Select Criteria: Session Type = Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
10:30 AM-12:14 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is about interior fire attack and how to do it better. You will learn nozzle technique for extinguishment, not for parking lots. Learn how to stretch with poise and gain a deeper understanding of fire attack and line placement. Learn how to evaluate and ...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)
This interactive class emphasizes back-to-basics leadership at the operational, company officer level and the attributes needed for successfully leading and managing a crew on a daily basis. Employing open discussion, a sharing of ideas, and built-in scenarios, the instructor addresses common pitfalls that challenge today’s company ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Zaitz
Assistant Fire Chief
Kirkwood Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
How to properly apply the large volume of water (gallons per minute) to reduce the amount of heat/British thermal units generated in today’s modern building construction fires is the focus. The importance of the first stream and water application by handlines and deck guns are reviewed. ...read more...
Instructor
RICH STACK
FIREFIGHTER
CHICAGO FIRE DEPT.
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class takes what appear to be typical basic skills and adds several ways of making them much more relevant and realistic, promoting participation. Learn how to create company drills that are meaningful, useful, beneficial, and productive. It’s all in the preparation and delivery and less ...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)
Seemingly benign materials can become explosive and deadly when ignited as a dust cloud. Ordinary materials found in the majority of manufacturing and industrial facilities, including products like grain, food products, sawdust, and plastics, can fuel violent, deadly explosions under the right conditions. Each year, emergency ...read more...
Instructor
Benjamin Peetz
Firefighter
Napoleon (IN) Volunteer Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What does it take to be an effective officer and an integral part of the organization? Discussion will include the use of command boards and fulfilling the critical priority of fireground safety through the collaboration of the accountability officer and incident commander; company- and battalion-level integrity ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue Director, Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class focuses on the interaction between company officers/leaders and department members inside a firehouse: making interpersonal relationships part of daily life in the firehouse. The firehouse can be a great place to work, or it can be a tour in hell. Which one depends on ...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

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Flashovers are devastating and leave physical and mental scars that can last a lifetime. This class analyzes two case studies of incidents where a flashover occurred. In one incident, a firefighter was severely burned while battling a private-dwelling fire. In the other incident, one firefighter was ...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 class is for professionals who wish to expand their leadership abilities. It is rooted in improving team performance and has application for the public and the private sectors. The Fully Involved concept has worked for more than 40 years in professional football, the fire service, ...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)
The ground ladder is an important tool on the fireground, is carried on truck and engine companies, and is raised to rescue civilians and to enable our crews to flee to safety. When training, ground ladders should not be looked at as simply another tool. Even ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Wood
Lieutenant
Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Rescuers should not take a passenger vehicle approach to a large truck extrication. Gain a working knowledge of large truck and trailer construction including air, electrical, and suspension systems and the options for using electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic tools to stabilize, gain access, and perform disentanglement ...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)
This class focuses on how firefighters’ aggressive actions on the fireground can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or death. Fire scene incident command, safety and accountability, vehicle placement and operations, hoseline placement, the use of ...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)
Man vs. machinery incidents occur across the country. They may involve a person stuck in some sort of industrial machinery or be as routine as a ring stuck on a finger. Is your department prepared to handle these incidents? Students are introduced to tools and methods ...read more...
Instructor
Mark Gregory
Captain
FDNY - Ladder 176
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn how to overcome mistakes and problems that occur on the fireground. A distinction is made between a mistake and a problem. The need to have a Plan B, the most common mistakes and problems that occur on the fireground, and how to overcome them are ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Rivera
Firefighter
New Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Approximately 95 percent of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. Yet, many departments are plagued with a passive search culture resulting from poor standard operating guidelines, overcautious safety concerns, and poor training. This class makes a case that our goal ...read more...
Instructor
Grant Schwalbe
Lieutenant
Estero (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn how to prepare for and respond to fires in box stores up to about 25,000 square feet with limited personnel. Topics include the role of Recognition Primed Decision Making and the associated need for a targeted training program, the importance of developing and using accurate ...read more...
Instructor
Robert Callahan, Mr
Captain/ Fire Prevention Officer
Bossier Parish Fire District 1, Haughton LA
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This comprehensive interactive lecture takes attendees through all things associated with fire service saws: industry best practices for proper maintenance; the pros/cons of saw/blade combinations; and proper safe application when working on the fireground, including proper break in, morning checks, troubleshooting, and starting procedures that promote ...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 focus is on emotional wellness issues firefighters face and simple, practical self-care practices you can use to build emotional wellness and resiliency amidst stressful and potentially traumatic careers. You will learn to recognize the common emotional wellness issues that can bring you down; that compulsive ...read more...
Instructor
Jada Hudson
M.S., LCPC, CADC
Hudson Clinical Counseling, Owner
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
longevity, but it is not enough. Proper nutrition, hydration, and recovery are also critical components of wellness. You will become acquainted with the “toxic twins” that combine to drastically increase a firefighter’s chance of suffering sudden cardiac death. Discussion encompasses also proactive hydration, proper rehabilitation at ...read more...
Instructor
Dan Kerrigan
Chief of Fire and Emergency Services
Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County (PA)
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is a potent examination of how to implement cutting-edge technologies into fire and EMS training. Attendees will be introduced to an easy-to-follow blueprint for creating training content that meets the needs and expectations of modern-day fire and EMS students. The focus is on the ...read more...
Instructor
Shea Chwialkowski
Firefighter
Richfield Fire Department, Richfield, MN
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This detailed and informative class on social media strategies focuses on getting the most out of your social media campaign. Learn how to be proactive with social media. You will see how a small department is able to get coverage in the national news. Learn how ...read more...
Instructor
Robert Reardon
Captain
Duxbury Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class features an open discussion on where/when interior fire operations should focus on firefighting first and rescue/recovery operations second. The educated art of examining a situation and making an informed, intelligent decision of whether to commit firefighters to life-saving or interior operations differs from basic ...read more...
Instructor
Stephen Marsar, MA, EFO, CIC
MA, EFO, CIC, Battalion Chief, Fire Department, city of New York
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Prepare and set your firefighters up for success when it counts. This class focuses on two documented video-recorded vent-enter-search (VES) rescues at working fires in Fort Walton Beach. One incident is shared from the perspective of a captain making the rescue; the second incident is from ...read more...
Instructor
David (DJ) Stone
Captain
City of Fort Walton Beach (FL) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Shannon Stone
Battalion Chief
Fort Walton Beach (FL) City Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class bridges the gap between science and the street and helps guide you through the tried and true tasks that must occur on the fireground. It focuses on the relationship between fire dynamics and the fireground. Discussion includes fire dynamics and their impact on tactical ...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 fire service is in the midst of changes. How do we, as instructors, lead this change? How do we get firefighters to look at things differently? How can the fire service provide emergency response in a more effective and efficient way? Who will be the ...read more...
Instructor
Devon Wells
President
International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
United States

