Conference Sessions & Descriptions

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OPENING
KEYNOTE SESSION

Tuesday, Sept. 28
3:30 pm  |  Cascade 3 & 4

We are Wired for Stories
Dr. Steven Shepard
Shepard Communications

Dr, Shepard has been so kind to share the information from his sessions.

We are Wired for Stories
Download his book "The Deliberate Storyteller" 2nd Edition

Managing Across the Generations

Watch the 2020 Video Presentation

View the "Managing Across the Generations" presentation handouts

 

View the "The New Customer" handouts

 

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CLOSING
KEYNOTE SESSION

Thursday, Sept. 30
3:00 pm  |  Cascade 3 & 4

Suffer From BURNOUT?
GIVE'EM THE  F.I.N.G.E.R.!


Mark Yarbrough
Former District Attorney, Lamb County, TX

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CANCELLED
NFA1   National Fire Academy

NFA 1 - National Fire Academy Course has been cancelled.  Attendees who were registered for the class session should have received a notification about the cancellation.

2021 Conference Sessions

ADMINISTRATION

 

AD1   Fires, Guns, and Wicked Problems for the Fire Service
Wednesday, Sept. 29
10:30 am to 12 Noon
Instructor:  Ray Reynolds

 

This program will take participants on an emotional journey about the hazards faced in our profession. As I travel and speak, I am shocked at how many FIRE and EMS staff are blissfully unaware about many of the hazards we face. Fire and fire spread is much different from the fire of the past decade. This program will show the evolution of fire tragedies looking back at history. New construction techniques are setting the fire service up for a conflagration period because America is still burning.

Guns and active shooter threats are becoming common place and responders are being put in the crosshairs of these events. Learn the factual data behind active shooters and how changes in EMS and tactical care are blurring the lines between swat and tactical medicine. Using humor and a gregarious instructor, I promise the audience will not sleep for this one.
 

​Wicked problems show a detailed look at things you may not know about and how the fire code is playing catch up to address such things and mobile fueling, cross laminate timber, parking lot fires, aluminum truss construction, CSST gas piping, and a host of many more “good ideas” built on efficiency and not on safety.


Community Risk Reduction is not just a buzz word. Learn how to reduce your community’s risk. The audience will see how “Keeping Emergencies Small” is a firefighter safety program. It isn’t just about fire anymore.

 

AD2  Clean Concept Fire Stations
Thursday, Sept. 30
10:30 am to 12 Noon

Instructor:  Tom Cole

 

Goodyear is like many departments across the country.  They are a 100-member organization that has suffered an inordinate number of industrial cancer cases amongst their employees.  Chief Cole will discuss the three years of research, planning, and teamwork that went into building the newest fire stations. The overriding planning assumption was to work within our budget to create the safest and cleanest fire station we could. 

Join us to hear Chief Cole talk about the three key principles that guided the design for the newest facilities, as well as many other building design details. The new fire stations have been well received in the community, by our firefighters, and by our peers in the automatic aid consortium.


 

AD3   CANCELED
Performance Design: Helping Your Department Fulfill its Mission
Thursday, Sept. 30
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS


 

CO2    Communicating Among the Generations
Wednesday, Sept. 29
10:30 am to 12 Noon

Instructor:  Dr. Steven Shepard, Shepard Communications
 

This presentation will do a deep dive into communications and understanding between generations.  The topic will also cover how differing generations and cultures view our communications and how our actions affect the outcomes.

 CO3  Career Planning - What's Next for You?
Panel Discussion led by Chief Jeff Meston
Wednesday, Sept. 29
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


This panel forum discussion will explore promotional opportunities focusing on the basics of Leadership, Education and Experience.  The panel will describe how to navigate your career into your dream fire service rank. If you have any aspirations of promoting, please join our panelist who will share differing prospective and personal experiences during their careers.

CO4  Panel Discussion | Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
Thursday, Sept. 30
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Moderator:  Jeff Meston
Panelists: Heather Marques, Jason Hosea, Eddie Sell & Patricia Bianchi

This will be a panel discussion focused on equity and diversity in today’s fire service.   The panel will discuss through their individual experiences the existing bias within the fire service and how these equity and diversity issues need to change.  Please join this session with our panel as we probe into one trade associations efforts to bring this issue to the forefront and understand and embrace diversity. 

 

The panel will include the California State Firefighters Association (CSFA)President Battalion Chief Eddie Sell, CSFA Training and Education chairperson and East LA College Fire Technology Coordinator Battalion Chief Jason Hosea, CSFA Leadership, Equity Diversity and Service chairperson Captain Heather Marques and 2021 Wellbrock Scholarship recipient, Patricia Bianchi, Lovelock Fire Department, NV.

