Certificate of Attendance issued for all completed sessions.

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

Note: Additional classes are being added

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Tailboard Talk
Firehouse Stage Exhibit Hall

See three presenters, three topics, in 45 minutes.

  • Making Rescues Over Ladders by Sean Eagen
  • Gettin the Stick Imposition by Sexton Towns
  • Session information to come.
Sean Eagen Sexton S Towns
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Roundtable: Eight Design Ideas for Fire Station in 2023 and Beyond
Firehouse Stage Exhibit Hall

Session information to come.

Eric Pros Joe Weithman Timothy Wiley Janet Wilmoth
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
7 Deadly Sins, 7 Ways To Win At Your Firehouse

Attendees will be exposed to 7 deadly sins and 7 ways to win: 14 different things that can either make or break a typical day at the firehouse, while driving your apparatus and/or using your tools and equipment, or while on the emergency scene. Current and past situations (positive and negative) that have occurred in the fire service around the country will be shared and discussed, not to Monday-morning quarterback or critique, but instead to offer the attendees an opportunity to be exposed to some of the challenges they may likely face at some point of their career. Areas discussed include, but are not limited to, firehouse daily activities, emergency responses, personnel issues, and training and administrative duties. Regardless of your current or future rank, there will be numerous key takeaways that can be applied the next time you are on duty.

Steve Prziborowski
Emergency Radio Communications: What to Say When it Matters the Most

This interactive course will familiarize firefighters, company officers, and command officers with best practice communication procedures and methods specifically designed to assure the efficient rescue of distressed firefighters. Specific components such as command actions, standardized radio messages, culture of the mayday message, calling the mayday, state and national standards/regulations, building evacuation, PAR, and the actions required of the member declaring the mayday will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the development, awareness, and use of department-wide standard operating guidelines designed to ensure the effective use of these procedures and rapid intervention crews in the mayday environment.

John Lewis Robert Moran
EMS: SWAT/Tactical EMS and Explosives Mitigation and Treatment in the Tactical Setting

The majority of this course will focus on SWAT's genesis and formation over the last 50 years and the addition of Tactical EMS in austere settings. These settings in the tactical environment can be dangerous for SWAT operators and medics alike. However, serious planning and best practices are utilized when forming a SWAT medic team. This course will also introduce the attendees to various commercial, military and homemade explosives. Explosive breaching is used by SWAT operators; therefore, blast injuries must also be covered and emphasized. Videos from many different explosive materials will be shown to provide the impact needed to identify today's explosives in use. The response to a bomb or post-blast scene will be covered with some basic medical treatments that medics and officers can perform to help victims in the field.

Jarred Alden
In Honor of the Charleston 9: 15 Years Later

Fifteen years have passed since June 18, 2007 in Charleston, SC, where nine firefighters perished in a furniture warehouse fire. The presenter, who was the engineer of the first-arriving engine on that day, relates how this experience has changed organizational culture, response, education, and training in the modern environment. He gives a riveting account of what he witnessed that day, and the crisis that ensued in the fire service and his personal life as well. This course also uses firsthand video footage from the incident with the coinciding radio traffic. The presenter gives a minute-by-minute synopsis of the incident from when he drove the engine out of the firehouse to the warehouse fire, all the way to where the department is today, 15 years later. Attendees will share in not only the pain of this occurrence, but also the triumph reflected in changes in numerous aspects of organizational culture.

Dr. David Griffin
It's Worth the Risk

This class is about more than just aggressive interior firefighting, it is also about standing strong against all odds to create a better and more effective fire service by putting yourself out there. Stay true to yourself, stay true to the mission, and stay true to the job. Aggressive does not mean unsafe. There is positive value in tradition, culture, and the core values that built the fire service. This means we can take acceptable risks, and make calculated tactical decisions based on your level of training, knowledge, and experience. You must understand that this is a tough and dangerous job that requires mental and physical toughness. More civilians are saved in one week than firefighters die inside structures in an entire year. We can and do make a positive impact in saving lives and property. With solid training the risk is truly reduced to a manageable level. Bringing back realistic and practical live fire training is needed.

Curt Isakson
Managing the Multi-Alarm: Tips and Training Strategies

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. Tips and techniques for delivering command training at your department will also be covered and participants will receive fire simulation materials.

Mike Noyes
Mentoring The Young: Are Millennials Really the Problem or is it Lack of Mentorship?

The attendees will join the presenter as he goes through his emotional failure that led to the greatest comeback of his career. The take-aways are simple. If you are doing your job then this class will confirm that for you and you can continue on . If you are not doing your job then the hope is that this class will motivate you to get off the couch and be a mentor. In either situation the presenter hopes to provide new tools to be taken back to your department for you to put into place. Mentoring is the most underrated and forgotten skill in the fire service today. Let's get each other motivated, disciplined, and locked in to the world of mentoring and how to spring it back to life in your fire department today!

Jacob Johnson
Probie to Promotee: The Missing Link of Professional Development

As the fire service focuses its attention on educating current and prospective chiefs and company officers on leadership, it has neglected to prepare our newest, most influential members to be successful firefighters first. This course addresses the largest gap of fire service development; initial certification to first promotion. The goal of this program is to remove the stigma associated with the “junior” position by teaching each member on the roster their role in grooming our future leaders through followership, enthusiasm, and a focus on fundamental skills. From the first-year firefighter to the 30-year chief, all members will find strategies in this course to make a solid foundation of fundamentals the norm in their department!

Marc Aloan
RIT Team Operations: A Top-Down Approach

This program was created based on multiple, real- life incidents that identified the need for RIT teams to be better prepared for activation with a particular focus on potential rescues from elevated areas. This class will discuss various ways to approach non-routine training for RIT Team operations. Topics include performing effective scene size-ups, techniques for performing rescues from a roof top or elevated area, understanding the decision-making process, and roles of the company officer and incident commander during a mayday. We will identify and evaluate actual mayday situations that may (and did) go unnoticed and how to take a realistic approach to recognizing future mayday situations. We will also review real-life incidents and discuss how a domino effect of fireground issues often occurs leading up to the mayday.

Greg Obert Matthew Fuentes
Search and Rescue on the Modern Fireground

Over the past 10 years, firefighting research into single-family dwelling fires has focused primarily on ventilation and suppression tactics. Our exploratory look into victim survivability during the first suppression study was eye-opening for both researchers and the fire service alike. But questions have still remained. UL’s FSRI has just completed a full three-year study dedicated to fireground size-up, victim survivability, and search and rescue operations. Upon arrival, what is the structure and fire presentation telling us? Where do we begin our search relative to the location of the fire? Is it best to conduct a door or window initiated search? If we find a victim, what’s next? Is it best to remove them through the structure, isolate and shelter in place, or isolate and find a new means of egress? This presentation will provide an opportunity for UL FSRI to present the highlights and real-world application of the research.

Keith Stakes
The Evolution of Extinguishment: Rapid Dominance Fire Flows

The modern fire environment requires fire flows that can rapidly, safely, and efficiently knock down interior fires. Unfortunately, many departments still utilize conjecture-based fire attack strategies and tactics built on a misunderstanding and misapplication of mid-20th century research. It is vital that firefighters understand the direct impact their chosen fire streams and nozzle techniques have on the outcome of an operation. Attendees will learn nozzle design history, previous research/attack methodology, modern fire behavior, nozzle/stream selection criteria, and water application tactics to combat increased threats on the fireground.

Jonathan Hall
The Intelligently Aggressive Fireground

Firefighters are placed under demanding situations with less staffing than ever before. Tactical thermal imaging allows firefighters to include thermal data to enhance their decision making. This data is a force-multiplier which allows for locating the victim(s) up to 70% faster, locating and extinguishing the fire faster, and preventing may-day's by maintaining situational awareness. This program will focus on the fundamentals of firefighting from size-up, forcible entry, fire attack, search, and rapid intervention. Each portion of the program will be delivered in a systematic method that is designed for all levels from the entry level firefighter, to the company officer, to the Incident Commander.”

Andy Starnes
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Roundtable: Suburban Fireground Tactics
Firehouse Stage Exhibit Hall

Session information to come.

Sean Duffy Randall Hanifen Mark Miller Michael Terzo Jr
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
The Bronx Twin Park Fire: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Large Scale Incidents

Using the leadership lessons learned and reinforced at the January 2022 Twin Park Fire in the Bronx, NY, this presentation will focus on strategies and tactics employed and those to consider when responding to large-scale incidents. The Twin Parks fire resulted in more than 70 victims and required the adaptation of FDNY standard strategies and tactics, which resulted in many lives saved. The speaker was the command chief for this fire and arrived on scene quickly at this escalating incident and assisted the initial incident commander. His first-hand knowledge will equip attendees with the strategic and tactical considerations necessary to stay ahead of a quickly expanding and evolving incident. Every town in America has the potential of a large-scale incident that can produce multiple victims and quickly overwhelm and outstrip responding resources. Are you prepared?

Frank Leeb

Thursday, September 29, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
A New Chief's Guide to Surviving Local Politics

Newly promoted chief officers are often well versed in the strategies, tactics, and operations of their departments. In their new positions comes the added responsibility of becoming the “face” of their agency with every encounter they have. The focus is on the formal and informal politics that a newly promoted chief officer must be ready to encounter, navigate, and engage upon. These will be some of, if not the most critical relationships that must be developed for both the chief and agency to be successful. This interactive presentation will discuss how politics impact not only the internal stakeholders, but also how external stakeholders and their support are affected by it. Emphasis will be placed on the attitude, practices, and steps that the new chief can take to avoid mayhem and survive local politics.

