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FRI, the annual conference and expo of the IAFC, has provided senior-level leadership training to fire chiefs for 140 years. As an organization, the IAFC represents the world's leading experts in the first responder community. The IAFC's commitment to excellence is seen throughout FRI—from the classroom to the expo, the IAFC delivers when it comes to quality and value.

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Parent's Child Protection and Resource Links

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PTSD / TBI connection Every Sunday!

EVERY SUNDAY will be the PTSD/TBI Sunday connection.

Hosted by Bree N. - USFRA PTSD Blogger

Use the chat room on USFRA to visit, chat, and discover the fact you are not alone.

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This is what I believe:

We hold the line together on our journeys to healing with PTSD/TBI.
We are united through something which was not our choice to live with.
We can be heroes for each other.
We can heal together.
We support each no matter what line we hold.
We have each others six.

We will be the strongest team of survivors ever known.

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The 2015  Firefighter Trainee Examination will be administered on May 28, 2015.  The examination will take place at the San Antonio Convention Center, 200 E. Market @ 2 pm. The application period has not been announced.  When the sign up period begins, all applications will be submitted through an online process. Application period and process will be posted soon. We are not currently accepting applications. Please monitor this site for the upcoming online sign up period.

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The Brotherhood Ride consists of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who ride bicycles to honor those who have died in the line of duty and WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our organization's sole purpose is to provide emotional support to the families of fallen emergency first responders. We feel by riding approximately one year after the incident, it proves to the families that we have not forgotten their loved ones. This year we will be honoring ten Emergency First Responders from Florida, who died in the line of duty during 2014. The team will consist of 30 firefighters and law enforcement officers from across America coming to your community. Please visit our website at www.brotherhoodride.com to learn more about our ride to honor the fallen heroes.

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PTSD/TBI: "Her Middle Name is Trouble"

Posted by Bree N. on May 20, 2015 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

Trouble. Our small town police chief used to tease me with the ‘her middle name is trouble’ line all the time. It was a good natured joshing kind of thing as I never was ‘trouble’. I had been married to a three generation police family so was… Continue

TBI: The Goldfish In a Bowl Effect

Posted by Bree N. on May 13, 2015 at 8:22pm 0 Comments

Some days I really hate this brain injury.

My daughter and I had had a wonderful day together doing all the preparations needed for her car. Oil Change and new tires equalled a happy car, happy girl. A baker’s dozen bagels from Panera… Continue

PTSD: What Happened to my PLAN?

Posted by Bree N. on May 12, 2015 at 11:36am 0 Comments

Retrospective insight is sometimes a real bitch. I can look back and see the joy I used to have in each day. My days had been full, always moving forward. I had a long term PLAN. One I was actively putting into action. Yet everything conspired to… Continue


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May 20, 2015

SPOTLIGHT! Take Me Home Program

Over the weekend our deputies recovered a missing and confused 65-year old man who's been diagnosed with dementia walking on Racetrack Road. He was returned safely to his family. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind citizens about our free Take Me Home program which can be a huge help if someone with

special needs wanders away and is unable to share an address due to confusion or other challenges. Here's the link to our web page:

Take Me Home Program The Take Me Home Program maintains a database of persons who may need assistance due to special needs. The information in the database includes a picture,...


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A Houston firefighter has died in an apparent murder-suicide,

Started by Officer Derek Tomlinson in Fire News 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

Photo: Caroline Minjares, victim in murder-suicide(Photo: Family photo / KHOU)A Houston…Continue

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Why some measures designed to address school shootings may adversely affect fire safety

Started by Tony Thomas in Fire News. Last reply by Capt. Fyre Walker 13 hours ago. 2 Replies

THE NAMES CAN BE HAUNTINGLY FAMILIAR—Cleveland, Lindhurst, Pearl, Westside, Columbine, Red Lake, Nickel Mines, Virginia Tech, Chardon, Sandy Hook. They represent sites of school violence tragedies that will torment the affected communities for…Continue

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Transit Discounts for First Responders

Started by Ryan Jurgensmeier in Member Lounge. Last reply by Janet Liebsch May 13. 7 Replies

Hey everyone,I am looking to gather some information for my Masters Capstone Project and would like to see if any of you can contribute.I need information from first responders nationwide on any local government sponsored discount/subsidy for…Continue

Member needs help for a proper burial for his family member

Started by Janet Liebsch in Member Lounge. Last reply by Jesse James Jessup May 12. 1 Reply

USFRA member Gene B. needs help per his following note...I need to ask a favor from you and the rest of the USFRA ... my Cousin [Donna Fortner] passed away last friday suddenly. The family is in dire needs to get together funding for her to have a…Continue

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