Recommendations on selection and use of PPE for first responders against Ebola exposure hazards
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced that on October 24 the InterAgency Board (IAB) released recommendations related to selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders against Ebola exposure hazards. These recommendations build on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PPE information and provide more detailed information on the selection and use of PPE based upon the risk of exposure.
You can download these recommendations from the IAB's website. PDF 623 KB Download the Recommendations
The mission of the InterAgency Board is to strengthen the nation's ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters and CBRNE incidents.
Maryland Weekend at the National Fire Academy
February 14 - 15, 2015
Click on the brochure above to review courses available at Maryland Weekend at the NFA (PDF)
How to Register
Please make sure that all sections of the FEMA form 119-25-2 are complete, the application is signed by the chief of your department, and you are using your FEMA SID number.
Maryland Weekend at NFA Application
Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident
To: Maryland Emergency Response Managers From: TFC Travis Nelson Regional Liaison Officer Maryland Emergency Management Agency John Donohue Chief, Field Operations Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
We are pleased to announce the release of the Maryland Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident. We collaborated with many of your peers in law enforcement, EMS, fire/rescue, and emergency management to produce this comprehensive and practical guide to prepare for, respond to, and recover from these unfortunate incidents. We hope you find it useful as you begin or continue your planning processes. We view this as a living document and plan on revisiting it on a regular basis to ensure it remains relevant and up to date. Please provide us any feedback you may have as you move forward.
Our work is not complete with the release of this document. The Training Committee of the Active Assailant Workgroup will be releasing the Awareness Level Training program in November 2014. This will be in a learning management system format and available for your personnel to complete on their own as they have time. We will be scheduling regional workshops by the end of the year to discuss the details of this guidance and allow time to ask questions so you may understand the reasoning and justification for points made in the document. Following that, members of the workgroup will be available to assist as requested to help local managers as they work through their planning processes.
In the near future we will be reaching out to you through the agencies represented on our workgroup to get your continual feedback. We would like to know if you believe your local jurisdiction will embrace the guidance and incorporate the concepts it contains. If so, who will be the lead for the multi- disciplinary coordination required? What obstacles to implementation do you anticipate? We will be looking for additional funding to assist in implementation so we are beginning to determine anticipated costs. As you continue your planning, please give as much information to the workgroup as possible so we can help you.
We hope this document provides you the practical guidance and/or the additional justification you require to become more prepared. Please keep in touch with us as you move forward. We can be reached at the following e-mails and are eager to assist.
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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
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.
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: ulfirefightersafety.com/projects_blog/ul-firefighter-safety-research-institute-launches-vertical-ventilation-and-suppression-online-training More information about the UL FSRI can be found at: ulfirefightersafety.com and www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/industries/lifesafetyandsecurity/firefighter-safety-research-institute/
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.
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: