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FIRE INFO

VOL. 54/APRIL 2019

MAGAZINE

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS


FIRE INFO

VOL. 54/APRIL 2019

MAGAZINE

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

contents 2 Executive Director’s Corner 3 Executive Board/Staff 4 President’s Forum 5 Certification Update 6 Membership Benefits 11 Membership Update 11-14 Constitution and By-Laws Proposals 20 Conference Registration 23 Conference Sponsors 30 - 33

Training Workshop Descriptions

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Sustaining Members

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Texas Firemen’s Auxiliary

SFFMA and the InfoFire Magazine assume no responsibility for statements made by contributors. Advertising in InfoFire does not imply approval or endorsement by the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. Writers, photographers and artists are encouraged to submit their work to InfoFire Magazine. Photo credits:

Cover photo by: Xavier Garcia, Pleasanton VFD, 2018 Photo Contest, Best in Show Page 2: Molly Quirk Photography Page 15: Thom Jones Page 23: Jo Ann Bogisch Page 25: Curtis Brown Page 35, 38: Texas A&M Forest Service Page 39: Brandy Tidwell

2019 CONFERENCE EDITION

State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas PO Box 1709, Manchaca TX 78652-1709


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER

It is hard to believe it is already spring time in Texas. It seems like we were anticipating a long winter with a higher-than-normal potential of snowfall, and instead our area received higher-than-normal days of fog, rain and a little bit of cold weather. I’m glad to see the sunny days have arrived. The grass is turning green and the trees are budding. We have been quite busy at the SFFMA office. Here are just some highlights of some projects we have been working on for you: • Software upgrades and rollout – These upgrades were deployed in the late February. • Chiefs/training coordinator’s ability to save department specific custom reports related to certifications, progress reports, and individual reports. • Automatic filtering/fire department specific default reporting. • New screen specific to the certifications module to allow for a single-entry page of multiple contacts, multiple objectives, and multiple certification components. • Sorting/summary components added to the list of objectives to allow for quicker search and entry of objectives. • Conversion of the progress

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tracker and component bulk entry dialog boxes to a full-screen mode allowing for larger and easier to read data. • Ability to allow for a custom date of bulk entry on the “Mark All” feature. • Text of the objectives has been added to the entry screen. • Membership Processing/ Invoicing. o We mailed out over 1200 invoices at the beginning of the year and we want to THANK YOU for being patient as we learned the new way of billing for the departments and invoicing. We were delayed in getting the invoices out and have some fine tuning to do for future invoices. o With renewals hitting our association all at once, we quickly become overwhelmed with phone calls, requests for new invoices, roster updates, etc. We apologize for any delays this may have caused and will be working to add on temporary help in the future during those busy times to make this process more efficient and timely. o Current membership processing times are about 15 days or so, and we will soon be sending the next wave of invoices out to those who have not renewed yet. • Certification o With the new online system, we learned that a lot of our old-old data came across but due to the old data being in a system that was written in an outdated computer language, the percentage completed did not show as 100% if the individual had completed the certification. This is an easy fix that the training coordinators can perform by marking all objectives completed for those individuals. o Progress reports are no longer required by the association office since we have further capabilities to monitor training progress on individuals.

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o We are running about 30 or so days return on certification applications and are working diligently to get that processing time decreased. o PLEASE – If you don’t understand the new online training system , PLEASE reach out for help! Your zone representative should be able to assist you with your questions or training, and if you are still having issues, contact the Austin Office. • SAFER Grant o Our SAFER grant award is well underway with numerous presentations already made across the state. o The media design for the statewide campaign is in the works and we should be seeing this go to production soon. o We are here to help your department or community with recruiting new firefighters! •Legislative Session o We have given testimony at several different committee hearings on some of the bills we are supporting. o Additional funding has been requested in the budget for the HB2604 program. o Stay alert to our Email Infograms about testimony or legislative movement. Thank you all for your support of our association. We are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to reach out if we can assist you or your department. Thank you,

Chris Barron Executive Director


2 018 - 2 019 E X E C U T I V E B OA R D BRENT ALLEN - SECRETARY

PO Box 227 Ballinger, TX 76821-0227 W: 325.365.5137 C: 325.977.8839 Email: ballen@sffma.org

F. JIM WHITE - ASSISTANT SECRETARY 304 E. Mundy St. Overton, TX 75684-1734 H: 903.834.3457 C: 903.658.7677 Email: jwhite@sffma.org BEN KENNEDY - CHAPLAIN 4210 Camber Ct. College Station, TX 77845- 4882 W: 979.774.0819 C: 979.229.1263 Email: bkennedy@sffma.org

Bottom row from L to R: Mike Richardson, Tim Smith, Richard Van Winkle, Chuck Richardson, Donny Boggs. Top row from L to R: Kylie Maples, Ben Kennedy, Chris Barron, Rayford Gibson, F. Jim White, Brent Allen, Harvie Cheshire

RAYFORD W. GIBSON BOARD APPOINTED PARLIAMENTARIAN PO Box 774 Tatum, TX 75691-0774 H: 903.947.2831 C: 979.229.8134 Email: rgibson@sffma.org

MIKE RICHARDSON - PRESIDENT 1705 S State St Decatur, TX 76234-2745 W: 940.393.0230 C: 940.255.5034 Email: mrichardson@sffma.org

CHUCK RICHARDSON - 3RD VICE PRESIDENT 3523 County Road 245 Brazoria, TX 77422-7276 C: 979.319.1963 Email: chuck1620@yahoo.com

CHRIS BARRON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PO Box 1709 Manchaca, TX 78652-1709 W: 512.454.3473 F: 512.453.1876 Email: cbarron@sffma.org

TIM SMITH - 1ST VICE PRESIDENT 10216 County Road 6740 Lubbock, TX 79407-6218 W: 806.797.0412 C: 806.786.0166 Email: tsmith@sffma.org

DONNY BOGGS - 4TH VICE PRESIDENT 1664 FM 935 Lott, TX 76656-3891 W: 979.458.6800 C: 979. 220.0141 Email: dboggs@sffma.org

KYLIE MAPLES - MASCOT 3400 Stevenwood Ln Alvin, TX 77511-7023

RICHARD VAN WINKLE 2ND VICE PRESIDENT PO Box 296 Alvarado, TX 76009-0296 W: 817.790.8884 C: 817.538.2313 Email: rvanwinkle@sffma.org

HARVIE CHESHIRE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT 1100 Merry Oaks Dr. College Station, TX 77840-2607 W: 979.862.7440 C: 979.324.4336 Email: hcheshire@sffma.org

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CHRIS BARRON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 101 Email: cbarron@sffma.org

JULIE BEAUCHAMP SALES MANAGER W: 512.454.3473 ext. 105 Email: jbeauchamp@sffma.org

JON BARRON FACILITATOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 109 Email: jbarron@sffma.org

KEVIN CREAMER CERTIFICATION ADMINISTRATOR/ INDUSTRIAL COORDINATOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 103 Email: kcreamer@sffma.org

LUIS MARTINEZ MEMBERSHIP/ SFFMA INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 104 Email: lmartinez@sffma.org

HEATHER LUNDY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT W: 512.454.3473 Email:hlundy@sffma.org

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY CONNECTED BUT YOU NO LONGER RECEIVE OUR EMAILS? EMAIL NEWSLETTER@SFFMA.ORG

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PRESIDENT’S FORUM

Howdy to all of my SFFMA Family, Well, we’re closing in on the 143rd Annual SFFMA Training Conference and Convention in Longview and I’m looking forward to that famous Northeast Texas hospitality, and all of the great events planned for our members. The meetings, exhibits, and races on Saturday will be followed by our always special Memorial Service on Sunday. Then get ready for our big Presidents’ Reception and Country Pasture Party at Rowdy Creek Ranch on Sunday evening where we will have great music and food at a beautiful outdoor venue, complete with some lakeside activities that your kids will love. After our weekend activities, you can expect some outstanding training classes that our Speaker Selection Committee has arranged for Monday and Tuesday. I do believe the Committee has outdone themselves this year, bringing in notable instructors who will be delivering classes that our membership wants and needs. Then we will wrap it all up at the final business session on Wednesday where we will be voting on a couple of amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, electing a new 4th VP and Mascot, and your President will be passing the gavel to the next generation of leadership.

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In the meantime, your executive board has been busy representing our membership. At the January planning conference we were able to finally present the finished product for our certification and membership software, GrowthZone. After a thorough training class with all of our zone coordinators and some other members, feedback about the program was very positive. And since that meeting, as the zone coordinators have taken that training out for delivery to you department training coordinators, the positive feedback has increased. We know it has been a long and rocky road, but it’s great to finally get our software development program completed and move on to the other business of our great Association. After the planning conference, we began to focus on the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. With direction from the executive board, T*FLAG, and all of our members, our lobbyist, J Pete Laney, hit the ground running at our State Capitol. J Pete has done a remarkable job of monitoring legislation important to all of us, and he has developed outstanding relationships with many of our senators and representatives, as well as with our Governor’s office. Some of the bills important to all of us include HB518 by Representative (and Muenster VFD volunteer firefighter) Drew Springer to allow fire safety inspections by those certified by the SFFMA; HB2348 by Representative T. King to provide employment protections for volunteer firefighters who respond to keep their communities safe as well as several more pieces of legislation that will strengthen the ability of our members to safely and effectively

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serve all of the citizens and visitors in our great state. I encourage each of you to check the SFFMA website and our other sources to become versed in these legislative priorities and contact your state representatives to ask for their support in the issues important to our service. Other work being done on our members’ behalf include lobbying for increased appropriations for the HB2604 grant program, and working with the Texas A&M Forest Service to increase reimbursement rates for volunteer firefighters sent on TIFMAS deployments. SFFMA Recruitment and Retention program funded by a 1.4 million dollar AFG grant, increased benefits for SFFMA members, certification program to serve our Industrial members, and much more. In closing I just want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to the Texas fire service and to this important Association. I especially want to thank you for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve as your president. As we move forward in the years to come, I look forward to watching effective action and positive change out of our succeeding leadership. By keeping the SFFMA moving forward, they will assure that our 23,000 members always have a voice in how to best protect the interests of the Texas fire service, and subsequently, how to best serve the protection and safety needs of all of our communities. God Bless all of you and keep you safe, Michael Richardson SFFMA President


C E R T I F I C AT I O N U P DAT E Growth Zone Tips Adding an individual to the roster There are two ways to add an individual to your department’s roster and, one is much easier than the other. Here are step-by-step instructions on the easy method: 1) From the

area at the left, type the first part of your department name

into the 2) Select the link to your department.

field.

3) Go to the

tab at the top and use the

button.

Using this button will get around the issue of adding an individual to the database and having them not actually appear on your department’s roster. 4) Add their first name, last name, and e-mail address before hitting the button. E-mail addresses are required to set up login credentials in place of the old SFFMA ID number. 5) Now select their name from the roster 6) Go to the

tab at top to enter the remaining personal information.

7) Enter the last 4 digits of their SSN along with their DOB and then hit the

button.

Enrolling in Certifications You should enroll any new individuals just starting on firefighter training into:

Be sure to use the “Training Completion” items as shown in place of 1001: Firefighter I and 1001: Firefighter II. Austin staff will automatically add these two upon issuance of the full certifications. NOTE: When adding new NFPA line items to the GrowthZone site, the default beginning status is “In Progress”. As of January 1, 2015 applicants for any certification must complete : Start by adding the item in a “Not Completed” status as a place holder. As soon as the individual completes the training and provides you the documentation, click on the link, change the status to Active, and update the start and completion dates.

