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									                        The RELAY
         The e-mail Newsletter of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs’ Association—a member benefit
September 11, 2006                                                                                No. 2006-18

Membership Meeting in Wildwood September 14th
    The annual membership meeting of the State Fire Chiefs Association will be held in the Wildwood Con-
vention Center on Thursday, September 14th opening at 1:00 pm. Registration will open at 12:30 pm.

     Assemblyman Fred Scalara (Deputy Chief of the Nutley Fire Department), State Fire Marshall Larry
Petrillo, and State Firemen’s Association President Leigh Peterson will speak.

   Scholarships will be presented to Christopher G. Naylis, Bergenfield Volunteer Fire Department; Heidi
Michel, Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company #1; Adam C. Nichols, North Arlington Fire Depart-
ment; and Kyle J. Westenberger, Millbrook Company #2.

     Mike Kaminski, Program Specialist in the Resource Coordination and Planning Branch of the NIMS
Integration Center (NIC), will talk about the latest information on NIMS.

     Other meeting highlights include the annual Memorial Service, nominations, election, and installation of

For more details, go to

Sept. 11 - Five Years Later
   This is a "special edition" collection of articles relating to 9/11 and the War on Terror that has been
compiled by the Washington Post.

For all of the articles, go to

Department Of Homeland Security Releases Notice Of Guidance For Fiscal Year 2006
Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program
     On Wednesday, September 6th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Notice of
Guidance for the Fiscal Year 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (also known as the FIRE Act).
The purpose of the Notice of Guidance is to describe the criteria and funding priorities of the program prior
to the award announcements. The first round of Fiscal Year 2006 grant awards are expected to be announced
in approximately four weeks.

For the full announcement and a link to the Notice, go to

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National Petition Drive Urges Full Funding of FIRE Act
     Firefighters across the United States are being asked to lend their voices to Senator Charles Schumer's
effort to restore full funding ($1 billion) to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE Act) program. Schum-
er began a petition drive in New York State to back the funding, and the Northeastern States Fire Consortium
has expanded this drive across the country. The FIRE Act program will put life-saving equipment in the
hands of first responders, and mobilizing firefighters in support of funding is an effective way to show how
critical these grants are to localities that need them, Schumer said. Fire departments are being asked to col-
lect at least 100 signatures on each petition and to mail or fax them to Schumer's office in Washington and to
the offices of their own Senators and Representatives.

For an article about the initiative and a downloadable copy of the petition, go to

Fire Prevention Week Is Just Around The Corner!
    It's that time of year again. The time when all eyes look to the fire department as the lead agency in
bringing home the messages of fire and life safety. The time when schools, scout groups, businesses and
homeowner associations call and want to learn how to be fire safe.

     Each Fire Prevention Week has a theme, and this year it is "Prevent Cooking Fires - Watch What You
Heat." See how that theme can be incorporated into your October campaigns (the actual dates of Fire Preven-
tion Week 2006 are October 8th to 14th, but many groups will apply the theme to other times of the month.

For the full article and links to additional information, go to

Fireman Brian Tappen Critically Burned
    Volunteer firefighter Brian Tappen was critically burned at 2:36 pm, Wednesday, August 23rd, when he
was sprayed by hot water in a hose he was disconnecting from a fire truck at a fire scene on Columbia Turn-
pike in Florham Park.

     "The fire truck's pump was working for a period; the water was circulating in the truck to cool the hy-
draulics," said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Young. "Pump water was heated up, and the hot water was trapped
in one of the hose lines." Young led the response to the 12:24 pm alarm called in from the fire at the Brick
Oven Restaurant, at 162 Columbia Turnpike.

    Mrs. Judy Tappen said Tuesday that her son was making remarkable progress at the St. Barnabas Burn
Unit, which she called "an awesome place." She said Brian Tappen's spirits had improved as his condition
was upgraded. "He is joking around and is more himself today," she said.

For the full article, go to

"Everyone Goes Home" Program
    Hey, if you did not get the NFFF's "Everyone Goes Home" program by mail, you can now stop whin-
ing…here is how you can get it online today, for free. The National Preparedness Network (PREPNet) is
now distributing the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives program on
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the Internet as follows: DVD#1; DVD#2;

     A complete list of no cost FIREFIGHTER programs are available at as well as

From The Secret List 8-8-06,

The Next Time: Are You Prepared?
    The understandable sentiment among many Americans is that, in the event of a major disaster, you can't
depend on the federal government to bail you out. No matter how accurate, that sentiment emphasizes the
importance of preparedness on the part of state and local emergency management officials—individual citi-
zens. The mirror is where most of us will find the person most responsible for our survival after a natural or
human-caused disaster. And the threat of a terrorist attack could face any urban area. We all should insist on
adequate preparedness from our community, our elected officials and ourselves."

For the full editorial, go to

     One comment to the editorial, "All disasters are local and waiting for the federal government to come
bail you out is not a good plan. Government has a role, but more importantly, every individual and family
needs to do their part to become better prepared."

