Maryland Weekend at the National Fire Academy
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February 14 - 15, 2015

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
2014 Safety Symposium
October 14 & 15, 2014
Public Safety Training Center - Marriottsville, MD

Keynote Speaker: Gordon Graham
"What is Real Risk Management?"
"Seven Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover"
"Tips for Success"

Breakout Sessions
Near Miss - IAFC
Cancer Presumption - MDPFF
Johns Hopkins Cardiac Prevention Program - JHMC
Roadway Safety - MD SHA & MSP
Injury and Accident Prevention - MOSH
Training Safety - MFRI
16 Life-Safety Initiatives - NFFF

For additional information and to register for the program:

2014 Safety Symposium Brochure
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Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program
Free Workshops

For more information contact MFRI Field Operations at: 301-226-9971

2012 Grant Workshiop Seminar
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All Workshops Except as Noted Conducted From 7 PM - 9 PM
September 4th Thursday MFRI Headquarters, College Park - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
September 11th Thursday Upper Eastern Shore Regional Training Center - Centreville
September 17th Wednesday North Central Regional Office - Mt. Airy (To be held at the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company; Carnival Activities Building)
September 18th Thursday North East Regional Training Center - APG Edgewood
September 24th Wednesday Western Maryland Regional Training Center - Cresaptown
September 25th Thursday Lower Eastern Shore Regional Training Center - Princess Anne
September 26th Friday Southern Maryland Regional Training Center - La Plata

Pre-Registration Is Not Required To Attend A Workshop

IAFC's Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement (ROE) are rules or directives to firefighters that define the situations, circumstances and conditions under which decisions are made about the strategy and/or tactics of foreground operations.

ROE should provide clear direction and expectations from the Fire Chief for and/or limits on appropriate strategy to be employed in fireground operations. The ROE is guidance for decision makers to use based upon direction from their superiors.

Rules of Engagement do not normally dictate how a result is to be achieved but will indicate what measures may be unacceptable.

Rules of Engagement should be issued to all personnel. An "ROE Card", document provides the Chief Officer, Company Officer and Firefighter with a summary of the ROE regulating their actions on the foreground.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has a set of "Rules of Engagement." The video is an attempt to put the ROE into a visual format. Please share with your leadership the video and discuss the appropriate Rules of Engagement for your fire department, battalion and company.

John M. Buckman III
Fire Chief Retired
German Township Volunteer Fire Department

2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"O Say Can You See...The Future"

Featured Keynote address:
"Saving the Future - Working Together for a Safe America"
Chief Ernest Mitchell, Jr.
US Fire Administrator United States Fire Administration, Washington, DC

For additional information:

2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference Brochure
Click to view the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference Brochure.
2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference Registraton Form
Click to view the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference Registration Form.

Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires

Chad M. Lannon and James A. Milke
Department of Fire Protection Engineering
University of Maryland

Each year thousands of fire fighters are injured during training, and occasionally some are fatally injured. Live fire training evolution is an effective and popular training method, but it's also one that exposes the trainees to significant hazards. One common cause of fire fighter death and injury is a lack of understanding of the hazard assessment of live fires used for training.

This research effort is intended to further clarify the hazards of live fire training evolutions and provide data and information to support a fire hazard assessment methodology for fire training officers and fire fighters. The goal is to analyze specific fuel configurations in certain training fire evolutions and to supplement currently available practical guidance for use by training instructors based on the hazards associated with live fire training evolutions.

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Attended a MFRI Company Drill Lately?

Is your emergency services company looking for a quick 3 hour training opportunity on a fire, rescue, EMS, or hazmat topic? If so, MFRI may be able provide you a Company Drill to accommodate your needs. MFRI Company Drills are a good way to refresh skills and review current best management practices in emergency training using the most relevant information and technology.

MFRI provides the opportunity for periodic training for fire/rescue departments through the Company Drill program. Each local department is allotted two company drills per year at no charge. Departments can request Company Drills on numerous subjects from fire behavior to rope rescue, each Company Drill will follow a current MFRI lesson plan for the requested topic. The company drill can be conducted at a MFRI training center or at the local department and all instructors will be provided by MFRI.

To request a Company Drill the local department must contact their MFRI Regional Office at least 30 days prior to the date they want to hold the drill. When the Company Drill has been approved and aded to the MFRI schedule, the requesting department will be notified.

Western Maryland - Region 1 - Call: 888-691-6143
For Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties.

North Central - Region 2 - Call: 800-287-6374
For Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery Counties.

North East - Region 3 - Call: 888-317-2218
For Harford, Cecil and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.

Upper Eastern Shore - Region 4 - Call: 888-692-0055
For Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot and Anne Arundel Counties.

Lower Eastern Shore - Region 5 - Call: 888-691-8880
For Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset Counties.

Southern Maryland - Region 6 - Call: 888-691-4628
For Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's Counties.

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Launches Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Online Training

UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of "Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes" - an online course that serves as a culmination of the work performed under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The interactive training walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course supplements the project's technical report through fire service commentary on the impact UL research has on firefighting tactics, interactive fire scenarios, video from all 17 full scale residential structure fires, and numerous photos.

See the program at:
More information about the UL FSRI can be found at:

New web-based interactive firefighter training program:
Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments (ALIVE)

With funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), NYU-Poly teamed up with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD), the Eagan Fire Department (EFD), and the Eden Prairie Fire Department (EPFD) to develop a web-based, interactive firefighter training program - ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments).

ALIVE simulates critical decision-making aspects of firefighting for career / volunteer firefighters and reinforces firefighting safety concepts developed by leading industry researchers though interactive tactical scenarios.

Three FREE training programs can be downloaded for free from the NYU-Poly website:

MFRI Online Transcript System
Now Available in the MFRI Student Zone

Students will be able to request unofficial transcripts for themselves through the MFRI Student Zone, a feature of the MFRI website. In order to make a request for their unofficial transcript students will use their name, birth date and SSN to uniquely identify themselves to the system.

Students will receive a PDF of their unofficial transcript documenting their MFRI course work. They can print this PDF file or save it to their local computer. In the event of a discrepancy the student will be given directions on how to submit the appropriate documentation to correct their record.

The addition of this feature to the MFRI Student Zone will provide immediate feedback to students by leveraging our IT infrastructure to quickly respond to their request any time of the day.

Unofficial Transcript Sample

Underwriters Laboratories and the Fire Service

Underwriters Laboratory has a number of free, on-line training courses for fighters. These courses cover a range of important topics which are critical to fire fighter safety. Whether it's understanding a comprehensive fire approach, learning the hazards of lightweight construction, the impact of horizontal ventilation, or how special extinguisher agents perform, these courses will provide the firefighter with a education on various fire behaviors, risks and codes.

More video and other online resources can be found at the Underwriters Laboratory website: