The Friday Report
  April 28, 2023
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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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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 May 16-24 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.

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Join the USFA for a series of webinars discussing success stories and best practices from fire departments regarding how they are using data to better protect communities and firefighters. National Fire Data Week will take place May 15-18, and each day of the event will feature different a theme.

SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
Although the global pandemic has officially been declared over, many organizations continue to struggle with the lingering impact of COVID-19 infection and pandemic-related disruptions on the workforce. 

SOURCE: Center for Public Safety Excellence
The Center for Public Safety Excellence has several in person workshops and virtual classes and resources to utilize throughout the year.  Click the Learn More button below to view the current schedule.

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.
The City of Bryan says they have no problem keeping up with emergency calls with the help of a new program that identifies frequent callers.

If passed and signed into law, House Bill 898, known as the Slow Down, Move Over law would increase penalties for drivers that fail to change lanes or reduce their speed when first responders are working roadside.

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

In a letter to Victoria Neave Criado, Chairman of the Texas House County Affairs Committee, the Texas Municipal League expresses their opposition to H.B. 2925. "While the League agrees that a civil service system can be beneficial in many situations, we believe that the people most affected by this decision – first responders and the communities they serve – should be the ones making the decision," the letter reads.  Click the button below to read the full letter.

This update covers the following:
  • Land Use Legislation Advances in the Senate
  • Bills on the Move
  • TML Participates in Comptroller's Connect Texas Working Group
  • TCEQ Seeking Public Comment on Air Quality Standard Permit for Concrete Batch Plants
  • TWDB to Hold Webinars on Lead Service Line Replacement Program
  • Reminder: SLFRF Project and Expenditure Report Due April 30
  • Get Involved at the Legislature: Grassroots Involvement Program
  • 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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Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) and Texas Task Force 2 (TX-TF2) applications will be available starting June 1 through July 31. Find detailed instruction, qualifications for each position, on our websites: or

The application will be accessible on June 1. For more information, email

Fire Officer IV

The NFPA 1021 Fire Officer IV 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 7 “Fire Officer IV.” 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
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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a suit seeking to block a decision to resume EMS transports by the Lockport (NY) Fire Department; a lawsuit naming three former Memphis firefighters accused of not providing aid to Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by police officers; a lawsuit filed by a retired Denver firefighter claiming the city’s handing of his injury claim violated his rights; and a series of four lawsuits filed against the City of Everett by male firefighters who claim they were sexually harassed by a fire academy instructor who is already being sued for sexual harassment.

SOURCE: The Construction Specifier
Recipient of multiple honors, a fire station in Marion, Iowa has been designed using a sustainability consultant’s 14 biophilic principles to PTSD in firefighters. (Image via The Construction Specifier)

This short but humorous video from YouTube channel Fire Department Chronicles illustrates when grilling a burger goes from well done to badly done.