The Friday Report
  October 20, 2023
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This online program from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will look at the methods for implementing a productive recruitment and retention program along with the steps needed to train and motivate our next generation of volunteer firefighters.

The 40th annual conference for the East Texas Arson Investigators Association will take place Nov. 7-9 in Longview, Texas. Conference topics will include LODD investigations, fireworks investigations, lithium ion batteries, report writing, and TCOLE legal updates. 

TFCA's Company Officer Symposium will be held Nov. 13–15 in San Marcos, Texas.  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. 

This is NOT a “top-down” lecture on how to be a company officer. Recall the passion you owned when you entered the Fire Service? You will, when you rekindle the knowledge and experience you bring to the Company Officer rank. Are you a brand-new officer (or about to be), searching for a spark for preparedness? This program is for all company officers and will enhance your "Love of The Game!”

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SOURCE: Wildfire Today
The USFS Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program helps communities and tribes reduce their wildfire risk and become more fire-resilient. Check your eligibility today.

Industry’s First Fluorine Free Foam Guide
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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 Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is currently accepting presentation proposals for sessions and workshops at the 2024 Texas Emergency Management Conference, to be held May 28–31, 2024.

SOURCE: Texas A&M Forest Service
“We believe that by building the capacity of our partners through leadership training, we can help strengthen their organizations and help further the overall reach and mission of Texas A&M Forest Service,” said Hughes Simpson, Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Resource Development Chief Operating Officer.

Firefighters across central Texas led a procession from Jarrell to Lorena to honor Jacob ‘Jake’ Owen, who passed away from brain cancer earlier this month.

Interim Fire Chief Jay Holt was sworn in as the new Big Spring Fire Department Fire Chief in the City Council chambers last week.

The Emergency Services Administration degree at UNT Dallas is one of only three bachelor’s programs in Texas that recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration.

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New Online Testing Centers

New online testing centers have opened in San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, and Round Rock.

Free Lung Cancer Screenings (DFW Area)

The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders is offering free screenings for first responders in the DFW area. You must have an appointment. To schedule a free screening they ask that you visit their website or call 817-759-7000. 

This update covers the following:
  • Special Session Update
  • Resolutions Approved by the Membership at the Annual Conference
  • Comptroller Releases Certification Revenue Estimate
  • RRC Proposed Rules on Energy Conservation Programs and Disconnecting Residential Gas Service
  • TDLR Proposes Increasing Daily Vehicle Impoundment and Storage Fees
  • 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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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a Mississippi firefighter facing felony embezzlement charges for stealing from the firefighter’s association, a ruling from the 11th Circuit holding that a retired firefighter lacks standing to sue her former fire department for disability discrimination, a lawsuit by a firefighter union seeking to block a fire district from contracting out, the dismissal of a landowner and a private fire contractor from a lawsuit related to a major wildland fire, and a lawsuit brought against a local volunteer fire department by a county alleging breach of contract.