USFA Advises Firefighters to Take a 'Coffee Break'

The U.S. Fire Administration recently announced the release of Coffee Break training presentations in video format to enhance ongoing support of fire prevention efforts.

Coffee Break presentations are designed to provide technical training in fire protection systems, building construction, codes and standards, and hazardous materials. The training--which also provides inspection techniques and administrative tips--is targeted toward fire and building inspectors with busy schedules who often don't have time to attend valuable skill-enhancing training sessions, USFA says.

Since November 25, 2005, USFA has provided weekly Coffee Break PDF bulletins on its Web site. Its popularity has encouraged USFA to produce an alternative video version that is now available at www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/coffee-break/ and on YouTube.

Additionally, a Coffee Break podcast can be subscribed to through iTunes. The titles of the first two video training presentations are Fire Sprinkler Inspectors Test and Fire Sprinkler Main Drain Tests. These videos are a co-production of the USFA's National Fire Programs Division and the National Preparedness Network (PREPnet).

"As a former Metropolitan Fire Chief, I have come to know first hand the value of this simple training support tool for all firefighters in bringing fire prevention examples to life and illustrating important lessons," said Greg Cade, U.S. Fire administrator. "The video presentation of Coffee Break training will provide an additional opportunity to support the dedicated prevention individuals working throughout the nation to ensure a fire-safe community."

USFA says it will continue the weekly PDF versions and as time and budgets allow, plans an additional two video presentations each month.

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