Jared Renshaw
Building Firefighter Resilience with Fitness and Nutrition

Resiliency is the ability of an individual to bounce back from traumatic events and to deal with stresses in healthy ways. A resilient first responder uses effective coping strategies to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. They miss fewer days of work, can provide more compassion to those they service and have greater job satisfaction and career longevity. The two best coping strategies any first responder has at their disposal is a good fitness and nutrition program. In this seminar, the instructor will first introduce how stress and inflammation are leading to the plethora of health issues facing today's first responders. Then attendees will learn the definition of resilience in the context of first responders and review the research on the correlations between fitness, nutrition and improved resilience. Lastly, attendees will be given fitness and nutrition guidelines and resources that they can immediately implement and follow that will improve their health and make them a more resilient first responder.

Aaron Zamzow
Commanding Stress: A Firefighter's Guide to Peak Performance

Emergency responders are assaulted each day by numerous forms of stress, ranging from the routine challenges of life to the unexpected trauma of fires and other disasters. This class is designed to help you function safely and effectively in a stressful environment. It is based on lessons learned from many years of managing fire and emergency operations with the New York City Fire Department. Personal fire experiences and videos are used to illustrate techniques that help you manage stress and perform more effectively in any kind of emergency operation. The presentation examines stress psychology, but is geared to provide very practical, hands-on recommendations for firefighters, company officers, chiefs, and EMS personnel. Channelized attention, task saturation, communication issues, social influences, and other factors that negatively affect the decision-making process are analyzed. The command bubble, the imposter syndrome, the size-up process and other fire service concepts are presented in a manner designed to improve a firefighter's situational awareness and capability under crisis conditions. See how the decision-making process that occurs on the fireground is a skill that can be developed and used to allow you to perform more confidently and safely in your work. Learn the tools that allow you to refocus from disabling fear to positive action in any challenging situation.

Tom Dunne
EMS: Make It Stop!!! Down and Dirty Bleeding Control

This presentation is a motivating yet realistic approach to time critical bleeding assessment and treatment built for all audiences as long as they have a rather strong stomach. This class will cover various types of bleeding and the appropriate treatments. We will use explicit photos and videos to illustrate just how serious bleeding can be, as well as the need to stop it. Tourniquets will play a large roll and will be demonstrated throughout. Examples of civilian medicine using bleeding control techniques will make this class become a reality.

Brandon Heggie
Leading with Labor: A Cooperative Approach to Advance the Fire Service

Too often we think of tenuous relationships and needless struggles between labor and management. In the 21st century fire service, there is no room for the "us vs. them" mentality. This presentation is for fire service professionals of all ranks, experience levels and departments, regardless of size. Attendees will not only gain a better understanding of why cooperative approaches to the majority of fire service issues work; they will also learn how to implement or improve existing workplace environments.

Steve Stein
Media Mayday: A Fire Officer’s & Chief’s Guide to Navigating Media Interviews

Most fire officers and chiefs would choose root canal over performing a media interview. But spreading our message via the media is an important part of being a fire service leader. In this highly interactive session, participants will learn how to manage media interviews and use the media to help carry their fire department's message to the public. Examples of strong media performances by fire chiefs and officers will be reviewed, helping prepare attendees for the next time they are met with a camera or a microphone – whether it be at a fire scene or back at the fire station.

Robert Leonard
No Excuses: Winning on the Fireground with Minimal Staffing

Many fire departments are understaffed, but that is no excuse to be unprepared. In the modern fire service their are many tools available to help these departments deliver the service their citizens expect. We will discuss the utilization of thermal imaging cameras to help these crews stay safe while also providing for faster extinguishment and primary searches. The need to control the flow path will be covered and the presenter will discuss how the use of smoke curtains can accomplish this without sacrificing a firefighter for door control. The presenter will also cover effective water delivery options and discuss the need to balance speed with extinguishment power. During this part of the presentation the different options we have to provide for extinguishment and cooling will be covered (water can, piercing nozzle, handlines, and master streams). Throughout the presentation, attendees will be presented with the case for authenticity in the way they manage their response. When we can't magically make more firefighters appear, we have to adapt our response. We must not attempt to copy and paste tactics from other fire departments who are much closer to being fully staffed.

Joey Baxa
Responding to Aircraft Emergencies

Responses to aircraft emergencies require unique strategies, tactics and of course planning. As the chief of a fire department with a busy airport, I have been the incident commander at 4 aircraft emergencies in the past several years. This class will provide a first hand account using case studies to provide valuable lessons learned. Using my departments policies and procedures I will provide ideas and guidance for setting SOPs for Aircraft incidents. Response considerations and basic operations (Extrication, Fire & EMS) will also be covered in the class. Many fire departments falsely believe these types of incidents are not a concern because they don’t have an airport in there district. However, these incident frequently occur away from airports and in nearby towns. It is always good to be prepared for the unexpected.