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

This class shares 11 key elements of successful fire department fitness programs. From medical and fitness evaluations to creating fitness standard operating guidelines and purchasing cost-effective fitness equipment, it gives you tools to create a culture of fitness and wellness at your fire department. ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Moss
Captain
Metro West Fire Protection District, MO
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Certain habits, practices, and attitudes must be present at the strategic and tactical levels from before the alarm throughout the incident for effectively putting out the fire. Preincident investment and preparation, street-smart fireground command practices, incident organization, and management of tactical objectives are addressed from the ...read more...
Instructor
Nicholas Martin
Battalion Chief
Salisbury (NC) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Share in the vision of mental health professionals who discuss how effective and evidence-based therapeutic techniques are being used to assist firefighters and EMS personnel experiencing mental health or addiction issues. Gain insight into therapeutic techniques, approaches, and methodologies in use in the Rosecrance Florian program....read more...
Instructor
Daniel DeGryse
Battalion Chief/Director
Chicago Fire Department/Rosecrance Florian Program
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack the fire from the unburned side. We have since learned that this isn't always the best tactic. The modern fireground is evolving more than ever before and research has been enhancing safety in our procedures. Case ...read more...
Instructor
Sean Gray
Fire Captain
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In December 2018, a fire in a one-story taxpayer fire in Queens, New York, resulted in a spectacular smoke explosion event captured on video. The video spread across the Internet, causing many to ask, “What the hell was that?” Here is an in-depth ...read more...
Instructor
John Ceriello
Captain
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
If you are a 20-year veteran, a newly promoted officer, or an aspiring officer, this class will make you rethink how you and your organization do business. It will alert you to career-ending pitfalls and mistakes and, in the end, make you a better leader with ...read more...
Instructor
Chase Sargent
Division Chief/Paramedic Retired Emergency Medicine Physicians Assistant
Retired Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue
United States

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

The focus is on the risks that construction poses for firefighters and fire officers. Topics covered include fire-related causes of collapse, indicators of potential collapse, categories of buildings and their resistance to ...read more...

Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Marriage can 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 firefighter, the rate is through the roof. In this class, husband-and-wife ...read more...
Instructor
Anne Gagliano
Instructor
Saved From The Flame/Firelife.Com
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)
A complacent attitude is the first step in a tragic calamity of errors that results in a fire extending beyond where it should have been controlled or in civilian or firefighter injuries and deaths that could have been prevented. The presence and effects of complacency in ...read more...
Instructor
Richard Riley
Firefighter, Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
Traditions Training
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn to understand, predict, and manage obstacles on the emergency incident scene. The closest distance between two points is not a straight line; achievement is the journey and the overcoming of obstacles to arrive at a successful outcome. Getting from point A to point B is ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Barakey
Fire Chief
Suffolk (VA) Fire & Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is a must for those who want to broaden their understanding of what constitutes an effective firefighter rescue team and what it can accomplish. It will enlighten the nonbelievers and reinforce among believers that a solid rapid intervention team (RIT) increases the chances of ...read more...
Instructor
JAMES CRAWFORD
Assistant Fire Chief
Midway Fire Rescue, Pawleys Island South Carolina
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn the types of cardiovascular disease that can lead to a sudden cardiac event and strategies that can lessen cardiovascular risks and decrease fireground deaths and injuries. Although the fire service has increasingly embraced “health and safety,” it is often unclear how health and safety are ...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)
This class sets up the framework for the entire fireground experience from assessing the incident scene on arrival to setting up an incident management organization. Discussion will include a systematic mental checklist using the CASH acronym (Command, Actions, Size-Up, and Help) for on-scene size-up reports, establishing ...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 their working relationship on the fireground, command structure and tactical courses are often presented separately. This class changes that. It challenges you to be more analytical in developing meaningful strategies and tactics specific to your resource constraints and deployment models....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)
Learn how the success or failure of life at the fire station, operations on the scene, and overall department success are directly related to ONE specific role: the company officer (and the investment the agency makes in them and what they invest in themselves). Do you ...read more...
Instructor
Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Bobby Halton
Chief (Ret.)
Editorial Director Clarion Fire Rescue Group/Education Director FDIC International
United States
Instructor
Gordon Graham
Research Consultant
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class defines what risk means today and how it differs from 20 year ago. You will be introduced to various risk management processes and the specific actions volunteers must take to reduce and manage the risks to which we are exposed.

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Instructor
Joe Nedder
Deputy Chief of Training
Mendon (MA) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
If you are using or considering using Class A foam or wetting agent concentrates or have an onboard foam delivery system on your apparatus, this class will help you maximize your investment in this important firefighting tool. How to determine the best concentrate for your hazards, ...read more...
Instructor
Shawn Oke
Retired Chief
Albemarle (NC) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 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 a terrorist attack, you must be prepared! This program separates ...read more...
Instructor
David McGrail
Assistant Chief
Denver (CO) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class analyzes the current training on rescuing down firefighters from a more proactive viewpoint. Included are tasks that can be accomplished by the rapid intervention team (RIT) to “soften up” not just the structure but also the entire scene so that we can access the ...read more...
Instructor
Art Bloomer
Captain
Kearny (NJ) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Are you tired of being told something, taught something, or sold something with claims of performance, only to find out after the fact the claims were less than promoted and, in some cases, completely erroneous? From the water main in the ground to the fire hose ...read more...
Instructor
Kirk Allen
Fire Chief
Kansas (IL) Fire Protection District
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This training officer development course is based on lessons learned while dealing with a diverse group of training officers. Its main objectives are to create an awareness of what it takes to be  good training officers and to motivate them to incorporate passion in their programs. ...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 Firefighters Survive Alive class 2020 will introduce participants to the high-tech, interactive, and remotely operated educational experience Survive Alive! Participants will visit the facility and become acquainted with how such a program can impact their community and how they can start a Survive Alive in ...read more...
Instructor
Aleatha A. Henderson
Director of Public Education/Firefighters Survive Alive - Fire & Life Safety Division
Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
It is important to adopt a “Know before you go” mentality and perform building recon--gathering critical information to develop a more informed decision-based “battle plan” for the fireground. The focus of this class is the creation of such a plan. A SMART fireground practice is to ...read more...
Instructor
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The “Stop the Dying” Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept is being integrated into high-threat mass casualty incidents (HT-MCIs) such as active shooter events. The concept originated within the framework of risk/benefit analysis and combat-proven, evidence-based medicine, allowing for point-of-wounding care. This saves crucial seconds and can ...read more...
Instructor
Mark Litwinko
Lieutenant
Fort Wayne Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The course establishes a foundation of knowledge in safety, planning, and operations for responders to railroad, pipeline, or storage tank incidents, focusing on flammable liquids and gases. Attendees will be introduced to apps/programs designed to aid in product identification, plume plotting, and evacuation areas for planning ...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 features robust discussion focused on how a fire department, after decades of all-volunteer service, transitioned to a successful combination department.

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Instructor
Dennis Rubin
Chief
Upper Merion Township (PA) Fire & EMS; and DL Rubin & Associates
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Ventilation can determine the outcome of a fire. Ensuring its success requires an understanding of how it works and the precautions that must be taken. This class examines ventilation and its relationship to fire behavior and how it impacts the fire; our operations; and, most importantly, ...read more...
Instructor
Nicholas Papa
Fire Lieutenant
New Britain (CT) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Preplan your community for a wildland fire: identify target hazards, accurately create an incident action plan, and create an overall strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies to follow, ensuring their involvement with hazard mitigation techniques. Discussion will include formulating good solid public education ...read more...
Instructor
Seth Barker
Battalion Chief / Training Officer
Big Sky Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What is your confidence level when it comes to using a 2½-inch attack line? Many firefighters do not know when or how to use a 2½-inch attack line with confidence. As a result, many engine companies rarely attempt to deploy a 2½-inch attack line despite the ...read more...
Instructor
Jonathan Brumley
Firefighter
Denver (CO) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In this one-of-a-kind personal and professional development training program, you will be encouraged to recognize yourself as a leader capable of leading yourself, a crew, and a department. In becoming “Your Own Hero,” you learn how to define your “Why” in preparation for developing your “How” ...read more...
Instructor
HEATHER MOORE
SOTP PROGRAM 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)
Each year, we lose firefighters from health issues that can be prevented and treated with proper nutrition. Learn simple approaches to fueling yourself and your crews to help ensure that you return for the next shift and enjoy a long retirement after years of service....read more...
Instructor
Maureen Stoecklein
Firefighter/Paramedic, Registered Dietitian
Canton Township Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class reinforces the safety message that no matter how long you have been driving or how “good” a driver you think you are, there are limits to safely operating an emergency apparatus or personal vehicle. Using the same techniques as crash investigators, the instructor addresses ...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)
Evaluate some of the most common myths relating to the performance of building construction materials and systems under fire conditions. Outside sources like the Internet and social media make it possible to access and share much information; unfortunately, many myths and much incorrect information come along ...read more...
Instructor
James Johnson
Firefighter
Canada
Canada

