The Friday Report
  November 25, 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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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.

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. 


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.

Pflugerville will be hosting the next Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class on April 4-6, 2023.  This course features three full days of instruction to help agencies prepare for accreditation under the 10th edition of the CFAI model. This is a pre-requisite for accreditation managers and peer assessors. A consortium meeting will likely be hosted the day before. Click the link below to register.

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Casco Industries, Inc.
At Club Q in Colorado Springs on Sunday, a tragic shooting left several dead and many injured. The suspect is now custody. See this article for a timeline of the emergency response to tragic events.

As the holidays approach, some may be wondering if they need an electrical inspection to hang holiday decorative lighting. The answer is maybe.
Denton County Emergency Services District No. 1 Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger has been arrested after allegedly stole money from the fire department's pension fund. Hohenberger appeared in court last week, where he pleaded not guilty and was released by the judge, with a new court date to be scheduled in January. 

In a historic event, the most diverse class of Fort Worth firefighters has graduated. Of the class, 71% are minorities, five are military veterans, and five are mothers. 

On Friday, the El Paso Fire Department attended a training hosted by Union Pacific to simulate a chemical leak. The simulation included a chemical called Viynal chloride that would be leaking from the training tank with the hazmat crew needing to find its cause.

Emergicon , LLC.
This update covers the following:
  •  Pre-Filing of Bills Begins
  •  Stay Involved During the Legislative Session: Grassroots Involvement Program
  •  Governor Announces $355 Million in Public Safety Grants
  •  City-Related Bills Filed

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.” 

The NFPA 1021 Fire Officer II course is designed to meet the needs of the mid-level officer/supervisor and satisfies the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5 “Fire Officer II.” It is designed around classroom lectures and group interactive exercises to improve your abilities to manage multiple fire companies, including responsibilities such as strategic planning and operations, personnel development, and organizational communications.

The NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III course is designed to meet the needs of fire executive management and satisfies the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, Chapter 6 “Fire Officer III.” It is designed around classroom lectures and group interactive exercises to improve your abilities to manage a fire service organization, with an emphasis on community/government relations, as well as model planning, budgeting, human resources, trends and support organizations, and emergency service delivery. This course includes a written project that requires you to develop a strategic plan. 

The NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I course is designed for the first-line company officer/supervisor and satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, Chapter 4 “Fire Officer I.” It is designed around classroom lectures and group exercises to improve your abilities to manage a single fire company. This includes responsibilities such as the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP), personnel management and mentoring, and community relations.

On Duty Health
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, Brad and Curt discuss the $242k settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Buffalo firefighter who was fired for using medically prescribed marijuana, the indictment of a Texas fire chief accused of stealing from the firefighters’ pension fund, a suit by a man who claims that Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics administered medications that caused him permanent injuries, a Colorado Springs firefighter who was charged with careless driving following the death of a woman last month, and a ruling by the California Court of Appeals in wrongful-termination suit brought by a firefighter claiming to be a whistleblower.

What if firefighters were interviewed after fires the way athletes are after a game? In this video, Fire Department Chronicles (YouTube) host Jason Patton shows how these interviews might go.

Houston firefighter Tyler Graf, who was stolen at birth and given up for adoption in Chile, is helping other unknowing adoptees find their biological families. Connecting Roots, a nonprofit founded by Graf, is currently working to help an Odessa firefighter confirm his biological mother.

In this video, Fire Engineering (YouTube) host Stephen Shaw discusses fire service leadership and communication with Billy Goldfeder, deputy chief of the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department and the force behind Firefighter Close Calls/The Secret List.