The Friday Report
  June 30, 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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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. Up to $6,000 in prize funding is available for the top three winners. Submissions are due June 30. See the competition website for more information, or download the flyer via the button below.

Glenburn Fire Chief Mike Overton says the department is using their experience to raise awareness about fire dangers and the benefits of fire sprinklers.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
“Retention and Recruitment for the Volunteer Emergency Services” will equip volunteer departments with the necessary tools, strategies and insights to overcome recruitment obstacles and retain their valuable volunteers.

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.
City Manager Trey Yelverton has appointed Bret Stidham, a 30-year professional firefighter with Dallas Fire-Rescue, as the City of Arlington’s new fire chief and director of emergency management.

SOURCE: International Association of Firefighters
Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill mandating binding arbitration, managed by an independent third party, when collective bargaining between Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) Local 341 and the City of Houston fails.  

“Law enforcement professionals are often the first responders to cybersecurity incidents in much of Texas,” said Tony Sauerhoff, State of Texas Cybersecurity Coordinator.

SOURCE: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
“Law enforcement professionals are often the first responders to cybersecurity incidents in much of Texas,” said Tony Sauerhoff, State of Texas Cybersecurity Coordinator. 

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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
  • Governor Vetoes Include City-Related Bills
  • Speaker Forms Select Committee on Property Tax Relief
  • Post-Session Update: Preemption and H.B. 2127
  • Post-Session Update: ETJ Release
  • BDO Extends Deadline for Public Survey Response to Aug. 31
  • TCEQ Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council
  • Unclaimed DOE Grant Funding Available to Certain Cities
  • 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 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 now open.

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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
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss the settlement of a class action sexual harassment lawsuit brought against a fire department in Canada, the $425k settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the US DOJ against the Harrison NY Fire Department, a lawsuit filed against Beverly Hills by a man whose car was damaged by a firefighter opening a truck door, an FDNY firefighter indicted for stealing and using a credit card belonging to a deceased patient, and a civil suit against a fire chief and his son who pursued two teens believed to have been involved in several break-ins.

SOURCE: Fire Engineering
Host Stephen Shaw speaks with guest Eric Wheaton about elevating our firefighting craft in terms of things such as tools and equipment, tactics and strategies, and how we can elevate our skill as instructors.