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class covers the founding principles of the fire service and leads into what firefighters and commanding officers of all ranks must know when arriving on the fire scene: the knowledge necessary for giving a good scene size-up and report on conditions while establishing a strong ...read more...
Instructor
Chad Menard
Captain/Paramedic
Madison Fire & Rescue
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Currently, there are as many as four generations employed and working side by side in fire departments. This class presents an analysis of each of the four generations from the perspectives of understanding the generational behavior, the value each generation brings to the workplace, the reasons ...read more...
Instructor
Lori Moore-Merrell
IPSDI President and CEO
International Public Safety Data Institute
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
When can firefighters in structural personal protective equipment make a rescue in a hazmat hot zone, and when do they have to wait for the hazmat team? Emphasis in on the increasingly common hazmat incidents that involve chemical suicides and drug labs. Learn how to read ...read more...
Instructor
Phil Ambrose
Captain/Paramedic
Glendale CA/HazMatNation.com
United States

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

In a format similar to that used in an after-action review for a major incident, various major incidents are discussed from the perspective of the critical incident stress load responders experienced and the mental health resources used to address the stress load. You ...read more...

Instructor
Ali Rothrock
CEO
On the Job and Off
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Maximize the capabilities of the ambulance crew during fire suppression operations by using their personnel, skills, and knowledge. Discussion will include how fire department administration can create policies to efficiently integrate the ambulance crew into fireground operations, how to properly equip the ambulance for the tasks ...read more...
Instructor
Timothy Griswold
Firefighter/Paramedic
Portsmouth (NH) Fire Department
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, and they are found in communities of all sizes. In rural areas with long response times, a trailer fire is often a defensive operation. However, in urban or suburban communities, interior fire ...read more...
Instructor
Joseph Polenzani
Battalion Chief
Franklin (TN) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class takes you on journey in which a failing training division is transformed into an amazingly successful program that has become the model for many agencies across the country. The mechanism for this transformation was "flipped training," the focus of this class. It allows any department regardless of size ...read more...

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn how flipped training can greatly improve department training and how one department's failing training division was transformed into an amazingly successful organization that has become 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)
The fire service is a dynamic and ever-changing industry that must be compliant with current laws and the application of those laws by administration, chief officers, and firefighters. This class reviews the basics of the law, the need for comprehensive polices and training on those policies, ...read more...
Instructor
John Murphy, JD
Deputy Chief (Ret.), Attorney at Law
Murphy Law Group, North Bend, WA
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Training for proficiency is the ultimate goal of emergency services training at all levels. This class presents case studies of theory being translated into action and teaches how to edit existing content, modify it, and then produce a proficiency-based training and qualification program. Templates that can ...read more...
Instructor
Kevin Milan
Assistant Chief
South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Authority
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The driver/operator arguably performs 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 a multialarm fire, a competent and proficient driver/operator is critical to the overall ...read more...
Instructor
Eric Hankins
Battalion Chief
Yuba City (CA) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on the most common residential and commercial locks and the numerous options to defeat them whether on EMS calls, service calls, or the fireground. Methods, tools, and tactics used for nondestructive entry, through-the-lock, and light forcible entry are presented, including using these methods ...read more...
Instructor
John Buttrick, III
Firefighter/ Medic II
Suffolk, VA Fire & Rescue
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on strategies and tactics for moving water in rural areas: nurse tankers, vacuum tankers, the jet syphon, the rural hitch, and more. Flow charts and times for loss of water in each strategy are presented. Apparatus placement, seating assignments, and alternate water sources ...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 class introduces officers and aspiring fire service leaders to some of the most important skills they will need to become more effective leaders in today’s fire service. Those skills include goal setting, mentoring and succession planning, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, technical report writing, tackling ...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 the operations and tactics of engine companies at multiple dwellings. Topics covered include preplanning hoseline stretches during walk-throughs, drills, and calls in multiple dwellings and how to adjust thinking on the go while at a fire scene. Discussion of the hose stretch ...read more...
Instructor
Joseph Ficarelli
Lieutenant
Sterling Rescue Squad
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus of this class is on the tasks required for tactical fireground success--designing the engine; delivering decisive amounts of water; training and delivery of flows from 1¾- and 2½-inch lines to master streams; tactical application of each stream; aggressive interior fire attack; engine integration into ...read more...
Instructor
Jerry Knapp
CHIEF, ROCKLAND COUNTY HAZMAT TEAM
Rockland County Fire Training Center, Pomona, NY
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class incorporates sound tactics coupled with the instructor’s experience at private residential dwelling fires. Tactical considerations from science-based research are presented. Although firefighters are familiar with these fires, there are still many challenges and hazards such as construction techniques and alterations and illegal conversions to ...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 interactive class outlines what to expect in an assessment center, from the assessors' (those grading you) perspectives. Typical exercises used on an assessment center and what assessors are looking for are presented. Attendees will learn how to respond to questions with high-quality answers....read more...
Instructor
Lisa Baker
Battalion Chief, Oakland (CA) Fire Department
Oakland (CA) Fire Department
United States

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

The goal of this class is to stress the founded principles and practices of engine company fire attack and that firefighting should be aggressive and offensive, not reckless. The class looks at topics and contemporary issues such as, Are we losing control of what it takes ...read more...

Instructor
Jeff Shupe
Firefighter (Ret.)
Cleveland (OH) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In this ever-evolving modern fire environment, special emphasis must be on selecting and placing the first line correctly. We must put ourselves in a position to stretch for success. This class focuses on engine company priorities and tactics. Topics covered are selecting ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Robertson
Lieutenant
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

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

A July 23, 2018, fire in Howard County, Maryland, resulted in the line-of-duty death of a career firefighter while engaged in firefighting operations. Experience this incident up through the moments leading to the Mayday, the conditions encountered during the search, and the subsequent removal of the ...read more...