Duane Welliver
Say YES to VES

Yes, VES can be a challenge but if not you, then who? The fire department's mission is life safety and we must prepare ourselves for such an incident. Limited staffing, building construction, coupled with recent scientific data are all forcing us to reevaluate methods we have used for decades. Vent Enter Search (VES) is no different. To be the best fire service professionals we can be, we must fully understand fire dynamics as they relate to VES. This will allow us to operate at the maximum level of proficiency upholding our primary mission...Life Safety. The course will cover VES history, VES size up, evaluating risk/need for VES, specific step-by-step how-to techniques, and when and where aspects of VES.

Kevin Lewis
What is our Biggest Liability?

The headlines are shocking: fire departments sued, incident commanders charged with manslaughter, firefighters held personally liable. We have all been in classes where the instructor warns the attendees that failing to do it right could prompt Mrs. Smith to get her lawyer and sue you! But what exactly is our biggest liability? Who is most likely to sue us, and just how likely is a lawsuit? The answers will surprise you! Curt Varone has been maintaining a comprehensive database of lawsuits involving the fire service for more than nine years. The database now includes more than 11,000 cases and climbing. This program will explore that data and in the process look at the liability trends that confront the fire service. The truth is some of our biggest fears in terms of liability are largely overblown theoretical concerns – while other more threatening liability traps have gone largely unnoticed. Hard decisions need to be based in real liability challenges, not perceived or theoretical possibilities that rarely, if ever, occur. We now have the data. The program will also go beyond the data to look at examples of the most common types of cases confronting the fire service. Lesson learned as well as proactive steps will be discussed.

Curt Varone
When Ordinary Construction Isn’t so Ordinary

Ordinary construction has been in our hometowns for more than a century. Unfortunately, many firefighters have died in the line of duty fighting fires in these buildings. This interactive presentation will give the strategy and tactics necessary to succeed when faced with fires in these buildings. These buildings have often changed occupancy, had alterations done, and have been neglected through the years, creating unique challenges. Ordinary construction has many special features and facets that cannot be taken for granted. Often, new construction has been used within these buildings, hiding their features while still looking like ordinary construction. Fires in these buildings require a different approach than the typical residential or commercial fire-tactics. This presentation will review the construction features and provide firefighters and fire officers with the tools needed for fireground success.

Tim Cowan
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Down & Dirty Urban Forcible Entry

Forcible entry tools and tactics have been around for ages. The need for keeping up with the ever so-changing game of forcing our way through things on the street is changing on us fast, and we need to be prepared. This interactive, forcible entry program is designed to teach the firefighter no matter the level of experience the main, basic and advanced principles of street smart forcible entry. This program focuses on new and older, but yet safe, street-approved methods and techniques for conventional forcible entry tactics. During this time, we will discuss and show techniques for making entry through and around locks, for both residential and commercial structures. Attendees will also learn quick access into urban steel roll gates and how to defeat the locks and locking mechanisms for them. Overcoming street hatches, additional security features like drop bars, slide bolts, burglar bars and modified locks will be covered as well. Because this is an interactive class, attendees will be faced with forcible entry scenarios and explain how they would overcome the challenges as well.

Robert James Charles Hendry
Rail Car Response Training for Crude Oil, Ethanol, and Other Flammable Liquid Incidents

Too often we think of tenuous relationships and needless struggles between labor and management. In the 21st century fire service, there is no room for the "us vs. them" mentality. This presentation is for fire service professionals of all ranks, experience levels and departments, regardless of size. Attendees will not only gain a better understanding of why cooperative approaches to the majority of fire service issues work; they will also learn how to implement or improve existing workplace environments.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Roundtable: Priorities for Today’s Training Academies
Firehouse Stage Exhibit Hall

Session information to come.

Frank Leeb Jack Smith Tim Walsh
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
EMS: Lessons Learned from the CQI Process

The session will focus on real-world examples of system lessons learned from the CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) process of one large metropolitan fire-based EMS service. Often providers feel that quality reviews and quality systems are built to assign blame, but this session strives to modify both that culture and that belief by sharing how specific examples lead to discoveries of faults, omissions, or missed opportunities within the aspects of the system that were identified as the real item in need of correction. Through specific example sharing, the presenter hopes to share lessons learned, and the process and motivation to look objectively at the how and why an event occurred.

Robert Lowe
Fire Operations in the Suburban Environment: A Case Study

The majority of suburban fire departments do not have the staffing to operate with the traditional engine and truck model, nor do departments have the staffing and depth to operate at incidents without automatic and mutual aid. West Chester Fire-Rescue underwent a three-phase operational improvement related to structural firefighting. Phase 1 involved deployment adjustments. Phase 2 provided policies and procedures that solidified strategy, tactics, and incident command across three shifts at the four major building types. The third phase focused on choreographing the major tasks at working fires. While not a new problem, this class will take participants through the journey of change from the technical to the cultural aspects. Learn from successes and pitfalls that occurred during the process.

