Select Criteria: Tracks = Leadership/management
8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Students learn to better define, understand, and deal with difficult people. Attendees are  brought back to the fundamental mission of the fire service to learn each employee’s scope of duty and organizational impact, learn how to identify people who may pose problems for the organization, how to defuse the problems, ...read more...

Instructor
Jerry Streich
Chief/Emergency Management Director
Andover (MN) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
Each year, fire officers get jammed up professionally, personally, publicly, and emotionally when the conditions deteriorate under their command. From company officers to chief officers and those who wannabe, the slogan "never forget" turns out to be just another memorial T-shirt and sticker. This program provides and hammers the attendees ...read more...
Instructor
Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
This workshop is geared toward fire service professionals who wish to expand their leadership abilities at any level. It is rooted in improving team performance and has application in the public and private sectors.The concepts featured have worked for more than 40 years in professional football and are now working ...read more...
Instructor
Mark vonAppen
Fire Captain
Palo Alto Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Leadership style before, during, and after potentially traumatic events (PTEs) influences how their subordinates will respond to the PTEs in relation to post traumatic stress disorder, delayed healing, recovery, or resilience. Based on a 2011 study from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and the U.S. Department of Defense, this workshop ...read more...

Instructor
Jada Hudson
M.S., LCPC, CADC
Hudson Clinical Counseling, OwnerIllinois Firefighter Peer Support, Board Member, Clinical Director of Program Development
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Effective leadership is not just a function of understanding academic theories and textbook definitions. Real leadership takes courage, motivation, and skill to translate these theories into actions that are effective in today’s fire service culture. Unlike many leadership programs that only describe the characteristics and traits  leaders should possess, “Leadership ...read more...

Instructor
Robert Burns
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Problems are part of every officer’s day. Some are fun to deal with; others a minor inconvenience; and some can ruin your day, week, or month. There are “routine” problems that need to get addressed and major issues that require the proper solution. Problem solving is a learned skill, and ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Marinucci
Chief (Retired)
Farmington Hills (MI) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This course draws on several disciplines to aid participants in identifying the key characteristics of successful officers and managers. Through discussion and activities, the participants will be introduced to seven  traits  critical to professional growth. Among the issues covered will be barriers that hinder cultural change, transforming from firefighter to ...read more...

Instructor
John Alston
Fire Chief
New Haven Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

As adults, we spend 35 percent of our lives at work, some of us more. Getting to know and understand how people think and behave can reduce your stress and make that 35 percent seem easier to manage. Positive psychology and human behavior are two of the primary sciences that ...read more...

Instructor
Cynthia Ross Tustin
Fire Chief
Essa Fire Department
Canada

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This interactive class gives participants an opportunity to gain valuable insight about their career development plans, goals, and aspirations. It offers an opportunity to ask questions about preparing to apply for a chief officer's position and explores the steps in the hiring process from reading and understanding the job posting, ...read more...

Instructor
Les Stephens
Fire Chief
San Marcos (TX) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Whether you’re a new officer or in need of a mentor, this workshop is a must-have leaderhsip program you will turn to over and over again. You will gain boundless information regardless of your rank. The workshop is fun, street oriented, interactive,and logical, and addresses real-world issues you will recognize. ...read more...

Instructor
Chase Sargent
Division Chief/Paramedic Retired Emergency Medicine Physicians Assistant
Retired Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This is not a command chiefs program but rather a detailed guide for field chiefs to follow from their first hour in the firehouse to their last assignment of the shift. Attendees are walked through numerous vital skills and abilities chief officers need to be successful. Departments that use the ...read more...

Instructor
John Salka
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States
Instructor
Rick Lasky
Fire Chief (ret.)
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Leading today's dynamic group of men and women into battle can be challenging for even the best officers. Extreme Leadership provides "the science behind leadership" as students become acquainted with the three phases of Human Dynamics. Learn how (IQ) Intellectual Intelligence, (EQ) Emotional Intelligence, and (ID) Interpersonal Dynamics work for ...read more...