As of January 1, 2019 applicants for Firefighter I or certifications that require Firefighter I as prerequisite certification must complete: The same instructions apply as with Courage to be Safe.

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MEMBER BENEFITS SFFMA BENEFITS Membership in SFFMA Includes: - $10,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment, - $20,000 Line-of-Duty Death - $5,000 Severe Burn Policies! Add VFIS and/or NVFC optional insurance plans to your basic membership for double or triple coverage! Make sure we have a current beneficiary form on file for each member. SFFMA ($50) + VFIS ($10) = $60/person and coverage increases to $20,000 AD&D, $40,000 LODD, $5,000 Severe Burn SFFMA ($50) + VFIS ($10) + NVFC ($18) = $78/person will provide $30,000 AD&D, $60,000 LODD and $5,000 Severe Burn - State legislative representation - One printed publication: InfoFire Magazine - E-InfoFire newsletter, special notices (online), digital magazine (Texas Firefighter) Record retention, proof of SFFMA certification and training (if applicable)

Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) - AFBA honors the mission set forth by its founders—to promote the welfare of its members and their families. AFBA is honored to provide SFFMA membership a sponsored NO COST, $5,000 benefit as a thank-you for your community service. They have been tasked out of DC to contact every Emergency Provider (ESP) in the state to brief their personnel. More information can be found at http://www. afbatx.org/sffma-afbatx

Air Evac Lifeteam - AirMedCare Network is the largest air ambulance membership network in the business of saving lives, and giving our members peace of mind during a medical emergency for over 30 years. We now have over 3 million members with 320 bases in 38 states. Being a member you pay nothing if you are flown and membership covers entire household. Thank you for supporting and keeping our aircraft in your communities. www.AirMedCareNetwork.com/msm/ rhonda-dean

The BAKFlip® Tonnea Cover / truck bed cover is the newest generation of hard, folding, multi-panel tonneau cover! Enjoy all the security of a locking hard tonneau cover and have instant access to your entire truck bed! SFFMA members receive $75 off of your purchase. Limited to one per customer. Email: membership@sffma.org

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California Casualty - Find the best value in auto insurance with California Casualty. Call now for a free, noobligation rate quote! Special firefighter program available! Contact: Brandon Watson Phone: 866.477.7423 Email: bwatson@calcas.com www.calcas.com

SFFMA Bereavement Program offers savings on funeral/cremation products and services. Discount based on the arrangements made through a Dignity Memorial service provider in your area.

Homes for Heroes/SFFMA Partnership & Home Benefit Program - This partnership is a statewide initiative between Homes for Heroes and SFFMA (State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association). The partnership provides to SFFMA members the Homes for Heroes “Hero Rewards” savings program for buying or selling a home. All SFFMA members in need of buying and/or selling a home need to enroll at www. homesforheroes.com/txsffma. Ensure the Homes for Heroes provider is aware you are part of SFFMA Contact: Steve Blackwell Phone: 866-443-7637 LaQuinta Inn & Suites - SFFMA members can get up to 25% off their nightly rate by providing unique promo code when presenting their SFFMA ID card at check-in. Offer varies based on location, participation and availability. Code: SFFMA10 or AMBA www.lq.com

LegalShield - Low-priced legal advice and protection! LegalShield gives you the power to talk to an attorney about any personal legal issue. Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, your LegalShield provider law firm will be there to offer advice or assistance on a variety of issues. This is a monthly membership, $18.95/month for SFFMA members (and it covers your whole family). Legal Shield now offers additional member benefits and discounts. www.legalshield.com/info/ sffmatx

Lighthouse Uniform Company - Bereavement Uniform Program - Departments and individuals donate surplus Class A uniforms to Lighthouse Uniform Company, and they refurbish them to offer at NO COST to families and departments that want to honor their fallen in a traditional way.

Stream Energy/ PowerUp! Program Lower your energy costs by switching your provider to Stream Energy and you may receive discounts on your monthly bill! Contact: Ajax Daugherty Phone: 214.766.7056 Email: Ajax@ajaxpower.com

Contact: Steve Cohen Phone: 800.426.5225

TacticalGear.com was built from the ground up to serve first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel and other members of the public safety community. Since 2004, TacticalGear.com has been outfitting the professionals who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving. With apparel, equipment and footwear from industry giants like 5.11, Condor, Oakley and Under Armour, TacticalGear.com is a one-stop shop for all tactical requirements.

National Volunteer Fire Council - Become a member of NVFC to take advantage of an increased AD&D and LODD benefit, member access to NVFC website and resources, and discounts. Join NVFC for $18 a year/per member, includes $10,000 AD&D and LODD benefits. Email: membership@sffma.org PBR Ammo is offering SFFMA members a 10% discount on all their ammunition. Members should email membership@sffma.org to receive the discount code.

PHARMSAV – by GoodRx - PHARMSAV has partnered with GoodRX to gather prices, coupons & savings tips for prescriptions at virtually every U.S. pharmacy. How it works? Use a desktop computer, mobile device or our mobile app. for researching prescription prices, coupons and locations. Just visit the website, enter the name of your prescription and your location to view current prices, discounts, and coupons from local and mail-order pharmacies. Fill your prescription and save! www.pharmsav.com/sffma Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts - For yearround fun at Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, use the link below to access our Partner Discounts (Available for all locations). Discounts are available for admission, season passes, accommodations and more. Partner Link: www.schlitterbahn.com/ partnerdiscounts Code: SFFMA Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio) - SFFMA members never have to pay retail again for admission to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. SFFMA general admission is $45.99 for members. http://tinyurl.com/ SixFlagsSFFMA

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Members receive an exclusive 15% off discount to TacticalGear.com. Contact membership@sffma. org to receive the discount code or call (636) 6808051 Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM CT. Visit website: https://tacticalgear.com/

TargetSolutions is the ultimate online training management system for fire departments. Delivers training hours that meet SFFMA and TCFP requirements, as well as EMS continuing education that meets Texas Department of State Health Services. Track all training hours and compliance tasks. SFFMA members are eligible for a 20 percent discount! Contact: Robbi King Phone: 713.701.9298, Email: robbi.king@targetsolutions.com, http:// learn.targetsolutions.com/SFFMA

VFIS of Texas (WinStar Insurance Group) - SFFMA’s longstanding partner and benefit provider. Any fire department insurance need can be fulfilled with VFIS’s extensive coverage packages that include accident & sickness insurance, liability, property, etc. www. vfistx.com

AMBA BENEFITS

SUPPLEMENTAL PLANS *additional fee will apply Long Term Care Policy* You select the daily benefit amount, elimination period, and benefit period which best suits your needs for care. This policy features include no prior hospital stay, no waiting period for pre-existing conditions, pays in addition to any other insurance, and no premium increases with age.


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SUPPLEMENTAL PLANS *additional fee will apply Dental & Vision Plans* AMBA's group dental insurance plans offer reasonable single and family rates for association members. These plans give members the flexibility of using their own dentist, or they may choose a dentist from a nationwide preferred provider network and save 20-30% on expenses. Final Expense Whole Life Insurance Policy* It is easy to forget the necessity of preparation for final expenses. The financial impacts on an individual’s finances can be significant. A traditional funeral, including a casket and vault, costs about $6,000. Although, extras like flowers, obituary notices, acknowledgment cards and limousines, can add thousands of dollars to the bottom line, running well over $10,000. Should you or your family need to confront final expenses, have you made the necessary financial planning preparations? Being prepared is the best plan of action. Cancer/Heart/Stroke Policy* There are advanced treatments available to increase your chance of cancer survival. However, sometimes these advanced treatments are not available locally, and the cost of travel, care, and other out-of-pocket expenses can be overwhelming. Cancer plans pay money directly to you upon first diagnosis of internal cancer or malignant melanoma. The money is paid at one time, in one lump sum payment. An optional heart and stroke rider is available for additional premium. American Hearing Benefits (AHB)* Members are entitled to FREE annual hearing screenings for you and your immediate family, referrals to AHB’s network of recommended local hearing healthcare professionals, advanced Hearing Solutions with the latest in hearing aid technology, Up to 60% Off suggested retail prices, and a FREE Full Two-Year Extended Warranty with every purchase. DISCOUNTS Road Scholar Road Scholar is the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel offering 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. First- time Road Scholar participants are eligible for either a $200 gift certificate good toward any international adventure, or a $75 gift certificate good for any North American Adventure. When you sign up for a Road Scholar catalog, a gift certificate will be credited to your household for future use.

more benefits available at www.myambabanefits.info/SFFMA

1-800-FLOWERS Save 15% at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM! Life’s everyday celebrations are easy at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®, where the wide assortment of beautiful flowers – Fresh From their Growers or Florist Designed – plus plants, delicious gourmet snacks and treats, extraordinary gift baskets, cuddly plush pals and unique giftware they’ll treasure can help you celebrate any occasion!”

Orlando Employee Discounts Universal Studios Tickets - Experience all the Super Attractions at Universal Studios from Marvel Super Hero Island to Doctor Dooms Fearfall. - Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista - Orlando vacation home http://www.orlandoemployeediscounts. com/member-login/

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Use promotion code “AMBA.” Click here or call 1-800-FLOWERS and mention the code.

Apple Discounts Members qualify for preferred pricing on the latest Apple products and accessories. Program benefits include special employee pricing on Apple products, exclusive promotions, free shipping on all orders, and Mac customization. Discounts not available on all items. Check with Apple by phone or online to verify discounts. iPhones are not eligible. Phone: 1-800-MY-APPLE (6927753) or http://store.apple. com/us/go/eppstore/amba Code:AMBA Dell Discounts Members enjoy discounts on Dell home computers! Phone: 866-257-4711 or www.dell.com/epp Code: PS95750248 Rental Car Discounts Members are eligible for discounts with Hertz, Avis, & Budget rental cars.

Avis: AWG#G725000 Call: 800.331.1212 or www.avis.com

Since 1997, our non-profit company has been saving money for our members through our world-class cooperative buying power in the Public Safety sector. New to Savvik? Our immense buying power has its perks. We can provide a wide array of products at competitive prices through volume pricing discounts. Enroll early, and you can enjoy other benefits of membership which include:

myAMBAdining.com Powered by restaurants.com, myAMBAdining offers members discounts at over 18,000 restaurants nationwide. When members use this discount they get the best deal for every meal!

Grainger - You can now buy all of your gear and work clothing items at national contract prices. This program has already been competitively bid and awarded to services, but is also available to all fire personnel in Texas.

Hotel Engine - an exclusive hotel booking program offering deeply discounted rates at thousands of hotels across North American and Europe. Hotel Engine offers an Intuitive booking platform with 24/7 assistance to help you find the best hotel at the lowest possible cost. Visit www.hotelengine.com/join/sffma

Money Back Guarantee Competitive Bid Processes - Let us do the work for you! Unmatched Value - Outstanding contracts with reputable vendors.

For a complete list of vendors, visit www.savvik.org

AT&T - SFFMA members now receive 24% off monthly service charges for qualified plans.

Members can take advantage of many discounts available at Theme Parks, movies and Broadway Shows across America. https://memberdeals.com/ memberdiscounts/?login=1

Budget: BCD X925500 Call: 800.527.0700 or www.budget.com Hertz: CDP# 1860896 Call: 800.654.2210 or www.hertz.com

- Save up to 56% off list rates on select FedEx Ground services - Save up to 63% off list rates on select FedEx Express international service

FedEx - Discounts off standard list rates on select FedEx U.S. express, ground and international services - Average savings of 38%. - No minimum shipping requirements - Save up to 63% off list rates on select FedEx Express U.S. services - FedEx Priority overnight up to 63% off list rates - FedEx Standard overnight up to 63% off list rates - FedEx Express Saver up to 49% off list rates

Staples - Business Advantage - You can take advantage of our national contract price for your own personal use! There are thousands of high volume items discounted! You must register for online ordering. http://www.savvik.org/Vendors-AndDistributors/Vendors/Staples

Through our competitively bid and awarded program with Grainger we have access to the entire 5.11 catalog of items at contract prices. Not only can Savvik members access this deeply discount program, but through our association partners individuals can participate and save on their own needs as well. Contact us anytime with your particular needs. NEVER PAY RETAIL AGAIN!

