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

Most company drills are not lessons but a segment of a lesson, a specific skill or evolution, or isolated knowledge than will enable a larger operation. Company drills conducted by a single company officer with a ...read more...

Instructor
Drew Smith
Chief
Prospect Heights (IL) Fire District
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on conducting an aerial needs assessment that will help ensure that the aerial device a jurisdiction purchases is the most appropriate one for its needs. There are many aerial devices in the marketplace, ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Wilbur
Lieutenant (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The class presents company officers and firefighters with the information necessary to accurately assess the fire potential in the dynamic wildland fire environment and to establish corresponding tactical decision points to enhance crew safety. The focus ...read more...

Instructor
Todd McNeal
Chief
Twain Harte (CA) Fire Department
United States

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

The focus is on addiction and mental health issues. The class begins with a review of past practices and approaches that have been effectively used to address firefighter and EMS personnel’s addiction and mental health issues. ...read more...

Instructor
Daniel DeGryse
Battalion Chief
Chicago Fire Department
United States

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

Assisted by Chief Dennis Rubin, the instructor will present this interactive program that takes a close look at events that occur within fire organizations and result in embarrassment to the organization and the individuals involved and ...read more...

Instructor
Bruce Varner
Chief (Ret.)
Santa Rosa (AZ) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Flashover is devastating and can cause firefighter injuries and, in many cases, deaths. The devastating physical and mental scars left behind after a flashover last a lifetime. This class examines two case studies of incidents where ...read more...
Instructor
Bryan Winzer
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

This program is geared to professionals who wish to expand their leadership abilities. It is aimed at anyone who wishes to lead at any level and is rooted in improving team performance whether  in the public ...read more...

Instructor
Mark vonAppen
Fire Captain
Palo Alto Fire Department
United States

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

This class features a review of engine and ladder company operations, beginning with initial operations to initiating some defensive measures, up to mounting an all-out defensive attack.                    ...read more...

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

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

This program stresses that rescuers should not take a passenger vehicle approach to a large truck extrication. Students gain a working knowledge of large truck construction including air, electrical, and suspension systems. Options are presented for ...read more...

Instructor
Steve White
Battalion Chief
Fishers (IN) Fire Department
United States

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

The focus in on preparing and motivating training officers and instructors to become their organization’s change agents and getting firefighters to think about how the fire service can provide emergency response more effectively and efficiently. Major ...read more...

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

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

In this interactive class, students detect from dramatic videos and photos of fireground scenarios how firefighters’ aggressive actions can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or ...read more...

Instructor
David Traiforos
Chief (Ret.) Fire Training Instructor
NIPSTA Training Academy in Glenview, IL
United States

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

Most fire departments have a mission statement. Many of the statements contain the words “service” or “serve” as part of the declaration. Yet, we continue to try to define the “emergency” on our terms. The instructor ...read more...

Instructor
Jerry Wells
Battalion Chief
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

These types of incidents occur across the country. They may involve a person stuck in industrial machinery or be as routine as a ring stuck on a victim's finger. Firefighters must ask: “Are we prepared to ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Gregory
Captain
FDNY - Ladder 176
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class focuses on building construction: recognizing all types and how fire behavior affects each type. Students get an in-depth look at the dangers of lightweight components and newer building materials used in today’s construction industry ...read more...

Instructor
Tom Tulipano
Firefighter/Paramedic
Lombard (IL) Fire Department
United States

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

The focus of this class is the most common mistakes and problems the instructor has experienced and seen on the fireground in his 25 years of service. Topics include the difference between a mistake and a ...read more...

Instructor
Jason Rivera
Firefighter
New Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
High-rise firefighting is exponentially more complicated and dangerous than most other fireground operations. From a room-and-contents apartment fire in a residential high-rise to the well-involved fire floor of a commercial high-rise to the ever-present threat of ...read more...
Instructor
David McGrail
Assistant Chief
Denver (CO) Fire Department
United States

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

Are you tired of being told something, taught something, or being sold something with claims of performance, only to find out after the fact the claims were less than what was promised and in some cases ...read more...

Instructor
Kirk Allen
Fire Chief
Kansas (IL) Fire Protection District
United States

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

The focus is on how to prepare for and respond to fires in box stores up to about 25,000 square feet with an emphasis on volunteer, combination, and smaller all-career departments. This type of a response ...read more...

Instructor
Robert Callahan, Mr
Captain/ Fire Prevention Officer
Bossier Parish Fire District 1, Haughton LA
United States
Handout(s)

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

This comprehensive interactive class takes attendees through all things associated with fire service saws. You will learn industry best practices for proper maintenance of these expensive tools carried on fire apparatus; the pros/cons of saw/blade combinations; ...read more...

Instructor
Seth Taylor
Captain
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States

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

The class examines standpipe firefighting tactics and strategy, various types of standpipe systems and components, supplying fire department connections, and methods of stretching and advancing hoselines from standpipe outlets.                ...read more...

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

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class provides decades of street experience backed by scientific data to help departments understand how, why, and when to use interior attack for extinguishment. Students are introduced to the skill sets needed to conduct interior ...read more...
Instructor
Ray McCormack
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The toughest and most impactful decisions you make in your career typically revolve around committing to an interior attack or choosing another route. Seasoned officers know the difference between “We can get it” and “It's lost.” ...read more...
Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

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

The focus is on preparing and supporting company officers as leaders. The instructor began his public service and path to learning about leadership as a United States Marine. His objective is to transfer to fire ...read more...

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

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

Given the risks of a hazmat emergency response operation, the overwhelming majority of responder injuries and deaths occur prior to the arrival of the hazmat response team. The incident commander’s ability to critically and effectively apply ...read more...

Instructor
Gregory Noll
Program Manager
South Central (PA) Regional Task Force
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What does it take to be a volunteer fire officer? When you climb up into the right seat of the apparatus, you are taking the leadership role. That role contends with issues and problems on the ...read more...
Instructor
Chris Niebling
Captain
Mantoloking (NJ) Fire Company
United States

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

The focus of this workshop is on fires in structures and occupancies that created situations where firefighters have been killed in the line of duty when  "routine dwelling fire" strategies and tactics were used. The consequences ...read more...

Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

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

The number of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as gaseous fuels and fuel cell vehicles on the roads is growing. The focus of this class is on vehicles that use these types of alternative drive ...read more...

Instructor
Jason Emery
Captain
Waterbury (CT) Fire Department/NFPA
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class offers instruction and direction on how to build a training network. The focus is on the lack of resources and funding to get specific and, more importantly, relevant training for our people. It stresses ...read more...
Instructor
David McGlynn
Training Chief
West Point (NY) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The company officer is a critical component of departments large and small; they set the tone for the work ethic, training, and accountability. They are also key players who can stifle or foster their subordinates’ professional ...read more...
Instructor
Gabriel Angemi
Captain
City of Camden Fire Department
United States

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

Conducting effective debriefing and after-action review (AAR) sessions is critical to creating an organization geared toward continuous progress and optimal performance. Implementing an AAR as a standard operating procedure promotes the traits to develop high-performing individuals ...read more...

