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Pre-Conference Workshops

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: 

  • Monday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

April 20, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Alternative Funding Solutions for Your Emergency Service Organization

This interactive presentation walks participants through several proven strategies to create alternative funding solutions for organizations of any size and makeup. We all have one thing in common involving our budget process: There is never enough funding to go around. The workshop focuses on fo...

Applying Science without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

This is a tactics class; it reconciles the new science with proven leadership and tactics to keep your members safe. Tactical implications with lessons learned from leading in broken systems are shared. The latest research is covered from the perspective of preserving the “identity” of the fire...

Blink: Critical Fireground Decision Making

Improve your decision making on the fireground regardless of your department’s deployment model. Participants will acquire an information foundation base that covers prearrival on the fireground, mental management issues they will face, how to prevent indecisiveness on the fireground by creatin...

E-Learning in the Fire Service: Course Development Creation and Training

Students will be introducted to several learning management systems (LMS) available for the fire rescue community for storing online content. The class format will be “show, tell, and do” and focuses on facilitating department training. Participants will be able to deliver and track the course ...

Fire Chiefing in the Real World

There are many ways to formally prepare to be a chief. Yet, there are also many real-world  issues that occur outside the formal learning environment a successful chief must know how to resolve. The principles presented in this workshop are a culmination of the issues discussed in the Chief ...

Sustainable Green Design and Construction and the Fire Service

This is an overview of  sustainable design issues that confront firefighters every day. Topics include alternative fuels (ethanol, compressed natural gas, methanol, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen); alternative energy (photovoltaic solar panels, microturbines, wind turbines, fuel cells); con...

Firefighting Operations in Mega-Mansions

Today’s residential homes are being built larger than ever and in all community settings from rural to suburban to urban. These occupancies present significant risks and operational challenges to commanders and firefighters, who must have increased knowledge and more skill sets to employ the oper...

Five-Alarm Leadership

This dynamic program will help you to energize and motivate the people in your department to perform and excel in everything they do. Many of the common situations that arise in fire departments and fire companies are covered, as are suggestions and solutions to resolve them. The presenters are 3...

Functional Fitness Programs for Fire Service Athletes

Using the principles and the foundational elements of CrossFit and FunctionalFitness, mobility, hydration, and proper meal planning has proven to be one of the best ways to address the ever-increasing problems of obesity and poor overall fitness and conditioning in the American fire service. A re...

Inspiring Leaders for Todays Fire Service

This workshop tackles the most common challenges in today’s fire service at all levels of the organization, including recruitment and retention, hiring standards, company officer leadership, executive leadership, discipline, training, public trust, promotional processes, mentoring, ethics, and ma...

Instructor and Training Officer Bootcamp

Improve your ability to instruct at any level in your department and to handle the many complex challenges of the training officer. This workshop will help you make a difference in improving knowledge and skill retention in your students. A fast moving combination of scenarios, best practices, an...

ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack - Train the Trainer

This train-the-trainer program was developed by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) to teach instructors how to teach the principles of modern fire attack using the Underwriters Laboratories (UL)/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire behavior researc...

Pre-Emergency Planning and Inspection of Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

Investigations following fires and explosions in manufacturing or industrial facilities often point to areas that might never have been considered a real threat by fire personnel. Additionally, catastrophic losses can be compounded by a fire department’s lack of proactive prevention efforts and a...

Reading the Fire

Reading key fire behavior indicators, recognizing current fire conditions, and anticipating potential changes in fire behavior are critical skills developed through experience. However, processing experience without a sound framework is inefficient and may result in misleading conclusions. The B-...

Recuer Near-Misses and Fatalities in Aquatic Environments

The objective is to help departments to write more effective standard operating procedures and guidelines that will help decrease the risks of rescuer injuries and fatalities and to adopt other means for preventing these often needless tragedies and near-misses. Another goal is to assist students...

Responding to and Preparing for Acts of Violence

The focus is on fire service response to violent scenes--from the single-company response to domestic violence to the multiagency active-shooter response. Elements of terrorism responses are evaluated and students are guided through the components of scenes that include violence, terrorism, activ...

