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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER

SFFMA Members, The time has finally come in which we have switched over our association management software to a totally new system! We have been waiting a long time for a much more stable, reliable and faster association management software capable of handling our staff and member’s needs! For several years, we have been searching for a software solution that would not cost us an arm and a leg, but yet do all the functions we needed in order to maintain a robust and efficient membership software system. Last year, we found a solution not only capable of meeting our needs of today, but also had the capabilities of expanding and meeting our needs in the future. In April we rolled out our new association and certification software to our membership. A new website, a new interface and a new certification program all aimed at vastly improving our membership and certification tasks. The software has many new features found in this magazine and with time, our membership will learn about all the capabilities the cloud-based system will offer and how many of the processes done in the office will now be able to be done online. We cannot express our sincere gratitude to all of our members for your patience and understanding as we have been working on “fixing” our database issues for several years. It has been unfortunate that the time, money and headaches spent on working on the old system did not pay off in terms of a long term solution. Often times our membership either doesn’t know about some of the benefits we have to offer or use the benefits. We do our best to find benefits of value that are useful so that you feel like your membership dues are not only providing

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you membership, but are also an “exceptional value” for our services, partnerships and savings for which you are eligible. We want to remind members that for just $30 a year, the savings and benefits far outweigh the cost of membership. In this magazine there is a section dedicated to “Advantages of Membership” in which we highlight our benefits, programs, explaing what expenses your dues go towards, a dues increase proposal, the reasons for the dues increase and some options for departments to afford the increase if it passes. I encourage you to thoroughly read through this section to better understand our program offerings and some of the projects we work on that are often outside scope of normal day to day activities. We have several projects we are currently focusing on including: • Management/Certification System rollout of our new system is fully operational, training provided to staff and members and relaying any reported concerns to the software vendor • Fire Chief Development Program • Searching for a legislative representative • Preparing for annual conference • Raise funding for LODD benefit program We are here to continue to serve you and your six dedicated staff personnel will do what we can to assist you and your department. Stay safe,

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President’s Forum

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Membership Update

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Certification Update

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Constitution and By-Laws Proposals

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Annual Awards

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Conference Sponsors

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Sustaining Members

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Training Workshop Descriptions

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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, 2017 Photo Contest, Best in Show Page 1: Christy Burleson Page 25: Pilar Rodriguez

2018 CONFERENCE EDITION

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


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MIKE RICHARDSON 1st VICE PRESIDENT

RICHARD VAN WINKLE 3RD VICE PRESIDENT

608 County Road 4460 Decatur, TX 76234-8138 W: 940.627.3199 C: 940.255.5034 Email: mrichardson@sffma.org HARVIE CHESHIRE PRESIDENT

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

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

PO Box 98044 Lubbock, TX 79499-8044 W: 806.797.0412 C: 806.786.0166 Email: tsmith@sffma.org

JOE ONDRASEK SECRETARY

BEN KENNEDY CHAPLAIN

5572 Caroline Dr. Bryan, TX 77807-7806 W: 979.775.0194 C: 979.820.1038 Email: jondrasek@sffma.org

4210 Camber Ct. College Station, TX 77845 W: 979.229.1263 C: 979.458.4603 Email: bkennedy@sffma.org

CHUCK RICHARDSON 4TH VICE PRESIDENT

F. JIM WHITE ASSISTANT SECRETARY

3523 CR 245 Brazoria, TX 77422-7276 C: 979.319.1963 Email: chuck1620@yahoo.com

304 E. Mundy St. Overton, TX 75684-1734 H: 903.834.3457 Email: jwhite@sffma.org

RAYFORD W. GIBSON BOARD APPOINTED PARLIAMENTARIAN

CHRIS BARRON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PO Box 1709 Manchaca, TX 78652-1709 W: 512.454.3473 F: 512.453.1876 Email: cbarron@sffma.org HENRY PERRY PAST PRESIDENT

DAISY SVATEK MASCOT

PO Box 88 Bastrop, TX 78602-0088 W: 512.321.5550 C: 512.848.7319 Email: hperry@sffma.org

8420 Padon Rd Needville, TX 77461-9059

PO Box 774 Tatum, TX 75691-0774 W: 979.229.8134 H: 903.947.2831 Email: rgibson@sffma.org

S F F M A S TA F F CHRIS BARRON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 101 Email: cbarron@sffma.org

GABI GLASS, CMP EVENT COORDINATOR W: 512.454.3473 ext. 102 Email: gglass@sffma.org

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

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

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

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

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

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wish to begin this President’s Forum in a manner that I feel is justified. Two words that speak volumes. THANK YOU! Thank you for believing in me and electing me to serve the Executive Board and the membership of the SFFMA of Texas. Thank you for your support of the Executive Board and everything the SFFMA does to support you. Thank you for your continued service to the SFFMA, your local communities, your counties and to this great state that we live in. For if it were not for YOU, there would be NO SFFMA. During my tenure as President, the SFFMA membership has met numerous challenges. Hurricane Harvey was without a doubt the biggest and truest test of your character. Each of you, directly or indirectly, faced that challenge head on with a passion that is unmatched to serve others. Our association as a whole is still dealing with remediation and rebuilding efforts in order to get departments and individual members back on their feet. Even during the darkest of times, the Texas Volunteer Fire Service shined the most because of who you are and what you do every day. We are now in the process of planning our 142nd Annual SFFMA Training Conference and Convention that will be held in Arlington, Texas. Our last and only other visit to Arlington was a great conference and we had 1,000 attendees. There is so much to offer and so much to do in Arlington. I truly feel that if we all work toward “Ask One… Bring One, Show Up… Step Up”, we can easily break that attendance record previously set. The entire conference is on one site, which is very convenient. Everything will be within walking distance. We will open the business session

with a well-known motivational speaker Chad Prather, The Political Cowboy that is seen on YouTube, Facebook and has been on Good Morning America, as well as numerous speaking engagements. We will have great classes and training sessions for you to attend. The President’s reception is tentatively planned to attend a Texas Rangers baseball game on Monday night. There will be a Behind the Scenes tour of AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry World). Six Flags over Texas is just down the street from the host hotel and Hurricane Harbor is just across the highway. So as you can see, there will be lots of events and attractions for the family to attend while others are in meetings and attending classes. There are two very important by-laws proposals on the ballot this year that need your undivided attention. I ask that you please review these proposals in detail and keep in mind the future of our organization when you vote. Times are changing rapidly, the cost of doing business is on the rise, and we must stay ahead of the curve in order to survive another 142 years. Now comes the time for me to thank those that I work with within the organization. To the Executive Board, you are without a doubt the best group of gentlemen a person could ever be associated with. Without your vision, passion, desire and motivation, this job would be a very difficult one. Each of you are the foundation of this association and I am truly honored to serve beside you. THANK YOU! To the SFFMA staff, you amaze me each and every day. Six staff members taking care of 23,000 members is never an easy task. I truly do not know how you do it. But you do, and with a big smile. All I have to do is ask, and you produce. That kind of customer service is something you

For if it were not for YOU, there would be NO SFFMA.

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do not see any more. So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! To Executive Director and Brother Chris Barron, I cannot THANK YOU enough. Working with you and beside you these past 5 years has taught me so much. Thank you for all you do for our membership, especially all the issues that are resolved behind the scenes. To my home district, the East Texas Firemen’s and Fire Marshals (aka the Pine Tree Mafia), THANK YOU for endorsing me during my campaign and for your continued support during my time on the Executive Board. To my home department, Madisonville Fire Rescue, THANK YOU for all you have done and continue to do for me, for the department, for the district and for the SFFMA of Texas. You are all very special to me! To my work family at TEEX-ESTI. THANK YOU for allowing me the opportunity to serve the SFFMA in this capacity. The partnership between these two organizations is stronger than ever. I am truly honored to have been in a position to “Make a Difference” for the fire service of our great state. To my family, my sons Chris, Brad, Jaylan and daughter Danielle. Daughters-in- law Jennifer and Holly. Son-in-law Brice. Granddaughters Raeleigh, Brailynn, Aria, Ellisyn Mae and grandson Bullet, I love you all more than you will ever know. Now for the MOST IMPORTANT THANK YOU! To my beautiful bride of 32 years, Christi Mitchell Cheshire, THANK YOU for believing in me, for supporting me, for being the “Chief ’s Driver” for literally thousands of miles, for simply being there, and for loving me, even when I probably didn’t deserve it. You are my rock. I am who I am because of you! I am eagerly awaiting the state convention this year, as I know in my heart it will be a huge success if we all will “Ask One…Bring One, Show Up…Step Up”. We will be seeing you at the district conventions soon. May God bless and keep you safe. Yours in service, and service before self,

M E M B E R S H I P U P DAT E

Dear SFFMA Members, As many of you know, SFFMA hopes to implement a new software program for our membership in April 2018. We hope that with this new program, we can drastically cut membership processing times, as well as offer our members a variety of new resources to stay informed with current SFFMA news and events. One of the main features that is getting an update is our member’s online profile system. You have nothing to worry about, because all of the information you currently hold on your profile will completely transfer over with this new program. The only change you will notice is a different layout, as well as additional profile and department editing features. Due to its higher security measures and accessibility, we would like to inform our members that the new program will require each member to have an email on file in order for them to access their account. This means that if you do not have an email on file, you will not be able to sign in to access your online profile after we make the switch. If you would like to update any information on your profile before we switch our program, you are welcome to submit any updates to the membership email, membership@sffma.org. We are also more than happy to send you your account’s login credentials if you would like to sign in and view your profile details. Keep in mind that we will need to verify your SFFMA ID # and birthdate information before sending you your login credentials.

