PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Certificate of Attendance issued for all completed sessions.

All session times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Health Safety Officer (Day 1 of 2)
A216

This course will introduce the attendee to occupational safety and health for fire and emergency services and provide the information needed to become the organization’s occupational health & safety professional. The subject matter was developed with an emphasis on identifying and understanding hazard recognition, hazard analysis, hazard control, hazard-based compliance, use of best practices, OSHA hazard control strategies, risk management, and regulatory agencies, such OSHA, NFPA, NIOSH, EPA and DoT. This course will also prepare the attendee to take the Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification exam for the Health & Safety Officer using the 2015 edition of NFPA 1521.

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Managing the Multi-Alarm
Columbus Fire Academy

This course will focus on common sense tips for the first-due battalion chief faced with a multi-alarm incident. Topics will include organizing the incident, resource tracking, building an effective command team, instituting the Operations Section and transitioning to a command vehicle, all while maintaining situational awareness. This course will also offer resources for participants to conduct command training at their departments.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fireground Responsibility
A210-212

This program looks at a summary of common mistakes and best practices discovered from the presenter’s extensive evaluation of more than 500 near-miss reports and line-of-duty casualty investigations. Improve your understanding of what’s killing firefighters at incident scenes and how to improve fireground safety. During this fast-paced program, the presenter will look at the role of staffing, communications, command activities, size-up, strategy, training, near-miss events and post-incident evaluations play in line-of-duty deaths of firefighters. Attendees will be offered best practices to fix the mistakes.

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Flawed Situational Awareness: The Stealth Killer of First Responders
A120-122

In his review of hundreds of near-miss reports, case studies, line-of-duty death reports and videos, the presenter continually found himself being frustrated because there were so many clues, indicators and signs that the incident was going to end in disaster. Yet, for some reason, personnel operating at the incident scene—from company officers to incident commanders—could not see it coming.  Or if they did see it coming, they did nothing to alter their course. This program focuses on some of the most pervasive situational awareness barriers first responders will face while operating in stress-filled, dynamically changing environments.

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Marine, Airborne, Ranger, Firefighter: The Case for Effective Small Unit Leadership in the Fire Service
A223-225

This presentation is about small-unit leadership skills for the company officer in the fire service. The presenters will draw comparisons to small-unit leadership in the military and discuss what a young corporal or sergeant does to effectively lead a group of three to four with limited information, compressed timelines, and insufficient resources. Those traits and skills needed to transition between direct supervision and task-level action are the absolute bedrock for success on the street. And make no mistake, success on the street does not happen without success in the firehouse, and that’s where leadership begins.

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Size Up Videos and Tactics for the First Due Engine
A123-125

This highly dynamic and participation-based class focuses solely on the most important arriving company on the fireground, the first due engine. This class uses raw fireground footage that will start prior to the first-due company arrival on scene. These videos will be broken down at the strategic, tactical and task level with all the emphasis being place on the first-due engine. The attendees may participate in the size-up process and tactical process. Engine tactics are also discussed throughout the presentation and case studies are reviewed after each segment of serious fires, some of which resulted in LODDs and career-ending injuries.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Health Safety Officer (Day 2 of 2)
A216

This course will introduce the attendee to occupational safety and health for fire and emergency services and provide the information needed to become the organization’s occupational health & safety professional. The subject matter was developed with an emphasis on identifying and understanding hazard recognition, hazard analysis, hazard control, hazard-based compliance, use of best practices, OSHA hazard control strategies, risk management, and regulatory agencies, such OSHA, NFPA, NIOSH, EPA and DoT. This course will also prepare the attendee to take the Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification exam for the Health & Safety Officer using the 2015 edition of NFPA 1521.

Speakers:

Managing the Multi-Alarm
Columbus Fire Academy

This course will focus on common sense tips for the first-due battalion chief faced with a multi-alarm incident. Topics will include organizing the incident, resource tracking, building an effective command team, instituting the Operations Section and transitioning to a command vehicle, all while maintaining situational awareness. This course will also offer resources for participants to conduct command training at their departments.

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A Continuum of Training: The Case for Effective Officer Training From The Ground Up
A223-225

The fire service has abdicated its responsibility to train and educate its officer corps. This leads directly to bad outcomes in the firehouse and on the fireground. Leaders shouldn’t be shocked when things go wrong, they should be shocked when things go right. The presenters will review the real-world implementation of a new officer development training section and discuss how that template can be scaled and implemented in fire departments of every size. They will discuss how, fundamentally, the fire service must change course and stop believing that officer development is a luxury that can occur as time and budgets allow.

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Building a Tradition of Passion
A220-222

This course focuses on how to build an environment that encourages members at all levels to be invested in the job. The presenter will discuss how generational differences, polarization, roles and responsibilities, managing change, communication, and organizational values impact engagement and enthusiasm. He will look at how to use accountability, standards, discipline, and succession planning to build morale and produce an atmosphere that preserves the calling of the past in the future of our departments. The goal is to send attendees home with the knowledge necessary to be both good leaders and followers as they make passion their department’s best tradition!

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CANCELED: Will Your LODD Eulogy Mention Culture?
A120-122

This straight-forward presentation addresses the cultural impact you, your crew, your firehouse and your department will play into whether you live or die, and they do it unknowingly. Numerous factors are addressed in a no-nonsense impactful presentation reviewing case studies from numerous LODD incidents and close calls. The presenter served on the Texas Line of Duty Death (LODD) Task Force in 2013 where 20 first responders lost their lives. Additionally, six other LODD deaths that occurred in Dallas are addressed first-hand. This is a straight-forward and direct approach on finding the professional compass for being a better firefighter.

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Command Training for Chief Officers: Creating a Great Incident Commander - YOU!
A213-214

Very few departments, even major municipal departments, offer incident command (IC) training for their chief officers. This class delivers you the opportunity to develop your own skills, and those of your colleagues, regardless of your department’s commitment. This class was developed to give you the tools you need to be your own best training advocate. This class gives you the tools to develop a cadre of like-minded, focused, trained, and motivated chief officers. Advocate, but do not wait, for your department to make your training a priority. Develop your skills to be the best IC possible. The best version of yourself.

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Commercial Building Fire Operations
A123-125

Commercial building fires present tremendous dangers to responding firefighters, ranging from building construction to fire loads to fire behavior. A 2020 NFPA report showed “there were 3.0 fireground deaths per 100,000 nonresidential structural fires from 2014 to 2018, compared to 2.7 fireground deaths per 100,000 residential structural fires.” Firefighters must realize they cannot simply apply their residential fire attack tactics to these commercial fires. Attendees will analyze commercial fire statistics, building construction challenges, hazards found within these structures, fire behavior studies, initial incident priorities and action plans, forcible entry techniques, fire attack tactics, ventilation methods, and more.

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Intoxicated Leadership: Thinking Strategically vs. Reacting Emotionally
A210-212

Using real-world examples and videos, attendees will learn the why and how of becoming a leader who can navigate even the most difficult of assignments. By focusing on improving certainty, autonomy, and relatedness, leaders learn how to have effective conversations to address the personal and professional problems they encounter. Emotional Intelligence provides an understanding of how harnessing emotions leads to a stronger, more effective command and control, both on the fireground and in the firehouse. Be prepared to laugh in this class (including at yourself) while we promote leadership competency, not its celebrity.

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