The Friday Report
  June 9, 2023
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Join FirstNet and PSBTA on Thursday, June 15 for this free, one-day educational experience. This event is a touchstone for FirstNet public safety response and support to include all relevant public safety disciplines: Fire, EMS and all Public Safety-First Responders, Dispatch Communications, Emergency Management, Emergency Planning Teams, and all First Responder Supporting Agencies and Services (hospitals, transportation, public utilities, & others who may provide critical support before, during and after an incident). Interactive presentations and demonstrations will illustrate the capabilities of FirstNet, the nationwide broadband, wireless communications network built specifically for public safety, and how it can benefit your organization and community.

This webinar hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will introduce you to research-based methods of shifting and maintaining the balance of power in your mind by strengthening your positive mental muscles and weakening those that sabotage you. Remain calm in the midst of chaos is imperative for safety, and it a skill that can be developed. A strong level of mental fitness will enable you to clear the minutiae that are cluttering your mind and diverting your attention so you can focus on whatever is in front of you.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) Fire Department Exchange (FDX) Program is accepting applications until July 2 for the upcoming in-person exchange in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on Oct. 9-13. As part of IAFC Wildfire Programs, FDX provides in-person and online exchange platforms for fire departments facing wildland-urban interface (WUI) challenges. The core focus is to encourage exchanges among departments to broaden their knowledgebase, consider alternative measures, create new solutions, and improve overall practices and procedures within their wildfire programs. The Exchange covers key strategies such as mitigation, suppression, response, partnership, outreach, and education.

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SOURCE: Wildfire Today
Climate Central has released a report based on historical trends in fire weather across the U.S., using data from 476 weather stations over a 50-year period from 1973 to 2022.

The City of Las Vegas’s Fire & Rescue is working toward addressing firefighter suicide rates and mental health through a wellness initiative that includes a yoga class. 

Fire safety officials in North Carolina are considering incorporating requirements from the latest edition of NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations, into the state fire code after a massive, deadly blaze earlier this month.

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.
SOURCE: Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
As the educational workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities at the Texas Emergency Management Conference conclude, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) reports record-setting turnout for the largest emergency management conference in the nation.

SOURCE: FOX 26 Houston
"It’s definitely a little outside of the box. When you think of firefighters or sumo wrestlers, you wouldn’t normally consider their skill sets linked, but in fact, the forces acting upon the athlete or firefighter are very similar," said LT Keith Sagray.

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The TCFP regional meetings will be held in June at the following locations:

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:
  • Legislative Update "Wrap Up" Edition Next Week
  • Governor Calls Immediate Special Session
  • SLFRF Funds Not Impacted by Debt Ceiling Deal
  • Deadline for Broadband Development Office Service Level Surveys Is June 16
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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

Incident Safety Officer

The NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer course meets NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications, Chapter Five “Incident Safety Officer.” Upon completion of this course you are eligible to schedule the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) exam, should you meet the TCFP requirements. Participants are also eligible to apply for certification through State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA). This course does NOT offer Pro Board certification. Registration now open.

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Live Fire Instructor

The NFPA 1041 Live Fire Instructor course is designed for firefighting personnel qualified to become live fire instructors and satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041 Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter Seven, “Live Fire Instructor.” It is designed around classroom lectures, group discussions, and group exercises to enhance skills needed to act as a live fire instructor and safely provide live fire training to emergency responders. Upon completion of this course, you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and skills testing. Registration will open on June 26.

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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 Six, “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. Upon completion of this course you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and project based testing.  Participants that receive a Pro Board certification are eligible for certification through Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) reciprocity. Registration will open on July 3.

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Fire and Life Safety Educator I

This course is designed for the individual who coordinates and delivers community fire and risk prevention programs that intend to eliminate or mitigate situations that endanger lives, property, and the environment. The Fire and Life Safety Educator I course is designed to satisfy the job performance requirements (JPRs) of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1035 Chapter Four and provide the tools necessary to obtain certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA). This NOT a Pro Board Course. Registration will open on July 5.

Dates and Locations:

On Duty Health
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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a suit filed by DC firefighter-EMTs alleging the city reneged on pension-related promises, a lawsuit against Houston firefighters over their role in the death of a prisoner during his apprehension by police, an FLSA overtime suit brought by a former fire chief who claims he was misclassified as an exempt executive, a retaliation lawsuit brought by a Texas firefighter who claims his cooperation with a sexual harassment investigation cost him his job, and criminal charges brought against a Pennsylvania fire chief for failing to report sexual abuse allegations involving a deputy chief.

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Are You Ready?
Taking place each year during the third full week of June, Safety Stand Down highlights critical safety, health, and survival issues for fire and emergency services personnel. Departments are asked to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week to focus their attention on safety and health education efforts. The year's week of Safety Stand Down will take place June 18-24 and will cover topics relating to lithium-ion battery response and safety. These topics will be broken down into five daily focus areas: recognition of hazards, firefighting operations, firefighter safety, post-incident considerations, and public education. Click the button below to learn more.

SOURCE: Fire Chief
Most leadership development content tends to focus on best practices, but it can also be helpful to consider what not to do. View this unhelpful advice sent in from those across the fire service industry ranked from best to worst.