Harvie E. Cheshire SFFMA President 2018

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As we near the end of our busiest time of year for membership application processing, we wanted to give you an update on where we are with current applications. As of 03/21/2018, we are currently processing applications from 03/15/2018. If you have submitted a membership application form before that date, you should anticipate receiving your membership documents through the mail soon. We would like to remind our members that the biggest contributor to our processing delays is packaging membership envelopes. Our application processing time is something that the new system will address and correct, but in the meantime, we appreciate your continuous patience and support. Again, if you have any concerns or questions about your membership renewal or online account, please do not hesitate to reach out to our membership department, at membership@sffma.org. As a final note, the membership department would like to thank all of our members for all of the help and attention you have provided throughout our membership developments. We are excited to bring in this new software program, and we genuinely believe that each one of you will greatly benefit from this shift. We strive to remain available to answer all of our membership questions and requests, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any you may have. Once again, thank you for your time and cooperation; we hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Luis Martinez Membership Coordinator


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S F F M A WO R K I N G F O R YO U SFFMA responds to Bastrop, TX for assistance during 2011 wildfire

SFFMA receives $20,000 from AT&T to distribute to VFDs affected by the 2017 Panhandle fires

Austin

SFFMA expands firefighter memorial on capitol grounds to honor fallen firefighters

SFFM and d relief

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C E R T I F I C AT I O N U P DAT E

SFFMA responds to West, TX to assist with disaster relief, fundraising, and LODD funerals

TESTING UPDATES TEEX has removed HazMat questions from the Firefighter I test bank which would require use of an ERG manual; therefore, as of April, students will no longer be allowed to bring ERG manuals into the testing session. Written and skill exams for driver/operator, fire officer, and other certifications will be available in the very near future. A final announcement as to the inception date will be posted to the website, as well as in the e-InfoFire.

SFFMA opens new headquarters in South Austin

SFFMA accepts donations of boots and water bottles to be distributed to firefighters affected by Hurricane Harvey

CERTIFICATION BOARD The Certification Board is currently awaiting appointment of representatives for zones 7 and 19. Official change notice requires a written appointment by the district president sent to either the SFFMA president or executive director. To serve as a Certification Board Zone Representative, individuals must meet all of the following requirements: 1. Reside in the zone to be represented, and be active in that district; 2. Be an active, retired or honorary life member of a regularly organized volunteer or combination fire department that holds current membership in the SFFMA; 3. Maintain a current individual membership in the SFFMA; 4. Have at least eight (8) years of experience with a recognized fire department or combination of recognized fire departments; 5. Hold at least an SFFMA Firefighter I certification; 6. Meet the instructional criteria for certification coordinator; and 7. Attend a majority of meetings each year. Kevin Creamer Certification Administrator

A responds to Hurricane Harvey! Raised stributed over $300,000 and distributed checks to over 200 firefighters in need

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MEMBER BENEFITS

SFFMA BENEFITS Aflac (Supplemental)- Reduce the out-of pocket expenses caused by hospitalization or accidents. Aflac pays cash benefits directly to you! More information can be found at http:// espinosaagency.com 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

Assets In Order - This online service is 256-bit encrypted, equal to security levels used by banks. Includes 1 GB of storage of any important information your family might need in case of your passing. SFFMA members get a free 1-year Legacy Lockbox Heritage Membership! Phone: 888.840.1213 www.assetsinorder.com/sffma

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, no-obligation 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. Elite Financing Group, LLC (Real Estate Services) - This Texas-based lender goes above and beyond to meet your mortgage needs. They provide professional service and take care of all their clients. Let them be a part of your home loan process and see why people love doing business with Elite Financing Group! Contact: Jorge Aldrete Phone: 512.699.5267, Fax: 512.532.0840

Embassy Suites San Marcos As a member of State Firefighters and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas, you can now enjoy a 15% Discount anytime you choose to stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos. (for business or leisure travel, discount not available for groups/conventions) To make reservation: www.sanmarcos.embassysuites.com Corporate Account number: 0002971799 or call 512.392.6450 and request "Member Travel Special"

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. Contact: Steve Cohen Phone: 800.426.5225

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 $15 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

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Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts - For year-round 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 $44.99 for members. http://tinyurl.com/SixFlagsSFFMA 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

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


MEMBER BENEFITS

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. 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.

more benefits available at www.myambabanefits.info/SFFMA

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. 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 (692-7753) 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 Budget: BCD X925500 Call: 800.527.0700 or www.budget.com

Cruise and Vacation Benefits provides the lowest available pricing on all of today’s top cruise brands, worldwide escorted tour companies and more than 600 resort properties. You will receive a 4% vacation reward on the base fare of your trip and will also have access to special bonus offers on a monthly basis. Phone: 855.577.9497 Heroes Vacation Club - This is a unique, space-available vacation, condominium, hotel, and resort program exclusively for current and retired government employees and now open to our association members! Space-available condos are located worldwide and available for $349 if booked online! www.heroesvacationclub.com Members can take advantage of many discounts available at Theme Parks, movies and Broadway Shows across America. https://memberdeals.com/ memberdiscounts/?login=1

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/

1-800-FLOWERS AMBA has partnered with 1-800-Flowers to offer discounts. 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!

Best Buy - As a member of the Savvik Buying Group, Best Buy Business account will offer additional savings on items that you use everyday. Your purchases can be shipped direct to your location or picked up at any of our stores nationwide. www.sffma.org/ benefits

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

SAVVIK BENEFITS

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.

Hertz: CDP# 1860896 Call: 800.654.2210 or www.hertz.com

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

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: 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

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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IN MEMORIAM Line of Duty Death Bowie VFD Charles Patterson

December 7, 2017

Brazoria VFD Daryl Barber

December 13, 2017

Sealy FD Eric Zapalac

November 20, 2017

SFFMA MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO RESTORE SIGHT TO ‘ONE OF OUR OWN’ written by Ken King

Non-Line of Duty Death Alvin FD Robert L. Beard Spencer Chaffin

November 22, 2017 February 13, 2018

Bedias FD Charles Ray Harrison

September 28, 2017

Brenham FD Franklin Eckert Edward G. Strangmeyer

November 30, 2016 April 1, 2018

Burkburnett VFD Brian Chancellor Cameron Gardens VFD Richard Harmon Deer Park VFD Werner Gilbert Wieser Friberg-Cooper VFD Preston Giles Iowa Park VFD Scott York

November 12, 2017 August 8, 2017 October 2, 2017 July 6, 2017

Lone Star VFD Shane Terrell

July 18, 2017

Minerva VFD Charles “Chip” Dunsmoor Newport VFD Roy Manly

June 22, 2017

March 4, 2018 September 29, 2017

Rockdale FD Tom Fisher Earl Whitmore

March 8, 2018 August 22, 2017

Sunset VFD William Wright Howington

January 11, 2018

LADIES AUXILIARY Brenham FD Diane Hoffman

December 13, 2015

MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 Names submission deadline is MAY 15, 2018

The blessing of sight is a gift we often take for granted; however, when that gift is lost or removed, the importance of the loss seems insurmountable. But that is only if you are not blessed with good friends who take it upon themselves to help restore this blessing. Such is the case involving Sandra Wiley, wife of SFFMA Sergeant-at-Arms Donald “Cowboy” Wiley of Floydada. Sandra had been suffering for more than two years as cataracts on both her eyes slowly but surely robbed her of her eyesight. She was forced to leave her long-time job with the Floydada Independent School District. Because of her failing eyesight, custody of her and Cowboy’s grandchildren was taken from them because it was determined she was unable to properly care for them. Sandra had recently taken a bad fall which required hospital treatment. It also doomed her to remain in the mobile home the couple shares in Floydada because it was unsafe for her to move about without tripping and falling. “I couldn’t see to read, to watch TV, use her cellphone, to take care of the house and cook and clean,” said Sandra. She and Cowboy get to visit with the grandkids about once a week at the foster home the children were placed in,” But we sure miss having them with us all the time,” she added. Their grandchildren are Demaine, age 8, and April, who just turned one. April had always been just a blurry image to Sandra. Last year at the annual SFFMA conference in San Marcos, a casual comment was made by Cowboy to just the right

person who could and, most importantly, would take some action. Geri King, wife of TEEX/ESTI Region 8 Training Manager Ken King, was just that person. “When I talked to Cowboy and he told me about what Sandra was going through, I knew I had to do something to help,” said Geri. As soon as Geri returned home from the convention, she immediately got to work. Geri is a 30-year Special Education, Deaf Ed and Kindergarten teacher for the Sherman ISD. She is known throughout the district as the “go to” person when someone is in need of help. Through her career both in school, with the Boy Scouts, her Methodist faith and her huge heart, she has touched the lives of countless children, parents and others. “I can assure you, you DO NOT want Geri to take you on as a project,” said her husband Ken. “She took me on as a project about 45 years ago and she still considers me a work-in-progress,” he added. Whenever she takes on a project, the provider of the assistance she needs may as well just give her what she wants right up front. “It will sure save you a lot of trouble if you just do what she asks... because you are going to give in sooner or later,” laughed Ken. The effort to save Sandra’s eyesight has taken a monumental effort by Geri for the past year. She contacted doctors, hospitals, charitable organizations… you name it. She finally was able to negotiate with an eye surgeon to reduce his fees by over half, got continued on page 33

