2020 Session Submissions


P01      5 Mesmerizing Leadership Secrets!
A Step-By-Step Plan For Optimizing Influence, Impact & Engagement!
Instructor:  Tim Shurr
Investment: $4,000 (Minus flight & Room fees) - This is a significant discount for your NON-profit organization. (Regular $10,000) I’ll be using a Powerpoint and can bring my own laptop, clicker, and wireless microphone if needed.  (Keynote and Breakout Session)

How are you coming across to those you lead? Are your words, actions, and nonverbal behaviors consistently building trust, or weakening it? Leadership blind spots and outdated communication strategies may be holding you back from optimizing the productivity, collaboration, and morale of your team.  Through humorous stories and fun interactive experiences, you’ll acquire a 5-Step Leadership Plan for capturing the minds and hearts of those in your charge! Discover the psychological secrets for producing high-performing teams, without spending any extra time or money!

PO2     Firefighter Mental Health; Stop Sucking it up Buttercup?
Instructor:  Feike Van Dijk
When I woke up in a burn unit in SLC attached to monitors, IV, EKG, catheter and morphine covered in bandages, smelling like burned flesh I knew that my worst nightmare was a true happening that changed my life forever.  I lost my house, all my belongings and two of my children to a raging fire that also left my wife, my 9 month old twin son and myself with 3rd degree burns. 9 months after the fire I decided I wanted to do something to honor my boys, I chose to become a firefighter.

Many tears, nightmares, day dreams, triggers, tons of therapy, mounts of medication later I continue my own personal fight to seek healing and bring healing not only for victims experiencing a tragedy but also to bring healing to the heroes that provide help at these tragedies. It is definitely one of the hottest national topics that PTSD is a huge epidemic amongst first responders. A recent study by Samantha Dutton PhD MSW determined that 85% of the first responders she interviewed dealt with symptoms related to mental health issues. One third of them were formally diagnosed with depression or PTSD. These numbers nationally are also extremely high, where the stigma and culture of first responders is to stay professional and to “suck it up”.

Addictions, broken marriages, self-mutilation and suicide are the common results when mental health issues aren’t addressed in the field of first response. A paradigm shift needs to take place to combat the atmosphere of the stigma that is taken place in this field of work. Mental health is as important as physical health and knowledge for first responders to function fully. As a PTSD survivor, burn survivor and fire fighter I would like to share my journey on how resilient any human being can be, I also will share with you the many resources, tools and approaches like a solid CISM and peer intervention on how to overcome this epidemic by experience, study and findings.  By educating officers and peers about the early symptoms that they can see in their department, they can address it early on.  


P03     Self-Care For Fire Service Professionals
5 Ways To Stay Healthy, Happy & Rejuvenated On The Job!
Instructor:  Tim Shurr
Burnout and high job stress can have a strong toll on your mental and physical well being. During this unique program, you’ll learn 5 powerful “mind tools” for quickly improving energy, mental clarity, and focus from one of the country’s top Hypnotists! You’ll be led through a variety of easy-to-apply “rejuvenation” techniques, while also learning how to triumph over the most common types of self-sabotage. This is a “must” for any leader or officer in the Fire Service Industry

P04     Suicidal Ideation and Living Ideation
Instructor:  Steven W. Nicholas Ed. D., MFT, NCC
Investment:  $1,000 + expenses
In June, 2019, a member of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District died by suicide. The District lost a part of their family, a part of their tribe. The suicide death illuminated the need for changes in the current support models. Accordingly, the Northern Nevada Peer Support Network was created, and I was enlisted as someone who could offer a new perspective.

