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Special luncheon being held during FRI

The Southwestern Division is geared and ready to invite our members to a special luncheon in their honor this year during the Division Luncheon.  Expect to see a little something special for our members.  For a small fee of $10 you can expect to receive an exceptional meal as well as take part in a special presentation, exciting plans for the upcoming year and a sneak peek into our first Executive Leadership Conference hosted in Houston, TX.

If you have registered to attend FRI in Charlotte this year, be on the look-out for a special  invitation-only link to attend the SW Division Luncheon.

See you in Charlotte!

Chief Bruno was on “fire” in Pflugerville

Chief Alan Brunacini is perhaps the most iconic figure in the American fire service.  From his beginning as a firefighter in Phoenix, AZ he has taken his knowledge and experiences on the road, for a 2nd time beginning in 2016 with Command Symposium 2016.

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Chief Brunacini, Chief Rubin and Bobby Halton at CS2017

February 9 & 10 Chief Bruno along with a host of expert instructors brought this new series of incident command to Plfugerville for Command Symposium 2017.  The list of instructors included Chief Dennis Rubin, Captain Richard Miller, Chief Cecil Clay, Chief Scott Kerwood and Captain Michael Anderson.  We also had a special join the panel, Mr. Bobby Halton of Fire Engineering Magazine.

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Special Bruno & Bobby “unplugged” session

The attendees learned about the functions of command and organizational structure.  The class is very interactive and all instructors encourage students to ask questions. Chief Brunacini is also known for coining the phrase BE NICE, and follows this philosophy throughout the 2-day program.

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Chief Scott Kerwood of Hutto Fire & Rescue; Captain Michael Anderson of Pflugerville Fire co-hosted the event as well as provided training sessions

Chief Kerwood lead an afternoon session on the importance of Standardized Operating Procedures (SOP).  He has been recognized by numerous organizations for the implementation of SOP’s within his own department and Williamson County Emergency Services Division.

Captain Richard Miller of IAFC’s FSTAR Project discussed the importance of the work done through FSTAR  (Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research)  A large part of keeping our firefighters safety is consistency in fire ground and incident command. FSTAR also fights for legislation such as firefighter physicals.

Chief Cecil Clay (ret) City of Oklahoma City also joined Captain Miller with another segment involving firefighter safety and statistics.

 

 

Pflugerville, TX has already confirmed to host next year’s first class of Command Symposium 2018!  Dates February 8 & 9.  Details to follow

Firehouse Station Design coming to TX

Discount offered to Southwestern Division Members!!! Register now and save $60

We’re excited and honored the 4th Annual Station Design Conference will be held in the historic, 80-acre Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, May 3–5, 2017.

This renovated 500,000 sq. ft. complex is shared by Fort Worth fire and police headquarters and expansive training venues.

Located in one of two pre-WWII warehouses, the Fort Worth Fire Department has repurposed the historic facility into modern offices, auditoriums, classrooms and offers extensive training scenarios—a  must-see facility!

This year’s program has expanded to provide three days of immersive education on fire station design presented by award-winning architects and project managers of fire stations and public safety facilities to guide you through the journey to your new fire station. 

  • Meet one-on-one with expert architects for an objective review and discussion of your department’s plans.
  • Gain insights into the bidding/construction process.
  • Learn about the newest technology and innovations designed to boost performance and response times.
  • Become knowledgeable about the latest design trends in security, safety, firefighter health and more!
  • Network with fire chiefs, officers, public safety officials, award-winning architects and project planners from across the country.

Special Discount for Southwestern Fire Chiefs Assoc. members!
Register now and save an extra $60 on top of Early Bird pricing—That’s $160 off on-site pricing!  Use promo code: SWFCA  (Early Bird pricing ends on 3/15/17)

Whether you’re thinking about your next fire station, or already in the process, you won’t want to miss this event!

 

Fund has been set up for first responders from Gatlinburg, TN

The Gatlinburg Firefighters Association has established the Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund to aid those Gatlinburg Firefighters and Police Officers who lost their homes and contents in the fire, which in part spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the eastern Tennessee resort city of Gatlinburg. The fire burned about 1,000 buildings in Sevier County, including hundreds in Gatlinburg, killed 13 people and injured about 85 people.

Donations should be made payable to The Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, Account # 1090021864. Donations may be mailed to Smartbank,  ATTN:  Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge Tennessee 37868. Electronic transfers may be sent to Smartbank. The routing number for this fund is 064209216.

