The Friday Report
  July 14, 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)

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 15. Please use the form below to submit a nomination:

The election will start on Sept. 1 and end on Sept. 30.

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Join members of the TFCA and its legislative consultants, Randy Cain and Adam Burklund, as we cover the 88th Regular Session and discuss the bills that have been passed into law and their impact on the Texas Fire and EMS organizations. Gain insight on how you can prepare your department to ensure policies and procedures are updated to be in compliance. Click the button below to register via Zoom.

The 3rd Annual Texas Fire Department Facilities Best Practices Conference, hosted by the Austin Fire Department, will take place Aug. 9-11 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. This year's theme—Navigating the Chaos: Managing Fire Department Facilities with increasing costs and supply chain issues in the Post-Covid era—is relevant for all fire fepartment leaders and logistic/maintenance staff directing the planning, construction, or maintenance of fire department facilities. Please register and book hotels as soon as possible, as space is limited! 

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: U.S. Fire Administration
Proposed changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations will ensure first responders are ready for challenges on a rail incident.

SOURCE: The Norman Transcript
Oklahoma Human Services is set to pioneer an unprecedented program that will revolutionize emergency response protocols by introducing an Animal Contingency Plan to all senior care and low-income housing properties.

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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.
Starting Sept. 1, 2023, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and first responders to report overdoes. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program or ODMAP can ensure compliance.

SOURCE: The Office of the Attorney General of Texas
The Attorney General of Texas has responded to a request for opinion from Kerr County, asking whether a volunteer fire department is a political subdivision for purposes of a land exchange. Click the button below to read the response.

Officials have identified the man who was killed in a fireworks explosion that caused a fire at a Gilmer event venue as retired Longview firefighter Jared Maddox.

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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
  • City of Houston Files Lawsuit to Declare Preemption Legislation Unconstitutional
  • Post-Session Update: Changes in Zoning Law
  • BDO to Host Series of Public Meetings to Discuss Local Broadband Needs
  • Texas Supreme Court Declines to Hear Grapevine Short-Term Rental Case
  • Resolutions for the 2023 TML Annual Conference

Sounding the Alarm on Low Tire Pressure
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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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On Thursday, July 6, more than 300 people came to Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station as Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Les W. Bunte Jr. Administration and Classroom Complex.

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

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. 

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, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a decision ordering the San Jose Fire Department to release investigatory records in the Pink Poodle Strip Club case to the news media, the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the family of a 16-year-old girl for inappropriate relations with a Marco Island firefighter, a ruling that settlement proceeds from a San Francisco firefighter’s sexual harassment lawsuit is taxable income, a NJ decision denying a firefighter an accidental disability pension because the injury was not “an undesigned or unexpected traumatic event,” and a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court sending a wrongful death case against a firefighter back to the trial court.

SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
In this webinar based upon the book authored by John Maxwell, we will cover how to develop yourself as a leader. When we are promoted, we all want to be successful, and we desire for people to follow us. John Maxwell said it many years ago "leadership is about influence nothing more, nothing less." In this webinar we will discuss the skills and leadership characteristics to improve our ability to influence others and accomplish great things.