Fire and first response cultures have traditionally praised the silent strengths and determinations of its members; this has led to trauma, burnout, and death. Living Ideation is a progressive model for suicide prevention and intervention. Simply, this philosophical shift encourages people to move from despair to repair by encouraging the normalization of the profession’s stressors. Resiliency and health can be trained and maintained within fire and EMS service.
Outline of Presentation/training:
Presentation Content
• History of suicide narratives (cultural contexts)
• Personal beliefs and counter-transference
• Signs and symptoms of trauma, burnout, suicide
• Systemic impact of suicide on individuals, couples, families, organization
• Living Ideation: treatment modalities/interventions

P05      Yoga and Mindfulness, Help is on the Way!
1.5 hours
Instructor:  Shannon McQuaide, FireFlex Yoga
Combination Classroom session and Yoga Skills Participation
Mindfulness and yoga are gaining traction with firefighters because they provide essential strategies to thrive during a crisis. FireFlex Yoga has been designed specifically for firefighters to increase functional fitness and facilitate routines that promote rest and recovery - a key component of resiliency. All FireFlex classes include mindfulness practices to promote situational awareness, insight and a flexible mindset - a hallmark of leadership under fire.   Join Shannon McQuaide M.A., founder of FireFlex Yoga, to discover how incorporating simple mind-body practices into firefighter’s training schedules, can reduce injuries and increase behavioral health.

This 90 – minute session will be divided into a 30-minute informational session, and a 50-minute hands-on, practice session with a 10-minute break in between the two sessions. Participants will be encouraged to wear workout clothes or dress in loose comfortable clothing.

Session Objectives: Participants will
• Understand the science of neuroplasticity, and how practicing mindfulness is like a bicep curl for your brain.
• Learn the role of yoga and mindfulness to improve resiliency factors such heart-ratevariability, emotional regulation and restful sleep.
• Learn five foundational mindfulness practices to decrease stress and lead with presence
• Participate in a low impact, low risk yoga routine designed to stretch tight muscles in the hips and shoulders and improve purposeful movement

P06    What is Peer Support and How Can I Help?
Instructor:  Derek Reid
This 1-hour workshop explains what Peer Support is, what is not, and guidelines how a trained peer supporter can help each other.  Mental health for first responders has recently become a popular topic throughout the fire industry. The suicide rates for firefighters has exceeded line-of-duty deaths for the past five years. Because there is no mandatory tracking system for confirming these competed suicides, we realize this may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Peer Support is non-professional peer-to-peer counseling that creates the conversations that help normalize difficult and culturally stigmatized emotional and psychological struggles. Peer Support also bridges the gap between firefighters and their families accessing professional resources.

  • Defining the Peer Support model

  • Peer Support vs C.I.S.M.

    • Proactive vs Reactionary

  • Confidentiality

    • This is just between us

    • Loose lips sink ships

    • Telephone, tele-friend, tele-firefighter

  • How to approach a struggling peer using the peer support L.C.E.S. model

    • Challenge with compassion

    • Listen, Listen, and Listen some more

  • Pitfalls to avoid when providing peer-to-peer counseling

    • Don’t try to fix it

    • Meet them where they are at not where you think they should be

    • “I know exactly how you feel” – List of things not to say

  • Resources available (www.NNPSN.com)

P07       Build it and They Will Come
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!!!


P08      Open Concept Construction  New for 2020
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
2 hours
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 #2 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

Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This program first looks at the SLAB (Safety Profile, Life Profile, Air Track and Building) and utilizes the information to come up with the Strategy. More importantly whether the fire is offensive or defensive based on this situational awareness and 360 walk around. It is aligned with the IAFC Rules of Engagement and the Everyone Goes Home Program to work through a risk vs. gain process.
The program then looks at how to develop tasks and tactics for this strategy using the division of labor. The tactics are assigned based on SAVERS.

  • Search / Rescue

  • Attack

  • Ventilation

  • Extension / Exposures

  • Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC)

