Fire Officers, Fire Grant EXPIRATION?, FLA FF Covid Death

All,

Has your department ever received a FIRE ACT or SAFER program grant?

Good.

Now it’s time for you to please just take just one minute to keep that program alive for your and all applying departments. Please share this with your local/mutual aid FDs, state, and regional fire organizations.

IT’S A BIG DEAL because unless action is taken NOW to save AFG and SAFER, they will EXPIRE as they face a statutory sunset on September 30, 2024 — just a few months from now.

All of the national organizations have collectively been working hard to enact the Fire Grants and Safety Act (S.870/H.R.4090), which would reauthorize AFG, SAFER, and the U.S. Fire Administration, but THE IAFF, IAFC, NVFC, AND ALL THE OTHER MAJOR ORGS NEED YOUR HELP. ACTION REQUESTED, PLEASE:

Please click below for information from CFSI on how to contact your members of Congress, as well as to get talking points for calls and sample letters to send via email. Your action will help ensure the Fire Grants and Safety Act (S.870/H.R.4090) becomes law without further delay.

CLICK HERE:

https://www.cfsi.org/support-afg-safer-and-usfa-take-action-now/

=THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COMPANY OFFICER: “BAY FLOOR LEADERSHIP”

The company officer, IMO, is the most important and toughest job in the fire department … and likely also the most challenging. So it’s not surprising that when questions were asked about the company officer’s role, hundreds of replies were received! In this free series of short videos, check out the Lexipol discussions about some of the most challenging questions company officers face … including:

Is it ever OK for the COMPANY OFFICER to break or bend a rule?

Is it ever OK for the COMPANY OFFICER to request a difficult employee be transferred?

What’s the best way for the COMPANY OFFICER to address a crew mess-up after a call?

What’s the best way for COMPANY and CHIEF OFFICERS to discipline volunteers yet have a crew available if needed?

VIEW IT HERE:

https://info.lexipol.com/bay-floor-leadership-tsl

=FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER DIES FOLLOWING COVID BATTLE

Marion County Fire Rescue (Ocala area) is once again mourning the loss of one of its Firefighters. This Firefighter, who died Sunday (yesterday) after a years-long daunting battle against COVID-19.

Driver-Engineer Charles “Chuck” Westphal was battling COVID-related issues since his hospitalization in August 2021. He was on a ventilator for 133 days in the ICU and had been dealing with residual issues since then. Our condolences to all those affected. MCFR has been through quite a tough time in the past few years.

MORE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/MCFR.FB/posts/776906051149338?ref=embed_post

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2/5/2024-1534 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com