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

This workshop presents lessons learned and best practices that are common among high-performing combination fire departments. Topics include developing local ordinances that establish authority for organizational consolidation, establishing a healthy relationship with ...read more...

Instructor
Eddie Buchanan
Assistant Chief
Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS
United States

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

The volunteer fire service is experiencing its biggest challenge to date with volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention. With today’s era of competing demands for the volunteer/potential volunteer firefighter, the question becomes, how can departments cost effectively ...read more...

Instructor
Candice McDonald
Firefighter/PIO
Sebring & Winona (OH) Fire Department
United States

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

Volunteer firefighters respond to a wide array of emergencies across the country every day including fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, and other general public service calls. To meet these challenges, volunteer firefighters ...read more...

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

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

The main message of this presentation is, “Being a professional firefighter has absolutely nothing to do with earning a paycheck, but it has everything to do with attitude, appearance, competency, commitment, and dedication.” It is unacceptable ...read more...

Instructor
Thomas Merrill
Fire Commissioner - Past Chief of Department
Snyder (NY) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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