The Friday Report
  November 24, 2023

Texas Vice President Vance Riley has been elected to the position of 2nd VP for the IAFC SWD.  This has created a vacancy for the position as the Texas Vice President, which will be filled by current TFCA President Paul Henley. Please click here to view the notes from the IAFC SW Board Meeting held on Oct. 17.

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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In this podcast, a Montreal fire chief share about the economic impact studies he conducted at several fire departments and how the data can help with budget considerations.
SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC is collecting information and perspectives on behavioral health in the fire and emergency medical services to create a report that summarize how organizational design can be used to address workplace stress, mental health related issues, and solutions. The survey is anonymous and will close on Dec. 22.

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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: Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
“As TDEM continues to train future generations of emergency management professionals, we are ecstatic to begin recruitment for the next cohort of cadets to join The Academy,” says Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd.

The City of College Station has made significant efforts to enhance its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) over the past couple of years, resulting in what they say are notable improvements in response times and overall patient care.

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This update covers the following:
  • Fourth-Called Special Session Update
  • SLFRF Obligation Rule and Approaching Deadline
  • Voters Approve Proposition 2 Authorizing Local Option Property Tax Exemption for Certain Child-Care Facilities
  • Important PFAS Litigation Settlement Deadlines Approaching
  • TWDB to Host Webinar on Scoring Criteria
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

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In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss charges brought against an Indiana firefighter accused with impersonating a police officer; an Alabama firefighter who pled guilty to charges of stealing fentanyl from the fire department’s inventory; a ruling in a complex wrongful death suit that questions whether a West Virginia fire department is eligible for immunity protection for negligently backing over two civilians while operating at a mutual aid fire in Ohio; and a ruling by the Tenth Circuit upholding the dismissal of a disability discrimination case against the Denver Fire Department; and the filing of an FLSA suit against the city of Lancaster, PA for failing to include longevity pay when calculating overtime.

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