The Friday Report
  November 17, 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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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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LAWS Systems
A fire that severely damaged an overpass in Los Angeles highlights how safety is achieved through a complex system of interconnected components that can result in system failure when one or more components fails.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
The Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications has released an overview of actions and next steps to support public safety agencies in their transition to AES.

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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: Everything Lubbock
We’re always looking to make our job a little better, and hopefully a little safer,” said Blake “Lumpy” Ball, an LFR firefighter. 

The Robinson Volunteer Fire Department has announced Fire Chief Reese Knight will be retiring after 34 years of service.

HED Architects
This update covers the following:
  • Third Special Session Ends; Fourth Begins
  • Constitutional Amendment Election Results
  • Major State Broadband Program Updates
  • Governor Announces Over $500 Million in Public Safety Grants
  • GLO 2021 Winter Storms Action Plan Open for Public Comment
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss an investigation into financial problems with fire companies in Louisiana who are accused of misusing $8.5 million in taxpayer funds; the filing of a suit by the widow of a Buffalo firefighter killed in a building fire earlier this year naming the city, the building owner, and a contractor; the dismissal of a suit by the widower of a firefighter who committed suicide after being harassed at work; a suit filed by an Arizona firefighter who claims he was terminated after he reported illegal conduct by a wildland corrections crew that he was supervising; and an appellate decision upholding the termination of a Boston firefighter for offensive social media posts.

"God put the right people in the right place at the right time...I'm usually not on time for games. I usually get there in the first quarter, but that time I told my boys let's go and get there early. We got there for the warm-ups and that's when it happened," Dallas Fire-Rescue Captain Kenneth Zacharie says of the rescue.

SOURCE: Everything Lubbok
“People leave the house, they’ll run to the store real quick, and then by the time they get back, a lot of times they’ll find the fire department there at their house,” said Nick Wilson, the deputy chief of Lubbock Fire Rescue (LFR).

SOURCE: Fire Chief
Many company officers are facing challenges for which they simply have not been trained. These tips can help company officers to simplify their approach to leadership and lean into what matters most: the people.

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