Quarterly Newsletter: 2020 | Q3

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We are pleased to welcome newly elected WFCA Board President Chief Scott Miller and Vice President Chief Mark Niemeyer to their 2020-2022 terms. Both are excited to serve in these new roles and look forward to serving the WFCA membership.

To inform and educate virtually while all are socially distancing, WFCA teamed up with Intterra to release webinars relating to COVID-19 and Wildfire. The cutting edge webinars were facilitated by Chief Kim Zagaris, WFCA’s Wildfire Policy and Technology Advisor, and Chief Bob Roper, WFCA's Senior Policy Advisor. If you missed the live webinars, both episodes are now available to stream via the following links:

Watch Episode 1 & Episode 2

Introducing the R2 Network: Addressing the Nation’s Disaster Response & Resiliency Challenges

WFCA, RapidSOS, Responder Corp, and Orleans Parish Communication District were awarded the $1 million Accelerate R2 Network Challenge grant funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with subject matter expertise from the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority.

Together, along with the State of New Hampshire serving as a key strategic partner and collaborator, these partners will form a national, free-to-use, and self-sustaining platform that brings stakeholders together for a common goal: to support innovators and agencies in empowering first responders with the tools and technologies they need to stay safe and protect our communities.

To learn more about the network and its benefits, sign up for our webinar on Tuesday, Nov 10.

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Sourcewell awarded twelve suppliers in the Firefighting PPE and Firefighting Equipment & Rescue Tools categories. Sourcewell’s cooperative contracts are solicited across North America and competitively awarded on behalf of current and potential government participating agencies.

“The fire service has a unique need for equipment that impacts the life-safety of the firefighter and the public they serve. Being able to easily procure essential equipment that maintains continuity for training and service standards is key to the public safety community. Utilizing Sourcewell cooperative contracts is a more efficient, and cost-effective, way to meet this need.”

- Darin Narlock, Sourcewell Supplier Development Administrator

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Top 4 Most Clicked Stories
Similar to most news organizations, the Daily Dispatch tracks clicks to gauge interest and identify the types of stories that catch our readers' attention. We know our readers especially enjoy articles that include multimedia such as video and photos. We hope you enjoy revisiting the most clicked stories from this quarter.

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VIDEO: Truck Tire Explodes Right in Front of California Firefighter
SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 SACRAMENTO

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3-Alarm Fire Destroys Warehouse, Houston Fire Department Ladder Truck
SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 HOUSTON

#3
New York Firefighters Save Woman with Heroic, Rare Rope Rescue During High-Rise Fire
SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 NEW YORK 

#4
Mayor, Fire Chief in Louisiana Unveil New Uniforms Promoting COVID-19 Safety
SOURCE: KTAL-TV NBC 6 SHREVEPORT

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