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

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

Approximately 95 percent of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet, many departments are plagued with a passive search culture because of poor standard operating procedures, overcautious ...read more...

Instructor
Grant Schwalbe
Lieutenant
Estero (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

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

This interactive class covers the following: Large Truck and Trailer Incident Response: big truck anatomy; arrival, setup procedures, and hazard control; sustained stabilization; patient access; overcoming height; side wall openings; roof operations; disentanglement; patient removal; scene ...read more...

Instructor
Randy Schmitz
Lieutenant
Calgary (Alberta Canada) Fire Department
Canada

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This presentation explores the types of cardiac disease that are killing firefighters and what firefighters can do to lessen their risk through prevention strategies including appropriate medical screenings, emerging wearable technologies, and ...read more...
Instructor
Denise Smith
Professor
Skidmore College and Illinois Fire Service Institute
United States

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

Survive Alive 2019 introduces participants to the high-tech, interactive, and remotely operated educational experience Survive Alive! Participants will be captivated by the facility and the equipment and will be inspired by the success of the program ...read more...

Instructor
Aleatha A. Henderson
Captain
Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department
United States

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

College campuses all over the world are using air-supported structures as their field houses. These structures are one-third less the cost of conventional construction and are cheaper to maintain. Air-supported structures are also becoming more prevalent ...read more...

Instructor
Stephen Rhine
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
If you are called to a reported building collapse for a person passing out in a chemical storage tank or a worker injured 200 feet above the ground on a cell tower, would you know what ...read more...
Instructor
Art Bloomer
Captain
Kearny (NJ) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class covers the initial on-scene size-up for the first-arriving officer and sets the framework for the entire fireground experience from assessing the incident scene arrival information and setting up an incident management system organization. Through ...read more...
Instructor
Leonard Carmichael, Jr.
Deputy Fire Chief of Operations (Ret)
Trenton Fire Department
United States

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

Despite the working relationship on the fireground, command structure and tactical courses are often presented separately. This class changes that with Chief Larry Schultz sharing his command and leadership experience and Captain Samuel Hittle contributing company ...read more...

Instructor
Samuel Hittle
Captain
Wichita (KS) Fire Department
United States

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

Managing risk in the volunteer fire service is one of the most important, yet frequently ignored, fireground management skills. Moreover, many in the volunteer fire service do not understand how it works, how to use it, ...read more...

Instructor
Joe Nedder
Firefighter (Ret.)
Uxbridge (MA) Fire Department
United States

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

Students get an in-depth look at managing risk on the fireground and the making of risk-based decisions. You will analyze line-of-duty injury reports for warning signs that led to the injury.  Additional topics include risk vs. ...read more...

Instructor
Tim Klett
Lieut.
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The focus is on planning for and operating safely at railroad and pipeline incidents involving flammable liquids and gases. Slides, video, lecture, and case studies supplement the exercises and discussion. The safety aspect covers operations on ...read more...

Instructor
Jeffrey Moran
Commissioner
Woodbridge (NJ) Fire Department
United States

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

This class focuses on preplanning your community for a wildland fire, including identifying target hazards, creating an incident action plan, developing a strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies to follow, and ensuring the ...read more...

Instructor
Seth Barker
Battalion Chief / Training Officer
Big Sky Fire Department
United States

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

The focus is on building emergency service training around proficiency and accountability, not buzzwords and clock hours. The bottom line is performance on the emergency scene. The building of knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) begins in ...read more...

Instructor
Kevin Milan
Assistant Chief
South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Authority
United States

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

The role of the driver/operator is arguably one of the most important functions on the fireground. From safe transportation to and from the emergency scene to operating an engine or ladder truck at the scene of ...read more...

Instructor
Eric Hankins
Captain
Yuba City (CA) Fire Department
United States

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

Over the past 20 years, the public safety approach to high threat mass-casualty incidents (HT-MCIs), such as an active shooter event, has undergone significant changes. Law enforcement made the first significant change when it was decided ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Litwinko
Lieutenant
Fort Wayne Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class highlights the “must-do” roles and responsibilities for each unit. Successful fire attack dictates a deliberate balance of coordination and communication among all members. This dynamic multimedia lecture covers preincident readiness, radio reports, and tactical ...read more...

Instructor
Dan Shaw
Deputy Chief
Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department / Traditions Training, LLC
United States
Instructor
Doug Mitchell, Jr.
Captain
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The focus is on the MC306/406 gasoline tanker, the most common hazmat transport tanker/truck on the roads in the United States. Its construction features, the chemistry/properties of the materials these tankers carry, and their gasoline and ...read more...

Instructor
Leigh Hollins
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Cedar Hammock (FL) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This highly motivational, interactive, and relevant presentation focuses on improving the credibility, competency, efficiency, and effectiveness of the active and engaged instructor who supervises or delivers fire service training on any type of drill ground. Ethics ...read more...
Instructor
William Hopson
Captain/Training Officer
Beachwood NJ Fire Department
United States

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

The focus is on the rise and fall of realism in training and its impact on firefighters. In today's fire service training, we are often faced with the dilemma of having to choose between realism and ...read more...

Instructor
David Mellen
Captain
Reno Township (KS) Fire Department
United States

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

This program breaks engine work into functional “chapters.” Within each chapter, there are three basic choices. The program focuses on a “probability over possibility” model, creating a hierarchy within the choices. This creates algorithms based around ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Fields
Firefighter
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
TThe 360° size-up on the fireground is a critical component for strategic and tactical success. Having had a set of eyes on all sides of the structure and then a credible report of this size-up have ...read more...
Instructor
Dan DiRenzo
Captain
CHERRY HILL (NJ) FIRE DEPARTMENT
United States

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

The focus is on the daily interaction between company officers and leaders and other members within the firehouse. The firehouse can be a great place to work, or it can be a tour in hell. Which ...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

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

Ventilation enhances tenability and facilitates firefighting operations; however, it also has the potential to negatively impact the fireground if you do not take the necessary precautions. The potential for adverse effects has been exacerbated by the ...read more...

Instructor
Nicholas Papa
Fire Lieutenant
New Britain (CT) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class helps mold participants into principle-focused leaders in fire safety. Participants learn the EMPOWER model, which provides tools for maximizing the ability to balance personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants apply the model in prearranged high-energy, ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on the habits, practices, and attitudes that must exist at the strategic and tactical levels to most effectively put out the fire. Preincident investment and preparation, street-smart fireground command practices, incident organization, and ...read more...