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STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS


20% Building, Office, Auto

1% Membership Outreach 1% Legislative Representation 1% Technology/Expenses 1% Board/Staff Travel/ Expenses

4% Membership Benefits/Expenses

STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ AND FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS

1% Board/Staff Travel/Expenses

22% Items for Resale

1% Technology/Expenses

29% Staff, Benefits, Employment Taxes

1% Membership Outreach

Proposed Individual Dues - $50 per calendar year (see page 14 for Membership Dues Increase Proposal)

6% Legislative Representation

23% Building, Office, Auto

8% Conference

25% Items for Resale

8% Membership Benefits/Expenses

33% Staff, Benefits, Employment Taxes

9% Conference

Current Individual Dues - $30 per calendar year

4% Reserve Fund

YO U R S F F M A D U E S D O L L A R : W I S E LY I N V E S T E D

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C O N S T I T U T I O N A N D B Y- L AW S P R O P O S A L S

To All SFFMA District Secretaries, The SFFMA Constitution and ByLaws Committee received proposals from the Executive Board and from Mid-West Texas District at the January planning meeting in Arlington, Texas. After some revisions and changes, these proposals have been approved and will be placed on the next ballot for the voting delegates to consider. Please review these proposals with your district officers in order to best inform your member departments. To assure success and move our annual convention along, it is imperative that we share this information and educate our members in the coming months at all our spring conventions. We will have the proposals posted to the SFFMA website as well. This will help the voting process move much more smoothly. Please contact the committee representative from your district, anyone on the Constitution & By-Laws Committee or any of the Executive Board Members if you should have any questions.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis M. Gifford Secretary - Constitution & By-Laws Committee Secretary - East Texas District

PROPOSAL 1

ARTICLE III - Duties of Standing Boards Section 3.4. Participation Requirements 2. Each participating industrial organization or installation shall remit to the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association the annual membership fee keyed to the number of employees in the organization or installation as follows: Less than 200 employees $270 200 to 500 employees $395 501 to 1000 employees $520 1001 to 1500 employees $695 More than 1500 employees $770 The Association shall dedicate $20 of the industrial organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs or addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Proposal #1:  Each participating industrial organization or installation shall remit to the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association the annual membership fee of $500 per department. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the industrial organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs or addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Section 2. The dues of each department are to be according to the last federal census, and on a staggered amount according to the population. The minimum annual dues of any department shall be $95 on cities and towns from 0 to 1,750 population, $135 on cities and towns of 1,751 to 5,000 population, $155 on cities and towns of 5,001 to 10,000 population, $175 on cities and towns of 10,001 to 20,000 population, $195 on cities and towns of 20,001 to 30,000 population, $220 on cities and towns of 30,001 to 40,000 population and $245 on all cities and towns of 40,001 and over population. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the department membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Proposal #2: Section 2. The dues of each department shall be $200 per department per year. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the department membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Section 4. Fire Marshals offices, when duly certified by their political subdivision, shall be eligible to membership in this Association on the basis of $95 annual membership dues. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Proposal #3: Fire Marshals offices, when duly certified by their political sub-division, shall be eligible to membership in this Association on the basis of $200 annual membership dues. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land.

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C O N S T I T U T I O N A N D B Y- L AW S P R O P O S A L S Section 5. The regularly organized district, county, rescue association, industrial and other fire service organization or individuals herein after recognized by the Executive Board of this Association shall be eligible for membership in this Association upon payment of $120 annual dues. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land.

PROPOSAL 2

Proposal #4: Section 5. The regularly organized district, county, rescue association, industrial and other fire service organization or individuals herein after recognized by the Executive Board of this Association shall be eligible for membership in this Association upon payment of $200 annual dues. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the organization membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land.

Dear Committee Members,

Section 6. Sustaining members of the Association, which includes manufacturers, jobbers, distributors, and/or sales personnel of fire apparatus, equipment, and accessories, may obtain sustaining membership in this Association upon payment of $170 annual dues. Only sustaining members will be eligible to contract for exhibit space at the Annual Training Conference and Convention. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the sustaining membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Proposal #5: Section 6. Sustaining members of the Association, which includes manufacturers, jobbers, distributors, and/or sales personnel of fire apparatus, equipment, and accessories, may obtain sustaining membership in this Association upon payment of $200 annual dues. Only sustaining members will be eligible to contract for exhibit space at the Annual Training Conference and Convention. The Association shall dedicate $20 of the sustaining membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Section 9. Any person interested in the fire service may become an individual member of this Association by the payment of annual dues in the amount of $30 per year which includes individual membership and allows for the eligibility of any other benefits which may be available to individual members. The Association shall dedicate $10 of the individual membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land. Proposal #6: Section 9. Any person interested in the fire service may become an individual member of this Association by the payment of annual dues in the amount of $50 per year which includes individual membership and allows for the eligibility of any other benefits which may be available to individual members. The Association shall dedicate $10 of the individual membership dues to a building fund to be used exclusively for the construction, purchase, renovation, repairs and addition to a building or for the purchase of land.

SFFMA Constitution and By-Laws Committee; Chairman Dennis M. Gifford February 13, 2018

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 By-Laws 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 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.

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C O N S T I T U T I O N A N D B Y- L AW S P R O P O S A L S 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. 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. Therefore, the members of the Mid-West Texas District are respectfully submitting these proposed amendments to the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws for consideration in 2018 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 (Rev1) of the proposed amendments addresses the concerns you expressed at the recent meeting in Arlington regarding any type of business session at the January planning meeting. 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.

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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 a mascot shall be elected annually by the Association during the hours of the trade show on the first 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.

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 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 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.

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C O N S T I T U T I O N A N D B Y- L AW S P R O P O S A L S Proposed Amendment MWTD: 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 MWTD 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 MWTD 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 MWTD 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 Sergeantat-Arms 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 MWTD 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 MWTD 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 MWTD 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 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 MWTD Section 3.3. In the event a second ballot is required, the Sergeant-at-Arms 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 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Firefighter Memorial 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 MWTD 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, Arlington, Texas on January 27, 2018 Mid-West Texas District Constitution and ByLaws Committee Jason Hull , President, Rotan Randy Teague, 1st VP, Lake Coleman Alexander Smith, Jr., 2nd VP, Baird J. Clay Deatherage, Immediate Past President, Albany Kristopher Hester, Secretary, Merkel Danny Campbell, Chaplain, Hon. Retired Edward Mike Konczak, Sr., Parliamentarian, Baird Steve Cochran, Past President, Merkel

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2 01 8 A N N U A L AWA R D S

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).

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 21, 2018. 18

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CONFERENCE INFORMATION June 22 - 27, 2018 - ARLINGTON, TX

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018 6:30 - 7 A.M. 7 A.M. - 5 P.M. 8 A.M. - 11 A.M. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. 2 P.M. - 4 P.M. 3 P.M. - 5 P.M. 3 P.M. - 5 P.M. 3 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Exhibits Committee Meeting Exhibitor Move-In/Registration TIESB Board Meeting Executive Board Meeting TFA Board and Committee Meeting Certification Board Meeting T*Flag Meeting Fire Marshals Committee Meeting

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

REGISTRATION NOTES

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. JUNIOR EXPLORER ATTENDEES: We welcome ALL Junior Explorer program attendees and encourage them to participate in training (to count toward their future certifications); however, they will have to pay full conference registration in order to do so.

Stretch the Day Constitution & By-Laws Committee EMS Committee Meeting Health and Safety Committee Meeting Firefighter/EMS Responder of EXHIBITS the Year Interviews Saturday, June 23, 9:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Arlington Convention Center. Finance Committee 8:30 - 9:30 A.M. Come see the latest technology, service and products our sustaining memSergeant-at-Arms Meeting 8:30 A.M. bers have to offer. Admission is free. Ribbon Cutting 9:15 A.M. 9:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Exhibit Hall Open PUMPER RACES 9:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Registration outside Exhibit Hall 9:30 A.M. – 3 P.M. Golf/Driving/Poster Registration/ Saturday, June 23, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. Pumper Races/TFA (9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.) Pumper races for 3-and 6-men/ladies teams. Team members don’t have to be from the Pumper Race Committee Meeting 10 A.M. same fire department. Each 3-member team has to run 50 feet before performing the Poster Committee Meeting 10 - 11 A.M. following: first member connects a hose to the truck, second member connects hoses 10:45 - 11:45 A.M. Memorial Service Rehearsal together, and third connects nozzle to allow water to flow until a stream emerges from Past Presidents’ Luncheon 12 P.M. the nozzle. Six-member team members have to connect hard suction hose to hydrant, (by invitation only) pull hose from the hose bed, and, in an approximate straight line, connect to pumper TFA Workshops 1 - 3 P.M. on one side and to a nozzle on the other side, open valve on hydrant and allow water SFFMA Recognition of Exhibitors 3 P.M. to flow until a stream emerges from the nozzle. Registration will be available in the Pumper Race Captains Meeting 4 P.M. Exhibit Hall until 3 p.m. Exhibit Hall Move-Out 4:30 - 10 P.M. Pumper Races/Kids Activities 5:30 - 8 P.M. 6 A.M. 7:30 - 9 A.M. 8 - 9 A.M. 8 - 9:30 A.M. 8:15 - 10:15 A.M.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

MAIN EVENTS

DRIVING CONTEST

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 – 9:30 A.M.

