SFFMA January Planning Conference
SFFMA has finally worked out an agreement with Longview convention center and the hotels. Due to the limited space at the host hotel and convention center, we will have several hotel options available and will have meetings at both the convention center and hotel. 

Date: January 26, 2019
Hotel: Holiday Inn Longview - North
Address: 300 Tuttle Circle, Longview, TX 75605
Phone: 903.663.6464.
Group Code: FMA, Rate: $90/night

Overflow Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 1125 E Hawkins Pkwy, Longview, TX 75605
Phone: 903.230.2700
Group Code: FMA, Rate: $90/night
Most Meetings will take place at the Maude Cobb Center on January 26, except for the TFA meeting, which will be at the Holiday Inn Longview - North.
SFFMA Annual Conference and Convention

Date: June 21-26, 2019
Location: Maud Cobb Convention and Activity Complex
Address: 100 Grand Blvd, Longview, TX 75604

Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Longview - North
Address: 300 Tuttle Circle, Longview, TX 75605
Phone: 903.663.6464. Rate: $90/night, Group Code: FFM
Hotel Property Details: Full-Service Lambortini Bar and Grill, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center & Business Center. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Read more.
Overflow Hotels -- All room rates are $90/night -- All Group Codes are FFM.

Staybridge Suites - 3409 N. 4th St, Longview, TX 75605 – 903.212.3800
Property Details: Award Winning hotel with Full Kitchen accommodations, Outdoor Pool, On-Site Laundry Facilities, Business Center and Fitness Center. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Longview North - 908 E. Hawkins Parkway, Longview, TX 75605 – 903.663.6611 Property Details: Pet Friendly, Indoor Pool with Spa, Fitness Center and Spacious Guest Rooms. Breakfast is included in the room rate .
Candlewood Suites - 2904 Tuttle Blvd. Longview, TX 75605 – 903.663.9751
Property Details: On-Site Laundry Facilities, Lending Locker, Fitness Center and the Candlewood Cupboard. Breakfast is not served on property , guests may enjoy breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Courtyard by Marriot - 1125 E Hawkins Pkwy, Longview, TX 75605 – 903.230.2700
Property Details: Full-Service hotel with Bistro Bar, Starbucks, Outdoor Pool with Patio & Gym.
**June 21, 24, 25, 26 functions will occur at the host hotel meeting space.  June 22 and June 23 functions will occur at the Maude Cobb Convention Center

Our new meeting planning contact is Charles Gallatin with Expotex Event Management
Responding to Disaster - Mobile TIPS for First Responders
Fire fighters are among the first responders to rush in when disaster occurs. To aid first responders with the evacuation and rescue of individuals with disabilities, the Mobile TIPS for First Responders was developed as part of Project REDD (Research and Education on Disability and Disaster) at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. The Mobile TIPS webpage lists specific disabilities (e.g. Autism, Deaf or Hard of Hearing) for reference during emergency situations. The TIPS also link to resources and services in the state, contains an Acronym Guide which provides both disability and emergency management acronyms, displays a link to the RE sources for D isasters and D isabilit y (REDDy) Directory, and offers a link to the directory of community resources available statewide in Texas. TIPS can be downloaded for use in the field when cell service is not available. Mobile TIPS for First Responders can be found here . View the REDDy Directory , Project REDD . To schedule a presentation, technical assistance, or consultations please contact us via email . Read full story .
SFFMA Membership/Certification System Support
SFFMA’s membership database and certification system has been active for several months now; however, IF you or your department is experiencing difficulty logging into the system, locating data, or any other item related to the database system, please contact us to let us know what your concern is and we will gladly help you.   Contact us via email.
The SFFMA Executive Board and staff would like to thank each and every one of our members who have supported us throughout this challenging year as we brought our new assocation software online and got it up to speed. There have been several issues to address as we've gone along, and we appreciate your patience as those corrections are being made.