Instructor
Nicholas Martin
Battalion Chief
Salisbury (NC) Fire Department
United States

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

Many fire departments, volunteer and career, are using part-time firefighters to supplement staffing. This new category of employees can create some unique dynamics within an organization. In this class, the benefits and challenges associated with part-time ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Kitchen
Chief
Bath Township (OH) Fire Department
United States

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

The focus is on the key factors necessary to build and grow an effective firefighter mental and emotional wellness program. Among the topics covered are the components of a behavioral health program, program training, family tragedy ...read more...

Instructor
Jeremy Hurd
EMS Captain
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
United States

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

Commanding expanding operations and multiple-alarm fires is a challenge for the incident commander. This class focuses on size-up, sectoring, communications, apparatus placement, resource management, and fireground accountability. Emphasis in on setting up for success by implementing ...read more...

Instructor
George Healy
Deputy Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

This class is for you if you are thinking about placing an onboard Class A foam delivery system on your next apparatus or if you want to learn more about maximizing your current onboard foam system. ...read more...

Instructor
Shawn Oke
Chief
Albemarle (NC) Fire Department
United States

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

This interactive, high-energy, multimedia presentation focuses on the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service, the reasons it must be combated, and how to do it. Tips on readiness in regard to attitude and ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Riley
Captain/Past Chief
Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
United States

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

This class is designed to teach members that no matter how long they have been driving or how “good” they think they are, there are limits to the safe operation of an emergency apparatus or personal ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Daly
Firefighter/EMT (Ret.)
Goshen (PA) Fire Department
United States

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

New vehicle technology presents ever-changing challenges for today’s rescuers. The focus is on how vehicles have changed and will continue to change and how these changes present fire and rescue challenges and dangers for responders. Metallurgy, ...read more...

Instructor
Carl Haddon
Deputy Chief (ret)
North Fork (ID) Fire Department
United States

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

The operations and tactics of engine companies at multiple dwellings are the focus. Among the topics covered are preplanning hoseline stretches during walkthroughs, drills, and calls in multiple dwellings; how to adjust thinking-on-the-go at a fire ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Ficarelli
Lieutenant
FDNY
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is all about getting water on the fire to maintain and create survivable space for trapped occupants. The pros and cons of exterior water application, interior water application, the use of a transitional attack, ...read more...
Instructor
Curt Isakson, Mr.
Battalion Chief
County Fire Tactics - Escambia County Fire Rescue
United States

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

The focus is on how to review a Mayday or a near miss, evaluate what happened, and learn from the event. Emphasis is on preparing for a Mayday, investigating a Mayday, and moving forward  after the ...read more...

Instructor
William Pawluk
Coordinator / Retired Battalion Chief
Lansing (MI) Community College Regional Fire Training Center
United States

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

It is paramount to effectively engage every member of your agency from recruit school through the senior firefighter ranks with an assigned mentor and mentee. This program focuses on how fire service personnel of all positions ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Baker
Fire Instructor
California Community College System
United States

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

The focus is on the occupational threats of fire service cardiovascular death, heat stress, and occupational cancer. The instructor introduces his “Three Legged Stool” model and the science behind it. Emphasis is on behavioral health as ...read more...

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

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The instructor relates how flipped training can greatly improve department training. He shares how his department's failing training division was transformed into an amazingly successful organization that has become the model for many agencies across the ...read more...
Instructor
Frank Lipski
Co-Owner Lead Instructor
Engine House Training LLC
United States

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

There has been an increase in the number of fires inside buildings with large amounts of contents. Heavy contents can be found inside private dwellings, multiple dwellings, commercial occupancies, and self-storage facilities. These fires necessitate that ...read more...

Instructor
Ryan Pennington
Lieutenant Paramedic
Charleston (WV) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Many organizations have done some active shooter training. Some have developed policies. Is it enough? Are there holes? This session discusses at the leadership level how to fully prepare your organization for a response to an ...read more...
Instructor
Bill Godfrey
Chief (Ret.)
Deltona (FL) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
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 in-house modern ...read more...

Instructor
Anthony Kastros
Battalion Chief
Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire District
United States

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

Manufactured housing accounts for about 10 percent of the new homes built each year. Learn what makes trailers different from “regular” wood-frame structures and how to safely operate within this challenging environment. Tactics for suppression and ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Polenzani
Battalion Chief
Franklin (TN) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

Technology is the driving force in modern high-rise construction. As technology quickly advances, it is paramount that the fire service keep pace with the changes while adjusting tactics, strategy, and standard operating guidelines to match the ...read more...

Instructor
Curtis Massey
Founder
Massey Emergency Management
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In 2014, the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) partnered with the University of Arizona through a Federal Emergency Management Agency research grant to investigate firefighter exposures to carcinogens. The study identified carcinogenic exposures and toxic cellular effects ...read more...
Instructor
John Gulotta
Health and Safety Captain
Tucson Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The programs and books on high-rise response offer varying strategies, but none offers a combination of the civilian side and the emergency response side, or they give the same insight for mitigation efforts from both sides. ...read more...
Instructor
John Alston
Fire Chief
New Haven Fire Department
United States

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

The focus is on the various strategies and tactics for rural water movement—from nurse tankers to the rural hitch, drafting operations, vacuum tankers, and the jet syphon. Learn advantages and disadvantages of these strategies, how to ...read more...

Instructor
Bill Adkins
Captain
Loveland-Symmes Fire Department
United States

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

This presentation includes a discussion on the highest rated fire service leadership traits. Among them are loyalty, adaptability, determination, enthusiasm, empathy, courage, and honor. This class is a collection of stories and lessons followed by action ...read more...

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

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on a wholistic approach to the standard positioning, uses, and deployment of aerial devices at most standard structural type fires encountered by fire departments. Novice and experienced firefighters and officers are introduced to ...read more...
Instructor
G. Howard Blythe
Firefighter
FDNY-FirefighterConnecticut Fire Academy-Program Coordinator
United States

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

The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) is often referred to as an East Coast fire department on the West Coast, but it responds to everyday fires that “every firefighter” can relate to regardless of the part ...read more...

Instructor
Nicol Juratovac
Assistant Chief
San Francisco (CA) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class demonstrates how an evidence-based functional movement program that integrates yoga and mindfulness techniques can support firefighters in safely navigating extreme work environments and improve behavioral health, stress management, and resiliency. In Part 1, participants ...read more...

Instructor
Shannon McQuaide
Founder and Director, FireFlex Yoga
FireFlex Yoga, Incline Village, NV
United States

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

For centuries, the foundation of the fire service has rested on the dedication of individuals committed to responding when their communities are in need. Yet, as that mission continues to increase in frequency and complexity, the ...read more...

Instructor
John D'Alessandro
Association Secretary
Firemen's Association of the State of New York
United States

5:30 PM-7:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Join these fire service luminaries in a completely unplugged discussion on today’s fire service issues. They will share their thoughts and insights and respond to questions and comments from the audience.            ...read more...

Instructor
Bill Gustin
Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States
Instructor
Bobby Halton
Vice President
Education Director/Group Editor, Clarion Fire & Rescue Group
United States
Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

This class includes an intense and concentrated examination of how the position of the door affects civilian survivability in a residential fire. Underwriters Laboratories research has recently brought to light the significant impact of a closed ...read more...