Driving Contest 7:30 - 9:30 A.M. Sign up to test your ability at a timed obstacle course or come cheer for a friend. Firefighter/EMS Responder of the 8:00 A.M. Year Breakfast - Sponsored by VFIS (by invitation only) MEMORIAL SERVICE Memorial Service Lineup 10 A.M. Sunday, June 24, 10:30 A.M. – Noon Arlington Convention Center. 10:30 A.M. - 12 P.M. Memorial Service To honor those who passed away in a line-of-duty or non-line-of-duty death. Memorial Service Luncheon 12 - 1 P.M. 1 - 4 P.M. 1: 30 P.M. 6 - 9 P.M.

Sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance

Opening Business Session Poster Contest Judging Hospitality Night Events

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018 6 A.M. 7:30 - 8:30 A.M. 7:30 A.M. - 12 P.M. 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. 8:30 A.M. 10 A.M. 7 - 10 P.M.

Stretch the Day TFA Business Meeting Registration Registration Training Workshops TFA Business Meeting Vernon “Blondy” Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament Presidents’ Reception (Rangers game)

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 6 A.M. 7:30 - 11 A.M. 8 A.M. 8 A.M. - 6 P.M. 11 A.M. 7 - 10 P.M.

Stretch the Day Registration Credentials Committee Training Workshops TFA Luncheon Dinner & Dance

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 8 - 10:30 A.M. 8:30 A.M. 1 - 3 P.M.

Closing Business Session TFA Board Meeting SFFMA Executive Board Meeting

Names to be submitted by May 15, 2018.

BUSINESS SESSIONS Sunday, June 24, 1 – 4 P.M./Wednesday, June 27, 8 – 10:30 A.M. Business sessions include keynote speaker, fire service agency reports, executive director’s report, committee updates, and delegate voting (Wednesday). Keynote speaker: Chad Prather HOSPITALITY NIGHT Sunday, June 24, 6 - 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. GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, June 25, 10 A.M. Lake Arlington Golf Course - 1516 Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX Golf Tournament Fee: $80 PRESIDENTS’ RECEPTION Monday, June 25, 7 – 10 P.M. Rangers Ballpark. SFFMA, TFA presidents and the North Texas District invite you to the Rangers home game. All you can eat buffet will be provided. More information available at a later date. DINNER & DANCE Tuesday, June 26, 7 – 10 P.M. Sheraton Arlington Hotel Dinner and dance. Dress code: no shorts or flip-flops, please. Each conference attendee will receive one dinner & dance ticket with their registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for $45 each.


142ND ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION

OFFICE USE ONLY

JUNE 22 - 27, 2018 ARLINGTON, 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

4

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, 2018. PLEASE INDICATE ACTIVITIES YOU PLAN TO ATTEND:

PUMPER RACES (SAT)

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TRAINING WORKSHOPS PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

LEADERSHIP IN SUPERVISION: CREATING ENVIRONMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH - Greg Cross

FIREFIGHTER I

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) PPE&SCBA Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) PPE&SCBA Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

A FIRST RESPONDER’S GUIDE TO INDOOR MARIJUANA GROW OPERATIONS Todd Loggins

AN ANALYSIS OF THREATS TO FIRE/EMS PERSONNEL Todd Loggins

FIREFIGHTER I

FIRE BEHAVIOR (4 HRS) Chris Angerer

FIRE BEHAVIOR Chris Angerer

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) LADDERS Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) LADDERS Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

CERTIFICATION

MONDAY

LEADERSHIP IN SUPERVISION: CREATING ENVIRONMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH -Greg Cross

CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP Kevin Creamer

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

CERTIFICATION TESTING TEEX * pre-registration is required

CERTIFICATION TESTING TEEX * pre-registration is required

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

PIPELINE RESPONSE/MOCK LINE STRIKE Brad Britten

HAZMAT DONE RIGHT Bryan Becknel, Terry Boes

ACTIVE THREAT INCIDENTS - READINESS, RESPONSE , AND REALITY Elizabeth Morris

WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM Ron Roy

WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM Ron Roy

AIRCRAFT SAFETY Richard Gray

WILDLAND SAFETY Richard Gray

DEPARTMENT TRAINING DOCUMENTATION PRACTICES Andy Dexter

THE SERVANT LEADER -THE PUBLIC LEADER John Yovanovitch

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS CHURCH SHOOTING INCIDENT COMMANDER’S VIEW Edwin Baker

STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS Bill Gardner

SAFETY, A WORD OR A BEHAVIOR Roy Mercer

STOP THE DROPS - REDUCING PATIENT HANDLING INCIDENTS Justin Eberly

IF YOU CAN TAKE IT - YOU CAN MAKE IT Gilbert Bennett

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER Ricky Mantey, Jr.

BASIC HONOR GUARD RESPONSE TO AN LODD EVENT Kris Hester

BASIC HONOR GUARD RESPONSE TO AN LODD EVENT Kris Hester

BASIC HONOR GUARD RESPONSE TO AN LODD EVENT Kris Hester

BASIC HONOR GUARD RESPONSE TO AN LODD EVENT Kris Hester

SFFMA MEMBER BENEFITS SFFMA Staff

SFFMA NEW DATABASE/WEBSITE SFFMA Staff

STATE PENSION 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXAS EMERGENCY SERVICES RETIREMENT SYSTEM - Kevin Deiters

WORKING WITH OLDER ADULTS (AN OVERVIEW OF SERVICES WITH OLDER ADULTS) Will Armstrong

INFORMATION TRACK**

LEADERSHIP IN SUPERVISION: CREATING ENVIRONMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH - Greg Cross

INDUSTRIAL/ HAZMAN

3:45 P.M.

WILDLAND

1:30 P.M.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

PM

HEALTH AND SAFETY

10:15 A.M.

3:45 P.M.

FACTS, MYTHS AND SCIENCE OF MODERN FIREFIGHTER TATICS Bill Gardner

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) SALVAGE Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

HANDS-ON FIREFIGHTER SKILLS (4 HRS) SALVAGE Jason Ware/ Steven Kehlenbink * pre-registration is required

FIREFIGHTER HEALTH AND SAFETY Danny Hurt

FIREFIGHTER HEALTH AND SAFETY Danny Hurt

CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP Kevin Creamer

TEXFIRS OVERVIEW Richard Zelade

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

SFFMA ONLINE - NEW SYSTEM OVERVIEW

EMERGENCY SERVICES’ BUDGETARY PROCESS AND FISCAL FORECASTING Andy Dexter

MANAGEMENT OF TODAY’S EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL Andy Dexter

IMPLEMENTATION OF A PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PROGRAM IN THE VFD Andy Dexter

THE SERVANT LEADERTHE PUBLIC SERVANT John Yovanovitch

KEEPING THEM SAFE WITHOUT BREAKING THEIR SPIRIT; ADJUSTING OUR SAFETY CULTURE TO SAVE OURSELVES John Yovanovitch

EMERGENCY SERVICES INCIDENT INVESTIGATION Justin Eberly

FIREFIGHTER CANCER: THE SILENT THREAT Danny Kistner

HIGHWAY SAFETY FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES Justin Eberly

LEADING THE TRANSITION IN VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION FIRE DEPARTMENTS

LEADING THE TRANSITION IN VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION FIRE DEPARTMENTS

LEADING THE TRANSITION IN VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION FIRE DEPARTMENTS

LEADING THE TRANSITION IN VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION FIRE DEPARTMENTS

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FIRE SAFETY (COWBOYS STADIUM TOUR) - $25 FEE *pre-registration is required

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1:30 P.M.

CERTIFICATION

10:15 A.M.

SAFETY

8:00 A.M.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN ARLINGTON!


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Jones and Bartlett Learning Kimco Services, Inc. Ladder Light, LLC* Legal Shield (The Wilson Group) LION Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Municipal Emergency Services Neel Fire Protection Apparatus Paradigm Liaison Services* Rescue ONE Connector Boats* Risk Services-Leavitt Insurance Agencies* Safe Fleet* San Antonio College* Sharp Testing Services, Inc. SAVVIK Shell Pipeline Siddons-Martin Emergency Group Southwest Ambulance Sales, LLC* Texas Correctional Industries TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool Tohatsu Portable Fire Pumps* VFIS of Texas

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MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

MONDAY June 25, 2018 10 A.M. Lake Arlington Golf Course 1516 Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX

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DON’T RISK BEING UNDERINSURED: 5 THINGS TO DO NOW

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e were reminded again this past year that disasters happen. Whether it was an unpredictable hurricane with unprecedented rain, a sudden tornado, a destructive hail storm or massive wildfire, the lives of tens of thousands were terribly affected. One consequence from all of these tragedies is that many people learned they were either uninsured or underinsured for the fury that took their property and possessions. Are you prepared if your home or apartment were destroyed? Here are 5 things you can do to help make sure that you are properly protected: 1. Get a review of your policy. It’s estimated that upwards of 60 percent of us haven’t pulled out our insurance paperwork to look at what’s covered and what’s not. If it’s been a few years, you might find that your policy hasn’t been updated for the upgrades and remodeling you’ve done, and that the amount you’re insured for doesn’t reflect increased costs for building materials, labor, etc. Many people who lost everything to fire or flood have not been able to rebuild because they were severely underinsured. 2. Get renters insurance. Only half of all renters have purchased insurance for their possessions. Whether it’s because they don’t think they have enough things to protect or that they think their landlord’s insurance covers them, they are totally unprotected if a fire, tornado or other disaster wiped out the place they live. Renters insurance provides money for living expenses while their place is repaired, dollars to replace things like beds, clothes, electronics and kitchen items, and legal costs and medical expenses if someone sued after getting hurt while visiting their house or apartment. 3. Understand your policy. Know whether you have Actual Cash Value or Replacement Cost Coverage.

