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State Fire Training Moves to EITC -
Needs a Program Mgr. / Training Coordinator
With the shift in oversight for Fire Service Training from Professional Technical Education to Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) the call has gone out for a Program Manager / Training Coordinator. If anyone is interested in the position they can learn more or apply by contacting Mr. Kenneth Erickson at EITC firstname.lastname@example.org . The 2014 IFCA Annual Conference is planning to have a special session on the future of state fire training under the helm of EITC. You won't want to miss that.
IFCA Waits on SAFER Grant Possibility
SAFER grant awards are being announced weekly by the USFA and hopes are high that the IFCA SAFER grant will get funded. Last July the IFCA Board approved action to apply for a SAFER grant for an insurance program that could boost volunteer retention and recruitment in Idaho. The grant would be use to provide accidental death and dismemberment coverage as well as disability insurance to ALL volunteer firefighters in Idaho that meet some basic minimum standards. The grant application was officially accepted by FEMA and the grant application is being coordinated through Greg Redden of Adapt, LLC (formerly Redden & Associates). The IFCA Office assisted in the lengthy application process of getting the IFCA fully registered with the federal government. The Board appointed Chief Stacy Hyde (Ammon FD) as interim Division President of a resurrected Volunteer Division. Chief Hyde feels this grant, if obtained, will be a major help in bringing chiefs of volunteer departments into the IFCA and providing volunteers some well deserved benefits. It will also help volunteer chiefs in their recruitment and retention efforts of volunteer firefighters by being able to offer some tangible benefits for the volunteers.
After several years on a downswing, on-duty firefighter deaths were up in 2013. There were 101 on-duty firefighter fatalities last year, including eight classified as Hometown Heroes, according to statistics compiled by the USFA. During 2012, records show 83 firefighters died while serving their communities. There were 83 firefighter fatalities in 2011 as well, and 87 in 2010. The number is preliminary as state fire marshals throughout the country will be contacted to make sure all on-duty deaths are counted. Firefighters who suffer a heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of responding to an emergency are considered Hometown Heroes. There were four incidents in which multiple firefighters were killed – and three of those were in Texas. Two firefighters were killed in Bryan; 10 in West and four in Houston. A wildfire in Arizona left 19 hotshots dead. Of those who died, 42 were volunteers; 29 career; 22 wildland full-time; five wildland contract; one wildland part-time and one paid on call. Trauma was the top killer of firefighters last year with heart attacks dropping to third. However, 26 causes are still pending so those numbers are likely to change. The records also showed 45.5 percent of those who died were under 40. Also, 29 personnel died battling wildland fires, while 21 perished at structure fires. Fourteen died in collisions which includes aircraft crashes. The deadliest time for firefighters was 1700 to 1859 – when 30 firefighters perished; and 11 died between 1900 and 2059. June and April were the deadliest months, while the fewest occurred in January and September. Arizona had the most firefighter deaths – 20 – followed by Texas – 14, and Pennsylvania, six. A full report on the 2013 on-duty firefighter deaths will be published later this year by several sources.
Idaho Senator Supporting Wildfire Funding Bill
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is backing a bill in Washington that would allow the government to declare wildfires natural disasters; allowing more money to be poured into fighting them. The bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would also allow for more funding to go toward fire prevention and restoration. Sen. Crapo said wild land fire crews have been running out of money to fight fires for the past decade, and when the funds dry up, agencies are forced to dig for money elsewhere. "The funding for the firefighter expenses is put into the budgets of the forest service and BLM," said Senator Crapo. "But there's never enough funding in it and therefore, the agencies run out and in the middle of the forest season they have to rob the rest of their budgets, their management budgets, in order to fight the fires." When crews take money from their management budget, they have no money during the off-season to perform restoration to the land and help prevent fires from coming back in the future. "It's just kind of a vicious circle," Senator Crapo said. In a written response from a spokesman for the USDA regarding the wildfire bill, the company agrees with Senator Crapo, saying something needs to be done. "In many recent years, because of severe fire seasons, the Forest Service has run through its fire suppression budget and has had to 'borrow' funds from other budget areas, most notably funds used to restore forest health," said Robert Bonnie, a spokesman for the USDA. "This has affected USDA's ability to manage forests in a way that could reduce the incidence of wildfires in the future."
Cardioviva™ Awards $30K in Cash and Prizes to Heart Health Champions
What do a former motorcycle dealership owner and MBA candidate, a marine scientist, and an emergency management consultant have in common? While their day jobs might be vastly different, they are all volunteer firefighters who have just been named the winners of the first Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest.
Heart attacks account for more than half of on-duty firefighter deaths. To encourage exercise, a nutritious diet, and other healthy behaviors among firefighters, Cardioviva™, the first natural probiotic clinically proven to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in adults, teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to conduct a nationwide search for three heart health champions.
The search puts the spotlight on firefighters who are not only taking care of their own health, but who are also motivating their brethren and communities to live healthier lifestyles. The winners will receive a combined total of $30,000 in cash and prizes so that they can continue their efforts and educate emergency responders ? and the communities they serve ? on how they can proactively protect themselves against heart disease. After a nationwide search and public voting to narrow the field down to the top 10 finalists, a panel of judges consisting of heart health, fire, and nutrition/fitness experts selected three winners, the Grand Prize winner being Chief Smith.
Grand Prize Winner: Chief Peggy Smith, Coolin-Cavanaugh Bay Fire Company, Coolin, Idaho
Peggy (pictured front left during grand prize check presentation) is the chief of her firehouse in the rural Idaho resort town of Coolin, about 25 miles from the Canadian border. Also known as the Priest Lake area, Coolin has a year-round population of 350, but can soar as high as 25,000 during peak tourist times. Peggy started volunteering after a harrowing experience spending a long, cold winter night out on a mountain with her husband after he broke his leg. After this incident, Peggy made it her mission to volunteer and give back to the community. She created a back country snowmobile rescue team, and was then recruited to be part of the volunteer fire department. Under her leadership as Chief for the last three years, the department has grown from three members to 35.
As Peggy began to take on more of the administrative side of her duties while studying for her MBA and taking the exclusive National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program, she became more sedentary. Her weight and cholesterol numbers skyrocketed. She wanted to improve her own health and also motivate the other volunteers to maintain their health so they would be less prone to injury. Peggy and her team began a wellness program, which includes group exercise classes with an instructor four times a week, with nutrition counseling available on request.
“As part of winning the Search for Cardioviva™ Heart Health Champions contest, I want our fire department to be a healthy example for other emergency responders as well as consumers,” said Peggy. “By showing how I am tackling my own weight and cholesterol issues by eating healthfully and exercising regularly, I hope to be a positive role model and inspire others to reduce their risk of heart disease.”
As the grand prize winner, Peggy’s firehouse will receive $10,000 in cash, plus donated TRX FORCE kits and additional exercise equipment (valued at $5,000), as well as a nutrition and fitness makeover with Chris Mohr, RD, PhD, a nationally-known sports nutritionist. Peggy plans to use the prize money as the foundation to sustain the firehouse’s wellness program for many years to come, and to attract other members in the community to volunteer.
The IFCA extends its sincere congratulations to Idaho's own Chief Peggy Smith!
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A MUST SEE! "Everyone Goes Home" Video
The United States Fire Administration has released an outstanding video called "Everyone Goes Home." This is a film produced by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in cooperation with the Chicago Fire Department. See or download it at this link: http://community.fireengineering.com/video/video/show?id=1219672%3AVideo%3A513861 This video should be required viewing by all firefighters.
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