Pre-Conference Workshops


4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, April 7, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Building the Foundation of a Winning Team
Assistant Chief of Operations Douglas Cline, Horry County (SC) Fire Rescue

As America’s fire service witnesses the retirements of the Baby Boomers, it is critical that leadership continue to build solid winning teams. This dynamic, high-energy/high-impact program will drill into the heart of the foundation of what it takes to create a winning team in the evolving fire service. The foundation of the modern fire service will be based on the creation and communication of a vision and setting goals that focus on the many new talents of the younger members and the use of their diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities. ALL LEVELS

Coaching and Mentoring: The Forgotten Elements of Leadership
Program Specialist Cynthia Ross Tustin, Office of the Fire Marshal, Ontario, Canada

The fire service is full of iconic leaders; they are experienced and inspiring. We seek to emulate their unique style. But what if you’re inexperienced or without rank? What if you don’t picture yourself as inspiring? In the business world, leadership is about creating influence and moving others forward. Coaching and mentoring are skills of leadership, and they are entirely about being able to influence and shape the performance of others. These skills have their foundation in positive psychology, and positive psychology is the science behind motivation. Coaching and mentoring are skills that can be developed or enhanced to motivate others to improve their performance. This presentation is about developing and acquiring more tools for your  individual leadership toolbox. It will help you create a more positive work environment, build high-performance teams, deal more intuitively with conflict resolution, and give confidence using emotional intelligence. ALL LEVELS

Command and Control: We Need to Do It Better and Safer
Operations Chief (Ret.) Mike Bryant, Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department

Are incident commanders (ICs) failing? This is a tough question to ask or consider. However, when you factor in “evidence-based management,” the quantifiable documentation from numerous fatality reports identifies areas in which ICs are allowing simple and very basic command elements to fall through the incident cracks, contributing to firefighter injuries and fatalities during fireground operations. This presentation identifies the critical “eight” steps of command that every company, chief officer, and IC should follow so that they can identify the critical breakdowns between fire companies/personnel performing tasks/tactics and the IC attempting to manage the  priorities and strategy of the incident action plan. If you are looking for a command process that will enhance your command depth and improve your knowledge, skills, and abilities as an IC, you need to attend! ALL LEVELS

Company Officer Development: Lead from the Right Seat
Dave Casey, Director, Fire & Emergency Training Institute, Louisiana State University

This scenario-driven, interactive workshop involves participants in the decision-making processes officers need to handle leadership/interpersonal events. Scenarios portraying real-world situations in the firehouse, out in public, and on the fireground during routine and emergency situations span the bridge from theory to practical application. Participants discuss how to resolve situations (based on the Fire Engineering DVD series “The Right Seat” (2012, 2013). ALL LEVELS

Designing a Safe and Effective Emergency Response Plan
Assistant Professor Ken Folisi, Lewis University

This workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of the elements of a safe and effective emergency response to fire and other related incidents in relation to current standards and best practices. The major elements of emergency response planning and design--including risk assessment, response time, fire behavior, company readiness, setup time, number of response personnel, and risk vs. benefit--will be covered. Current standards and best practices from major fire service organizations including the National Fire Protection Association, National Institute of Standards and Technology, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, Center for Public Service Excellence, and Insurance Services Office will be reviewed. Risk assessment techniques will be demonstrated using National Fire Academy methodology enhanced  concepts of setup time, company readiness, current fire behavior research, and risk benefit. Practical methods of response design will be presented, giving participants practical, useful techniques they can apply in their jurisdictions. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Developing Preplans and Simulation Training Using Your Plans
Chief Greg Jakubowski, Lingohocken (PA) Fire Co.

Students will review the entire preplanning process, from data gathering both before and during a facility walk-through to entering the data in a preplanning program and developing the preplan in a usable format. Once they complete the preplan, they will review using simulations to train on the preplan to improve effectiveness at target hazards in their coverage area. Learn how to develop quality preplans in accordance with National Fire Protection Association standards, and understand how to prepare colleagues for operating more effectively in your district. INTERMEDIATE

Extrication Zone: Hybrid/New Vehicle Technology
President Matt Stroud, MGS Tech

Keep up with the rapidly growing popularity of hybrid, EV, and other alternative fuel vehicles. This workshop supplies first responders of all levels with the knowledge they need to safely and confidently manage any vehicle incident involving new technology. Included are detailed discussions of how the systems function, parts locations, high-voltage hazards, power-down procedures, fire and submersion tactics, approach tactics, and supplemental restraint systems. ALL LEVELS

Fireground Scenario Workshop
Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department; and Battalion Chief (Ret.) John Salka, Fire Department of New York

This program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for firefighters, company officers, and chiefs to experience a number of different types of structural fires. Examine fires in private dwellings, commercial buildings, apartment houses, and office buildings. Whatever your experience level is, you will certainly see something you have never seen before. During the fire scenarios, the tactics, strategies, and other factors will be analyzed and discussed. Students will have an opportunity to comment on what is happening in the scenario and how they might handle a similar situation in their department. This will be an interesting, fast-moving, and entertaining program that you don’t want to miss. ALL LEVELS

High-Rise Operations: Strategic, Tactical, and Task Level
Assistant Chief David McGrail, Denver (CO) Fire Department

High-rise firefighting is exponentially more complicated and dangerous than most other fireground operations. From a room-and-contents apartment fire 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 workshop will help prepare attendees for battle. It addresses the challenges and provides real-world solutions. The ultimate goals are firefighter survival and operational effectiveness. From strategic command and control to company-level tactical operations to task-level firefighter evolutions and procedures, all of these critical, interrelated areas will be explained. Lessons from past high-rise case studies provide guidance for today’s “best practices” operational procedures and the recommended equipment. Students will apply these past lessons and new procedures to solve scenario-based high-rise fire problems. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Improving Behavioral Health through Better Interpersonal Communications
Creative Director David Conley, LDC LLC

This workshop is an intensive, interactive laboratory experience designed to vastly improve interpersonal communication among fire safety professionals. Successfully applying this training will  improve trust up and down the ranks and, consequently, make fire service organizations more efficient and more effective. ALL LEVELS

Instructor and Training Officer Bootcamp
Division Chief/Training & Safety Forest Reeder, DesPlaines (IL) Fire Department