FIRE PREVENTION

These sessions have been approved for ICC CEU Credits.
 

FP1   From Firefighter to Building Official - Igniting Unexpected Opportunities
ICC CEU Credit:  0.15
Monday, Sept. 27
10:30 am to 12:00 Noon
Instructor:  Justin Smith

A colorful commentary of how a firefighter went from operations-to prevention-to managing a building department.  Through the examination of cooperative relationships and cross-training opportunities, the presenter will help you recognize how the things you are doing on-purpose, today, could unexpectedly yield new community risk reduction opportunities. 

 

FP2    CPVC Plan Check/Inspector Training Program 
ICC CEU Credit:  0.3
Monday, Sept. 27
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Instructor:  Scott Harrison
This class will last approximately 3+ hours and provide the attendees with the opportunity to learn the proper Inspection, Plan Checking, Testing, Handling and Installation of CPVC fire sprinkler pipe, fittings and valves.  It will review the Listing and Approval applications while addressing key points of the Spears Manufacturing FlameGuard FG-3 CPVC Fire Sprinkler Products Installation Guide. 

The program will also include discussions on the related codes and standards (NFPA 13, 13D and 13R) governing the installation of residential and light hazard fire sprinkler systems.

Some of the key topics that will be discussed include:

  1. Cure Times of new, cut-in and repair installations

  2. Solvent Cement & Sprinkler Obstruction Inspection Issues

  3. Hanging & support spacing and methods

  4. Earthquake / Seismic Bracing requirements

  5. Hydrostatic and Air testing of CPVC systems

  6. Expansion and Contraction Issues

  7. Special Installations – Attics, Interstitial Spaces, Basements, Garages & Underground

  8. Freeze Protection - Anti-Freeze, Dry and Pre-Action Systems

  9. Bending and Deflection of CPVC Pipe

  10. Incompatibility Issues

  11. Approved Compatible Products

The goal of this class is to enable the attendees to have a better understanding of what to look for during Plan Check, Field Inspections and Testing of CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems that must meet the manufacturer’s listed installation requirements per NFPA guidelines.

With the successful completion of the class, attendees will be issued a wallet card confirming their training.  This card is valid for 2 years and documents their attendance in a CPVC training class. They’ll also receive a copy of the “Spears FlameGuard FG-3 Installation Instructions” and a copy of the “FlameGuard Recommended Practices and Precautions Do’s and Don’ts Guide”.

 

 

FP3   Firewise Communities Presentation

Tuesday, Sept. 28

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Instructors:  Bill Steward

The Firewise USA program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.

 

This short 1 hour presentation will give the attendees the resources to help their specific communities to be more FIREWISE!

FP4   What is NFPA?  How Does NFPA Work?
ICC CEU Credit:  0.1
Tuesday, Sept. 28
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan

 

Given the many changes in personnel in the fire departments during the past couple of years, it may not clear what the role of NFPA plays in the development of the critical standards for the fire service and the important work that is done by the NFPA Technical committees.  Join Bob as he provides more education about the Southwest region, who NFPA is, what does NFPA do, and how members of the fire service can be more involved with setting standards and processes.

FP6   How Can You Help Your Business Owners Prepare for a Fire Inspection?
ICC CEU Credit:  0.2

Wednesday, Sept. 29

8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  David Lind

 

In almost all areas of this country, commercially used buildings are required to be inspected by the fire department.  Most buildings are going to inspected annually.  Perhaps your city, town, village or county does this more or less frequently.  These inspections are typically performed by a Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal or Fire-fighters. 
 

This class will provide information and documents that will help your businesses proactively prepare for a fire inspection by understanding many of the common things these inspectors will be looking at and asking for.  The documents that will be discussed are comprehensive.  However, it cannot possibly identify every possible thing a Fire Inspector may look for.  Why?  Every occupancy is different, i.e., a grade school will have different inspection items than a restaurant.  People operate and use their businesses, buildings or spaces different than someone who has a similar business. 

FP7  CPVC Fire Sprinkler Products--“Recommended Practices & Precautions"
ICC CEU Credit:  0.15
Wednesday, Sept. 29
10:30 am to 12 Noon
Instructor:  Scott Harrison


This class will last approximately 1 hour and provide the attendees with the opportunity to learn the proper Handling and Installation of CPVC fire sprinkler products.  It will review The FlameGuard “Recommended Practices and Precautions Dos and Don’ts Guide”. This Guide summarizes the key concerns installing companies and Inspectors should be aware of in the safe handling and installation of CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems.

