The Friday Report
  April 14, 2023

The Texas FD Facilities Conference is coming back for a third year, this time hosted by Austin FD. It promises to be a great time to learn from some of the best Texas has to offer in terms of building experts, architects, fire departments, and specialists. We are looking for speakers to help us improve on that success from last year. If interested in speaking or being on a panel, please contact or 940-231-7524 by April 28.

We are looking for:

  • An Energy/Electrical expert to discuss issues and trends in EV, Solar, Wind, and ground heating/cooling systems as it relates to fire stations.
  • Communications Companies to discuss station alerting, radios, trends, GPS / AVL interface, and new products.
  • Experts to discuss their field, supply issues, restraints, trends as it relates to fire stations:
    • Concrete (piers, slabs, tilt-wall)
    • Steel (all aspects of vertical construction, roofing, cladding)
    • HVAC (supply chain issues, technology, VFR systems, best units by room)
  • Panelists to discuss maintenance issues facing FDs:
    • Maintenance tracking software options
    • Supply ordering software options
    • Contracts with subcontractors for service
  • Speakers to discuss planning a new fire station:
    • Architect or Project Manager to discuss building methods
    • Program/Project Manager to discuss expectations from start to finish
  • Panelists for a “Nuts and Bolts” session:
    • HVAC expert to discuss managing humidity
    • Maintenance vendor to discuss scheduling routine maintenance
    • Finance expert to discuss financing options for major renovations/additions as well as new stations

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.

Register Today               Learn More

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.

Martinez Architects, LP
NFPA has released the NFPA Standards Council appeal decision on Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) 1689, upholding the appeal and overturning the Technical Committee on Emergency Responders Occupational Health (TC) ballot results.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
A new educational campaign for first responders seeks to provide education on and reduce occupational exposures to illicit drugs.

Industry’s First Fluorine Free Foam Guide
National Foam, Inc.®
National Foam, a recognized leader in fluorine free foam concentrates, has developed the industry’s first fluorine free foam guide as a comprehensive reference guide for professional firefighters. The guide outlines the basic characteristics and types of firefighting foam as well as application hardware and proper application techniques. Order your free digital copy today.
Donald Hughes, who has served for nearly 40 years with the Wichita Falls Fire Department, has been named the Interim Fire Chief following the retirement of former WFFD Fire Chief Ken Prillaman.

According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, six Dallas firefighters have attempted suicide since 2018. In their honor, the department and union are pushing for improved mental health resources.

To help improve staff shortages and get more to join the field, Acadian Ambulance is offering a short 11-day, entry-level course.

The Texas LODD Task Force thanks TFCA for its support and has compiled this 2022 Year in Review to illustrate everything accomplished in 2022:

  • Taught seven classes
  • Presented at three conferences
  • Filed 49 benefits claims (Cancer, COVID, Traumatic)
  • Held one family meet & greet
  • Taught I Honor Guard Training Program and assisted with Taylor Honor
  • Guard Academy
  • Provided Information to and consulted with over 350 agencies, first
  • responders, and families
  • Responded to and assisted with eight fatalities, including LODD & suicide
  • Provided command support to Uvalde mass shooting incident
  • Assisted the Texas HHS Disaster Behavioral Health Services with setting
  • up a response group for first responder mental health
  • Participated in the Dallas 9/11 Stair Climb
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
  • Density Bills Would Limit City Land Use Authority, Exempt Property Owners' Association
  • SLFRF Project and Expenditure Report Due April 30
  • Updated Version of Dual Office Holding & Incompatibility Laws Made Easy Now Available
  • 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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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.

Dates and Locations:

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 of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit out of Oregon; an investigation by Miami-Dade Fire rescue into a hidden bathroom cam; the granting of summary judgment to the city of Albany, NY in a race and disability discrimination lawsuit; the settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit by the Columbus (OH) Fire Department; and a report on fire service harassment, bullying and discrimination in the UK.

In this podcast from Maxwell leadership, Valorie Burton, CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute discusses how to coach yourself by asking the five questions that every resilient leader asks themselves.