The Friday Report
  December 2, 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.

This high-energy program will address the hottest issues and challenges facing company officers in today’s Fire Service. This program addresses MANY topics such as Communication, Trust, Ethics, Diversity, Generational challenges, CISM, Accountability, and Social Media to name just a few.  

This is NOT a “Top-down” lecture on how to be a company officer. Recall the passion you owned when you entered the Fire Service? You will, when you rekindle the knowledge and experience you bring to the Company Officer rank. Are you a brand-new officer (or about to be), searching for a spark for preparedness? Are you a salty, experienced officer, who could use to have their passion reignited? This program is for all company officers and will enhance your "Love of The Game!”

The Palo Duro Wildfire Academy will take place Feb. 17-26 at the High Plains Retreat Center in Canyon, TX. All classes offered are NWCG approved PMS 901-1. The deadline to register is Feb. 3 and includes   includes lodging, breakfast, and lunch.

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.

Martinez Architects, LP
Casco Industries, Inc.
Due to labor shortages, hospitals are unable to discharge patients for post-acute care and are petitioning congress for per diem Medicare payments to cover the longer stays. The current system has many potential gaps in care, and necessary alliances may be difficult to formalize.

Each year, NFPA conducts surveys about firefighters, fire departments, apparatus, and stations in the United States and publishes an analysis of the results. See the results for 2022 here.

SOURCE: Tyler Morning Telegraph
Peter Riley has been promoted to lead as the Bullard Fire Department’s fire chief. Riley has been in the fire service for four years and is in his 16th year in the public service sector of state government where he serves as a trainer, project manager, and network/systems analyst. Riley is looking forward to leading the department and most importantly, the community.

A three-story building collapsed due to fire in south Montgomery County last week, resulting in the hospitalization of one firefighter. South Montgomery County's Battalion Chief Nathan Huffman said the firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to recover.

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As usage of heating appliance rises with the falling temperatures, the risk of carbon monoxide also increases. Last week, five people were sent to the hospital in central Lubbok after being exposed to carbon monoxide. It’s imperative to understand the risk and to know how to take preventive measures.

Texas A&M Forest Service
The Texas A&M Forest Service is urging all Texans to help reduce the spread of oak wilt and invasive insects by taking preventive measures and being knowledgeable when collecting and purchasing firewood. “We can limit the spread of invasive tree pests,” says Demian Gomez, Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Forest Health Coordinator. “The best rule of thumb is to burn the firewood close to where it’s bought or picked up. Moving firewood can easily introduce insects and diseases to new areas, particularly during hunting and camping seasons.”

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


Instructor II Course

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.

Dates and Locations:

Fire Officer I

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.

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Fire Officer 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.

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Fire Officer III

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.

Dates and Locations:


On Duty Health
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode, Brad and Curt discuss a federal court ruling that two believed-to-be volunteer firefighters who received shift stipends and point-based bonuses were actually employees entitled to minimum wage and overtime for the 3,000 hours per year they claim they worked; a Massachusetts Civil Service Commission decision upholding a Chelsea Fire Department decision to bypass a candidate for a positive THC test; a ruling in favor of Austin Firefighters IAFF Local 975 in a suit brought by self-proclaimed government “watchdogs” who alleged that granting union officials paid time off violates the Texas Constitution; an 11th Circuit ruling upholding the discipline of a firefighter for calling an elected official to complain about apparatus being out-of-service, and a 1st Circuit Court decision that a Massachusetts fire chief did not discriminate against a firefighter by requiring him to pose in his Class A uniform for an identification photo.

SOURCE: 12NewsNow
The Port Neches Fire Department honors Curtis Trahan, who served the fire department and the city for over four decades. Trahan passed away earlier this month at the age of 69, and the community is mourning the loss and remembering what Trahan did for the community during his career.