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

This program is a unique blend of fire, science, leadership, mentoring, and history. Although emphasis is placed on informal leaders, who are the catalysts for action in departments, this workshop serves as ...read more...

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

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

You’re the new company officer, battalion chief, or chief of department. You arrive at the new place and soon realize that it’s a mess. Personnel issues, apparatus and firehouse issues, morale is ...read more...

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

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

As a new chief hired from the outside, the instructor quickly learned his education and experiences did not prepare him for the complex personnel issues that would come before him. Of all ...read more...

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

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

This workshop is all you need to know about grants. Students are taught the basics of grants and then write a grant within the context of a group of 10, which is ...read more...

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

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

Effective leadership is not just a function of understanding academic theories and textbook definitions. Real leadership takes courage, motivation, and skill to translate theories into actions that are effective in today’s fire ...read more...

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

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

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. In the fire service, getting from point “A” to point “B” is a challenge on some emergency incident scenes, especially critical incidents, and achievement is the ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Barakey
District Chief
Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department
United States

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

The job of managing a volunteer, combination, or small career department is not easy. Customer expectations and call volumes continue to increase while leaders are faced with more and more unfunded mandates, flat or declining revenues, ...read more...

Instructor
Craig Haigh
Chief
Hanover Park (IL) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

As individuals ascend the ranks the vast majority of the job involves dealing with people, engaging in politics and solving problems. Generally most firefighters and officers do not get much training and education in these areas. However, like most aspects ...read more...

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

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

This is an interactive leadership and culture development program for officers. The focus is on leadership skills including mentoring and succession planning; critiquing others; effective delegating; preventing freelancing; technical report writing; tackling administrative tasks, including creating ...read more...

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

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

This workshop provides measurability by reading and mapping every attendee in the room. Students learn the science of leadership through the Three Pillars of Human Excellence--(IQ) Intellectual Intelligence, (EQ) Emotional Intelligence, and (IP) Interpersonal Dynamics--and best ...read more...

Instructor
William Greenwood
Assistant Chief of Training
Manchester-Boston Airport Fire, Manchester (NH)
United States

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

On scene or in quarters, the vast majority of things you do, you are doing right. However, when they aren’t done right, there are significant consequences to you and many others. From “real” fire operational policy ...read more...

Instructor
Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Gordon Graham
Research Consultant
United States

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

The fire service is a dynamic and ever-changing industry. In the law, there are laws that provide consistencies and guidelines describing the proper conduct accepted by societal norms. Break the law, and suffer the penalties. The ...read more...

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

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

This workshop covers the full spectrum of leadership--how to accept and survive the politics, deal with the fringe employees, and keep your cool. You will learn tricks of the trade it usually take years to acquire. ...read more...

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

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
TThere is nothing quite like a firehouse. It can be the most incredible experience of your life or a miserable exile to purgatory. It can be a place of learning where skills are honed and techniques ...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-5:30 PM
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop presents tangible ways to increase your influence and build your command presence. You cannot find this program in a book; it was put together based on years of success and failures. The class bridges ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Ricci
Battalion Chief/Drillmaster
New Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States

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

The instructors have developed a list of “Rules to Live By” over the past three decades. They share these 13 “Mission Critical” rules in an open, honest, and humorous way. Students learn how to adopt and ...read more...

Instructor
Bruce Varner
Chief (Ret.)
Santa Rosa (AZ) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Dennis Rubin
Chief
Upper Merion Township (PA) Fire & EMS; and DL Rubin & Associates
United States
Handout(s)

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

The focus is on the top administrative policies and operational practices fire departments in the United States and Canada must have to prevent liability, firefighter injuries, and public embarrassment and to increase proficiency on the fireground. ...read more...

Instructor
Bradley Pinsky
Fire Chief/Attorney at Law
Attorney, Pinsky Law Group, PLLC, Manlius 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)

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)

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)

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

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
Paul McCullough
Co-Founder
O2X Human Performance
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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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

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 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)
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

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

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)
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 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)
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

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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)

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
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