Instructor
Joshua Burchick
Lieutenant
Howard County Fire & Rescue (MD)
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class will help you become a principle-focused leader in fire safety through the EMPOWER model, which, when internalized, will give you tools to maximize your ability to balance personal efficiency and effectiveness. You then will compete with specially trained improvisational actors in applying the model ...read more...
Instructor
Larry Conley
Captain/Fire Service Instructor
Leadership Development Concepts, LLC
United States

5:30 PM-7:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Join this highly respected and opinionated group of veteran firefighters as they debate and discuss the issues and hot buttons topic of the day and your questions. During “After Hours,” no question is off the table and no scripts or predetermined answers are possible. The “After ...read more...
Instructor
Bill Gustin
Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States
Instructor
Bobby Halton
Chief (Ret.)
Editorial Director Clarion Fire Rescue Group/Education Director FDIC International
United States
Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
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
Sponsored by: FireDex

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class covers the entire extrication process from preparation to termination and simple, cost-effective tips for any department. Establishing command, sizing up the incident, and formulating a plan based on good strategies are necessary to proficiently and safely mitigating a motor vehicle crash and remain constant ...read more...
Instructor
Les Baker
Engineer
Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This interactive discussion details how the evolving structural fire environment, effective firefighting principles, and specific agency circumstances affect fireground decision making and tactical delivery. The emphasis is on adapting tactics to your agency’s capabilities and circumstantially implementing them for fireground success. Regardless ...read more...
Instructor
Jim Silvernail
Chief
Kirkwood (MO) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on aerial operations including positioning for rescue or fire attack, stabilization issues, and understanding your load capacities. Discussion will include the types of aerials available today--ladders, platforms, tractor-drawn aerials, water towers, rear mounts, and mid mounts--including pros and cons and operational differences. Drills ...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)
Cognitive neuroscience is the association between complex brain functions and the behavioral aspects of firefighting and emergency response. The class includes an overview of the research and scientific progress made in the field and of cognitive psychology principles; the emphasis is on the essential components of ...read more...
Instructor
John Blitch
Senior Research Professor
US Air Force Academy
United States

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

The leader of the annual JEMS Games, the largest EMS Clinical Competition in the world, shares tips for developing your own multifaceted small- and large-scale EMS simulation scenarios that challenge even the best of EMTs and Medics. This presentation walks through design, formatting, and support of small- to large-scale events ...read more...

Instructor
Criss Brainard, Paramedic
Fire Chief/Paramedic
San Miguel Fire & Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This is a basic electricity 101 class. Terminology, electrical components, electrical systems, very basic electrical theory, and the hazards that electricity presents to firefighters are discussed. Additional topics include how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed into residential and commercial properties in which firefighters respond; how ...read more...
Instructor
Sean Mayo
Lieutenant
Fairmount Fire Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
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 burn out of control, causing excessive damage. This class promotes a greater understanding of why these losses occur and how to help prevent them. Emphasis is on how ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Spaziani
Assistant Vice President - Manager, Fire Service Programs
FM Global
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department Next Generation SMART 911-GO Program reduces community risk by leveraging current and near-term technological solutions to deliver public education; mixed-reality training for firefighters; and augmented cyber, physical, enabled emergency response-enhanced mitigation. In the future, these solutions will provide SMART ...read more...
Instructor
Kirk McKinzie
Captain
Cosumnes (CA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Hot legal issues affecting fire and EMS organizations on a daily basis include employee use of legalized marijuana; bulletproof vests; guns in the firehouse; social media rants and raves; FLSA requirements for volunteer departments; the application of National Fire Protection Association 1583, including 1583 medical examinations; ...read more...
Instructor
CHIP COMSTOCK JR
CHIEF
WESTERN RESERVE FIRE DIST
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Behavioral changes are needed to improve health and safety. Discussion includes the hidden dangers, overcoming complacency, smoke toxicity, air management, atmospheric monitoring, personal protective equipment care and maintenance, firefighter washing down and decon, and emerging options for improving health and training and policies....read more...
Instructor
Jason Krusen
Deputy Chief
Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class focuses on today’s personal protective equipment (PPE) and its effects on firefighters’ health and performance on the fireground. Data from the 1970s from studies conducted by the Fire Department of New York and the Boston (MA) Fire Department provided the baseline understanding of the ...read more...
Instructor
Daniel Madrzykowski
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This interactive program focuses on the many considerations when fighting fires in continuous, or attached, structures and the strategies, techniques, and safety measures that have proven successful. Discussion will address size-up, including how to anticipate and prepare for deteriorating conditions to prevent a potential conflagration; how ...read more...
Instructor
Danny Stratton
Captain
Camden City (NJ) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Reliable communications on the fireground are critical to the safety of all firefighters on scene. Dependable communications start when your shift starts. It begins with the daily check of your radio and progresses throughout the shift. This class addresses all aspects of ...read more...
Instructor
Jaime Reyes
Battalion Chief
Plano (TX) Fire-Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The basis of this class is a case study of a near miss during a vent-enter-isolate-search (VEIS) operation at a residential fire that had two fatalities. The instructor was caught in a flashover while searching for a trapped victim during a VEIS at a working residential ...read more...
Instructor
JON RIGOLO
CAPTAIN
VIRGINIA BEACH FIRE DEPT.
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Fighting fires in high-rise buildings is dangerous and labor intensive; thus, incident commanders must have a well-established plan that has been proven through training. Personnel accountability, clear communication, and a strong command presence are crucial for a successful firefight in high-rises, which are typically massive with ...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)
If firefighters are proactive and take certain aggressive steps, they can get ahead of fires in concealed spaces such as cocklofts, void spaces, shafts, and truss lofts. The class covers locating, confining, determining the extent, protecting exposures, ventilation, engine operations, and command ...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)
Sexual harassment, assault, and bullying are often ignored and misunderstood problems in the fire service. This class addresses the types of harassment, the lack of reporting, and how to develop a program that meets the needs of your department. As we strive to represent the community ...read more...
Instructor
Angela Hughes
Captain (Ret.) , Baltimore County (MD) Fire Department; Past President, Women in Fire
United States

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

Learn to assume a top-level leadership role in your fire department and to address the problems you will face. Emphasis is on the nuances of fire department operations, the nuts and bolts of the skills and abilities of a good leader, and how to recognize a ...read more...

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

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
"Mayday Monday: Tips and Techniques for Firefighter Survival" is a monthly firefighter survival campaign championed by the District of Columbia Fire Department. Its objectives are to remember fallen firefighters and to provide monthly drills/skills for officers and members that will help them to survive the fireground. ...read more...
Instructor
Tony Carroll
Battalion Chief
District of Columbia Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Working your way up through the department ranks is like a long journey with planned stops along the way, not a mindless road trip. Planning your journey will allow for a more productive, less stressful, enjoyable, successful leadership journey. This class provides the groundwork that will ...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)
This class covers the unique and challenging aspects of commercial building fires. Preparing companies for their their roles at these incidents is rarely discussed in many departments because of their relatively low frequency. However, they do pose great risks; therefore, in-depth discussion will cover engine and ...read more...
Instructor
Aaron Heller
Captain
Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District #9
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Here is the latest in reading smoke as a strategic, tactical, and task-level skill. Like any skill, reading smoke improves with practice. Integrated use of live incidents, recent scientific data, as well as “best practices” continue to renew the reading smoke curriculum. Highlights include a new ...read more...
Instructor
Phil Jose
Deputy Chief
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The MC306/406 gasoline tanker, the most common hazmat transport tanker/truck on the roads in the United States. Learn the construction features and various components, the chemistry/properties of the materials carried, safety features, and how all the systems operate. This will give emergency responders a basic working ...read more...
Instructor
Leigh Hollins
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Cedar Hammock (FL) 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.