  • Salvage

This interactive course utilizes digital simulation and dash cam videos to enhance the rapid decision making process. This course reviews basic command elements during structure fires with a focus on new fire behavior and reading smoke, risk assessment and control of resources. It focuses on condition reports using the BELOWME method.
P10      Table Top Command
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
8 hours
This program uses a minature table top city to perfect the participants fireground command skills and assign resources using ACT objectives. The table top simulator is divided into residential, commercial and industrial fires. It also focuses on specialty buildings such as center hallway and big box commercial buildings. It also works toward multiple rescues and incident within an incident.
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 program can also be extended to multiple days to include all risk incidents. The table top simulator can be utilized for Multi-Casualty Incidents, Hazardous Materials emergencies, Wildland Fires (Sand Table or actual Burn Table) and Unified Command responses and Disasters.
P11        MCI - Managing Chaotic Incidents
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
2 hours
This program utilizes case studies from MCI's to prepare the student to organize and manage these complex incidents. The class then utilizes our table top simulators with multiple MCI scenarios for practice. Our program utilizes multiple resources and products from Disaster Management Systems including triage ribbon systems, EMT3 management systems, MCI vests, clipboards with position functions checklists and command worksheets.
P12        The 6 “T’s” of Fire Service Learning
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This class discusses the six areas of fire service learning that shape us as firefighters, company officers and as an organization as a whole. It emphasizes how your organization can change its approach to training and learning in regards to training budgets, fire service culture and better instruction. The six “T’s” include Training, Testing, Teaching, Tradition, Triumph and Tragedy.

P13       Crew Resource Management
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This course is designed after the original cockpit resource management implemented by the airline industry. The course is designed to increase skills in decision making through enhanced communication, increased situational awareness and understanding the human factors involved. Human Factors topics also included are Mission Creep, the Quick Sand Theory and Abilene Paradox.
The class will utilize case studies and fire scene video to display our safety culture and how we can utilize Crew Resource Management to avoid, trap, reduce or mitigate hazards on scene leading to a decrease in injuries or possibly a fatality.
The course will be presented by Captain Jesse Quinalty, the co-founder of Red Helmet Training and the State Advocate for San Bernardino County to the Everyone Goes Home Program. He has also been part of two close calls involving Human Factors and Crew Resource Management. One of these incidents included a burn-over in which his crew was performing structure protection during the Sawtooth Fire and became trapped in a garage.

P14      What is Your STATUS
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
As an Incident Commander there is a ton of information that you are processing to determine your strategy and tactics. This program will use the STATUS acronym to assist you in breaking it down.
--Size Up
P15      Up Size your Size Up
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
2 hours
This program will discuss how to conduct a size up using the BELOW ME method but more importantly how to use it to lay the foundation for the strategy and tactics. We will break down components of the size up including how to read buildings and smoke, conduct life profiles, verify and mitigate hazards, determine fire attack methods, choose a mode of operation and evaluate resources needs.
This program will utilize digital simulation as well as fireground video to practice the process of conducting a size up and then translating it into an on scene report that “paints the picture”. 

P16     The Sawtooth Wildland Fire Entrapment
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This class will present a wildland fire burnover in which my crew was conducting structure protection and became trapped in the garage as the flame front passed through.
This course is not only about the tactics and strategy that were used but the human factors involved. The presentation covers topics on the psychology of an entrapment, the quicksand theory, complacency and normalcy, Crew Resource Management and the Abilene Paradox. This course can also be paired with Crew Resource Management.

P17      Apples and Oranges
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This program compares the variables between residential and commercial structure fires. Using data presented throughout the course the student will gain an understanding on why these two fires need to be attacked differently. The class will cover topics to include building construction, large fire tactics, hidden or obscured fire behavior, access and egress to include forcible entry, search and rescue efforts, tactical ventilation and finally, utilizing fire protection systems.

P18      RIC for REAL - Lessons learned from 400 firefighters during elevated stress RIC training
Instructor:  Paul Strong
PROGRAM LENGTH: 90-120 min. session
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.

P19      It’s not Rocket Science - Tactical Considerations and Actions; Understanding the “Why”
Instructor:  Paul Strong
PROGRAM LENGTH: 90-120 min. session

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.

The target audience for this class is the company officers and acting officers who are showing up to the fire and expected to make critical decisions. The decisions and actions taken in the first 10 minutes will determine how the rest of the incident plays out. Attendees will walk away with increased knowledge, understanding, and confidence in their decisions made on the fire ground.