Instructor
William Greenwood
Assistant Chief of Training
Keene (NH) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
This workshop reviews the top policies every fire department must have to prevent liability, firefighter injuries, and public embarrassment. The suggested policies are derived from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and National Fire Protection Association recommendations and case studies on poor outcomes in fire departments that lacked sufficient ...read more...
Instructor
Bradley Pinsky
Fire Chief/Attorney at Law
Attorney, Pinsky Law Group, PLLC, Manlius Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This program will help students with developing a Professional Development model for their organization. Professional development is a planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development, and experience gained while preparing for and engaging in your career. It is a critical element of a leader and a professional in ...read more...

Instructor
Douglas Cline
Assistant Chief
Horry County Fire Rescue
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This intensive workshop was designed to mold participants into principle-focused leaders in fire safety. Participants learn the EMPOWER model. Internalized, this model imbues participants with tools engineered to maximize the ability to balance their personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants then attempt to apply the model in prearranged high-energy, deep-impact scenarios ...read more...

Instructor
David Conley
Creative Director
LDC LLC
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The focus is on size-up, developing strategy based on that size-up, and command and control to handle escalating incidents. Students gain insight into the strategies and tactics employed in the Fire Department of New York starting with the receipt of the alarm to the "Under Control" to bring every incident, ...read more...

Instructor
Daniel Sheridan
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

All of the basics of starting a drone program from how to pick the best equipment, what to include in a good training curriculum, Federal Aviation Administration requirements and how to fulfill them,  developing the appropriate standard operating procedures, mutual aid, and finding the best grants to pay for your ...read more...

Instructor
Matt Sloane
CEO
Skyfire Consulting
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
There is nothing quite like a firehouse. It can be the most incredible experience of your life or a miserable exile to purgatory. It can be a place of learning where skills are honed and techniques refined or a stagnant cesspool where competence erodes into ineffective complacency. What is it ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Dugan
Captain (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States
Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Do your recruitment and retention efforts leave you feeling like you’ve lost the battle and the war? Do you feel outgunned in managing the friendly fire of human dynamics shelling your organization? Are you ready to call in reinforcements? It’s time to lead the charge and create the Call to ...read more...

Instructor
Tiger Schmittendorf
Deputy Fire Coordinator (Ret.)
Erie County (NY) Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Firefighters of all ranks are continuously presented with options that have the potential for phenomenal or catastrophic effects on them and the communities they serve. From tactical and leadership decisions to legislative and health choices, this workshop will help firefighters up through chiefs to make choices that will improve life ...read more...

Instructor
Marc Bashoor
Fire Chief, Retired
Prince George's County MD Fire/EMS
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Chief Dennis Rubin has developed his personal list of "Rules To Live By" over the past three decades. He will share these 13 "Mission Critical" rules and how to adopt and implement them into students’ own leadership style. Learn how to apply these rules in real- ...read more...

Instructor
Dennis Rubin
Chief
Petersburg (VA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Knowledge of the law and well-crafted policies are important in preventing litigation and managing risk in your organization. The cornerstone of a well-organized and managed department is understanding the means and methods to prevent an adverse legal process. The goal of legal education is to inform the firefighters and fire ...read more...

Instructor
John Murphy, JD
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Murphy Law Group, North Bend, WA
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop has been a work in progress for just about 32 years. It has something for the new recruit as well as the chief officer. We all have one thing in common: We have experienced the anticipation and excitement of the firehouse. But, do you still enjoy that excitement ...read more...

Instructor
Jerry Wells
Battalion Chief
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 1-2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Fires and emergencies create complex problem sets in which leaders and personnel function in a time-competitive environment where uncertainty, friction, and risk are pervasive. The fire service has made great strides in advancing its understanding of the physical sciences but has largely neglected the scientific disciplines ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Brezler
Major
USMC/Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Being a rural fire officer comes with unique requirements for leadership and knowledge, skills, and abilities pertinent to running your volunteer or combination department. This presentation focuses on the leadership needs and differing strategies and tactics needed by small, combination departments. Is your organization's philosophy designed ...read more...