Randall Hanifen
Interior Fire Operations in Heavy Content Conditions

Fighting fires in hoarder homes continues to be a problem for fire departments. While the mission is still the same, the tactics used when operating inside these clutter-filled residences must be adjusted. Whether searching for trapped occupants or making a push for an interior fire attack, adjustments must be made to traditional tactics. Topics included in this interactive class include, breeching interior walls for fire suppression, using pathways to find victims trapped, and when to divert from “normal” operations. 

Ryan Pennington
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Uniformed Support Groups

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, departments respond with an outpouring of support to ensure the family is taken care of and the firefighter is honored appropriately. Afterwards, firefighters will assist each other through the healing process and, at times, utilize available peer support and behavioral health resources. However, there are certain positions within the organization that can become isolated through the grieving and recovery phases. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has developed several uniformed outreach program initiatives. This presentation will discuss the Chief to Chief, Incident Commander to Incident Commander, Company Officer to Company Officer and Coworker to Coworker programs. The program will include an overview of the NFFF fire service programs, a discussion of the NFFF Uniformed Outreach Program concept, including development and implementation, an outline of the Fire Chief, Incident Commander, Company Officer and Coworker Uniformed Support Group programs, and presentations by personnel who have experienced a LODD to share their experience.

John Tippett
Partnering with Schools to Grow Your Junior Program

Volunteer fire companies stand to reinvigorate the spirit of community service through developing a working relationship with local high schools. Through a targeted partnership, schools can provide fire companies with appropriate students; those that have already demonstrated character, initiative, and promise. In turn, the fire companies can make available ample opportunity for the accumulation of documented service hours in the form of training, fire academy classes, and call response. Developing a school day, onsite program is too often prohibitively costly and labor issue for both fire companies who are witnessing declining numbers, and for school districts who lack the resources to provide additional courses. School officials, it should be noted, are keen to engage community organizations, particularly entities that have a public profile, transparent operations, and a track record of success in working with adolescents. An off-campus, post-school day program is attractive for the simple fact that it does not limit a student’s academic programming. It is also easy to promote as a "resume builder" for students looking to have an usual profile with which they can attract more interest from employers, military recruiters, and universities. This model may also prove the simplest way by which the fire company can diversify their membership as the school officials can help encourage young women and people of color to consider a volunteer organization they might otherwise not have exposure to as a service opportunity. This session aims to be a working meeting to help interested fire company leaders in creating a junior program that, with school validation, enables students to earn academic credit for the work they already provide to fire companies. Bring your experiences, your questions, and your ideas to the class, and walk away with new perspectives on an approach that may work for your firehouse.

Ellen Yarborough
RIC for the Rural Department

Take a look into how to operate and set up a RIC in a rural department for either volunteer or full time. Not all areas get to have the ability to have enough units coming right away to a structure fire to have a specific RIC company. In this class, the presenter will go over the basic ways to set up a RIC company and what a RIC company tasks will be on the fireground. The presenter will also discuss his experience during a RIC team activation and LODD that occurred in 2020. He will discuss the incident and what went right (and wrong) during the incident and the lessons learned.

Brandon Cory
Save Time and Money with Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative procurement has become a widely accepted practice to help local and state governments save time and money. This practice has evolved to cover many products and services fire departments need to purchase. This means fire chiefs and commissioners have another tool to save money and reduce overhead while ensuring they get the products they want for their department. Attendees will learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized. Available cooperative purchasing options will be reviewed.

Crosby Grindle
The National Firefighter Registry (NFR): Why Every Firefighter Should Join

Andrea Wilkinson from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will present on the National Firefighter Registry (NFR). The NFR, created through the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018, will be a voluntary registry of firefighters for evaluating cancer incidence and risk factors among this workforce. All firefighters—structural and wildland, career and volunteer, active and retired, those who have had cancer and those who have never had cancer—are encouraged to join once the NFR opens for enrollment. By providing vital information about their own health and work experiences, firefighters will play a critical role in increasing the understanding of the health risks this profession faces. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions regarding the NFR.

Andrea Wilkinson
Trench Rescue Ops for the First-In Engine: Preparing for Rescue

Every day in the United States there are contractors and homeowners making entry into trenches. A trench collapse incident is a low-frequency, high-risk incident where the fire service companies can find themselves unaware and under prepared. Trench rescues add the challenges and hazards of both a confined space and a collapse incident. It is imperative that first-arriving companies identify that the incident involves a trench and the hazards that exist in these rescues. At times, engine companies underestimate the hazards that exist within a trench and find themselves in a position where the life safety of the rescuers is compromised. This class will identify the common hazards and first-in engine company actions that can improve the life safety of the patient and the responders.