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Instructor
Bill Gustin
Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States
Sponsored by: Key Fire

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Maximize the safety of the crew and minimize damage to properties. Critical information on fire behavior, triaging the threatened structure, and making the tactical choices to maximize the efficiency of the first-arriving resources is presented. Students then will apply their decision-making skills and knowledge of potential ...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)
Maintaining your equipment and apparatus in an operational readiness state using the newest techniques and technologies is the focus. Taking care of the department/community’s property exemplifies pride, ownership, and responsibility: We are taking care of the tools that help us do our job. It also protects ...read more...
Instructor
Mark Watters
Captain/Training Coordinator
Sunrise (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus of this session is the last approach to the seat of the fire, the point when the nozzle team begins to fight fire. The scope of this program is intentionally limited, to ensure a depth of understanding and present a body of information the ...read more...
Instructor
Aaron Fields
Firefighter
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States
Sponsored by: Techtrade ProTech

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The objective of this program is to provide fire officers with a background in decision-making science to facilitate making better decisions under uncertainty, understanding the situations that can create decision errors, and how to better train themselves and others for effective fireground decision making. Discussion also ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Teague
Captain/Safety Officer (Ret.)
Sacramento Metropolitan (CA) Fire District
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This interactive class presents 10 relevant and actionable commandments for success and suggests solutions for attracting and retaining quality leaders to deliver emergency services in their communities....read more...
Instructor
Tiger Schmittendorf
Vice President
First Arriving
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This is a core class for officer and member professional development. It explores and explains the essentials of well-rounded organizational leadership and the obligations of all ranks and levels of membership. Emphasis is on accurate assessment of operational and administrative variables and knowing which elements can ...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)
The common form of free-standing construction used for fast-food restaurants can be found in nearly every fire department’s response area. Topics covered in this class include the causes of fires in these structures, common construction features and engineered lumber products, and operational considerations and tactical tidbits ...read more...
Instructor
Joseph Knitter
Chief
South Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on creating an environment that encourages help-seeking behavior that can alter an individual's trajectory from reaching suicide. Individual, company level, and departmental methods for prevention are explained. Emphasis is on proactive mental health as a means to combating the mental health disorders that ...read more...
Instructor
Dena Ali, MPA
Captain
Raleigh Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn field-proven tricks for establishing a fast and reliable initial draft through a single intake and how to expand that initial system to incorporate multiple intakes simultaneously without interrupting your fire flow. This setup will yield higher fire flows and reduce the amount of pumper work ...read more...
Instructor
Andy Soccodato
Firefighter
Charlottesville Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Examine how the position of the door affects civilian survivability in a residential fire. Underwriters Laboratories has recently brought to light the significant impact a closed door can have on saving lives. Fire behavior in today’s modern built environment and the door’s direct relationship to firefighter ...read more...
Instructor
John Shafer
Chief of Training & Safety
Washington Township/ Avon (IN) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn strategies for improving as a fire instructor by becoming aware of and learning how to avoid common mistakes when developing training drills and planning. Topics include how to develop a field training instructor program, how to select the right instructor for the right job, why ...read more...
Instructor
KEVIN WHITAKER
Lieutenant
ST. LUCIE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on the impact of officers on the operation and culture of a fire department and the differences between the role of the 21st century officer and that of previous years. Discussions center around the following: why proficiency beyond raising ladders and stretching hose ...read more...
Instructor
David DeStefano
Shift Commander/ Battalion Chief
North Providence Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The ante has been raised! White powder calls have changed once again! Fentanyl, spice, and bath salts--what are the real hazards of these unknown mixtures? Daily in the media we hear about officers exposed and people and even dogs overdosing. There are more things out there ...read more...
Instructor
Tobias Frost
Captain
Lafayette Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class aims to dispel the long-standing myths associated with fire pump operations with knowledge gained by experience and testing results. The focus is on building fire pumps, standpipes, and sprinklers and verifying what happens when we support the system through the ...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)
This is an interactive class during which the findings of an investigation into the line-of-duty deaths of firefighters during firefighter training are shared. In 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Medical Component in Cincinnati (Ohio) ...read more...
Instructor
Robert Harrison
Presenter
California Department of Public Health
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Examine the hazards posed for firefighters when responding to a fire in a subdivided dwelling fire (one that contains single-room occupancies), which are prevalent across the country. Among these hazards are structural alterations, altered floor plans, and increased occupants and contents. Learn to recognize such buildings ...read more...
Instructor
Aaron Martin, Jr
Asst. Chief of Operations and Training
Roosevelt (NY) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on preventing firefighters from becoming lost or trapped while fighting fires in basements/cellars/subcellars; operating on the floor or floors above; and operating in commercial structures. These types of fires historically have led to numerous firefighter fatalities and Mayday situations. Even with years of ...read more...
Instructor
Paul Mastronardi
Lieutenant
Fire Department City of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Grants offer a good option for realizing projects that do not fit into the budget. This class focuses on how to write a grant proposal that ensures the greatest chance for success. The instructor will dispel myths and share hints for increasing ...read more...
Instructor
David Hesselmeyer
Owner, On Target Preparedness, NCFirefighter/Paramedic, Buies Creek Fire Rescue, NC
On Target Preparedness
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is based on the U.S. Fire Administration study “Emerging Issues for Women in the Fire Service.” Topics include cardiac health, cancer, and behavioral and mental health. You will be presented with the results of recent studies by the Women’s Biomonitoring Collaborative, including attention-grabbing resources ...read more...
Instructor
Amy Hanifan
Women In Fire-President/Operations Chief
McMinnville Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 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 talked about throughout the fire service, but building in-house modern leaders ready to fill the gap left by their predecessors remains an elusive accomplishment. How ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Kastros
Battalion Chief
Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire District (ret)
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Each day, firefighters respond to fires in modern-day, wood-frame buildings that have been constructed with lightweight wood-frame structural components. This class explores the types of materials used in these buildings such as parallel chord floor trusses, sloped and peaked roof trusses, and wood I-joists. The focus ...read more...
Instructor
Paul Dansbach
Fire Marshal
Rutherford (NJ) Bureau of Fire Safety
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Developing a successful firefighting foam operation has been a source of frustration for firefighters over the years. The frustration comes from not having complete knowledge of the principles of foam operations and not using the correct equipment for the situation. Here are ...read more...
Instructor
Jonathan Hinson
Battalion Chief
Chesapeake (Virginia) Fire DepartmentNewsoms Volunteer Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class offers a close look at the hazards and challenges construction sites pose to you and your crews. Preparing for an incident that occurs at a construction site puts a twist on your response and initial tactics and may tax your resources. Will the incident ...read more...
Instructor
Mike Wallingford
Captain
Jeffersontown Fire Protection District
United States

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

This class provides an opportunity for the UL Firefighting Safety Research Institute (FSRI), along with four of the technical panel members who served on both the suppression study and the coordinated fire attack study, to present the highlights and fireground applications of the research. ...read more...

