anderson, " said Johhny Stobbs, President of Professional Firefighters of Corpus Christi.

SOURCE: Nicole Perez, Local10
At just 18 years old, Jah’ere Robinson became a hero in the same Palm Beach County neighborhood where a stray bullet injured him as he took out the garbage two years before. Jah'ere rescued one of his neighbors during an apartment building fire, and it turns out he is an aspiring firefighter.

According to John Curd, the city’s fire chief, and Keith Golden, the city’s assistant fire chief, Jah’ere will have the Riviera Beach Fire Department on his side to make sure he completes the program at Palm Beach State College. “We will follow him all the way through the program until he actually gets hired,” Golden said.