If you care about your department’s training program and your ability to safely and effectively instruct firefighters, you need to be here! This intensive and fast-moving bootcamp will explore the latest trends in teaching; setting up and running a training program; and, above all, making sure your program gets results. This workshop is now in its 14th year at FDIC and continues to provide solutions to instructor and training officer concerns. New instructors and training officers along with experienced ones will benefit from this year’s focus on “Training at the Company Level” and “Teaching New Stuff.” Follow-up resource kits are available to all attendees. Networking and problem-solving forums are used throughout the class. ALL LEVELS

Intelligent Fire Operations: Be Aggressive But Smart
Captain Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue

This thought-provoking workshop will examine how changes in building construction and design, increased fire loads, recent research on fire dynamics, and reduced fire company staffing may call for a change in some traditional firefighting tactics. Learn why one of the biggest mistakes a small and understaffed fire department can make is to try to emulate and operate like a big city department. The workshop will examine why it is a rare event when any action on the fireground takes priority over getting water on the fire. Also, directing a stream from the outside when an interior attack is delayed is always better than allowing a fire to burn out of control. Several fire case histories will be reviewed to identify and avoid the most common “Mayday” situations and to see that wind-driven fires are not just a high-rise hazard. Students will also learn factors to consider in an ongoing size-up and learn why a red flag should go up when size-up from inside and outside a fire building are not in agreement. This is for command officers, company officers, and firefighters aspiring to be company officers. INTERMEDIATE

Know Your Smoke: The Comprehensive Dangers
Chief of Special Operations Rob Schnepp, Alameda County (CA) Fire Department

This workshop builds on the prior year’s program to include the physiological impact of fire smoke on the human body. Dr. Jim Brown, well known for his published research, will discuss the fireground impact of smoke on the human body and policies that will provide better indicators about how to diagnose smoke exposure in a firefighter during rehab. Although national statistics do not exist for firefighter deaths relative to cancer, it is well known that firefighters are dying from sudden heart failure and cancer at rates like never before. Understanding that toxicants contained in fire smoke are likely the culprits for causing illness and disease is critical knowledge every firefighter should have. Fire smoke is an age-old companion of the firefighter, so grasping the fact that it has become the greatest enemy is hard to do. This training will change these perceptions. ALL LEVELS

Leadership Development: Leadership Excellence
Chief Ron Kanterman, New London County, CT

Leadership skills are needed more today than ever before. These are challenging times for working with leaders at all levels within the department or externally with the city hall dwellers, customers, officials, and others. You must know not only what to say but also how to say it. Those “crucial communications” are more important now than ever and will continue to be so in the next decade. ALL LEVELS

Modern Training Techniques for Tactical Success
Lieutenant Scott Kraut, Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue

Students will be taken through a seven-year building process for a successful training program that effectively trains 1,400 members annually. They will learn what it takes to achieve success with limited resources and the psychology behind training adult learners. The building blocks behind the training program--needs analysis, course outline, instructor selection, venue selection, course delivery, and  leadership concepts--are discussed. The course  also delves into how “stress inoculation” fits into the training environment. ALL LEVELS

Must-Have Policies for Every Fire Department
Assistant Chief Bradley Pinsky, Attorney, Pinsky Law Group, PLLC

Every fire department must have policies to prevent liability, comply with government regulations, increase the safety of operations, assist in defending budgets and operations, and maintain a public positive image. Policies instruct individuals on permissible conduct and can help to avoid liability. The hottest topics are addressed. Significant group participation is encouraged. The policies needed to address the fire department’s greatest risks are reviewed. More than 50 critical policies are covered, including those pertaining to the following: the organizational statement; firefighter physicals and health, training, and officer evaluations; federal safety requirements; driver training; discrimination and harassment; social media; workplace violence; and drug testing. INTERMEDIATE

Surviving the Fireground
Training Officer Don Kaderabek, Riverside (IL) Fire Department

Learn the dynamics of modern fire behavior and how the correlation of ventilation has changed the way we operate on the fireground. This workshop is based on Underwriters Laboratories’ latest study on ventilation. This interactive program demonstrates and displays many new tactical considerations and has scientific findings that support the changes necessary to assist street-level firefighters. ALL LEVELS

Surviving Utility Emergencies and Fires
Battalion Chief (Ret.) Frank Montagna, Fire Department of New York

Utility incidents can seem routine, but all too often they become anything but routine very quickly. Without the “need to know” information provided in this class, these incidents can be dangerous, even deadly, to firefighters and those we protect. This workshop uses video of actual incidents and computer simulations coupled with lecture and PowerPoint presentations to highlight the hazards faced at utility incidents and offers strategies and tactics for safely mitigating them. The topics covered include the following: electrical emergencies and fires including overhead, underground, and electric substations; natural gas emergencies; fires and explosions; and high-pressure steam emergencies. This class is suitable for all ranks but is particularly suited for new company officers. ALL LEVELS

Truck Company A to Z
Captain (Ret.) Michael Dugan, Fire Department of New York

Students will view a truck company from start to finish in this interactive workshop. Topics range from apparatus to staffing issues to tool selection (basic to advanced) to riding assignments. Standard operating guidelines applicable to all aspects of truck company work and how to implement them will also be discussed. Among the tasks covered will be ventilation, entry isolation, and searching the fire building in a coordinated and controlled manner to ensure the safety of the operating forces and of the public. ALL LEVELS

Wood Frame and Ordinary Construction: Principles and Hazards
Fire Marshal Paul Dansbach, Rutherford (NJ) Bureau of Fire Safety

Many of the structural fires that firefighters respond to occur in buildings of wood frame and ordinary construction. The construction methods and materials of these buildings pose significant hazards and challenges. This program presents information that will enable the fire instructor and fire officer to better understand the construction methods, materials, and fire spread and collapse potential of buildings of wood frame and ordinary construction so that firefighting operations will be safer and more efficient. INTERMEDIATE

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, April 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

“25 to Survive”: Reducing Residential Injuries and LODDs
Captain II Dan Shaw, Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department; and Lieutenant Douglas J. Mitchell Jr.,  Fire Department of New York

The majority of our operational line-of-duty deaths (LODDs), civilian casualties, and fires occur within residential buildings. These grim statistics reinforce the need for firefighters to have a thorough knowledge of residential buildings, execute sound strategies and tactics, and implement the best practices in personnel deployment to combat residential fires. This dynamic and interactive program addresses 25 critical firefighting concerns common to the residential building. Each student will be provided with practical drills, tips, and techniques to correct the errors. The 25 points are grouped into four main parts: Combat Readiness, Mastering the Environment, Engine Company Operations, and Ladder Company Operations. Topics within the sections span pre-response to operations to termination--and then evaluation of actions. The objectives are to decrease the number of firefighter injuries and deaths and to create the best possible chances for civilian survival and residential property conservation. ALL LEVELS