The program will also address compatibility issues and present images of field conditions that should be avoided. Since these products are used in residential and Light Hazard Sprinkler Systems covered by NFPA 13, 13D and 13R, this class will provide a simple document that can be used as a quick reference prior to inspections.

At the conclusion of the class an open forum will be conducted to address questions related to field issues encountered by the attendees during the inspection of CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems.


Attendees will receive a copy of the FG-3A “FlameGuard Recommended Practices and Precautions Do’s and Don’ts Guide”.

 

 

FP8   Management of a Fire Prevention Program
ICC CEU Credit:  0.4
Wednesday, Sept. 29
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Instructors:  Steven Peavey & David Lind


Fire Prevention Manager: Needs to be an effective leader/manager, who is able to direct the activities of those who follow, so that the Goals and Objectives sought, are achieved.  This course does not cover the code, but focuses on important skills needed to be an effective manager.  Course will be presented by retired Fire Officials Steven Peavey and David Lind.  Both have extensive history in fire department management.

 

BASIC MANAGEMENT ISSUES:
●Time Management
●Why Things Happen
●Decision Making
●Achieving Needed Results
●How to Delegate
●Presenting Information & Proposals
●Performance Reviews



FP9   FEMA’s QuakeSmart Business Inspections Program – National Roll-Out
ICC CEU CREDIT: 0.1
Thursday, Sept. 30
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Instructors:  Ines Pearce/Steven Peavey


Earthquakes are a real threat to all businesses, especially small ones, many of which have not taken steps to prepare. This lack of readiness can have detrimental impacts not only on the businesses, but the cities/towns that serve them and the communities at large. A better prepared private sector helps first responders to focus assets where they are needed most and can shorten long-term community recovery timelines.

Fire inspections are the one time of year businesses are open to reviewing their facilities to learn what may be unsafe. FEMA’s QuakeSmart program combines annual fire inspections with assessing businesses’ earthquake risk. During inspections, owners learn how non-structural and structural hazards may interrupt their operations, cause injuries and how to fix them. The QuakeSmart program brings inspection forms and useful earthquake mitigation information directly to small businesses. The solutions to many of the most impactful hazards are low cost to implement, and businesses are also provided the information to determine how to address their more serious or costly earthquake risks. After developing the QuakeSmart approach, materials, and training followed by pilots in multiple California fire departments, we are now expanding across the country.

 

QuakeSmart also includes a recognition element for businesses and the communities. We are looking for leaders in the fire service – Join us to hear about QuakeSmart and how to expand to your local businesses, helping them protect lives, operations, and their valuable contribution to your community.


 

FP10   High Profile Fire Investigations
ICC CEU Credit:  0.1
Thursday, Sept. 30
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  Steven Peavey

 

Fire Investigations are a vital function of Fire Prevention Divisions across the country. These investigations are conducted for numerous reasons. Investigators are often under a microscope to provide answers to the cause of fires. Put when the fire has circumstances that it becomes national news the pressure on investigators is significantly greater.

  • This workshop will be a case study of a vehicle fire that occurred on Christmas Day 2003, in which a father and his two young children died.

  • This fire quickly became a high-profile investigation, not only was if a focus of local news it was also featured news on CNN and other national networks.

  • This workshop will include a step-by-step review of the investigation from the initial

  • 911 call through the case closeout.

  • This workshop will focus on the cooperation of the different agencies and their respective roles during the investigation.

FPSH1   Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing NFPA 25
ICC CEU Credit:  0.2
Tuesday, Sept. 28
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands-on understanding on how a wet, dry and double interlocking preaction systems function along with all the components. This is a 2-hour class with a total of 8 available seats.
 

FPSH2   Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing NFPA 72
ICC CEU Credit:  0.1
Tuesday, Sept. 28
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding on how a fire alarm panel, smoke detector, heat detector, pull station, visual and audible strobes function along with all the components. This is a 1-hour class with a total of 8 available seats.

 

FPSH3   Fire Pump Inspection and Testing NFPA 25
ICC CEU Credit:  0.15
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding on how a fire pump functions and live testing along with all the components. This is a 2-hours class with a total of 8 seats available.
 