Brian Gettemeier
Wingspread VII: Statements of National Significance to the United States Fire and Emergency Services

The seventh Fire & Emergency Services Wingspread Conference has successfully concluded. The Report of Significant Statements has been published and is currently being distributed in written and electronic form to all interested stakeholders. The purpose of this presentation is to bring to life the process that was used and the discussions held to reach consensus by the 32 attendees, who represented a cross section of the United States Fire and Emergency services. Both presenters were a part of the Wingspread VII conference and helped produce the final report. The focal point for this presentation will be to describe and discuss the 12 statements of national significance, responding to questions and comments from the audience. Suggestions for Wingspread VIII will be collected and considered by the Wingspread VIII leadership team. If you are interested in the future of the fire and emergency services, you will want to attend this interesting and informative program.

Bruce Varner
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Building a Top Shelf Recruit Academy

The most influential time in any new firefighter’s career is the first months they are with your organization. You only have a short time during the recruit academy to set the foundation that will either become a storied career, or a 30-year drain on your department. Organizing and running a top-shelf program takes a lot of effort before, during and after the students leave the building, but a successful recruit academy is the bedrock of a successful department. This class will help the attendee identify what makes a successful recruit program and the tools needed to sustain the academy.

Keith Niemann
Command and Control: The Incident Commander's Role

Contrary to popular belief, Command and Control does not extinguish fires or bring emergencies under control. A very bold statement. However, Command and Control serves an important function at all fires and emergencies. This class will engage the participants in a discussion on just what the incident commander's role is and how experience plays a significant part in the process. The important aspect of mutual trust between incident commanders and their company officers and firefighters will be thoroughly discussed and how trust is a key ingredient to success. The outcome is not the most important part of the command process. The process is what is most important to understand.

Could your FD Culture be a factor in your LODD?

Are we first or are we second? We took an oath, and we ARE their last hope! We are surrounded by safety programs, acronyms, lectures, and safety officers, yet we still die. Is it fate or could we have been a little smarter? Is your organizational culture playing a role in your personal family? This straightforward presentation addresses the cultural impact you, your crew, your firehouse and your department will play in deciding whether you live or die. We 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 LODDs that occurred in Dallas are addressed from a firsthand experience.

Daniel DeYear
Data & Pronouns: Improving EMS & Patient Advocacy in 2022

The National EMS Information System Version 3 is a major revision to our electronic health records. Some of the new data fields will serve to accurately represent traditionally marginalized communities and provide actionable intelligence as healthcare improves and we assess EMS performance. Some of these fields are those that may be potentially sensitive for providers and patients. Providers may not yet be familiar with addressing and communicating with some of these patients. Key points for effective communication and compassion will help providers maintain patient dignity.

Jennifer Salomon
Engine Company Tactical Traps

We have all been there, the fire that goes sideways; we struggle to get it back on track. When tactical mistakes happen early in a fire, things tend to continue down that path. These fires happen all too often, yet we fail to address the real issue, bad tactical decisions. Tactical traps are all over the place on fire scenes and often overlooked. This class will discuss several common ones, from discount auto part stores, dollar stores, and all type 2 construction buildings. These types of buildings offer several of the same tactical traps. A few that we will discuss are fortified rear doors, partition walls, heavy fire loads. Also covered will be gaining access to balloon frame void fires and cockloft and attic fires. Basement fires to electric cars, hoarders conditions to vertical stretches. Your initial tactical considerations will dictate the outcome of the fire. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes on every fire; it's not that we make's how we recover from those mistakes. Unfortunately, no one on the fireground is coming behind you to fix your problem. The class is 32 years of experience riding an engine company and 21 from the right front seat. Experience matters! We only get one chance to set the tone for the entire fire.

Steve Robertson
Fireground Strategies: NFPA 1700 - From Interpretation to Implementation

The release of NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Firefighting, is the first document that connects the research done in Fire Behavior and Compartment Fire Dynamics to the on-scene application of strategy & tactics. It addresses fire control within a structure by helping to provide clarity in understanding fire science and fire dynamics. It is intended to provide guidance to organizations that operate at these incidents with proven approaches from the data collected. While its guidance and data are proven, the question of "how" continues to arise, regarding its implementation into departmental operations. This course has been designed to aid the fire service professional in applying the data to multiple facets of Fire Service Operations.

Mike Daley
Searchable vs. Survivable: Educated Decision Making

This course is about how we search, why we search and what’s the best way to affect our search, increasing our odds not only to locate a victim but remove them in the most efficient manner. We will be covering many statistics from the UL, USFA and Firefighter Rescue Survey. Let us not forget that life IS and ALWAYS will be our number one priority! It should not be the mindset of “what’s good for us” but rather we MUST concentrate our efforts on what is best for THEM! At the end of the class the attendees should be able to go home with knowledge found from recent studies by the UL as well as the statistics being compiled throughout the country and function in a capacity that is more efficient and practical in relation to “the search” on a typical residential structure fire. Attendees should understand that they may need to customize what they learned to their staffing levels of where they work.