Instructor
John Shafer
Chief of Training & Safety
Washington Township/ Avon (IN) Fire Department
United States

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

This class outlines 10 relevant and actionable commandments for success in recruiting and retaining volunteers. It addresses the challenges of today’s fire and emergency services leaders and offers solutions for attracting and retaining the appropriate quantity ...read more...

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

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

Today, the changing demands of life on the volunteer fire service has brought about volunteer leaders who are much younger and who have limited life experience and leadership skills than in the past. This class introduces ...read more...

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

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

In a unique profession where camaraderie is important and we thrive off peer groups, how do we effectively create and maintain boundaries while finding a new support system? This class addresses the needs of supervisors. Whether ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on construction types and their performance in structural fires. This class demonstrates how the traditional types of construction taught in firefighter training and used in building and fire codes have been replaced by ...read more...

Instructor
Gregory Havel
Deputy Chief, retired
Burlington (WI) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Marriage can either be a passionate, intimate love affair that lasts a lifetime or a toxic, contentious experience that ends in utter heartbreak. The divorce rate is on the rise for all professions; but for the ...read more...
Instructor
Anne Gagliano
Instructor
Saved From The Flame
United States
Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

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

The focus is on recognizing a construction type the instructor refers to as “ultra-lightweight construction” builders across the country are using to replace wood and metal building materials and maximizing safety when fighting fires. Polystyrene foam ...read more...

Instructor
Clark Lamping
Captain
Clark County (NV) Fire Department
United States

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

“Toothpick towers” are spreading like wildfire across the American landscape, from urban centers to the rural countryside. The hazards and dangers, however, are the ...read more...

Panelist+
Bill Gustin
Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States
Panelist+
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) Fire Department
United States
Panelist+
James Johnson
Firefighter
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
Canada

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

When there is a possibility of victim rescue, firefighters often swing the risk vs. gain decision in favor of entering the toxic atmosphere. Fire conditions and victim survivability are quickly assessed, knowing a self-contained breathing apparatus ...read more...

Instructor
Phil Ambrose
Captain/Paramedic
Glendale CA/HazMatNation.com
United States

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

Having reliable communications on the fireground is critical for the safety of all on the scene. Dependable communications start when your shift starts, with the daily check of your radio; it progresses throughout the shift. This ...read more...

Instructor
Jaime Reyes
Captain
Plano (TX) Fire Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

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

The role of the company officer is arguably the most critical leadership role in the fire service, directing the day-to day operations of the crew, communicating up and down the chain of command, and serving as ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Zaitz
Captain
Metro West (MO) Fire Protection District
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class covers the four largest areas of concern in handline attack package design: (1) nozzle design and implications: nozzle pressure, weight, stream type, reaction force, stream velocity, selecting target flow; (2) hose construction and implications: ...read more...

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

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The landscape of suburbs around the United States is changing. High-rise residential structures are beginning to create mini-skylines in places never before thought possible. The American fire service needs to be ready to tackle fires and ...read more...
Instructor
Daniel Saalfrank
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

Laddering a fire building seems to have been relegated to an afterthought or a chore to be accomplished only when needed or as delegated by the standard operating procedure. The reason for this may be a ...read more...

Instructor
Shawn Donovan
Lieutenant
Boston (MA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class offers a firefighter and technologist’s perspective on the future direction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in public safety: what is necessary and what is lacking. The focus is on whole integrated systems, including smart ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Ralston
Crisis Technology & Innovation Director
Menlo Park Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Near misses that have involved rope rescue/rappelling training are the focus. Safety is always paramount when it comes to training, and instructors should have full control over training to ensure health and safety. Even the best ...read more...
Instructor
Christopher Feder
Director of Rescue Services
Med-Tex Services, Inc
United States

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

The focus is on improving efficiency and safety on the fireground for volunteer and rural engine company firefighters. The principles covered are based on engine companies that respond in rural areas where the challenges of nozzle ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Ray
Battalion Chief
Durham (NC) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class is geared to departments that are already complying with a two-in/two-out policy and are trained in the basic concept of the rapid intervention team (RIT). The program covers RIT advanced search ...read more...

Instructor
James Crawford
Assistant Chief
Midway Fire Rescue, Pawleys Island (SC)
United States

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

The focus is on the resources and tools available to the modern fire service instructor, emphasizing creating an updated, interactive, engaging learning experience for students. Mobile applications, virtual reality, simulations, offline software, and online SaaS are ...read more...

Instructor
Shea Chwialkowski
Firefighter/EMT/AO
Richfield Fire Department, Richfield, MN
United States

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

A review the types of aerials available today: ladders, platforms, tractor-drawn aerials, water towers, rear mounts, and mid mounts, including the pros and cons and operational differences. Some of the important concepts of aerial operations--positioning for ...read more...

Instructor
Louis Sclafani
District Chief (Ret.)
Pinellas Park (FL) Fire Department & Instructor/St. Petersburg College Fire Training Center
United States

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

This fast-paced, interactive class focuses on fire dynamics and their impact on fireground tactical decisions. This class bridges the gap between the science and the street and guides students through the tried-and-true tasks that must occur ...read more...

Instructor
P.J. Norwood
Deputy Chief/Training Officer
East Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States

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

The risks firefighters face on the fireground are constantly evolving as fires progress more rapidly and produce more toxic smoke than ever before. In addition to the hazards from rapid fire progression, building collapse, and the ...read more...

Instructor
Gavin Horn
Director of Research
Illinois Fire Service Institute
United States

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

Engine company priorities and tactics and “stretching for success” are the focus. Topics include selecting and placing the first handline in service properly (a priority); apparatus placement, line selection; matching the proper nozzle to the proper ...read more...

Instructor
Steve Robertson
Lieutenant
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

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

This presentation engages attendees in a multimedia review of the 13 elements of effective scene size-up, the decision-making process, initial incident action planning, and prioritization of the actions needed to begin the incident mitigation process. The ...read more...

Instructor
Charles Ryan
Assistant Chief
Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The key to a successful fire department is understanding what inspires and motivates firefighters to work collaboratively as a cohesive team or tribe. The fire service performs highly critical work under extreme pressure that can be ...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

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class focuses on decision making based on the needs on the scene for departments that are short-staffed and do not have a truck company responding. A majority of U.S. fire departments are engine company based. ...read more...
Instructor
Arthur Ashley
Captain
Lexington (KY) Fire Dept
United States

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

Public safety professionals are guided in how to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) unit from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational, including rules and regulations pertinent to public safety operations, standard operating procedures, training ...read more...

Instructor
Scott Mlakar
Assistant Chief
Willoughby (OH) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

There are many tactics for attacking structure fires. For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack from the unburned side. This isn’t always the best tactic. The modern fireground is evolving more than ever ...read more...