FPSH4   Fire Inergen Suppression Inspection and Testing Ansul Inergen Systems Manual
ICC CEU Credit:  0.15
Wednesday, Sept. 29

10:30 am to 12:00 Noon  

Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC
This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding of an Inergen suppression system and live testing along with all the components. This is a 1-hour class with a total of 8 seats available.


FPSH5   Fire Foam Suppression Inspection NFPA 11
ICC CEU Credit:  0.15

Wednesday, Sept. 29

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC
This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding on how a fire foam system functions and an operational understanding of all the components. This is a 1-hour class with a total of 8 seats available.

FPSH6   Fire Pump Inspection and Testing  NFPA 25
ICC CEU Credit:  0.2

Thursday, Sept. 30

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding on how a fire pump functions and live testing along with all the components. This is a 2-hours class with a total of 8 seats available.
 

FPSH7   Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing NFPA 72
ICC CEU Credit:  0.1
Thursday, Sept. 30
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands on understanding on how a fire alarm panel, smoke detector, heat detector, pull station, visual and audible strobes function along with all the components. This is a 1-hour class with a total of 8 available seats.

FPSH8  Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing   NFPA 25

ICC CEU Credit:  0.15
Thursday, Sept. 30
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Fire Solutions LLC

This training application allows fire personnel to have hands-on understanding on how a wet, dry and double interlocking preaction systems function along with all the components. This is a 2-hour class with a total of 8 available seats.

ICC CEU Credit:   Submitted for approval

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

HZ1 / HZ2  HazMat I/C  (16 hours)
NFPA 472/1072 Hazardous Materials Incident Command Training
Monday, Sept. 27       8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 28       8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Instructor: John Lund

 

Giving Incident Commanders the knowledge, and framework, to successfully manage both large and small HazMat incidents is the focus of this 16 hour, 2-day course. Standard OSHA & NFPA 472/1072 HazMat class segments are interwoven with real-world scenarios and problems; emphasis is on practical application, instead of dry academia. Class segments also explore beyond the HazMat response, including Hospital care for contaminated patients, LEO utilization, team preparation and more. Students should bring a current ERG and NIOSH handbook(s).

 

Prerequisites: HazMat Awareness (or) HazMat Operational (or) HazMat Technician

HZ10   Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials
Monday, Sept. 27
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Instructor:  Randy Perlis 

 

This class will present and discuss the various physical and chemical properties that determine the hazard classification and dangers associated with hazardous materials. Using actual case scenarios, the hazards associated with these chemicals will be presented. Participants will learn what makes a substance a hazardous chemical and what dangers are associated with the chemical hazards.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about what conditions make hazardous materials become dangerous.

  • Participants will learn how to predict how certain hazardous materials can become dangerous.

  • Participants will learn regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

HZ4   Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Randy Perlis 

 

This class will present and discuss the various physical and chemical properties that determine the hazard classification and dangers associated with hazardous materials. Using actual case scenarios, the hazards associated with these chemicals will be presented. Participants will learn what makes a substance a hazardous chemical and what dangers are associated with the chemical hazards.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about what conditions make hazardous materials become dangerous.

  • Participants will learn how to predict how certain hazardous materials can become dangerous.

  • Participants will learn regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

 

HZ5    Introduction to Hazardous Materials Chemistry
Wednesday, September 29
8:00 am to 12 Noon
Instructor:  Randy Perlis

The description may change due to a change in instructors.


This basic 3-hour chemistry course focuses on response, and is designed to give attendees the ability to
define and understand structure, hazards, and properties of salts, non-salts, hydrocarbons along with
their radicals and derivatives.

We also focus on the different chemical bonds (ionic, covalent, complex covalent) and the unique
hazards they bring to the incident.

The traditionally tough subject of chemistry will be presented in a manner to foster an understanding of
hazardous materials and WMD’s including biological agents.

Using the information gathered through application of tools, equipment, and education, the responder
will be able to determine appropriate and safe methods of decontamination, patient treatment, and
responder safety during response and mitigation of any chemical known or unknown including all WMD
inspired incidents.



​HZ6   First In HazMat  (New Class Session)
Wednesday, Sept. 29
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Phil Ambrose

When there is a possibility of victim rescue, firefighters often swing the risk vs. gain decision in favor of entering the toxic atmosphere. Fire conditions and victim survivability are quickly assessed, knowing a self-contained breathing apparatus will provide fresh breathing air in an immediately dangerous to life or health environment. Modern products of combustion are extremely toxic and contain numerous chemicals, and the environment can be extremely challenging because of heat, low visibility, fire conditions, and the potential for the environment to get even worse.
 

