The Friday Report
  September 15, 2023

Voting has opened for the 2024 TFCA officer positions. The Election Committee Chair must receive all completed ballots before midnight, Sept. 30.  Votes will be counted the first week of October and presented to the board for canvass.

Cast your department’s ballot here:

The Texas Fire Chiefs Association recently completed its annual audit for the 2022 fiscal year. The independent auditing firm found that the Association’s finances are in excellent shape and being managed in a professional manner. The TFCA Board approved the audit findings at its most recent board meeting. It is important that our members know that the leadership of the TFCA continue to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization, so that we can bring more excellent education to our members.

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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!

This high-energy program will address the hottest issues and challenges facing company officers in today’s Fire Service, addressing topics such as Communication, Trust, Ethics, Diversity, Generational challenges, CISM, Accountability, and Social Media. An event will be held Oct. 16-18 in Flower Mound, and another will be held Nov. 13-15 in San Marcos.

The Fire Leadership Challenge offers the best in leadership focused education through multiple levels of the IAFC's Officer Development Program, FMAC's Fire Marshal Symposium, and by providing the opportunity to create your own custom schedule. This year's event will take place in Keystone, Colorado and will offer a variety of sessions, including:
  •  Create More Buy-In Through Coaching
  •  Applying AI in the Fire Service: Practical Options to Improve Mission Performance
  •  Tackling Carcinogen Exposure in the Wild West: A Focus on Wildland Firefighting

This course features three full days of instruction to help agencies prepare for accreditation under the 10th edition of the CFAI model. It covers the development of the three key documents, the Community Risk Assessment/Standards of Cover, Strategic Plan, and Self-Assessment Manual.

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LAWS Systems
SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
A data dashboard has been launched to map EMS responses to heat-related illness across the country to help target resources and save lives.

The theme for this year’s campaign, “Take Control in 1, 2, 3” focuses on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically those who live in communities that are disproportionally impacted by all-hazard events impacting many areas of the country.

SOURCE: Wildfire Today
A new report has confirmed what forest managers have been warning the public about for years: Forest fires are becoming more widespread thanks to climate change.

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National Foam, Inc.®
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SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
“Here in Texas, going out after a fire and seeing the devastation, it literally looks like a nuke was dropped,” said Mandy Chumley, USDA Forest Service National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Public Affairs Specialist.

SOURCE: The Texas Tribune
As the state’s wildfire season continues, rural fire departments and their volunteers are strained to keep up with hundreds of fires.

The Texas A&M All-Hazard Incident Management Team Program is a collaborative effort between Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service. For more information about the program and how to register, download the flyer below.

HED Architects
This update covers the following:
  • Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of City of College Station in ETJ Case
  • Resolutions Submitted for Consideration at the 2023 Annual Conference and Your City Delegate
  • TCEQ Releases New Required Notification Form for Water Outages
  • GLO Evaluation Tool for Disaster Housing Recovery
  • Comptroller Publishes Report on Texas Water Needs
  • NLC Seeking Feedback on Proposed DOJ Rules Regarding ADA Accessibility for City Web Services and Mobile Apps

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 Duty Health
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, host Curt and attorney Bill Podszsus discuss a discrimination lawsuit against the Buffalo Fire Department, a ruling upholding the termination of a Bridgeport firefighter for “bizarre behavior,” a wrongful death lawsuit against a California fire department for an employee who committed suicide, the filing and settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Baltimore County Fire Department, and the filing of two cost-recovery lawsuits by fire departments seeking over $120 in damages for their response to wildland fires in California.

“So, we have helmets from Scotland, Edinburgh, from World War II, Austria, Switzerland. Just a big variety of fire helmets including one from Kilgore Rescue, which Mr. Hadaway was part of,” Director of the Kilgore College Fire Academy Johnny Zackary said.

Last Chance Propane Emergencies Training
Propane Council of Texas®
The Propane Council of Texas invites firefighters to its Propane Emergencies Training on November 6-7, 2023, at Brayton Training Field in College Station. Don’t miss this training that combines classroom, live-fire, and field instruction, including bulk storage, transport, and tank fires.
$135 registration covers meals, training, propane take-home resources, challenge coin, and a TEEX certificate. Tuition reimbursement is available through the Texas Forest Service. For questions, contact (800) 325-7427 /