SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR A FIRE CHIEF

www.bcfirechiefs.org

 

Complied by C. Kenneth Anderson

Past President, Burlington County Fire Chiefs’ Association

 

 

            This list is not to be considered comprehensive.  Many contacts are listed.  They may suggest others.  Searching the World Wide Web can also be helpful.

 

Personal Contacts

 

            Your predecessor as Chief

            Other Past Chiefs in your Department

            Chiefs of neighboring Department

            Other Chiefs in the County (See the Fire Chiefs Resource Directory)

 

 

Organizational Resources

 

Burlington County Fire Chiefs’ Association

            Meets monthly, second Wednesday at 7:30 pm

            President, Steve Scholey, chiefhhh@aol.com

            Secretary, Tim Pearson, t.m.pearson@att.net

 

http://www.bcfirechiefs.org

 

New Jersey State Fire Chiefs’ Association

            Five Trumpet Journal, eight page newsletter, five times per year

            The RELAY, bi-weekly e-mail newsletter

            Secretary, Jere E. Cole, Jr., njchiefs@aol.com

            Office               91 ½ Ravine Avenue

                                    West Caldwell, NJ  07006

 

http://www.njchiefs.com

 

International Association of Fire Chiefs

            On-Scene Newsletter

            Fire-Rescue International; annual conference, exhibits, professional development

            Office               4025 Fair Ridge Drive

                                    Fairfax, VA  22033-2868

http://www.iafc.org

 

National Fire Protection Association

 

http://www.nfpa.org

 

National Volunteer Fire Council

 

http://www.nfvc.org

 

National Interagency Fire Center

 

http://www.nifc.gov

 

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

 

http://www.nwcg.gov

 

National Association of State Fire Marshals                   

 

http://www.firemarshals.org

 

 

Technical Journals

 

Fire Engineering

For over 122 years, the magazine has provided training, education, and management information for fire and emergency services personnel worldwide. Articles are written by experts in the fire service and focus on lessons-learned.  Feature articles cover real-life situations such as collapse void search, confined space rescue, high-angle rescue, and extrication. Regular magazine departments focus on education and management issues. 1 year $24.95, 2 years $39.95, 3 years $56.95.

            21-00 Route 208 South

            Fairlawn, NJ  07410-2602

            http://fe.pennnet.com/

 

The online version of Fire Engineering provides daily international business and industry-related news, current issue articles, and access to years of searchable editorial archives.

http://fe.pennnet.com/UserReg/new_user_form.cfm?Section=NewUser&Subsection=

 

Firehouse® Magazine

Published monthly.  Regular Subscription rates: U.S.A., one year $28.97, two years $49.97

 

            Cygnus Publishing, Inc.

            445 Broad Hollow Road

            Melville, NY 11747

                        (631-845-2700)

Subscription orders placed online are at a substantially reduced rate. Look for our "subscribe now" button at http://www.firehouse.com


 

FIRE CHIEF

Established in 1956, the magazine is designed for progressive fire service leaders. Articles by fire officers from across the country and overseas examine issues that are of particular importance to the chief officers who lead and manage fire departments. In the course of any given year, specific feature topics might include training, safety and health, communications, fire investigation, finance and budgeting, professional development, incident command, hazmat response, vehicle maintenance, and other crucial areas.

http://fc.pbsub.com/

 

Free Subscription.  Also an e-mail newsletter is available.

 

FIRE CHIEF, the magazine for progressive fire service leaders, presents Command Post, a weekly e-mail newsletter that delivers timely, concise news and information directly to your inbox.

 

http://www.mailcubed.com/news/primedia/assent.asp?t=sub

 

FireRescue Magazine

Published monthly.  $25.95 for one year, $46.95 for two years

            Jems Communications

            525 B Street, Ste 1900

            San Diego, CA  92101-4495

                        (619) 687 3272

 

http://www.firerescuemag.com

 

Advanced Rescue Technology

Bi-monthly.  Free.

            7626 Densmore Avenue

            Van Nuys, CA  91406-2042

                        (800) 224 4367

                        subscriptions@advancedrt.com

 

http://www.advancedrt.com

 

The Pennsylvania Fireman

Monthly.  Annual Directory.  Lots of Ads.  Training announcements.  Pennsylvania news.  $6.75 for one year, $18.75 for three years.