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WHY SUICIDE IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR A FIREFIGHTER’S PERSONAL STRUGGLES By: Stan Popovich

You are a firefighter and you are the end of your rope, and you can't take it any much longer. You are suffering from anxiety, depression, guilt or some other fear- related issue, and you feel there is no hope. Although things may seem difficult suicide is not the answer to your personal struggles. Here are six reasons why suicide is not the solution to your problems. 1. Things Change Over Time. Regardless of your situation, things do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won't last forever. Remember this fact: Regardless of your current situation, everything changes over time. This includes your current situation. Nothing remains the same forever. 2. There Are Always Other Options... Always You may feel lost and confused, but the answers to your specific problems are out there. The key is that you have to find the answers. The answers to your problem will not come to you. As mentioned before, the first step in finding the solution to your problem is to seek help from a qualified professional.

are not based on reality. When you are depressed, focus on the facts of your current situation and not on what you think. Do not assume anything regarding your current situation. Seek help from a professional immediately. 5. Go To The Hospital Immediately When It’s That Bad If things are so bad that you are unable to function, drop everything and go to your local hospital or crisis center immediately. The people there will take care of your situation right away. 6. No Situation Is Hopeless Your loved ones, friends, relatives, God, mental health counselors, priests, ministers, etc. are all good sources of help. They are all willing to help you and they can make a difference, but you must be willing to take advantage of this help. Regardless of your situation, take advantage of the help that is around you. Remember: Every problem has a solution. You just have to find it. BIOGRAPHY: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan and to get some more free mental health advice, visit Stan’s website at http:// www.managingfear.com/

3. You Can't Predict The Future You are fearful, confused and do not know where to turn. You think that there is no hope for you. When you are in this situation, remember the 99 percent rule. The 99 percent rule states that that no one can predict the future with 100 percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can't predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. We may be 99 percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that 1 percent to make a world of difference. 4. Focus On The Facts of Your Situation and Not Your Thoughts When people are depressed, they rely on their fearful, depressing, and negative thoughts. That is a huge mistake. Your fearful thoughts are exaggerated and 8 InfoFire Magazine / Vol. 54 STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS


HOW A FIREFIGHTER CAN DEAL WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER By: Stan Popovich

Are you a firefighter who is secretly struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? A firefighter can be exposed to many terrifying images and events that can trigger PTSD. Unfortunately, many firefighters suffer in silence without getting the proper treatment to overcome PTSD. As a result, here are 7 helpful tips on how to help a fellow firefighter who is struggling with this fear related disorder. 1. Learn As Much As You Can In Dealing With PTSD: There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with PTSD and other mental health issues. Educating yourself and others about how to recognize PTSD and how to overcome it is very important in one’s recovery. 2. Getting Help Is Not A Sign Of Weakness: Some people may think that getting help is a sign of weakness. In this case, this kind of thinking is flawed. There is nothing wrong in getting assistance to help deal with your personal issues. The truth of the matter is that everybody learns something new on a daily basis. Learning how to manage PTSD is no different. Your main goal should be to find the ways to get your life back on track and not worry about what others may think. 3. Find A Local PTSD Group: It is important that the person who is struggling join a local PTSD support group so they can get

advice from others who are dealing with these same issues. Many people who are struggling with PTSD will be better able to relate to others who may have similar experiences and insights. 4. Dealing With The Bad Dreams: Many firefighters may get nightmares regarding past events related to their job. It is not easy to stop the nightmares, but you can start to reduce the frequency of these bad dreams by talking to a PTSD counselor on a regular basis. Talking to a PTSD counselor is the first step in reducing your nightmares. 5. Know where to get help: Contact your doctor or primary care physician in finding a PTSD counselor in your area. A person can also go to their local hospital or mental health community center to find people to talk to about your PTSD issues. 6. The worst thing you can do is to do nothing. Do not wait until it is too late: To this day, there are people who ended their life because they didn’t get the help they needed to manage their mental health issues. Do not let fear stop you from getting treatment. 7. Your situation is not hopeless: There are many avenues a person can take to get their life back on track from PTSD. The key is to make the decision that you will do what it takes to overcome your fear related issues. Every problem has a solution. You just have to make the effort to find the answers.

IN MEMORIAM Line of Duty Death Glen Flora Volunteer Fire Department Frankie Partida, Jr. September 17, 2018 Non-Line of Duty Death Arlington Fire Department David Culhane July 18, 2018 Arp Fire Department James Stark July 28, 2018 Bardwell Fire Department Marcos Lasos October 6, 2018 Michael Wayne Spurgeon March 24, 2019 Brenham Fire Department Franklin Eckert November 1, 2018 Ed Strangemeyer April 1, 2018 Brownfield Fire Rescue Billy Lee Greenfield April 29, 2018 Robert L. Benton January 5, 2019 Burton Fire Department/SFFMA Mascot Kelby Dawson Jasinski July 19, 2018 Cameron Fire Department Warren Dean Hillman December 12, 2017 Cedar Hill Fire Department Lloyd Tumball September 19, 2018 Dallas Fire Rescue Dennis Page July 26, 2018 Kenneth Parker July 9, 2018 Edgecliff Village Fire Department Floyd Dixon June 10, 2018 Isaac (Ike) Gallop January 10, 2019 Rodney Hall, Jr. November 30, 2018 Ennis Fire Department David Hopkins June 5, 2018 Everman Fire Department Karl Berg September 5, 2018 Fort Worth Fire Department Charles Heimer August 27, 2018 Hurst Fire Department Mike McMurray August 1, 2018 Italy Fire Department Donald Chambers August 8, 2018 Jasper Fire Department Charles Gee April 3, 2019 McCamey Fire Department Wayne Greer October 11, 2018 Navarro Mills Fire Department Phil Cowan January 2, 2019 North Richland Hills Fire Department Kevin Queppert, Sr. December 7, 2018 Paige Fire Department Kenneth Maynard Cowan March 5, 2017 Herbert Harold Eschberger September 29, 2018 Allen Alfred Orts August 23, 2016 Eddie Odies Voight August 27, 2018 Richland Volunteer Fire Department Patrick Cunningham October 2018 Sansom Park Fire Department John William Collins December 1, 2013 Waxahachie Fire Department Jim Turner January 3, 2019 West I-10 Fire Department Douglas Baker December 20, 2018 Wharton Fire Department David Copeland January 4, 2019 Whitehall Community Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Roger D. Lieder July 25, 2018 Wilmer Hutchins Fire Department Brian Nowell August 16, 2018

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2019 ANNUAL AWARDS FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR Nominee’s department MUST be a member of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. Nominee MUST hold current individual membership with SFFMA. Each nominee will be considered on a point system to determine the three finalists. The areas to be considered are: 1) Leadership abilities, including: -Leadership positions held -Work knowledge -Communications -Creativity and innovation -Attitude -Interaction with others 2) Dedication to training and/or introduction of new and innovative training methods 3) Involvement in SFFMA, both state and district level 4) Community involvement, both church and civic 5) Heroism in a fire-related act or act of bravery 6) Accomplishments/awards received 7) Certifications held 8) Letters of recommendation (no more than four please) 9) Pictures may be submitted (no more than four please)

All nominations must be submitted to local districts by a fire department on or before the district’s spring meeting. Submissions must be received with a letter from the fire department and signed by either the fire chief, assistant chief or president. One nominee from each district should be submitted in a sealed envelope to the state SFFMA office no later than the fourth Monday in May. Submissions must be received with a letter from the district and must be signed by the district president or secretary. The SFFMA office will log the submissions as received and leave them unopened. The FFOY committee will meet during the last week of May to open the submissions and to select the three finalists based on the above-noted criteria. The nominees will be notified of the results. The three finalists will be interviewed by the FFOY committee on Saturday morning at the state convention. All nominees will be recognized and the winner will be announced on Sunday at the opening business session. All submissions will be returned to the districts after the state convention.

EMS RESPONDER OF THE YEAR Nominee’s department or agency must be a current active member of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. Nominees must hold current individual membership in the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. A nominee could be considered because of past heroism in an EMS-related act, act of bravery, dedication to training, or introduction of new and innovative training methods. Leadership abilities to be considered are: 1) Work knowledge 2) Communications 3) Creative ability 4) Innovation 5) Attitude 6) Interaction with others

Community involvement will be considered, either church or civic. A nominee could be considered for the committees he or she may have chaired or served upon, and how these committees functioned under his or her guidance. Nominees will be considered on a point system, giving points for their contributions in the above-noted areas. There will be a personal interview conducted with the three finalists. To win the state award as EMS Responder of the Year, nominees do not have to be an agency officer or chief. All nominations for EMS Responder of the Year must be submitted to a local district association on department or agency letterhead, and signed by the department or agency chief officer or executive, assistant chief, or president. The district offices will direct submissions of district nominations to the SFFMA office. Submissions of nominees must be on district letterhead and/or signed by the president or secretary of the district. One nomination from each district president/secretary shall be submitted to the SFFMA office via fax, email or postal mail by the fourth Monday in May. Copies of certificates and pictures may be included (but no more than four of each).

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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE Now that we have had the opportunity to fix a couple of bugs, our system is operational and ready for our fire chiefs or certification coordinators to use. If you are the department’s fire chief or certification coordinator and do not have access to our new program, please email membership@ sffma.org for your login credentials. In order to sign in to your online account, you will have to receive an email from SFFMA containing your account creation link. The link within the email will take you to a page where you can set up the password for your new account. Please note that we are NO LONGER using your SFFMA ID # as the login username. Instead, you will use the email address we have on file as your username. In addition, we would like to remind our fire chiefs and certification coordinators that we will not accept your department’s general

email address, as a valid address for your individual profile. We will only accept personal email addresses or department emails designated ONLY for the fire chief’s or certification coordinator’s use. If you do not have a valid email on file, please email membership@ sffma.org so we can correct that issue. Note: On our website, www. sffma.org, we have a page full of instructional videos that give you a walkthrough of our new program. Fire chiefs and certification coordinators are encouraged to use this resource as a way to discover the various functionalities you have at your disposal. You can find this page by clicking the “How-To Videos/Training” option at the top of our homepage. Processing Time: We are currently on a 3-week backlog on membership processing. Once we have received your

department’s membership payment, please allow 3-4 weeks to receive your membership packets. Furthermore, since we are moving away from using our SFFMA ID #’s, you will no longer see them on your membership cards. Each account that is created through our new program will NOT generate an SFFMA ID number either. We are moving away from using the ID number altogether, which is why we are no longer asking for that information on our certification/ membership applications. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our implementations, please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@sffma.org, or calling our office at 512-454-3473. Thank you for your time and attention!