Sean Duffy
Tactical Objectives: A Plan of Attack in a Logical Order

This program is a discussion about the tactical objectives that must be achieved at structural fires. Although structural fires are rapidly changing situations that require flexibility, there is still a priority order that some of these operations must follow. For example, you cannot advance an interior attack hoseline until forcible entry is performed. Join Battalion Chief John Salka as he discusses and explains how he has handled many successful operations using this concept. Issues discussed will include forcible entry, locating and confining the fire, getting water on the fire, conducting the primary searches, knocking down the fire and much more.

John Salka
The RIT Operations: Officer Impact and Development

This course will prepare the officer or senior member to deploy, manage and control a rapid intervention team (RIT). The instructors will discuss the reasons maydays occur and correlate lessons learned to NIOSH reports. Attendees will engage in thought-provoking discussions on ways to prepare for the challenges of the fireground. This course is appropriate for all officer experience levels and will include a collaborative discussion facilitated by an experienced RIT instructor.

Tower Ladders: Setting up for Success

This program will provide the answer to why we consider the tower ladder both an offensive and defensive tool on the fireground. The basic steps of how to use this tool to its maximum capability will be presented in an organized approach from start to finish. The program will emphasize the importance of getting this apparatus in position early and the advantages it can provide the department throughout the incident. This versatile tool can help provide a safe and efficient platform to work from at various occupancies and buildings located in the suburban setting.

Chris Eysser
Views from the Other Side of the Desk

Leading in any organization is a challenge. Leading an all career, all-volunteer, or combination staff adds its own unique challenges to the mix. Realizing that not all members have the same motivations and that, generally speaking, firefighters cannot stand change or the way things are, you may quickly find yourself struggling to tread water in the leadership world. This program will examine those things that you wish someone would have told you before taking a leadership role in your department as well as some of the things you need to know if you are looking to lead down the road. As we come up through the ranks, it is common to have questions about rules, procedures, and tactics. This is not a bad thing, as it is necessary to question things to improve them or realize they are fine the way they are. However, as we climb the rungs of the leadership ladder, we often find that the view will change and that things look very different from the other side of the desk.

Brandon Fletcher
What's In Your Buildings? A Designer's Guide to Firefighting

This presentation is a discussion about the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems commonly found in commercial buildings and will revolve around topics firefighters should understand from an engineering design perspective. We all know the importance of being familiar with structures located in our first due from a basic fire protection standpoint. That’s why we pre-plan. As firefighters, we tend to focus on construction and life safety systems such as sprinklers, fire alarms, and high hazard areas. This is all very important. However, I believe this process should go beyond these topics. Firefighters need to understand how important it is to know how buildings work. Familiarity and control of building systems is essential for effective tactics, scene stability and, most importantly, safety of occupants and firefighters on the fireground. The goal of this presentation is to provide firefighters with a basic understanding of what to look for both before, and during, an incident with respect to building systems. They will also learn ideas to gather information and develop relationships to improve their strategies and operations. At the conclusion, firefighters will have an “awareness level” of how these systems can impact fireground tactics and safety and how to prepare for and handle them.

E.j. Henninger

Friday, September 30, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Commanding the First 30 Minutes & Beyond

This class was assembled to help create a step-by-step breakdown of an emergency incident from before the incident has begun until the after-action review. The first 30 minutes at a working fire or emergency incident will set the stage for success or an uphill battle. This interactive class takes the attendees and places them in the front right seat of the first-due apparatus and then walks them through the steps to successfully handle the emergency.

John Hayowyk Jr.
Discipline, Common Sense & Water: Sound Like Your Fireground?

The fireground can be complex, or not, depending on numerous factors. Many of those factors were there before—as well as on arrival and part of your size up. However, when things go wrong—there were often some common denominators that were blatantly predictable just moments, days or years prior. The presenter will walk you through some factors that can—and have lead—to some horribly devastating fireground outcomes—and how your department can learn from them and avoid repeating history.

Billy Goldfeder
EMS: Stop the Hype: Debunking the Myth of Fentanyl Exposures

​It seems like every week, there’s news of a first responder overdosing as a result of casual exposure to fentanyl. These casual exposures usually consist of handling a bag containing the drug or brushing powdered drug off of hands or uniform. This course uses strictly evidence-based medicine to evaluate and qualify these alleged overdoses on their scientific merits. Based on known absorption rates, we’ll discuss the likelihood of encountering enough to overdose.

Douglas Hexel
Ensuring Operational Success at Attached Garage Fire Incidents

Annually, attached garage fires are one of the most common areas of origin for occupied residential structure fires. Attached garages can vary greatly in their layout and design based upon single- or multiple-family occupancies. Our tactics at these incidents should mimic these stark contrasts to ensure efficient and effective fireground operations and ensure the safety of both occupants and responders. This course will outline the vast difference in layouts seen in both new and legacy construction for single- and multiple-family occupancies. We will further review applicable building codes and how we as responders can utilize them to our tactical advantage. Lastly, best practices for strategy and tactics will be reviewed utilizing several recent incidents that had varying outcomes.

