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FDSOA and the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University have partnered to help you FOCUS on your safety culture. The Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS) survey is the first safety culture tool developed specifically for the fire service. It will provide your fire department with objective data to assess your safety culture. 


FOCUS is a validated and reliable tool that allows an in-depth look into your department’s safety culture and its effect on job satisfaction/moral, engagement, and burnout in your department. To date the FOCUS survey has been administered in over 400 fire departments….and it is now open for YOUR department.


They are NOW enrolling up to 1,000 fire departments — career and volunteer — interested in administering the FOCUS survey on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Participating departments will receive:

* Customized data showing your safety culture at department and station levels

* A comparative analysis of your safety culture to similar participating departments

* Objective evidence to inform safety related policy decisions

* Eligibility to send two members to FOCUS Culture Camp: a two-day intensive training on safety culture, the FOCUS survey, and how to interpret your results






Free Scenario-Based Interactive Training Opportunity.


With the funding from the AFG program, and in partnership with USFS, CalFire, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, NYU Fire Research Group has developed a new 3 module, scenario-based interactive training for Wildland firefighters. 


=The first module presents a wildland fire behavior review followed by training on formulating your incident size-up and delivering a report on conditions.

=The second module presents training on development of the incident action plan, staffing considerations and delivery of the operational safety briefing.

=The third module is a series of interactive wildfire scenarios.

This training is created using a learning methodology called ALIVE developed by NYU researchers collaboration with fire departments from New York, Chicago, and Bloomington (MN).


All training modules are free for all Firefighters and fire departments. Firefighters can access these (and other) training modules by visiting

The U.S. Fire Admnistration’s National Fire Academy is conducting a pilot course at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the newly developed 5-day course Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Plans Review – P0263.

This pilot offering is scheduled for June 10-14, with students to arrive Sunday, June 9 and depart Saturday, June 15. The course code is P0263.

This 5-day pilot course will enable students to perform commercial fire sprinkler system plan reviews to allow structured decision-making in the target audiences’ real-life job-related situations and responsibilities. These skills are essential to meet code officials’ needs so they may conduct reviews and approve plans for sprinkler fire protection systems in his/her jurisdiction. Students are required to bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop or tablet to view online codes.

The scope of this course spans instruction in the knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate the soundness and code compliance of engineering and architectural plans for commercial fire sprinkler systems proposed as part of facility and occupancy construction plans. The course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler system calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation. Course content covers fire protection standards, plan reading, parts of a submittal package, classifying hazards, water supplies, sprinkler system components, remote areas, and evaluating hydraulics calculations.

Target audience: Fire service prevention and allied public officials who are responsible for the review of plans for sprinkler and standpipe systems in their jurisdictions. Applicants to this course should have familiarity with fire protection, codes/standards compliance, and fire protection systems and equipment. Applicants should be familiar with commercial fire sprinkler systems equipment and nomenclature and have prior experience in fire prevention inspection programs and community goals and priorities.


  • Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  • Q0218: Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection, available through NFA Online.
  • Q0137: Hydraulic Calculations for Water-based Fire Protection System Plans Review, available through NFA Online.
  • Students in the fire service should not have less than three years’ experience in either a code enforcement or fire safety inspection/plan review function.
  • Allied professionals should possess an associate degree in engineering, architecture, building design, or risk management from an accredited college.

Priority enrollment will be given to applicants with a minimum of one of the following:

  • Completion of Fire Inspection Principles (FIP) I or FIP II.
  • Completion of the Plan Review for Fire and Life Safety course.
  • International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.
  • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certification.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.

How to Apply: Students must complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1 General Admissions Application available on our website at:

Completed applications must be submitted as soon as possible, but postmarked no later than May 10 and should be submitted to:

NETC Admissions Office

16825 S. Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Completed applications may also be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441.

Applicants should not make plans to attend this pilot course until notified in writing by the Admissions Office.

Costs: Stipends for eligible students are available for attendance for this pilot course. Attendance at the pilot course does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year.

Questions about this pilot course can be directed to NFA Training Specialist George Morgan at


Fire/Life Safety Considerations For Street Vendors, Fairs and Festivals
Recording date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes

This presentation will focus on recent food truck incidents, in both the U.S. and Canada, and discuss propane hazards and concerns in food trucks, carts and trailers, as well as cooking under tents and canopies at outdoor festivals, events , street fairs and the like, to create an awareness or ‘eye-opener’ in terms of permitting, code compliance and event planning.

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North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association

2019 Spring Education Workshops



The North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association will be sponsoring a one-day class which will address Tents & Membrane Structures and Responder Radio Coverage. Students will receive 6 hours of Continuing Education. Between the two topics, time has been allocated to conduct a brief discussion on current issues across the state that have generated the most questions as they relate to the 2018 NC State Fire Code. If you have a topic or question that you would like staff from OSFM to address, please forward your question by email along with your registration form.

Workshop Fees:  Fees for this year’s workshops will be $20.00 per attendee for NCFMA members. Registration for non-members is $40.00. Please make checks payable to NCFMA.  Members of other NC inspector associations may pay the $20.00 fee upon proof of membership.  Acceptance into the workshops will be on a first come, first serve basis.  All applicants must pre-register.  If you are not accepted for admittance you will be notified via email.

Class Registration

Analytic Interviewing I

August 26-28, 2019

Analytic Interviewing II

August 29-30, 2019


 Harnett County Fire Marshal’s Office

1005 Edwards Brothers Drive

Lillington, NC 27546

$498 per person, 40 hours in-service credit


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Vehicle Fire Investigation

September 9 – 11, 2019

0800 – 1630 (0800 – 1200 on 9/11)



Kenly Fire Department

101 W 1st St

Kenly, NC  27542

$320 per person, 20 tested hours continuing education


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