The Friday Report
  June 16, 2023
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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.

Celebrate IAFC's 150th anniversary this year at the Fire Rescue International conference in Kansas City. Each summer, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come to FRI to learn, network and collaborate together. Click the button below to learn more, and register today!

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Click the button below to download notes from the IAFC Southwest Division Board Meeting that was held on May 24.

SOURCE: Center for Public Safety Excellence
CPSE has released case studies focusing on a Culture of Cooperation, Use of Data, and Pre-Fire Planning, intending to highlight proven practices of Metro departments accredited by CPSE’s Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

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: Center for Public Safety Excellence
Aldine Fire & Rescue Fire Chief & CEO David Parker has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on June 6, to confer David Parker becomes one of only 1,882 CFOs worldwide.

SOURCE: ABC KFDA News Channel 10
“This is definitely what we would consider a once in a career type of event, it’s not very often that we get rain, much less this much rain,” says Bailey Vincent, firefighter and paramedic, Amarillo Fire Department.

SOURCE: Killeen Daily Herald
Shannon Stephens, 24-year veteran of the Colony Fire Department, will take command of the Harker Heights Fire Department on July 10. 

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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:
  • 88th Regular Session Concludes; Governor Calls Legislators Back for Overtime
  • Special Session Standoff Continues
  • City-Related Bills Passed

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 until July 31. Find detailed instruction, qualifications for each position, on our websites: or

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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.

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On Duty Health
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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss the settlement of two lawsuits filed by a firefighter who was severely burned during a rescue, a ruling in favor of the Milwaukee Fire Department in a suit brought by a terminated firefighter, an appellate ruling in Georgia that held an EMS unit was justified in relying on a cancellation by the police without the need for them to conduct an independent search for the victim, two West Virginia firefighters pleading nolo to theft-related charges, and a Third Circuit ruling that held a municipality did not violate the substantive due process rights of a volunteer fire company by eliminating it.

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: Firehouse
Dr. David Griffin explains how the former fire chief of the Charleston, SC, Fire Department shaped his career and life and that of countless others in the department and in the fire service in general.