IAFC's Blog – May 2009 Archive (8)

VCOS Offers $1500 FRI Scholarships

The Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will award two $1,500 scholarships to attend Fire Rescue International (FRI), being held August 25-29, 2009 in Dallas. This scholarship program was developed to promote leadership through learning among volunteer and combination officers.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant’s description of how the department or the… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 29, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

CEUs for Safety Officer Recertification

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) has approved a total of 43 sessions and workshops at the upcoming Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference for CEUs towards recertification for ISOs and HSOs.

Visit FDSOA for a complete listing of approved sessions and workshops.

Added by IAFC on May 28, 2009 at 11:24am — No Comments

IAFC VP Testifies Before Congress Supporting Better Hazmat Preparedness

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 1st Vice President Jeff Johnson, chief of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, yesterday called for improved national preparedness for the response to hazmat incidents in his testimony before Congress.

During his testimony, Chief Johnson noted that among the nearly million daily shipments of hazardous material each year, there are about 250,000 incidents. When those incidents occur, he assured Congress that “the local fire and… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 15, 2009 at 8:16am — No Comments

June 1 Deadline to Apply for IAFC Foundation Scholarships

The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation (IAFCF) is accepting applications for its educational scholarships from qualified first responders until June 1, 2009.

Any person is eligible to apply if he or she is an active member with a minimum of three years’ volunteer, two years’ paid or a combination of paid and volunteer of three years with a state, county, provincial, municipal, community, industrial, or federal fire department.

Scholarships provided by the… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 12, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dinosaurs and Kids These Days - Generational Differences in the Fire Service

“I don’t know what to do,” said the senior officer. “My firefighter talks on his personal cell phone on the way to emergency calls and texts during group meals. When told to do something around the station, the first thing he says is, ‘Why?’ or ‘Right now?’ The kid is strong and smart, and you couldn’t ask for a better firefighter on emergency scenes. But this other stuff is a real problem.”

“I don’t get it,” responds the younger firefighter. “How can you become a leader… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 11, 2009 at 5:36pm — 9 Comments

Successfully Transitioning from Company Officer to Battalion Chief

One of the most difficult and challenging transitions in the fire service is going from “us to the them,” particularly the jump from company officer to battalion chief. One day you’re riding shotgun in the engine supervising a crew of typically one to four personnel, and the next day, you’re most likely driving the SUV or Crown Victoria, riding by yourself, and supervising anywhere from five to thirty personnel, or even more.

Becoming a chief officer should not be taken as… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 7, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Early Registration Ends May 9 for Hazmat Conference

The IAFC's 26th annual International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Confernece is May 27-31 in Hunt Valley, MD. Sign up now to take advantage of the early-bird deadline and to make sure that you and your department get the latest in hazmat education and training.

The conference offers essential training on topics such as:

Prevention and… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 6, 2009 at 9:48am — No Comments

IAFC and FCC Partner on Digital TV Transition

The IAFC and the Federal Communications Commission are partnering to create a voluntary program to help meet the June 12 deadline for the public transition to digital television (DTV) and ultimately aid the expansion of the national public-safety communication network.

The IAFC seeks fire and rescue departments interested in participating in this program. The program links community members who are having technical difficulties installing or using DTV converter boxes with… Continue

Added by IAFC on May 4, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

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