The Friday Report
  July 28, 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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The 4.5-day Battalion Chiefs Academy empowers aspiring and new Battalion Chiefs with strategic leadership skills. Focusing on guiding principles rather than tactical aspects, our comprehensive training equips participants to excel in their roles. Join us for a transformative learning experience, honing critical decision-making abilities and paving the way for success as fire service leaders.

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 Tarrant County Fire & Arson Investigators Association Conference will take place Aug. 21-24 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth. The conference will include the following topics:

  • Challenges to The Winning Mind Seminar by Dave & Betsy Smith
  • Challenges to Expert Qualifications, Methodology, & Opinions
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Photographing Fire Scenes
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Electric/Solar Energy Vehicles
  • 2020 Seattle Civil Unrest Arson Investigations
  • Digital Forensics in Modern Fire Investigations

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 U.S. Fire Administration
The new USFA Home Fire Fatalities and Social Vulnerability Explorer can help you assess potential underlying factors that might contribute to home fire fatalities.

Understanding the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) is critical for wildfire safety. The goal is to keep embers out, creating a 5-foot buffer where they or surface fires can't reach your house.

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.

SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
A shortage of volunteers is a challenge facing rural fire departments across the state. To help combat the issue, Texas A&M Forest Service recently introduced a new grant to help departments bolster staffing and enhance community fire protection.

SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
As persistent triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions increase wildfire danger for much of the state, Texas A&M Forest Service urges Texans to be cautious with outdoor activities that create sparks.

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Batch Applications for Departments

Fire departments now have the ability to submit "batch" applications, and to pay just one invoice for scheduling trainees to take the basic Structure exam online. For questions or assistance with applications, please contact

How To Test for the New Fire Marshal Certification

The “special temporary provision” (which will allow you to take the state certification exam without first having to take an approved course) begins next month. For important dates and details about the process, see the July 19 update on the TCFP website.

August and September Regional Meetings

Dates and locations for the upcoming regional meetings are as follows: 

  • Aug. 15 - Beaumont
  • Aug. 16 - Sugar Land
  • Aug. 17 - College Station
  • Aug. 29 - San Angelo
  • Sept. 6 - Lubbock

For more information about regional meetings, visit

Members of the TFCA and its legislative consultants, Randy Cain and Adam Burklund, 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.

Given the recent passage of SB 1413, which was signed by the Governor on May 27, 2023, and the provision that the bill is effective immediately, the TFCA wants all departments to be aware of the provisions of the bill. Thanks to Chief Conley for his support and sample policy. For further information on this bill, visit

This update covers the following:
  • Don't Forget: Resolutions for the 2023 TML Annual Conference Due Aug. 21
  • Post-Session Update: Juvenile Curfew Ordinances
  • TCEQ Proposes Rules on Public Water Supply Emergency Operations
  • TCOLE Accepting Advisory Committee Applications Through Aug. 17
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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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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

On Duty Health
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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a deaf North Carolina firefighter who sought an accommodation for an EMT exam, an unusual lawsuit against the San Diego Fire Department because a Chaplin failed to report child abuse, a lawsuit against FDNY alleging an unnecessary delay in medics accessing a shooting victim, the settlement of an FLSA overtime lawsuit that cost taxpayers in Tulsa over $1M, and a lawsuit by two captains who claim they were disciplined in retaliation for standing up for a female firefighter.

SOURCE: The U.S. Fire Administration
Local Government 2030 is a coalition of professionals who are working to solve challenges the fire service and local government are facing to 2030 and beyond. On this episode of the USFA Podcast, learn about Local Government 2030, how their grand challenges mirror the Fire Service National Strategy, and how you can get involved.

In this humorous video from YouTube channel Fire Department Chronicles, host Jason Patton shares another shocking, but real-life scenario over breakfast.