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2020  Nevada LEPC Hazardous Materials Training Conference
V I R T U A L
THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN FOR NEVADA LEPC ATTENDEES
Program sessions are available "On-Demand"

This year's conference will be quite different as it is being held virtually! We hope you are able to join us as often as possible with this online learning opportunity.

APPROVED CLASS SESSIONS

The following class sessions have been approved through the Nevada State Fire Marshal's Division for hazardous materials training.  Upon completion of each session, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued. 

You will be able to track your progress in each session.  Also, if you miss participating in the session at the specified time it is scheduled on the program, you will be able to view the presentation "on-demand" through November 30, 2020.

Learn more about this year's program

Nevada HazMat Conference
Registration Fee.............................................. $50.00

NEVADA HAZMAT REGISTRATIONS

To qualify for the $50.00 rate, you must be a Nevada first responder to hazardous materials incidents.  Grant opportunities through the Nevada SERC may be available.  Please contact your county LEPC for details. 

This registration provides access to presentations that have been approved by the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division. It also includes participation in Fire Coaching Fridays and virtual special events, but does not provide access to every session. 

For more information, please contact
Jo Anne Hill at (623) 337-4114.

Session Descriptions

Chemical Suicides
Instructor:  Jeffrey Zientek
Chemical suicides present challenges for first responders, especially if they have never encountered them or are not familiar with the process.  Many times, the victim warns emergency responders, however, many times they do not!  This session introduces the chemical-assisted suicides process, describes real-life examples, and provides tips on how first responders can rapidly recognize a potential chemical suicide event. Includes guidance for responding to these events in ways that protect responders and members of the public.


Courage Under Fire Leadership: 7 Deadly Sins - Part 1

Instructor: Steve Prziborowski

This is part 1 of a 2 part class. Attendees will be exposed to 7 deadly sins: 7 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, not to Monday-morning quarterback or critique, but instead to offer the attendees an opportunity to be exposed to some of the challenges they may likely face at some point of their career. Areas discussed include but are not limited to firehouse daily activities, emergency responses, personnel issues, training and administrative duties. Regardless of your current or future rank, there will be numerous key takeaways that can be applied the next time you are on duty.

Courage Under Fire Leadership: 7 Ways to Win - Part 2

Instructor: Steve Prziborowski

This is part 2 of a 2 part class. Attendees will be exposed to 7 ways to win: 7 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, not to Monday-morning quarterback or critique, but instead to offer the attendees an opportunity to be exposed to some of the challenges they may likely face at some point of their career. Areas discussed include but are not limited to firehouse daily activities, emergency responses, personnel issues, training and administrative duties. Regardless of your current or future rank, there will be numerous key takeaways that can be applied the next time you are on duty.


Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials (90 minutes)

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.

 

Emerging Terrorist Threats for First Responders

Instructor: Chris Angermuller

This course will provide an overview of recent terrorist events that have occurred across the world and the threat to first responders. A comprehensive review of methodology and modern methods that terrorist utilize to cause disruption and harm will be presented. This course will also evaluate and present ways that hazmat teams and law enforcement can work together to increase responder safety and mitigate a potential terrorist incident in a more efficient manner.

 

Firefighter Wellness During Crisis Events:  Resources, Tools and Strategies
Instructors:
Dr. David Black
Chief Todd LeDuc  

Being a firefighter was a stressful and demanding profession before COVID-19; and despite the unprecedented challenges we now face, our nation’s heroes continue to perform heroically every day serving the greater good and protecting our communities. In this presentation, we’ll review and discuss resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing firefighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress and anxiety of working during the pandemic and the role of early detection and intervention of occupational health risks.

Disclaimer: The materials provided in this webinar are for general informational and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice or opinion. Please seek legal counsel before acting on the topics discussed. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered a substitute for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice or opinion. Please consult with your physician, therapist, or other qualified healthcare provider before acting on the topics discussed.

Flammable Refrigerants 

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. 

 

Habits of Highly Effective Incident Commanders

Instructor: Kevin Ward

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.

 

Outline:

--Functional vs Dysfunctional Command Operations

--LODDs and Poor Command Correlation

--What does a high performing incident commander look like?