Be a Leader, Not Just a Position
Chief Steven Kraft, Richmond Hill (Canada) Fire & Emergency Services

This no-nonsense, hard-hitting leadership workshop will focus on the characteristics great leaders and managers demonstrate. Notice the use of the word “manager.” Some may not feel it belongs in the same sentence as the word “leader,” but management and leadership skills are needed at all levels: organizational, team, and personal. The workshop reviews the reasons some leaders/managers excel while others fail by reviewing real-life examples of excellent and poor leadership occurring in firehouses. Students are asked to consider whether they are encouraging or discouraging poor performance, are encouraging or discouraging great leaders, are leading by example, and are making the tough decisions for the betterment of the department and the community--in other words, are they being a leader, not just a position? ALL LEVELS

Big Box Store Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
Captain Aaron Heller, Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District #9

This presentation is for any fire department that will potentially respond to incidents involving these challenging structures. The course covers the various aspects of box store building construction, engine company and truck company operations, large area search considerations, and firefighter safety and survival. The incident commander’s and the company officer’s considerations are also covered. Students will view a video of a crew completing a preplan walk-through of a box store to further identify the hazards these structures pose. ALL LEVELS

Blink: Making Critical Fireground Decisions
Battalion Chief Jeffrey Johnson, Kansas City (MO) Fire Department

Lecture, scenarios, case studies, and simulations will guide students in how to make effective critical decisions on the fireground. This class is for everyone who responds to firegrounds--from the most basic level firefighter to the most experienced level officer. Fireground strategy and tactics that impact firefighting in the rural setting, the suburban setting, and the urban setting are covered.  ALL LEVELS

Chief Problem Solver
Chief Richard Marinucci, Northville Township (MI) Fire Department

Problems are part of every officer’s day. Some are fun to deal with; others are a minor inconvenience; and some can ruin your day, week, or month. There are “routine” problems that need to get addressed and major issues that require the proper solution. Problem solving is a learned skill, and officers get better with experience and practice, just as they do with everything else. The ability to solve problems effectively will affect your career. The better you are, the more success you will have on your job. This session presents strategies and tactics that will assist in developing this skill. Problems are not only relegated to the office; they also occur on the emergency scene. The only difference is that they must be resolved more quickly. The challenges of these issues are discussed and methodologies are presented to enable students tom make faster and better decisions that resolve problems. ALL LEVELS

Company Officer Development: Red Flags on the Fireground
Operations Chief Richard Riley, Clearwater (FL) Fire & Rescue

Red flags are indicators of impending danger or risk. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has identified five of the top factors contributing to firefighter line-of-duty deaths: lack of command and control, inadequate risk assessment, inadequate communication, lack of accountability, and a lack of or failure to follow standard operating procedures. In this interactive session, students will view video and listen to audio that relate to these predictable problems; best practices for officers will then be discussed. Students will go through a detailed risk assessment and will participate in developing scripted fireground reports including on-scene reports; conditions, actions, and needs (CAN) reports; roof reports; and progress reports. The class then will discuss incident and personal accountability. The importance of developing standard operating procedures/guidelines will be stressed, and students will be guided in how to develop them based on their community risks and resources. ALL LEVELS

Drill Development: The Next Level
Captain Bob Carpenter, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue

The Four Steps to Success--Plan, Prepare, Present, Post (exercise analysis)--are examined in greater detail than in previous workshops. Attendees need not have participated in earlier versions of this workshop to benefit. Students participate extensively in needs assessment and skill development and observe how the known laws of adult learning affect planning and development. Attendees will learn how to avoid the trap into which many instructors and trainers fall, teaching with the expectation of failure instead of success. Trainers approaching their lessons with achievable, progressively more difficult objectives build confident, competent, and eventually master technicians. Added to this year’s workshop  are the areas of engaging neuro-pathways and motor memory as well as the appropriate use of induced stress in the learning environment. INTERMEDIATE

Extrication Zone: Principles of Extrication
Engineer/Paramedic Leslie Baker, Charleston (SC) Fire Department

Regardless of the degree of vehicle damage and the resulting level of entrapment, it is the responsibility of the responders to safely and effectively mitigate motor vehicle collisions. The foundation for successful mitigation is a solid, strong set of strategies based on the incident conditions. The strategies should be communicated, and the disentanglement supervisor should determine the most appropriate initial and secondary tactics. Along with the direction and control of the supervisor, the disentanglement group members should have the capability to carry out those tactics in a professional manner. Responders should be well educated in the interaction between the spreader and cutter operator, specific working principles of various supplementary tools, and the application of those tools for certain tactics. This knowledge increases the likelihood of a successful set of extrication tactics that accomplishes the overall strategy and ultimately increases patient outcomes and survival rates. ALL LEVELS

Firefighting: Career or Volunteer, “The Ultimate Team Sport”
Battalion Chief Jerry Wells, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department

Fire company officers need creative ways to teach and encourage concepts such as integrity, character, discipline, protecting your passion, in addition to leading by example. Video clips are used to illustrate how entertaining training and fireground operations can be with the right attitude. Training does not have to be a bad word in your department. Firefighting is a team sport: We must depend on one another, and we must teach members what role they are expected to perform if the team is to succeed. The emphasis must be on “We” instead of “I.” Discussion topics include “Be Here Now,” “Win as a Team or Die as an Individual,” “It Takes Individual Preparation,” “Trust Your Teammates,” “Know Your Teammates,” “Understand How They Will React,” and “We Need to Be People of Character.” ALL LEVELS

First-Due Tactics Take-Home Package
Chief (Ret.) Bill Godfrey, Deltona (FL) Fire Department

The focus is on how to train new and seasoned officers to develop and execute sound, comprehensive tactical plans within the first 10 minutes of arrival on the fire scene. Grounded in science, the workshop starts with fire dynamics and works up through size-up, developing a tactical plan, the timing of tactics, risk assessment, resource management, decision making, and command--all the firefighting tactics the first-due officer must arrange for in the right order at the right time to save lives and property. Fireground tactics are taught as a “system” instead of as individual pieces. This session is in a train-the-trainer format and includes downloadable presentation materials, video case studies (where permissible by copyright), and instructor notes. ALL LEVELS

Leadership Development: Five-Alarm Leadership
Battalion Chief (Ret.) John Salka, Fire Department of New York; and Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department

