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Special Announcement: Rural VFD Assistance Program (HB 2604)
The TEEX 86th Annual Municipal Fire School, set for July 19 - 24, 2015 at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field. Texas Texas A&M Forest Service has announced the available use of HB 2604 to cover the training costs associated with this Fire School.
Who is eligible…
Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) 2nd Annual Symposium
The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) was created to provide for the systematic mobilization, deployment, organization and management of Texas local fire related resources in order to provide assistance in mitigating the effects of emergencies and disasters throughout Texas when requested. The 2nd Annual TIFMAS Symposium is set for June 18th & 19th at the San Antonio Courtyard by Marriott Seaworld Westover Hills.
The symposium is designed to give the fire departments across Texas a better understanding of TIFMAS and its many working parts as resources are called upon to serve the State of Texas. There will be new tools unveiled to help improve responses, discussions and case studies about incidents and the lessons learned, time to meet the Branch coordinators and so much more. The symposium is 2 full days of training and sharing information. Once again, due to the great support by local and state sponsors, the symposium is FREE, but registration is still required.*
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Sexual harassment should be an issue of concern to all fire service & EMS managers. It is extremely important for the emergency service organization to implement and disseminate a clear no tolerance policy for sexual harassment and inform all members of the available avenues of internal complaint. The organization must also prepare itself to promptly investigate all sexual harassment allegations and take appropriate remedial action to ensure harassment stops and discipline is administered.
Sexual harassment is discriminatory behavior prohibited under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and many state and local laws. Fire service leaders, therefore, must incorporate a plan of action that includes comprehensive training to help personnel understand the importance and implications of sexual harassment. Inaction and "pseudo-reaction" (a halfhearted or insincere response) are not choices for dealing with this contemporary problem, which is not going to go away and which calls for immediately replacing some long-held myths with substantial and reliable information. An organization`s underlying philosophy should reflect a commitment to making the workplace a safe and non-disruptive environment free of any form of discrimination or harassment. Harassment attitudes and behaviors must be explored, and training and effective policies to control future occurrences must be implemented. Undoubtedly, insecurity may surface when a supervisor ignorant of prevailing social standards is forced to deal with issues relating to sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment & abuse is not solely dedicated to women either. It is important for agencies to protect employees, volunteers and others associated with the organization from wrongdoing. Prevention of sexual abuse or misconduct is especially important where organizations are engaged in activities with minors. Organizations that supervise or work with minors are under a legal and moral obligation to protect against sexual abuse and misconduct.
To help your organization aid in the prevention of proper handling of sexual harassment & abuse, please utilize the following resources:
1) SAMPLE Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Prevention Policy
2) Sexual Harassment-Employee Practice Exposure Risk Communique
3) "Sexual Abuse & Misconduct: Protection of Minors/Youth" Risk Communique
The purpose of this bill is to extend Workers’ Compensation coverage to firefighters and emergency medical responders when in route to an emergency call. This bill is intended to clarify that these responders are covered for Workers’ Compensation while they are in route, where today this is a gray area under the definition of “course and scope” which excludes Workers’ Compensation coverage while commuting to work. This is an important piece of legislation to protect emergency responders, particularly volunteers, that risk their lives to protect our communities and who respond to emergencies directly from their homes or work places.
This bill will be heard on Tuesday, April 7th by the Business & Industry Committee. Please send a letter of support today to:
The Honorable Rene Oliveira
Chair and Members of the Business & Industry Committee
P O Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768-2910
Click Here to E-mail Rene Oliveira
Phone: (512) 463-0640 or (956) 542-1828
Please also plan on being at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:30 am to register in support of this bill. We need your voices to be heard!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BILL
Currently, the following organizations have stated their opinion of HB 2771:
VFIS of Texas – support
Texas Mutual Insurance Company - support
State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) – support
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) – support
Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D) – support
Texas Fire Marshals’ Association (TXFMA) – support
Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) – neutral
Texas Municipal League – opposed