For additional information contact Kandra McCarter Phone: (865) 936-7130; Daniel Lindbert (865) 430-8687 or David Puckett (865) 712-0726

Chief Brunacini is back with ICS 2017

Thanks to our local sponsors for making this class possible!

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Don’t miss the first class of 2017!

Special introductory pricing to attend this interactive training class

Registration:  $199 for members , $225 non-members  

Register now

COMMAND SYMPOSIUM 2017: The Basics of Incident Command by Chief Bruno & Friends

Who Should Attend: Fire Command Officers, Company Officers, and Firefighters that have Incident Command decision-making responsibilities.

This is a 16 hour course that will provide the attendees with several new leading edge must know command lectures, case study and scenarios, from one of the American leading ICS pioneers, Alan Brunacini. Topics include critical decision making under stress; improving hazard zone communications and a review of several pivotal case studies.


Incident Command essentials include: Functions of Command; Case Studies; Managing Large Events… learn this and so much more 

 Command Symposium 2017 Agenda

 


Chief Alan Brunacini

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Chief Brunacini is one of the most highly respected figures in the fire industry. He has served as fire chief of the Phoenix Fire Department and as the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Technical Committee for Fire Service Organization and Deployment Projects. He was the first active fire service member to hold the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of the NFPA. His impact on the fire industry is widespread. Brunacini has authored or co-authored a total of nine books and has been referred to as “The Godfather” of Fire Service by those who he has mentored.

After serving as a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and assistant chief at the Phoenix Fire Department, Brunacini was named chief in 1978 after more than 20 years in the fire industry. Brunacini is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University and a graduate of Arizona State University where he earned a degree in political science. He completed the Urban Executives Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University.

Chief Brunacini has authored Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service, Fire Command, Timeless Tactical Truths, and Command Safety.”


Chief Dennis Rubin

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Dennis L. Rubin was first appointed as a Fire Chief in December of 1996.  Chief Rubin’s experience spans more than 35 years.  He has served as a line firefighter, company officer, command officer, and chief of the department in several major U. S. Cities.

In 1994, Rubin was the President of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia.  Chief Rubin hosted the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association Conference held in Dothan, Alabama.  He was appointed to several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as theSafety Committee and Program Committee Chair.  Rubin is the Ad Hoc Chair for the Wingspread VI Conference.

Chief Rubin’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Maryland and Associates in Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Management from the Northern Virginia Community College.  Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland Security.  Rubin is a certified emergency manager (CEM); and a certified incident safety officer as well has obtained the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) and Chief Medical Officer Designation (CMOD) bestowed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Rubin’s teaching credentials are significant.  Rubin is an adjunct faculty member with several state fire-rescue training agencies and at the        National Fire Academy.  Rubin is a popular lecturer at local, state, national and international venues.  Rubin has been a member of seven National Fire Academy course development teams.  Included among the development teams that Rubin has served on are: Incident Command, Infection Control for the Fire Service, and Tactical Operations


Chief Bobby Halton

Please read bio here


Chief Cecil B. Clay (ret)

Chief Cecil Clay served 28 years on the Oklahoma City Fire Department, and retired as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operation.

Chief Clay holds a B.S. in Fire Science and A.A.S. in Municipal Fire Protection. He worked his way through the ranks in the Operational Services Division, Suppression.

Chief Clay serves as a Commissioner on the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Commission.


Captain Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson began in the fire service in 1998 and has been employed with Travis Co. ESD#2- Pflugerville Fire Dept since 2000. Michael currently holds the rank of Captain assigned as a Training Officer. As a fire service instructor, he specializes in Incident Command, hazardous materials, and driver operator classes. Michael has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology and holds Instructor III and Fire Officer IV certifications.

Michael currently serves as the Western Advocate Manager for the NFFF EGH program managing the Advocate and training programs of the NFFF for FEMA regions 6 -10.

Michael currently resides in Hutto Texas, outside of Austin. He and his wife Gena have two children, Jocelyn (9) and Luke (5). Michael continues hard work to have a lasting impact on firefighter safety and the reduction of line of duty deaths and injuries.