Instructor
Sean Gray
Captain
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States
Handout(s)

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

Today’s fire service is being inundated with and influenced by information from the Internet and social media. Unfortunately, many myths and much misinformation come along with it. This class looks at some of the most common ...read more...

Instructor
James Johnson
Firefighter
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
Canada

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

Economy of Force is one of the nine Principles of War based on early theories and continues to be a key component of modern day warfare. It is the principle of employing all available combat power ...read more...

Instructor
Leslie Baker
Engineer
City of Charleston Fire Department
United States

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

For decades, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has been working to reduce firefighter occupational exposure to fireground contaminants. This class examines the studies and scientific research that have led to many of the best ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Leeb
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The focus is on being fully prepared to deal with a fire involving a parking garage in a high-rise building. These parking garages are becoming more commonplace for many communities. National Fire Protection Association 1, Chapter ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Watters
Captain /Training Coordinator
Sunrise (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

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

This class focuses on several of the systems most commonly found in residential buildings, including fire pumps, standpipes, and sprinklers. Emphasis is on the building fire pump. The results of several full-flow tests are presented and ...read more...

Instructor
Kyle Smith
Battalion Chief
Cobb County (GA) Fire Department
United States

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

Hot legal issues affecting fire and EMS organizations daily are reviewed. The format is lecture and question-and-answer periods. Student participation is encouraged. Topics include the legal use of drones, guns, and bulletproof vests in firehouses and ...read more...

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

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

This presentation focuses on how to better implement firefighting procedures at continuous structure fires. The slides portray information from proven firefighting practices based on literature created by past colleagues with decades of experience in the field, ...read more...

Instructor
Danny Stratton
Captain
United States
Handout(s)

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

The focus is on the inherent hazards associated with structural modifications, floor plan layout, and enhanced occupancy. Single-room occupancies in private dwellings are commonly one to three stories high. They are usually found with multiple bedrooms ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Martin, Jr
Asst. Chief of Operations and Training
Roosevelt (NY) Fire Department , Roosevelt LI NY
United States

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

In this multimedia interactive session, the focus is on giving first-in companies the information they need to make time-critical decisions in a trench collapse incident. Students learn why these incidents, although low frequency, are dangerous high-risk ...read more...

Instructor
John (Jack) Moser
Past Chief
Colonie Fire Department
United States

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

The engine company is the workhorse of the modern fire service. Prepared for any disaster, it will likely be first on scene at a mass-casualty incident (MCI)  and must be prepared to deploy its members to ...read more...

Instructor
Justin Schorr, BS EMS
Rescue Captain
San Francisco (CA) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
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 ...read more...

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

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

The taxi industry never saw Uber coming, the consequences of which will probably be their demise. Health care today is in a complete state of disorganization. The Affordable Care Act is being dismantled, insurers are scrambling ...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-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The fire service is faced with a vast array of issues and challenges. FDIC International has always been the place where honest discussions have led to workable solutions to these issues and challenges. This session features ...read more...

Instructor
Bobby Halton
Vice President
Education Director/Group Editor, Clarion Fire & Rescue Group
United States
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

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

The District of Columbia Fire Department began an internal firefighter survival safety campaign called "Mayday Mondays." The mission of the campaign is to provide monthly drills/skills for officers and members that will help with fireground survival. ...read more...

Instructor
Tony Carroll
Battalion Chief
District of Columbia Fire Department
United States

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

The principles of stabilizing smoke flows and fire conditions have been studied extensively in Central Europe in the past 15 years. One commonly used approach is for fire crews to partially block openings and apply positive-pressure ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Reick
Regional Fire Chief/Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Regional Government, Eislingen, Germany
Germany

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

This is a structural collapse refresher course that focuses on rules of thumb and practical knowledge for rescue teams.The objective is to further educate firefighters, tech rescue teams, and USAR teams about structural collapse from an ...read more...

Instructor
Andrew Schrader
Engineer/USAR Structures Specialist
Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force
United States

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

Instructors from vastly different areas of the United States and Canada have combined their best practices of contemporary air management with the “Lost Art of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Survival Techniques.” This course encompasses a variety ...read more...

Instructor
Trevor Steedman
Chief
Palm Beach (FL) Fire Department
United States

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

Most first responders know intuitively that strong situational awareness is an important aspect of safety. However, many do not understand what situational awareness is, how it is developed, and how it can erode while working in ...read more...

Instructor
Richard B. Gasaway, PhD
Fire Chief (ret.)
Situational Awareness Matters
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Attendees learn what is available in SMART technology, the limitations and challenges when using current and near-term technology, and the areas in which the technology can assist in their jurisdiction. They are encouraged to pursue Next ...read more...
Instructor
Kirk McKinzie
Captain
Cosumnes (CA) Fire Department
United States

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

This interactive class focuses on a more proactive strategic approach to managing highly complex and dangerous solar energy emergencies that emergency response personnel do not routinely face. Many hidden dangers, including hazmat battery storage units and excessive building construction weight, ...read more...

Instructor
Jeff Simpson
Past Chief
Salisbury (MD) Fire Department
United States

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

A comprehensive, yet simple, approach to planning for the first-arriving engine fire attack, apparatus setup, and spec is the focus. When faced with exponential fire growth, limited staffing, or rapidly changing fire conditions, all departments should ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Brush
Firefighter
Edmond Fire Department
United States

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

This program is a comprehensive examination of a state-of-the-art suburban engine company fire attack system. The class begins with creating an engine designed for maximum efficiency, ease and speed of the stretch, and low staffing conditions. ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on developing an effective thermal imaging training program. Topics covered include applicable National Fire Protection Association standards for thermal imaging; thermal imaging technology, features, and concepts; the key components of an effective thermal ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Richardson
Major/Division Chief of Training & Safety
St. Matthews (KY) Fire Department
United States

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

This class presents a review of tower ladder operations relative to positioning; setup; operating from the pedestal and bucket; and many proven tactical street smarts in master stream operations, roof ventilation from the bucket, and bucket ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Ciampo
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

A poorly crafted or weak presentation can ruin the instructor’s credibility and affect the participants’ ability to retain the information presented. This class will help you develop a solid base of knowledge for more confidence the ...read more...

Instructor
Becki White
Assistant Chief of Training and Prevention
Eden Prairie (MN) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class reviews the considerations for search and rescue gained from the latest firefighter research. More than 84 percent of the fatal home fire injuries occur in one- or two- family dwellings. This statistic underscores the ...read more...
Instructor
Robin Zevotek
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, Maryland
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Policies and procedures have become increasingly important tools for fire service leaders in our complex, litigious society. Beyond reducing liability, effective policies improve operations and enhance the safety and health of firefighters. They are the cornerstone ...read more...
Instructor
Curt Varone
Deputy Chief
Exeter (RI) Fire Department
United States

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

Decade after decade, more than 50 percent of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are attributed to cardiac causes. With more than 70 percent of the American fire service classified as “overweight” and 34 percent classified as “obese,” poor ...read more...