This  program describes and explains the value and importance of effective leadership skills in the fire service. Many of today’s problems in the firehouse and on the fireground can be traced back to insufficient and ineffective leadership skills. The instructors talk about their experiences in various ranks and how they handled different situations. Issues such as integrity, intensity, innovation, and interest are among those discussed. ALL LEVELS

Leading in Changing Times: Three Windows for Successful Growth
Deputy Chief John Tippett, Charleston (SC) Fire Department

There are three major challenges facing leaders today: the changing environment of their communities and department, incident management challenges caused by culture clashes between “the way we’ve always done it” and emerging science, and the various generations that make up today’s fire service. This workshop looks at two of the challenges through the experience and perspective of the Charleston (SC) Fire Department and addresses the third challenge through an interactive presentation on leading in a multigenerational environment. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Lessons Learned from the SC Fatal Sofa Store Fire
Training Instructor David Griffin, Charleston (SC) Fire Department

On June 18, 2007, the Charleston (SC) Fire Department (CFD) lost nine firefighters at a furniture store fire. The instructor was the engineer on the first-arriving engine. Since then, the CFD has become a department that is leading the way in education and training nationally as a result of organizational learning. The instructor was inspired to study organizational learning at the doctoral level and develop new innovative research on the topic. His research indicates that with organizational learning, organizations can become dynamic and evolutionary. He will present a history of organizational learning and raise students’ awareness as to its importance for all types of organizations. Students will be given tools that will enable them to test their respective organization’s level of learning at the individual, team, and organizational levels. ALL LEVELS

Modern Buildings: Recipe for Firefighter Deaths and Injuries
Lieutenant/Training Officer John Shafer, Greencastle (IN) Fire Department

A concentrated examination of current and future trends and methods in modern building construction. Learn how green construction building materials, modern construction building methods, risk assessment, and engineered structural and construction systems are directly related to structural firefighting operations, firefighter survivability, and the command decision-making process. Also covered are inherent modern construction features and hazards that directly influence effective command risk management; decisive strategic and tactical considerations with a focus on key modern construction features; inherent occupancy profiles; and modern building construction systems affected by fire dynamics, fire behavior, and tactical operations. If you have been in the fire service for more than five years, this class is a MUST to help keep you alive in this modern environment. ALL LEVELS

NIMS and ICS: Strategies and Tactics for Large-Scale Incidents
District Chief Michael Barakey, Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department

We are incident commanders! We command and control incidents with great success. What happens when we have to use our National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and expand our Incident Command System (ICS) to include filling the general staff and the command staff? This workshop will use a real-life scenario, the crashing of a Navy jet aircraft into a two-story, garden-style complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to demonstrate how expanding the ICS is necessary for successfully handling large-scale incidents. From establishing initial incident objectives to managing the seven-alarm fire that ensued, the incident demonstrates how NIMS can be used on rapidly expanding incidents that are being viewed by the entire world. Development of section chiefs, divisions, and groups by the incident commander early in the incident allowed for a manageable span of control and is necessary, as practice makes perfect. Cooperation and coordination among all entities ensured a well-managed incident. INTERMEDIATE

Teaching Adults: Evidence-Based Best Practices
Captain Scott Carrigan, Nashua (NH) Fire Rescue

When it comes to improving instruction, many fire instructors find that they are on their own. Trial and error often become the proving ground for new ideas, with varied degrees of success. In addition, cultural norms and tradition sometimes stand in the way of innovation. These and other factors make continuing development a challenge for the fire instructor. This workshop will introduce new and established concepts, methodologies, and resources in the field of adult education and the research that supports their effectiveness. Relevance to fire service training will be highlighted. Topics include improving both cognitive and psychomotor learning, effective use of simulation training, maintaining instructor and student motivation, use of alternative teaching strategies, and instructor resources from beyond the fire service. INTERMEDIATE

Think Like an Incident Commander
Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne, Fire Department of New York

What is an incident commander (IC) seeing and thinking when he supervises a fire operation? Tactics may vary at different 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, chief, or company officer? This interactive workshop illustrates key points in preparation, size-up, fireground decision making, command, and communications. Through the use of case studies, videos, actual fireground radio transmissions, and fire simulations, students are presented with the challenges inherent with rapid emergency decisions and are offered tools to aid them in functioning safely and effectively. Essential tools required to plan, organize, and manage fire strategies and tactics are highlighted. The goal is to help fire personnel of all ranks make more confident and effective decisions at fire and emergency operations. ALL LEVELS

This House Rocks! The Place Everyone Wants to Work
Captain (Ret.) Michael Dugan, Fire Department of New York;and Captain Mike Gagliano, Seattle (WA) Fire Department

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. What is it that causes one place to be cohesive and brimming with camaraderie while just down the road there are dissension and drudgery? Learn five key factors that can turn any firehouse into the type of place that enables firefighters to thrive and fulfill their calling. This workshop looks at how to build and enjoy the type of firehouse everyone wants. ALL LEVELS

Understanding, Surviving, and Mastering the Modern Residential Firefight
Assistant Chief Peter Van Dorpe, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills (IL) Fire Protection District; Chief of Training (Ret.), Chicago (IL) Fire Department
Most of the literature available to fire service instructors on the topics of fire behavior and lightweight construction practices is woefully inadequate. Building construction texts and curriculum are based on legacy construction practices and use the model building code’s traditional division of construction into “types” as the means of presenting the material to firefighters. Modern construction practices and fire dynamics do not get the attention they deserve. Research and testing by Underwriters Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and others have developed valuable information on how modern fire dynamics and building construction practices combine to produce hostile fire events that are more challenging and dangerous than those of even the recent past. This workshop will combine the research and outreach initiatives and present curriculum relevant to strategic and tactical decision making and assist participants in developing best practices for mounting an intelligent fire attack within these structures. ADVANCED

Ventilation Flow Paths and Fire Growth: A Review of Recent LODDs
Fire Protection Engineer Adam St. John, Bureau of ATF, Fire Research Laboratory

This course covers in detail several recent fire dynamics studies with a focus on the effects of ventilation. Several firefighter line-of-duty death (LODD) investigations are discussed to illustrate the cause and effect of buoyancy driven ventilation flow paths. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Fire Research Laboratory produced a fire dynamics simulator computer model of a particular LODD that occurred in January 2011 in Baltimore County, Maryland. The methodology used to create the fire model, the conclusions derived from the computer fire model and recent research on ventilation-limited fires, and the effects of fire department suppression operations will also be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a live fire tabletop model that details the fire dynamics topics discussed. ALL LEVELS