Instructor
Devon Wells
President
International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Officers and fire service leaders are introduced to some of the most important skills necessary for leaders in today's fire service. Those skills include goal setting, mentoring, succession planning, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, technical report writing, tackling administrative tasks, dealing with subordinate issues, conducting a ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Viscuso
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Kearny (NJ) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Explore your desire to make a difference. You will be encouraged in a positive environment to seek out your unique voice to influence and lead the people around you. This energetic and inspiring class will engage and motivate you to set these skills in motion. Combs ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Combs
Lieutenant
Bryan (OH) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The battalion chief, or a field chief officer, is the first-line administrative officer position in a fire department. While many focus on common leadership principles and practices in this position, those who become capable managers end up being viewed as leaders. This class discusses the difference ...read more...
Instructor
Erich Roden
Battalion Chief
Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on developing principled leaders in the fire safety arena. The EMPOWER model is introduced; this model imbues participants with tools engineered to maximize their ability to balance personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants apply the model in prearranged high-energy, deep-impact scenarios against specially trained ...read more...

Instructor
Larry Conley
Captain/Fire Service Instructor
Leadership Development Concepts, LLC
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The United States leads many countries in the number of firefighter line-of-duty-deaths and injuries. This class compares training standards of the United States and Germany to see if there are variances in best practices and standards that can account for the number of deaths and injuries. ...read more...

Instructor
Susanne Klatt
Division Chief
Essen Fire Department
Germany

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Here’s how to build a training network when resources and funding are not available. By networking, we tap into resources that can help us to develop training plans that are broader and more versatile.                          ...read more...

Instructor
David McGlynn
Training Chief
West Point (NY) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This highly interactive, fun, and humorous class focuses on the tools necessary for succession planning in today's fire service. Leadership is a vast topic and is talked about throughout the fire service, but building modern leaders in-house who are ready to fill the gap left by ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Kastros
Battalion Chief
Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What are the hot legal issues affecting fire and EMS organizations daily? Topics include the legal use of drones, guns, and bulletproof vests in firehouses and vehicles; social media rants and raves and retaliation; Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for volunteer fire departments; the use of ...read more...

Instructor
David Comstock, Jr.
Chief
Western Reserve (OH) Joint Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Are you looking to enhance your A+1 game? This might be just what you are looking for. In the fire service, on the fireground, or in the firehouse, the most powerful resource is always the full contact leader. A variety of fireground situations created to connect ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
Instructor
Edward Flood
Chief of Department (ret.)
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The public information officer (PIO) assists the chief, staff officers, and incident commanders in providing correct and factual information to the general public, other government agencies and departments, and the news media. This course focuses on proper interview techniques, writing press releases, media relations, relationship building, ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Fronimos
Battalion Chief/Public Information Officer
Williston (ND) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class addresses the needs of anyone who is new to managing and supervising others or has a goal to one day become a manager/supervisor. The techniques are powerful and interactive and give a foundation for overcoming the many challenges that often arise in this new ...read more...

Instructor
Tiffanye Wesley
Fire/EMS Captain II (Station Commander)
Arlington County (VA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on recognizing problems and addressing them in a timely manner when they are easier to resolve. This fast-paced class reviews a step-by-step plan for problem solving. Students then become engaged in solving some examples of problems presented.              ...read more...

Instructor
Harry Carter
Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners Fire Dist #2
Howell Township (NJ)
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Social media has been a blessing and a curse for the fire service. The challenge of getting firefighters to understand the boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable online conduct without violating their rights remains. This class discusses how to draw the line within the limits of the ...read more...
Instructor
Curt Varone
Deputy Chief
Exeter (RI) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class provides a conceptual framework for regular communication with highly practical application at the company, battalion, shift, or organizational level. It is based on formal study and more than 20 years of experience with what works and what does not work when communicating with firefighters. ...read more...

Instructor
Gregory Bulanow
Fire Chief
North Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This course provides the essential tools to lead from the front as a company officer and build an effective group of performers. It targets newly promoted company officers as well as those who may assume the role in the future; it will benefit anyone who has ...read more...

