The Friday Report
  December 30, 2022
The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE®) is seeking to fill the Combination Fire Chief vacancy on its Commission on Professional Credentialing® (CPC®). The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to influence the future of credentialing.  This position is only open to those holding the rank of fire chief (5-bugles) in a combination fire department. Click the button below to learn more and how to apply.

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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.

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SOURCE: United States Fire Administration
On Dec. 20, President Biden signed the Empowering the U.S. Fire Administration Act, authorizing the USFA to send incident investigators such as safety specialists, fire protection engineers, codes and standards experts, researchers, and fire training specialists to conduct on-site investigations of large-scale or remarkable fires.

In this article, President & CEO of NFPA Jim Pauly covers the setbacks and advances in fire safety of 2022.

Heating is the second leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries, and the third leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S. Prepare your community this winter with these heating safety tips.

SOURCE: Oregon Public Boradcasting
According to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, many states inadequately budgeting for wildfire costs, leading to strain on resources and reduced ability to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

Of the 4,489 traffic fatalities that occurred in Texas last year, 51% occurred in rural areas despite rural areas only making up about 10% of the state’s population.

SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
Since Jan. 1, firefighters with Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments have responded to 11,679 wildfires that have burned 643,206 acres across the state, and have saved 8,056 homes in the path of wildfire. 

Emergicon , LLC.
This update covers the following:
  •  Get Involved During the Legislative Session: Grassroots Involvement Program
  •  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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Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss the settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit brought by the former fire chief in Plainfield, New Jersey bringing to a close a tumultuous few years; a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of an Air National Guard firefighter who died while fighting a structure fire off-base; a lawsuit brought by a man who was riding the front bumper of a ladder truck while dressed as Santa Claus seeking nearly $500,000 in damages for the injuries he sustained when the truck went over a drainage channel; and the settlement of a suit by a Nashville firefighter who was disciplined over a social media post.
Tyler, TX Fire Chief David Coble received a warm welcome earlier this year when he vistied Tyler's sister city in Poland. Now, Coble extends his gratitude and Christmas spirit by sending a gift.