Then, why is it that we go in when smoke is showing but often stage for the hazmat team when chemicals may be present? The webcast delves into this issue through interactive discussion and analysis of case histories, the dispelling of myths, and reviewing actions responders can take at these incidents.



HZ7   Chemical Hazards Determination Using the Wet Chemistry Hazard Classification Procedure

Wednesday, Sept. 29
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Instructor:  Randy Perlis

Participants will determine the chemical hazards of 24 commonly used hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals using colorimetric techniques.  Hazmat Responders will learn a rapid and easy method to determine if unknown or suspicious materials present at a site present possible chemical or biological hazard to the responder, population or surrounding environment.

This is a hands-on training where the participants will handle and test actual hazardous materials.  Classroom size is limited to 20 students.

HZ8   Organic Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Responders
Thursday, Sept. 30
10:30 am to 12 Noon
Instructor:  Randy Perlis 


This class will present and discuss the various physical and chemical properties that are associated with common industrial organic chemicals. Using actual case scenarios, the hazards associated with organic chemicals will be presented and how to identify the characteristic hazards associated with these chemicals.

HZ9   Table-Top Command - Haz-Mat Module
Monday, Sept. 27
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty

This program uses a miniature table top city to perfect the participants incident command skills and assign resources using ACT objectives. Over the years we have used the Table Top Simulator for Structure Fire simulations at Fire Shows West. This year we will be conducting the Haz-Mat Module.

 

The session objectives are to increase the slide carousels that we use for decision making, have a better understanding of risk vs gain concepts and to prepare students to take command of an incident and assign resources. This course provides the tools a person needs to assume control of an emergency response to a hazardous materials incident. It focuses on how to assess hazards, manage risk, comply with legal requirements and implement protective actions. Basic Haz-Mat Training should be a prerequisite but not required.

HEALTH

HE1   Build it and They Will Come

Thursday, Sept. 30
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  Derek Reid
 

Some of the challenges of smaller departments is being able to mobilize an effective peer support team. Learn strategies to build and bolster a peer support program for your agencies.

Establishing alignment with your Chief’s and Fire Board Directors

Breakdown Stigma with your members through education

  • Hug club or Support system

  • Names and faces of the fallen is a powerful motivator

Funding sources

  • Budget line item

  • Labor Unions

  • Fundraising

  • Grants

Nominations to vet peer support candidates

  • Not everyone should be a peer supporter

  • “Who do you trust?”

  • Get the right people on the bus

Conduct Interviews

  • Value of 3rd party interviews

  • Identify those that help to a fault

  • Questions that bring out the red flags

Vetting Licensed Clinicians

  • Questions to ask when interviewing clinicians

  • Ride-a-longs or dinner at the station

  • Training the help

Collaborate with other agencies

  • When tragedy strikes your agency

  • Don’t be an island of your own

Maintaining Momentum

  • Keep your resources fresh

  • Don’t be weird, be relevant

  • Build it and they will come, BE READY!!!

LEADERSHIP

LE1    Are You Ready for the Collar Brass?
Tuesday, Sept. 28
8:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Instructors:  Paul Sullivan, Fire Chief, Weber Fire District (UT)
Kevin Ward, Fire Chief, Layton City Fire Department (UT)

 

No position in the fire service is more crucial than the company officer.  As the supervisor of the frontline direct service delivery team, no one is in a better position to affect the crew and the public in a positive way. This course will help existing and future company officers make a successful transition to the company officer leadership role, both around the station and at the emergency scene.

This fast-paced class covers many practical applications to include:

  • Increasing your leadership skills & abilities

  • Interpersonal relationships and understanding personality types

  • Working effectively as a team

  • Mentoring future leaders

  • Customer Service skills & Firefighter Empowerment

  • Situational Awareness & Risk Management

  • Developing effective fireground leadership
     

 

LE2    Habits of Highly Effective Incident Commanders
Thursday, Sept. 30

8:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Instructors: Paul Sullivan, Fire Chief, Weber Fire District (UT)
Kevin Ward, Fire Chief, Layton City Fire Department (UT)

 

Safe, efficient, and effective firegrounds are led by high performing incident commanders. Correlations exist between dysfunctional incident commanders and line of duty deaths. In a world of low frequency high risk events such as structure fires, developing successful habits will aid the IC in providing the leadership and structure necessary to achieve high performance. This course will cover many aspects and successful habits with practical applications and incident specific tactics.


