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The National Fire Prevention Week

The month of October is Fire Prevention Month across the country.  But many citizens don’t know the exact reason why October was chosen.  It is to commemorate the great Chicago Fire of 1871 that took the lives of 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed 17,400 structures and burned 2000 acres.  This event began on October 8th and went through to October 9th when most of the damage was done.

Chicago fire

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn’t the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

As a result of these 2 devastating fires,  President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

Every community, state and nationwide we have seen campaigns to grab peoples attention and make them understand the importance of fire prevention.  No matter what the tag line or theme, the message is consistent and clear.

Here is a list of the themes of the national fire prevention weeks down through the years:

1927 Why this Mad Sacrifice to Fire?
1928 FIRE…Do Your Part – Stop This Waste!
1929 FIRE – The Nation’s Greatest Menace! Do Your Part to Stop This Waste!
1930 Fight Fire Waste with Fire Prevention. Do Your Part
1931 Do Your Part to Prevent Fire
1932 Your Life. Your Property
1933 Your Life. Your Property
1934 Now War on Fire
1935 What Would Fire Mean to You?
1936 Stop It
1937 Help Prevent Fires
1938 Is This Your Tomorrow?
1939 Was Somebody Careless?
1940 Keep Fire In Its Place
1941 Defend Against Fire
1942 Today Every Fire Helps Hitler
1943 Fires Fight for the Axis! (to emphasize home fire prevention)
Feed Fighters Not Fires (farm and rural campaign)
The War’s Over for This Plant (industrial use)
Was Somebody Careless? (general purpose)
1944 To Speed Victory – Prevent Fires (general purpose)
Feed Fighters, Not Fires! (farm and rural)
To Speed Victory, Defeat Fire (town plaster)
1945 We Burned the Enemy – Now Save Yourself from Fire
1946 FIRE is the Silent Partner of Inflation
1947 YOU caused 1,700,000 Fires last Year!
1948 Help Yourself to Fire Prevention!
1949 Flameproof Your Future!
1950 Don’t Let Fire Lick You
1951 Defend America From Fire
1952 Be Free From Fear of Fire
1953 Fire Feeds on Careless Deeds
1954 Let’s Grow Up – Not Burn Up
1955 Don’t Give Fire A Place to Start
1956 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1957 Make Sure of Their Tomorrows – Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1958 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1959 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1960 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1961 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1962 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1963 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1964 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1965 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1966 Fight Fire
1967-1972 Fire Hurts
1973 Help Stop Fire
1974 Things That Burn
1975 Learn Not to Burn
1976 Learn Not to Burn
1977 Where There’s Smoke, There Should Be a Smoke Alarm
1978 You Are Not Alone!
1979 Partners in Fire Prevention
1980 Partners in Fire Prevention
1981 EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home)
1982 Learn Not To Burn – Wherever You Are
1983 Learn Not To Burn All Through the Year
1984 Join the Fire Prevention Team
1985 Fire Drills Save Lives at Home at School at Work
1986 Learn Not to Burn: It Really Works!
1987 Play It Safe…Plan Your Escape
1988 A Sound You Can Live With: Test Your Smoke Detector
1989 Big Fires Start Small: Keep Matches and Lighters in the Right Hands
1990 Keep Your Place Firesafe: Hunt for Home Hazards
1991 Fire Won’t Wait…Plan Your Escape.
1992 Test Your Detector – It’s Sound Advice!
1993 Get Out, Stay Out: Your Fire Safe Response
1994 Test Your Detector For Life
1995 Watch What You Heat: Prevent Home Fires!
1996 Let’s Hear It For Fire Safety: Test Your Detectors!
1997 Know When to Go: React Fast to Fire
1998-2000  Fire Drills: The Great Escape!
2001 Cover the Bases & Strike Out Fire
2002 Team Up for Fire Safety
2003 When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!
2004 It’s Fire Prevention Week! Test Your Smoke Alarms
2005 Use Candles With Care
2006 Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat
2007 It’s Fire Prevention Week! Practice Your Escape Plan
2008 It’s Fire Prevention Week! Prevent Home Fires
2009 Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned
2010 Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
2011 It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From Fire!
2012 Have 2 Ways Out!
2013 Prevent Kitchen Fires

2014 Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month

2015 Hear The Beep Where You Sleep.

Wash Your Gear!!!