Instructor
Chad Christensen
Fire Captain
Los Angeles County Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Dennis LeGear, N/A
Lead Consultant
LeGear Engineering Fire Department Consulting
United States
Instructor
Keith Stakes
Research Engineer
Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute
United States
Instructor
Ray McCormack
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States
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)
When we respond for a report of an odor of smoke in a building at a commercial occupancy, a crew is almost always ordered to the roof. Why? What are we investigating? A good majority of the 911 calls reported from commercial buildings are attributed to ...read more...
Instructor
Adam Hansen
Lieutenant
Milford Fire Department - Connecticut
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Going from firefighter to company officer or company officer to chief officer is the hardest transition for many officers in the fire service. This class can help you to be a more successful officer. Discussions include key nuggets for success, establishing expectations, team building and company ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Prziborowski
Deputy Chief
Santa Clara County Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class examines ways to enhance the many roles of the company officer, including strategies for meaningful company-level drills, effective prefire planning, and creating an overall environment of elevated crew performance for efficiency on the fire scene. Emphasis is on innovative ways to maximize crew competence ...read more...
Instructor
Brad French
Captain
Dayton Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class engages attendees in a multimedia review of the key elements of incident scene size-up, initial incident action planning, and prioritization of the actions needed to begin effective incident mitigation. In addition, discussion of effective and efficient incident scene communications is incorporated to enhance attendees’ ...read more...
Instructor
Charles Ryan
Chief
Tucson (AZ) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class presents all aspects of the fire at the Hearthwood Condominiums from the initial dispatch to the recovery operations. Many good things happened at this fire including the rescues made, the tactics instituted, and the rapid intervention team’s actions. The class also examines bad things ...read more...
Instructor
Stuart Grant
Assistant Chief
Grapevine (TX) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The initial attack line is the backbone of every fireground operation and has a greater impact on the outcome of a fire than any other fireground operation. As the first line goes, so does the fire – so we must get it right. What is your ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Rowett, Jr
Captain
Mobile Fire Rescue Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Life safety has always been and always will be the primary mission of our service. Unfortunately, the speed and commitment of search teams aren’t always living up to this mantra. This class examines how we can continue to execute a fast and efficient search and the ...read more...
Instructor
Dustin Martinez
Lieutenant
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The role of today’s chief executive for a fire/rescue department has changed significantly: It has become the role of chief survival officer. The job duties now focus on civilian risk management and advocating for and implementing programs designed to aggressively reduce injury and death and property ...read more...
Instructor
John Buckman, III
Director, Government Operations and Regional Outreach
IamResponding
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
How do you get the maximum number of drills out of a donated property when the structure cannot be burned because of local restrictions? How do you use the property to its fullest before conducting live burn scenarios? Drill topics for private dwellings, commercial properties, and ...read more...
Instructor
James Kirsch
Captain (Retired)
Bergenfield, NJ Fire Dept.
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn the important role fire departments play in dealing with buildings undergoing demolition. The issues presented by these structures, including specific fire and nonfire related hazards, are discussed. Case studies, including the 2007 Deutsche Bank fire and the 2013 Salvation Army collapse, are used to illustrate ...read more...
Instructor
Glenn Corbett
Associate Professor
John Jay College/CUNY
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
A poorly crafted presentation or weak presentation skills can ruin the presenter’s credibility and affect the ability to retain the information presented, which means students will not be able to access the information in emergency situations. This class focuses on developing a solid base of knowledge ...read more...
Instructor
Becki White
Assistant Chief (Ret.) of Training and Prevention
Eden Prairie (MN) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Build a hands-on training program to meet your department’s needs regardless of its size. Learn how ongoing research studies and line-of-duty death investigations and near-miss reports can be tools for improving fireground operations and how to adapt classroom training topics relating to fire dynamics on the ...read more...
Instructor
Matt Hoppel
Assistant Fire Chief over Operations
Billings Fire Department Billings, Montana All Career Fire/EMS Department
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. Hoarding can be found inside private dwellings, multiple dwellings, commercial occupancies, and self-storage facilities. These fires necessitate that firefighters know how hoarding affects fire behavior, access points, attack strategies, ...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)
This class highlights the important functions of the Fire Investigation Team (FIT) during the first few crucial minutes of a high-rise incident, which will undoubtedly set the tone for the entire incident. The FIT becomes the incident commander’s (IC’s) “eyes and ears.” The instructor walks you ...read more...
Instructor
James Davis
Lieutenant
Chicago Fire Dept.
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Whether fire-based EMS or an ambulance service, it is becoming less frequent that an engine company responds to the calls. This class shows you what to do if the patient can’t get to the door to unlock it to let you in on a medical call--when ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Pond, EMT-Paramedic I/C
Training Officer
Standish (ME) Fire/EMS
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The four largest areas of concern relative to the design of the Handline Attack Package are covered. They are (1) nozzle design and implications--nozzle pressure, weight, stream type, reaction force, stream velocity, and selecting target flow; (2) hose construction and implications--materials, weaving, construction type, and inspections; ...read more...
Instructor
Dennis LeGear, N/A
Lead Consultant
LeGear Engineering Fire Department Consulting
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn tricks of the trade that “slow the fireground down” and help you stay in control to avoid confusion and chaos at incidents. The instructor presents case studies and leadership lessons from his experiences gained in a 36-year career on the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. Modern ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Chikerotis
Deputy District Chief (Ret.)
Chicago (IL) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Explore the tools and qualities you need to lead your teams to ultimate success. This powerful, interactive, and engaging class discusses the primary traits and skills associated with leading, inspiring, motivating, communicating, commanding, and evaluating. You will acquire the tools to effectively operate as an officer ...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 City of New York
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class, geared toward company officers as well as chief officers, addresses the importance of becoming a student of leadership, continually developing techniques to lead the men and women in our fire service. Topics covered include how leaders’ intentions and actions define them, situational awareness in ...read more...
Instructor
Dave Downey
Chief (Ret.)
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
United States
Sponsored by: Target Solutions