Chief Nick Perkins

Nick Perkins is an 18 year veteran of the fire service beginning his fire service career as a volunteer fire fighter in the San Antonio area at age 18.  He began his professional career with Travis County ESD#2, Pflugerville Fire Department and progressively rose through the ranks to his current position as a Battalion Chief supervising the Training and Safety Division.  He serves as National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation Advocate in Texas.  Additionally, he works part time as a Lead Instructor for the LBJ Fire Academy, and an assistant instructor with Texas Rope Rescue.  He holds a bachelors degree in occupational education, and an associate’s degree in fire protection technology. He hold certifications as a master fire fighter, master instructor III, and fire officer III/IV from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.  He served for seven years as a Staff Sergeant and a medic in the Texas State Guard.


2017 Executive Leadership Exhibit Info

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 October 5-7 Houston Clear Lake

 For Discounted Online Reservations  www.hilton.com/group/iafcswgrp

Special group rate: $109/night


 

Command Symposium 2017

Save the Date!!

This exclusive 2-day training symposium led by

Chief Alan Brunacini  known as the Godfather of the American Fire Service

February 9 & 10, 2017

Reserve your seat today!

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Chemical Safety Board to Convene September 28, 2016 Public Meeting in Charleston, WV to Release Final Report and Safety Recommendations Resulting from Freedom Industries Investigation

Washington, DC, September, 15, 2016 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on, September 28, 2016, at 6:00 pm EDT at the Four Points by Sheraton located in Charleston, WV, to release its final report and safety recommendations into the January 9, 2014, chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties.

At the meeting, the Board will hear a presentation from the investigative staff on their draft investigation report and related safety recommendations. The Board will also hear comments from the community.  At the conclusion of the staff presentation, the Board may vote on the final report.

Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “Protecting people and the environment is the cornerstone of our mission. The CSB is focused on the completion of the investigation into this incident which affected hundreds of thousands of residents in West Virginia.  By sharing the lessons learned from the Freedom Industries investigations, we will raise communities’ awareness about the possible impact of a similar event. The Board looks forward to sharing its findings and hearing from the public.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but to assure adequate seating attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register by emailing their names and affiliations to meeting@csb.gov.

The meeting will also be webcast live and free of charge. Details about the webcast will be available at www.csb.govcloser to the time of the meeting.

The CSB is an independent Federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s Board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but makes safety recommendations to companies, industry organizations, labor groups, regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA and others. Please visit our website, www.csb.gov.

For more information, please contact the CSB’s Office of Public Affairs at pubic@csb.gov.

Important legislation at stake, validate your vote before September 19

Earlier this year, International Code Council (ICC) members voted down a proposal to place the requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes into the annex of the 2018 edition of ICC’s International Residential Code (IRC). However, public comments on this proposal have been submitted and will be heard at ICC public comment hearings in October. ICC’s governmental voting members will get the chance to vote on keeping this requirement intact.

 

What’s at Stake?

 

The future of home fire safety in America hinges on winning this vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of striking at the heart of America’s fire problem, since they reduce the risk of dying in home fires by an astounding 80 percent. Sprinkler requirements have made it into the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of the IRC. Placing this requirement into the code’s annex—thereby making it an option for states and local municipalities—would be a huge setback for home fire safety.

 

Take Action Today

 

ICC primary representatives must validate their governmental member voting representatives by Sept. 19to vote at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting public comment hearings, or the online governmental consensus vote that follows the hearings. The electronic voter validation site will remain open through Sept. 19. Please make sure your state’s governmental voting representatives are validated by this crucial date and vote in support of safer homes.

 

Please contact NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team with any questions.

Red Cross Fire Prevention Campaign

One Year of Working Together to Make America Safer from Home Fires
 
A major milestone is just around the corner for the Home Fire Campaign. October will mark one year since the campaign launched in 2014. Over the course of this first year, the Red Cross has partnered with more the 1,900 organizations nationally and locally to bring fire safety education and working smoke alarms to homes around the country. Working together, we have installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms and helped to prepare more than 63,000 households. Most importantly, 26 lives have been saved so far as a result of the fire safety education and working smoke alarms provided by the campaign.  
Campaign Goal and Cornerstones

GOAL: 25% reduction in home fire deaths and injuries over the next five years

■ Door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of a fire safety checklist and escape plan in vulnerable neighborhoods
■ Engagement of youth in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges, and science-based education
■ Marketing and public relations campaign to motivate people to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing home evacuations

 The campaign’s impact since it began:

26 documented lives saved; 63,000+ households prepared; 125,000+ smoke alarms installed; 51,500+ fire escape plans made; 311,000+ youth reached; 1,100+ local organizations involved

 To read the entire news article click here

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