7th Statewide Symposium of the NJ Universities Consortium on Homeland Security
    Rutgers University will hose the 7th Statewide Symposium of the NJ Universities Consortium on Home-
land Security. The symposium will feature overviews of emerging and ongoing research projects in the area
of homeland security and a keynote address by Richard Canas, Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security
and Preparedness. It will be held on Monday, November 20th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Multipurpose
Room of the Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University. Registration is free.

For information about the program, speakers, and the registration form, go to

Fighting Fire With Robots
    Robots, the boxy, three-wheeled machines are likely a few years away from being used in real fires, but
they performed flawlessly last week in a simulation at a University of Pennsylvania robotics conference.
They represent one of several dramatic recent advances in the world of automation. Rather than solve a
problem with one big machine, send out a swarm of smaller, networked robots that share information and
operate as a team, borrowing principles from ants or other efficient members of the animal kingdom.

For the complete article, go to

A Proactive Approach to a Serious Personnel Threat
     The Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC)
often examines how to protect Emergency Services Sector (ESS) personnel from natural and man-made haz-
ards. Recently, the EMR-ISAC observed annual statistics indicating that more responder Line-of-Duty
Deaths (LODDs) are caused by heart attacks and heart disease than other hazards.
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     Regardless of the type of hazard, it is the work itself that endangers first responders. Intense periods of
demanding and strenuous activity often under the weight of protective clothing and breathing apparatus, and
in extreme weather or fluctuating ambient conditions place great stress on all responders. Coupling pre-
existing heart problems (e.g., arteriosclerosis), hypertension, or poor overall physical health (e.g., excess
weight, lack of exercise, smoking, etc.) with extreme overexertion are usually casual factors in nearly half of
annual LODDs. This is a serious threat to the most important of all critical infrastructures—personnel.

     Given responders’ devotion to their duties, personnel should be receptive to challenging the status quo
regarding this leading cause of job-related fatalities. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) estab-
lished a Web site to help all responders understand their personal risk factors and provide tools and resources
to reduce the number of responder deaths from heart attack.

     The U.S. Fire Administration initiated a partnership with the NVFC to study issues related to responder
occupational safety and health in the volunteer segment of the sector and to develop programs and strategies
to reduce on-duty fatalities. Particular attention is being given to such volunteer-distinct health and safety
issues as rural operations, wide age range of volunteers, distance from training facilities, declining number of
volunteers, and antiquated equipment.

For the full article, go to and tab
down to this title.

“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good
of the team.”                                                          --Bud Wilkinson

Good Grant Writing Never Goes Out of Style
     Regardless of whatever other factors may go into the process of making grant awards at the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS), good grant writing remains a key factor in any awards process. You have to
know how to write. You also have to understand how to articulate, not only in a well-written way but in a
technical way, what it is that you are trying to do and how it ties into the national preparedness priorities and
the target capabilities.

     You have to explain not only how the immediate funding you are looking to get from DHS will do that
but also how you can sustain what it is you are trying to do past a given grant cycle and beyond even federal

For the full article, go to

No-Cost Training Resource
     The Emergency Management and Response-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC)
learned about a collection of free online courses and tutorials for Emergency Services Sector (ESS) person-
nel seeking training to protect critical infrastructures.

    Among the training resources available is “Aggression Management.” Intended for the workplace, the
short course is a comprehensive, practical overview of aggressive behavior. Its goals are to help supervisors
identify aggression, foresee possible conflict, and prevent it from occurring.

    An “Accident Preparation and Response Tutorial” is a useful responder protection tool that addresses

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such workplace-related incidents as on- and off-premises accidents and those involving vehicles driven by
emergency personnel. It offers guidance on avoiding missteps that can have a significant impact on legal and
insurance outcomes.

     Examples of additional online training and resources are listed under categories such as Homeland Secu-
rity/Terrorism, Emergency/Disaster Management and Hazard Mitigation, Risk Identification and Analysis,
Safety and Health, Technology Risks, and Benchmarking and Performance Measurement.

For the full article, go to and tab
down to this title.

The RELAY is a Little Early This Week
    I will be away for a long weekend. If the RELAY didn’t get sent until Tuesday morning, that would be
pressing time for a final reminder about the State Fire Chiefs Annual Meeting on Thursday.

    So, although we are using the date of September 11th, it’s being transmitted a couple of days early.


Consider the “Safety Sandwich”
     The command and management structures of the National Incident Management System are intended to
be modular and scalable based on the size and complexity of incident. Some safety officers, however, have
expressed concern about a potential limitation in the ICS portion of NIMS. The challenge is the fact that ICS,
although allowing the general staff to be expanded through the use of branches, divisions, and groups, allows
only the use of “assistants” for expansion of the command staff.

     Though this is a solution that’s generally effective when safety issues at an incident are directly connect-
ed to operational concerns, what happens when the concerns are not primarily operational or the operations
are stable?

     ICS limits the use of the command staff (liaison, information, and safety) to one position and one only.
The information and safety roles can have demands that require significant resources and specific authority
to be effective. The concept of a “safety sandwich” is a means of accommodating these needs without violat-
ing either the letter or the spirit of the ICS, while meeting the need to expand the safety function. Creating a
“safety sandwich” requires the initiation of a functional branch whose responsibility is safety. A safety
branch allows the operations chief the opportunity to address safety in a variety of ways with additional re-

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