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS PROPOSALS Mr. Harvie Cheshire, Chairman, SFFMA Constitution & By-Laws Committee February 21, 2019

Dear Chairman Cheshire, Please find the attached proposed revisions to the SFFMA Constitution and By-Laws that are respectfully being submitted by the members of the Mid-West District for consideration at the 2019 SFFMA State Conference. The proposals contained in this document reflect the recommendations suggested by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee at the January meeting in Arlington, Texas and the later concerns of the Constitution & By-Laws Committee. The first proposal only addresses access to the voting process. The second proposal addresses access to the voting process, and a provision to shorten the conference by one day as a cost saving measure for the Association and the attendees. These proposals are being submitted in an effort of increasing the number of members who cast ballots in the Association’s annual elections. We respectfully request a favorable endorsement by the Constitution & By-Laws Committee. Please feel free to contact Clay with any questions or concerns you or the committee may have. Kindest regards, J. Clay Deatherage Kristopher Hester J. Clay Deatherage Secretary / Treasurer Parliamentarian Past President Past President Mid-West Texas District Mid-West Texas District STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

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CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS PROPOSALS SFFMA Constitution and By-Laws Committee; % Chairman Harvie Cheshire February 21, 2019 Dear Committee Members, The members of the Mid-West Texas District are aware of, and concerned about the low number of votes that have been cast in the Association’s recent annual elections. The situation was discussed extensively at the District’s semi-annual meeting held on April 9, 2016 in Merkel, Texas. The members gathered in Merkel were aware of one or more proposed amendments to the Association’s Constitution and ByLaws that were to be considered at the Annual 2016 meeting. After a thorough and exhaustive discussion, all in attendance were in agreement regarding the following Points. 1. Changes were needed in order to increase the number of votes cast in June and provide a greater number of eligible delegates and an opportunity to participate in the Association’s elections. 2. Due to changes in the economy, personal and departmental budgets, employment restrictions, family commitments and lifestyle changes, fewer Training Conference and Convention attendees have the ability to remain at the event from Friday or Saturday through the following Wednesday. 3. Delegates should attend the annual Training Conference and Convention in order to cast ballot in the Association’s elections. 4. Every member that meets the requirements to be designated a voting delegate, and commits the time and financial resources to attend the Training Conference and Convention should be afforded the opportunity to vote. 5. Attendance is significantly greater on the weekend of the trade show and Memorial Service than on the last day of the Training Conference and Convention when elections are traditionally conducted.

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The voting delegates assembled unanimously approved a motion for the District to submit proposed amendments to the SFFMA’s Constitution and By-Laws to address these issues for future consideration in the event the voting procedures were not amended in 2016. Due to procedural errors that were beyond the District’s control, these proposed amendments were not eligible for consideration at the 2017 Annual Conference and thus being submitted for consideration this year. The proposal was submitted in 2018. We believe it was not approved by the membership due to the fact a large percentage of voting delegates were not fully aware of its intent. The District discussed the issue at length at its fall meeting held in Baird, Texas on October 13, 2018 and unanimously voted to resubmit the proposal. Therefore, the members of the MidWest Texas District are respectfully submitting these proposed amendments to the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws for consideration in 2019 in order to achieve the following goals: 1. Allow for increased representation in SFFMA elections. 2. Facilitate the ability for delegates who cannot remain at the annual Training Conference and Convention until Wednesday to participate in elections. 3. Revise the Association’s election procedure in a manner that will minimize the Association’s cost. 4. Respect the tradition of attending the Convention to vote in Association elections. 5. Maintain the sanctity of the Firefighter Memorial Service by precluding any potential conflicts stemming from the election process. Please note, this revision of the proposed amendments addresses the concerns you expressed at the January 2018 meeting in Arlington regarding any type of business session at the January planning meeting.

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Additionally, it will streamline the process of seeking office within the Association. Please find the proposed amendments included in this package on the following pages. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III – Officers Current: Section 1.1. Every elected officer of this Association, except chaplain, shall be from the active or retired membership of a recognized active member department of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas and shall be endorsed by the Executive Board of a District Association that is recognized by the Executive Board of the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas, where they currently live or formerly lived. Proposed Amendment MWTD: Section 1.1. Every elected officer of this Association, except chaplain, shall be from the active or retired membership of a recognized active member department of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas and shall be endorsed and nominated by the Executive Board of a District Association that is recognized by the Executive Board of the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas, where they currently live or formerly lived. Current: Section 2. The foregoing officers and a mascot shall be elected annually by the Association at the last session of the last day of the Annual Training Conference and Convention, and shall hold their respective offices until their successors shall be elected and qualified. Their duties shall be as are defined by the bylaws of this Association. Proposed Amendment MWTD Section 2. The foregoing officers and


CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS PROPOSALS a mascot shall be elected annually by the Association. The names of the candidates seeking election shall be verified and placed on a ballot, voting by ballot shall take place during the hours of the trade show on the first day of the Annual Training Conference and Convention. The duly elected officers and mascot shall hold their respective offices until their successors shall be elected and qualified. Their duties shall be as are defined by the bylaws of this Association. BY-LAWS ARTICLE I – Annual Meetings Current: Section 1. The Association shall meet during June of each year and shall begin with a business session on Sunday, beginning with an afternoon session and continuing for three days. MWTD Proposal 1, 2019 Section 1. The Association shall meet during June of each year and shall begin with a business session on Sunday, beginning with an afternoon session and continuing for three days. Voting for all officers, mascots and meeting places shall be conducted, on the Saturday of the trade show of the Annual Training Conference. MWTD Proposal 1, 2019 Section 1.1 In the event successive ballots are required, they shall be cast the following day. Balloting shall not interfere, nor conflict with the Firefighter Memorial Service in any manner. ARTICLE VIII - Nominations of Officers and Selection of Meeting Place Current: Section 1. Nominations of all officers, mascots and meeting places shall be made at the hour designated on the official Annual Training Conference and Convention program, during the first (1st) business session of the annual conference. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 1. A filing period shall

be established in order to allow individuals seeking office, or position within the Association to formally declare their candidacy for the office or position. The filing period will be opened on the day following the last business session of the Annual Training Conference and Convention of this Association and shall remain open to the close of the Annual Training Conference and Convention planning conference held in January of each year. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 1.1 A Declaration of Candidacy from the person seeking office or position shall be submitted to the Association’s Secretary within the filing period. The declaration must be prepared in writing, and must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement and nomination by the Executive Board of a District Association that is recognized by the Executive Board of the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas, where they currently live or formerly lived. The letter of endorsement and nomination by the Executive Board of a District Association shall constitute the official nomination for the office or position. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 1.2 The president shall appoint an Elections Committee consisting of the secretary and four (4) past presidents prior to the close of the Annual Training Conference and Convention planning conference held in January of each year. The Elections Committee will review the nominees’ eligibility to seek and hold the office or position and distribute the committee’s findings to all district secretaries on or before March 15th. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 1.3 Nominations for meeting places shall be submitted to the Association’s Secretary within the filing period. The nomination must be prepared in writing, and must be submitted by the Executive Board

of a District Association that is recognized by the Executive Board of the State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. ARTICLE IX - Voting and Elections Current: Section 3. Ballots shall be distributed to the Delegates by the Sergeant-atArms at such time as their attendance cards are taken up at the last session. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall act as tellers during balloting, the president shall appoint a committee to count all ballots and return a total count to the secretary. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 3. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall maintain a polling location at or near the trade show held on the first Saturday of the Annual Training Conference and Convention. The polling location shall be open in order to allow delegates to cast their ballots at any time during the stated period of time the trade show is open. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 3.1 The Credentials Committee shall provide a list of delegates that have been verified as eligible to cast votes in matters of the Association prior to the opening of the polling location. In the event a delegate was not registered prior to arriving at the Annual Training Conference and Convention, or, addition information is required prior to the delegate being determined to be eligible to cast ballots, the Credentials Committee shall provide the Sergeant-at-Arms an amended list verifying the delegate (s) in question are eligible to cast ballots, prior to the delegate(s) receiving a ballot. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 3.2 The Sergeant-at-Arms shall maintain the provided list of delegates and First Ballots at the polling location. Upon a delegate’s entry of the polling location, the

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CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS PROPOSALS Sergeant-at-Arms shall verify the delegate’s eligibility to cast a ballot, indicate the delegate voted on the provided list of delegates and then provide the delegate with a ballot to mark and place in a secure ballot box. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall act as tellers and maintain security of the ballot box during balloting, and at all times prior to the time the ballots are counted. The president shall appoint a committee to count all ballots and return a total count to the secretary prior to the Firefighter Memorial Service on Sunday morning. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 3.3. In the event a second ballot is required, the Sergeant-atArms shall maintain a polling station as specified in Section 3.2 of this article at or near the location of the Sunday luncheon for a time period of time from 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Firefighter Memorial

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Service to 30 minutes after the conclusion of the luncheon. The president shall appoint a committee to count all ballots and return a total count to the secretary prior to the opening of the first (1st) business session of the annual conference. Proposed Amendment 1 MWTD 2019: Section 3.4 In the event subsequent balloting is required, it shall be conducted during the first (1st) business session of the annual conference. Respectfully submitted at the SFFMA Annual Training Conference Planning Meeting, Longview, Texas on January 26, 2019 Mid-West Texas District Constitution and By-Laws Committee Randy Teague President, Lake Coleman

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Highlights include 1. Coverage is Guaranteed Issue – No Health Questions 2. No Pre-Existing Exclusions 3. $10,000 Lump Sum Pay-Out 4. 24-hour coverage 5. Covered Conditions a. Cancer b. Heart Attack c. Stroke d. Coma e. Paralysis f. Loss of Hearing, Sight, or Speech g. Occupational Hepatitis h. Occupational HIV i. Bone Marrow Transplant j. New Born Babies of Covered Member 21 childhood diseases 6. Who is eligible - Issue age 18-79 for member; birth to age 26 for children. 7. Monthly Rate - Employee/Member is $14.20 (dependent children are included in this rate)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019 6:30 - 7 A.M. 7 A.M. - 5 P.M. 8 A.M. - 11 A.M. 1 P.M. - 3 P.M. 2 P.M. - 4 P.M. 3 P.M. - 5 P.M. 3 P.M. - 5 P.M.

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Driving Contest MEMORIAL SERVICE Firefighter/EMS Responder of the Sunday, June 23, 10:30 A.M. – Noon East Hall. Year Breakfast - Sponsored by VFIS To honor those who passed away in a line-of-duty or non-line-of-duty death. Names to (by invitation only) Memorial Service Lineup be submitted by May 24, 2019. Memorial Service Memorial Service Luncheon BUSINESS SESSIONS Opening Business Session Sunday, June 23, 1 – 4 P.M./Wednesday, June 26, 8 – 10:30 A.M. Poster Contest Judging Business sessions include fire service agency reports, executive director’s report, comPresidents’ Reception mittee updates, and delegate voting (Wednesday).

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 7:30 - 8:30 A.M. 7:30 A.M. - 12 P.M. 8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. 8:30 A.M. 9 A.M.

WEEKEND REGISTRATION: Anyone wishing to attend just the weekend portion of the SFFMA conference is required to sign up for the weekend registration and pay a registration fee. Your fee will include access to exhibits, pumper races, memorial service, memorial service luncheon, and the Hospitality Night. If you are only interested in attending the exhibits, you don’t have to register.

