The Friday Report
  June 23, 2023
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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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According to a new report from NFPA, the rate of injury and death in reported home fires is higher now than it was in 1980. 

SOURCE: FOX Business
The head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced plans to hold a public meeting to further investigate safety issues with lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes following a sting of deadly fires. 

SOURCE: International Association of Fire Fighters
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), a new federal law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant or postpartum employees so that they can continue to work safely on the job, is set to take effect June 27.

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SOURCE: FOX 7, Austin
A local home builder teamed up with the Austin Fire Department to give firefighters a very real training opportunity in a home set to be demolished.

The Perryton Fire/EMS station was destroyed after an EF-3 tornado struck the town last week, and now the department is looking for a new location.

The city of Frisco is naming the interim chief of the fire department to the position permanently. Lee Glover, who has served as interim chief since September 2022, was promoted to Frisco Fire Chief on Monday effective immediately.

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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:
  • Special Session Update: Impasse Continues
  • Comptroller Announces Upcoming Changes to Texas Broadband Development Program Following Newly Signed Legislation
  • Speaker Forms New Committee on Education
  • Governor Announces Grants to Military Communities

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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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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a decision by the Seventh Circuit in favor of the City of Kankakee in a lawsuit brought by a female firefighter who accused her officer of assaulting her while they were fighting a fire, criminal charges being filed against two DC firefighters over an altercation at a motor vehicle accident scene, a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a Florida chief who was terminated, and a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey volunteer firefighter who claims the borough wrongfully denied him promotion to assistant chief after he was duly elected by the membership.

“I made the decision pretty early on that this wasn’t going to beat me. I was going to do whatever it took to get back to fighting fire,” Denton firefighter Gary Weiland said. (Photo via Elizabeth Morris/NBC.)

SOURCE: National Fallen Firefighters Association
A new documentary from the Harrisonburg Fire Department in Virginia details a near miss situation in the hopes that others can learn from the event.