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Building the Ladder: Officer Development Programs
Deputy Chief Rudy Horist, McHenry Township (IL) Fire Protection District

The answer to successful officer training lies beyond National Fire Protection Association 1021 certification. This workshop links certification training with realistic job requirement training. Workshop participants will receive guidance, practical examples, and in-class application in completing a needs assessment and building a framework for officer training for both entry-level and experienced fire officers. This workshop is updated for 2014 to include additional opportunities for in-class application as well as expanded coverage for part-time and volunteer officers. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Company Officer Development: Developing and Inspiring Exceptional Fire Officers
Chairman of the Board of Directors Dennis Compton, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

This session explores fire officer development and leadership requirements from a number of unique perspectives. It covers a full range of issues including the relationship of leadership to fire department culture, firefighter safety, and the overall effectiveness of the people in the organization. It also addresses critical leadership behaviors, traits, and skills that will make current and future fire officers of all ranks more effective in performing the full range of their responsibilities. Attendees will be able to apply aspects of what they learned as soon as they return to their fire departments, as well as use the content of the session for their own officer training and development programs. ALL LEVELS

DC FIRE: Leadership and Accountability
Consultant Dennis Rubin, DL Rubin & Associates

All agencies have their trials and tribulations that have to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis. This workshop gives insight into the interworkings of one of America’s largest fire and EMS departments. Various case studies of situations the chief and the senior D.C. Fire Department staff faced during the four years of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration will be discussed, including how these issues were resolved, their outcomes, and their implementation. This program is based on the book DC Fire (Fire Engineering, 2013).  ALL LEVELS

Decision Making at Commercial Building Fires
Chief Les Stephens, San Marcos (TX) Fire Department

There is no decision made at a working structure fire more basic or advanced than “offensive or defensive.” No other decision can or needs to be made before the incident commander determines the strategy that will be employed. One might think the decision to “go” or “not go” would be a simple and straightforward one, but nothing could be further from the truth. No other decision made during the course of an incident places firefighters in a position of immediate danger or calculated safety more than this decision. Nowhere else is the potential for immediate catastrophic failure and subsequent multiple injuries or deaths more present than at a commercial building fire. This workshop explores the thought processes and criteria that may be used to formulate this decision and combat the situation while keeping firefighters safe. ALL LEVELS

Drill Ground Instructor Academy
Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Hopson, Ocean County (NJ) Office of the Fire Marshal

This workshop is specifically unique to FDIC. It is interactive and offers attendees the  opportunity to participate in the delivery of the workshop material. Students will physically rotate to predesigned evolutions within the classroom and receive instructor development in four areas: (1) Live Burns, (2) SCBA/Smoke House, (3) Firefighter I/II, and (4) Specialized Instruction. The focus is on integrity, ethics, efficiency, and competency. Attendees will resolve specific instructional obstacles and attempt to meet highly interactive workshop challenges. The exchange rate of information is very high. The format for this workshop proved highly successful and popular at FDIC 2013. ALL LEVELS

Engine Company Operations: Why We Fail and How We Succeed
District Chief Thomas Lakamp, Cincinnati (OH) Fire Department

This workshop will take students through the line-of-duty death of Cincinnati Firefighter Oscar Armstrong on March 21, 2003, and the vital lessons learned in the 10 years since his tragic death. In the American fire service and our own fire department, many fires are fought with the single fire line, usually stretched from a preconnected hosebed on an engine company. Operating a single fire line from a preconnected hosebed is often considered a routine basic operation. Ten years ago, Oscar Armstrong died from a flashover with a hoseline and nozzle in his hand. Based on the lessons learned, we will review the cultural, physical, and mental aspects of how we fail and what we can do to ensure that we succeed while reviewing the mistakes made and the steps taken to ensure success in the future. ALL LEVELS

Essentials of Fire Investigation
Det. Sgt. (Ret.) Adrian Cales, Bergen County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office; Operations Systems Manager, Public Service Enterprise Group

The primary objective is that the students realize that a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation of each and every fire scene is of paramount importance and that all fire scenes, large or small, need to be investigated with the same degree of thoroughness according to National Fire Protection Association standards. From start to finish, the fire investigator, no matter at what experience level, needs to have developed a process that is followed for every investigation to ensure the scene is properly investigated and documented and that the fire scene origin and cause report is comprehensive enough to provide an accurate record of the investigation in a criminal or civil proceeding. Using photographs from previous FDIC H.O.T. Fire Investigation evolutions, students will be taken through scenes as if they were actually investigating the fire. Interactive discussion, coupled with a PowerPoint presentation and instructor lecture, will create an open dialogue for a step-by-step process. ALL LEVELS

Extrication Zone: Large Trucks/Trailers/Buses
Firefighter Randy Schmitz, Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Fire Department

The workshop covers the following: Large Truck and Trailer Incident Response--big truck anatomy; arrival, set-up procedures, and hazard control; sustained stabilization; patient access; overcoming height; side wall openings; roof operations; disentanglement; patient removal; and scene termination considerations. Bus Extrication--response issues and social media, command, triage applications, construction and anatomy, metal relocation procedures, entrance and egress, and patient removal. Livestock Trailer Incident Response--dealing with livestock, trailer construction, metal relocation,  containment options, and euthanasia. High Tension Cable Barrier Systems--function and purpose, design and construction, emergency response, disentanglement, and cutting the cable. ADVANCED

Fireground Incident Action Plan Development and Deployment
Battalion Chief Michael Walker, Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department

Students are provided with a method for developing an incident action plan (IAP) for any structure fire quickly and consistently. Though incident commanders (ICs) do not have time to write a formal IAP for most structure fires, there is still a plan, and a good plan will make the difference between success and failure. The challenge for ICs is to sharpen their ability to make quick decisions based on limited information in a high-stress environment. Students will learn a method for gathering the necessary information to formulate a good plan, how to implement that plan, and how to effectively evaluate the plan. INTERMEDIATE

Fireground Strategies: Command, Control, and Accountability
Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo, North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue

This workshop addresses the fireground experience from arrival through termination. Operational safety along with command structure and strategy selection and modification are discussed. Further discussed are ongoing fireground operations such as decentralizing the fireground, progress reports, and post-control activities. The program’s objective is to identify areas where weakness in command and organizational structure cause a breakdown in operations and safety. Operational discipline and setting expectations for subordinates when preparing for the fireground are stressed. Students will be shown how to bring the Incident Command System down to the street level, making the fireground safer and more effective. Developing a safe operating philosophy that will help minimize fireground injuries and fatalities will be discussed, and students will be able to identify activities that run counter to the safe execution of the incident action plan and to offer solutions. ALL LEVELS