P20      What is Killing Firefighters? Preventing Future Fatalities by Learning from the Past
Instructor:  Robert Krause, Ed.D., Toledo Fire & Rescue
Presentation Length: Adaptable from 1.5 to 3.0 hours

This program is directed at firefighters with 10 minutes on the job up to the silver-haired veterans. Focusing on the research of firefighter fatalities from 1998 through 2017, this session identifies how volunteer firefighters died as a result of traumatic fire ground deaths. Dr. Krause brings together his research of firefighter's last moments, describing in detail how they perished in service to their communities. Armed with the knowledge of how these men and women died, modifications to training programs, standard operating policies and procedures and fire ground leadership development can be implemented. Combining research and actual fire ground scenarios, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to learn first-hand what
mistakes were made on numerous emergency scenes. This understanding will aid the firefighter, fire officer and fire chief to develop solutions to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Attendees will leave the session with nuggets of usable, digestible information they can immediately apply on their next emergency scene and within their respective fire departments.

Learning Objectives:
Firefighters around the country continue to perish at an alarming rate. Despite improvements in protective clothing, improved building designs and general firefighting training, firefighter deaths remain relatively consistent from year to year. Research based upon a study of 149 fatal fireground incidents involving volunteer firefighters, totaling 176 deaths, identifies seven broad categories in-which firefighters perished.

This session identifies those seven categories, breaks down the data, identifies common themes in each of the fatalities and provides realistic methods to aid in the prevention of similar tragedies in the future. Understanding how firefighters have died in the past can inform, educate and prepare fire crews from repeating similar mistakes and suffering the same tragic result. The research data clearly shows that fatal events that occurred in 1998 are continuing to occur today despite numerous firefighting improvements. So, what’s missing? This course works to help attendees learn the lessons written in the blood of our fellow firefighters. Learning lessons from our past can benefit those still serving their communities and better prepare them not to make similar mistakes that took the lives of those that came before them.

P21      The Art of Reading Smoke
Instructor:  Rob Backer
Class Length: Open (willing to deliver as 90-minute, 4-hour- or 8-hour session)

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.
P22      The Art of the First Due
Instructor:  Rob Backer
Class Length: Open (willing to deliver as 90-minute, 4-hour- or 8-hour session)

It has long been said “As the first line goes, so goes the fire.” But where does the first line go? What if the first “best” tactic isn’t a line, but a ladder? The most difficult phase of any incident is the size-up and implementation of an Initial Action Plan. The Art of the First Due uses actual fireground footage and a simplified yet extremely effective method to size-up your incident, determine your tactical priorities, and seamlessly implement them for a successful operation. Aspiring, new, and seasoned officers alike will benefit from real-time strategy and tactics development. Building off of the world-famous The Art of Reading Smoke, The Art of the First Due empowers first-arriving personnel to take charge of every fire!


P23       C.O.A.C.H. – Company Officer Assessment Center Help
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This program can range from 2 days to a week long course depending on the topics to be covered. This promotional test program covers topics such as biographical sketches, resume review, oral interview skills, in box exercises, teaching demonstrations and emergency incident simulations.
It also discusses how to think like a test maker as opposed to a test taker, what the test proctors are looking for, test creation, grading, test validity and fallacies. We will also cover how to separate yourself from the pack.    

P24      Effective Powerpoint for Affective Learning
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
2 hours
This class shows how to build more effective Powerpoint presentations and bring the students into the affective learning domain. Topics include choosing and importing backgrounds, embedding videos, pictures, sounds and clip art that work and using them to enhance your training, not be your training. It will also cover basic Powerpoint building for the beginner.
The session objectives are to learn to build Powerpoints that work for the student. It will cover Powerpoint programs as well as e-learning solutions including hyperlinking, interactive scenarios and programs.

P25      Courage Under Fire:  7 Deadly Sins – 7 Ways to Win in Today’s Fire Service
Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski
1.5 hours
Attendees will be exposed to 7 deadly sins and 7 ways to win: 14 different things that can either make or break a typical day at the firehouse, while driving your apparatus and/or using your tools and equipment, or while on the emergency scene. Current and past situations (positive and negative) that have occurred in the fire service around the country will be shared and discussed. Topics include, but are not limited to, firehouse daily activities, emergency responses, personnel issues, training and administrative duties. Regardless of your rank, there will be numerous key takeaways that can be applied the next time you are on duty.