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Actual cash value is based on the market value (the initial cost of your home and personal property) with depreciation factored in; replacement cost calculates the cost to replace your home and possessions with exact or similar ones at today’s market value. The difference could be tens of thousands of dollars if you have a claim. 4. Purchase separate flood or earthquake coverage. Yes, earthquakes have rumbled through areas of Texas, and we should all know about the flood danger. Damage from floods and earthquakes are not included in most standard home or renters insurance policies; they need to be purchased separately. While there is no waiting period for earthquake insurance, flood insurance comes with a 30-day waiting period. Keep in mind that only about 10 percent of homeowners and renters in earthquake prone areas have earthquake insurance, and the number of people in flood prone areas with flood insurance averages around 30 percent. 5. Complete a home inventory. A list of what you owned can help you prove to your insurance company all the things you lost, help you replace them, and even provide proof of a loss at tax time. Too many homeowners and renters try and complete that important list after everything is destroyed or stolen, and without an inventory the amount you might receive for personal possessions could be reduced. So, you dodged a disaster this year, but what about future years? Climatologists warn that storms and fires will continue to be more intense as the climate changes, so who knows what 2018 will throw at us. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have the protection you need beforehand.

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You can learn more about the importance of being fully covered for disasters, theft or other from the Insurance Information Institute. (https://www.iii.org/article/howmuch-homeowners-insurance-doyou-need) California Casualty is with you no matter where your life’s journey takes you. We can help you be prepared for unforeseen bumps in the road; a California Casualty advisor is always ready to help review your policy or give you a free quote at 1.800.800.9410, or you can visit www.calcas.com/SFFMA. Resources for this article: http://media.swissre.com/ documents/sigma5_2015_ en.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_ source=sigma+Newsletter +September+2015&utm_ campaign=sigma&0F4DBC&&&& https://www.iii.org/article/howmuch-homeowners-insurance-doyou-need https://www.iii.org/article/settlinginsurance-claims-after-a-disaster This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to SFFMA members since 2010. Get a quote at 1.800.800.9410 or www.calcas.com/SFFMA.


Safeguard Yourself and Your Family with SFFMA Member Benefits As a firefighter, you spend your time protecting others, how about protecting yourself? SFFMA member benefits give you access to cancer, heart attack, and stroke policies, accident policy, and life insurance. It never hurts to see how affordable coverage can be. Get a FREE no obligation quote by calling today.

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Certified by SFFMA, TCFP and Pro-Board

26 years instructing and teaching at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Brayton Fire Training Field

Training Director and Chief of the Recruit Fire Training Academies at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Member of the Central Texas District

Strong supporter of our association’s core values: Promote, Unify, Represent, and Educate the Fire Service of Texas

Fire service “street smarts” and “common sense” approach in dealing with issues

I WANT TO BE YOUR VOICE AND/OR SOUNDING BOARD. I WANT TO SERVE YOU AND WORK FOR YOU…THE MEMBERSHIP. VOTE DONNY B. FOR 4TH V. P. IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS.


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Do your firefighters need duty boots that are dual-certified, durable, yet comfortable enough to wear all day? Is it a hassle to try find the boot you're looking for at the lowest price around that will be perfectly sized to fit all your department members? SFFMA can help! Most of you know that we are a distributor for HAIX boots, but did you know that we will also bring our boots to you? Simply call 512.454.3473 ext. 105 or email sales@sffma. org, tell us where you're located and how many firefighters you're looking to fit, and we will schedule a visit to bring our popular XR1 Wildland/EMS boots to your department where your members can find their perfect size and see for themselves how comfortable these boots really are! Make it a community affair by inviting neighboring departments to participate, perhaps on a joint training or meeting night.

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LIABILIT Y FOR USE OF A PERSONAL VEHICLE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN TEXAS written by Mark Smith; Smith Reed & Armstrong, PLLC

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any times I have been asked about the use of personally owned vehicles (POVs) for emergency response and how a POV affects the liability of both the individual owner and the agency that employs the individual. It is no secret that vehicle crashes are a huge source of liability for public safety agencies. It only compounds the issue when the agency does not own the vehicle in question. Texas Law for Emergency Vehicles Texas is one of the few states which define an emergency vehicle to include a personally owned vehicle. Specifically, Texas Transportation Code Section 541.021 defines an Authorized Emergency Vehicle to include both a private vehicle of a volunteer firefighter or a certified emergency medical services employee or volunteer when responding to a fire alarm or medical emergency and a private vehicle of an employee or volunteer of a county emergency management division in a county with a population of more than 46,500 and less than 48,000 that is designated as an authorized emergency vehicle by the commissioners court of that county. It is important to note that the definition does not include a private vehicle of a paid firefighter. As more and more fire departments move away from the purely volunteer-based model, there may be a push to amend this definition to include employees of volunteer fire departments. Including private vehicles in the definition of authorized emergency vehicle allows such POVs to use the rules of the road afforded to more traditional emergency vehicles such as fire apparatus and ambulances. The Transportation Code Section 547.702 also restricts the types of emergency warning devices which may be installed on private vehicles. Specifically, private vehicles may be equipped with signal lamps that: (1) are mounted as high and as widely spaced laterally as practicable; (2) display four alternately flashing red lights, two located on the front at the same level and two located on the rear at the same level; and (3) emit a light visible at a distance of 500 feet in normal sunlight.

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Based on the reading of Section 547.702, it appears that POVs may not be equipped with a “siren, exhaust whistle, or bell.” Insurance of POVs One of the first phone calls you should make when considering using a POV for emergency response is your insurance carrier — both agency and private individual. The commercial liability policies of agencies should cover any vehicle the agency owns; however, it is an open question as to whether that coverage extends to POVs. Each insurance carrier likely has different underwriting criteria for the use of POVs. Additionally, the individual owner of the POV should contact his or her private insurance carrier prior to using the vehicle for emergency response. It is entirely possible the private carrier will not provide coverage for a vehicle accident if it is used in emergency response — especially if the individual owner did not inform the carrier of such a use of the vehicle. Best Practices and Considerations for Using POVs There are some things agencies can do if they are considering or are using POVs for response. 1. Develop Robust SOPs and SOGs — An SOG or SOP must be in place outlining when and how a member may be authorized to initiate an emergency response in a POV. This should include guidelines on when lights and siren are permitted, a firm policy of following all existing traffic laws, describe appropriate speed limits (normally 10 miles per hour over posted speed limits) and complete stops at stop signs and traffic lights. 2. Monitor Driver Qualifications — Drivers must demonstrate qualifications to drive a vehicle under emergency response conditions. A background check on driving history should be part of this determination. A record of DUI’s or moving violations, or even a suspended license, places the department at great risk of litigation should an accident occur. 3. Training — The department should provide a qualified training program on emergency vehicle response driving for firefighters before they are authorized to drive their POV in an emergency status.

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4. Insurance — Agencies must also consider proper insurance coverage. Insurance companies may be very reluctant to write, or may outright deny, coverage on a private vehicle that will be responding as an emergency vehicle. Departments must thoroughly research this question to confirm that appropriate coverage is in place either for the POV or through the department’s carrier. Substantial liability coverage should be considered. If the department’s carrier will not cover the POV, the department should mandate higher minimum policy limits for the private insurance and inquire if the department can be named as an additional insured. 5. Litigation Possibilities — Management and individuals should consider the consequences that a serious crash of a POV involving civilian fatalities or injuries will have on them. The accident will have a high probability of litigation. The plaintiffs’ attorneys will be very aggressive in their discovery efforts. If the department does not have an appropriate SOG on emergency driving, it could prove very costly for the department. If the driver did not adhere to the SOG, liability could attach. Additionally, the driver will likely be named in the lawsuit. Most often the individual will have immunity, but sometimes judges decide otherwise. If this happens, the driver’s personal assets may be at risk. 6. Criminal Liability – Consideration must also be given to the possibility of criminal charges, in addition to a possible lawsuit, especially if the accident involves a fatality. There have been a number of cases of a firefighter going to prison on manslaughter or other charges. In many rural counties in Texas, it is a virtual necessity for fire and EMS personnel to respond in their personal vehicle. If not, the citizens that agencies are meant to protect will be at a much higher risk. That said, it is important for public safety agencies to consider the ramifications and do everything they can to mitigate risks for both the department and the individual.


C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S T O T H E 2 01 8 E M E R G E N C Y R E S P O N D E R H E A LT H & WELLNESS GRANT RECIPIENTS!

VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to announce they have awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 78 emergency responder organizations across Texas. Funds awarded through the 2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant Program totaled more than $233,000 and will enable these organizations to implement or enhance a health and wellness program for their members to prevent on-duty deaths and injuries. 105 applications were received requesting more than $447,000 in grants. VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company partnered with the State Firefighters' & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) to manage the application process and select the grant recipients. “I believe that with this grant we can get everyone fired up about some physical fitness!!” said Barry Mitchell, Assistant Chief of Kountze Volunteer Department. “Many members have wanted to do this for health reasons and for the comradery it brings. This will benefit several of my firefighters that have some significant health issues. The closest "GYM" is 15 miles away in another city and the "Big Box" gyms, as I call them, are over 25 miles away. So as you can see, going to the gym takes a lot more time and money

than most people have. This will give a benefit to our members that is wanted and needed.” Each recipient submitted an application outlining a specific need or project the grant would fund. This is the fifth consecutive year Texas Mutual and VFIS of Texas have awarded these grants to emergency responders across the state. “These grants directly impact our emergency responders by improving their health and wellness, better preparing them to serve our communities,” Barbara Marzean, President of VFIS of Texas, said. “The more we can do to support these initiatives, the more we can reduce and prevent emergency responder injuries and deaths.” Grant recipients will be recognized at the SFFMA Annual Conference June 22-27, 2018 in Arlington.

continued from page 12 the anesthesiologist to donate his time, and the hospital to cover the cost of the procedure and hospitalization. But this still left a balance of well over $2,000. Friends who know Cowboy and Sandra chipped in some, but it was still not enough. Then, at the planning session for the 2018 Municipal Fire School at Brayton Field in College Station, Ken spoke to SFFMA President Harvie Cheshire and Chaplain Ben Kennedy about the dilemma. They agreed that maybe the hat could be passed around among the SFFMA/ESTI Fire School guest instructors to raise some of the money. So, at the planning conference for the SFFMA annual convention held at the host hotel for the 2018 convention in Arlington, Ken approached Robert Kleen and the other members of the SFFMA Sergeant-at-Arms committee. They took it from there by going to the various committees. Ken asked Patti Jones with the TFA, “Robert and others kept coming up to me and handing me wads of cash from people who wanted to contribute,” said Ken. Within about four hours, the collection had grown to over $2,500! “When I called Geri she was so excited!” said Ken. Geri immediately called Sandra with the great news. “Sandra was just thrilled!” said Geri. “She was so excited she could hardly believe it,” she added. It now remained to set the plan to motion. In short order, Geri had nailed down the pre-op dates, the date of the surgery and made other arrangements. The money was placed in a bank account and cashier checks were issued to cover the costs. To make sure everything went as planned, Geri and Ken traveled the 300 miles from their home near Sherman to Floydada the day before the surgery and made sure everything went off without a hitch. The surgery was done on her right eye first. By that afternoon after the bandages were removed from her eye. ”I can see!!! I can see everything!!” shouted Sandra over the phone to Geri. She was able to see and do things which had only appeared as light and dark shadows for over two years. Then about three weeks passed and she had her left eye treated. Again the results were fantastic. “I have 20/24 in both eyes now,” said Sandra. “We went to visit the grandkids and it was the first time I had ever gotten to see my baby’s sweet face clearly. It was just wonderful!” cried Sandra. Up until the surgery, she had never seen the baby except through the blurred vision of the severe cataracts. There was enough money left over from the contributions to pay for gas for Cowboy to take her back and forth to the clinic and should be able to cover his mileage to the SFFMA Convention this summer in Arlington. “I’m coming with Cowboy because I want to be able to thank everyone who gave me this blessing,” said Sandra.

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

Affordable Drill Towers SANGUEDOLCE, STEVE PO Box 111983 Houston, TX 77293 Phone: (844) 558-6937 Email: steve@affordabledrilltowers.com

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

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

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

Dooley Tackaberry BARRAGAN, ALEXANDER 1515 W 13th St Deer Park, TX 77536-2535 Phone: (281) 479-9700 Email: knewberry@safetyfire.com

Akron Brass Co. BUTCHER, MATT 1608 Bassett Hound Dr. Haslet, TX 76052 Phone: (800) 228-1161 Email: mbutcher@idexcorp.com

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

Allied Breathing Air, LLC CONGER, JOE 4518 Texana Baytown, TX 77523-0781 Phone: (713) 828-5911 Email: joe.conger@alliedba.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 Blinn College SIVILS, NATHAN 2425 Blinn Blvd Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 209-7557 Email: nathan.sivils@blinn.edu

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Consolidated Traffic Controls, Inc. HALE, BOBBY 1016 Enterprise Pl Arlington, TX 76001-7140 Phone: (817) 265-3421 Email: bobby.hale@ctc-traffic.com Custom Coin Shop BANCROFT, BRANDON 206 Jennifer Ln Bastrop, TX 78602 Phone: (512) 629-2927 Email: sales@customcoinshop.com Daco Fire Equipment Co. DOBMEIER, GARRETT PO Box 5006 Lubbock, TX 79408-5006 Phone: (806) 763-0808 Email: garrett@dacofire.com Deep South Fire Trucks, Inc. TAYLOR, RONNIE 2140 Stillwater Beaumont, TX 77705 Phone: (601) 722-4166 Email: cronnietaylor@gmail.com

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Elkhart Brass Mfg. Co., Inc. BENN, RACHELE PO Box 1127 Elkhart, IN 46515-1127 Phone: (574) 295-8330 Email: rbenn@elkhartbrass.com Emergency Reporting CLARK, CONNIE 2200 Rimland Dr Ste 305 Bellingham, WA 98226-6641 Phone: (360) 647-6003 Email: connie.clark@emergencyreporting.com Emergency Solutions TATE, KEITH PO Box 1238 Whitehouse, TX Phone: (833) 393-5764 Email: keith.tate@emergency.solutions Enertech STORY, DENISE 2223 Southwest Blvd Wichita, KS 67213 Phone: (817) 653-5228 Email: denises@enertech.com Fast Training Consultants BLACKMAN, JASON 12314 Maxim Dr Houston, TX 77065-2515 Phone: (832) 250-3500 Email: jblackman2003@gmail.com Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. ALLEN, RONNY PO Box 249 Holden, LA 70744-0249 Phone: (800) 443.9006 Email: ronny.allen@ferrarafire.com


S U S TA I N I N G M E M B E R S Fire in Texas GOTHARD, RONNIE 1334 Sharon Ln Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-5509 Phone: (903) 438-0300 Email: dedee@fireintexas.com FireEMS Academy NGUYEN, MARY 1451 W Cypress Creek Rd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-1961 Email: mary.nguyen@praetoriandigital.com Footsteps For The Fallen CONSTANZO, TONY P.O. Box 103 La Porte, TX 77572 Phone: (281) 797-4810 Email: tony@footstepsforthefallen. org

ISO/ Verisk BRADLEY, PHILLIP 8911 N Capital of Texas Hwy Ste 2110 Austin, TX 78759-7200 Phone: (512) 440-9914 Email pbradley@iso.com Jacobs-Weber Inc HULL, PATRICK PO Box 67 Yoakum, TX 77995-0067 Phone: (361) 293-3557 Email: phull@jacobs-weber.com John Wright Associates, Inc. WRIGHT, JOHN 1111 W Abram St Arlington, TX 76013-7324 Phone: (817) 459-2001 Email: jill@johnwrightassoc.com

Global Rescue & Safety, LLC HARTFORD, DANNY 2654 Center St Deer Park, TX 77536-4906 Phone: (281) 479-1112 Email: dhartford@txrescueteam. com;dcombs@txrescueteam.com

Jones and Bartlett Learning GINGRICH, NORA 5 Wall St Fl 3 Burlington, MA 01803-4700 Phone: (978) 579-8154 Email: nora@g2marketingandevents.com

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

Kilgore College Fire Academy FENNELL, MIKE 1100 Broadway Blvd Kilgore, TX 75662-3204 Phone: (903) 983-8662 Email: mfennell@kilgore.edu

Hazard Control Technologies, Inc. LYNCH, SCOTT 150 Walter Way Fayetteville, GA 30214-3999 Phone: (469) 316-1173 Email: slynch@hct-world.com

Kimco Services Inc KIMMEL, ROY 103 Oyster Creek Dr # 3 Lake Jackson, TX 77566-4157 Phone: (979) 297-9246 Email: kimco@kimco-services.net

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

Ladder Light, LLC WESTERVELT, RICK PO Box 161716 Austin, TX 78716 Phone: (512) 566-7301 Email: rick@ladderlight.com; cameron@ladderlight.com

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

Legal Shield (The Wilson Group) WILSON, MANLEY 782 Haven Point Loop New Braunfels, TX 78132 Phone: (830) 358-1256 Email: manleywilson@att.net

Industrial Safety Training Council PHILP, JIM 3749 Highway 69 N Beaumont, TX 77705 Phone: (409) 833-2378 Email: jim@istc.net

LION FRAPWELL, CHRISTINE 7200 Poe Ave Ste 400 Dayton, OH 45414-2798 Phone: (937) 415-2815 Email: cfrapwell@lionprotects.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 NEEL Fire Protection Apparatus LEDNICKY, CLAY 1118 Interstate 35 N Waco, TX 76705-2834 Phone: (800) 433-3402 Email: neel@texnet.net Paradigm Liaison Services FRIESEN, TIM 222 S Ridge Rd Wichita, KS 67209 Phone: (361) 554-9225 Email: timf@pdigm.com Rescue ONE Connector Boats LUMPKIN, TONY 4500 Highway 77 Southside, AL 35907 Phone: (256) 504-7898 Email: tony@rescueoneboats.us ResponderX, Inc. JARRETT, ANDREW 216 W 26th St Ste 13 Bryan, TX 77803 Email: andrew@responderx.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

