The Friday Report
  May 5, 2023


It is with the deepest sadness that we mourn the passing of a true Texas Fire Service leader. Chief Shawn Snider and his leadership throughout the State of Texas will be missed. His commitment to the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and to the advancement of professionalism is unparalleled.  Each of us have been touched by Chief Snider in some way and his positive influence will linger for many decades to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Edinburg Fire Department. Thank You Chief Snider for making us all better. We have the watch.

Friday, May 5
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
14th/Kuhn St
Edinburg, TX 78541
           Funeral Mass:
Saturday, May 6
10:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
14th/Kuhn St
Edinburg, TX 78541
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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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The 2023 Fire Service Thought Leadership Essay Competition welcomes essays that address the continuing challenges in recruiting and achieving diversity and creating an inclusive collaborative workplace for career, combination, or volunteer FDs and with both uniformed and non-uniformed members of the fire service. Three cash prizes are available for winning essays. See the competition website for more information, or download the flyer via the button below.

SOURCE: Psychiatry Online 
For decades, wildland firefighters have been valiantly managing and containing forest fires, but immense physical, mental, and emotional strain are taking their toll.

Fires affecting the homeless population are increasing, but new research, as well as insights learned from innovative new programs launched by fire departments and public safety agencies, could pave the way for solutions.

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SOURCE: ABC 7 Amarillo
Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown, Dalhart firefighter Brendan Torres, and Balko firefighter Jason Smith will be among the 144 firefighters honored Saturday and Sunday during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

SOURCE: 12NewsNow
Southeast Texas first responders have dealt with three hazmat emergencies in less than a month. Beaumont Fire Rescue explains how their training and equipment will continue to keep the public safe.

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
  • NTIA Seeking Comments on BEAD Broadband Funding Challenge Process
  • BDO Office Seeking Public Input for Texas Digital Opportunity Plan
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update
  • Texas Demographic Center to Host Conference
  • 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 brought by a woman who was injured by a fire hose being dragged by a Dallas fire truck; a suit by the former fire chief in Cincinnati claiming his termination violated his right to due process and violated the city charter; a suit brought by two New Jersey fire officers claiming their promotional system disadvantages Black firefighters; a suit brought by a Missouri fire chief who was fired in January alleging race discrimination and retaliation; and the resolution of two cases from San Jose, California and Westfield, Massachusetts.