Constitution & By-Laws Committee EMS Committee Meeting Health and Safety Committee Meeting EXHIBITS Finance Committee Saturday, June 22, 9:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Maude Cobb Convention & Firefighter/EMS Responder of Activity Center. Come see the latest technology, service and products our sustaining the Year Interviews members have to offer. Admission is free. Sergeant-at-Arms Meeting Ribbon Cutting PUMPER RACES Exhibit Hall Open Registration outside Exhibit Hall Saturday, June 22, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. Outside of the Maude Cobb Convention & ActivGolf/Driving/Poster Registration/ ity Center. Pumper races for 3-and 6-men/ladies teams. Team members don’t have to be from the Pumper Races/TFA (9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.) same fire department. Each 3-member team has to run 50 feet before performing the following: Pumper Race Committee Meeting first member connects a hose to the truck, second member connects hoses together, and third Poster Committee Meeting connects nozzle to allow water to flow until a stream emerges from the nozzle. Six-member team Memorial Service Rehearsal members have to connect hard suction hose to hydrant, pull hose from the hose bed, and, in an Past Presidents’ Luncheon approximate straight line, connect to pumper on one side and to a nozzle on the other side, open (by invitation only) valve on hydrant and allow water to flow until a stream emerges from the nozzle. Registration will TFA Workshops be available in the Exhibit Hall until 3 p.m. SFFMA Recognition of Exhibitors Pumper Race Captains Meeting DRIVING CONTEST Exhibit Hall Move-Out Sunday, June 23, 7:30 – 9:30 A.M. Pumper Races/Kids Activities

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 7:30 - 9:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M.

REGISTRATION NOTES

Closing Business Session TFA Board Meeting SFFMA Executive Board Meeting

PRESIDENTS’ RECEPTION

Sunday, June 23, 6 - 9 P.M. Rowdy Creek Ranch There will be food and music available for everyone. Lakeside activities for kids included. GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, June 24, 9 A.M. Alpine Golf Course 2695 Alpine Rd, Longview, TX 75605 Registration fee - $75 a golfer. Registration deadline is May 1st. We need at least 20 players for the tournament to take place. NEW THIS YEAR “Birdie & Bass” tournament. Teams will have the opportunity to do some fishing on 2 designated holes for a brief 10 or 15 minutes. 2 of the team members will play the designated hole while the other 2 golfers will do some fishing, just while the other 2 members finish the hole. The plan is to weigh any fish caught in that short period of time and take that many strokes off the final score of the team.

HOSPITALITY NIGHT Monday, June 24, 5:30 - 9 P.M. Various candidates for officer and other entities will be hosting hospitality suites at the Host Hotel. Food and drinks will be provided. Open to all conference attendees. DINNER & DANCE Tuesday, June 25, 6 – 10 P.M. Bugatti/Maserati room Dinner and dance. Dress code: no shorts or flip-flops, please. Each conference attendee will receive one dinner & dance ticket with full conference registration.

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STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS


OFFICE USE ONLY

143RD ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION JUNE 21 - 26, 2019 LONGVIEW, TX

REGISTRATION FORM AVOID FILLING OUT REGISTRATION FORM BY REGISTERING ONLINE AT www.sffma.org. Member ID#:

Rank*:

Member Type:

Member (Non-voting)

Name:

*This information will be included on your name badge.

Non-Member

Presenter

For Delegates Only: Each member department is authorized to send up to five delegates. Registration must have an approved signature from the fire chief on file to be processed.

(as to appear on badge)

Mobile #:

I authorize the above-named individual to represent our member department as a delegate at this year’s annual conference. I understand there can only be five delegates per department participating in the voting process.

Email: Fire Department/Organization: First-Time Attendee

Delegate #:

Junior Explorer**

DEADLINES

Full Registration Fee includes: • Access to exhibits, all functions • Training workshops (including certificates) • ONE dinner & dance ticket per registrant

Members BEFORE JUNE 4, $275 AFTER JUNE 4, $350

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3

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Non-Members $50 each

Monday

BEFORE JUNE 4, $125

BEFORE JUNE 4, $170

Tuesday

AFTER JUNE 4, $175

AFTER JUNE 4, $200

NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER JUNE 4, 2019. PLEASE INDICATE ACTIVITIES YOU PLAN TO ATTEND:

PUMPER RACES (SAT)

HOSPITALITY NIGHT (MON)

PRESIDENTS’ RECEPTION (SUN)

DINNER & DANCE (TUE)

(A) Subtotal:

TFA AND ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION—Allowed only with the purchase of the FULL conference registration above. This registration includes access to main conference, exhibits, activities, and ONE dinner & dance ticket per registrant. NOTE: TFA and additional registrants will NOT be eligible to receive continuing education credits. BEFORE JUNE 4, $80 AFTER JUNE 4, $100 ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION TYPES:

TFA

SPOUSE OF SFFMA/TFA MEMBER

(1) NAME:

GUEST OF SFFMA/TFA MEMBER

OTHER

(2) NAME:

YOUTH REGISTRATION—Allowed only with the FULL conference registration above: includes access to exhibits, activities, and ONE dinner & dance ticket per registrant. Price of $45 for ages 7-17; children 6 and under are FREE! (1) NAME: (3) NAME: AGE: AGE: (2) NAME:

(4) NAME:

AGE:

ADDITIONAL TICKETS DINNER AND DANCE (6/25) GOLF TOURNAMENT

AGE:

X $40 Each =

(B) Subtotal:

X $75 Each =

THIS CONFERENCE IS ELIGIBLE FOR HB2604 FUNDING. DO YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT? YES

NO (IF NOT, PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY)

METHOD OF PAYMENT: CARDHOLDER NAME: CREDIT CARD #:

MC

VISA

AMEX

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Non-Members BEFORE JUNE 4, $325 AFTER JUNE 4, $400

Members $40 each

Weekend Registration: One-Day Training Registration: Training workshops and evening event of the day

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Fire Chief Signature:

** Junior Explorers (15-18) must pay full conference registration in order to participate in training and CANNOT be voting delegates.

FEES &

Delegate

SFFMA Board/Past President

DISC

CHECK #: PO EXPIRATION DATE:

COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE MAILED TO:

Subtotals (A) (B) (mm/yr)

GRAND TOTAL:

SFFMA CONFERENCE 2019 PO BOX 1709 MANCHACA, TX 78652-1709


PLEASE ANSWER QUESTIONS BELOW 1. Do you require special assistance during conference? Please specify.

2. Do you have any severe food allergies or dietary restrictions (Sunday luncheon & Tuesday dinner)? Vegan Vegetarian Gluten Free Other

TRAINING WORKSHOPS

CERTIFICATION

3:45 P.M.

CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP Kevin Creamer

CERTIFICATION TESTING TEEX * pre-registration is required

CERTIFICATION TESTING TEEX * pre-registration is required

INDUSTRIAL/ HAZMAN

1:30 P.M.

PIPELINE RESPONSE/MOCK LINE STRIKE (4HRS) Brad Britten

WILDLAND

PM

WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM Ron Roy

WILDLAND TACTICAL STRUCTURE TRIAGE Mark Wobus

WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (continued from the AM) Ron Roy

WILDLAND TACTICAL STRUCTURE TRIAGE Mark Wobus

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

10:15 A.M.

REACHING & RETAINING TODAY’S FIRE SERVICE Mick Moffitt

SFFMA FIRE CHIEF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Chris Barron

FIRE SERVICE MENTORSHIP: DEVELOPING TWO AT A TIME John Barrett

LEADING THE FIRE SERVICE IN TODAY’S SOCIETY Daniel DeYear

HEALTH & SAFETY

8:00 A.M.

SAFETY, A WORD OR A BEHAVIOR Roy Mercer

A SAFE ENVIRONMENT YOUR WAY, MY WAY OR OUR WAY Ricky Snell

LODD PREVENTION - FIRE DEPARTMENT “CULTURE” SETTING YOU UP FOR FAILURE Daniel De Year

SAFETY, A WORD OR A BEHAVIOR Roy Mercer

INFORMATION TRACK*

MONDAY

AM

STATE PENSION 101 Charles Bray

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP Greg Redden

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP Greg Redden

FINANCE Kristen Billings

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

PIPELINE RESPONSE/MOCK LINE STRIKE Brad Britten (continued)

3:45 P.M.

RURAL RESPONSE - TACTICAL DECISION MAKING FOR COMPANY OFFICERS James M. Wallace

RURAL RESPONSE - TACTICAL DECISION MAKING FOR COMPANY OFFICERS James M. Wallace

FIRE DEPARTMENT COMMUNICATIONS Danny Hurt

FIRE ORIGIN AND CAUSE DETERMINATION Danny Hurt

CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP Kevin Creamer

TEXFIRS OVERVIEW SFMO Representative

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

LEADING THE FIRE SERVICE IN TODAY’S SOCIETY Daniel DeYear

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR: DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF PROFESSIONALISM & LEADERSHIP Ricky Snell

THOSE WHITE-SHIRTED, BADGES-ON-BELTS, DAYGLOW-VEST-WEARIN’ CHIEFS Ricky Snell

FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE: RISK FACTORS & WARNING SIGNS Billy Wusterhausen

SAFETY, A WORD OR A BEHAVIOR Roy Mercer

MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE FIREHOUSE: WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND WHAT TO DO Jana K. Tran, Ph.D.

INDUSTRIAL/ HAZMAN

SAFETY

FIREFIGHTER II

1:30 P.M.

CERTIFICATION

10:15 A.M.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

8:00 A.M.

INDUSTRIAL EMERGENCIES FOR MUNICIPAL-BASED RESPONDERS Gordon Lohmeyer

INFORMATION TRACK*

TUESDAY

* No CE credits given for attending the Information track

FINANCE Kristen Billings

INDUSTRIAL EMERGENCIES Gordon Lohmeyer

GRANTS Jason January

* No CE credits given for attending the Information track

THIS TRAINING CONFERENCE HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR HB2604 GRANT FUNDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN LONGVIEW!


2019 TEXAS FIREFIGHTER PHOTO CONTEST

CONFERENCE SPONSORS PLATINUM

GOLD

Anyone can enter the contest with the EXCEPTION of professional photographers; no minimum age requirement.

SILVER CATEGORIES: • FIRE-RELATED ACTS • LIFESAVING ACTS • EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY

DEADLINE TO ENTER - MAY 18 BRASS

Vic Einspahr

CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS

more information at www.sffma.org

VERNON “BLONDY” RUCKER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Adapt Advanced Rescue Systems AG-Meier Industries LLC Allied Breathing Air, LLC Blast Mask. LLC California Casualty Casco Industries Daco Fire Equipment Deep South Fire Trucks, Inc. Delta Industrial Service & Supply Emergency Reporting.com Fire Protection Publications Fireman UP General Truck Body Manufacturing Government Capital Corp Hoyt Breathing Air Products IamResponding.com Kilgore College Fire Academy

Kimco Services Inc LION Lone Star Emergency Group Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. Paradigm SFFMA SFFMA SAFER Grant Sharp Testing Services Siddons-Martin Emergency Group StoveTop FireStop TEEX-ESTI Texas Correctional Industries TFA VFIS of Texas (WinStar Insurance Group LLC) Wapco Distribution Wildfire Truck & Equipment Sales

MONDAY June 24, 2019 9 A.M.

REGISTRATION FEE: $75

NEW THIS YEAR - “Birdie & Bass” tournament. Teams will have the opportunity to do some fishing on 2 designated holes for a brief 10 or 15 minutes. 2 of the team members will play the designated hole while the other 2 golfers will do some fishing, just while the other 2 members finish the hole. The plan is to weigh any fish caught in that short period of time and take that many strokes off the final score of the team.


