2015 World Police & Fire Games
between June 26, and July 5, 2015

2015 World Police & Fire Games will be taking place in Fairfax County, Virginia USA this summer between June 26, and July 5, 2015.

It is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world; larger even than the Summer Olympics. It will draw more than 12,000 athletes representing 70 countries competing in 61 sports in 53 different venues located across the entire National Capital Region.

There are 61 different sporting events; of note are some of the specific firefighter related sporting events including the stair race, muster, ultimate firefighter and the honor guard competition.

For more information on the event and who is eligible to compete as an athlete, visit: www.fairfax2015.com

Executive Development Seminar: Enduring Leadership for Changing Times and Accountability
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 226-9900 or 1-800-ASK-MFRI

Featuring: Lieutenant General John F. Sattler
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

Based on his 37 years as a U.S. Marine, his four years as the Leadership Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy and six years of mentoring Military Commanders and Business Leaders (since his retirement), Lt. General Sattler's presentation will be delivered in segments. The first segment will discuss the two extremes of leadership styles from the Authoritarian to the Persuasive Leader and will further delve into the Leander's role in decision making, decision acceptance and decision implementation. This will close out with discussions on Empowerment and ACCOUNTABILITY!

The second segment will focus on "Trust." This involves the speed of trust and what goes into developing, sustaining and growing trust within units and organizations. Trust is earned through a combination of charter and competence...this will dissect the key traits that define a leader character and earns the Trust of juniors, peers and seniors.

This EDS is designed for chief/line officers, and other interested Emergency Services personnel.

Advanced registration closes April 6, 2015. Registration is open to all interested persons, but will be limited to 100. Maryland residents receive priority seating. There is a $50-a-day fee for out-of-state participants. Please register on-line at: www.mfri.org/seminars

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If you have any questions or need to cancel, please email seminars@mfri.org or call 301-226-9971.

If you require special accommodations, please email your requirements to seminars@mfri.org or call 301-226-9971.

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Seminar
In Cooperation with
Office of State Fire Marshal
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System
Maryland State Firemen's Association & Ladies Auxiliary Fire Prevention & Life Safety Committee
Emergency Medical Services for Children

Saturday, March 28 2015
Program: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 226-9900 or 1-800-ASK-MFRI

Vision 20-20: Bridging the Gap from Yesterday into Tomorrow Translating the National Agenda into Company Practices

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome: Prince George's County Fire & EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor
Welcome: MSFA President David Keller III
Welcome: MIEMSS Executive Director Dr. Kevin Seaman
Welcome & Update: State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci
9:15 a.m. Vision 20-20: Best Practices for Local Companies
Meri-K Appy President, Appy and Associates, LLC
10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:30 a.m. Prevention Advocacy Partners - Urban and Rural Perspectives "A tale of two Bruces: Metro Brucetropolis and Bouch County" Teresa Ann Crisman Prince George's County Fire & EMS Captain
Holly Trego Cecil County Dept. Emergency Service
11:15 a.m. Marketing and Messaging Tools with Social Media
Andrew Doyle Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Dept.
12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch will be provided
12:45 p.m. Remembering When - Home safety programs for senior adults
Kim O'Malley Delaware State Fire School
1:30 p.m. BeTween Age Group – working with pre-drivers
Susanne Ogaitis Jones MIEMSS Child Passenger Safety Project
2:15 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:30 p.m. Smoke Alarms - Old & New; Tried and True
Bruce Bouch Office of State Fire Marshal
3:00 p.m. Fire & Injury Prevention and Life Safety Committees joint meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary and the MSFA called by Teresa Anne, Chairperson

Target Audience: Fire & Injury Prevention Coordinators and Safety Advocates

Registration:Advanced registration closes Friday March 20, 2015. Registration is open to all interested persons, but will be limited to 100. Priority is given to Maryland residents. If space is available onsite registrations will be accepted. There is a $50-a-day fee for out-of-state participants. Please register on-line at: www.mfri.org/seminars

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Program Registration

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If you have any questions or need to cancel, please email seminars@mfri.org or call 301-226-9900 or 800-275-6374.

If you require special accommodations, please email your requirements to seminars@mfri.org or call 301-226-9920 or 800-275-6374.

EMS Continuing Education (Local Option) will be provided by MIEMSS.

This Seminar is supported in part by the Maryland EMS for Children's State Partnership Grant from DHHS / HRSA/ MCHB / EMSC Program, and the MSFA Fire & Injury Prevention and Life Safety Committee.

New MFRI Course Completion Certificates
Available in the MFRI Student Zone

Course Completion Certificate UI

Beginning on February 1, 2015, MFRI students will be able to print course completion cards upon successful completion of any MFRI course. By going to the MFRI home page and clicking on the Transcripts/Course Completion Certificates button, students will be able to print a certificate for any MFRI course they have successfully completed after entering some basic identification information. At the same time, MFRI will no longer issue pocket cards for courses. Students will have to print the certificate from the MFRI website if they need a certificate. In addition, the courses will be listed on the students' official and unofficial MFRI transcripts.

To print your certificate(s), click on this link: www.mfri.org/transcript

Course Completion Certificate Sample

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
Click to download Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders against Ebola Exposure Hazards PDF 623 KB

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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.

Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident

Download the guide from the MFRI website at: www.mfri.org/aag

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.

Travis Nelson - travis.nelson@maryland.gov

John Donohue - jdonohue@miemss.org

Maryland Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident Announcement
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Maryland Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident
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You can download the guide from the MFRI website at: www.mfri.org/aag

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.

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: www.ul.com/fireservice