When our gear is exposed to the products of combustion it needs to be cleaned each and every time . This includes your helmet. Remember the lining of your helmet has cloth that holds the products of combustion. The front door of every structure fire and vehicle fire should display the skull and crossbones symbol we see so often in HazMat related incidents.  The reason is because the chemicals we are exposed to in the fire were once in a 55 gallon drum headed to a manufacture to make the very contents of the buildings and vehicles we fight fires in. Once on fire these chemicals break down into the very products contained in the 55 gallon drum.
Point being:  If you were exposed to  the chemicals from the 55 gallon drum  you would fight hard to get them off you. So why don’t you treat the exposure to your gear in the same manner. The answer is simple ouof sight out of mind, You can not see it. But believe me it is very real and is present on your gear. So I ask you to take the following steps to safe guard yourself.
  1. After every fire your gear is exposed to no mater how small, WASH YOUR GEAR
  2. Never take  home uniforms that have been exposed and wash them with your families clothes
  3. Always take a shower right away after an exposure
  4. Never use your gear to wrap up your newborn for those cool photos , we all did it . Stop it
  5. Always wear your SCBA until the air has been checked and monitored. Remember the SCBA is protecting you against the air you breath not the fire . And as smart firefighters we know the worse environment for us to breath is in the overhaul phase of the incident.
So for you young guys who think nothing ever happens to you .  Go visit Chief Frye over the next few weeks , hold his head as he vomits from the poison they are placing in his body, sit with him as his hair falls out, pray with him as he wonders what tomorrow will bring . The best thing you can do for Jon is to protect yourself from being the next victim of cancer .


Finding Hope


You are probably not going to enjoy reading this article, but you should read it anyway. You
probably will not enjoy thinking about the problem being discussed, but you should think about it
anyway. You hope and pray that it is not an issue that will touch your life, but the reality is that it
probably already has…………please keep reading!
Hearing that a fellow firefighter has died in the line of duty is devastating news. Hearing that a
fellow firefighter has taken their own life is also devastating because it is so difficult and
confusing as we seek to understand the “why” behind their action. Many firefighters, company,
and chief officers immediately begin asking themselves if there was something they missed in a
casual conversation, something they should have interpreted differently, something they should
have realized was the action of a person in a depressed state. It is a natural reaction to scroll
through the “what ifs” looking to see how we could have prevented their death. As we have often
heard it said, hindsight almost always gives us 20/20 vision.
Unfortunately, society has historically viewed suicide as a selfish act, the act of a person who is
not strong enough, an act of someone who is mentally unstable. However, as our level of
understanding of behavioral health issues grows, the experts have led us to a better
understanding of suicide. In the vast majority of completed suicides, depression is the major
factor. Those who suffer from depression lose hope, lose a belief that tomorrow will be less
painful than today, and come to believe that the pain, loneliness, and suffering they feel is
inevitable and will never cease. Depression is a disease that robs people of a feeling of
connection with others, with the world, and leaves them without any sense of hope that things
will be better. People who take their own life don’t see suicide as a choice; they see it as having
no other choice to make the pain stop.
Just like heart disease, cancer, or any of the other life threatening illnesses, depression is a
disease. You don’t catch it like a cold or virus and you don’t develop depression because you
are not “strong enough”. In the vast majority of cases, depression is a chemical imbalance in the
brain. For some people with this chemical imbalance, this may not be as serious an issue as it is
with firefighters because their vocations do not serve as a major contributor to this sense of
hopelessness. But, because the fire service forces people into incredibly stressful life and death
situations, on the job stressors can serve as triggers to further exacerbate baseline depression.
For many firefighters, depression becomes more severe because of the day-to-day experiences
of the sights, sounds, and stressors of the job.
It is only in recent years that, on a national basis, the fire service has come to recognize suicide
as an area of such immediate concern. Many factors played into this, but now that we see the
statistics escalating, we quickly ask, “What can (or should) we do about this?”
Awareness is the most obvious step toward developing an effective counter attack to these ever
increasing numbers. The family atmosphere of the station house is one of the most important
protective mechanisms available to firefighters. You will know when the familiar patterns of
behavior of a fellow firefighter changes and you may sense them heading into the depths of
depression. If you care about them, you’ll tell them you see it, ask what has changed, and gently
help guide them to behavioral health assistance.
Captain Jeff Dill is the founder of the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and a professional
counselor. His list of the top five (5) suicide warning signs affecting Firefighters is an excellent
resource for all firefighters. An awareness of these key issues can be lifesaving. Caring enough
to ask someone questions about these areas may be the intervention needed to encourage
them to get the help necessary to return to full health.
Suicide Warning Signs
Isolation – becoming distant from the company around the firehouse. Does not actively
participate with his/her crew anymore.
Loss of Confidence – states they have loss of confidence in their ability to perform their skills
as a firefighter.
Sleep Deprivation – Difficulties sleeping both at the station and on off days. Loss of sleep can
be an early sign of anxiety and stress as well.
Anger – Suppressed anger can be a dangerous sign. Displacement can take place where the
firefighter takes out their anger at home instead of dealing with the issue at the firehouse.
Impulsive – i.e. purchasing guns when they have always been against guns, riding a
motorcycle recklessly, charging into a burning building against policy or procedure.

