2016 Pre-Conference Workshops

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4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: 

  • Monday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 18, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

2016 Workshops

Why Fire Prevention Education Doesn’t Work in Today’s Fire Service - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Becki White discusses how to evaluate risks and develop programs beyond the one-size-fits-all messages that don’t necessarily meet the needs of all communities.

Volunteer or Combination Fire Department Managers Academy - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Mike Dallessandro discusses that today’s leaders of volunteer or small combination fire departments rise through the ranks one year at a time, gaining their knowledge through fire service course work or hands-on experience.

Using Human Error as a Tool to Build a Safety Culture - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Shawn Pruchnicki  discusses firefighters are investigating numerous major airline accidents and hundreds of incidents across numerous fields by becoming more proactive with regard to the problems facing your department

The Privilege of Leadership - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Billy Hayes discusses that effective leadership behaviors that can be demonstrated when the situation calls for strong leadership presence.

The Art of Reading Buildings - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

John Mittendorf discusses various types of buildings to evaluate their strengths and hazards for fireground operations from a perspective of operational tactics and safety.

The 7 C's of Fire Officer Trust - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

John Alston discusses the skills that make good fire officers of all ranks.

Specifying Fire Apparatus, Back to Basics - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

William Peters covers apparatus replacement justification; types of apparatus and what will best suit the purchaser.

SLICE-RS: from the Beginning - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Eddie Buchanan discusses how to manage the resistance to change and the tools they can use to get their department operating effectively.

Railroad Incident Safety, Planning, and Operations in the Crude Oil Unit Train Era - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Moran discusses a foundation of knowledge in the area of railroad safety, planning, and operations for emergency responders.

No-Brainer Management - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Alan Brunacini discusses organizational alignment and how organizational structure can affect fireground operations, decision making, and fire department day-to-day functions.

Must-Have Policies for Every Fire Department - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Bradley Pinsky discusses top policies every fire department must have to prevent liability, firefighter injuries, and public embarrassment.

Medical Response to the Firefighter Mayday - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

David Mellen discuses on both advanced life safety and basic life safety patient care of the firefighters from the second they are found.

Implementing Compartment Fire Training Programs in Your Department - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Bill Gough discusses that Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (CFBT) has been developed over a 25-year period in Europe, the United Kingdom (UK), and Australasia. Recent research by Underwriters Laboratories/National Institute of Standards and Technology (UL/NIST) has identified that we must challenge previous reliance on traditional firefighting training, tactics, and techniques in the North American fire services and develop alternative approaches to complement our existing standard operating procedures.

How to Be a Dynamic Instructor - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Steve Crothers discusses that a dynamic instructor who is a subject matter expert in his field is essential to an effective learning environment.

High-Rise Operations: Strategic, Tactical, and Task Level - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

David McGrail discusses that high-rise firefighting is exponentially more complicated and dangerous than most other fireground operations.

Five-Alarm Leadership: Real Leadership with Real People

John Salka and Rick Lasky explain the value and importance of effective leadership skills in the fire service.

Fireground Strategies: from the Textbook to the Street - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Anthony Avillo discusses case studies, lessons learned, and other issues related to strategies on the fireground.

Creating Tactical Visionaries: Seeing the Fireground Clearly - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Phil Jose discusses having your responders see the challenges and opportunities with a common vision to create a cohesive and an effective response team--seeing a problem with the vision to understand how the incident commander sees it, how the company officer sees it, and how the firefighter see it.

Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2016 - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Christopher Naum discusses elements of effective and adaptive fireground leadership and the hard lessons learned are presented in this highly interactive program.

Building the Ladder: Officer Development Programs - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Rudy Horist offers a step-by-step process for completing a needs assessment and then building a framework for officer training for both entry-level and experienced fire officers.

Building Construction for the Street-Smart Fire Officer - Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

John Norman discusses risks the building creates for fire officers and other personnel.

Waving Red Flags on the Fireground 2.0: "Stop the Madness" - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lawrence Schultz discusses the class focuses on the critical relationship between the incident commander and the company officer and assists firefighters and their departments in proactively avoiding preidentifiable fireground pitfalls.

Training Officer and Instructor Graduate School - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Forest Reeder discussses the best practice approach to the design and delivery of an effective and efficient training program.

Training Basics and Essentials for the Fire Service - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Scott Thompson will discuss five areas essential for training success.: Defining Success, Establishing Standards, Assessing Needs, Mastering the BASICs, and Making Training Personal. 

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Thomas Merrill's message is, "Being a professional firefighter has nothing to do with earning a paycheck but has everything to do with attitude, appearance, commitment, and dedication."  

The Intelligent Interior Attack - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Peter Van Dorpe dicusses both the training ground and the fireground lead to a better understanding of the modern residential firefight

Safety Leadership

Ron Kanterman discusses how to teach and demonstrate proper safety "thinking" and methods for successful outcomes.

Rehab Revised: What's New in NFPA 1584? - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Mike McEvoy reviews the fire service rehab experience and developments in sports medicine that have changed our understanding of hydration, nutrition, cooling, and exercise physiology.

More Drills You're Not Going to Find in the Books - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Raul Angulo discusses the collection of more than 100 drills for the company officer.

Mastering the Instructor’s Tools of the Trade - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chuck Baird discusses the learning environment of the mind of the student and instructor.

Main Street Tactics and Strategies: Are You Ready? - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Joseph Pronesti addresses leading insights and operational considerations for fires in buildings and occupancies of ordinary masonry, heavy timber, and loft construction.

Leading from the Top - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Steven Kraft discusses leadership behaviors and the characteristics of great leadersin the fire service.

Hazmat: Initial Approach and Actions - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Kristina Kreutzer discusses the proper approach; staging; and safety of responders to hazardous materials.

Flawed Situational Awareness: The Stealth Killer of First Responders - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Richard Gasaway discusses that flawed situational awareness is consistently identified as one of the leading contributing factors in first responder casualty reports.  

Fireground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Jim Silvernail discusses creating effective, safe fireground solutions for officers operating in a suburban setting. 

Firefighting in the Modern World: Sustainable Green Design and Construction - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ronald Spadafora discusses multiple sustainable design issues firefighters are confronted with in the modern world.

Fire Officer Survival - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Billy Goldfeder and Gordon Graham discuss the role of officers.

Essentials of Honorable Leadership - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Mark Emery discusses leadership development opportunity.   

Dynamic Decision Making and Reading the Fire

Stan Raffel discusses dynamic decision making and reading the fire.

Developing and Implementing Fire Behavior Training Programs - Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ian Bolton discusses the challenges and solutions in successfully implementing a fire behavior/dynamics training program in their departments.  

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