The Friday Report
  December 16, 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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Sponsored by the Kilgore, Longview and Marshall Fire Departments, this workshop is designed to educate participants on the types and effects of stress and mental health issues that confront fire service professionals nationwide. The course employs hands-on, reality-based examples that are both useful and enlightening. Participants will be provided with the necessary tools to recognize and understand the signs and symptoms of stress, to recognize the types of incidents that will need follow-up care, and effective ways for managing stress.

The event will take place Jan. 3-5 at the Longview Convention Center. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP

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!”

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.

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.

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.
According to NFPA research, home fires caused by cooking tend to peak at Thanksgiving and Christmas, with candles, decorative lights, electrical cords, space heaters, and smoking also contributing to an increased fire risk. It is especially important during the holidays to remind your community of the risks and the safety measures necessary to prevent fire.

According to the International Association of Firefighters, heart disease was the former leading cause of death among firefighters, but that has now been displaced by occupational cancer. Of the deaths added to IAFF’s Memorial Wall each year, 74% can directly be attributed to cancer.

SOURCE: Wildfire Today
2022 marks the 200th year of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico, and since 1998 the two countries have worked together in information-sharing and wildfire management. 

SOURCE: The Texas Division of Emergency Management
The federal deadline for submitting project applications to FEMA to receive 100% federal reimbursement is Dec. 31, 2022, for work related to COVID-19 completed between Jan. 20, 2020 and July 1, 2022. Eligible applicants may include Texas cities, counties, state agencies and universities, non-profit organizations, and special districts.

The City of El Paso has announced the appointment of Jonathan Killings as the city’s fire chief. Killings graduated from the El Paso Fire Academy in 1998, has served all ranks within the fire department, and has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since May 2022.

Emergicon , LLC.
This update covers the following:
  •  Board of Directors Adopts 2023-2024 Legislative Program
  •  House and Senate Committees Request Additional Information to Analyze Significant Electric Market
  •  Reforms
  •  Governor Appoints Senator Nelson as Secretary of State
  •  Get Involved During the Legislative Session: Grassroots Involvement Program
  •  Federal Infrastructure Bill Update
  •  City-Related Bills Filed


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.

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On Duty Health
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a race discrimination lawsuit filed by a Sacramento firefighter claiming he was harassed by supervisors and colleagues, a claim against the city of Baltimore by the families of three firefighters who were killed in a rowhouse fire last January, an $8 million lawsuit by a Boston firefighter who was placed on unpaid leave due to his failure to comply with the city’s COVID vaccination requirements, a suit by Washington firefighter claiming he was sexually harassed during his fire academy training by an instructor, and a class action lawsuit filed against a New York EMS provider for mishandling protected health information and failing to disclose a data breach as required by the HIPAA.

Is grilling in your garage, next to your car a good idea? In this short but humorous video, Fire Department Chronicles (YouTube) host Jason Patton re-enacts an event that escelated from a fire call to a potential EMS call rather quickly.

SOURCE: Fire Engineering
In this article, the assistant chief of administration with the Houston Cy-Fair Fire Department Mike Clements discusses how to deal with what he calls “professional victims” and to bring out the best in them and the team.