Modern Fire Dynamics from Concepts to Reality
Firefighter John Ceriello, Fire Department of New York; Fire Protection Engineer Stephen Kerber, Underwriters Laboratories; Battalion Chief George Healy, Fire Department of New York; and Fire Protection Engineer Daniel Madrzykowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology (MD)
This workshop will give students unprecedented access to instructors who have been in the middle of the most recent studies of what the fundamentals of ventilation are all about. It will cover the American fire service’s understanding of the history, research, operations, and implementation of ventilation tactics like no others. Whether students are interested in what the firefighter and first line officer need to know or why and how the research was conducted, the instructors can speak from firsthand experience. ALL LEVELS

Implementing a Successful Training Program
Chief Jake Rhoades, Edmond (OK) Fire Department

Everyone wants a successful training program. Everyone needs a successful training program. But there are obstacles in every organization that prevent this success. We have heard it all before, but no one has ever told us how to overcome it. This program addresses the components of a successful training program and identifies the obstacles that stand in the way. Most importantly, this program provides real-life, time-tested solutions that work to overcome obstacles. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful programs from throughout the fire service are analyzed. The focus will be on implementing success. This program enables every member from chief to firefighter to ensure a positive training culture and the morale for which we are all striving. ALL LEVELS

Leadership Development: Leadership in the Real World
Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Burns, Fire Department of New York

Traditional leadership training classes provide us with insight and knowledge. They tell us what we should be but often fail to address what we should do to translate this knowledge into action. Effective leadership is not just a function of knowing things; it takes the courage, motivation, and skill to actually do them! This workshop combines cutting edge theories with skills and behaviors that students will be able to use on the job, in their home departments, every day! The curriculum is modeled after the leadership training programs attended by officers in the Fire Department of New York on promotion to lieutenant and captain. ALL LEVELS

Leadership So Everyone Goes Home
Coordinator Richard Mason, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Have you made a simple fix to a problem that required a cultural change such as establishing a policy when much more was required? This program discusses the adaptive challenges leaders face every day. Case studies from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports are used to enhance the culture so everyone goes home at the day’s end. The case studies include driving issues, health and fitness issues, wearing seat belts, and building collapse to show the myriad of leadership issues we encounter and methods for dealing with them. INTERMEDIATE

Managing Rescue and Disaster Operations
Battalion Chief Larry Collins, Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department

This workshop focuses on problem solving and will include a review of recent technical rescue and disaster operations that have challenged front-line firefighters and rescuers just like you.  Students will be see real-life rescue dilemmas and the solutions that resolved them, as well as other options that might have been available to safely conduct the rescue. Students will be given comparative analysis tools to determine whether local rescue practices can be improved by reviewing and adopting certain “best practices” from across the nation and worldwide. This is intended for first responders, company and chief officers, and rescue and USAR specialists. ALL LEVELS

Pride and Ownership: The Love for the Job
Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department

Ignite your love for the job. This workshop holds no punches. It takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element that makes it effective: passion. He gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs on down. Do you have what it takes? Not everyone is cut out for the fire service. It takes only the best to serve the public when people need help most. There’s nothing else in the world like being a firefighter. The proud history and tradition of the fire service and the family values and brotherhood that have made firefighting a truly family-oriented vocation are revisited. Program features include Our Mission, The Firefighter, The Company Officer, The Chief, Our Two Families, Sweating the Small Stuff, Ceremonies, Marketing Your Fire Department, Making It All Happen, and Have You Forgotten? ALL LEVELS

Reading Buildings: The Rapid Street Approach
Battalion Chief (Ret.) John Mittendorf, Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department; and Battalion Chief (Ret.) Dave Dodson, Response Solutions, LLC

Tired of the usual, boring building construction classes? We know it’s an important topic, but sometimes the classes are difficult to sit through. This class takes a whole new approach and is designed to provide tools and practice to help you improve your first-due rapid-reads on buildings. The class covers the traps of classifying buildings using the traditional “five types” and offers a solution using the era/use/type/size approach. As requested, more Rapid-Read Street Guides will also be presented. ALL LEVELS

Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires: Command and Fire Attack
Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Jim Duffy, Wallingford (CT) Fire Department; and Deputy Chief/Training Officer P.J. Norwood, East Haven (CT) Fire Department

This highly interactive workshop will give you a global perspective of command and fire attack and an introduction to residential structure fires. We will discuss these two individual perspectives (command and fire attack), how they fit in with search and ventilation, and why they are needed to keep you safe on today’s fireground and reduce the civilian fire deaths in these structures. Whether you work in the city or in the suburbs, the strategies and tactics are the same. Students are shown the how and the why of each tactic. Simulation software, video, and photographs are used to reinforce points and involve the students. Firefighters and officers will be given tips for completing their tasks safely and efficiently when personnel are limited. This workshop complements “Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires: Search and Ventilation.” ALL LEVELS

The Role of the EMS Provider in Large-Scale Incidents
Emergency Operations Acting Manager Karen Owens, Virginia Office of EMS

Many training classes in incident command are focused on the role of the firefighter in the incident command system (ICS) staffing. Yet, there are many roles that focus specifically on patient care and EMS responsibilities. This workshop  focuses on these EMS-specific roles in the incident command structure. They include Medical Branch, Triage, Treatment, and Rehab (among others). It also discusses the need for EMS providers to preplan, much as firefighters do, and the benefits of preplans in EMS response. Also, the various forms of ICS structure, including local, regional, and statewide, are covered. The program is based on the book Incident Command for EMS (Fire Engineering, 2011). ALL LEVELS

Volunteer and Combination Fire Department Managers Academy
Firefighter Michael Dallessandro, Grand Island (NY) Fire Company

Most of what fire department leaders and managers learn comes from on-the-job training or time spent in county or state courses that are often focused primarily on hands-on skills and rarely on the nuts and bolts of the business side of a fire department. This workshop is directed at individuals who have some level of management responsibilities in volunteer or small combination fire departments. Topics will include subjects rarely taught those climbing the leadership-management ladder, including the following: Fire Department Studies and Reviews; Fire Department Facilities Needs; Facilities Maintenance;  Long-Range Planning Apparatus Needs; Maintenance and Planning; Managing with the Assistance of G.I.S. Mapping; and Introduction to National Fire Protection Association 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments. ALL LEVELS

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Company Officer Development: Fireground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers
Battalion Chief Jim Silvernail, Metro West (MO) Fire Protection District