 

LE3   Courage Under Fire Leadership: Here’s the Badge – Don’t Screw it up!
Thursday, Sept. 30
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski

 

This session will help the future, newly promoted or even veteran company or chief officers focus on the important things needed for success in their position, regardless of rank. Congratulations on scoring high enough on the promotional exam or getting tapped on the Fire Chief to get promoted!

However, are you aware of what you’re getting yourself into by becoming a fire officer in today’s world? Regardless of what your department calls the position of fire officer: lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, shift supervisor, or some other similar term all the way up to fire chief; going from being “buddy to boss” to the role of the designated adult is not easy, especially if you want to be a top-notch fire officer. Especially as a new fire officer, it is critical to start off on the right foot. For some, this is the hardest transition in the fire service. The position of fire officer is probably the most important and challenging position in the fire service. Not being properly prepared for what you are getting into when you take that promotional examination and ultimately accept the fire officer badge, will increase your chances of having a difficult transition to the officer ranks. Attendees will be provided with numerous take aways and lessons learned to help them be the best they can be for those they are fortunate to lead and serve!

LE4  “Dealing with the Tough Stuff: A Discipline Primer for Leaders”

Wednesday, Sept. 29
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Kevin Ward & Paul Sullivan

 

Dealing with disciplinary problems is one of the toughest issues a company officer will face. We are programmed to be get along and function like family – so knowing how to correct bad behavior does not always come naturally. In this class we will discuss the meaning of discipline and how culture impacts our ability to discipline. We will discuss the difference between Property and Non-Property Right Discipline, as well as laws and rules affecting how we impart discipline; to include an employee’s constitutional right to due process. We will provide real-world examples and explain best practices when it comes to writing-up an employee and follow this with situational exercises.

SAFETY

SA1   Who Holds the Keys to Safe Emergency Vehicle Operations
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Bryan Duquin, Jr.

 
Based upon VFIS claims data and experience across North America, the goal of this program is to increase vehicle operation safety by applying basic principles of risk management and risk control. From emergency service organization leadership to emergency vehicle operators, each member “holds the keys” to safe emergency vehicle operations.
 

Upon Completion, the participant will be able to:

•Analyze data and statistics related to emergency vehicle incidents
•Define the roles and responsibilities for safe emergency vehicle operations
•Describe a culture of safety
•Describe basic principles of risk management and risk control

 

SUPPRESSION/COMMAND

SU1   Mastering Fireground Command - Calm the Chaos!

Monday, Sept. 27
8:00 am to 5:00 pm  (8-hour session)
Instructor:  Anthony Kastros


This curriculum is based on our nationwide best-selling Fire Engineering video series by the same name.  Command and tactical training is critical to modern officer development. Today's officers must be excellent leaders and exceptional tacticians. With changes in building construction, tactics, and the latest UL studies regarding fire behavior, modern fireground operations are more complex than ever.

The curriculum answers the following questions:

  • How do we ensure in-house NIMS-ICS-FIRESCOPE ICS500 - compliant command and tactical training?

  • How do we create consistency among all agencies/divisions, shifts, and battalions while developing new and aspiring officers?

  • How do we ensure rapid size up and victim profiling is done consistently?

  • How do we teach new and incumbent officers to set clear tactical objectives, have clear communications and establish command presence on our fires?

  • How do we ensure lessons from the past permeate down into a simple, street-smart, and effective way?

  • How do we apply the latest civilian victim profiling SIGNAL method and risk management to the modern fireground?

  • How do we keep the NIOSH 5 LODD operational factors from coming into alignment?

  • How do we really use ICS day-to-day and for greater accountability and communications?

  • How do RECEO-VS and SLICE-RS work together?

  • What do factors in modern construction and fire behavior mean to tactics and command?

  • What are the implications of the latest UL and NIST studies regarding flow path?

SU2   How to NOT be There and NOT do That 
Monday, Sept. 27

8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  Mark Emery

We will discuss strategic and tactical information and fire officer decisions that resulted in the death of a 51-year-old career fire fighter. The ‘victim’ was killed by a structural collapse while conducting primary search during a fourth-alarm fire at a three-floor apartment complex. The program will provide strategic and tactical alternatives that would have made it a round-trip for the deceased.

The goal of the program is to learn from fatality investigation reports so that your fire department will ‘not be there and not do that.’

