The Friday Report
  March 31, 2023
Join the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) in raising money families of slain officers by participating in a boat raffle. Through the Officer Death Benefit Fund, the TPCA Foundation provides a $10,000 check to the family of an officer slain in the line duty within 24 hours. In 2022 alone, $190,000 was paid out in benefits. Due to an increase in line of duty deaths, funds are depleting.  To help increase funding for the Officer Death Benefit Fund, TCPA is having a raffle for a new fishing boat, valued over $100,000.  Click the button below to download the flyer and learn how to purchase tickets.


Registration is now open for the TFCA Spring Academy. The Texas Fire Chiefs Academy is a comprehensive training opportunity for current fire chiefs and those who aspire to be fire chiefs. After completing Year 2 training, you’ll earn your Certified Fire Executive “CFE” professional designation. Years one and two are available at both spring and fall 2023 academies.

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Pflugerville will be hosting the next Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class on April 4-6.  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. Click the Learn More button below to register.

The Texas CPSE Consortium April Meeting will be held before the class on Monday, April 3 from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. CT.  To register for the in-person meeting, click here. To register for the online meeting, click here.

The American Lung Association serves all americans through imperatives to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all, create a tobacco-free future, and improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families. Join them in these efforts at upcoming Texas Two-Step events across the state. These two-part events include the Fight for Air Climb and the Lung Force Walk and will take place on the following dates:

  • April 29 | Dallas
  • April 22 | El Paso
  • May 6 | San Marcos/San Antonio/Austin
  • May 20 | Houston  

 View the events calendar for additional dates and locations:

For more information, dowload the Climb for Air and the Texas Two-Step flyers.

This year, the East Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy is ramping up to be bigger and better with additional enrollment and courses. The 2023 ETIWA will be held from 16-24 May 2023 at the Angelina College campus in Lufkin. Registration will open on Feb. 16 and will be conducted online at Please click the button below to learn more about the course offerings and tuition.

Steps to Safety (STS) pairs fire service/EMS with their community partners to educate, engage, and bring key resources to their older adults to reduce the incidence, injuries, and deaths from fire and falls. STS is delivered through group presentations, home visits, and the creation of a network of referral and resources to support older adults to live safely and independently at home. If you would like to participate, register for this free hybrid training opportunity in which you will complete a 3-hour online course prior to participation in a half-day in person Train the Trainer session.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group has released a safety warning about fire shelters that do not meet specifications and could result in firefighter injury or death.

SOURCE: Wildfire Today
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has announced more than $21 million in new funding for wildfire risk reduction.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
In this interview, Dr. Denise Smith discusses long COVID, a range of new, returning or ongoing health problems that people experience for several weeks following the initial infection from the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus.

Brandon Wade, a 24-year-veteran of the Austin Fire Department, was named the city's top fire official last week.

SOURCE: D Magazine
Two years ago, Dallas Fire-Rescue experienced a disaster unlike any it had seen in its 150-year history. See how Parkland nursing director Katie Mapula and her staff rescued the rescuers.

“They can operate more or less by themselves, with just one manager, and support large areas,” Business Development Advisor for Duantless Air, Dan Carroll said of their aircraft.

Click the button below to download a report detailing every bill filed in the state legislature that TFCA is actively tracking.

This update covers the following:
  •  Bills on the Move
  •  Opioid Settlement Payments
  •  Bill Updates Population Classifications
  •  BDO to Open BOOT Program Applications April 3
  •  Update to Comptroller's List of Companies That Boycott the Energy Sector
  •  Federal Infrastructure Bill Update
  •  City Officials Testify

Sounding the Alarm on Low Tire Pressure
Bellacorp, Inc.®
Fire Engines responding to calls expose tires to multiple hazards of glass, metal shards, screws and other tire puncturing road debris. Bellacorp, Inc. sells and supports commercial grade tire monitoring systems for fire trucks and big rigs. Full time/real time electronic monitoring from the cab ensures redundant safety checks for tires. Low pressure alarms alert personnel to sudden tire deflation in the field.
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Response Leadership is a podcast for any emergency response professional looking to add to their leadership toolbox. Each month, we will talk to a thought leader in law enforcement, fire and emergency services, infrastructure and safety, and cybersecurity to gain insights on leadership in the response community. New episodes are released on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

This month, hear from Dr. Reginald Freeman (Chief, Oakland FD) and Chief Allen Banks (Chief, Round Rock PD) on engaging your team with Full-Spectrum Leadership and approaching work with a CHIP mentality: Community, Honor, Integrity, and Pride.

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 second lawsuit filed by three FDNY chiefs against Commissioner Laura Kavanagh over their demotions and/or reassignments, a suit filed by a woman injured during an elevator rescue, a negligence suit brought by owners of a vehicle that was damaged by Sacramento Metro firefighters while battling a blaze in a junk yard, a lawsuit filed by a Buffalo firefighter against a colleague over injuries sustained during an altercation following a St. Patrick’s Day parade last year, a whistleblower suit brought by a deputy chief in Texas claiming he was terminated for reporting firefighters paying other firefighters to work shift-trades, and a VLOG interview of a division chief from California who settled her retaliation claims for $2.6 million.

SOURCE: Fire Engineering
In part of an ongoing series on Leadership, Fire Engineering (YouTube) host Stephen Shaw talks with guest Demond Simmons, deputy chief with the Oakland (CA) Fire Department, about professional development in the fire service.