P26       Courage Under Fire: Striving for Greatness
Instructor:  Steve Prziborowski
1.5 hours
Being a leader in 2020 takes a lot of courage, which is the focus of this session. Situations a fire officer may face today can have severe consequences to the positive image of the fire service, their career, or the careers of those they lead. If you want to be everyone’s buddy, or never want to be “that guy or gal” when it comes to being the designated adult, then this session may not be for you. Events will be presented in a productive manner, so current and aspiring fire officers can learn from both the good and the not-so-good situations.

P27       Time Management when there is No Time
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This course covers basic time management strategies which are often associated with people management. This program will cover topics including monitoring subordinates, delegating, managing upwards, decision making, the time wedge, completing projects, filing and appointment systems, procrastination nation and dealing with crisis.
The program will culminate with some time management exercises and an in box exercise.

P28       After Action Renew
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This program looks at the after action review process from a training officers perspective. The goal is to renew how we compile the data for our after action review, what is done with that information and how we use this information to make change. This program developed out of the increased use of dash cameras, helmet cams and the ability to easily access the dispatch and radio traffic on an incident in a digital file. Eventually this would lead to changes of incident command policies and philosophies. It will conclude with several case studies with video.

P29       Rescue Me – Managing Employee Fires
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
Most Fire Officers and Chiefs will fight more fires in the station then they will out in the streets.  This program will utilize basic fireground terminology to break down and make sense of employee coaching, counseling and disciplinary procedures. It will apply such firefighter knowledge as conducting a size up, which will include looking at the building construction (How the employee is built as well as the condition of the building), the extent and location of the fire (the problem) and doing a risk assessment.
Once these observations are considered then a strategy can be determined and tactics can be put in place. We will then utilize the acronym RECEO to determine what tactics to use when dealing with a problem employee. We will also focus on using Fire Prevention, Education, Pre-Planning and Fire Behavior Recognition Training (Reading Smoke) to prevent fires (problems) and keep them small. We will also compare hostile fire events such as rapid fire progression, flashover, backdraft and smoke explosions to the more difficult personnel issues.
The course will end with conducting several “Fire Simulations” using video and role player scenarios for the students.
P30       Who’s the Boss
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This class introduces and reviews some basic leadership models or theories. The intent of the first session is to figure out what leadership is and how we can implement it. It will focus on topics such as Servant Leadership, Situational Leadership, the Leadership Continuum and the Johari Window.
This program then takes the “Buddy to Boss” (Chase Sargent) concept into the fire station to look at crew continuity, public perception and customer service interactions. It will also gain insight on station pranks, hazing and poor behavior through fire service videos and case studies.

P31     It was only a Mission Statement
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
This program will look at Leadership Traits through the eyes of Jerry Maguire. It will then apply those leadership traits to the firefighting profession to fulfill our Mission Statement.
Concepts developed, discussed and questioned will include;
The things we think and do not say
Show me the money!
Help Me Help You
I just want to be inspired
The key to this business is personal relationships
P32      Normalization of Deviants
Instructor:  Jesse Quinalty
The modern fire service continues to tap into outside agencies for training and safety concepts including the airline industry, the military and NASA. From these organizations, we have gained training on the topics of Crew Resource Management and High Reliability Organizations. These training sessions are aimed at making the fire service a safer and better profession. Along these lines has come the concept of Normalization of Deviance. The definition of this term is defined as the gradual process through which unacceptable practice or standards become acceptable. As the deviant behavior is repeated without catastrophic results, it becomes the social norm.
In this program we will look at the so called “deviants” that are creating this environment. We will break them down into a few different types and discuss how to create the normalization of a “Safety Culture” to reduce accidents and their impacts.