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S U S TA I N I N G M E M B E R S Safe Fleet SMALL, CHUCK 11650 S. Ridgeway Drive Willis, TX 77318 Phone: (936) 697-3626 Email: csmall@safefleet.net Safe Rescue, LLC MORRIS, BILLY 6707 Miller Wilson Rd Crosby, TX 77532 Phone: (325) 201-3033 Email: texasreiguy@yahoo.com Safety and Fire Education Training TITTEL, DEACON PO Box 830 Highlands, TX 77562-0829 Phone: (281) 932-0891 Email: safet4u@gmail.com San Antonio College - Fire Science DAVILA, MARTIN 1819 N. Main San Antonio, TX 78212 Phone: (210) 486-1692 Email mdavila21@alamo.edu Sharp Testing Services, Inc. SHARP, STEPHEN 9506 Miller Rd Magnolia, TX 77354-3434 Phone: (281) 356-1235 Email: ssharp@sharptesting.com Shell Pipeline Company LP BARKER, PHILLIP 404 Jefferson Pasadena, TX 77506-3145 Phone: (713) 423-3382 Email: phillip.barker@shell.com Siddons-Martin Emergency Group GIVLER, KIRK 14233 Interdrive W Houston, TX 77032-3323 Phone: (800) 784-6806 Email: kgivler@siddons-martin.com Smith Reed & Armstrong, PLLC SMITH, MARK 1920 Country Place Pkwy Pearland, TX 77584 Phone: (281) 489-3934 Email: mark@srapllc.com

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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 Steele Fire Apparatus ISABELL, TOMMIE 247 US Hwy 380 West Haskell, TX 79521 Phone: (940) 864-2208 Email: tommie@sfabrushfiretrucks.com Steri-Clean Dallas WALL, JON 3872 State Hwy 64 West #321 Tyler, TX 75704 Phone: (903) 722-3121 Email: jwall@steri-clean.com StoveTop FireStop (Williams Pyro, Inc.) SHACKELFORD, CARTER 200 Greenleaf St Fort Worth, TX 76107-1471 Phone: (817) 870-8044 Email: cshackelford@stfs.com Task Force Tips TAYLOR, SHERRY 3701 Innovation Way Valparaiso, IN 46383-8395 Phone: (219) 462-6161 Email: sherry.taylor@tft. com;natalie.hartwig@tft.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

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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 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 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


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 25, 2018 8: 00 AM - 9:45 AM Track: Professional Growth Workshop Title: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth Presenter: Greg Cross - Assistant Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD 16 HR CLASS, NFA Class, This is a prerequisite for the Managing Officer Program. This class will continue until Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required FEMA Student ID number is required in order to attend this class. Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills - PPE & SCBA Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD 4 HR hands-on skill training — SCBA & PPE. Pre-registration required Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Fire Behavior Presenter: Chris Angerer, TEEX, Public Sector Program Director 4 HR class. This class provides a foundation for understanding the science pertaining to fire behavior. Students will gain an understanding of why fire behaves the way it does, as well as how and what it takes for fires to be extinguished. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend the fundamentals of fire suppression. No prerequisites. 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: Industrial/HAZMAT Workshop Title: Pipeline Response/Mock Line Strike Presenter: Brad Britten 4 HR class. Presentation will cover information about pipelines, products, product properties, response information and pipeline operators’ contact information. A certificate of completion will be emailed to attendees for CE & TCOLE eligibility.

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: Department Training, Documentation Practices Presenter: R. Andy Dexter, LP, Captain, Northwest VFD The course will discuss five separate areas: Training Records and Organizational Liabilities, NFPA 1401, Record Retention Requirements, SFFMA Requirements for Participation in the Certification Program, and ISO Training Requirements. Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: Safety, a Word or a Behavior Presenter: Roy C. Mercer, VFIS of Texas Emergency services are not analyzing deep enough. Pieces of the puzzle are placed on the fire ground setting us up for failure. Let us look deeply into our processes and determine where our faults rest. Track: LODD Prevention Workshop Title: Basic Honor Guard Response to an LODD Event Presenter: Kris Hester, TX LODD Task Force This course will cover the basic information needed by members of a fire department and/or Honor Guard to respond to an LODD event. With over 75% of this session being hands-on, it will deal heavily with the actual functions of HG members in the daily tasks associated with planning and performing a funeral/memorial service. From casket watch, to flag folding and casket movements, loading and unloading, students will learn commonly

recognized standards that will allow them to work within their own units or to collaborate with other teams and departments during the remembrance and honoring of our fallen. Track: Information Workshop Title: SFFMA Member Benefits Presenter: SFFMA Staff Members SFFMA will discuss all the benefits we offer our members.

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Track: Professional Growth Workshop Title: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth Presenter: Greg Cross - Assistant Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills - PPE & SCBA Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Fire Behavior Presenter: Chris Angerer, TEEX, Public Sector Program Director CLASS CONTINUATION 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. Track: Industrial/HAZMAT Workshop Title: Pipeline Response/Mock Line Strike Presenter: Brad Britten CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Fire Assessment Program Presenter: Ron Roy, Division Chief, NVFC Wildland Committee Chair CLASS CONTINUATION

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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 Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: The Servant Leader - The Public Leader Presenter: John L. Yovanovitch, Captain, Arlington FD (volunteer at Alvord FD)

Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: A First Responder’s Guide to Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations Presenter: Todd Loggins/City Wall Intelligence Group

Government employees are often called public servants. The idea is that when you work for the government, the people are the ones to whom you are ultimately accountable. The students will walk through several concepts that will further embrace this calling.

As the marijuana market in America grows, first responders face unique challenges when indoor marijuana grow operations are encountered. This session presents the hazards and appropriate precautions when first responders encounter an indoor marijuana grow.

Track: Health and Safety Workshop Title: Stop the Drops — Reducing Patient Handling Incidents Presenter: Justin Eberly, Education Specialist, VFIS

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

Why do we continue to drop patients? This program is intended to make patient care providers more aware of the issues surrounding patient transfer and preventing patients from being drops. Track: LODD Prevention Workshop Title: Basic Honor Guard Response to an LODD Event Presenter: Kris Hester, TX LODD Task Force CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Information Workshop Title: SFFMA New Database/ Website Presenter: SFFMA Staff This presentation will be an overview of the new database/website and its capabilities.

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Track: Professional Growth Workshop Title: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth Presenter: Greg Cross - Assistant Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills - Ladders Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD

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 8, 2018. 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: Industrial/HAZMAT Workshop Title: HAZMAT Done Right Presenters: Bryan Becknel, Section Administrator, Texas Division of Emergency Management; Texas Homeland Security; Texas Department of Public Safety, Terry Boes, Hazardous Materials Program Administrator Texas Division of Emergency Management; Texas Homeland Security; Texas Department of Public Safety This program will cover the requirements for a compliant program, the reasons for ensuring your program is regulatory compliant, and how TDEM is poised to work with you on all aspects to get you there. Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Aircraft Safety Presenters: Richard Gray Description not available.

4 HR hands-on skill training - Ladders. Preregistration required

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Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Sutherland Springs Church Shooting - Incident Commander’s View Presenters: Edwin Baker, Fire Chief, Stockdale Fire/Wilson County FM Overview and lessons learned by the incident commander of the Sutherland Springs church shooting. Track: Health & Safety Workshop Title: If You Can Take It, You Can Make It Presenters: Gilbert Bennett, Captain, Houston Fire Department Wellness Program - Compassion Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Overcoming the trauma and offering assistance in overcoming the traumatic experience faced by First Responders. Introducing: “The Daily Challenge” — Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social and Financial. Track: LODD Prevention Workshop Title: Basic Honor Guard Response to an LODD Event Presenter: Kris Hester, TX LODD Task Force CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Information Workshop Title: State Pension 101: Introduction to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Presenter: Kevin Deiters, Executive Director, TESRS The class would provide an overview of the benefits provided to members and the value of the program to the recruitment and retention of volunteers. This is a proposal to offer a class on Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) benefits and administration.

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM Track: Professional Growth Workshop Title: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth Presenter: Greg Cross — Assistant Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD CLASS CONTINUATION


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: Firefighter I Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills — Ladders Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD 4 HR hands-on skill training - Ladders. Preregistration required Track: Firefighter I Workshop Title: An Analysis of Threats to Fire/EMS Personnel Presenters: Todd Loggins/City Wall Intelligence Group Fire/EMS departments are not only facing the hazards of the job, but a very human risk. Using intelligence analysis, we can see the actors that pose a risk to fire/EMS departments and propose some mitigation strategies to reduce harm to fire/EMS personnel. 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 8, 2018. 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: Industrial/HAZMAT Workshop Title: Active Threat Incidents — Readiness, Response, and Reality Presenter: Elizabeth Morris, Special Advisor to the Agency Director,TEEX Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service This session is designed to provide information for fire fighters, first responders, and emergency management personnel about active threat incidents, available training, and resources.