            632 East Oregon Road

            Lititz, PA  17543

 

http://www.lcfa.com/pafireman

 

 
 

Training Organizations

 

Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center

            53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ  08060

            (609) 702 7152

 

                        Course offerings, course openings, general information

 

http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/dept/fireacademy/index.html

 

Division of Fire Safety

      William Ashby Community Affairs Building

            101 South Broad Street - POB 809

            Trenton, NJ  08625-0809

            (609) 633 6106

                        Drought Update

                        MRI Hazards Call For Specialized Policies And Knowledge

                        Entering Thermal Imaging Camera
                        Special Study into Firehouse Software

                        Stihl Chainsaw Recall

                        Domestic Preparedness Equipment Grant
                        USFA Counter-Terrorism
                        Critical Infrastructure Protection

                        Important Terrorist Message for Fire Departments

                        Prudential Helping Hearts Program Offers $1,000 Grants for Volunteer
                        EMS Squad AEDs

                        Rules Proposals/Adoptions

                        Division of Fire Safety Standard Operating Procedures

 

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dfs/

 

National Fire Academy

Through its courses and programs, the National Fire Academy works to enhance the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies.  Also access to FIRE Act information, Library, Fire Data.

 

http://www.usfa.fema.gov

 

National Terrorism Preparedness Institute

NTPI was founded in May of 1998 as a result of the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act with the intent of providing Emergency Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Training to first responders nationwide. NTPI is part of the Southeastern Public Safety Institute located at the St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. NTPI is funded by the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Justice. The courses are high-impact, hands-on, scenario driven and address specific shortfalls in the response capabilities of the various public safety agencies. NTPI has and continues to form partnerships with agencies tasked to conduct threat analysis, plan development, curriculum development, and technology development.

 

http://terrorism.spjc.edu

 

Maryland Fire Rescue Institute

The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) of the University of Maryland is the State's comprehensive training and education system for emergency services. The Institute plans, researches, develops, and delivers quality programs to enhance the ability of emergency services providers to protect life, the environment, and property. MFRI is the State's fire and emergency service training agency.  “Drill of the Month” is found on the website.

http://www.mfri.org

 

International Fire Service Training Association

Fire Protection Publications is a department of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, a division within Oklahoma State University (OSU), a land grant university. FPP is the world's leading publisher of training materials for the fire and emergency services. FPP serves as the headquarters for IFSTA.

 

http://www.ifsta.org

 

 

Expositions

 

Fire-Rescue International

IAFC and other organizations host this exhibition, general sessions, and professional development programs.  The 2003 Conference is in Dallas, Texas August 22-25.

http://www.iafc.org

 

Fire Department Instructors Conference

FDIC is a fire training opportunity, covering critical fire service topics incorporated into Hands-On Training (HOT classes), field sessions, classroom workshops and expansive exhibits. Held annually in Indianapolis and Sacramento.

 

http://www.fdic.org

 

Firehouse Expo

Firehouse Expo brings together experts from across the country to address today’s realities facing the fire and emergency services. With over 12000 professionals in attendance each year, Firehouse Expo is the largest event on the East Coast to find specific, focused training sessions and an exhibit floor filled with resources.  July 24 - 26, 2003, Baltimore Convention Center

 

http://www.firehouseexpo.com/firehouseexpo/index.po?

 

 

Fire Service Links

 

Burlington County Fire Investigations Division

            53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ  08060

            (609) 702 7156

 

Burlington County Department of Public Safety Services

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

NJ Office of EMS Services

 

NJ State Firemen's Association

            50 Evergreen Place, East Orange, NJ  07018-2144

            Telephone (973) 677-9295/9296
            Toll Free 1-800-852-0137
            Fax (973) 677-7643

 

 

Other Links

 

Burlington County Chiefs of Police

 

Camden County Fire Departments

 

Centers for Disease Control - Small Pox Info

 

Mercury Critical Incident Stress Management Team

 

 

Government Sites

 

Bureau of Justice Assistance

 

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

Department of Army Fire & Emergency Services

 

Department of Health and Human Services

 

DOE (Department of Energy)

 

DOT

 

EPA

            Chemical Preparedness Publications

 

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

            Global Emergency Management System

            National Fire Academy (NFA )

            Executive Fire Officer Program Research Papers

            Urban Search and Rescue

 

Fedstats - One Stop Shopping for Federal Statistics

 

OSHA

 

National Fire Academy (NFA)

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration EMS Division

 

NIH (National Institute of Health)

 

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

 

NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

            National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

            Fire Fighter Fatality Data

            Fire Fighter Fatality/Injury Investigation Reports
                        Annual Report:  2001

            Other NIOSH Publications on Fire Fighting Hazards

 

NOAA

 

Thomas Legislative Search Engine/U.S. Congress on the Internet

 