Saving Those Who Save Others

Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance is the only known organization that collects data on firefighter and emergency medical technician suicides in the United States. As the founder, a career fire officer, and a licensed counselor, the instructor aims to raise participants’ awareness of suicide ...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Firefighting

This is a thorough, in-depth breakdown of the key areas in which fire departments are likely to make crucial mistakes that could result in operational disruption and potential loss of life. Most of these mistakes are made within the first 10 minutes of arrival by first-in units and battalion chie...

Zero to Hero: Personal Leadership

Participants will be introduced to a principle-focused approach to building better teams within the fire service. Applying the EMPOWER model, students will learn to develop their personal leadership and behavioral health in a way that will strengthen the individual and the team. ALL LEVELS

April 20, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Aggressive Command and Tactics

The window to make a save closes rapidly. Although we have excellent and bountiful hands-on training, often the manifestation of those tools loses steam once the bell rings. On the street, everything from poor apparatus placement, sophomoric size-up, lack of proper victim profiling, mediocre fire...

Developing a Training Program for Todays Fire Service

This program covers the components every training program must have to address the growing and changing needs of today while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. Participants will explore case studies and offer suggestions for improving or creating a training program without experiencing deb...

Drill Ground Instructor Academy

Developed for fire service members seeking Instructor Development/C.E.U training, this interactive and dynamic presentation aims to increase the Efficiency, Integrity, Ethics, and Competency of those who supervise other firefighters in any drill ground setting. The instructor guides attendees in ...

Fireground Control: Managing the Hard Environment

This class is for incident commanders (ICs) who want better control of their fireground and for officers and firefighters who want a better understanding of how they fit into the objectives of the action plan and ways they can assist in meeting them. Among the topics are the following: What shoul...

Fireground Scenario Workshop

Firefighters, company officers, and chiefs will analyze a number of types of structural fires--in private dwellings, commercial buildings, apartment houses, and office buildings. Whatever your experience level, you will  see something you have never seen before. Students will have an opportu...

Hazmat: Initial Approach and Actions

Safe resolution of an incident depends on a proper size-up, the basis for the selection of the appropriate strategies and tactics. Students learn how to size up a hazardous materials incident by, first, understanding the environment, the container, and the material. Knowing how the container will...

How Firefighters Learn: How Fire Instructors Should Teach Them

This interactive multimedia session addresses the most effective, evidence-based methods of instructing firefighters in real-world skills and tactics. The focus is on specific instructional techniques that improve firefighter performance without increasing costs. These instructional methods are b...

Human Behavior and Positive Psychology: Tools for the Firehouse

What can science teach about managing the workplace? Students will acquire an understanding of human behavior and positive psychology that can help them successfully and ethically move people toward saying “yes.” This workshop presents practical techniques for building better relationships in you...

Intelligent Fire Operations: Balancing Safety and Aggression

This thought-provoking workshop examines how changes in building construction and design, increased fire loads, recent research on fire dynamics, and reductions in fire company staffing affect firefighting tactics. Students learn when traditional tactics must be altered and how to revise them. IN...

Lightweight Construction: Past and Present

Participants will gain an understanding of construction that contains lightweight structural components such as parallel chord floor trusses and peaked roof trusses, I-joists, steel bar joists, and composite wood and steel trusses within the context of risk vs. benefit analysis. Students will bec...

Safety Leadership

This newly developed course delves into the responsibilities across all disciplines and ranks of the fire service in terms of the leadership role as it pertains to firefighter and fireground safety. It takes officers, instructors, and firefighters through the proper steps of teaching and demonstr...

Strategic Decision Making at Commercial Building Fires

No decision at a working structure fire is more basic or more advanced than “offensive or defensive.” And, nowhere else is the potential for immediate catastrophic failure and subsequent multiple injuries or deaths more present than at a commercial building fire. Students will become familiar wit...

Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service

Attendees are given a detailed look at some of the serious cancer issues found within the fire service. The instructor reviews the results of the University of Cincinnati and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health firefighter cancer st...

The Art of Reading Smoke

This is the grass-roots “reading smoke” class that first identified the need for this crucial skill.  This workshop is perfect for the first-timer who has never attended a formal reading smoke class or as a great refresher to practice and maintain your smoke-reading abilities. Participants p...

The Courage Within (Stress Inoculation Training)

Instructors should be teaching our men and women how to be successful, not to settle for failure; how to live, not die. Students will be shown how panic and anxiety can lead to disorientation and affect the decision-making process. The fire service needs training models to help manage these probl...

The Ultimate Team Sport: What Position Will I Play?

The focus is on creativity and encouragement as tools for fire company officers to use to develop teamwork and team members who know their roles and understand their responsibilities. Through the use of video clips from a Boise State University football documentary, the instructor demonstrates ho...

Think Like an Incident Commander

What is an incident commander (IC) seeing, thinking, and feeling when he supervises a fire operation? Tactics may vary at various incidents, but the one constant is the IC’s thought process. How is his view of a fire different, and how can his perspective make you a more effective firefighter, ch...

Vehicle Rescue: Operational and Technologic Considerations for Today

Have you ever encountered the following scenario on arrival at an accident scene? You size up the incident and manage the hazards encountered. You make contact with the patients, manage the vehicle’s glass, and stabilize the vehicle. Then, you fire up your tools and remove or displace sections of...

Waving Red Flags on the Fireground

“Red flags” are indicators of impending dangers or risks firefighters and officers see and hear on incident scenes. This workshop assists you in understanding these critical factors and providing structured and informative radio reports. The goal is to help you implement good safe practices that ...

Where Have All the Good Officers Gone?

The role of the company officer in these changing times is explored, beginning with the motivation to become a company officer and how that role has changed over the years. The company officer’s role is covered from the following perspectives: transitioning from friend to boss, the characterist...

April 21, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Building the Ladder: Officer Development Programs

This workshop is for volunteer and career fire departments, regardless of size. The answer to successful officer training lies beyond National Fire Protection Association 1021 certification. Certification training is linked with realistic job requirement training. Participants will receive guidan...

Combat Ready Firefighting

This updated, interactive, multimedia class discusses the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service along with how to combat it and why it must be eradicated. Tips on readiness, attitude, and equipment are offered for the engine/truck company, rapid intervention team, and incident c...

Drills You're Not Going to Find in the Books

The #1 question instructors get from around the country is, “Can you give us new ideas for company drills?” This workshop answers the above question with more than 100 creative and exciting drills and ideas for engine and ladder companies and individual firefighter skills. Many of the drills are ...

Fire Academy 101: Building Better Firefighters Through Quality Training

This workshop is built around the lessons learned through the development of the Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Academy. The modular approach to developing a training schedule is adaptable for volunteer departments with weekend/limited training hours and career departments with a full-time academy. Att...

Fire Literacy and Applied Fire Dynamics

Fire literacy is one of the primary objectives of the modern fire service, and transitioning evidence-based knowledge into practice is typically easier said than done. Fire literacy has many forms. This interactive workshop introduces students to the concept of the Ventilation Profile (VP) throug...

Fireground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers

Creating effective, safe fireground operations for officers in a suburban setting is the focus of this workshop. The lecture identifies fireground factors that affect decision making and create challenges. PowerPoint® visuals will portray scenarios for which company officers will implement action...

Getting the Most from Your Incident Simulation Software

Incident simulation software is a powerful training tool for developing decision-making skills and teaching factual knowledge in context. However, most incident simulation software manuals and online tutorials do a good job of showing how to create simulations but don’t explain how to use the sim...

Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident

This workshop focuses on the application and use of the Eight-Step Process as a framework for the tactical management of hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction incidents. This process has been widely used in the hazmat response community for more than the past 20+ years. Topics inclu...