--What kind of “habits” do they have?

--Strategic Principles- Are we using the right playbook?

--Efficient and Effective Practical Application

--Support Officer/FIT/Aide use

  • Tactical Worksheets & “T” boxes 

  • “ERUPTTT” acronym for Maydays

  • Effective fireground communications



Hazardous Materials Response for the First Due Company

Instructor:  David Ladd

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.

 

Hazmat Officer Development

Instructors:

Mark Sicuso and Jeff Post

You are now the hazmat officer. You have choices and decisions to make. In this lively discussion we will dive into why and what will shape and influence our decisions. We often placed into making command decisions, but we are rarely told what goes into training your brain on what will affect your thinking and in turn what you chose.


Learning Objectives:

  • After attending this class Haz Mat officers and leaders will learn what shapes their decision making and how to train their brain.

  • After attending this class Haz Mat officers and leaders will be able to share with other leaders and officers how to make good decisions.



Hazmat Role in Confined Spaces
Instructor:  Jeffrey Zientek

Confined spaces are becoming more of a hazardous materials incident than a technical rescue incident.  This case study discusses two incidents that happened in the Phoenix area that resulted in the deaths of 5 people total.  Each incident contained different products and different tactics were employed for each.  What is the responsibility of the Hazmat Team on these incidents?  How does product identification effect the rescue/recovery?  What is the PPE choice?  These plus other factors will be explored in this discussion.


 

How to NOT Be There and NOT Do That
Instructor:  Mark Emery

A NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Report will be used as a Case to probe below the surface of the NIOSH recommendations. Solutions to the problems identified by NIOSH will be addressed is subsequent programs this afternoon. The Case Study package will be available for download to registered attendees (NIOSH Report PDF, Discussion Guide PDF, Instructor Key PDF, and PowerPoint presentation).

 

Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services
Instructor:  Steve Hirsch
Quality leadership is essential for the fire and emergency services to accomplish the mission and improve your department. Join Steve Hirsch, NVFC Chair, for this webinar that will examine leadership styles, qualities, and best practices to help your department function at a high level and avoid fire and emergency services leadership pitfalls.


 

The Holidays and First Responders – How to Cope with Increased Stress
Instructor:  Ali Rockroth
First responders often feel an increased amount of stress during the holiday season. Join Ali Rothrock, CEO of On the Job and Off, for this webinar as she explains the basics of mental health issues that may impact first responders, including cumulative stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout, and why the holidays can be especially difficult for responders and their families. She will then discuss positive coping skills, how to include families in these strategies, and resources that are available for first responders. 


Organic Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Responders
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.


Performance Design, Helping your Department Fulfill its Mission

Instructor: Dean Sparaco

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.

Reset and Recharge: How to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times
Instructor:  Jeff Dill
Join Jeff Dill, founder of the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, for this free NVFC webinar to discuss strategies responders can use to manage stress and anxiety and to be there for each other during these uncertain times


Reset and Recharge: Taking Care of Our Mental Health in Uncertain Times
Instructor:  Amy Rothrock
The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has more than just physical health implications. It also creates uncertainty and changes in lifestyle that can have an emotional impact. Firefighters, EMS providers, and rescue workers may be feeling the impact especially hard as they navigate the new realities of responding and maintaining operations during this crisis. Join Ali Rothrock, founder of On the Job and Off, for this free NVFC webinar to discuss how being a first responder during a pandemic can impact our mental health.

 

Strengthening Firefighter Wellness in Times of Crisis
Instructors:
Dr. David Black
Dr. Gordon Graham

The fire service was a stressful and demanding profession before COVID-19; and despite the unprecedented challenges we now face, our nation’s heroes continue to perform heroically every day serving the greater good and protecting our communities. In this online forum, we’ll review and discuss resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing firefighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress of working during the pandemic.

Disclaimer
The materials provided in this recording are for general informational and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice or opinion. Please seek legal counsel before acting on the topics discussed. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered a substitute for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice or opinion. Please consult with your physician, therapist, or other qualified healthcare provider before acting on the topics discussed.



