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

The focus is on the components of a working peer support program and how the North Carolina Peer Support Team developed and built its resources. Learn about partnerships with other national leading peer support programs such ...read more...

Instructor
Erica Gilmore
Florian & Womens Services Coordinator, Rosecrance Health Network, Rockford, Illinois
Rosecrance
United States

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

Cancer continues to impact firefighters daily. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) education team focuses on the health of firefighters by providing cancer awareness and prevention for programs nationwide. The program educates firefighters about the increased ...read more...

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

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

To many firefighters, the process of getting and staying “fit for duty” can seem daunting. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information out there that can pull firefighters in multiple directions and ultimately leave them confused. ...read more...

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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)
 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

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

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