The Friday Report
  December 29, 2023

The Texas Fire Chief’s Association is pleased to announce the release of the Basic Cancer Guide, created through the efforts of the TFCA Health and Safety Committee.  This guide provides essential knowledge about cancer terminology, risks, and prevention efforts in the fire service industry.  Utilize this guide to explore the basics of firefighter cancer, including best prevention practices, as well as to access resources for further research. 

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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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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Earlier this year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched the National Firefighter Registry for Cancer (NFR) to record a variety of data points that will help with cancer research and prevention efforts.

A tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) No. 1761 on NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments has been issued.
Assumptions that link last August's Maui wildfires to nearby Hurricane Dora are being challenged by a new theory.
An update to an existing standard that will expand safety and health protections for emergency responders, including firefighters, will be issued by the OHSA in January 2024.
The Fire and Life Safety Communicators Initiative (FLSCI) focuses on eliminating information silos through the “Fire Service One Voice” campaign.
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“Cancer is the number one killer of firefighters right now. Keeping our guys clean and keeping those contaminants off of them is our number one priority," LFR Training Battalion Chief Randy Lammons says, sharing the motivation behind reach a perfect score on the Texas Commission of Fire Protection’s inspection.

First responders remain on the job during the holiday season.
A new PURVIS Fire Station Alerting System is an update for Waco FD fire-alerting system.
HED Architects
With more than 27 years of experience, Tami Kayea becomes the first female fire chief in North Texas and one of only five in the state.
Sounding the Alarm on Low Tire Pressure
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