P33      Save Time and Money with Cooperative Procurement
Instructor:  Crosby Grindle, MPA, President, Cooperative Services, LLC
Budget cuts and aggressive procurement timelines continually challenge fire agencies.  Public safety and municipal leaders must seek creative ways to save money and reduce overhead to keep budget cuts from affecting staffing. Group or cooperative purchasing is a solution to reduce costs and efficiently purchase the products and services that are critical for fire departments.  This procurement method has been an option exercised on a regional basis for years and is now a popular procurement method utilized by all types of government agencies nationwide.
Participants will learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized or developed in their area.  Specific information of the legal aspects of cooperative purchasing will be covered.
Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe and understand the cooperative procurement process.

  2. Participants will be able to identify the types of laws that impact their ability to use the cooperative procurement process in their state and locality.

  3. Participants will understand how to develop regional cooperative contract opportunities and how to utilize national cooperative contract opportunities.

  4. Participants will be able to identify specific national cooperative programs and examples of the types of products and services available through them.

P34      The Thumbprint of Your Community
Instructor:  Dean Sparaco, CR Architecture & Design
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?
--Power Point Presentation Format
--60 Minutes
--Learning Objectives:
1.  Understand the importance of Training as it relates to Preparedness.  Thoughtful Station Design can improve Health, Safety, Situational Awareness and Team Dynamics.

2.  Understanding the importance of Preparedness as it relates to Health and Safety, including sleep deprivation and PTSD.
3.  Departments must acknowledge that PTSD and depression are increasing and designing facilities that can help address exposure to mental and physical stress is an important part of the process.  A crew member who is well trained will have the confidence in his or her abilities which will help to reduce stress

P35 - Quality Staffing Without Quality Reduction
Instructor:  John Clark
1.5 Hours
The presentation provides options for delivery of quality Fire Services and EMS with innovative staffing options including peak and/or part-time staffing. The presentation will explore opportunities to map the future of your department rather than following someone else’s trail. Tough issues surrounding alternate staffing and union/non-union relationships will also be discussed. These topics include: 

  • Staffing methods and practices 

  • Personnel Qualifications 

  • Department Moral 

  • Delivery Service and Performance Indicators  

The final 20-30 minutes of the session will allow for audience questions and open discussion. 
The 21st century has fire service agencies providing more services over a broad spectrum with less resources than ever before. State and Local Governments, and the public expect services to be delivered in a cost efficient method previously only expected in the private sector, while delivering high quality service. 
Overall department operations are effected by staffing abilities and decisions. The ability to deliver quality services in response to public demand is contingent on the financial resources and ability of the agency and public entity, as a whole. Staffing by traditional methods, particularly in career and combination departments has become difficult and in some cases economically infeasible. 
Department moral and inner-personal relations can dramatically affect the successful implementation of alternate staffing methods and schedules. Successful implementation requires good labor management relations and mutual trust. Additionally, the subject of personnel qualifications, recruitment and retention, as well as training must be equally addressed with all personnel regardless of their employment status (i.e full-time or part-time). 
Options for personnel deployment based on run volume, temporary population increases (i.e. large employers, special events, etc.) and coverage for training of personnel off-site must also be explored, as well as the feasibility within your department’s demographic and geographic model.  
Learning Objectives 

  • Assessing and planning community risk-based staffing 

  • Determining impact on service delivery performance  

  • Planning for Continuous Improvement Planning (CIP) in personnel training

P36     Dealing with the Tough Stuff-A Discipline Primer for Leaders
4 hours
Instructors:  Kevin Ward and 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. 

P37     The Box on the Top
4 hours
Instructor:  David Popoff

The Box on the TOP: So you’re the box on the top, now what? Serious look at ICS vs EOC Leadership – Surrounding yourself with good and smart people and letting them do their jobs. Leaders help themselves and others to navigate the rough seas of response and recovery. Charting the right heading to successful response to the big seven in today’s all hazard environment.
High Points:
o Leadership defined
o All-Hazards 7 types of incidents
o Priorities of the ICP and EOC
o Tools for the toolbox for successful Leadership


