USFA Digest: Oct. 7, 2021
Accurate and reliable responder location-tracking scheduled to be released early next year
POINTER (Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders) addresses a top priority for structural firefighting search and rescue operations: the ability to quickly locate a responder who might be disoriented or separated from their colleagues. It’s scheduled for a soft commercial release in early 2022, with a full commercial rollout expected later in 2022.Learn about POINTER
National Fire Academy application period opens on Oct. 15
The application period for our second semester (April – September) on-campus courses opens on Oct. 15 and closes on Dec. 15. Learn how to apply for upcoming on-campus training opportunities at usfa.fema.gov.
Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 3-9
Learn the sounds of safety
Share this video on your social channels to teach your community about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.More Fire Prevention Week resources
NFIRS Data Snapshot
Halloween Fires (2017-2019)
For each year from 2017 to 2019, an estimated average of 9,200 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a 3-day period around Halloween. These fires caused an estimated annual average of 25 deaths, 100 injuries and $117 million in property loss.More Halloween fire statistics
Home fire deaths
39 home fire deaths were reported by the U.S. news media for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.
Home fire death incidents:
States with incidents:
Home fire deaths since Jan. 1:
Recent firefighter fatalities reported to USFA
Mark Gillam, Engineer
Elwood Fire Department, Elwood, Indiana
Andrew Orphanoudakis, Lieutenant
Hardeeville Fire Department, Hardeeville, South Carolina
Kelly Frye, Firefighter/EMT
City of Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland, Maryland
Fatalities in 2021
48 on-duty firefighter fatalities attributed to COVID-19.
Information Technology Specialist Program Manager (ITPM), GS-12
The ideal candidate for this position has served as a senior IT program manager with a focus on policy and planning, network services, enterprise architecture, data management, systems analysis, systems administration, and customer service. This position starts at a salary of $87,198.
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 11, OR when we receive 100 applications (may be sooner than the closing date).
Fire is Everyone’s Fight®
There are dozens of ways you can use Fire Is Everyone’s Fight to help teach people in your city or town to be safe from fire. Join the fight for a few ideas to get you started.
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