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OFIA - OFCA Draft Agreement

    On Friday, March 26th, the Oregon Fire Chief's Association (OFCA) approved this DRAFT Agreement between OFCA and OFIA.  Please review the document in preparation for the 2015 OFIA Conference where the Agreement will be considered.

If you have any comments, you can forward them to any of the OFIA Executive Officers.

Oregon Fire Service Calendar

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This OFIA calendar is designed to bring together everything that is going on in the Oregon Fire Service so that we have a central planning and communication tool. 

If you send calendar appointments to oregonfireinstructors@gmail.com - they will be posted right away! You can do this using Outlook, Google calendar or any calendar system that generates a .csv appointment. Just type oregonfireinstructors@gmail.com into the invitee space and it will automatically populate our calendar once we accept it.

Latest OFIA News

  • Oregon EMS Conference 2015 Register NOW for the Oregon EMS Conference 2015!Registration is now open for the Oregon EMS Conference 2015.  This year’s conference promises to have something for every level of provider. NEW this year, following the Friday Night Awards Ceremony, meet and socialize with other EMS providers while listening and dancing to the high energy music of Countryfied. Countryfied has been entertaining audiences of all sizes and ages for over twenty years. Credited with four albums, and seen in concert with such greats ranging from Merle Haggard, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Starship and many more. This event is open to all conference attendees and their guest.You will find the conference brochure and registration link online www ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 12:16 PM by Dee Kinkade
  • NVFC Volunteer Department Wellness Program Support Health and wellness of firefighters is an important part of a volunteer department's safety program. Heart attack, obesity, and cancer rates continue to be a concern.These are almost always preventable health issues, and department leadership can support their firefighters by developing health and wellness programs.For departments who don't yet have an active health and wellness program but feel they need to start one, there may be help. Through a Research and Development grant by FEMA, a project is in the works to test an online wellness program, and they need volunteer departments interested in creating a wellness program.This program is offered at no cost. Departments will be visited by the project team several times to ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:22 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • NFFF Resources for Firefighters Responding to Violent Incidents Firefighter Life Safety Initiative 12 http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FLSI12_FinalReport.pdf (PDF, 1.1 Mb), by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), focuses on response protocols when responding to violent incidents and may be of help to fire departments around the country.The report discusses civil disturbances briefly, mentioning specifically a fire department in Michigan that responded to mob-set fires and was attacked. The f‍irefighters had to improvise since no plans were on the books to deal with such a situation.There are suggestions and recommendations throughout the report on training, checklists, self-deploying, safety, and communication:-Use a Unified Command structure and reinforce use of an integrated incident management system;-Ensure ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:21 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • DHS Releases First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in IED and/or Active Shooter Incidents Active shooter events in recent years and the Boston Bombing in 2013 shed light on changing practices needed to improve the survivability of victims. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs has released "The First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents" to assist with this.The First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents translates evidence-based response strategies from the U.S. military's vast experience in responding to and managing casualties from IED and/or active shooter incidents into the civilian first responder environment. This guidance also incorporates civilian best practices and lessons learned from similar incidents, both in the ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:20 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • National Volunteer Fire Council Launches “Share the Load” Program The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched its “Share the Load” Program, an initiative designed to address a growing need to provide behavioral health support and resources for the nation’s firefighters and EMTs. Firefighters and EMTs respond to the worst crises, such as fires, traffic accidents, domestic abuse, shootings, and more. At the same time, they juggle the needs of the department, their families, outside interests, and for volunteers, full‐time jobs. Add to that everyday stressors and often poor sleep and fitness patterns. It is easy to see that these factors will impact the behavioral health of many who answer the call.Through “Share the Load” the NVFC hopes to break the stigma around behavioral health issues ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:07 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • MFRI Releases FREE Active Assailant Awareness Online Awareness Training The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) at the University of Maryland has posted on its website (www.mfri.org) a new self-paced distance education training program titled "Active Assailant Awareness Online Training."  This on-line training class is offered free of charge and was created by MFRI with the assistance of the FBI, Maryland State Police, and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).This program is based on the new statewide guidelines Maryland has implemented for response to active assailant incidents. The program takes about 60-90 minutes to complete and is at the "awareness" level of training.  As with any on-line training, users need to ensure subject matter does not conflict with policies ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:04 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • FEMA Emergency Management Instittute Seeks Students FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI),located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is seeking applicants for a number of leadership programs they offer free of charge.National Emergency Management Basic AcademyThe National Emergency Management Basic Academy is designed for newly appointed emergency managers. The goal of the Basic Academy is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience combining knowledge of all fundamental systems, concepts, and practices of cutting-edge emergency management. The Academy provides shared classrooms of adult learners and skillful instructors resulting in a solid foundation upon which to build further studies and sound decisions. For more information, visit the EMPP website at www.training.fema.gov/empp/.National Advanced AcademyThe Advanced Academy is ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:01 AM by Dee Kinkade
  • Reminder: OFIA Meeting The next OFIA Executive Board meeting will be held at the OVFA conference in Pendleton on Friday 6/19/2015 at 1130 hours. The meeting will be held at Blue Mountain Community College, Morrow Hall room M-208.The meeting will be broadcast online via Fuze meeting, details are below. Please attend!The agenda for the meeting is attached.Subject: OFIA Board Meeting 6/19/2015Date: 6/17/2015Start Time: 11:30 AMEnd Time: 12:30 PMMeeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/514b5261/29422666Toll Free # +18553463893Toll Number +12014794595
    Posted Jun 19, 2015, 8:45 AM by Dee Kinkade
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