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					                        The RELAY
         The e-mail Newsletter of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs’ Association—a member benefit
                                         http://www.njchiefs.com
October 23, 2006                                                                                   No. 2006-21

NFPA Suggests Halloween Safety Tips To Avoid Fires
     It’s almost time for witches, ghosts, and goblins to appear at parties and on neighborhood streets in
search of fun and treats. In order to make the Halloween holiday safe, the National Fire Protection Associa-
tion (NFPA) offers several tips, including:
   Avoid potentially flammable Halloween costumes
   Use alternatives to candles whenever possible
   Make children aware of fire safety

For the full notice, go to http://www.nfpa.org/newsReleaseDetails.asp?categoryid=488&itemId=30629

Bush Overrides New Qualifications for FEMA Head
     President Bush has claimed executive authority to disobey a new law in which Congress has set mini-
mum qualifications for future heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Congress passed the
law as a response to FEMA's poor handling of Hurricane Katrina. To shield FEMA from cronyism, Congress
established new job qualifications for the agency's director in last week's homeland security bill. The law
says the president must nominate a candidate who has ―a demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emer-
gency management‖ and ―not less than five years of executive leadership.‖

    Bush signed the homeland-security bill. Hours later, he issued a signing statement saying he could ig-
nore the new restrictions. According to Bush, the law "purports to limit the qualifications of the pool of per-
sons from whom the president may select the appointee in a manner that rules out a large portion of those
persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office."

For the full article, go to
http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?ARTICLE_ID=274296&p=25&cat=HOME

A Heck Of A Mistake
     If there is one thing you would think the White House would not want to call attention to especially in
an election year, it would be the government's bumbling response to Hurricane Katrina and the man who led
that effort—Old Brownie, as we have come to know him.

    The White House served notice that the president would not abide by new Congressional rules which
require the next head of FEMA—that's Brownie's old job—to have five years' experience in disaster man-
agement.

    Why would the president have a problem with Congressional rules which require the next head of
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FEMA to have five years' experience in disaster management? The president has every right to protect his
powers. But with all the attention that it refocuses on Katrina mistakes, you have to believe that a lot of Re-
publican candidates in close races would have preferred the President leave this constitutional battle for
another day—the day after the election.

For the complete Editorial, go to
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/08/opinion/schieffer/main2072487.shtml

DHS Awards 3rd Round of FY 06 SAFER Grants
     On October 8th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the third round of the FY
2006 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants. The SAFER grants have two activities
that will help grantees attain this goal, (1) hiring of firefighters and (2) recruitment and retention of volunteer
firefighters.

    One grant was made to a New Jersey fire department:
   Point Pleasant Fire Company # 1                      Recruitment                               $101,565

For the announcement, go to http://www.firegrantsupport.com/safer/awards/06

The IAFC and the USFA Develop Model Policy and Procedures Guide for Emergency
Vehicle Safety
     The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Department of Homeland Security's United
States Fire Administration (USFA) announced the release of a Guide to Model Policies and Procedures for
Emergency Vehicle Safety. This innovative, web-based educational program is aimed at reducing the impact
of vehicle related incidents on the fire service and the communities they protect. The guide provides in-depth
information for developing policies and procedures required to support the safe and effective operation of all
fire and emergency vehicles, as well as privately-owned vehicles, which are the leading cause of volunteer
firefighter on-duty fatalities responding and returning to emergencies.

For the full announcement and links to the Guide, go to
http://www.iafc.org/displayindustryarticle.cfm?articlenbr=31811

National Fire Academy (NFA) Training Opportunities
     Vacancies exist in the following NFA courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmits-
burg, Maryland. You may refer to the internet at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/training for more information, or
contact the Admissions Office via email netc-admissions@dhs.gov or by phone at (301) 447 1035. Com-
pleted applications may be faxed to (301) 447 1441. If interested, apply immediately!

     All vacancies are filled on a first come, first served basis and qualified by using the Student Selection
Criteria listed on the Website: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/training

R149 EMS: Management of Community Health Risk, 12/11-22/06 15 vacancies
R151 Advanced Leadership Issues in Emergency Medical Services, 11/27-12/8/06 5 vacancies
R154 Advanced Safety Operations & Management, 3/18-23/07 1 vacancy
R207 Management for Arson Prevention & Control, 3/5-3/16/07 8 vacancies
R309 Strategic Analysis of Community Risk Reduction, 3/26-4/07 9 vacancies
R359 Discover Road to High-Risk Audience, 3/18-3/23/07 13 vacancies
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R493 NFIRS – 6 Day, 3/18-23/07 9 vacancies
R628 Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist, 3/18-23/07 6 vacancies
R810 VIP: Leadership & Administration, 2/25-3/2/07 3 vacancies
R816 VIP: Community Education Leadership, 11/5-10/06 14 vacancies
R822 VIP: Advanced Safety Operations & Management, 2/25-3/2/07 6 vacancies
R823 VIP: VIP: Leading Community Fire Prevention, 11/5-10/06 11 vacancies
R824 VIP: Management Strategies for Success, 2/25-3/2/07 2 vacancies
R825 VIP: Command & Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards, 11/5-10/06 5 vacancies
R826 VIP: Presenting Effective Public Education, 2/25-3/2/07 16 vacancies

Recovery Guide for Critical Infrastructures and Key Resources
    Since Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7, dated December 17, 2003, designated the Emergency
Services Sector (ESS) a national critical infrastructure, the Emergency Management and Response-
Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) returns often to the topic of continuity of operations
(COOP) planning and its importance for emergency organizations.

     Because of the urgency for ESS organizations to maintain continuous operations during all emergencies,
the goal of every ESS entity should be to have a plan in place that specifies straight forward, step-by-step
recovery procedures to follow during and after a man-made or natural disaster. Just released by the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security (DHS) is Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide for
Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources, a downloadable tool that emphasizes COOP planning.