How do you implement initial, tactical actions on the fireground as a suburban fireground officer in a quint or partial quint concept? Do you flip a coin to decide between operating as an engine or as a truck company? This presentation is designed to demonstrate the critical importance of having educated, experienced fireground decision-making processes and to stimulate discussions toward achieving consistently safe coordinated fire attacks. The answer to the initial question above is to have effective standard operating guidelines, experienced company officers, and training. This PowerPoint-based workshop stimulates and leads discussions toward finding solutions to creating effective and safe fireground operations. This lecture closely follows the suburban firefighting principles established in Suburban Fire Tactics (Fire Engineering, 2013). ALL LEVELS

Drills You’re Not Going to Find in Books
Captain Raul A. Angulo, Seattle (WA) Fire Department

When senior members retire, decades of experience and trade secrets are lost if they aren’t shared. Mandatory training on the same basic subjects becomes boring. Thinking of creative drills isn’t easy, and company officers are asking for help! This presentation is a large collection of trade secrets that you’re not going to find in the books so you can share and pass on. They include unique, innovative drills and evolutions for engine and truck companies. They’re designed to make drilling challenging, exciting, and fun, increasing morale, esprit de corps, self-confidence, competence, and crew preparedness. The sequential step-by-step slides effectively demonstrate procedures, allowing students to visually grasp the concept of the drill quickly, without reading pages of instruction and commentary. Many of the drills are based on case studies that involved a firefighter injury or line-of-duty death. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Extrication Zone: EMS Aspects
Rommie Duckworth, Lieutenant/EMS Coordinator, Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department

Good vehicle extrication demands a unique collaboration between rescue and emergency medical personnel. To save a victim (not just chop up a vehicle), we need to minimize the time from extrication to emergency department with a focus on “Get In, Get Care, Get Out.” This program incorporates advanced life support considerations in the extrication strategy using a real-world approach and shows how most critical trauma care can be managed quickly and effectively by basic life support first responders. This program will help you better and more safely deliver immediate life-saving treatment; reduce time from patient contact to patient surgery; and address concerns for special patient populations including geriatrics, pediatrics, and pregnant patients. ALL LEVELS

Fire Officer Survival in Quarters and on the Scene
Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department; and Gordon Graham, Graham Research Consultants, CA  

As a chief or company officer, you “own” what happens to you and your troops--and what you do before an incident (operationally and administratively) can help you best be prepared for what will eventually happen. Land mines? On both the fireground and in the firehouse, there are so many areas where we can find ourselves getting “jammed up,” and it is almost always predictable. To you, your peers, and those you supervise, it may not be very easy or simple to avoid these land mines, but by learning about the recent past, you can be better prepared for the future. This program will not only show you numerous ways to improve, but it may even help your career last a nice long time and even help you avoid making headlines in the future. ALL LEVELS

Getting the Most from Your Incident Simulation Software
Command Trainer Ted Nee, Sandia National Labs

Incident simulation software is a powerful training tool for teaching firefighting strategy and tactics, developing decision-making skills, and teaching factual knowledge in context. However, most simulation product software manuals and online tutorials are good for learning how to create simulations but not so good for learning how to use the simulation in training. The instructor shares what he has learned in more than 15 years of using incident simulation software to create effective training materials. Techniques for the design and development of  scenario-based training and high-fidelity simulations are demonstrated. The types of skills best taught and evaluated using scenario-based and simulation training are identified and discussed. Effective ways to provide meaningful feedback to your students are also covered. All students will receive access to the training materials used for this workshop. ALL LEVELS

Hazmat: Initial Approach and Actions
Assistant Chief Kristina Kreutzer, Mill Creek (DE) Fire Company

A proper size-up is necessary for the safe and efficient resolution of any incident. A hazmat size-up includes systematically evaluating the environment, the containers, and the materials. Understanding a hazmat container is much like understanding building construction. It is critical to understand how the container will behave. Key tactical decisions relating to the container include keeping it intact by removing stress and recognizing when it may fail. Understanding a hazardous material is as important as understanding fire behavior. Hazardous material behavior can be broken down into the topics of what the material will do (consequences of contact, related to chemical properties) and how the material will move (probability of contact, related to physical properties and environmental effects). A chart showing a combination of the probability and consequences of contact can be used as a tool to guide tactical decisions and track progress toward objectives. ALL LEVELS

High-Tech Highways: Responding to Hybrid and EV Incidents
Lieutenant Jason Emery, Waterbury (CT) Fire Department

As the number of hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) on the roads continues to grow around the world, it is imperative that emergency responders, who are on the front lines of handling crashes, extrications, and fires, stay up to date with these vehicles. This workshop takes an in-depth look at vehicles using high-voltage electrical systems and their impact on emergency operations. It covers identification methods, vehicle systems and hazards, response procedures, hybrid buses, and other commercial vehicles now gaining in popularity. Attendees will gain the knowledge required to safely work around these vehicles and to educate other members of their departments on how to handle their presence on our roads. Additionally, an overview of steps the SAE 2990 committee, Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Task Force, is taking toward addressing the concerns of the emergency response community will be presented along with updated information from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. ALL LEVELS

How to Nail Your First-Due Strategic Responsibility
Mark Emery, Fire Commissioner, King County, WA

You will appreciate this simple, yet powerful, Four-Box strategic process for executing a master craftsman size-up that will produce a meaningful initial incident action plan. The Four-Box process is a structured, systematic, and flexible process that will work at 3 a.m. Using the Four-Box process will ensure that you nail your first-due strategic responsibility every time. Designed to address the strategic recommendations of NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I, the Four-Box process will also eliminate freelancing and help you achieve and maintain tactical accountability. The program will include a “live” demonstration using audience members as “companies.” As a bonus, the Four-Box method works fantastic during a promotional test! ALL LEVELS

Keeping Your Firefighters from Getting Killed
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) John Norman, Fire Department of New York

This workshop focuses on keeping firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes others have made so they can avoid repeating the tragedies. It focuses heavily on the changes occurring in today’s modern fire environment and includes segments on the following: the changing causes of firefighter deaths and injuries, the changing fire environment and its effect on firefighters, the warning signs of impending firefighter casualties, and preventing catastrophes. ALL LEVELS

Leadership Development: Inspiring Leadership for Today’s Fire Service
Assistant Chief of Operations (Ret.) Lawrence Schultz, Washington DC Fire/EMS Department

