NFA Seeks Students for 2-day Incident Management Curriculum Pilot Course

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The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) is seeking students to help pilot test two revised two-day courses in the Incident Management Curriculum. The pilots will be held January 23-24, 2016 at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (P0455): This 2-day course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. The course is designed to develop the management skills …

2016 Board of Directors Nominations – Due November 6, 2015

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2016 Board of Directors Nominations – Due November 6, 2015

The following positions will be vacant beginning April 2016:

Eastern Region Director
Western Region Director
Director at Large (2 Positions)

The Nominations and Elections Committee has identified the following needs for the board. Candidates should consider their areas of strenght when requesting consideration for the ballot:

Legislative Experience
International Presence
Partnership Development
Content Development

The following should be considered by Candidates prior to submission of intent to run for office:

Board term is 2-years
Ability to attend quarterly board meetings (at least …

Western Technical College – Fire District Coordinator

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Fire Engineering/ ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award – Nominations

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The Fire Engineering/ International Society of Fire Service Instructors George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in the area of firefighter training.

Each year an instructor is recognized for their continued commitment to furthering the cause of the fire service through training by going above and beyond the call of duty in training with creativity and innovation to fire training programs and shown great persistence as a positive model for other fire instructors and firefighters …

2016 Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation – Ray Downey Award

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Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Courage and Valor Award to be presented at FDIC International 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Download the form here.

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, who lost his life while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Deputy Chief Downey was chief of rescue operations and a 39-year veteran of the Fire …

ISFSI To Work With IAFC On Development to ALERT Grant

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IAFC to Develop Rail Safety Program Thanks to ALERT Grant

October 7, 2015

Fairfax, Va. – With support from a new $2.6 million federal grant, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will develop a training program for first responders to effectively manage emergency events involving rail incidents.

The Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to provide hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders.

Specifically, the …

Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

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Fire Prevention Week (FPW) 2015 starts October 4! FPW is observed annually the second week in October. It was established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic 1871 disaster that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. This year’s FPW theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm,” highlights the importance of putting smoke …

Firefighting Tactics: Change Breeds Debate

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By Brian P. Kazmierzak

When we look at society we are surrounded by change. Over the course of my short 38 years here, we no longer allow smoking in most public places (as a matter of fact, I can’t even imagine what it used to be like to fly in a cabin full of cigarette smoke for hours). We have the Internet instead of encyclopedias, iPads and iPhones that can do more than the first computer ever could, and much more. …

“STOP THE MADNESS, What we are and are not listening to”

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So once again a short video clip of a fire has created a great stir in the world of the internet. The latest video came from California and shows crews operating on a working fire in what appears to be an auto repair shop. Immediately the internet safety zealots started posting “”They should NEVER be on that roof” or “we would NEVER do that at a fire, its dangerous!” in fact many of the post were, well more colorful in …

ISFSI Releases New Training Video Series for PMFA: SLICE-RS Program

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International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Press Release

September 1, 2015


Thanks to funding from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) is honored to release the second phase of training videos for the Principles of Modern Fire Attack. The ISFSI has built a series of training videos to assist departments in educating their professionals in the initial attack sequence, incorporating the fire dynamics research from the National Institute of Standards & Technology …