The complete Case Study package will be available for download by all attendees; the Case Study package includes:

- Custom PowerPoint

- Internal fire department investigation report

- NIOSH report

- Student Discussion Guide

- Corresponding Instructor Guide

 

CANCELLED - SU7   RIC for Real - Lessons Learned from 400 Firefighters During Elevated Stress RIC Training
Wednesday, Sept. 29
1:30 pm to 3:00pm
Instructor:  Paul Strong


This class is about the detailed lessons learned from realistic, hands-on, rapid intervention training. 400 firefighters were put to the test in stressful training environments that challenged everything they have ever been taught. Firefighters were challenged in their basic skills, officers challenged in critical decision-making, and crews were challenged in their efficiency, choreography, and coordination all under realistic stress. This class provides the best practices on how to increase the possibility of a successful rescue by paying attention to the details in our training approach to RIC. The objectives for this class are to find the details that you, your crew, and your department need to pay attention to in how you train and prepare for a firefighter rescue. Seconds matter to the trapped firefighter. I'll show you how 400 firefighters from 16 departments learned how to shave valuable time by operating more efficiently. We will also discuss how to approach rapid intervention training properly and to dump old habits that are setting you up for failure.

THE TARGET AUDIENCE
The target audience for this class is everyone from the rookie firefighter to the policy maker. The lessons learned here pertain to basic firefighter skills, effective policies, appropriate departmental training procedures, equipment, leadership, and much more.

 

SU3   Strategic Classification of Building Construction
Tuesday, Sept. 28
8:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Instructor:  Mark Emery

 

This program will provide strategic classifications of building construction using the familiar Type I through Type V NFPA and building code classifications.2. Strategic classifications slightly different, listed in order of strategic fire resistance: I, II, IV, III, and V.3. Strategic classification of building construction provides fire officers with important information for pre-incident surveys, size-up, and incident action planning.


 

CANCELLED -  SU4   It's Not Rocket Science - Tactical Considerations and Actions; Understanding the "Why"
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Paul Strong

 

You’re riding in the hot seat and need to make effective decisions when you arrive at the fire. More importantly, you better understand why you are doing what you are doing. We’re going to discuss fire behavior / dynamics, tactical considerations, spot-on size up, and your initial actions in those first 10 minutes. This is an interactive class that requires your participation in discussion and practice with developing your initial radio reports, follow up reports, initial action plan, and putting your plan to work. We will use videos and tactical simulations in this class to support real world decision-making.

SU5  Tearing Down the Walls - Open Concept Construction
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty

This program will discuss the changes that open concept construction has brought for not only the occupants during fire incidents but the changes in our strategies and tactics.

 

This will include statistics based on the cause and origin of fires, with cooking fires being the #1 cause of residential fires in the US, which is also the room in the home that the walls are being removed. The discussion will then move into a change in fire behavior with connecting of fuels with no separation leading to more off gassing and potential for flashover.

 

Emphasis on changes to tactics which will have a direct impact on saving lives and property will include;

Reading Smoke (Signs and Symptoms of open concept)

Flow Path (Controlling including PPV use)

Transitional attack options (Emphasis on “transitional”)

Hoseline placement

Search locations and patterns

Survivability profile (Finding savable lives)

Increased use of VEIS

Effects on vertical ventilation

Open concept with multi-story

SU6   The Different Worlds of SAR, USAR, Mass Rescue, Mass Recovery and Mass Fatality Response in the United States
Wednesday, Sept. 29
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructor:  Bryan Enberg

There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences between SAR, USAR, Rescue, Mass Rescue, Recovery, Mass Recovery and Mass Fatality responses.  We discuss the operational differences, typical response models, resources, force multipliers, some little known complexities and training availability.
 

SU8    Strip Mall Hazards / Incident Command Strategies

Wednesday, Sept. 29
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
 

As an Incident Commander there is a ton of information that you are processing to determine your strategy and tactics. In this program we will be discussing strip mall types, construction, hazards and tactics.

 

We will be using the STATUS acronym to assist you in breaking it down.

-Size Up

-Tactics

-Assignments

-Tasks

-Unknowns

-Safety

SU9   The Art of Reading Smoke
Wednesday, Sept. 29

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Instructor:  Rob Backer


Today’s fires are more hostile and dangerous than ever before. It is imperative for first-arriving officers, chief officers, firefighters, and even candidates to rapidly read and recognize the four attributes of smoke. In doing so, responders will be able to determine the location and extent of the fire, as well as accurately predict what the fire is going to do next, and how much time is available before “next” happens. This class provides street-smart information that is immediately implementable to every rank and experience level in the fire service through the prolific use of actual fireground video.