Track: Wildland Workshop Title: Wildland Safety Presenter: Richard Gray, Texas A&M Forest Service No description available. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: The Man in the Mirror Developing a Culture of Professionalism and Leadership Presenter: Ricky B. ­Snell, Training/Safety Chief, Bastrop County ESD#2 FD 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: In the Blink of an Eye, My Life Changed Forever Presenter: Ricky Mantey, Jr., Bryan Fire Department In the blink of an eye, my life changed forever. I perform an overview of the Knights of Columbus Hall Fire that occurred in Bryan, Texas in 2013. During the presentation, I review the devastating fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters and severely injuring myself and another firefighter. The presentation also includes what happened after the fire and what changes were made to our organization. Track: LODD Prevention Workshop Title: Basic Honor Guard Response to an LODD Event Presenter: Kris Hester, TX LODD Task Force CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Information Workshop Title: Working with Older Adults Presenter: Will Armstrong, Marketing Director, Office of Aging Service Coordination at Texas Health and Human Service Commission; Sonia White, Managing Director, Aging and Disability Services for the Community Council and Director for the Dallas Area Agency of Aging; Katrina Wall-Briggs, Community Engagement Specialist for the DFW District with Adult Protective Services (APS). When older adults experience non-emergency and emergency situations in their homes, firefighters are most often the first to respond. In addition to home response, firefighters are prominent features in their communities by giving presentations that

focus on awareness, safety and prevention. Their outreach and community presence places firefighters in a key position to provide referrals and general information to older adults in non-emergency situations throughout the community. The proposed session will last 1 hour and 45 minutes, will be broken into four sections, and will cover the following topics and organizations as relates to firefighters. Overview of aging issues and topics. Highlight of specific services and resources: • Adult Protective Services (APS) • Area Agency on Aging (AAA) • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Regulatory Firefighters attending this presentation will have a greater understanding of the services, support, and issues impacting older adults and resources to provide appropriate referrals to seniors in nonemergency situations.

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills — Salvage Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD 4 HR hands-on skill training - Salvage. Preregistration required. 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: Emergency Services’ Budgetary Process and Fiscal Forecasting Presenter: R. Andy Dexter, LP, Captain, Northwest VFD This course will present, describe, and discuss the budget process and fiscal forecasting for emergency service agencies. Various funding models will be presented, to include a discussion on long range planning.

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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 Track: Safety Workshop Title: Keeping Them Safe Without Breaking Their Spirit; Adjusting our Safety Culture to Save Ourselves Presenter: John L. Yovanovitch, Captain, Arlington FD, volunteer Alvord FD A review of recent Texas accidents, injuries and LODDs and how the Causation Chain of Events played into each one of them. Further define how organization culture could prevent accidents and injuries from happening.

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 10:15 AM - 12: 00 PM Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Fire Safety (Behind the Scenes Cowboys Stadium Tour) Facilitator: Jason January, Division Chief, Huntsville FD, Gerald Randall, Deputy Chief, Arlington FD 2-3 hour tour of the behind the scenes at the Cowboys stadium. Tour led by Arlington Battalion Chief Randall. FEE: $25 per person/See registration page

Track: Leadership Workshop Title: Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments Presenter: Ron J. Cheves, Fire Chief (ret.), VCOS LTX Course Manager, Jim Grady III, Chief, Frankfort Fire District 8 HR CLASS As the demand for services outpace a department’s ability to deliver service, many departments begin the natural transition from fully volunteer to some form of a combination system. The pace of the transition and problems encountered during the process varies and often depends on the leadership’s ability to recognize and deal with change. Volunteer departments have a number of service delivery options before considering hiring their first paid employee; however, leaders must know when the transition process must begin. There is no standard approach to transition from a volunteer to a combination department, but there are a variety of strategies that have been successful in many communities. Through an interactive process including case studies, this session will share several of those successful strategies and allow participants to engage in discussions to determine how they may apply experiences to address their department needs. Recognize the signals of change that would warrant the transition, understand the issues and obstacles from an internal and external perspective resulting from the decision to transition. Identify the team members that would be involved in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of transition, be aware of the common pitfalls and issues surrounding the process to transition. The format will start with a lecture to provide purpose and to review successful strategies. To help create a greater understanding of the process, case studies will be used to illustrate how successful departments have transitioned.

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Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Hands-On Firefighter Skills — Salvage Presenters: Jason Ware, Fire Chief, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD, Steven Kehlenbrink, Captain, Brazos County Precinct 3 VFD 4 HR hands-on skill training - Salvage. Preregistration required CLASS CONTINUATION Track: Certification/Certification Coordinator Workshop Title: TEXFIRS Overview Presenters: Richard Zelade, Certified Fire Inspector, TEXFIRS Program, Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office TEXFIRS presentation on program updates, coding review and using your data.

following every incident or near miss. Every incident, including minor injury and near misses, offers a potential lesson to be learned. The unreported incident is automatically a lesson that has gone unlearned. When incidents are not reported, their causes usually go uncorrected, perhaps causing a reoccurrence, a more serious injury, or even a fatality. All incidents must be investigated to determine the cause of the incident and to ensure that actions to prevent recurrence are implemented. Upon completion, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify incident causes and develop corrective actions 2. Understand the importance of thorough incident investigation procedures 3. Identify policies and procedures related to incident investigation 4. Identify the key steps in incident investigation Track: Leadership Workshop Title: Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments Presenter: Ron J. Cheves, Fire Chief (ret.), VCOS LTX Course Manager, Jim Grady III, Chief, Frankfort Fire District 8 HR CLASS CLASS CONTINUATION

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Management of Today’s Emergency Service Personnel Presenters: R. Andy Dexter, LP, Captain, Northwest FD

Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Multi-Tasking at Multiple Dwelling Occupancies Presenter: Ricky B. Snell, Training/Safety Chief, Bastrop County ESD#2 FD

Today there are multiple generations serving our communities within the emergency services. As such, there is a conflict which naturally occurs as the generations operate together. This course will provide the attendee with tools for overcoming several of the challenges faced with the goal of not alienating the various generations.

We will be discussing some strategic considerations for engine companies when they arrive at a working fire in a multiple occupancy dwelling. No matter the size or configuration.

Track: Safety Workshop Title: Emergency Services Incident Investigation Presenters: Justin Eberly, Education Specialist, VFIS

Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Firefighter Health and Safety Presenter: Danny Hurt, Overton Fire Department

Each year, approximately 100 firefighters lose their lives in service to their communities. An additional 100,000 firefighters are injured on the job. VFIS, the leader in emergency services insurance, believes that most of these injuries and deaths are preventable. One of the best tools in the prevention of injuries and deaths is the use of the incident investigation process

4 HR CLASS After completing this lesson, the student shall be able to discuss how firefighter health, safety prevention, and situational awareness are interrelated parts of preventing on-the-job injuries.

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We will take a look at how these issues affect the operations of the engine companies on scene.


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 26, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM 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. Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: Implementation of a Progressive Discipline Program in the VFD Presenter: R. Andy Dexter, LP., Captain, Northwest FD The majority of the company officer’s responsibilities are the coordination and management of personnel. A comprehensive tool used in the management of your personnel is a Progressive Discipline Program. The course will identify the components, usage, and implementation of a progressive discipline program for the volunteer fire service. Track: Safety Workshop Title: Firefighter Cancer: The Silent Threat Presenter: Danny Kistner, Fire Chief, McKinney FD At the conclusion of this presentation, you will have a greater understanding of the relationship between firefighting and cancer.

You will also have a greater understanding of preventative measures to reduce the incidence and impact of firefighter cancer. Track: Leadership Workshop Title: Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments Presenter: Ron J. Cheves, Fire Chief (ret.), VCOS LTX Course Manager, Jim Grady III, Chief, Frankfort Fire District 8 HR CLASS CLASS CONTINUATION

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM Track: Firefighter II Workshop Title: Firefighter Health and Safety Presenter: Danny Hurt, Overton Fire Department 4 HR CLASS CLASS CONTINUATION 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.

BLOOD DRIVE

Track: Leadership Development Workshop Title: The Servant Leader - The Public Leader Presenter: John L. Yovanovitch, Captain, Arlington FD (volunteer at Alvord FD) Government employees are often called public servants. The idea is that when you work for the government, the people are the ones to whom you are ultimately accountable. The students will walk through several concepts that will further embrace this calling. Track: Safety Workshop Title: A Safe Environment: Your Way, My Way or Our Way Presenter: Ricky B. Snell, Safety/Training Chief/Bastrop County ESD#2 FD 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, ideas and views on how to accomplish goals. Couple this with the generation gap and an unstable environment of a working fire and you have created an unsafe and potentially deadly situation. Track: Leadership Workshop Title: Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments Presenter: Ron J. Cheves, Fire Chief (ret.), VCOS LTX Course Manager, Jim Grady III, Chief, Frankfort Fire District 8 HR CLASS CLASS CONTINUATION

SATURDAY

June 23, 2018 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Arlington Convention Center 1200 Ballpark Way Arlington, TX 76011 CARTER BLOODCARE BUS IN FRONT OF MAIN ENTRANCE Thank you for helping replenish the community blood supply!

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T E X A S F I R E M E N ’ S AU X I L I A RY Hello everyone! It is going to be a great convention. SFFMA President Harvie Cheshire has been working hard to make this convention awesome! I am looking forward to seeing everyone in June in Arlington! I would like to thank the members of the TFA board for all of their support throughout my years on the board. It has been very special having my daughter, Kennedy Sumrall serve as sweetheart. I have had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people, making new friends and had the opportunity to make lifelong friends through this experience. It has been a privilege meeting new people from all over the state of Texas. My suite will be open nightly as well as on hospitality night. Please come by for a visit and enjoy snacks and drinks. See ya’ll in Arlington! Anggie Sumrall TFA President

Membership dues Happy Spring to you all - Convention is fast approaching and 2018 Dues are due. Individual dues are $20, Auxiliary and District dues are $30; you can mail them to me at PO Box 595 ~ Louise, Texas 77455 or stop by the TFA Booth at the Exhibit Hall on Saturday at Convention. See you all in Arlington!! Kendra Charbula TFA Treasurer

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