The Friday Report
  July 7, 2023

TFCA is accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • 3rd Vice President (1 Year, moves up to 2nd, 1st, then President)
  • Treasurer (3 years)
  • TML (2 years)
  • ESD (2 years)
  • Central (2 years)
  • North (2 years)
  • Southeast (2 years)
  • Panhandle (2 years)
  • Valley (2 years)

Please use the form below to submit a nomination:

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This webinar hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is designed to equip you with the knowledge to boost retention and create a dynamic team of volunteers. Tune in on July 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET to learn more.

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!

The First Responder Mental Health and Wellness Conference will take place Oct. 5-6 at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio, TX.  This  two-day multifaceted training and networking event is for all First Responders, Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatchers, Military/Veterans, Corrections, Coroners, Chaplains, Retired First Responders, Spouses, Professional staff, Clinicians, and all those who work in or around the Public Safety field. 1st Responder Conferences is committed to the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of public safety professionals and works with leaders in the public safety professions to make this possible. Partnered with with nonprofit organizations like First H.E.L.P. and ICISF, we work together to make sure all first responders get the resources they need to live a happy and healthy life!

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SOURCE: Fire Chief
While not a legal requirement like for police officers, firefighters may witness inappropriate behavior on fire scenes that necessitates intervention.

Incredible advancements are being made around using virtual reality to bolster firefighter training, with some fire departments utilizing virtual reality to educate the public about fire safety. Check out the NFPA Podcast to learn more.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
First responders appear to be at higher risk for suicide. A new study draws comparisons between first responder suicides and non-first responder suicides and examines contributing factors.

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The Texas Commission on Fire Protection recently shared that the UT Health Trauma and Resiliency Center provides free mental health counseling via telehealth for first resonders and their families. To get set up for services immediately, call 713-486-2630.

SOURCE: Defense Visible Information Distribution Service
In what made for an exciting and emotional day, Michael Guzman, Joint Base San Antonio Fire Emergency Services and 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron, was promoted to the new fire chief on June 6.

San Antonio Fire Department and EMS are distributing “temp bags” in ambulances. “Now we’re really doing it as a big effort across the county and the region to have these bags with the ambulances and have a plan to get ice to any of the big events," says Ralph Riviello, UT Health San Antonio.

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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:
  • First Called Special Session Ends; Second Underway
  • Resolutions for the 2023 TML Annual Conference
  • Post-Session Update: City Regulation of Agricultural Operations
  • Texas to Receive Over $3.3 Billion in Federal Broadband Funding
  • OSHA Urges Participation in Upcoming Workplace Heat Standard Discussion
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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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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The Texas Fire Service Hall of Honor Lifetime Achievement Award nomination period is now open. For details about the nomination process, download Chief Gordon Lohmeyer’s letter below.

Join our team!

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. 

Dates and Locations:

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. 

Dates and Locations:

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. 

Dates and Locations:

Fire and Life Safety Educator I

The NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator I 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. 

Dates and Locations:

On Duty Health
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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, Bill Maccarone and Curt Varone discuss a court decision in the case of a Washington state firefighter who alleges disability discrimination because he cannot take his service dog to work, a recent SCOTUS ruling on race discrimination, a potential lawsuit by FDNY firefighters injured at a Staten Island housefire, an appellate ruling out of New Jersey on a public records law issue, a Massachusetts appeals court ruling vacating a restraining order between two firefighters, and a lawsuit alleging failure to promote out of New Jersey.

SOURCE: FOX Weather, Perryton
"When our country goes those moments like this, it's moments like this one that Americans need to see. The pride this firefighter has for his country, pulling up this American flag, it wells-up the emotions inside me for sure," said FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin. (Image source: Booker Fire Department / Facebook)

In the latest video from Fire Department Chronicles, host Jason Patton illustrates the dangers of fireworks and how to stay safe when dealing these colorful explosives.