This highly interactive and entertaining workshop covers the critical leadership principles needed to lead career, volunteer, or combination departments. Topics covered include recruitment, supervisory responsibilities, member responsibilities, generational differences, discipline, training, and quality assurance processes. This thought-provoking class is a must for all inspiring chiefs, company officers, and management teams. ALL LEVELS

Modern Fire Attack Principles: Strategic and Tactical Perspectives
Deputy Chief Chris Pepler, Torrington (CT) Fire Department

This workshop, designed for firefighters and officers, highlights the latest strategies and tactics needed to conduct safe and aggressive fire attack operations. Nationally recognized incidents, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports, Underwriters Laboratories, and National Institute of Standards and Technology studies are analyzed and discussed. The class covers the following: 21st century building construction issues; the modern-day fuel load; is ventilation a friend or an enemy, hydraulics 101, knowing your arsenal, the best fire tactics for attic fires, basement fires, room-and-contents fires, and well-involved floor fires. Lessons learned from tragedies that occurred within the past 13 years will be discussed. At the end of the class presentations, selected students will be given scenarios in which they will serve as the incident commander: They will conduct a size-up, assume command, and give the tactical objectives for a successful fire attack. ALL LEVELS

Next Generation Tactics and Command
Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros, Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire District

This workshop is full of amazing incident command post videos; bone-chilling radio traffic; and behind-the-scenes lessons learned from fires and rescues in apartments, homes, and motels. The focus is on what went right for a change as well as what went wrong. Tactics and command are examined in a whole new way that will give even the most seasoned firefighter new tools and perspectives. Regardless of your department size and staffing, you will walk away inspired with a new passion for excellence and a new drawer full of tactical tools to take home to your department. This is a high-energy, intense, and one-of-kind workshop  you can’t miss. Live rescues, fatalities, Maydays, and multibuilding fires will be covered. Dialogue between the incident commander and other officers inside the command post will be analyzed. ALL LEVELS

No Brainer Management
Chief (Ret.) Alan Brunacini, Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department
This class revolves around the basic categories of organizational behavior for which bosses must prepare, manage, and somehow survive: personal effectiveness, inside/outside customer connection, performance management, behavior management, organizational alignment, and creating and maintaining an effective organizational environment. Leaders are prepared for the many challenges they will face. Attendees will develop a smart, effective game plan for the recurring, day-to-day issues while learning key strategies for managing the unexpected. ALL LEVELS

Specifying Fire Apparatus: Back to Basics
Battalion Chief (Ret.) William Peters, Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department

Purchasing fire apparatus is a very involved process. This workshop covers needs assessment; using National Fire Protection Association 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus; critical boilerplate information; options and features; how to properly perform factory inspections; acceptance; training; and delivery of your new apparatus. ALL LEVELS

Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires: Search and Ventilation
Deputy Chief/Training Officer P.J. Norwood, East Haven (CT) Fire Department; and Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Jim Duffy, Wallingford (CT) Fire Department

This highly interactive workshop will give you a global perspective of search and ventilation an introduction to residential structure fires. We will discuss these two individual perspectives (search and ventilation), how they fit in with command and fire attack, and why they are needed to keep you safe on today’s fireground and reduce the civilian fire deaths in these structures. Whether you work in the city or in the suburbs, the strategies and tactics are the same. Students are shown the how and the why of each tactic. Simulation software, video, and photographs are used to reinforce points and involve the students. Firefighters and officers will be given tips for completing their tasks safely and efficiently when personnel are limited. This workshop complements “Tactical and Strategic Perspectives of Residential Fires: Command and Fire Attack.” ALL LEVELS

Techniques and Strategies for Maintaining Mental/Psychological Preparedness
Steve Calvert, Assistant Chief of Chaplain Services, Coppell (TX) Fire Department

The suicide rate of emergency responders is three times that of the general population. Constant exposure to trauma, the daily stress of our jobs, and the increasing number of line-of-duty deaths take an immeasurable and often hidden toll on firefighters. How do we face these difficulties without becoming statistics in the suicide, divorce, and physical and mental health rates that sweep through our industry? That question has more officers and departments looking into Life Safety Initiative 13, promoting psychological support. This workshop refers to it as “mental resiliency” and addresses the safety aspects of mental resiliency as well as actions to take to build awareness and safeguards against distractions that can demonstrate themselves negatively on the fire line. It’s time to provide much-needed focus and attention on preparing mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for our occupational stress and exposure to trauma and not just for the technical aspects of the job. It’s a requirement for longer, more fulfilling careers in the fire service and the health of our families. ALL LEVELS

The Art of Reading Smoke 2014
Battalion Chief (Ret.) David Dodson, Response Solutions, LLC

Often, smoke issuing from a building is the only clue available to predict fire behavior and the likelihood of a flashover or rapid fire spread. First-arriving officers, incident commanders, and safety officers MUST know how to rapidly read smoke. This workshop explains the reading-smoke process and gives participants lots of practice using actual fireground video. INTERMEDIATE

What Do You See/Hear? What Does It Mean?
Assistant Chief David Franklin, San Francisco (CA) Fire Department

While responding to incidents, we gather information. As we arrive on scene, we see things and we may be told things. Now what does it all mean? What do you do with that information? Students will be presented with various incident scenarios for which they will gather information. They will then be guided in how to determine which are the good important facts and how to process that information so it can aid them in planning their fire attack strategy. This processing must be ongoing and rapid. Video, audio, still photos, and a simulator are used. ALL LEVELS

Three-Day Workshop

Monday, April 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

FDIC Blue Card Simulation Lab and Conference
Chief (Ret.) Alan Brunacini, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Nick Brunacini, and Captain (Ret.) John Brunacini, Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department
The Blue Card certification process requires students to participate in a 24-hour simulation lab as the culminating element after they have completed the 50-hour Blue Card online training program. (Sign up for the online course at Students have many options as to where to attend this simulation lab experience, but none will be as comprehensive or as coveted as the FDIC Blue Card Command Certification Simulation Lab and Conference. The Blue Card certification sessions will be hosted by Alan Brunacini, while each simulation lab is led by Nick and John Brunacini along with other renowned Certified Blue Card instructors. Students completing this 24-hour training on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will then have the opportunity to attend any of the 200 classroom sessions being offered at FDIC 2014 as well as take unlimited advantage of the largest North American fire exhibition floor. This offer is available to an extremely limited number of students, and early registration is critical. ALL LEVELS















All PennWell Sites - Click to Expand
All PennWell Events - Click to Expand
© 2014. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS | SITE MAP | PennWell Websites | PennWell Events