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Contact support@sffma.org


CURTIS BROWN Vote

for 4th VP

Proven leadership and dedication to Texas fire service. C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S T O T H E 2 019 E M E R G E N C Y R E S P O N D E R H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S G R A N T RECIPIENTS! CONGRATULATIONS to the following recipients of the 2019 Emergency Responder Health and Wellness Grant sponsored by VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual! We received a record-breaking 126 grant applications requesting more than $542,000. · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Aledo VFD Beckville VFD Bowman Community VFD Brady FD Briar-Reno VFD Burkburnett VFD Central Community VFD Coldspring VFD Coleman VFD College Mound VFD Cookville VFD Cove Fire & Rescue Crims Chapel VFD DCBE/Acton VFD Douglass VFD Elkhart VFD Everman VFD Gilmer FD Grand Saline VFD Greenwood Rural VFD Hankamer VFD Harleton VFD

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Hubbard VFD Idalou VFD Indian Creek VFD Iowa Park VFD Iraan VFD Kinney County Fire & Rescue/EMS Kountze VFD Kress VFD La Junta VFD Laguna Vista VFD Lakeside City VFD Lowry Crossing VFD Marion VFD Mart VFD McGregor VFD Merkel FD Mico VFD Mid-County VFD Monaville VFD Morgan’s Point Resort FD Mount Calm VFD Mustang VFD Navarro County ESD #1 FD Needville FD Peaster VFD Penitas VFD Plains VFD Potosi VFD Quitman VFD

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Raisin VFD Rising Star VFD Saint Jo VFD & EMS San Leon VFD Santo VFD Silver Creek VFD South Anderson County Emergency Vol Corps South Polk County VFD Springtown VFD St Hedwig FD Stonewall VFD Tanglewood VFD Three Rivers VFD Tolar VFD Tool VFD Weldon VFD West Mountain VFD Wildwood VFD Winona VFD York Creek VFD

​ pplications for the 2020 Health A & Wellness Grant will open in July/August 2019.


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IT’S TIME TO RECRUIT

VOLUNTEERFIREFIGHTER.ORG 855.VOL.FIRE THE SFFMA LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF THE VOLUNTEER & COMBINATION DEPARTMENTS IN THE STATE OVER THE 4-YEAR GRANT PERIOD. THIS GRANT BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 18, 2019 AND ENDS ON NOVEMBER 17, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE CONTACT GRANT@SFFMA.ORG.


THE STATE FIREFIGHTERS' & FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (SFFMA) WAS

AWARDED $1.43 MILLION FOR A ‘STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE & EMERGENCY RESPONSE’ (SAFER) GRANT TO ASSIST TEXAS' FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH RETENTION & RECRUITMENT OF VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.

PART 1

Evaluations from the SFFMA and the Texas A&M Forest Service show that volunteer and combination fire departments in Texas continue to face an issue with recruitment of new firefighters as existing firefighters move, retire or leave the service. In an effort to assist in the recruitment efforts throughout the state, the SFFMA has launched an integrated marketing campaign consisting of: - An Interactive Website - Recruitment Banners Customized with Your Department Logo - Online Advertisements

- Billboards - R&R Media Tool Kits - Retention Reporting Tool for Departments - Plus Other Creative Avenues

All marketing will direct those interested in volunteering to volunteerfirefighter.org/TX - potential recruits will fill out & submit a form with contact & background information which will immediately be sent to every volunteer fire department in that county.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN THE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN? The SFFMA works hard for the volunteer & combination departments throughout Texas. Along with the many benefits the Association provides their members, they have made efforts to be awarded these funds because they know there is a large need in the volunteer community. To maximize the funding we ask that you work with us over the next 4 years by doing the following: 1. ENSURE YOU ARE ON THE CONTACT LIST & ARE RECEIVING LEADS FROM INDIVIDUALS IN YOUR COUNTY.

2. ONCE YOU’VE OBTAINED YOUR RECRUITMENT MARKETING MATERIALS PUT THEM UP IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

3. IMMEDIATELY CONTACT POTENTIAL RECRUITS & EDUCATE THEM ABOUT YOUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM.

4. GIVE PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEERS ANY MATERIAL NEEDED TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER IN YOUR DEPARTMENT.

5. COMPLETE ALL SURVEYS FROM SFFMA REGARDING RETENTION & RECRUITMENT - DURING & AFTER THE 4 YEAR GRANT PERIOD.

PART 2

The SAFER grant also includes several trainings that will educate fire service leaders on how to implement the tools that the grant provides. At these trainings attendees will learn not only about what is available to them through the SAFER funding, but also about how to take those items & make them successful at their department. The SFFMA is well aware the departments throughout the state aren't well equipped to tackle many of the challenges they face & it is their goal to lessen that burden & also teach departments how to improve their efforts moving forward. Information regarding location & dates of these trainings will be on volunteerfirefighter.org & SFFMA.org.


SFFMA MEMBERS CAN WIN A $7,500 GARAGE MAKEOVER FROM CALIFORNIA CASUALTY

TRAINING WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS MONDAY June 24, 2019 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: Certification Workshop Presenter: Kevin Creamer, SFFMA

California Casualty wants to thank first responders with a new Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes. One lucky law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT will receive a $7,500 Garage Makeover. Texas firefighters and EMTs can enter at www. contest4heroes.com. The winner of the newest Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes from California Casualty will be handed a $7,500 check to create the garage of their dreams. Imagine the possibilities: new cabinets, custom tool storage, shiny new flooring or even a beverage and snack area to go with a big screen TV. Whether it’s a gym, workshop, or refuge from the stresses of the day, California Casualty will help create your ultimate garage. It’s our thanks for the hard work first responders do, often putting their lives in danger, to keep our communities safer. “We are grateful for the tough job first responders do every day for all us,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We wanted to show our appreciation and provide a useful way to say thanks.” The Work Hard/Play Hard $7,500 Garage Makeover drawing is open to peace officers, EMTs and firefighters – American heroes who work hard and risk their lives. Entries are being taken now through October 31, 2019, at www. contest4heroes.com. The winner will be announced in November. Previous Work Hard/Play Hard sweepstakes from California Casualty have awarded public safety personnel Liberty Safes, DeWalt Tools, motorcycles, and cash. Past winners include an Oregon Police officer, Colorado Sheriff’s captain, Firefighters from California, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a California Highway Patrolman. Texas first responders can learn more about California Casualty and how it appreciates all they do at https://mycalcas.com. This article furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to firefighters since 1974 and to SFFMA members since 2010. Get a quote at 1.800.800.9410 or www.calcas. com/SFFMA.

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The course is intended to further an understanding of the SFFMA Certification Program, including program practices and procedures. Subjects include: coordinator requirements and duties, use of personal information, application completion and submission procedures, examinations and more. Track: Industrial/HazMat Workshop Title: Pipeline Response/ Mock Line Strike Presenter: Brad Britten The United States has the largest pipeline network in the world. Pipelines deliver the raw materials that are processed into fuel that powers our lives: crude oil, refined products, liquid petroleum, natural gas. CO2 and many other chemicals as well. The most safe and cost-effective transportation method for these products is through pipelines. Pipeline environmental and safety record statistics show that pipelines are safer than any other means of transportation. During a pipeline emergency, the actions taken by emergency responders are critical to protecting lives, property and the environment. Through Pipeline Response, discussion of public-private partnerships and collaboration before a pipeline incident, as well as the importance of working together through a Unified Command organization at the pipeline incident will be covered during the presentation. The primary goal of Pipeline Response is to bring Emergency Officials, First Responders and Pipeline Operations into the same setting to network and pre-plan for pipeline emergency response ahead of the incident. The Pipeline Response presentation will cover the following modules: Module 1: Pipeline Basics Module 2: Product Properties, and Characteristics Module 3: Excavator and Contractor Module 4: Emergency Response Emergency responders will learn: advance preparedness processes, leak identification and proper response procedures, product properties and hazards, and incident command with pipeline operator.

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Fire Assessment Program Presenter: Ron Roy, Division Chief, NVFC Wildland Committee Chair 4-HR CLASS, The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) will teach you how to work-side-by-side with homeowners to identify threats around their property that may be susceptible to widlfires. WFAP is a joint effort between the National Volunteer Fire Council and the U.S. Forest Service to prepare fire departments or other interested personnel with the necessary information, skills, and resources to conduct home safety assessments and provide residents with recommendations as to how to make their homes more fire adapted. The program offers training and resources in a train-the-trainer format so you can teach department personnel about how to perform a home assessment. A checklist and supplemental resources are provided along with marketing tools to help promote this service to the public. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Reaching & Retaining Today’s Fire Service Presenter: Mick Moffitt

According to a 2017 national study from American Military University, chief reported that volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention was the second biggest issue for their volunteer/ combination fire departments. In the last three decades, the number of volunteer firefighters has fallen by 12 percent according to the NFPA. This presentation will cover some key points, generational ideology and applicable resolutions to assist in volunteer retention. Participant interaction will also be encouraged (not required) through facilitated discussion during lecture time. Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: Safety, a Word or a Behavior Presenter: Roy Mercer, VFIS of Texas Emergency services are not analyzing deep enough. Pieces of the puzzle are placed on the fireground setting us up for failure. Let us look deeply into our processes and determine where our faults rest. continued on page 32


Vote Yes With

Mid-West

VOTE YES to Allow Weekend Voting In recent years less than 250 votes have been cast to elect the SFFMA’s leaders and determine its direction. VOTE YES for weekend voting when attendance is the highest.

VOTE YES to Let Candidates Campaign as Nominees Currently candidates for State Offices invest their time and money campaigning with no guarantee they will be nominated. VOTE YES for a change that will allow their District to nominate them before they begin campaigning.

Vote Yes to Reduce Your Cost to Attend We understand many members who attend the Annual Conference cannot afford to stay until elections are held due to financial constraints and / or job restrictions. We know some feel the Conference is too long. VOTE YES to give the greatest number of members an opportunity to vote, and to shorten the Conference by One Day, reducing delegates’ and the Association’s Cost.

Please note: These proposals do not change the credentialing process or registration fees for voting delegates.


T R A I N I N G WO R K S H O P D E S C R I P T I O N S Track: Information Workshop Title: State Pension 101 Presenter: Charles Bray, Texas Emergency Services Retirement System No CE credits given for the information track sessions. We will provide an overview of the pension system and the benefits provided to members in 238 participating departments throughout the state.

Track: Information Workshop Title: Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Presenter: Greg Redden No CE credits given for the information track sessions.

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: SFFMA Online New System Overview Presenter: Kevin Creamer, SFFMA

SFFMA’s goal is for each workshop attendee to walk away from this 2-hour session with a targeted plan to put into motion once they get back home to their department. This workshop will cover: - Volunteer Recruitment Challenges in Your Community - Creating Marketing Materials for Your Department Using SFFMA’s Grant Funds - Using Social Media to Your Advantage - SFFMA’s Statewide Recruitment Campaign - Maximizing Volunteerfirefighter.org to Generate Volunteer Applications

Certification staff will provide an overview of the new online system and demonstrate how to enroll students in certification, add training, review training status, review application process status, and more.

MONDAY June 24, 2019 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.

MONDAY June 24, 2019 10:15 a.m. - Noon

Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Tactical Structure Triage Presenter: Mark Wobus, Battalion Chief, Travis County ESD 12 We size up structure fires to determine whether we go defensive or offensive. We should size up structures that are being threatened by wildfire also. Do we defend them, can we defend them and how do we defend them? We will discuss structure protection in the wildland urban interface. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: SFFMA Fire Chief Development Program Presenter: Chris Barron, Executive Director, SFFMA Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: A Safe Environment: Your Way, My Way or Our Way Presenter: Ricky Snell, Coordinator, Bastrop County First Responders Training Academy Because the fire service typically attracts younger people, and older firefighters tend to stay past their projected retirement date, the result is a huge melting pot of different upbringings.

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Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: Certification Testing Presenter: TEEX SFFMA has partnered with TEEX-ESTI to provide written examinations for the SFFMA Certification Program at the annual conference toward full Firefighter I & II certification. Individuals interested in enrolling in the testing session must contact the Austin office no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. There will be no exceptions to this date and walk-ins will not be allowed. Any requests based on special needs must be stated at the time of registration to allow time for arrangements to be made. On the day of the exam, be sure to bring a valid photo ID to the testing session. Pre-registration required.

Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Fire Assessment Program Presenter: Ron Roy, Division Chief, NVFC Wildland Committee Chair 4-HR CLASS, The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) will teach you how to work-side-by-side with homeowners to identify threats around their property that may be susceptible to widlfires. WFAP is a joint effort between the National Volunteer Fire Council and the U.S. Forest Service to prepare fire departments or other interested personnel with the necessary information, skills, and resources to conduct home safety

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

assessments and provide residents with recommendations as to how to make their homes more fire adapted. The program offers training and resources in a train-the-trainer format so you can teach department personnel about how to perform a home assessment. A checklist and supplemental resources are provided along with marketing tools to help promote this service to the public. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Fire Service Mentorship: Developing Two at a Time Presenter: John Barrett, Lieutenant, Plano Fire Rescue We have all seen and heard the conversations about the need to change fire service culture, connect and/or correct generational differences and improve leadership. Those wishing for improvements in these areas can realize compelling change through mentorships. Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: LODD Prevention - Fire Department “Culture”, Setting You Up for Failure, Injury or Death? Presenter: Daniel E. DeYear, Deputy Chief - Emergency Operations Bureau, Dallas Fire-Rescue This program will address the controversial issue between aggressive firefighting and safety initiatives in today’s firefighting world.

Track: Information Workshop Title: Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Presenter: Greg Redden, No CE credits given for the information track sessions. SFFMA’s goal is for each workshop attendee to walk away from this 2-hour session with a targeted plan to put into motion once they get back home to their department. This workshop will cover: - Volunteer Recruitment Challenges in Your Community - Creating Marketing Materials for Your Department Using SFFMA’s Grant Funds - Using Social Media to Your Advantage - SFFMA’s Statewide Recruitment Campaign - Maximizing Volunteerfirefighter.org to Generate Volunteer Applications


T R A I N I N G WO R K S H O P D E S C R I P T I O N S MONDAY June 24, 2019 3:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: Safety, a Word or a Behavior Presenter: Roy Mercer, VFIS of Texas

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: Certification Testing Presenter: TEEX

Emergency services are not analyzing deep enough. Pieces of the puzzle are placed on the fireground setting us up for failure. Let us look deeply into our processes and determine where our faults rest.

SFFMA has partnered with TEEX-ESTI to provide written examinations for the SFFMA Certification Program at the annual conference toward full Firefighter I & II certification. Individuals interested in enrolling in the testing session must contact the Austin office no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. There will be no exceptions to this date and walk-ins will not be allowed. Any requests based on special needs must be stated at the time of registration to allow time for arrangements to be made. On the day of the exam, be sure to bring a valid photo ID to the testing session. Pre-registration required.

Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Tactical Structure Triage Presenter: Mark Wobus, Battalion Chief, Travis County ESD 12 We size up structure fires to determine whether we go defensive or offensive. We should size up structures that are being threatened by wildfire also. Do we defend them, can we defend them and how do we defend them? We will discuss structure protection in the wildland urban interface.

Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Leading the Fire Service in Today’s Society Presenter: Daniel E. DeYear, Deputy Chief - Emergency Operations Bureau, Dallas Fire-Rescue The heart, life and soul of the fire house is the kitchen table. Where are YOU sitting at the table with regard to leadership and influence? How are we preparing the next generations of firefighters to step up and make their impact? This moral compass of fire service leadership is often compromised when it comes to ethical decisions. Organizational culture along with traditions can challenge the future leadership and direction of the fire service. This program will address the obstacles of leadership traps in today’s fire service.

Track: Information Workshop Title: Finance Presenter: Kristen Billings, VP Municipal Finance, Amegy Bank of Texas No CE credits given for the information track sessions. Lease Purchase Financing is an efficient method to acquire property and equipment through manageable installment payments with ownership at the end of the repayment term. Lease Purchase Financing can be used to pay for any type of essential use equipment such as a fire station or fire trucks and equipment. A tax-exempt Lease Purchase provides significant cost savings, when compared to conventional leasing, as the interest is exempt from federal tax which allows for lower interest rates. Leases are not considered debt as they represent a year-to-year commitment. Additionally, voter approval is not required.

TUESDAY June 25, 2019 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Rural Response - Tactical Decision Making for Company Officers Presenter: James M. Wallace, Lieutenant, Fort Hood Fire Department - Water Considerations - Response Limitation - Go/No Go Profile

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: Certification Workshop Presenter: Kevin Creamer, SFFMA The course is intended to further an understanding of the SFFMA Certification Program, including program practices and procedures. Subjects include: coordinator requirements and duties, use of personal information, application completion and submission procedures, examinations and more.

Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Leading the Fire Service in Today’s Society Presenter: Daniel E. DeYear, Deputy Chief - Emergency Operations Bureau, Dallas Fire-Rescue The heart, life and soul of the firehouse is the kitchen table. Where are YOU sitting at the table with regard to leadership and influence? How are we preparing the next generations of firefighters to step up and make their impact? This moral compass of fire service leadership is often compromised when it comes to ethical decisions. Organizational culture along with traditions can challenge the future leadership and direction of the fire service. This program will address the obstacles of leadership traps in today’s fire service. Track: Safety Workshop Title: Firefighter Suicide: Risk Factors & Warning Signs Presenter: Billy Wusterhausen Track: Industrial/HazMat Workshop Title: Industrial Emergencies for Municipal-Based Responders Presenter: Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS (Assistant Chief), Texas Engineering Extension Service Industrial emergencies can occur at any time, day or night. These types of emergencies can present far different hazards than the typical structure fire many fire departments face on a daily basis. Industrial emergencies can be anything including oil drilling or oil production sites, remote bulk storage tanks, pipelines, various containers and means of transportation, agricultural facilities, as well as manufacturing facilities. Track: Information Workshop Title: Finance Presenter: Kristen Billings, VP Municipal Finance, Amegy Bank of Texas No CE credits given for the information track sessions. Lease Purchase Financing is an efficient method to acquire property and equipment through manageable installment payments with ownership at the end of the repayment term. Lease Purchase Financing can be used to pay for any type of essential use equipment such as a fire station or fire trucks and equipment. A tax-exempt Lease Purchase provides significant cost savings, when compared to conventional leasing, as the interest is exempt from federal tax which allows for lower interest rates. Leases are not considered debt as they represent a year-to-year commitment. Additionally, voter approval is not required.

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T R A I N I N G WO R K S H O P D E S C R I P T I O N S TUESDAY June 25, 2019 10:15 a.m. - Noon

Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Fire Department Communications Presenter: Danny Hurt, Rayford Gibson

Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Rural Response - Tactical Decision Making for Company Officers Presenter: James M. Wallace, Lieutenant, Fort Hood Fire Department

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: SFFMA Online New System Overview Presenter: Kevin Creamer, SFFMA

- Water Considerations - Response Limitation - Go/No Go Profile

Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: TEXFIRS Overview Presenter: SFMO Representative TEXFIRS presentation on program updates, coding review and using your data. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: The Man in the Mirror: Developing a Culture of Professionalism & Leadership Presenter: Ricky Snell, Coordinator, Bastrop First Responders Training Academy Taking a look at yourself as a leader, discussion on professionalism and leadership and the road blocks that stand in our way of good leadership and the steps of professional conduct.

Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: Safety, a Word or a Behavior Presenter: Roy Mercer, VFIS of Texas Emergency services are not analyzing deep enough. Pieces of the puzzle are placed on the fireground setting us up for failure. Let us look deeply into our processes and determine where our faults rest.

Track: Information Workshop Title: Grants Presenter: Jason January, Division Chief, Huntsville FD

TUESDAY June 25, 2019 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.

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Certification staff will provide an overview of the new online system and demonstrate how to enroll students in certification, add training, review training status, review application process status, and more.

Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: Mental health concerns in the firehouse: What to look for and what to do Presenter: Jana K. Tran, Ph.D. - Present current research on firefighter mental health, including the rates of PTSD, depression, alcohol use, etc. - Present recommendations on how departments can begin to identify and address these concerns among their members. TUESDAY June 25, 2019 3:45 - 5:30 p.m. Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Fire Origin and Cause Determination Presenter: Danny Hurt, Rayford Gibson

Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Those White-Shirted Badge-on-Belts, Dayglow-Vest-Wearin’ Chiefs Presenter: Ricky Snell, Coordinator, Bastrop First Responders Training Academy

Before an investigation into the origin and cause of a fire can be conducted, there must be evidence to evaluate. As a firefighter, one of your most important responsibilities is to avoid damaging, altering, or moving evidence while fighting the fire.

Command and line officers rolls and responsibilities in paid, volunteer, and combination departments.

In the area of origin, you must use appropriate caution when spraying water, moving debris, and even walking around. Once the area of origin is known, a more thorough investigation can be conducted to determine the exact cause of fire. As a firefighter, you might be assigned to determine the cause of the fire, more likely you may be assigned to assist your supervisor or a fire investigator making that determination. If the fire origin and cause investigation reveals evidence of incendiary fire, the property becomes a crime scene and must be treated as one. Your fellow firefighters must cooperate fully with whomever is assigned to investigate the crime.

The information presented will provide not only the foundation for individual change in leadership and professional improvement, but provide tools that can be presented to the units and organization to inspire change, increase morale, and improve public opinion. Track: Industrial/HazMat Workshop Title: Industrial Emergencies for Municipal-Based Responders Presenter: Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS (Assistant Chief), Texas Engineering Extension Service Industrial emergencies can occur at any time, day or night. These types of emergencies can present far different hazards than the typical structure fire many fire departments face on a daily basis. Industrial emergencies can be anything including oil drilling or oil production sites, remote bulk storage tanks, pipelines, various containers and means of transportation, agricultural facilities, as well as manufacturing facilities.

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Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: SFFMA Online New System Overview Presenter: Kevin Creamer, SFFMA Certification staff will provide an overview of the new online system and demonstrate how to enroll students in certification, add training, review training status, review application process status, and more.


