SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR A FIRE CHIEF
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.
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)
Burlington County Fire Chiefs’ Association
Meets monthly, second Wednesday at 7:30 pm
President, Steve Scholey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary, Tim Pearson, email@example.com
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., firstname.lastname@example.org
Office 91 ½ Ravine Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fire-Rescue International; annual conference, exhibits, professional development
Office 4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033-2868
National Fire Protection Association
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Interagency Fire Center
National Wildfire Coordinating Group
National Association of State Fire Marshals
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
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.
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
Subscription orders placed online are at a substantially reduced rate. Look for our "subscribe now" button at http://www.firehouse.com
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.
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.
Published monthly. $25.95 for one year, $46.95 for two years
525 B Street, Ste 1900
San Diego, CA 92101-4495
(619) 687 3272
Advanced Rescue Technology
7626 Densmore Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406-2042
(800) 224 4367
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
Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center
53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060
(609) 702 7152
Course offerings, course openings, general information
Division of Fire Safety
William Ashby Community Affairs Building
101 South Broad Street - POB 809
Trenton, NJ 08625-0809
(609) 633 6106
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.
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.
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.
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.
IAFC and other organizations host this exhibition, general sessions, and professional development programs. The 2003 Conference is in Dallas, Texas August 22-25.
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.
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
Fire Service Links
53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060
(609) 702 7156
50 Evergreen Place, East Orange, NJ 07018-2144
Telephone (973) 677-9295/9296
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
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
BOCA Campus On-line
Factory Mutual Research http://www.fmglobal.com
CDC Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program
National Defense Preparedness Office http://www.ndpo.gov
WMD First Responders http://www.wmdfirstresponders.com
Legislative and Executive Links
Governor’s Office http://www.state.nj.us.governor
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
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.
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:
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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.
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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.