The Friday Report
  July 21, 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: The International Association of Fire Chiefs
Last Wednesday, the IAFC held a symposium for experts to discuss and address the challenges posed by EV batteries.

SOURCE: The U.S. Fire Administration
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is offering a resource for faith-based communities and houses of worship to increase facility security.

Most firefighter deaths on duty are not directly caused by fire or smoke inhalation. Instead, approximately 40% of on-duty fatalities come from sudden cardiac death.

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SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications for the State Fire Assistance for Mitigation - Plains Prescribed Fire Grant through Aug. 15, 2023. The grant will provide nearly $92,000 in funding for prescribed burns.

SOURCE: KPRC 2 News Houston
“They’ve been without AC for almost two months. They’re called to a fire that is very hot and they come back, and they have no relief,” said Sandy Ditta.

SOURCE: CBS 11 News Texas
"We're exposed to bad things. We were never taught what to do with them for a really long time, and so I think we are doing a better job of doing that," Firefighter Casey Ellsworth said.

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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:
  • Texas Legislature Passes Property Tax Relief Package Ending Special Session
  • Resolutions for the 2023 TML Annual Conference
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update
  • City-Related Bills Passed

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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

For more information, email

On Duty Health
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This episode of Fire Law Roundup covers a lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts firefighter who was terminated for what he claims was refusing to sign a false document, a ruling in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a Cincinnati fire captain, new allegations in a contentious FDNY lawsuit brought by several chief officers against the commissioner, a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a gay Texas firefighter, and a lawsuit arising out of a fatal boat accident that killed a Belgian firefighter visiting FDNY.

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.