T E X A S A & M F O R E S T S E RV I C E Rural VFD Assistance Program (HB2604) · Launched in 2002 by House Bill 2604 · Provides funding to rural VFDs for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire/rescue equipment, protective clothing, computer systems, dry hydrants, and firefighter training. · Currently funded at $17.3 million per year · In FY 2018, 2,241 grants were funded, including: o 15 Large Brush Trucks o 1 Emergency Large Brush Truck o 13 Small Brush Trucks o 1 Emergency Small Brush Truck o 20 Tenders o 2 Emergency Tankers o 5 Large Truck Chassis o 12 Small Truck Chassis o 99 Fire Equipment o 9 Emergency Fire Equipment o 39 Rescue Equipment o 65 FFP Slip On Units o 119 Structural Gear o 36 Wildland Gear o 4 Emergency Wildland PPE o 1 Emergency Structural PPE o 1,650 Training Tuitions (4,780 students) o 150 Training Libraries

Grape Creek VFD

Avinger VFD

Carlisle FD

84 East VFD

Lampasas FD

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S U S TA I N I N G M E M B E R S Advanced Rescue Systems WILLIAMS, BRYAN 3459 FM 36 S Caddo Mills, TX 75135-6773 Phone: (903) 527-3841 Email: advancedrescue@hotmail.com

Daco Fire Equipment Co. DOBMEIER, GARRETT PO Box 5006 Lubbock, TX 79408-5006 Phone: (806) 763-0808 Email: garrett@dacofire.com

AG-Meier, Inc. HAYS, BILLY 920 E 6th Ave Belton, TX 76513-2712 Phone: (979) 451-3855 Email: b.hays@ami-fire.com; dennis@ami-fire.com

Deep South Fire Trucks, Inc. TAYLOR, RONNIE 2140 Stillwater Beaumont, TX 77705 Phone: (601) 722-4166 Email: cronnietaylor@gmail.com

Allied Breathing Air, LLC CONGER, JOE 4518 Texana Baytown, TX 77523-0781 Phone: (713) 828-5911 Email: joe.conger@alliedba.com

Del Mar College-Regional Fire Academy THIEME, WALTER 101 Baldwin Blvd Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3805 Phone: (361) 698-1724 Email: wthieme@delmar.edu

General Truck Body Manufacturing MAIKRANZ, CHRIS 6901 Avenue V Houston, TX 77011 Phone: (713) 692-5177 Email: chris.maikranz@generalbody.com

Delta Industrial Service and Supply METZGER, DENNIS 3159 Summit Drive Port Neches, TX 77651 Phone: (409) 724-1055 Email: dennis@deltaiss.com

Government Capital Corporation WHITINGTON, DREW 345 Miron Dr Southlake, TX 76092-7826 Phone: (800) 883-1199 Email: drew.whitington@govcap.com

Emergency Solutions TATE, KEITH PO Box 1238 Whitehouse, TX 75791 Phone: (833) 393-5764 Email: keith.tate@emergency.solutions

Hoyt Breathing Air Products HOYT, PETE PO Box 653 Quinlan, TX 75474-0011 Phone: (903) 447-3385 Email: lhoyt4033@aol.com

Enertech BRITTEN, BRAD 2223 Southwest Blvd Wichita, KS 67213 Phone: (817) 653-5228 Email: denises@enertech.com

IamResponding.com SEIDBERG, DANIEL PO Box 93 Syracuse, NY 13214-0093 Phone: (315) 701-1372 ext. 23 Email: dseidberg@emergencysmc.com

California Casualty ALMEIDA, LISA PO Box M San Mateo, CA 94402-0080 Phone: (310) 833-3278 Email: lalmeida@calcas.com

Enforcer Educational Services 424 State Highway 75 Fairfield, TX 75840 Phone: 833-4ENFORCER Email: jd.feltgen@enforcerfirstresponse.com

Casco Industries MURRAY, RAYMOND 607 W 62nd St Shreveport, LA 71106-2913 Phone: (800) 551-8787 Email: raymond@cascoindustries.com

Fire in Texas GOTHARD, RONNIE 1334 Sharon Ln Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-5509 Phone: (903) 438-0300 Email: dedee@fireintexas.com

ISO/ Verisk BRADLEY, PHILLIP 8911 N Capital of Texas Hwy Ste 2110 Austin, TX 78759-7200 Phone: (512) 440-9914 Email pbradley@iso.com

Columbia Southern University STILLINGS, LAUREN 21982 University Ln Orange Beach, AL 36561-9000 Phone: (251) 224-0577 Email: lauren.stillings@columbia.southern.edu

FireEMS Academy NGUYEN, MARY 1451 W Cypress Creek Rd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-1961 Email: mary.nguyen@praetoriandigital. com

AMBA COFFEY, JEANIE 6034 W Courtyard Dr Ste 300 Austin, TX 78730-5035 Phone: (800) 258-7041 ext. 332 Email: jeanie.coffey@amba.info Blast Mask, LLC DICKSTEIN, JUSTIN 5817 Constellation Cir Rockwall, TX 75032 Phone: (973) 922-3473 Email: justin@blastmask.com Buckstop Truckware Inc. HARTFIELD, SHAWN 2734 SW High Desert Dr Ste 105 Prineville, OR 97754-9412 Phone: (503) 554-0001 Email: shawn@buckstop.biz; sladams1988@yahoo.com

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First Net Built with AT&T SMITH, BRANT 208 S. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75202 Email: info@firstnet.gov Footsteps For The Fallen CONSTANZO, TONY P.O. Box 103 La Porte, TX 77572 Phone: (281) 797-4810 Email: tony@footstepsforthefallen.org

Jacobs-Weber Inc HULL, PATRICK PO Box 67 Yoakum, TX 77995-0067 Phone: (361) 293-3557 Email: phull@jacobs-weber.com Kilgore College Fire Academy FENNELL, MIKE 1100 Broadway Blvd Kilgore, TX 75662-3204 Phone: (903) 983-8662 Email: mfennell@kilgore.edu


S U S TA I N I N G M E M B E R S Kimco Services Inc KIMMEL, ROY 103 Oyster Creek Dr # 3 Lake Jackson, TX 77566-4157 Phone: (979) 297-9246 Email: kimco@kimco-services.net Kyrish Government Group 4901 Roy J Smith Dr Killeen TX 76543-4260 Phone: (888) 729-8695 Email: mumiker@kyrishgovt.com Legal Shield (The Wilson Group) WILSON, MANLEY 782 Haven Point Loop New Braunfels, TX 78132 Phone: (830) 358-1256 Email: manleywilson@att.net LION FRAPWELL, CHRISTINE 7200 Poe Ave Ste 400 Dayton, OH 45414-2798 Phone: (937) 415-2815 Email: cfrapwell@lionprotects.com Lone Star Emergency Vehicles GOULD, KEITH 4553 Aldine Bender Houston TX 77032 Phone: (888) 791-7827 Email: keithg@lonestareg.com Mayday ERI STREET, STEVE 9309 Meyrick Park Trl Austin, TX 78717 Phone: (512) 636-3259 Email: steve@maydayeri.com Medic-CE.com SMITH, JUDSON 2901 N. Ashton Blvd Lehi, UT 84043-5495 Phone: (720) 454-3367 Email: judson.smith@medic-ce.com Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. MINTON, JIM 17350 SH 249 Ste 240 Houston, TX 77064 Phone: (281) 517-0911 Email: jminton@mfas.com Muscular Dystrophy Association 9430 Research Blvd Ste II300 Austin, TX 78759-5871 Phone: (512) 691-0065 Paradigm Liaison Services FRIESEN, TIM 222 S Ridge Rd Wichita, KS 67209 Phone: (361) 554-9225 Email: timf@pdigm.com

Risk Services-Leavitt Insurance Agencies CHEMADUROV, VLADIMIR 2190 North Loop W Ste 309 Houston, TX 77018-8006 Phone: (713) 581-2103 Email: vlad-chemadurov@leavitt.com Safety and Education Training ELKINS, DEREK 702 Neap Ct Crosby, TX 77532 Phone: (281) 808-0656 Email: derekelkins@safe-t4u.com Siddons-Martin Emergency Group GIVLER, KIRK 14233 Interdrive W Houston, TX 77032-3323 Phone: (800) 784-6806 Email: kgivler@siddons-martin.com Southwest Ambulance Sales, LLC ALLPORT, CHRIS PO Box 917 Kennedale, TX 76060 Phone: (817) 476-7734 Email: chris@swambulancesales. com;fidel@swambulancesales.com State Association of Fire & Emergency Districts (SAFE-D) AVERY, CLIFF PO Box 676 Pflugerville, TX 78691-0676 Phone: (512) 251-8101 Email: safed@texas.net StoveTop FireStop (Williams Pyro, Inc.) SHACKELFORD, CARTER 200 Greenleaf St Fort Worth, TX 76107-1471 Phone: (817) 870-8044 Email: cshackelford@stfs.com Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company ELLIS, KARL 7420 Fish Pond Rd Waco, TX 76710-1010 Phone: (254) 751-2458 Email: kellis@txfb-ins.com Texas Public Services Training Academy TEAGUE, NICHOLAS 435A Porter Rd Bastrop TX 78602 Email: pstatx@gmail.com

The Carlton Law Firm, PLLC CARLTON, JOHN 4301 Westbank Dr. Suite B-130 Austin, TX 78746 Phone: (512) 614-0901 Email: john@carltonlawaustin.com TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool CHAFIN, TAMARA PO Box 149194 Austin, TX 78714-9194 Phone: (512) 491-2371 Email: tchafin@tmlirp.org TrainingDivision.com MOFFITT, JULIA 10300 FM 1902 Crowley, TX 76036-5606 Phone: (817) 297-4450 Email: julia@trainingdivision.com Valor Seating DAL FERRO, STEPHANIE 150 Gordon Dr Exton, PA 19341 Phone: (610) 994-5419 Email: derdman@usscgroup.com VFIS of Texas (WinStar Insurance Group LLC) MARZEAN, BARBARA 3420 Executive Center Dr Ste 301 Austin, TX 78731-1626 Phone: (512) 448-9928 Email: bmarzean@vfistx.com Weatherford College - Regional Fire Academy BLAIR, TOM 225 College Park Dr Weatherford, TX 76086-6265 Phone: (817) 598-6429 Email: tblair@wc.edu Westex Welding Co./Westex Custom Fire Apparatus BRADBURRY, CURTIS 210 Cottonwood Rd West, TX 76691-1801 Phone: (254) 826-5343 Email: cbradburry@westexfire. com;info@westexfire.com Wildfire Truck & Equipment Sales EVANS, DAVID 5313 Big Six St Alvarado, TX 76009-5181 Phone: (888) 452-2701 Email: rene@wildfiretruck.com

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T E X A S A & M F O R E S T S E RV I C E DoD Firefighter Property Program · Launched in 2010. · Provides excess Department of Defense military property to emergency service providers. Ownership of the equipment is passed from the federal government to the fire department. · In FY 2018, 70 trucks were awarded.

Boonsville - Balsora VFD

Decatur VFD

Glen Cove VFD

Hale Center VFD

Roma VFD

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Kirvin VFD


T E X A S F I R E M E N ’ S AU X I L I A RY I am very excited about this coming year. Being on the board has been a wonderful experience. I have made great friends I would not have had I not been on this board. As I fulfilled my duties through each chair, I found friends along the way -- wonderful people from all over this great state. Often times we must push ourselves to act outside of our comfort zone. During those times we build confidence and strength. And we find strength in our friends. We have had a lot of fun over the past four years. I would like to continue the outreach that we have started; and to encourage others to become involved in this wonderful organization, as well as make lifelong friends. I would like to thank each member of the TFA board and Ralls Fire Department for their support throughout my time on the board. Convention will be here before we know it and I cannot wait to see everyone! Brandy Tidwell TFA President

Membership dues 2019 TFA Dues are now due: $20 individual, $30 for auxiliaries and districts. They can be mailed to me at PO Box 595, Louise, TX 77455. Remember - Dues must be paid by the close of Exhibits on Saturday at Convention in order to have a Voting Delegate at the Business Meeting and to run Pumper Races. See you all in Longview!! Kendra Charbula TFA Treasurer

Memorial Names Ladies Auxiliary Brazos County Pct. 4 Bernice Ondrasek Gatesville Helen Chambers Lipsy

November 21, 2018 April 2, 2018

We’re having a HEE HAW HOEDOWN!!

The Texas Fireman’s Auxiliary is hosting a HEE HAW HOEDOWN honoring the TFA Past Presidents When: Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 11:00 a.m. Where: Triple Creek Ranch, Longview, TX Join us for games, prizes, fun and the best BBQ in East Texas! Keep an eye out for your invitation in the mail with all of the details!! STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

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I didn’t see a way out, but then I reached out. - Scott, Fire/EMS Helpline caller

Thanks to the support I received from the Fire/EMS Helpline, I got my life back on track and now feel like myself again. Being a firefighter takes an emotional toll on all of us. If you need help, please make the call.

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1-888-731-FIRE (3473) Find resources to Share the Load at www.nvfc.org/help Persistent Sadness • Suicidal Thoughts • Substance Abuse • Work/Life Stresses

The Fire/EMS Helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Brought to you by firefighters for firefighters and EMTs, in partnership with American Addiction Centers.


2019

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