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Dr. Steven Shepard

There are four generations in the workplace today: Baby Boomers, Generation-X, Millennials, and the latest addition, the Plurals. They all want the same thing from work and life, but they want it in radically different ways—as we’ll see in this presentation.

Organizations that understand how to attract, inspire, motivate, lead, manage, and develop the different generational cadres that make up the workforce will get the most from their people and enjoy a stable and effective employee base. This is particularly important when we take into account the fact that the Boomers, who were the largest generation in human history and are now retiring in droves, have been eclipsed in size by the Millennials—and the Plurals aren’t far behind.

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Fire Chief Jeff Meston

Chief Meston uses his extensive experience over his career and during the current public health crisis to reflect on lessons learned by the importance of maintaining strong communications with all; the importance and effectiveness of the Incident Command System, even if you are not the one “in charge;” intelligence gathering not being just for law enforcement, how the fire service needs and can use accurate data; realizing that every statistic is a person with impact on others; the strengths and contributions of the National Guard in serving local communities and states; and, credibility and trust—the power of a fire truck, badge and uniform to effectively serve a community.


Finally, Chief Meston looks back to the future with lessons learned from the last Great Depression and how sorrow accompanies opportunity to improve your agency’s service delivery.  Pushed to the breaking point, we care for our communities while rising to the challenge of caring for our own.

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Save Time and Money with Cooperative Procurement
Instructor:  Crosby Grindle

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:

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

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.

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

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

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.


Fire Prevention

Defensible Space Inspections - Challenges Faced by the Inspectors

Instructor:  Chris McMasters
This class will cover the challenges that both fire departments, county agencies and the defensible space inspectors face in the field and on a day to day basis.  During this session, we will be discussing:

  • Logistical issues with staffing, vehicles, and equipment;

  • Some of the safety issues inspectors may encounter while in the field doing defensible space inspections;

  • The different types of homeowners inspectors may encounter, such as the individual that wants to do the work, the neighborhood snitch, Sovereign citizens and other uncooperative homeowners;

  • Property fortifications like gates, no trespassing signs, and other warning signs. 

Fire Prevention Week – Out of the Box and Down the Road!

Instructor:  Meredith Hawes

Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, and NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, when the commemoration began. 

Each year a Fire Prevention Week theme is identified to educate the public of the dangers of fire and the fire-service is our biggest partner in helping to spread the message. This year’s theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen aims to help residents make safe cooking choices in the kitchen, and it is vital while families are doing even more cooking at home.  These are critical  cooking safety messages that can be customized to address your local fire problem and shared not just during Fire Prevention, but throughout the campaign year. And new “Out of the Box” ideas are available to help you reach your audience outside of traditional events.

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. 


Food Truck Safety Requirements  

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.

NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate Program  

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. 

NFPA 855 and Firefighting Concerns for Energy Storage Systems  

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.

NFPA Updates

Instructor:  Kelly Ransdell
NFPA Updates is a fast paced look at current and emerging issues for the fire service. This session will focus on new ideas and ways to address hot topics that you my experience in your community.

Vacation Home Rental~ Fire and Life Safety
Instructor:  Eric Guevin
Learn how to implement a fire and safety inspection process for VHR's. What's in a name and how are they classified in the code. Short Term Rental STR, AirBNB  VRBO, etc. by what authority do Fire Departments have to regulate this type of operation in a private home? What political and financial hurdles do you have to face? What are the risks that can be addressed in an inspection process and why are they not taken more seriously by the industry as compared to the nuisance complaints of noise, trash, and parking.  What steps need to be taken to keep guests safe in these typed of uses. How does an inspection process protect the firefighters and the community? How to balance being a proponent of the industry while making sure safety advocacy is paramount.

Hazardous Materials

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.

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.

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  (This is a two-part class - 90 minutes each)


Mark Sicuso

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.


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.

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.  


Health and Wellness Sessions

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!!!


Firefighter Wellness During Crisis Events:  Resources, Tools and Strategies
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.

Strengthening Firefighter Wellness in Times of Crisis

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.


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.

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


--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)

Yoga and Mindfulness, Help is on the Way!

Instructor: Shannon McQuaide, FireFlex Yoga
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 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


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 the 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.


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.



--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

Are You Ready for the Collar Brass?


Kevin Ward (Part 1)

Paul Sullivan (Part 2)

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 effect the crew and the public in a positive way.

We hope to 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.