Instructional Craftsmanship: Method and Mastery

Become a craftsman instructor! Every instructor attending FDIC is on a quest for improved excellence at the front of the room. Beyond the expectation to understand the techniques for identifying topics, learning objectives, audience identification, and the other logistical requirements, you are p...

Leadership in the Real World

Traditional leadership training classes provide insight and knowledge. They tell us what we should be but often fail to address how to translate this knowledge into action. Effective leadership involves not just knowing things but also having the courage, motivation, and skill to do them. In addi...

Modern Buildings: The Recipe for Firefighter Deaths or Injuries

This is a concentrated examination of current and future trends and methods in modern building construction and their direct relationship to structural firefighting operations, firefighter survivability, the command decision-making process, effective command risk management, and decisive strategi...

Required Training: A Guide for the Training Officer

Every training officer who has been assigned to satisfy the requirements of the Insurance Services Office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Fire Protection Association knows how confusing that can be. Students will be brought up-to-date on the current requiremen...

Solar Power Strategy and Tactics: A Renewable Danger for Firefighters

Solar power is the subject of this workshop: Tactics for safe first responder operating procedures in the various types of building construction in residential, commercial, and industrial structures. How to achieve safety with photovoltaics is emphasized in connection with electrical hazards and ...

Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personel: Train the Trainer

Stress First Aid (SFA) is a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation program supporting Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #13, “Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.” It is designed to reduce the risk for stress reactions in fire and rescue pers...

Survival: Why Things Went Right and Why They Went Horribly Wrong

The instructors present the issues and solutions that will affect your survival as a fire officer. When things don’t go right, there is the potential for nasty consequences that can and will impact you personally and professionally. Whether it is operating in the firehouse (people issues, dealing...

Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires: Command and Fire Attack

This interactive workshop presents a global perspective of command and fire attack as well as addresses residential structure fires, the most common type of fire in the United States and Canada. Students examine the relationship between command and fire attack and ventilation and search and their...

The 21st Century Fire Officer: Strategies and Tactics from the Firehouse to the Fireground

This is an interactive workshop for prospective and seasoned officers looking for personnel management techniques for the firehouse and effective strategies and tactics for the fireground. The uncomfortable duties officers face while dealing with personnel, the officer’s role, enforcing policies,...

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

“Being a professional firefighter has nothing to do with earning a paycheck but has everything to do with attitude, appearance, commitment, and dedication” is the message of this workshop. It covers how members approach the job, how they prepare and train, how they take care of their equipment, h...

This House Rocks / Firehouse Excellence

There is nothing quite like a firehouse. It can be the most incredible experience of your life or a miserable exile to purgatory. It can be a place of learning where skills are honed and techniques refined or a stagnant cesspool where competence erodes into ineffective complacency. Students learn...

Transitional Attack and Modern Wood-Frame Construction

Transitional attack is necessary for interior operations in modern wood-frame buildings where the fire has progressed beyond “room and contents.” The construction features and inherent fire dangers of these buildings include a potential for rapid fire development, early failure of structural memb...

April 21, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

25-to-Survive: Reducing Residential Injuries and LODDs

Statistically, the residential building is where the majority of our operational line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) and civilian casualties occur and where we most frequently fight fire. These grim statistics reinforce the need for all to have a thorough knowledge of the residential building, know how t...

Attack from the Burned Side: New Age Tactics and Tasks

There are many tactics for attacking structure fires. For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack from the unburned side. This isn't always the best tactic, however. The New Age fireground is evolving more than ever before. With the application of firefighter safety research to enhan...

Avoiding Career Crushers

To be successful in the fire and rescue service at any rank, members must avoid the “potholes” associated with bad personal and organizational decisions and behaviors. This workshop outlines the 13 most likely “Career Crushers” based on the instructor’s observations and paying attention to what o...

Drill Development: The Next Level

Company and training officers who want to build training programs that will prove successful and improve participation, performance, and morale will develop a training event using four  steps and will closely examine processes for choosing, developing, and confirming objectives. The relation...

