The Department of State Health Services Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination (OEMS/TS) is updating the list of potentially eligible emergency medical service providers for the FY 15 EMS Allotment/Allocation. This funding consists of EMS and Trauma Care System Account (911 fund), the Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Facilities, and Trauma Care System Fund (1131 fund) and the Designated Trauma Facility and Emergency Medical Services Fund (3588 fund). Funds are distributed through your regional advisory council office.
Check the Excel sheet at the following link for your organization’s name and contract status. http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/PotentialProvAllotment.shtm.
By FireRescue1 Staff (Original Source)
WASHINGTON — The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement that will allow for the full resumption of the Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and Firefighter Property (FFP) programs.
FEPP and FFP allow for the transfer of excess military vehicles and equipment to local fire departments. In June, the Department of Defense (DoD) suspended the programs over concerns that transferring equipment to state and local entities violated the waiver from federal emissions standards that DoD receives for military equipment.
"DLA and EPA reached an agreement which allows DLA to resume all prior practices and procedures utilized for the disposal of excess military equipment that are covered by an NSE issued by EPA," the DLA’s Office of Legislative Affairs said. "This agreement re-institutes all processes and authorities; to include transfers, donations and public sales previously available to program participants (LESO, FPP and FEPP). Specifically, this resets the original accountability requirements and continues the transfer of title to program participants."
The National Volunteer Fire Council has confirmed with the U.S. Forest Service, which administers FEPP and FFP, that the programs have been fully restored.
"FEPP and FPP are a lifeline that make it possible for the volunteer fire service to be this nation’s first line of defense against wildland fire," NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg said. "I’d like to thank the NVFC’s membership for contacting your elected representatives in Congress to let them know how important these programs are. I’d also like to thank the U.S. Senators and Representatives who weighed in with Defense Secretary Hagel to ask him to fully restore FEPP and FFP."
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Received a $1.5 Million Grant From FEMA to Address Volunteer Firefighter Health Issues.
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The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston has received nearly $1.5 million in preparedness funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address the health of volunteer firefighters.
The UT Health Science Center at Houston will use the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant to assess the effectiveness of an Internet-based firefighter health and wellness program for volunteer fire departments. A national sample of volunteer fire departments will be recruited for a six-month-long study that will focus on nutrition and fitness for the firefighters. Modifications will be made to the program based on the study findings.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has tracked the number of firefighter fatalities and conducted an annual analysis for 36 years. Through the collection of information on the causes of firefighter deaths, the USFA is able to focus on specific problems and direct efforts toward finding solutions to reduce the number of firefighter fatalities. This information is also used to measure the effectiveness of current programs directed toward firefighter health and safety.
According to FEMA, in 2012 there were 81 firefighter fatalities in the U.S., including 28 career firefighters, 42 volunteer firefighters, and 11 members of wildland fire agencies. The 42 volunteer firefighter deaths including 21 from rural fire departments and 21 from urban/suburban fire departments. The deaths resulted during different types of duties, including training, responding to fires, fireground operations, on-scene nonfire, after the incident, returning from incident, and other on-duty responsibilities.
“Volunteer firefighters are integral to the firefighting profession and to the communities they support,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “We are proud to be a part of this important effort to boost their health and well-being."
A volunteer firefighter works part-time or on-call and may have other jobs. Although they are volunteers, employers may pay them as employees when they respond to an emergency or participate in training drills, according to the Social Security Administration.
FP&S grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, grants that support projects to enhance the safety of the public and protect firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.
By Lorrie Barclay, for GSM Magazine
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS ON AUG 13, 2014
SOURCE: ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS, TEXAS
Aug. 13--ABILENE, Texas -- On average, 100 U.S. firefighters die in the line of duty each year.
But that doesn't have to be the case, said Joel Thompson, a fire academy instructor and a chief of operations at the Haltom City Fire Department. On Tuesday, Thompson taught a two-hour seminar to volunteer firefighters at the Abilene Civic Center, part of the 60th annual Abilene Fire Control Conference.
The conference, which includes training on pump operations, hazardous material awareness and safety is put on by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
During the class, Thompson said that 75 percent of on-duty deaths could be prevented by using proper firefighting techniques and by staying in shape.
"I'd say many of these could have been prevented," he said.
About half of each year's deaths are from heart attacks, Thompson said, the apparent result of a unhealthy lifestyle and a bad diet.
"When I was a volunteer, our dinner consisted of something fried, bacon and gravy," he told the class.
The other half of deaths can mostly be attributed to firefighters going too far inside a burning structure and becoming trapped. He called the blind bravery and aptitude for thrill-seeking shown by some firemen "a culture" that needs to change.
"When that building's on fire, we're going to go inside," Thompson said. "But if we continue to operate this way, we'll continue to have 100 more deaths a year. That will only change when we change the culture."
Some tips he gave to prevent unnecessary death while fighting structure fires:
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