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The natural gas overpressurization of the low-pressure gas system in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts affected the city of Lawrence, the towns of North Andover and Andover, more than 8,000 gas meters, and more than 40,000 residents. There were numerous explosions and fires, one death, and ...read more...
Instructor
BRIAN MORIARTY
FIRE CHIEF
Lawrence (MA) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The fire company officer is a vital role in the American fire service. This interactive class explores how officer traits like habitual positivity and how leaders develop, earn, and sustain mutual trust within their units. Understanding personnel, communication up and down the chain of command, effective ...read more...
Instructor
Gabriel Angemi
Captain
City of Camden Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The objective is to acquaint firefighters with the challenges associated with electronically stored information and the need for sound policies, procedures, and training to address the risks. Case studies from recent lawsuits involving fire departments and firefighters are used to connect the legal theories with the ...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)
This class introduces the model of Reality-Based Training from the basic recruit to the incident commander. Athletes, military, and law enforcement have been using Reality-Based Training to train the body and mind for performance for decades. The fire service uses a step-by-step methodology to achieve peak ...read more...
Instructor
Rob Blasetti
Firefighter
Fairfax County Fire Rescue Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In volunteer or career departments, large fires in large buildings eventually bring lots of resources. However, in every one of these fires, a single crew, usually an engine company, arrives first. Often, the ability of this first-arriving crew to make an attack with forward progress on ...read more...
Instructor
Christopher Langlois
Battalion Chief
Omaha (NE) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on developing a professional development model for your organization. It is based on the planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development, and experience and is a critical element of being a leader. Fire service organizations must strive to provide continuing guidance ...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)
Two career chief officers from opposite ends of the state discuss how they received the same training throughout their careers and that despite completion at different times and locations, the uniform training played a critical role when they responded together. Course topics include accessibility of funded ...read more...
Instructor
Tim Meister
Assistant Chief
Charleston (IL) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
TIMOTHY WALSH
CHIEF OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS
CHICAGO FD
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 among the skills ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Fronimos
Assistant Chief
Wytheville (VA) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The toughest and most critical choice made on the fireground is, “We can get it” or “It's Lost.” Learn an intuitive learning model that expands as you use it and gain more experience. The model, which has three profiles--Rescue, Building, and Fire--is intended to be a ...read more...
Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class presents a comprehensive, yet simple, approach to planning for the first-arriving engine fire attack. When faced with exponential fire growth, limited staffing, or rapidly changing fire conditions, all departments should evaluate their fire stream systems from the source to the nozzle. The foundation of ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Brush
Chief of Training
Midwest City (OK) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Many departments operate with a crew of three personnel on engine companies--a driver/operator, an officer, and a nozzleman. This class reviews the following specifics related to the tools, responsibilities, and operations of each of these positions. The driver/operator is responsible for response routes and hydrant locations, ...read more...
Instructor
Timothy OConnor
Assistant Chief
Port Penn Fire Company
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This interactive class features the known struggles and difficulties associated with being a young fire officer in the American fire service and focuses on how to survive. You will learn how to become an effective, entrusted, and respected fire officer within your organization....read more...
Instructor
Steven Sulcov
Chief of Department
Fair Lawn Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The tower ladder operations discussed include positioning, setup, operating from the pedestal and bucket, roof ventilation from the bucket, and bucket positioning at fire escapes and at windows. Numerous tips will allow the student to learn from street-proven experience the value of this most versatile piece ...read more...
Instructor
Michael Ciampo
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class focuses on the impact of the fuel type used during training evolutions. Discussion includes the differences in risks for students and fire instructors in the context of high-fidelity training that can appropriately prepare firefighters for today’s fireground; a description of these risks; and the ...read more...
Instructor
Gavin Horn
Director of Research
Illinois Fire Service Institute
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This is a comprehensive look at how to apply size-up, critical thinking, communications, science, and planning to ensure an effective, customer-centered focus when responding to attic fires. Strategic, tactical, and task-level considerations with an emphasis on applying science and size-up to maximize effectiveness and positive outcomes ...read more...
Instructor
Jeff Case
Deputy Chief/Shift Commander
Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
For various reasons, responders often respond to a call involving a fire alarm system they have never seen or with which they are only slightly familiar. Fire departments in the United States respond to approximately 2.2 million fire alarm activations every year, 200,000 of which involve ...read more...
Instructor
Steve Heckman
Deputy Fire Chief
Trenton (ME) Volunteer Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Improving performance is the theme and objective. You will learn how to adapt techniques used in extreme sports and special-forces units to make firefighters more resilient. Slides and videos will supplement discussion and offer opportunities for students to recognize deficiencies and suggest options for overcoming them....read more...
Instructor
Ric Jorge
Firefighter
Tactical Resiliency Training
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on how the stored energy industry has changed over the past few years, specifically the increased popularity and use of lithium-ion battery technology. Lithium-ion is different from lithium metal and should be approached differently. Discussion centers on a current project in New York ...read more...
Instructor
Sean DeCrane
Battalion Chief (Ret) - Industry Relations Building & Life Safety Technologies
Cleveland (OH) Fire Department - UL LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Increase your confidence in your fireground decision making and operate more effectively. Make yourself a game changer at your next working fire. This class provides experience-based tactics that take a simplistic and aggressive approach to thinking outside the box. From building construction and size-up to specific ...read more...
Instructor
Robert Eckert
Captain
Camden NJ Fire DepartmentEckert Fire Tactics LLC
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Among first-due considerations for the urban-based company officer are assigning resources, managing engine company crews during emergency incidents, and deploying various experience levels within the ranks to successfully mitigate any incident....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)
Suspended scaffolding has become more prevalent in urban environments. It is used in the construction phase and also to clean windows and perform maintenance on buildings. Among the topics covered are how these suspended systems are anchored on the building; how the carriage operates; what type ...read more...
Instructor
Mike Giroux
Lieutenant
Yonkers Fire Department, New York
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Mention a water shuttle, and what springs to mind for many is a barn fire on some desolate rural highway with operations dependent on a tenuous water main on wheels. Although the water shuttle has long been considered an operational art for the rural firefighter, do ...read more...
Instructor
Edward Collet
Firefighter/EMT
Jackson Township Fire Department
United States

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

The surge in violence against public safety now involves firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. From vehicle theft and sexual assault to murder, traditional scene safety classes and staging policies are not doing enough to prepare our crew members for this level of violence. Hands-on, self-defense ...read more...

Instructor
Robin Davis, NRP
Assistant Chief, EMS Operations
Sterling Rescue Squad
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
In a highway incident, Lieutenant Brad Clark died and two other firefighters were seriously injured in the line of duty. Here is an inside look at the intimate details of what happens during a line-of-duty death from the spouse’s perspective. Lessons learned relative to how firefighters ...read more...
Instructor
Melanie Clark
Advocate for Firefighter Safety
Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn how to establish a productive Officer Development Academy for new company officers, EMS captains, and 24-hour battalion chiefs. The instructor draws on his experience as a staff officer and an operational captain and explains how to work within available constraints such as time, instructors, budget, ...read more...
Instructor
Lawrence Doelling
Captain
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This presentation explores several complex fires that occurred in different types of occupancies in which the companies operated aggressively despite challenges that included heavy fire conditions or a daunting layout. The uncertainty, fluidity, time pressure, and risks generated considerable operational friction and stress. Consequently, the operational ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Brezler
Major
USMC/Fire Department of New York
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus of this program is the continued development of the management and leadership skills crucial for the 21st century. With proper management procedures, cultural expectations, support, and continuous training, members will be successful even when challenged with the most difficult situations. This class was developed ...read more...
Instructor
Todd Harms
Fire Chief
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class covers basic train anatomy, safety procedures, tunnel ventilation systems, protective systems, extinguishing agents, propane track switch heaters, CNG buses, the proper tools and equipment for rescue incidents, and the dangers working along railway property. It will help firefighters and company officers prepare for rapid/mass ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Butler
Captain
City of Trenton (NJ) Fire Department
United States

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

This program features a review of more than 6,000 Maydays: the how, why, when, and where. Communication issues that occur during Maydays and the best methods for resolving them are discussed from the perspectives of the roles of the victim, company officers, incident commanders, and ...read more...

Instructor
Donald Abbott
Instructor
Ret., Phoenix Fire Department Coordinator Project Mayday
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
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 number of people willing to serve has declined steadily. This ...read more...
Instructor
John D'Alessandro
Association Secretary
Firemen's Association of the State of New York
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class offers the latest advances in dry decontamination technology while facilitating discussion about their efficacy in modern hazmat responses. Flushing with copious amounts of water has long been the go-to technique for decontamination operations in hazmat responses. Just as the industry has generally deemed the ...read more...
Instructor
Robert Wagner
Private
Indianapolis Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Six behavioral health issues are examined, and a concrete take-home point is given for each issue. Prevention and improving self-care and peer support programs are discussed. Attendees whose departments have teams in place or who are considering establishing teams learn of ways to use the resources ...read more...
Instructor
Brandon Dreiman
Coordinator
Indianapolis Fire Department Office of Wellness & Support
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This course covers the “Rules of Engagement” for response to water rescue emergencies. Students are given a foundation for properly performing the following skill sets: scene size-up (en route and on arrival), scene safety, assessing the victims, hydrology, assessing the water conditions, allocation of rescue resources, ...read more...
Instructor
Greg Merrell
Major
Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class explores the driver/operator’s job beyond basic training. Topics include common overrides--why they are they there and for what they can be used, newer trucks--the safety systems that may be in place and their pros and cons, the operator’s manual--what information is extremely valuable to ...read more...
Instructor
Nick Wilbur, N/A
FF/EMT ACFDCaptain CPVFD
Arlington County Fire DepartmentCollege Park Volunteer Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn the characteristics of successful fire officers. Through discussion and individual and group activities, participants will identify key terms, concepts, and challenges that officers face....read more...
Instructor
John Alston
Chief
New Haven Fire Department
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
On February 15, 2013, the Bryan (TX) Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the Knights of Columbus hall. After the company officer became separated from his firefighter and radioed for help, Engine 5 was deployed as the RIT team to ...read more...
Instructor
Ricky M Mantey
Firefighter/Paramedic; Support Services Division
Bryan Fire Department
United States

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

The instructors discuss the multilevel Mayday response and the rapid intervention team assignment. Various Mayday situations are presented and analyzed to determine the validity of the tactical and strategic decisions. Alternate tactics are proposed for those that had less than satisfactory results.