Tactical Decontamination for Hazardous Materials & WMD Incidents
Instructor:  David Ladd

This course was developed to provide all first responders the tools and knowledge to effectively determine exposure, develop and establish a decontamination strategy, and decontaminate those victims of incidents that involve Hazardous Materials/WMD’s.
 

Tactical decontamination is the aggressive targeted application of decontamination techniques that specifically enhance first responder safety and patient care during hazardous materials and multi-threat incidents.

 

The following categories of Hazardous Materials/WMD’s and the decontamination strategy for each will be presented:

•       Differentiate between exposure and contamination.

•       Identify the various routes of exposure.

•       Discuss the chemical properties that play a role in decontamination.

•       Identify methods of decontamination in a given incident:

•       Hazardous materials/WMD’s and select chemicals

•       Intentional and accidental exposure/contamination

•       Multi-threat incidents involving law enforcement

•       Identify the 4 levels of PPE for decontamination

•       Health care/1st Responder considerations for handling a contaminated patient

This course will allow the participant to determine the appropriate course of action utilizing hazard response information. The pros and cons of various decontamination tactics will also be discussed to ultimately assist the responder with determining the best decontamination strategy to initiate.  



The Case for Diversity and Inclusivity
Instructor:  Ali Rockroth
In this webinar, Ali Rothrock, CEO of On the Job and Off, will first review the difference between equity and equality and explain why inclusion must be addressed before diversity. She will then discuss the existing culture for women in the fire service and the mental health challenges associated with hostile work environments. Lastly, Ali will cover the benefits of a diverse work or volunteer force and the value that is added to your mission when you have a variety of people ready to serve your community.​

 

The Essentials of Honorable Leadership  Parts 1-2-3

Instructor:  Mark Emery
If all learned skills must begin with the fundamentals, what are the fundamentals of leadership? This program will provide essential fundamentals for establishing a legacy of genuine Honorable Leadership. The Essentials of Honorable Leadership will provide a template of internal leadership attributes and characteristics that will enable the external manifestation of an Honorable Leader.

 

During this workshop will discover essentials for crafting Honorable Leadership in your life and in your fire station. Using a compelling presentation and leadership worksheets you will:
1. Discover how Trust can become the most valuable asset in your life and in your fire station.
2. Recognize why it is important to differentiate leadership from supervision and management.
4. Identify key distinctions between Intrinsic Leadership and the Extrinsic Leader.
5. Discover the seven elements of Attitude that will serve as the foundation for developing personal 
and professional leadership.
6. Identify the six components of Character that are essential for developing Honorable Leadership.
7. Understand how role and responsibility Preparation is essential for establishing a legacy of 
Honorable Leadership.
8. Appreciate how the combination of Attitude, Character, Preparation, and Moral Courage will enable you to achieve and maintain genuine 'command presence’ (poise and confidence).
9. Realize that skill — Rock-Solid Fundamentals — will serve as the heart of your Honorable Leadership.
11. Using the Honorable Leadership Template to achieve and sustain Honorable Success in your life and in your career.


 

The Past, the Present, and the Future of the Fire Service
Instructor:  Ed Mann
Where is the fire service now and where is it headed? Looking to the past can help us predict the future. Join us for a free NVFC webinar as Ed Mann, training and education director at Provident and a well-known figure in the fire service, shares his thoughts on the evolution and future of the volunteer fire service.

 

The Quest for Success

Instructor:  Mark Emery
How do you define success? Leadership development begins with the definition of ‘success.’ Genuine, meaningful success is more important than mere acquisition or achievement. A promotion is achievement – not success; the accumulation of money, a bigger house, or the latest digital gizmo is acquisition – not success. Meaningful success is a Zen-like quality that is simple and powerful. Once you choose Honorable Success, you will possess a gift that is beyond the value of achievement or the acquisition of ‘stuff.’ While sculpting your leadership you must chisel-away years of negative baggage that has been reinforced by competition, comparison, and rationalization. It requires time and energy but once genuine success is revealed, you will be a new person – ready to become a leadership masterpiece!

 

Embracing the Honorable Success concept will improve your life, your family, and your fire department.

 

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)

 

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