Holiday hours - The state office will be closed November 22-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The FY 2018 FP&S grant application period will open at 8.a.m. ET Monday, November 12, 2018 and will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM ET. Please make sure to thoroughly review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) prior to beginning your application as it contains the latest updates to the FY 2018 FP&S Grant Program. Begin preparing your application now by using these application assistance tools . Read more online!
Certification News
Thank you to everyone who has logged in to the new database program! There have been some questions about the terms used for the certification area, so let me go through them for you. Each person has a Certifications area on his or her record. During the data transfer from the previous databases, all of the objectives entered by the department were combined into the current format. The programmers also used the certification records that predated the use of objectives (June 2011), as well as application submission documentation from the Certification Department. Terms and definitions available here .

Courage to be Safe
Coordinators need to enroll all individuals in the Courage to be Safe item. Once the training is complete, update the completion date in the system with the date on their certificate. All applicants must have their Courage to be Safe training completed in order receive certification. In contrast to the older system, we did not list this item in each certification, but added it as a top-level line item on each individual record.

Traffic Incident Management
Beginning January 1, 2019 all applicants for Firefighter I Training Completion must also have completed the Traffic Incident Management coursework. This carries through to all certifications that also require issuance of full Firefighter I as a prerequisite (Instructor, Fire Officer, and Incident Safety Officer).
Medline EMS Promotion

Medline is offering a Special $50 Discount Promotion for Savvik members - valid through December 31, 2018.

  1. Submit a supply list to Savvik or your Medline rep to receive a quote from Medline.
  2. Make a minimum purchase of $150 with Medline.
  3. Submit this form to claim the $50 discount.
  4. Medline will donate $1,000 to the EMS state organization that has the most members who submit a quote.

Sign up for 2019 and Receive the Rest of 2018 FREE!

Any UNPAID/INACTIVE departments or individuals who renew this year at the 2019 dues rate will receive the rest of 2018 membership for free. For more information contact membership via email or at 512.454.3473 ext 104.
 Former SFFMA Certifcation Assistant Has a Bright Future Ahead
Mallory Farrar, who became part of our team in 2013, left SFFMA in order to attend the University of Memphis School of Law in 2015. Mallory recently graduated magna cum laude , attaining several honors, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award®, which is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class. Mallory, who specializes in healthcare law, was hired by one of the top law firms in Memphis. She values the time she spent at SFFMA, saying it was a wonderful place to work and that she felt very supported by the everyone in the organization. Congratulations, Mallory!
FBHA - Takin' it to the Streets
  The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) is “Takin’ it to the Streets” to bring fire and EMS behavioral health training to a town near you! In 2019, FBHA will travel across the United States to bring greater awareness to firefighters and emergency medical technicians about behavioral health and suicide prevention and awareness.

FBHA is a national nonprofit that works to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and suicide in the fire service through data collection and education. Attendees will be educated on how to recognize signs and symptoms of those in behavioral health distress and will expand their knowledge through role play and Q&A. 

“Takin’ it to the Streets” will start in Texas in January 2019. As courses are scheduled, they will be posted online . To schedule a workshop in your area, contact Casie Brower, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, at 417-830-2624 or via email . Sponsorships available! Contact us to find out how you can support our mission of reducing firefighter suicides.
The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program (HB 3667) is a grant program designed to reimburse eligible VFDs for the purpose of insurance from private insurance companies. Eligible coverage includes any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (workers' compensation, death and disability insurance) purchased from Texas insurance companies. The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage up to a maximum of $155 per fire department member. View flyer or visit the website for more information.
Homes for Heroes/SFFMA Partnership & Home Benefit Program

This partnership is a statewide initiative between Homes for Heroes and SFFMA. It provides SFFMA members the Homes for Heroes “Hero Rewards” savings program for buying or selling a home. All SFFMA members in need of buying and/or selling a home may enroll here . For SFFMA members buying a home there are substantial savings on closing costs. They will also receive money after closing: $700 per $100,000 value of the home they are purchasing. Click here for more info.

End of Year Sale! From now until December 31, enter promo code ENDOFYEAR to take an extra 10% off your entire online purchase!