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

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We are Wired for Stories
Dr. Steven Shepard
Shepard Communications

We are wired for stories!

40,000 years ago, before humans had language, we told stories. We painted them on the walls of caves; we pantomimed them by firelight. Why? It’s simple, really. The one thing we have that makes us truly different from other species is language. It matters because it allows us to describe complex objects and even more complex emotions. That, in turn, leads to connection, and connection gives rise to community.

Community is more than the town you live in. Community is your immediate family; it’s the relationships you share with your work colleagues; it’s interplay among professional organizations. It’s the set of qualities that describe life in a firehouse.

Which is why the art of storytelling is such an important skill for people to develop, especially leaders. Why? Because it is story that allows them to motivate others, to help them paint a compelling picture of where they’re going. But the craft belongs to everyone. Trying to teach a new firefighting skill? Story. Trying to motivate the town to fund new lifesaving equipment? Story. Trying to get the community to understand what it means to be a firefighter? Story. Trying to describe complex procedures, or the economics of a new truck, or trends in EMT or paramedic encounters? Story.

Maya Angelou said it best:  "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

In this presentation, we talk about the power of story and how everyone can harness its extraordinary qualities to motivate, inspire, communicate, drive collaboration and innovation, and, more than anything, create connection. We’ll talk about the structure of well-crafted stories, how that are most effectively used, options for narrative style, and the fine art of collecting and filing them for later use.


Steven Shepard, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Shepard is the founder of the Shepard Communications Group in Williston, Vermont, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images.   A professional author, photographer, audio producer, and educator with more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written books and articles on a wide variety of topics, including technology, business, biographies, history, photography, children’s stories, storytelling, wildlife recording and fiction. His published books number 84 and counting.

Steve is the creator and host of the Natural Curiosity Podcast, which is devoted to the discovery of the joy and wonder of the natural world and based on the idea that curiosity leads to discovery, discovery leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to insight, and insight leads to understanding. It’s available on iTunes, or on SoundCloud.

Class Sessions Dates & Times will be posted in July


Clean Concept Fire Stations
Instructor:  Tom Cole, Deputy Chief, Goodyear Fire Department, AZ
60 minutes


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.


Fires, Guns, and Wicked Problems for the Fire Service
Instructor:  Ray Reynolds, Director of Fire and EMS, City of Nevada, IA
60 Minutes


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.


Performance Design: Helping Your Department Fulfill its Mission
Instructor:  Dean Sparaco
60 Minutes

A communities’ needs as they relate to public safety are what we call the Thumbprint. An appreciation of the Thumbprint is the first step in having a complete understanding of a departments mission. The ability to comprehend what training opportunities are available as a derivative of the departments’ mission in the foundation of proper station design.


Training will help Fire Department personnel preparedness and support them in their mission and to handle the mental and physical rigors of the profession. What can we do to help make firefighters safe, healthy, and more effective in the communities they service? How can we implement training features into station design that will help increase training opportunities? What are the options that are available to us to explore alternate and creative funding sources? In short, how can we help Fire Departments do more with less?


Communicating Among the Generations
Instructor:  Dr. Steven Shepard, Shepard Communications
60 minutes


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.  

Panel Discussion | Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
Topic and subject TBA
1 Hour


How Can You Help Your Business Owners Prepare for a Fire Inspection?
Instructor:  David Lind, Service Manager, CINTAS, Milwaukee, WI
60 Minutes


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. 



Management of a Fire Prevention Program
Instructors:  Steven Peavey & David Lind
4 Hours

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.


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

Course will be presented by retired Fire Officials Steven Peavey and David Lind. Both have extensive history in fire department management.


From Firefighter to Building Official - Igniting Unexpected Opportunities

Instructor:  Justin Smith

90 Minutes

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. 


CPVC Fire Sprinkler Products--“Recommended Practices & Precautions”
Instructor:  Scott Harrison
60 Minutes

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”.


CPVC Plan Check/Inspector Training Program Class Description
Instructor:  Scott Harrison
4 Hours

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”.

High Profile Fire Investigations
Instructor:  Steven Peavey
60 Minutes


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.