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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)
This presentation focuses on best practices and resources for modern day EMS performance measurement, required data, analyses, feedback and nonadversarial methods of providing fire and EMS members the information they need to continuously improve performance. Quality Improvement (QI) should be a systematic, formal process of analyzing ...read more...
Instructor
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator
Saratoga County, New York; EMS Technical Editor, Fire Engineering
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What if you were trapped inside the building at a structural fire, approaching your cylinder's maximum operational time, and soon would be on your last breath? Instead of draining 100 percent of the air reserve with your last breath, what if you could last 15 to ...read more...
Instructor
David Gillespie
Acting Captain
Peterborough Fire Service
Canada

8:30 AM-10:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Preplan fires in large, sprinkler-protected buildings. Modern construction and manufacturing methods have resulted in large buildings and occupancies with high-combustible loading. Moreover, the height, large footprints, and high combustible loading in these facilities present unique challenges to firefighters and the fire suppression systems installed....read more...
Instructor
James Burnham
Deputy Chief/Training Officer
Shelburne (MA) Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is backed by formally defined parameters and will answer questions about the aggressive interior attack. Students will engage in discussions that challenge the status quo on today’s fireground. Learn the answers to these questions and others: When should you be aggressive? When should you ...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)
If you consider mastery the minimum standard, this class is for you. It is a unique blend of fire, science, leadership, mentoring, and history you can use as a guide and a self-awareness gut check. There is an emphasis on informal leadership--individuals who are the catalysts ...read more...
Instructor
Brian Ward
Global Emergency Preparedness and Response Leader
Georgia Pacific
United States
Handout(s)

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The objective is to facilitate company officers and aspiring company officers in transitioning into the role of the initial incident commander by focusing on the 5 Command Expectations for the Company Officer: Initial Radio Report, Scene Size-Up, Develop the Incident Action Plan, Resource Deployment, and Transfer ...read more...
Instructor
Nicolas Morgado
Division Chief Training and Safety Division
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
United States

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

You passed the promotional exam and now it is hour one of your first shift in that new role … now what? Where is your head and how to you plan on effectively functioning in this capacity? You know the material and the expectations, but ...read more...

Instructor
Leigh H. Shapiro
Deputy Fire Chief / Senior Tour Commander (Ret.)
City of Hartford Fire Department, Hartford Connecticut
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
What are the effects of search and suppression tactics on occupant tenability? Discussion centers on the results of 12 experiments conducted using a full-size residential structure to assess the impacts on trapped occupants when using an interior attack (applying water from the interior while a search ...read more...
Instructor
Jack Regan
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, College Park, MD
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The engine company likely will be first on scene at a mass-casualty incident (MCI) and must be prepared to deploy its members to achieve maximum impact in the opening minutes of the incident. This class presents skills and procedures that enable the first-in engine to establish ...read more...
Instructor
Justin Schorr, BS EMS
Rescue Captain
San Francisco (CA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class incorporates EMS care considerations into the extrication strategy and focuses on how first responders can quickly and effectively manage most critical trauma encountered in vehicle collisions. You will learn how to make make better strategic extrication decisions and more safely deliver immediate lifesaving treatment, ...read more...
Instructor
Rommie Duckworth
Captain / EMS Coordinator
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The focus is on protecting firefighters and other emergency personnel from being struck on the highway by distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged, and disgruntled drivers. You will be shown ways to improve crew safety through a review of case studies and successful strategies and tactics for highway ...read more...
Instructor
Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS
Director of Training
Emergency Responder Safety Institute, Virginia
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This interactive class focuses on cutting-edge rehab policies that go beyond handing out water and a new self-contained breathing apparatus canister. Research conducted over the past year on some contemporary modifications to rehab (such as the use of aspirin) will be presented and analyzed. Discussion includes ...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)
You will become engaged in an interactive review and discussion of all aspects of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) and process, including the location and use of all needed documentation for successful grant writing, the most current application, and the future of the AFG ...read more...
Instructor
William Dunham
Acting AFG Section Chief
U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Being an instructor in today’s fire service has never proven to be more difficult. Generational gaps have caused us to learn to use different tactics when instructing. We, as trainers, need to understand how to relate to all our members.  Generational differences and learning disabilities are ...read more...
Instructor
Stephen Rhine
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Everybody is beginning to hear about an entire group of chemicals call PFAS:  Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances. They are showing up regularly in the news these days, and firefighters seem to be at ground zero for many of the stories. ...read more...
Instructor
Graham Peaslee
Professor of Physics
University of Notre Dame
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn how to handle situations involving challenging employees. This class illustrates why the body responds to conflict the way it does, whether it be on the fireground or in the firehouse. Discussion focuses on how to be more constructive and effective in difficult interpersonal situations, including ...read more...
Instructor
Benjamin Martin, EMT-P, MPA
Lieutenant
Henrico County (VA) Division of Fire
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This guided program provides a detailed overview of alternative water sources for departments in need of improving their water supply, including those in areas without hydrants. Learn the successful story of how Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue improved its alternative water system to attain a Class ...read more...
Instructor
Thomas Weber
National Director
ISO/Verisk Insurance Solutions
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
First responders first to arrive at a mass-casualty incident (MCI) face a complex and potentially overwhelming challenge. Even in a well-coordinated response, the first responders may not be able to treat all the injured at the same time; they must triage and prioritize the victims. Spontaneous ...read more...
Instructor
Bradford Newbury
MPA, NRP, I/C
Stoughton Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class is based on five successful firefighter evaluations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from risk assessment through evaluation and selection. It explores the nuances and time lengths (which differed because of fiscal time constrictions) of the processes for the items typically associated with firefighter PPE: ...read more...
Instructor
James Reidy
Lieutenant
San Antonio Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class presents a variety of techniques including tools, job aids, and pointers pump operators can use to ensure the proper flow and pressure during fireground operations. Successful delivery of water is stressed. Fire operations in urban, suburban, and rural settings are addressed. The case studies ...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)
Speed up fire extinguishment through enhanced stream placement and the use of thermal data. Learn how to interpret certain vital cues for locating, confining, and extinguishing the fire faster. The methods and results are based on research presented in ...read more...
Instructor
Andrew Starnes
Battalion Chief
Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
For many years, firefighters have spoken the words “We take care of our own.” For many, however, the words and intentions often fall short of true positive actions. Whether it is because of discomfort, a hesitation to “intrude,” or a lack of knowledge of sufficient resources, ...read more...
Instructor
Paul Jockimo
Chief
Somers (NY) Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class explores the actions and decisions of the ICC’s Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee that explored the building science of TWBs. This committee created the code changes and the testing involved and addressed concerns expressed by the fire service about the safety of ...read more...
Instructor
Raymond O'Brocki, III
Manager- Fire Service Relations
American Wood Council
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn best practices when using rotary saws to cut overhead doors. Discussion includes tactics and strategies when fighting fires in attached residential garages and commercial structures that have overhead doors, saw etiquette (how to hold a saw for different applications, listening to the saw, safety precautions), ...read more...
Instructor
Stephen Shaw
Battalion Chief of Training & Special Ops
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
United States
Sponsored by: ect!

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class examines some of the wildland firefighting skills and considerations structural firefighters need to be safe and effective when performing an initial attack on a wildland urban interface (WUI) fire in their jurisdiction and when interacting with state and federal wildland firefighter agencies. Wildland firefighting ...read more...
Instructor
Tom Aurnhammer
Regional Member
San Juan County, NM Fire Department
United States
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