For the Record 12/13

Firehouse to Partner with RFA Firehouse, the nation’s leading fire service brand in print, online and with its live events, has announced a strategic partnership with the Rural Firefighting Academy (RFA). This new alliance and learning initiative...


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Firehouse to Partner with RFA

Firehouse, the nation’s leading fire service brand in print, online and with its live events, has announced a strategic partnership with the Rural Firefighting Academy (RFA). This new alliance and learning initiative allows the RFA to leverage the marketing reach and content of Firehouse to broaden its delivery of top-quality online training and education programs to small-community fire departments through its new website, LiveFireTraining.com.

“We’re very excited by Firehouse’s commitment to support us, helping us to realize the full potential of our online training program,” said Dominic Colletti, chief training officer at RFA. “The Rural Firefighting Operations online course provides a unique solution to small-community fire department training problems of tight budgets, travel obstacles and member availability.”

The LiveFireTraining.com website and Rural Firefighting Operations online course are available for immediate use. The 17 module online course and chalkboard presentation include the newly revised workbook, The Rural Firefighting Handbook, and offer the flexibility volunteer firefighters need to learn at their own pace and receive a certificate from RFA upon successful completion of course module tests.

“First responders require ongoing training and we’re excited to help bring new and affordable educational opportunities to rural firefighting departments, where they need it most,” said Firehouse Group Publisher Greg Toritto.

This partnership will include collaborative efforts in the development of online education with new courses and training by award-winning instructors with experience in many facets of safety and rescue.

“It’s part of a larger training mission we plan to offer over the next year and beyond,” said Toritto.

 

Marinucci Named Chief Executive of FDSOA

Richard Marinucci has been named Chief Executive of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). Marinucci, who has served for 24 years as chief of the Farmington Hills (MI) Fire Department, replaces Bob Finley, who retired on Sept. 30.

Marinucci said he is looking forward to working with the FDSOA Board of Directors and membership to promote the role of safety officers and “make sure the firefighters go home at the end of the day.”

Marinucci’s wife, Linda Stone, will serve as administrative assistant. Together Marinucci and Stone will oversee the FDSOA’s membership benefits and certification programs and two conferences, including the 26th annual Apparatus Symposium to be held in January. Marinucci and Stone previously worked together managing the Everyone Goes Home program for three years.

Marinucci also is an adjunct instructor at the Eastern Michigan University Fire Staff and Command program and has served as the chairman of the Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training. He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, serving 1997-98.

The FDSOA was established in 1989 as a non-profit association. Its mission is to promote safety standards and practices in the fire, rescue and emergency services community. The FDSOA is dedicated to the issues that affect Safety Officers in protecting and promoting the safety and health responsibilities in fire departments across North America.

 

World Rescue Challenge

The 2013 World Rescue Challenge was held in Clearwater, FL, October 27 through November 2. The North American Vehicle Rescue Association in partnership with the City of Clearwater hosted the Challenge, which marked the first time the prestigious international event was held in the United States.

Clearwater’s Harborview Center and Coachman Park were transformed into a multi-staged disaster site as firefighters and medical rescuers from all over the world took part in the week-long training event that included the “World Auto Extrication Challenge” and the “World Trauma Challenge.” Spectators were also treated to a water-rescue demonstration from the United States Coast Guard and a swift water marine rescue demonstration by units from various local fire departments. A high-angle rope rescue and below-ground victim evacuation demonstration were performed by various elite Urban Search & Rescue units from all around the world.

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