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September 2015
Cyber Security - Training, Education and How to Fund It

Earlier this year the White House established the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). The CTIIC will be a national intelligence center focused on "connecting the dots" regarding malicious foreign cyber threats to the nation and cyber incidents affecting U.S. national interests, and on providing all-source analysis of threats to U.S. policymakers. Cyber threats are among the gravest national security dangers to the United States.  Our citizens, our private sector, and our government are increasingly confronted by a range of actors attempting to do us harm through identity theft, cyber-enabled economic espionage, politically motivated cyber-attacks, and other malicious activity.

The establishment of the CTIIC provided the formal framework that allows federal government agencies, education and state and local first responders to exchange and apply some of the hard-won lessons from our counterterrorism efforts to augment that "whole-of-government" approach by providing policymakers with a cross-agency view of foreign cyber threats, their severity, and potential attribution.

 The CTIIC mission is to coordinate, integrate, and share information related to domestic cyber threat investigations; and U.S. Cyber Command in its mission to defend the nation from significant attacks in cyberspace.  The CTIIC will provide these entities, as well as other departments and agencies, with intelligence needed to carry out their cybersecurity missions  . . . click to continue   

Recognizing Writers and Advocates
By Ronny J. Coleman

Many if most firefighters honor Benjamin Franklin as the Father of the American Fire Service.  However, he really made his fortune and fame as a writer.  Many of the clichés we use today were first stated in Poor Richards Almanac.  His influence is alive today. 

Several years ago the National Fire Heritage Center recognized that we have some modern day Benjamin Franklins who are producing challenging and innovative articles into our communities.  Unfortunately, they may or may not receive positive support.  That is why we created the Benjamin Franklin Annual Writers Award.  We want to find them and we want to recognize them . . . click to continue   

Citizens Submit Their Questions
Q & A 

The questions below
were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.  
Q:  Is it possible to dynamically model fire or a fireground, and to test that model?
Q: Firefighters: Are there any studies that have compared professional fire-fighting crews with volunteer ones?
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Q:  Do cops enjoy pulling people over?
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Q: EIf I am legally carrying a pistol in my car and a police officer pulls me over should I tell the cop I have the gun?
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Skidcar System


The SKIDCAR SYSTEM® is an advanced driver training solution that teaches drivers to anticipate car control problems before they occur. With SKIDCAR™, drivers experience exactly how a vehicle will behave in situations that can cause traction loss, including adverse weather, excessive speed, rapid braking or steering errors. But unlike other programs that simply teach reactionary motor skills, SKIDCAR trains drivers to think, maintain control, and avoid trouble ahead of time.


FIREBLAST  Global    


With the significant expansion of our business from the North American market to the International stage, Fireblast is now embracing our focus as Fireblast Global. This change will undoubtedly solidify our vision at Fireblast Global to be the World's leading provider of Advanced Fire Training Simulators.  As such, Fireblast Global will continue to exemplify our commitment to Integrity, Innovation, and Intellect, always keeping at the forefront, the customer's needs for the most realistic, and technically advanced training environments. Please visit our newly designed website,, for a complete listing of all products for your agency's training needs.        


Kidde Fire Trainers 


Kidde Fire Trainers brings together the proven leaders in the industry to offer the broadest range of fire training solutions to meet your training needs. With more than 30 years of live fire training knowledge, Kidde Fire Trainers has the experience that instills confidence. Count on Kidde to deliver innovative training systems, installed on time and within budget.




IES Interactive Training is a world-leading manufacturer of advanced interactive force-option decision/response simulators and firearms training systems.  IES's award winning MILO Range training simulator systems are selected by agencies interested in improving weapons and force-option deployment skills, decision-making and cognitive thinking skills, and measuring individual and collective tactical and technical skills in law enforcement, public safety and combat environments.



Fire Training Systems  


Drager's comprehensive portfolio of both Class A and B professional fire training props, as well as custom configurable SCBA confidence mazes, allow solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of individual fire departments, giving Fire Fighters the ability to practice in a safe environment.  Whether you are looking for a fixed or mobile solution, let the experts at Drager help you design the solution that is right for you.  




Envisage is a high tech software company founded in 2001 to automate complex training operations for first responders and the military. We create solutions that make our world a safer place. Our mission is to improve the readiness of our Nation's public safety professionals to ensure they come home alive. The company's training and compliance software platform leads the industry, serving over 1,000,000 first responders and 8,600 public safety departments, across multiple states and the Federal Government.  Our clients are federal law enforcement agencies, including the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and many state law enforcement and public safety organizations (

Responder Gateway has been designed to make it easy to find exactly what's going on in the world of the emergency responder. One place. One stop. One source. This site is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay up to date about various subjects within the first responder industry and doesn't have time to waste. 

School Safety in the 21st Century: Best Practices for Active Shooter Events

SKIDCAR Symposiums for Training Instructors

Omaha Fire Department Upgrades Live Fire Training:   

Using Cognitive Command for police training to continue

Mayor wants police academy students to pay back a portion of their training costs to continue 
Playing dodgeball can save a firefighter's life! Its True to continue 

Confined Space Rescue training through TEEX to continue 
Live-Fire Extinguisher training prop, $7,000 to continue 

People outraged by Atlanta police training materials to continue   
North Myrtle Beach Fire Dept. undergoes boat fire training to continue 

Fire Department has state-of-the-art equipment, 'amazing' staff to continue 
Ex-firearms instructor sentenced for fatal shooting during state police training to continue 

Fire Department's new rescue boat means intense training to continue 

Police to ramp up training for investigating arsons to continue 
Some Ga. firefighters not trained in water rescue to continue 

Drop in police training numbers not blamed on national violence to continue 

Austin Fire trains with new personal watercraft to continue

Texas Governor Calls for Statewide 'Stand with Law Enforcement' to continue 
Fort Worth Police Officer Drowns During Training to continue  
Police now using $3.9M training center after delays to continue  
Police receive training in life-saving drug antidote to continue  
Fire Dept. wins national contest for gain training prop to continue   
Smithfield Fire Dept. Gets Big Grant for Advanced Mobile Training Simulator to continue
K-9 joins the Fire Department to continue  

FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.

Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.


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