U.S. Chemical Safety Board

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

 

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

            National Fire Data Center (USFA)

            Arson Prevention Grants (USFA)

 

U.S. Government Online Bookstore

 

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau - Public Safety

 

Weather Channel

 

Wildland Firefighter

 

WMD First Responders

 

New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors                    http://www.njsfsi.org

 

New Jersey State Exempt Firemen’s Association                   http://www.njsefa.com  

 

New Jersey Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association            http://www.fmba.com  

 

New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs’ Association                               http://www.njsdca.com  

 

New Jersey State Safety Council                                     http://www.njsafety.org

 

National Fire Information Council                                     http://www.nfic.org

 

National Transportation Safety Board                http://www.ntsb.gov

 

National Institute of Standards & Technology            http://www.ntis.gov

 

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

 

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms                       http://www.atf.treas.gov

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation                         http://www.fbi.gov

 

Consumer Products Safety Commission                  http://www.cpsc.gov

 

National Fire Data Center                                          http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfdc/facts.htm

 

National Institute of Safety and Health              http://www.cdc.gov/niosh  

 

International Association for Fire Safety Science            http://www.iafss.org  

 

International Aviation Fire Protection Association             http://www.fire.org.uk/IAFPA

 

Building Officials & Codes Administrators International     

http://www.bocai.org

 

BOCA Campus On-line      

http://hercules.uol.com/ccs/Campus/login/introPage.cfm?institutionID=223

 

Factory Mutual Research                                              http://www.fmglobal.com  

 

CDC Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program          

http://www.bt.cdc.gov    

 

National Defense Preparedness Office               http://www.ndpo.gov  

 

US EPA                                                                       http://www.epa.gov/ceppo/cntr-ter.html  

 

WMD First Responders                                          http://www.wmdfirstresponders.com  

 

 

Legislative and Executive Links

 

 

Governor’s Office                                       http://www.state.nj.us.governor  

 

Legislature                                                        http://www.njleg.state.nj.us  

 

Department of Community Affairs              http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dcahome.htm  

 

Division of Fire Safety                           http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dfs  

 

United States Congress                                  http://www.thomas.loc.gov  

 

Federal Executive (White House)              http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/global/executive/fed.html

 

Congressional Fire Services Institute                        http://www.cfsi.org  

 

 

Books

 

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, New York, Warner Books, 2002.  (Recommended by Chase Sargent at the 2002 Leadership Seminar)

 

Tom Mangold and Jeff Goldberg, Plague Wars:  The Terrifying Reality of Biological Warfare, New York, St. Martin’s Press, February 2000.

 

Ken Alibek with Steven Handelman, BIOHAZARD, New York, Random House, 1999

 

Emergency Response to Terrorism, Self Study, US DOJ and FEMA.  Can be downloaded from http://www.usfa.fema.gov

 

FEMA:  Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning:  State and Local Guide (101)

Provides basic background information on terrorism-related issues. Terrorism Annex to the Federal Response Plan.  Includes the full text of the Annex in PDF format that can be downloaded and reproduced.

 

http://www.fema.gov/rrr/allhzpln6g.shtm

 

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security

 

Roberts, Steven. "Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security." Perspectives on Preparedness No.15, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, July 2003.

 

To see the full text go to:

 

http://bcsia.ksg.harvard.edu/BCSIA_content/documents/POP_15_Roberts.PDF 

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The “All Hands Community” website is found at http://www.all-hands.net/pn/user.php.  You have to register to gain access.  The following three documents can be found on the website

 

The latest draft of the National Incident Management System, new NIMS dated January 14, 2004, Working Draft Version Eight, that will become part of the National Response.

 
Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-8 on National Preparedness This directive establishes policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal, establishing mechanisms for improved delivery of Federal preparedness assistance to State and local governments, and outlining actions to strengthen preparedness capabilities of Federal, State, and local entities.
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Preparing for Terrorism by Al Mozinga

 

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Officer Development Handbook

 

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has released the Officer Development Handbook, a professional development guide for current and aspiring chief fire officers.  Published in partnership with the IAFC Foundation, the handbook is intended to help fire officers at all levels plan a systematic development program for their professional fire service careers.

The Officer Development Handbook outlines four key elements of professional development—education, training, experience and self development. The handbook discusses each of these elements at different levels of a fire officer’s career—supervising fire officer, managing fire officer, administrative fire officer and executive fire officer. Each section also includes an overview of the corresponding National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Development.

The Officer Development Handbook is available electronically at the IAFC Web site, www.iafc.org/downloads/index.shtml.