The Friday Report
  November 10, 2023

The Texas Fire Chief’s Association (TFCA) is now accepting nominations for its Annual Awards. To select the honorees, each department will have one vote for each of the awards/achievements listed below.

Fire Chief of the Year
Please include the name of the individual and a detailed description of the reasons for your nomination. Please also include any supporting documentation you wish to submit as well as the nominee's contact information and your contact information.

Lone Star Achievement
Please include the name of the individual or organization you are nominating, their contact information, a description of the achievement as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the nomination. Please also include your name and contact information.

Fire Safety
Please include the name of the individual or organization you are nominating, their contact information, a description of the program as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the nomination. Please also include your name and contact information.

Valor Award
Please include the nominee's name, contact information, a brief description of the incident as well as your name and contact information. Newspaper clippings and media submissions should be sent as additional attachments.

Please submit your nominations and supporting materials by Jan. 12, 2024.

Click Here to Submit Nomination

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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!”

Elevate your fire department's capabilities at the IAFC Technology Summit International. Discover the latest tech innovations, network with industry leaders, and ensure your team is prepared for the future of firefighting. Don't miss out! Join us Dec. 5-7 at the Irving Convention Center. Texas Chiefs get $100 off with discount code TX100.

The Texas Fire Chiefs Workshop is a comprehensive networking opportunity for current Fire Chiefs (Head of Department). Earn the Additional 20 Hours Required by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection with your peers in one event!

This class is open to all fire service personnel who are considered Second in Command to their Head of Department. Attendees will tackle common challenges encountered in their position and will discuss innovations and strategies used in departments throughout Texas. Past history shows that these formal and informal conversations provide dynamic networking opportunities made possible by the diverse and talented professionals of the Texas Fire Service. Class size is limited so please make plans now to attend or send your staff who hold the Second in Command position.

Fire Department administrative staff carry a heavy burden. Without a strong administrative staff, organizations cannot achieve their full potential and operate efficiently. The goal of this conference is to provide position-specific training and development opportunities and to help connect FIRE/EMS administrative staff members enabling them to provide the highest level of support possible.

Presneted in Partnership with First H.E.L.P., co-hosted by the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, and endorsed by the El Paso Fire Department, Cypress Creek Fire Department and Texas LODD Task Force, 1st Responder Conferences presents a multi-faceted two-day seminar and networking event for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders. By discussing the real 21st Century issues our first responders and their families are continually facing, our conference will provide awareness, resources and action items to combat PTSD/PTSI, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, and overall mental health. The event will take place March 7-8, 2024 at the Wyndham El Paso Airport. Download the flyer and click the button below to register.

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VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are once again pleased to sponsor a need-based Health & Wellness Grant program for fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations in Texas. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to assist emergency service organizations in developing a health & wellness program to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries and for cancer prevention. Departments will need to apply for the grant, expend the funds and then send in copies of receipts in order to receive the grant funds. The Grant application deadline is Dec. 31, 2023.

SOURCE: Wildfire Today
Researchers are warning that wildfire simultaneity, or numerous large wildfires burning at the same time, will become at least twice as frequent by the year 2085.

As we saw with the recent wildfires on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, many residents have never experienced a raging wind-driven wildfire and do not understand the speed such fires can reach.

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Several agencies held an unveiling ceremony last week for five EMS and fire stations that are undergoing significant remodeling.

SOURCE: Fire Engineering Magazine
With one year to go before Dallas officials have to prove to the state that they have a new plan to close a multi-billion dollar funding gap for the police and fire pension system, the city still doesn’t have a blueprint on how to get there.

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Intermediate Wildland Exam available online

The Intermediate Wildland Firefighter exam is now available online. With this addition, all TCFP exams are available to be taken online. If you need assistance getting scheduled to take any of our certification exams, please send an email to

This update covers the following:
  • Special Session Update: Education Items Added to Call and Senate Moves Ahead on Other
  • Legislation
  • City of Grand Prairie Files Lawsuit to Declare ETJ Removal Legislation Unconstitutional
  • Reminder: Comptroller Proposes Local Sales Tax Sourcing Rule Governing Order Receipt and
  • Fulfillment; Public Hearing on November 8
  • Update to Comptroller’s List of Companies that Boycott the Energy Sector
  • Texas Demographic Center to Release New Population Estimates
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss an investigation into a South Carolina fire chief who put in for $42,000 worth of overtime; a petition for an evidence-related protective order following a gas explosion in, New York; a lawsuit against a New Jersey fire department after a driverless engine drove into a building across the street from a firehouse; a lawsuit brought by a Charleston, South Carolina firefighter who claims a fireworks prank ended his career; and a lawsuit brought by two Philadelphia firefighters against their union for a breach of the duty of fair representation.

SOURCE: Newswest9
Preston Wright, a captain at Midland Fire Station 3, was in his motel in Jerusalem when Israel was attacked by missiles.

SOURCE: Killeen Daily Herald
Jacob Ables recently became a full-fledged Killeen firefighter and had his badge pinned on him by his mom, Toni, who is also a firefighter with Killeen Fire Department. (Photo credit: City of Killeen via Killeen Daily Herald)

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