Many practical applications will be covered to include:

·       Increasing your leadership skills & abilities

·       Interpersonal relationships and understanding personality types

·       Working effectively as a team

·       Your role as the leader, commander & trainer

·       Mentoring future leaders

·       Customer Service skills & firefighter empowerment

Dealing with the Tough Stuff: A Discipline Primer for Leaders

Instructor: 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.

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.

Reverse Engineering the Future

Instructor:  Steven Shepard, Ph.D.
This presentation is about leadership. It doesn’t focus on a particular industry, technology, application or service. Instead, it examines an ability, a quality, that too many companies – and agencies – appear to be bereft of today: the ability to move in a highly focused manner toward a desired goal during times of enormous, disruptive change. 

No one can deny the importance of managing change in companies today –  there is more to running a successful company than simply managing the progression of change. Management visionary Tom Peters observed repeatedly that we must “learn to love change as much as we hated it in the past” if we are to meet the demands of the increasingly competitive marketplace. Even Charles Darwin understood this construct. Contrary to belief, he never said or wrote anything about ‘survival of the fittest.’ What he did say was that those that survive are not the smartest or strongest, but rather those that are most adaptable to change.

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.

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.


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.



RIC for REAL - Lessons learned from 400 Firefighters during Elevated Stress RIC Training

Instructor: Paul Strong

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



The target audience 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

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.

What is Killing Firefighters? Preventing Future Fatalities by Learning from the Past

Instructor: Robert Krause, Ed.D., Toledo Fire & Rescue

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.

The Art of Reading Smoke - Color

Instructor: Rob Backer

The Art of Reading Smoke has established itself as one of the fire service's most popular and necessary courses for all ranks and experience levels. The ability to rapidly recognize the fire's location, progression, and future is imperative to every fireground decision maker. One of the most misunderstood attributes is that of "Color." The notion that the color of smoke tells you what is burning is just plain false. It's not true now, and it never has been true. Spend an hour with your brothers and sisters for a virtual session on all things "color." What does it mean? How does the color indicate the fire's location and progression? We will rely on actual fireground footage to aid uss in the quest to understand what actually IS happening inside a burning building - no more guessing!


The Art of Reading Smoke - Velocity

Instructor: Rob Backer

The Art of Reading Smoke - Velocity

Continue to evolve your fireground understanding with The Art of Reading Smoke - Velocity. The speed at which smoke travels is key to understanding the fire's location within a building. Smoke velocity is often confused with other attributes, so it becomes extremely critical to separate and properly identify whether the smoke we see is slow and smooth, or fast and violent. This class relies heavily on actual fireground footage to show the distinctly different features of different velocities and what they indicate for firefighters and the fire within the building.

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).

Fireground Size-Up ‘Forensics’ - Discover What You Have Been Missing
Instructor:  Mark Emery

Fire within a structure produces physical evidence of firegrowth phase and occupant survivability. This 'forensic' evidence can also be used to determine risk versus value, go or no-go. Just as law enforcement use physical evidence to determine the history of a crime, structure fire physical evidence provides a historical record of firegrowth. Fireground Size-Up Forensics will abolish the notion that a meaningful size-up can be done through-the-windshield.


How to Nail Your First-Due Strategic Responsibility, Parts 1 & 2
Instructor:  Mark Emery

Discover a simple yet powerful Four-Box progression that begins with your arrival radio report, continues with focused size-up that includes risk-assessment, identification of Big Six problems, initial action plan development, size-up radio report, achieving tactical accountability, and the establishment and management of an effective Command Post. The Four-Box progression is a structured, systematic, flexible and reliable process that will work at ‘three-in-the-morning.’ The Four Box model has been designed so that first on-scene fire officers will nail their strategic responsibility every time.


The first-due Four Box methodology exceeds performance criteria established by NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I, NFPA 1500, NFPA 1561, National Incident Management System (NIMS), and in Washington State, WAC 296-305-05000 and 05002.


The program will feature a custom First-Due Fire Officer status board and Passports provided by IMS Alliance.



Structure Fire Simulation Exercise, Parts 1 & 2

Instructor:  Mark Emery
This program will bring together this afternoon’s previous programs so that students will experience what an intelligent and safe fireground operation looks like and sounds like. Radio Communication Solutions will be incorporated into the simulation exercise.  The first-due Fire Officer is the focus of the Simulation Exercise.


The simulation exercise will feature Digital Combustion Fire Studio software.

A second Structure Fire Simulation Exercise will also feature Digital Combustion Fire Studio software.  The first-due Fire Officer is the focus of the Simulation Exercise.




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.  Find more resources at www.nvfc.org/help.

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.​

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.

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

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