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Week in Review: November 14, 2011

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Thu, 17 Nov 2011|

Chief Bobby Halton reviews this week's fire news.

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[MUSIC] Hi, thanks for clicking on us, you're watching the weekend review. I'm Bobby Halton, editor and chief of fire engineering, and this week we're brought to you by our good friends at Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern specializes in fire science degrees both at the associate level and the baccalaureate level. If you're thinking about getting a degree in fire science, you can and you will get it done with Columbia Southern University. Go to Columbia Southern University's website and learn about how easy and affordable it is to get your degree online. And now to the week in review. The fire service was saddened by the death of Hal Bruno at the age of 83. Hal was a long-time reporter for ABC, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Hal served as a dedicated member of his local volunteer fire department and was an advocate. Commentator and leader in the fire service his entire life. The fire service lost a great friend. You can read more about him at fireengineering.com and at the national forum firefighters website. From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Urban Search and Rescue Alliance leadership met in Oklahoma City this week. And we're treated by Mother Nature to a series of earthquakes, tornadoes, and some flooding here in the state of Oklahoma. As members of the alliance met in the state of Oklahoma, was rattled by aftershocks from the strongest earthquake in its history, a 5.6 which rattled buildings and cracked some foundations throughout the state. The Alliance elected new officers and met with executive members of FEMA's urban search and rescue program. Fire Engineering strongly supports the efforts of the Alliance as they continue to support state local teams and providing service to their communities. If you're interested in working on your state or local urban search and rescue. Contact the alliance for more information on the team closest to you. From Minnesota. The Minnesota board of fire fighter training and education notified Minnesota's 790 fire departments of their 2012 training reimbursement grants. The statewide grant total exceed $2 million. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued the following: The fire safety account was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2006. It is funded by a fire safety surcharge on all homeowner and certain commercial insurance policies in Minnesota. The Fire Safety Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the commissioner of the State Department of Public Safety on the use of funding. Steve Flaherty, Grand Rapids Fire Chief, says that many fire departments are using this money for basic fire fighter training. Others are able to reinforce basic skills with firefighter two, auto extraction, water rescue and other higher level courses. Grants must be claimed through a reimbursement process by June 30th of 2012. The amount of each grant is based upon two factors. The amount of money collected by the fund. And the number of firefighters in each department. This year the per firefighter rate is 101 dollars and 85 cents. In a follow up to a story last week about the tragic death of four-year-old Rebecca Woodruff of Houston, she's the Houston toddler who was run over in her driveway. Houston Fire Chief, Terry Garrison, recently revised his controversial dispatch policy by now allowing firefighters on an emergency call to request an advanced ambulance before they reach the incident. The policy came under criticism after an accident resulting in the death of four year old Rebecca Woodruff. Our deepest sympathies to the Woodruff family and our compliments to Chief Garrison for acting so quickly and decisively in the midst of this tragic situation. The city of Houston and Houston firefighters are well served by leadership, such as Chief Garrison, who can accept criticism, review data, and make decisive changes quickly and effectively. With only 150 days until FDIC, serious firefighters are reminded that slots are filling up fast. And with an expected overall attendance of approximately 30,000 people, please register soon and get the classes you want and the hotel location you desire. Several of the hands on classes are already filling up, so make sure to register soon and don't miss out on the best fire service training in America. Remember please visit the Columbia Southern website. And learn more about how you can obtain your Associate's Degree in Fire Science or your Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science. Improving your chances of promotion, increasing your understanding of our profession and making you a better leader. You can, and you will, earn your degree with Columbia Southern University. Learn more about the affordable and effective online higher eduction by going to Columbia Southern University's website. And get started today toward a better future for you, your family and your community. I'm Bobby Halton. That's the news. I'll see you in Indianapolis in 153 days. And remember, please, be careful out there. [MUSIC]

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