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8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
Normally, firefighters enter the front door of a structure to access a fire to extinguish it. This approach, enabled by the personal protective equipment firefighters wear, has provided positive results, especially if the firefighters can easily locate the fire from their point of entry. However, there have been many cases ...read more...
Instructor
Daniel Madrzykowski
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

Congratulations, you have been promoted to company officer. Now what? This workshop  focuses on all those aspects not covered in any book or manual. Students engage in leadership lessons from the firehouse and come to understand more fully the difference between leading in the station and managing the fireground and ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Zaitz
Captain
Metro West (MO) Fire Protection District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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

Examines and distributes more than 37 years of “in the trenches” experience in training drills, teaching points, and tricks of the trade. It’s a fact that structure fires are down. Real-world experience is hard to come by, and  there has to be “outside the box” training that goes beyond the ...read more...

Instructor
Raul A. Angulo
Captain Emeritus, Ladder Company 6
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The focus is on fire suppression  and advanced life safety systems and building controls from the perspective of  first responders integrating these systems in their response and planning activities. Attendees will become familiar with overviews of various types of water-based and nonwater-based fire suppression systems, control functions, detection methods, and ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Campion
Managing Member
Eastern Fire & Safety, LLC
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This interactive, multimedia, evidence-based discussion addresses the most pressing decision-making issues facing fire officers today. The program focuses on decision-making skills for the company officer in the roles of responding to structure fires, leading the fire company, and preparing the fire company for safe operations in life-threatening situations. Three practical, ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Crandell
Chief (Ret.)
Rae and Sourdough (MT) Fire Departments
United States

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

This workshop is a condensed version of the tactics and strategy portion of a two-week Company Officer Development program. It is intended to give the newly promoted company officer the leadership skills and confidence to manage his/her company responding to alarms, operating at roadway incidents, and when the company is ...read more...

Instructor
Bill Gustin
Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop provides essential tools and practice in making rapid street-reads on buildings. Emphasis is on classifying a building using the Type/Era/Use/Size model to understand the positive and negative attributes of that building during structure fires. Ample time will be spent viewing videos of 360 walk-arounds, allowing participants an opportunity ...read more...

Instructor
David Dodson
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Response Solutions, LLC
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The company officer has to make time-sensitive, often critical, personnel decisions. Call it leadership or interpersonal dynamics; these decisions hurt officers more often than their technical or tactical decisions. This updated, fast paced and often humorous program is meant to add to the company officer’s “Toolbox” by involving the participants ...read more...

Instructor
Dave Casey
Managing Partner
Ascend Leadership
United States

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

This class identifies the fireground factors that affect decision making and creates challenges through a variety of situations. These scenarios include challenges at residential structure fires, rescue profiling, mode determination, multifamily structures, and commercial occupancies. In addition to the scenarios, the participants will be presented with ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Silvernail
Chief
Kirkwood (MO) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Effective small unit leadership is the focus of this class. The military model is compared and contrasted with that of the fire service model. Leadership traits, styles, and skills; the concepts of "ultimate responsibility" and "glidepath" to leadership are presented; and effective firehouse leadership is defined.  ...read more...

Instructor
Marc Davidson
Lieutenant
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class has three objectives: to develop an understanding of critical background information necessary for effective response to natural gas emergencies; to review lessons learned from case histories; and to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) based on fire department/gas industry best practices that can be modified ...read more...

Instructor
Jerry Knapp
CHIEF, ROCKLAND COUNTY HAZMAT TEAM
Rockland County Fire Training Center, Pomona, NY
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Assigning resources, managing crews, and adapting to understaffed engine companies during emergency incidents are addressed. The discussion includes also methods for deploying various experience levels within the ranks to successfully mitigate various types of ...read more...
Instructor
Sean Eagen
Captain
Buffalo, NY Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

For officers in the fire service, the basics of leadership are just as important as the basics of operational responsibilities. The impact we have on our members and crews  affects their success now and later in their career. It is critical that leaders be a positive ...read more...

Instructor
Jason Hoevelmann
Battalion Chief
Florissant Valley (MO) Fire Protection District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn the get-out-in-front approach to the "know before you go" military tactic before engaging our enemy, the fire building. The system involves 30- to 60-second manageable fireground intelligence levels in the form of site-specific Quick Access Plans to support initial operations as the incident is unfolding. ...read more...
Instructor
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) 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 company officer is the most critical position in the fire service training hierarchy, and making positive changes in your organization begins with officer development. This class examines ways to enhance the many roles of the company officer, including strategies for meaningful company-level drills, effective prefire ...read more...

Instructor
Brad French
Captain
Dayton Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This program explores the methods of developing high-performance teams such as Seal Team 6 that rescued two Americans held hostage in Somalia. This team trained for upwards of 18 months for scenarios that might not ever have occurred, but they had to be prepared to adapt ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Ward
Chief of Emergency Operations
Georgia Pacific, Madison, GA.
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Are you looking for that next promotion but you don't know how to get there? Through the fire officer credentialing self-assessment process, you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop your road map to the future. This class helps you to identify ...read more...

Instructor
Debbie Sobotka
Deputy Director
Center for Public Safety Excellence
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Updated for 2018 with some key events that have happened since the last FDIC, this session will help future/current company officers and chief officers focus on the important things they need to do to set themselves up for success. Regardless of what your department ...read more...

Instructor
Steve Prziborowski
Deputy Chief
Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Learn how emergency response forms the foundation of a broader strategy for community risk reduction: how we use all of our available public safety tools in an integrated fashion. Case studies of successful community risk reduction programs from across the United States are analyzed, and students ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Crawford
Fire Marshal
Vancouver (WA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Too often when faced with conflict, leaders succumb to social pressures to remain popular. Dealing with difficult employees can be incredibly frustrating and discouraging. It can be tempting for leaders to quote policy and respond, “Because I said so.” When disagreements inevitably present themselves and employees ...read more...

Instructor
Benjamin Martin, EMT-P, MPA
Lieutenant
Henrico County (VA) Division of Fire
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

In the world of high heat release rate fuels and ever-evolving lightweight construction with increasing amounts of synthetic components, fire growth is happening at an exponential rate. With the thermal protective performance of turnout gear at such high levels and zero-visibility, ventilation-limited conditions, firefighters do not ...read more...

Instructor
Andrew Starnes
Captain
Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
United States

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