Essentials of Fire Investigation: The Complete Fire Scene Examination

The primary objective of this workshop is to demonstrate that a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation of every fire scene is of paramount importance and that all fire scenes, large and small, need to be investigated with the same degree of thoroughness according to applicable Nation...

Fireground Tactics: Strip Malls and Stores

The advantages and disadvantages of each firefighting tactic in different fireground situations are highlighted. Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than in any other commonly encounter...

ISFSI Instructor Development Clinic

This International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) intensive and skill-based workshop is for every experience level. It covers designing effective training sessions, using today’s media tools, evaluating skill levels, and conducting safe training. Attendees should be prepared to inter...

Managing Rescue Operations

Participants will see real-life rescue dilemmas and their resolutions, along with other options that might have been available to safely conduct the rescue. Using comparative analysis tools, participants will  determine whether local rescue practices can be improved by reviewing and adopting...

Mastering the Instructor's Tools of the Trade

This workshop provides information and hands-on time for the new as well as the veteran instructor. The opening  presentation covers the most important piece of “equipment” in the learning environment--the human mind. Attendees are rotated in small groups through three skill labs. They learn...

Modern Training Techniques for Tactical Success

This workshop takes the students through what has been a seven-year building process of a successful training program that effectively trains 1,400 members annually. Attendees are walked through what it takes to achieve success with limited resources and the psychology behind training adult learn...

No-Brainer Management

In this highly interactive training session, the leading authority in fireground management and fire service issues, Chief (Ret.) Alan Brunacini, discusses organizational alignment and how organizational structure  affects fireground operations, decision making, and fire department day-to-da...

Officer and Leadership Development Workshop

Officers and fire service leaders are introduced to some of the most important skills they will need to become leaders in today’s fire service, including goal setting, mentoring, succession planning, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, technical report writing, tackling adminis...

Right-Seat Leadership

This scenario-driven interactive class involves participants in the decision-making processes officers need  to handle interpersonal events. The workshop moves from theory to application through the use of recorded scenarios portraying real-world situations in the firehouse, in public, and o...

Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires - Ventilation and Search

This is a global perspective of ventilation and search for residential structure fires and a look at how they fit in with command and fire attack and why they are needed for safety on today’s fireground. Students are shown the “why” and “how” of each tactic. Video footage highlights the consequen...

The Aggressive Interior Attack: Mastering the Modern Residential Firefight

Students learn what can be done to decrease the dangers of the fireground. They will discover that there is a lot of “real estate” between the so-called aggressive interior attack and surround and drown. The objectives are to identify this “real estate” and learn how to occupy it so you can mount...

The Art of Reading a Building Using the Rapid-Street Read System

The workshop describes how to quickly identify the strengths and hazards of old and new buildings using a system of Rapid Street Read Guides that are based on four components: era, style, size, and use. After an overview of the foundational explanation of the system, the remainder of the workshop...

The Basics of Specifying Fire Apparatus

The purchase of fire apparatus is an extremely complex and costly investment for the community. This workshop outlines all of the necessary considerations that should be involved from writing the specifications to factory inspections and, finally, delivery and putting your new rig in service. ALL...

The Fire Department Assessment Center: How to Get Promoted

Fire department assessment centers are challenging. Most fire departments offer promotional assessment centers annually; some offer them every two years. Assessment centers are used for competing for all ranks, from a first-line supervisor to a mid/senior level officer. Some departments contract ...

Volunteer and Combination Fire Department Managers Academy

A must for current and future fire department officers and managers. In most cases, today’s leaders of volunteer and combination fire departments rise through the ranks one year at a time, gaining their knowledge through fire service course work or hands-on experience. Often, they do not receive ...

Why Fire Prevention Education Isn't Working for Today's Fire Service

The fire service needs to look at its fire prevention messages, which haven’t changed in decades, and make them relevant for today, just as it is taking a fresh look at tactics. The workshop addresses evaluating risks and developing programs that go beyond the one-size-fits-all messages that do n...
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