Instructor
Jarrod Sergi
Captain
Norfolk (VA) Fire Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

How to identify and manage common stressors is the focus. The class will also illustrate ways these stressors adversely affect individual health and performance, as well as team efficiency. Participants learn techniques to improve mental and emotional fitness. Better mental and emotional fitness result in better ...read more...

Instructor
Elaine Kluttz
President
CoachLight Connections
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The fire service has used the same basic testing process for decades. The typical process includes a written test and an interview for hiring and promotion. Although there may be other components such as a physical agility test, these components are used ...read more...

Instructor
Dane Carley
Battalion Chief
Fargo, ND Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Funding for public agencies is hard to come by. The current economy is not much help as taxes are not being paid, bills for services are not being paid, ...read more...

Instructor
David Hesselmeyer
Owner, On Target Preparedness, Lillington (NC)
On Target Preparedness
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This interactive discussion details how the business practices used by the Grateful Dead band can improve fire department performance. The class is based on “Everything I Know about Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead” by Barry Barnes, Ph.D. The band was a very successful business ...read more...

Instructor
Anthony Correia
Chief/ Director - Retired; Paramedic/FF / Active Educator
Bucks County Rescue Squad /Burlington Twp. Fire Dept. / BucksCo. Technical Rescue Task Force
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 134-135
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The fire service has shifted from a skilled trade to a high-stakes profession that attracts people with substantial inner drive and a commitment to excellence. As beneficial as this is, it also brings challenges when shaping the efforts of this newer breed of firefighters. It is ...read more...
Instructor
Allan Rice
City Administrator
City of Hoover, AL
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The three instructors will discuss (and not always agree on) the challenges facing current and future fire officers. From the Internet to the fireground, personnel size-up to hiring changes, interior vs. exterior fire operations to the "freedom of speech," what firefighters should "look" like to the ...read more...
Instructor
Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Bobby Halton
Vice President
Education Director/Group Editor, Clarion Fire & Rescue Group
United States
Instructor
Gordon Graham
Research Consultant
United States
Sponsored by: Target Solutions

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Since 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $6.9 billion in federal grants to fire departments, state fire training academies, and nonaffiliated EMS organizations. This class walks through the funding availability, eligibility requirements, funding priorities, and competition. Members of fire departments interested in ...read more...
Instructor
Catherine Patterson
Branch Chief
Federal Emergency Management Agency
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

If your department uses volunteers, you no doubt wish you had more of them. This presentation is based on empirical research wherein the unit of analysis is the volunteer firefighter. Discussion includes the naivete of motives for joining, how to transform these motives into fully informed ...read more...

Instructor
David Greene
Deputy Chief
Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Volunteer fire departments provide a crucial service to millions of Americans. But, the volunteer fire service is slowly dying. It is experiencing many difficult challenges: lack of membership, lack of leadership, and the lack of a road forward to provide excellent public safety services in an ...read more...
Instructor
Erik Wood
Captain
Shawnee County (KS) Fire District #2
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

A line-of-duty death (LODD) presents many significant challenges for those involved: operationally, logistically, administratively, and emotionally. The period from the time of loss through the day of the funeral is often a whirlwind. However, after the ceremony is over and all of those who came to ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Jockimo
Chief
Somers (NY) Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

How does having a very mixed hose fleet impact fire stream development and performance, nozzle selection, weight, and nozzle pressure/target flow? This class answers these questions and more. Among the topics addressed are handline construction and how it affects function and materials such as nylon, nylon ...read more...

Instructor
Dennis LeGear
Lead Consultant
LeGear Engineering Fire Department Consulting
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class explores a number of leadership lessons from history that illustrate how when those in charge were faced with difficult circumstances, they responded with the ability to face those circumstances with confidence, competence, and effective decision-making skills. The objective is to instill in the students ...read more...
Instructor
Billy D. Hayes
Fire Marshal
University of South Alabama
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Leadership development, critical incident decision making, fireground tactics, achieving your goals, and motivating your team are among the topics covered from the perspectives of case studies and powerful lessons learned by the instructor during his 36-year career on the Chicago Fire Department. And, the instructor shares ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Chikerotis
Deputy District Chief (Ret.)
Chicago (IL) Fire Department
United States

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