 

SU10   Incident Management Simulation Exercise 
Thursday, Sept. 30
8:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Instructor:  Mark Emery


This course will be focusing on the Structure fire simulation exercise(s) using Digital Combustion Fire Studio software.
Session topics will:
--Demonstrate a standards-based operation.
--Demonstrate the first-due Four-Box process.  
      a. Box One: Arrival report; capture resources, initiate command.  
      b. Box Two: Big Six size-up; Value-Time-Sizes risk-assessment; factor size-up ‘forensics’.  
      c. Box Three: Size-up speech, declare operational mode; develop initial action plan; implement initial action plan.  
      d. Box Four: Establish command post; manage strategy, resources, risk, and 10-minute clock
--Utilize fire officer ‘strategic tools’ provided by IMS Alliance

 

SU11  Courage Under Fire Leadership: Preventing Life & Career Altering Events!
Thursday, Sept. 30
10:30 am to 12:00 Noon
Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski

Regardless of rank, attendees will be exposed to and learn from some "life and/or career altering events" that have occurred on and off duty, and ultimately have an effect on both the personal and the professional lives of fire service personnel. Many of these events have occurred due to the lack of a designated adult, or more specifically, a lack of fire service leadership. Many of these events have involved fire service members doing something that was inappropriate, unethical, illegal, unsafe, or just wrong. Inappropriate social media postings; hazing recruit firefighters; workplace violence; sex in the firehouse; the list goes on. When something like the above occurs on duty, what is the common denominator? That there was a lack of supervision and leadership at either the company officer or the chief officer level! Even worse, many times the company officers and chief officers were involved!

This session is not meant to Monday morning quarterback or point fingers at those involved; it is intended to be used as a teachable moment and learning event for all ranks of fire service personnel, so that they do not find themselves in the same situation. View any fire service or non-fire service publication (print or online), social media site and/or the Internet, and it is not too difficult to find what are known as "public relation nightmare situations" that have occurred involving fire service members. All these situations have resulted in a black eye of sorts for the fire service, not to mention discipline up to and including termination for some. Using a combination of lecture, pictures, videos, and discussion, attendees will have a chance to learn from the experiences of others, to increase their chances of not having a similar life and/or career altering event occur to them or while on their watch, to either someone at the same rank, someone they supervise, or someone above them in rank.

CANCELLED    SU12   Rapid Intervention/Mayday - The Triggers and the Figures
Thursday, Sept. 30
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 

WILDLAND
WL1    Using Technology to Fight Wildfires, Future Trends in the Golden State
Wednesday, Sept. 29
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Instructors:  Jeff Meston, Scott Holman & David McGillicudy


California has been involved in some emerging technology that will assist firefighters in more efficient and safer wildfire operations, we will highlight and present to the group two available for the 2021 Fire Season, FIRIS and IMSAFE.

FIRIS
The Fire Integrated Real-time Intelligence System (FIRIS) Pilot Program demonstrated enhanced wildfire situational awareness for first responders by combining Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities with accurate, real-time wildland fire spread modeling and an integrated common operational software platform for sharing and accessing information. During the 150-day pilot program, FIRIS had a significant impact on combating the effects of wildfire in Southern California. 

·         Critical evacuation information was transmitted to incident commanders on 45 wildfire incidents in the
                Southern California region. 

·         Early predictive modeling from FIRIS assisted emergency response officials with evacuation decisions on
                315,000 potentially impacted homes and 406,000 residents. 

·         Predictive fire modeling helped Incident Commanders and Agencies make better targeted evacuation
                decisions reducing number of people evacuated. 

·         Consistent and shared intelligence enhanced interagency coordination during rapid evolving fires like the Tick
                 and Getty Fires when resources were mobilized from multiple jurisdictions. 

·         FIRIS real-time fire perimeters were provided to incident and agency personnel on 43 wildfires assisting in directing
                 and applying resources from 10 jurisdictions. 

·         FIRIS was adopted for a Statewide pilot in 2020
 

IMSAFE 
Red Line Safety’s patented IMSAFE (Incident Management Situational Awareness Firefighting Equipment) technology is a comprehensive data collection and tracking system made up of three independent, but wirelessly connected, platforms for first responders.

 

IMSAFE is a cloud based, real-time display of a variety of on-scene information to include location tracking, environmental, atmospheric and physiological data. This data gives on scene commanders critical information to better manage incidents and eases yet another well-established fire ground burden incident commanders have known as the “NIOSH 5”. These are the five most common factors in fire ground injuries and line of duty deaths. 

 

The system is scalable to include vehicle and aircraft tracking on the same integrated dashboard used for personnel.

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