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P38       Emergency Services UTV/ATV Safety
Instructor:  Bryan Duquin, VFIS
Suggested Length of this Program – 1 hour
Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV's) and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV's) continue to gain wider acceptance and use in the Emergency Services. They have given organizations a less physically demanding, more rapid and effective response to emergency incidents and specials events. Adding UTV's and ATV's to the ESO's fleet provides a great benefit but also can present safety issues if those using the vehicle have not been properly trained in the operations and maintenance of these types of vehicles. 
Manufacturers and retailers, have, and continue to stress the importance of proper training for the safe operations of their products. Training in the use of these vehicles should be part of organizations commitment to safety.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the legal responsibility for the safety of their passengers and others around them

  • Understand the importance of having SOP's/SOG's

  • Understand the importance in having each operator complete a UTV/ATV operation and safety course provided by the manufacturer or state before operating a vehicle

  • Understand the importance of having a refresher training program, both classroom and hands-on


  • Fire & EMS Organizational leaders & Training officers, Incident Safety Officers, Health & Safety Officers, Risk Managers, & All station personnel

P39       SOP's/SOG's for the Emergency Services
Instructor:  Bryan Duquin, VFIS
Suggested Length of this program - 1 Hour
In Emergency Services wide spread we see and hear of organizations that lack substantiated SOP's/SOG's and many organizations that have documents in place, often times fail to review or revise many of those documents over time. In emergency services we are creatures of habit and often times we forget to follow the directional documentation that should be used to enforce the health and well-being of all of our members.
Upon Completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of SOP/SOG development

  • Understand the importance of review of any current or outdated documents

  • Understand the importance risk analysis within the department and creating documents to minimize the risks associated with your organization

Targeted Audience;

  • Any Chief or Executive officer, Risk Manager, Safety Officer, Station Personnel

P40       Emergency Services Incident Investigation
Instructor:  Bryan Duquin, VFIS
Suggested Length – 2 hours
Each year, 100 firefighters lose their lives while protecting their communities. An additional 100,000 firefighters are injured on the job. VFIS – the leader in Emergency Services Insurance, believes that most of these injuries and deaths are preventable. One of the best tools in the prevention of Injuries and death is the use of the incident investigation process following every incident or near miss.

Every incident, including minor injuries and near misses, offers a potential lesson to be learned by others. The unreported incident is automatically a lesson that has gone unlearned. When incidents are not reported, their causes usually go uncorrected, perhaps causing a reoccurrence, a more serious injury or even a fatality. All incidents must be investigated to determine the cause of the incident and to ensure that actions to prevent the recurrences are implemented.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to;

  • Identify incident cause and develop corrective actions

  • Understand the importance of thorough incident investigation procedures

  • Identify the policies and procedures related to incident investigation

  • Identify the key steps in the incident investigation process

Target Audience:

  • Fire & EMS service leaders, Incident Safety Officer, Health & Safety Officers, and Fire & EMS Service Instructors


Presenter: Ray Reynolds
2 hours

  • Provide a historical perspective of how fires caused major basic code development

  • Codes for all season threats and how our fire code devices are being used against us

  • What is being marketed to our public

  • A look at the products likely to impact conflagration

  • The future of fire safety

This 2 hour presentation will take a look back at major fires which have influenced code development.  Look at the emerging threats public buildings face with terrorism and hostile situations. Our fire protection devices are being used against us. With the wicked problems and products we face in the code development world, public apathy is still our biggest threat. Learn what is being done and what is likely to come in the way of products vs. code.  Let me help you walk the tightrope between safety and conflagration.
As a member of the Fire and Life Safety Section, I am very concerned our changing dynamics in the fire service are contributing to the rise in fire events and higher fatalities. I seek to raise awareness if we do not listen to tragic historical lessons learned in the past, we may be entering a new phase of conflagration.

Instructors:  Steven Peavey and 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.


  1. Time Management

  2. Why Things Happen

  3. Decision Making

  4. Communication

  5. Achieving Needed Results

  6. How to Delegate

  7. Presenting Information & Proposals

  8. Performance Reviews

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

P43       High Profile Fire Investigation
Instructors:  Steven Peavey and David Lind

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.  But, 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.

