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Table Of Contents
Hope for the Holidays
NTEA Adds, Revises Ambulance Standards
USFA Releases Cooking Fires Report
One Fire Chief Hired, Another Joins Union
Fire Chief, Wife Save Woman from Train Wreck
Kansas Fire Chief Dies
The Cost of Fire
Cookie-Cutter Fire Spread
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From Janet's Notebook
Hope for the Holidays


Concord (Mass.) Fire Chief Ken Willette sent me a reminder this week to again request and post online the names of firefighters serving in the military overseas. Willette must have ESP, because I had planned to do just that this week.

If you know of a firefighter/soldier serving overseas who might enjoy a holiday greeting card or note of appreciation, send his or her mailing address and it will be posted on FireChief.com. If you know of a firefighter/soldier in the hospital, send his or her contact info along, also.

Last year, Willette sent the addresses of his son and nephew to be included on the holiday card list. "Both of them received cards from chiefs they never knew or met and it made their holiday season a bit brighter," Willette wrote. "My nephew ... e-mailed me that he had received hundreds of cards from folks he didn't know, and it was crazy, but he loved it!" Click Here for More ...

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Top Story
NTEA Adds, Revises Ambulance Standards
For more than two years, members of the Ambulance Manufacturers Division of the National Truck Equipments Association have worked with the General Services Administration to revise the AMD standards. The result is AMD Standards 001–025, which are to be used in conjunction with the federal specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance, KKK-A-1822F. Click Here for More ...

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Polycom's Grant Assistance Program (PGAP) helps fire departments find and apply for funding sources, such as the Assistance to Firefighters grant, to buy critical communications equipment for training and distance learning. Go to www.polycom.com/pgap to learn more. We provide up to $1,500 towards the cost of grant writers to help you apply.

In the News
USFA Releases Cooking Fires Report
The U.S. Fire Administration completed a report and accompanying educational tools on behavioral mitigation of cooking fires. Click Here for More ...

One Fire Chief Hired, Another Joins Union
Keith Yamane is set to become fire chief in Union Gap, Wash., while new Borough, Pa., Fire Chief Christopher DeNaples has joined the International Association of Fire Fighters. Click Here for More ...

Fire Chief, Wife Save Woman from Train Wreck
Franklin Square (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Department Chief Anthony LoCicero and his wife, an off-duty police officer, rescued a 63-year-old woman just before a train destroyed her stalled car. Click Here for More ...

Kansas Fire Chief Dies
McPherson County (Kan.) Rural Fire Department Chief Stanley Engdahl died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 12. He was 78. Click Here for More ...

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Do you have questions? We have answers!

FireChief.com is featuring a new service where you can ask industry professionals your questions in specific categories. Class 1 is currently answering questions related to Electronics, and Hale is currently answering questions related to Pumps.

If you would like to be an expert on FireChief.com you can learn more about the program here.


From Mutual Aid, a FIRE CHIEF Blog
The Cost of Fire


Take a look at the article about hidden war costs on CNN's Web site. Based on a report from the House Joint Economic Committee, "the total economic impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is estimated at $1.6 trillion by 2009." This article also says that "the committee calculated the average cost of both wars for a family of four would be $20,900 from 2002 to 2008." Click Here for More ...

Cookie-Cutter Fire Spread


Recent increases in interest rates have had an adverse effect on the housing market, and new-home construction has slowed significantly nationwide. This current valley follows nearly 10 years of peaks for the housing industry that resulted in a significant surge in land prices and new home costs. Click Here for More ...

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NOVEMBER 2007

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DECEMBER 2007

TEEX 16-Hour NFPA 1081 Leadership
3-4, College Station, Texas
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TEEX Basic Marine Firefighting
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TEEX 32-Hour Advanced Tactical Leadership
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TEEX Combined (Basic & Advanced) Marine Firefighting
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