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

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

An increasing body of research provides evidence of the enormity of the behavioral health issues experienced by members of the fire service regardless of role. Although not every firefighter experiences the job ...read more...

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

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What does it take to be your own hero? Who is the person you wish to be, and what steps are necessary to become your future hero? Self-assessment is the first and most important step in ...read more...
Instructor
Angela Hughes
President, International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services
Captain, Baltimore County (MD) Fire Department
United States

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

Are you and your people ready for your “Super Bowl”? Do you know what you, as a leader responsible for the lives of others, should do to ensure you and those you lead are prepared to ...read more...

Instructor
Royal P. Mortenson
Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Retired) - IFSI Director
Illinois Fire Service Institute – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
United States

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

The preconnected crosslay has ruined firefighters’ ability to see beyond 200 feet. This course examines the fundamental concepts and techniques involved in the lost art of estimating a hoseline stretch. Methods developed through experience and a ...read more...

Instructor
Kiel Samsing
Lieutenant
Newport News (VA) Fire Department
United States

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

The Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI) has just completed a first-of-its-kind project focused solely on the potential impact of using interior and exterior fire streams on victims and firefighters. There are three main ...read more...

Panelist
Chad Christensen
Fire Captain
Los Angeles County Fire Department
United States
Panelist
Dennis LeGear
Lead Consultant
LeGear Engineering Fire Department Consulting
United States
Panelist
Ray McCormack
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States
Panelist
Tony Carroll
Battalion Chief
District of Columbia Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

Good vehicle extrication demands a unique collaboration between rescue and emergency medical personnel. Incorporating key victim assessment information in the extrication size-up improves your strategic and tactical plans. To save a patient (not just chop up ...read more...

Instructor
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

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

Fentanyl, Spice and Bath Salts are all over the media. Daily in the media we hear about officers exposed, people and even dogs over-dosing. There are more things out there than just opioids! The crisis is growing and the peak ...read more...

Instructor
Tobias Frost
Captain
Lafayette Fire Department
United States

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

Prompted by the tragic loss of two firefighters in an intentionally set fire at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Houston on Valentine’s Day, 2000, this program takes the audience “behind-the-counter” and “above the ceiling tiles” for a ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Knitter
Chief
South Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

Recent firefighter line-of-duty deaths as a result of rapid fire progression have highlighted a deficiency in firefighters’ understanding of ventilation-controlled fires and the effects of tactics on fire dynamics. One reason for this gap in understanding ...read more...

Instructor
Jack Regan
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, College Park, MD
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Firefighters continue to experience exposures to dangerous toxicants on the fireground that often are not recognized. Learn about the hidden dangers in fire smoke and how to eliminate complacency. The focus is on the common problem ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Krusen
Deputy Chief of Administration
Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States

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

Self-storage warehouses are common throughout the country, making urban, suburban, and rural firefighters subject to new fireground challenges. This class addresses preplanning the entire site, including water supply, drive aisle widths for apparatus placement, exterior storage, ...read more...

Instructor
James Kirsch
Captain (Retired)
Bergenfield, NJ Fire Dept.
United States
Handout(s)

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

The origins of FirstNet date back to the need for communications interoperability. The tragic events of 9/11 highlighted the need for interoperability. The 9/11 Commission Report identified a need for dedicated spectrum for public safety to achieve interoperability. In 2012, ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Worrell
Division Chief (Ret.) Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department
FirstNet Area Lead, U.S. Department of Commerce, Reston, Virginia
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The increase in hybrid and electric vehicle fires makes this program important for all firefighters. This class was developed based on the instructor’s experience with battery burn tests and the National Fire Protection Association lithium ion ...read more...
Instructor
Brock Archer
Assistant Chief - Retired
Hopland Fire District
United States

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

The focus is on improving the skills of a fire chief. The class combines lecture and student participation. The instructor shares knowledge he has acquired from decades of experience as a chief officer in career and ...read more...

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

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
When arriving at the fire scene as a fire officer, do you still feel confident when giving a building size-up to incoming fire units for today’s construction methods and interior building features? New building components and ...read more...
Instructor
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) Fire Department
United States

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

Translating fire dynamics research into change on the fireground has been a daunting task for many. This session details the opportunities and stumbling blocks of integrating modern fire dynamics knowledge and tactical principles into a mid-sized, ...read more...

Instructor
Brad French
Captain
Dayton Fire Department
United States

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

The significant changes in the new edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1403, Standard on Live-Fire Training Evolutions (2018), are reviewed and discussed. Much of the new prerequisite training is not in the current NFPA ...read more...

Instructor
Dave Casey
Managing Partner
Ascend Leadership
United States

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

This class identifies, discusses, and addresses how to search for life, fire, and firefighters in complex occupancies. Students will learn the strategy, tactics, and tasks necessary to offensively search complex occupancies: multistory, ...read more...

Instructor
Jeff Seaton
Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and Training
University of California-Davis Fire Department/West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium
United States

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

This class incorporates the latest research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and perception from the perspective of how they can aid firefighters in making decisions that will increase safety on the fireground. Just as the fire service ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Teague
Captain/Safety Officer (Ret.)
Sacramento Metropolitan (CA) Fire District
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The content of this class is based on a decade of focusing on the disparity between firefighter and civilian deaths in the same fires and “the educated art of examining a situation and making an informed, ...read more...
Instructor
Stephen Marsar, MA, EFO, CIC
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

This class reinforces the need for a return to basic training in the day-to-day demands of the response companies with a focus on the lessons learned from case studies, modern scientific research, line-of-duty deaths, and investigative ...read more...

Instructor
Douglas Cline
Assistant Chief
Horry County Fire Rescue
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The role and skills of the public information officer (PIO) are the focus of this interactive class. Interviewing techniques, writing press releases, media relations, relationship building, preplanning the news media, and response to all-hazard incidents are ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Fronimos
Battalion Chief/Public Information Officer
Williston (ND) Fire Department
United States

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

The country is grappling with a disturbing and devastating rise in heroin and opioid abuse that directly affects the lives of thousands of people in our communities and workplace. The misuse of and addiction to opioids--including ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Sullivan
Assistant Chief
Middle River (MD) Fire & Rescue
United States

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

The focus is on preventing suicide by identifying its traceable causes and creating an environment that encourages firefighters to seek help, altering an individual's trajectory from reaching suicide. Individual, company level, and departmental methods for prevention ...read more...

Instructor
Dena Ali, FF
Captain
Raleigh Fire Department
United States

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

How to properly apply a large volume of water/gallons per minute to decrease the heat/British thermal units generated in today’s residential fires is the focus. This class reviews the importance of first stream applications from handlines ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Stack
Lieutenant/EMT
Chicago (IL) Fire Department; Instructor, Illinois Fire Service Institute
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus of this interactive class is to illustrate the importance of fulfilling a commander’s expectations on emergency scenes. Fire companies are the linchpins of a successful emergency scene operation. The importance of synchronized small-unit tactics ...read more...
Instructor
Sid Newby
Battalion Chief
Wichita (KS) Fire Department
United States

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

Distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged, and disgruntled drivers are striking firefighters and fire apparatus at road and highway incidents with increasing frequency. We can’t change the behavior of “D” drivers, but we can change how we operate ...read more...