As a fire chief, you work hard to make sure your department and personnel have all the tools
and equipment necessary to provide the best level of protection possible for the citizens of your
jurisdiction. Just like bunker gear and air packs, I encourage you to see the issue of firefighter
suicide and awareness training as an additional item of personal protective equipment for all
your personnel. The South Carolina State Firefighters Association has recently implemented a
statewide suicide awareness program entitled “Finding Hope”.

For those who wish more
information about this program, please contact South Carolina Firefighter Assistance and
Support Team (F.A.S.T.) Coordinator Patti Johns at or telephone 803-
In the fire service, we often quote John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.” Firefighters most often view this verse in regard to a willingness
to risk themselves to save the life of a citizen. But to turn back the increase in firefighter suicide,
we must also expand this understanding to include being willing to ask the hard questions of
those who work with you, break bread with you, and help watch out for you on a daily basis as
well. I pray we all embrace Jesus’ words from the previous verse, John 15:12, “This is my
commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”


Rev. Doug Farmer, Low Country Firefighter Support Network

October 8-10 Education Conference in Metairie, LA

This year’s conference brought top notch speakers & instructors.  Among the speakers we welcomed the key note speaker Mr. Ernie Mitchell of the United States Fire Administration.

We also had our very own division member Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, IAFC President 2015-2016 speaking on behalf of the IAFC and all the things DSC_0477happening in Virginia. DSC_0481

Each night we hosted a hospitality suite on the 16th floor where we enjoyed more festivities, fun and FOOD from local fire departments around New Orleans.  Friday night we hosted a “Food Fest” with a

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Saturday night wrapped up the week with the ceremonial installation banquet of new officers.  We said goodbye to IDSC_0439mmediate Past President George Glenn and ushered in our newest President Robert Monsivaiz of Las Cruces, NMDSC_0571

Special thanks to President Richard Parker and his entire family for their extreme hospitality and help to the entire southwestern division members who attended as well as the board of directors!


See you April 9-12 in Oklahoma City, OK for our Spring Education Conference hosted by the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association!  

Thanks for a wonderful 2014-2015.  The best of our division is yet to come!

Mutual aid dispatched to South Carolina after historic flooding

Firefighter saves dog

Historic flooding in South Carolina

South Carolina has suffered surmountable loss and damage due to historical flooding. Please take a moment to remember the residents across the state as they face extreme days of clean up and rebuilding.  Charleston recognizes the tireless efforts and life-saving rescues that have been performed by trained first responders.  The coordination of mutual aid among the tri-county area has been executed perfectly. These trained professionals are and continue to be an inspiration.


The headquarters of the SE Division is located in Charleston.