What is NFPA?  How Does NFPA Work?
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan, Southwest Regional Director, National Fire Protection Association
60 minutes


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.

FEMA’s QuakeSmart Business Inspections Program – National Roll-Out
Instructor:  Ines Pearce/Steven Peavey
60 Minutes

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.

Firewise Communities Presentation
Instructor:  Bill Steward, Wilderness Forestry
60 minutes

Description Forthcoming


Hazardous Materials Response for the First Due Company
Instructor:  David Ladd
60 Minutes

This Hazardous Materials operations level course was developed to assist the first due company in ensuring a safe and effective response to hazardous materials/WMD incidents.

Following our 7 tactical priorities known as C-H-E-M-P-H-D© the first arriving responder will be able to effectively and safely size-up any hazardous materials/WMD Incident with consistency and confidence.  Each response protocol is designed to be adaptable around your level of training and does not require specialized PPE, monitors, or meters. Decisions are made based on information gathered through simple research, meters, and monitors (if available as part of your response), and observations.

What sets this response program apart is it is designed to promote consistency across the response spectrum allowing each responder to take appropriate actions (rescue, decontamination, and mitigation) during a Hazardous Materials/WMD incident.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials Chemistry
Instructor:  David Ladd
3 Hours

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.


Rapid Intervention/Mayday - The Triggers and the Figures
Instructor:  David Ladd
2 Hours

This 2-hour lecture will look at the current trends in Rapid Intervention/Mayday awareness by addressing the causes, needs, deployment, and how and where these incidents may occur.


Through both audio-visual presentations of the fire ground, we will look some of the factors that play a role in declaring a Mayday along with addressing prevention and fire ground awareness. 

Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials 

Instructor:  Randy Perlis
1.5 Hours


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.


Organic Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Responders  

Instructor:  Randy Perlis
1.5 Hours

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.

O Build it and They Will Come
Instructor: Derek Reid
60 Minutes

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. Strategies that will be cover include:

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!!!



Habits of Highly Effective Incident Commanders
Instructors: Paul Sullivan, Fire Chief, Weber Fire District (UT)
Kevin Ward, Fire Chief, Layton City Fire Department (UT)
4 Hours


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.

Are You Ready for the Collar Brass?
Instructors:  Paul Sullivan, Fire Chief, Weber Fire District (UT)
Kevin Ward, Fire Chief, Layton City Fire Department (UT)
4 Hours

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


How to NOT be There and NOT do That 
Instructor:  Mark Emery, Fire Chief (Ret.) WA
2 Hours

Presentation of a recent NIOSH Fatality Investigation Case Study
Description Forthcoming


Courage Under Fire Leadership: Here’s the Badge – Don’t Screw it up!

Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski

90 minutes

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!


Courage Under Fire Leadership: Preventing Life & Career Altering Events!

Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski

90 minutes

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.


Who Holds the Keys to Safe Emergency Vehicle Operations
Bryan Duquin, VFIS
60 Minutes

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



Mastering Fireground Command - Calm the Chaos!
Instructor:  Anthony Kastros, Battalion Chief, Sacramento Metro Fire District, CA
8 Hour Session

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?

RIC for Real - Lessons Learned from 400 Firefighters During Elevated Stress RIC Training
Instructor:  Paul Strong, Battalion Chief, Valley Regional Fire Authority, WA
90 minutes


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 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.


It's Not Rocket Science - Tactical Considerations and Actions; Understanding the "Why"
Instructor:  Paul Strong, Battalion Chief
60 minutes


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.

Strategic Classification of Building Construction 
Mark Emery, Fire Chief (Ret.) WA
60 Minutes

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.


The Art of Reading Smoke
Instructor:  Rob Backer
90 Minutes

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.

Incident Management Simulation Exercise 
Instructor: Mark Emery, Fire Chief (Ret.) WAF
4 Hours

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


Search and Rescue Topic
Chris Boyer, NASAR

Description is forthcoming (Pete Mulvihill)

Using Technology to Fight Wildfires, Future Trends in the Golden State
Jeff Meston, Fire Chief (Ret.) CA
Scott Holman, Captain, CA
60 Minutes

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.


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

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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