Instructor
Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS
Director of Training
Emergency Responder Safety Institute, Virginia
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class encompasses all aspects of an emergency response system: community risk assessment and planning; evaluating response asset availability, capability, and operational performance; and assessment of response volume impact on the overall system including surge capacity ...read more...

Instructor
Lori Moore-Merrell, DrPH, MPH, EMT-P
Assistant to the General President
International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington DC
United States

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

The focus is on a different approach to proficient medical care by first-arriving engine companies at emergency scenes. Students are given methods for increasing resourcefulness, thus improving comfort levels on medical emergencies. Emphasis is on challenging ...read more...

Instructor
Brian Pond, EMT-Paramedic I/C
Training Officer
Standish (ME) Fire/EMS
United States

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

Automatic sprinklers are an important line of defense when fighting a fire. Yet, even with sprinklers, fires can still burn out of control, causing excessive damage. This class will provide firefighters with a greater understanding of ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Spaziani
Assistant Vice President - Manager, Fire Service Programs
FM Global
United States

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

Today’s active shooter incidents are not designed solely for fire/EMS (“red team”) or law enforcement (“blue team”). These terrible incidents require practitioners that can fight in the gray area where “red” meets “blue.” The majority of ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on measures that can keep firefighters from becoming lost or trapped while engaging in aggressive firefighting operations in the high-risk environments: operating in basement/cellar/sub-cellars, operating on the floor or floors above, and operating ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Mastronardi
Lieutenant
Fire Department City of New York
United States

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

The initial arrival considerations (first-due tactics) for urban-based company officers are the focus. The class covers assigning resources, managing engine company crews during emergency incidents, and debriefing calls and other major events. The instructor shares methods ...read more...

Instructor
Sean Eagen
Captain
Buffalo, NY Fire Department
United States

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

This presentation focuses on skill levels and draws from the instructor’s experience of the past 15 years in a volunteer suburban setting and a more urban city setting. The presentation covers the founding principles of the ...read more...

Instructor
Chad Menard
Captain/Paramedic
Madison Fire & Rescue
United States

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

Training is a complex activity. It is not simply about checking a box; it is about the life or death of a firefighter. Training designed with a measurable outcome saves lives and increases efficiencies. This class ...read more...

Instructor
John Buckman, III
Chief Retired
Wildfire Studios
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus in on the HHE program: recommendations for addressing health hazards firefighters may experience in the firehouse, during training, and during fire response. The results of several research projects assessing exposures to smoke from car ...read more...
Instructor
Scott Brueck
Industrial Hygiene Team Lead
National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthHealth Hazard Evaluation Program
United States

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

This class covers fireground operational considerations when a quint ladder or a nontraditional ladder truck (i.e., aerial apparatus with stored CAFS) is the only truck on the alarm and the components of a successful quint training ...read more...

Instructor
Rob Fisher
Battalion Chief
Snohomish County Fire District #7
United States

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

The theme of this class is, “Manage the fireground; don’t let the fireground manage you!” Are you prepared and trained to be a firefighter for 20 to 30 years and beyond? Would your fire department hire ...read more...

Instructor
James Pellitteri
Battalion Chief/Shift Commander
Gurnee (IL) Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
We study the science of fire behavior. We study how and why our pumps and aerial devices work. We practice rapid intervention, search, and extrication operations so that we may better help others, but how much ...read more...
Instructor
Paul Jockimo
Chief
Somers (NY) Fire District
United States

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

On May 25, 2008, while performing interior operations in a residential structure fire in Leesburg, Virginia, four firefighters from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue became trapped on the second floor after conditions rapidly deteriorated. They received ...read more...

Instructor
Micah Kiger
Deputy Chief- Shift Commander (Operations Division)
Loudoun County (VA) Fire and Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

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

This class covers the “Rules of Engagement” for a safe and successful swift/flood water rescue. Attendees learn steps to implement in their department/agency response to water rescue emergencies. The lessons learned provide students with a foundation ...read more...

Instructor
Greg Merrell, EMT-B
Major
Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on cognitive psychology principles associated with technology-assisted emergency response. Operational shortfalls associated with cognitive deficits are covered, followed by case studies involving autopilots and self-driving car accidents. Lessons learned and proposed design imperatives ...read more...
Instructor
John Blitch
Dr. John G. Blitch, Senior Research Professor
US Air Force Academy Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership (DFBL)
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
 Dr. Thomas Hales, who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) firefighter cardiac/medical fatality investigations for more than 16 years, discusses the scientific evidence linking firefighting and ...read more...
Instructor
Thomas Hales
Medical Officer
Not affiliated
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Current National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)  recommendations for preventing firefighter-EMS providers and other emergency responders from occupational exposure to opioids are highlighted. From 2015 to 2016, there was a 100 percent increase in ...read more...
Instructor
Sophia Chiu
Medical Officer
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program investigates select firefighter line-of-duty deaths from the perspective of making recommendations to prevent future injuries and deaths. NIOSH is a federal ...read more...
Instructor
Tim Merinar
Safety Engineer
NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Program
United States
Handout(s)

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Leadership is often difficult and involves making critical and tough decisions. However, being in a responsible leadership position, although stressful and challenging, is a privilege.  This program reflects on effective traits and behaviors that constitute a ...read more...
Instructor
Billy D. Hayes
Fire Marshal
University of South Alabama
United States

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

This class is centered around three categories or situations firefighters can find themselves in that could result in a Mayday. Not every Mayday is the same; consequently, not every rapid intervention team (RIT) operation will be ...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

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Attendees receive factual data, spreadsheets, and lesson plans to assist their department with thermal imaging purchasing and training. The goal is to create a marketplace that allows firefighters to make educated decisions when purchasing a thermal ...read more...
Instructor
Andrew Starnes
Captain
Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
United States

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

Approximately 85 percent of fire departments in the United States are all volunteer or mostly volunteer. Many struggle with establishing training as a priority because of challenges within or outside the department’s control. This class focuses ...read more...

Instructor
Justin Bailey
Fire Chief
Oliver Springs Fire Department
United States

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

This is a basic electricity 101 class and will include slides mixed with interactive discussion. Terminology, electrical components, electrical systems, and basic theory are addressed. Other topics include how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed into ...read more...

Instructor
Sean Mayo
Lieutenant
Fairmount Fire Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

8:30 AM-10:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class challenges leaders to think critically about risk in both a quantitative and qualitative fashion. It identifies best practices that inform on risk in ultra-competitive endeavors outside the fire service while also examining anecdotal evidence ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Brezler
Major
USMC/Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The probationary firefighter walking through the door of the fire station on the first morning will succeed or fail as a firefighter based on the mentoring received from the company officer and ...read more...