For the full notice, go to http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/subjects/emr-isac/infograms/ig2006/101906.shtm and tab
down to this title.

CSB to Hold November 9th, Public Meeting on Combustible Dust Hazard Study Find-
ings and Proposed Recommendations in Washington, DC
     On October 20th, the Chemical Safety Board announced it is convening a public meeting related to its
investigation of combustible dust hazards at industrial facilities. The Board will be considering the findings
and proposed recommendations of the draft report. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am on November 9th, in
the Diplomat/Consulate room of the Embassy Suites Downtown Washington, 1250 22nd Street, NW, Wash-
ington, DC.

     The investigation team will present its draft findings on the history of combustible dust fires and explo-
sions in the United States. Proposed recommendations to prevent future dust explosions will also be de-
scribed. The Board will discuss the findings and proposed recommendations of the draft report and hear pub-
lic comments concerning the issue. The Board may also vote on approval of the report and recommenda-
tions.

For the full announcement, go to
http://www.csb.gov/index.cfm?folder=news_releases&page=news&NEWS_ID=313

U.S. Senators Ask President Bush For Disaster Reform
      In a letter to President Bush dated October 12th, a bipartisan group of United States Senators said the
President’s ―signing statement‖ accompanying a key Homeland Security bill disregards ―provisions in the
bill intended to protect against further mistakes such as those that plagued the 2005 hurricane response.‖

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     ―The bottom line is that we need FEMA leadership that meets high standards,‖ the Senators wrote.
―Disregarding provisions of the Act that are intended to strengthen those standards is a move in the wrong
direction.‖

    A full copy of the letter is available at http://landrieu.senate.gov/news/sstmtletter.pdf.

For the full article, go to http://www.bayoubuzz.com/articles.aspx?aid=8507

Two NFA Pilot Courses Recruiting Students
    Students may apply beginning November 1st to attend two pilot courses offered in the United States Fire
Administration’s Fire Prevention: Technical curriculum at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Mary-
land. The six-day courses, Fire and Life Safety Plans Review (P132) and Fire Protection for the Built Envi-
ronment (P135), will be offered August 26-31, 2007 and September 16-21, 2007, respectively.

    Fire and Life Safety Plans Review will assist the student in verifying that construction documents comp-
ly with applicable building and fire codes for fire protection and life safety requirements. Students who have
taken Plans Review for Inspectors (R102 or N102) will not be admitted to this course.

     Fire Protection for the Built Environment will assist the student in understanding the underlying life
safety and fire protection concepts from which modern building/fire code regulations are derived. This
course is designed for students with less than 12 months of fire prevention experience who are, or expect to
be, responsible for conducting basic fire prevention and protection inspections.

For the full announcement, go to http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/training/nfa/nfa-100506.shtm


        Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you
        transport something by ship, it's called cargo?


Disaster Preparedness Resource Now Available
      Employers and employees involved in cleanup and recovery efforts following natural disasters will ben-
efit from a new tool developed by OSHA and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Safety En-
gineers.

For the full announcement and details on how to obtain a copy, go to
http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?ARTICLE_ID=274919&p=25

NVFC’s EMS Cost Savings Calculator is Now Available Online
     The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released its EMS Cost Savings Calculator. This im-
portant tool allows volunteer EMS departments to determine the total annual savings that their service pro-
vides the community. A similar tool for volunteer fire departments had previously been released and is also
available on the NVFC website.

    The NVFC partnered with VFIS and the Public Safety and Environmental Protection Institute at St. Jo-
seph’s University to produce the EMS Cost Savings Calculator. Departments enter details about their de-
partments such as area and population protected, number of volunteers, and salary of area career personnel
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and the Cost Savings Calculator will determine the company’s current value and total annual volunteer sav-
ings. The corresponding study, which is also available online, showed that nationwide it would cost $486.6
million a year if the existing volunteer emergency medical providers were replaced with career personnel.

     The Cost Savings Calculator includes a customizable PowerPoint presentation to help departments edu-
cate city or town councils, department boards, and local groups about the value the department brings to the
community.

The Cost Savings Calculator can be found at http://www.nvfc.org/calculator/main_ems.html

Congress Grants DHS Authority To Develop Chemical Plant Antiterrorism Protections
    A stop-gap measure giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to develop and oversee a
chemical plant security program was approved early in October by House and Senate leaders. The security
provisions are far weaker than approaches in other bills debated since September 11, 2001.

    The measure gives DHS near absolute authority over plant security, but that power ends in three years—
enough time, congressional supporters say, to pass a comprehensive bill. Vulnerability assessments and
security plans are required, but no standards are set.

     Security information will not be made public, and the decision to release information to state or local
officials, including police and fire departments, is left to DHS. It is unclear if state chemical plant security
laws will be preempted by DHS's oversight.

For the full article, go to http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/84/i40/8440notw6.html


        There are 3 kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can't.


Electrical Inspectors’ Meeting Offers Timely Advice On Use Of Portable Generators
     Mark W. Earley, P.E., Assistant Vice President with the NFPA warned about the dangers of improper
use of portable generators at the Western Section Meeting of the International Association of Electrical In-
spectors’ Association on September 19th. ―Recent natural disasters have created a significant increase in the
number of homeowners who have purchased portable electric generators,‖ said Mr. Earley. ―Yet homeown-
ers often ignore or are unaware of the proper way to safely use the generator.‖

     The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning,
electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards.

For the full announcement and a link to tips for the proper use of portable generators, go to
http://www.nfpa.org/newsReleaseDetails.asp?categoryid=488&itemId=30282

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