Drones are being used in the heavily flooded areas to help with the search and rescue efforts and to estimate the damages to infrastructure, land, homes and businesses.

A summary snap shot of the EMAC response to South Carolina.

There are state EMAC mutual aid response teams from Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and others deployed.  Note:  two Federal Type 1 US&R Task Forces from Virginia have been activated along with the Red Incident Support Team ( VA-TF1, VA-TF2, Red IST.)


AFSA to hold a live burn demo in Phoenix, AZ

Sprinkler demoAre you attending the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Annual Convention and Exhibition, October 10-13 in Phoenix? Do you live in or near Phoenix?

Mark your calendars for AFSA’s live burn/sprinkler demonstration taking place on October 13 in conjunction with the convention. Open to the public, the event compares two structures–one with sprinklers, one without–that are both set on fire. Sprinkler advocates across North America are using these demonstrations to convey the dangerous speed of today’s fire and how quickly home fire sprinklers can quell the danger.

Visit AFSA’s blog for more details about the event.

A side-by-side demonstration is one of the best education tools to show the power of fire sprinklers. Two rooms are constructed: one with a fire sprinkler system, the other without. Then, a fire is lit in each room. Home fire sprinklers are designed to activate when the air in the room reaches a certain temperature. As the temperature goes up in the sprinkler-protected side, the sprinklers will activate to control, and in many cases, extinguish the fire. In contrast, the fire in the room without sprinklers will show just how quickly a fire can grow to engulf a space.

Following Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10), the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) will hold a live side-by-side burn demonstration during its annual convention and exhibition at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, October 13th from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. The local fire department will be on hand to put out the fire in the unsprinklered room and answer questions. Come see how efficient fire sprinkler systems are at this free, live burn demonstration.

By now, you’ve surely heard about the 30+ seminars scheduled, the recent sell-out of the Exhibit Hall, the top 7 Apprentice Competition Finalists, the special events, and the extra fun slated for AFSA’s 34th annual Convention & Exhibition in Phoenix, October 10-13, 2015.

Vice President Chief Jack Collier

  • Began professional firefighting career for the Temple, TX FD-Oct.21,1974
  • Promoted to Driver in 1976; received Paramedic Certification July, 1978
  • Completed Fire Science degree from Temple College, 1979
  • Promoted to Captain of EMS in 1982
  • Graduated from Texas State University with Bachelor of Science degree
  • Appointed to Fire Science Faculty, Temple College
  • Promoted to Deputy Chief in 1988
  • Retired from Temple FD December 1995; 21 years
  • Appointed as Fire Chief for the City of Del Rio, TX January 1996
  • Appointed as Fire Chief/EMC for New Braunfels, TX August 1998
  • Appointed as Texas A&M University/TEEX instructor of WMD courses
  • Developed Texas Fire Officer Program curriculum and promoted to Program Manager
  • Worked closely with Chief Allan Brunacini and Phoenix FD bringing Texas Chiefs to Phoenix to train in their Fire Command Training Center
  • Appointed as Superintendent of Fire for Jefferson Parish, LA September 2004
  • Appointed as Fire Chief/EMC for City of Harker Heights, TX May 2006-Present
  • Master Firefighter certification, TCFP; Chief Fire Officer Designation; Licensed Paramedic
  • Vice President of Texas, Southwest Division of the IAFC Board of Directors–2011-present
  • Chair of Administrative Council, Florence United Methodist Church
  • Member of the Bishop’s Senior Relations Committee, Central Texas Region

Significant Emergency Events

  • Countless multiple alarm fires; hostage events; mass casualty incidents
  • Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre in Killeen, TX 1991
  • Mount Carmel siege, Waco, TX 1993
  • Floods of 1998 * – Del Rio, TX (Aug.1998) and* New Braunfels, TX(Oct. 1998)
  • Flood of 2001 * – New Braunfels, TX (Aug. 2001)
  • Hurricane Katrina *, Jefferson Parish, LA (Aug. 29, 2005)
  • Hurricane Rita *, Jefferson Parish, LA (Sept.30, 2005)

(*denotes Presidential Declaration)

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