Instructor
Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P
Fire Chief
Champaign (IL) Fire Department
United States

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

This interactive class, backed by formally defined parameters, will instill confidence and answer questions about today’s most debated and misinformed style of firefighting--the aggressive interior attack. Time-tested tactics are compared and contrasted with the objective of ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Tobin
Firefighter
St. Louis (MO) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Staff members from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) present an overview of the program. Attendees participate in an interactive review and discussion of all aspects of the program, including where to obtain and how ...read more...
Instructor
Kevin Piatt
Fire Program Specialist/Subject Matter Expert
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class focuses on performance. Techniques used in extreme sports and special-forces units are discussed from the perspective of how they can be used in the fire service to develop greater resilience in firefighters. Slides and ...read more...
Instructor
Ric Jorge
Firefighter
Tactical Resiliency Training
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Post-traumatic stress (PTS) affects firefighters all over the world. Many times, firefighters do not want to discuss incidents that may have had lasting effects on them, or they do not know where to go for help. ...read more...
Instructor
David Griffin, Ed.D., C.T.O., F.O.
Battalion Chief / Deputy Director of Training
Charleston Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class provides an overview of the issue of cancer-causing carcinogen contamination of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) and firefighters. It features discussion and up-to-date data on realistic protection expectations and the increasing risks of cancer ...read more...
Instructor
Jim Reidy
Lieutenant
San Antonio (TX) Fire Department
United States

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

The double line-of-duty death the Toledo Fire-Rescue Department experienced on January 26, 2014, is the focus. A summary of the event is analyzed and is followed by an in-depth review of the lessons learned. Emphasis is ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Benadum
Battalion Chief in the Field Operations Bureau
Toledo Fire-Rescue Department
United States

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

The entire U.S. EMS industry came together to create a bold vision for EMS 30 years from now. Dramatically improved safety for patients and providers, full integration with the entire health care continuum, and social equity ...read more...

Instructor
Derek Bergsten
Chief
Rockford Fire Department
United States

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

This highly interactive presentation uses slides, videos, and graphics to report on firefighter cancer and some of the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) and methods that have been adopted to reduce the risk to firefighters. Among ...read more...

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

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

Across the country, we as an industry are allowing firefighters to continue hard labor without proper rehabilitation and medical monitoring. This course outlines the proper rehab that should occur on the fireground. Case studies with evidence-based ...read more...

Instructor
Erica Wood
Firefighter/Paramedic
University of Virginia/ Louisa County (VA) Rescue
United States

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

Whether you’re on an engine or a truck or in a battalion car; whether you’re assigned fire attack, search, or ventilation; whether you’re riding the tailboard or the command board, this is the building construction class ...read more...

Instructor
William Knight
Driver/Operator
Dekalb County (GA) Fire Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on topics ranging from leadership principles to fireground tactics from the perspectives of case studies, the instructor’s experience gained in a 36-year career on the Chicago Fire Department, and the differences between traditional ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Chikerotis
Deputy District Chief (Ret.)
Chicago (IL) Fire Department
United States

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

When firefighters arrive on the emergency scene, they are faced with overwhelming amounts of information and when you add new technologies and alerting to existing systems, they may not have time to synthesize life-saving information quickly ...read more...

Instructor
John Merrill
Next Generation First Responder Program/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
Dept. Homeland Security Science & Technology
United States

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

This program highlights a real-life incident where Lieutenant Brad Clark died in the line of duty and two other firefighters were seriously injured during a highway incident. The program provides critical information on how fire departments can ...read more...

Instructor
Melanie Clark
Advocate for Firefighter Safety
Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS
United States

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

On May 2, 2018, a routine SWAT response to a residence for a barricaded subject resulted in an explosion in which nine police officers were injured. Today, fire departments are increasingly becoming involved in tactical scenarios ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Januszewski
Chief
North Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class prepares pump operators to use a variety of techniques including tools, job aids, and pointers to ensure the proper flow and pressure while operating a pump during fireground operations. Successful delivery of water is ...read more...
Instructor
Jerry Naylis
Safety Officer
Bergenfield (NJ) Fire Department
United States

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

The class introduces fire and EMS responders to the world of motor sports: the terminology used on the racing surface; personal protective equipment for racers and responders; the construction of the race vehicles and the challenges ...read more...

Instructor
Andre Biron
Fire fighter/ EMT
Manchester (NH) Fire Department
United States

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

The focus of this class is swing stage scaffold emergencies and rescue procedures. The components of a working swing stage scaffold are defined and their primary hazards are identified. Among the topics covered are methods for ...read more...

Instructor
Jeremy Rifflard
Captain
Fort Lauderdale (FL) Fire Department
United States

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

Shipboard fires react differently and need to be treated differently. This class focuses on the obstacles that the land-based firefighter and chief staff need to recognize and overcome to successfully fight shipboard fires....read more...

Instructor
Steven Zeliff
Lead Maritime Fire Instructor
US Army Transportation School, JBLE VA
United States

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

Fire departments respond to approximately 2.2 million fire alarm activations every year in the United States. Statistics show that only about 200,000 involve a fire. These calls necessitate that front line officers make intelligent on-scene decisions ...read more...

Instructor
Steve Heckman
Deputy Fire Chief
Trenton (ME) Volunteer Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

Sizing up wind-impacted/driven fire conditions is a critical assessment skill for operational decision making and tactical level responder safety. This class focuses on six vent profiles and their flow characteristics. Students will incorporate an assessment of ...read more...

Instructor
Peter McBride
Division Chief
Ottawa (Canada) Fire Services
Canada

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

It takes courage to be a fire service officer and leader, especially today. This class will help future/current fire officers (especially company officers and battalion chiefs) to focus on what they need to do to set ...read more...

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

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

The firefighter’s work environment is constantly evolving with the introduction of new consumer products and new construction materials and practices. This class updates the information and testing results related to mass timber buildings. The International ...read more...

Instructor
Sean DeCrane
Battalion Chief (Ret) - Industry Relations Building & Life Safety Technologies
Cleveland (OH) Fire Department - UL LLC
United States

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

Life safety is the focus. This class examines the three key components of a successful search--leadership, the training division, and the personnel. Students will examine proven skills, debunk myths, and review case studies and video of ...read more...

Instructor
Dustin Martinez
Lieutenant
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This comprehensive and exciting program covers all aspects of searching for and rescuing civilians at structural fires in residences and large areas. This interactive class addresses the commitments of the American fire service in searching all ...read more...
Instructor
Mike Mason
Lieutenant
Downers Grove (IL) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Would you like to be an FDIC speaker, Fire Engineering or Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment author or photographer; or Fire Engineering Books & Videos author but don’t know how to get started? Learn from this ...read more...

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