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8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 500 Reception (next to 500 Ballroom, Speedway Corridor)
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

You do not need a $30,000 gym to improve firefighter fitness. Fitness is essential to every fire department, but expensive fitness equipment continues to delay programs. Firefighter Fitness Tools is your department's solution! It will train you to use the BE DYNAMIC training system with affordable and versatile tools with ...read more...

Instructor
Jordan Ponder
Captain / Lead Peer Fitness Trainer
Firefighter Dynamic Performance Training
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
Firefighting is strenuous work that includes many dangers and risks. Despite all the dangers on the fireground, it is the physiological or pathophysiological response to firefighting that kills most firefighters. Too many firefighters are injured or killed on the fireground or in training by a cardiac ...read more...
Instructor
Denise Smith
Professor
Skidmore College and Illinois Fire Service Institute
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This program was created for firefighters by firefighters. Based on the book "Firefighter Functional Fitness," the workshop offers a holistic and simple approach to making fitness functional for the job of firefighting. The" Big 8" concept is a comprehensive approach to firefighter fitness that incorporates (1) Core Strength, (2) Cardiovascular ...read more...

Instructor
Dan Kerrigan
Chief Fire Marshal/Department Health and Fitness Coordinator
East Whiteland (PA) Fire Department
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Cancer impacts firefighters on a daily basis. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) education team focuses on the health of firefighters by providing cancer awareness and prevention for programs nationwide. The program is designed to educate firefighters about the increased risk of developing cancer; encourages actions and behaviors that reduce ...read more...

Instructor
Russell Osgood
Lieutenant
Portsmouth (MA) Fire Department: Firefighter Cancer Support Network
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, 70 percent of the line-of-duty deaths in  2016 were due to CANCER! It's time to recognize that we are killing ourselves by not changing and effectively recognizing and reducing our occupational exposures to carcinogens. This intense workshop addresses some alarming cancer statistics ...read more...

Instructor
Keith Tyson
Vice President, Education and Research
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

A workshop on basic to advanced patient care monitoring including invasive and non-invasive blood pressure, fluid volume status, pulse oximetry, capnography, ultrasound, and lactic acid. The curriculum covers interesting capnography cases, technology trends in EMS and the hospital world, wearable defibrillator vests, the wide variety of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators, ...read more...

Instructor
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York; EMS Technical Editor, Fire Engineering
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS is a newly developed 8-hour specialty course that builds on the foundation of the original program and teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer and self-help care. ...read more...

Instructor
Michelle Fayed
Firefighter/Paramedic, Miami, FL
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects firefighters all over the world. Many times, firefighters don't want to discuss incidents that may have had lasting effects on them. This is unhealthy physically and mentally not only for firefighters but for their family and friends as well. How do ...read more...
Instructor
David Griffin, Ed.D., C.T.O., F.O.
Battalion Chief / Deputy Director of Training
Charleston Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

According to National Fire Protection Association reports, 53% of fireground injuries and 60% of nonfireground injuries are attributed to strains, sprains, and muscular pain. Nearly 44% of job-related injuries result in loss of work time, and many of these incidents can be prevented with proper prehabilitation ...read more...

Instructor
Adam La Reau
Co-Founder O2X
O2X Human Performance
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) is real and can be a life changer.  Matt Olson shares his successes and failures and how the people in ...read more...

Instructor
Matt Olson
Lieutenant
Bolingbrook (IL) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on methods for understanding and preventing suicide by learning its traceable causes.  The class will cover intervention strategies that can be implemented by the individual, crew, and department.  Suicide tragically results when the decedent incorrectly concludes that his/her death could be a ...read more...

Instructor
Dena Ali, FF
Captain
Raleigh Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Decade after decade, more than 50% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are due to cardiac causes. With more than 70% of the American fire service classified as “overweight” and 34% classified as “obese,” poor fitness and poor cardiac health have reached epidemic proportions. Now more than ever, ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Moss
Captain / Training Officer
Metro West Fire Protection District, MO
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The body’s response to stressors and the effects of repeated and prolonged episodes of stress are the focus. Students learn how to substitute more optimal skills to lessen the negative effects of potentially harmful coping behaviors. Substance use/abuse; self-medication; and mental health issues such as depression, ...read more...

Instructor
Daniel DeGryse
Battalion Chief
Chicago Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Our personal protective equipment (PPE) is our first line, but cannot be used as our only line, of defense as we are called to duty. Most firefighters do not think much of their PPE, but it needs to receive the same attention as our apparatus and ...read more...

Instructor
Tim Pillsworth
Past Chief
Winona Lake (NY) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Behavioral health issues in the fire service continue to be an area that needs focus. Year to year, firefighting is identified in the top five most stressful jobs. These stressors are complex and the result of the intersection of work demands, personal demands, and the ability ...read more...

Instructor
Beth Murphy
Clinical Psychologist/Firefighter (Ret)
Integrative Mental Health and Wellness
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This energetic and high-impact presentation is modeled on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety Health and Survival Section’s highly successful Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival. The focus is on health/wellness rules of engagement for firefighters. Among the key topics are medical physicals and firefighter ...read more...

Instructor
Todd LeDuc
Assistant Chief
Broward County (FL) Fire
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The message of this class is, Tough guys and girls sometimes do need help, and it's time we all came to that realization. Attendees share in real-life experiences and how the use of counseling affected the firefighters, their families, and the firefighters' ability to do their ...read more...

Instructor
John Walters, III
(Ret)
Fire Department of New York
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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

Life as a firefighter is often filled with traumatic experiences. We see on a regular basis things  the average citizen will never experience. This program provides an overview of the causes and effects of single incident and cumulative traumatic events on the ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Lamplugh
Chief Marketing Officer/Captain
Premier Wellness Solutions/Lower Chichester Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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