P44      The NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate Program  
(1 Hour)
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan, NFPA
This presentation will discuss NFPA’s Hot Work Safety Certificate Program, which was created in response to a structure fire in Boston, MA in 2014, in which two Boston firefighters died as a result of a fire started by unpermitted welding.  This program was developed to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs, as numerous fires have been started by poor hot work practices.  The Fire Service can utilize this program and implement it as a required program in any jurisdiction, for contractors who perform hot work, in order to raise the level of safety on construction sites and other properties where hot work is performed.  The training provided in the Hot Work program addresses the safe practices needed when planning and executing jobs wherever hot work processes are used. 

P45       NFPA 855 and Firefighting Concerns for Energy Storage Systems 
(1 – 2 Hours)
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan, NFPA
This presentation will discuss the new NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems.  As society shifts toward the increased use of “green energy”, energy storage systems (ESS) are becoming more prevalent to store electrical energy generated by wind and solar systems.  ESS present the Fire Service with unique firefighting challenges and hazards when they burn, and require improved industry installation practices.  NFPA 855 provides guidance and fire protection safety requirements for the installation of these systems.  This session will focus both on the firefighting challenges and the new fire protection requirements for energy storage systems.  It will also analyze some case studies involving ESS, including an incident in Arizona in April, 2019, where several firefighters were injured when an explosion occurred at an ESS facility.

P46       Food Truck Safety Requirements  
(1 – 1.5 Hours)
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan, NFPA
This presentation will discuss fire safety practices and requirements for food trucks that are found in NFPA 1 (Fire Code), and in Appendix B (Mobile and Temporary Cooking Operations) of NFPA 96 (Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations).  As food trucks are becoming increasingly popular, there have been more food truck incidents involving both fires and explosions.  The very nature of the food truck industry also presents the Fire Service with significant challenges in enforcing fire safety regulations, extending to cooperative efforts that are needed with other entities such as health department representatives and local government officials.  This session will include discussion of all of these issues, as well as review some case studies involving food truck fires.

P47      Flammable Refrigerants 
(1 – 1.5 Hours)
Instructor:  Bob Sullivan, NFPA
This presentation will discuss the new NFPA Flammable Refrigerants Fire Fighter Training Material Development Workshop that was held in September, 2018.  The multi-billion dollar refrigeration industry is starting to move toward new types of refrigerants that are more environmentally friendly fluids, but they are also much more flammable than current types of refrigerants.  This shift has already occurred in other countries, and will soon occur in the United States as well.  As new refrigerants with higher flammability are phased in, there will be new hazards which the Fire Service and emergency responders will need to be aware of to make adjustments in firefighting tactics.  This session will discuss this new information and the efforts that are underway to provide updated training for the Fire Service, including relevant codes and standards, hazard identification, emergency response tactics, and post-incident considerations.  

P48      CPVC Plan Check/Inspector Training Program 
Instructor:  Scott Harrison
3-4 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”.

P49      CPVC Fire Sprinkler Products “Recommended Practices & Precautions”
Instructor:  Scott Harrison
1 hour
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”.

P50        BNSF Railway & UPRR Hazardous Materials Training
Contact:  Al Alcalde, LaHabre Fire Department
BNSF Railway and Union Pacific offers a FREE railroad familiarization course for community emergency responders. The course is taught from a rail industry perspective. This is to ensure that participants receive a better understanding of the hazardous materials regulations that apply to land transportation and in particular, to the railroad industry. This course consists of two sections, a class room presentation and a hands on section working with valves and appurtenances from railroad tank cars.

· BNSF Railway & UPRR System
· Communication with Railroads during an incident
· Emergency Contact Phone Numbers and Methods
· Safety Considerations While Working Near Railroads
· Risk Analysis and Traffic Flow
· Railroad's Role in the Incident Command System
· Understanding and Use of a Train List
· Emergency Response Considerations
· Placards and markings
· Specialized Response Resources and Equipment
· Locomotive Hazards and Shutdown Procedures
Contact Information:
BNSF Railway
James Farner, Manager Hazardous Materials
Union Pacific Railroad
Paul Holt, Manager Hazardous Materials

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