Mark Miller
Incident Safety on the Modern-Day Fireground

This interactive presentation will cover the importance of understanding fire dynamics and the modern-day tactics needed to rapidly search and extinguish the fire while keeping our members safe. We will focus on the company officers ability to recognize conditions as they appear upon arrival and how they dramatically change with the introduction of ventilation. Intellectual size-up as opposed to emotional size-up will assist us in changing the culture of how we do business. Attendees will have the opportunity to review and discuss their ability to read smoke, read buildings, read people, read risk, and forecast events. Fireground safety is and should always be our top priority. An emphasis on understanding the importance of the responsibility that we take as company officers or Incident commanders as we lead our people into the hostile environment. Risk has a first and a last name and we should understand everything we can when we make critical decisions during incidents.

Paul Wilders
Push/Pull Communications

Fireground communications can be chaotic, and a lack of information can lead to injuries or an LODD. This presentation will provide good information that crews should push to command and what information can wait until the command pulls it from crews. The first-due engine officer must push good information to those responding, to set the incident up for success. The class will present good and bad radio traffic and videos to allow the student to interact and give an assessment of examples of good push/pull information by command officers, first-due engine officers, and the like.

Jason Blake
Solar Energy and the Fire Service

This class is designed to shift the paradigm in thinking towards a more proactive strategic approach to managing highly complex and dangerous solar energy emergencies not routinely faced by everyday emergency response personnel. Many hidden dangers, such as hazmat battery storage units and excessive building construction weight, are supplemented with the addition of solar energy systems. This course provides the answers needed to be more effective in dealing with these dangers and more.

Jeff Simpson
The Experience of Firefighting

Fires are still deadly. Nearly 70,000 people have died due to fire in the past 20 years. That's more than 3,000 a year. Seventy percent of the deaths from fire were in residential buildings, their homes. At the time of their deaths, 37 percent of fire victims in residential buildings were trying to escape; an additional 31 percent were sleeping. The presenters will bring their combined experience of more than 60 years of firefighting into the classroom with the intent to re-focus on our most important priorities, saving lives and protecting property. They will cover engine company operations; stretching the first line to save lives, truck/rescue company search and rescue tactics; fire floor-floor above, VES, and command decisions when occupants are trapped. The experience of firefighting; a training tool that still matters.

John Salka Robert Cobb
The Hazards of Knee Walls

The majority of structural fires occur in one- and two-family dwellings. Often, these fires occur in structures that contain occupiable half-stories constructed with knee walls. Building construction containing knee walls can be found in every community from urban to rural, in older legacy homes, as well as in modern pre-manufactured truss homes. Fires involving the knee wall void spaces present incredible challenges to responding firefighters and have resulted in numerous mayday transmissions. Knee walls can conceal tremendous amounts of fire or combustible gases that are waiting for the proper mixture to ignite. As soon as members open up the knee walls, extreme fire conditions can erupt with little to no warning. Attendees will learn the severe hazards that knee walls present, how to recognize them early in the operation, and how to apply modern fire tactics to safely mitigate incidents involving them.

Jonathan Hall
The Rural Challenge: The First 10 Minutes

The rural incident commander faces many challenges within the first 10 minutes on an emergency scene. Responding to fire and other emergency incidents in rural areas vastly differ from those in the urban environment. Low manpower, limited resources, and the need for efficient tactics are some of the challenges faced by the incident commander. In this session, attendees will embark on a journey as an incident commander in a rural environment. During the journey the attendees will see the similarities and differences between rural, suburban, and urban firefighting from the viewpoint of the incident commander. Attendees will then be able to navigate the challenges that a rural incited commander may face.

Justin Bailey
Truck Company Competencies

You don’t have to have a truck company in your jurisdiction to perform truck work. Truck companies will have to perform many functions from forcible entry, laddering, search and overhaul. This session will lay the foundation for truck company operations.

Sean Eagen
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Roundtable: Keeping Passion and Tradition in Your Station
Firehouse Stage Exhibit Hall

Session information to come.

Marc Aloan Sean Eagen Ryan Pennington
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Big Fires, Little Towns

Have you ever watched a video of a catastrophic fire and said to yourself, "Could our fire department manage such a large incident? We’re just a small rural fire department in Smalltown USA." Well, it does happen and we will review three significant multi-alarm fires in three small communities that never thought this could happen to them. This presentation will focus on the challenges faced by those incident commanders and first-arriving units as they responded to multiple buildings on fire with rapid fire growth, at three different times of the year (two of the three incidents had maydays that were quickly mitigated with no injuries).All three incidents grew to multi-jurisdictional incidents, creating additional operational challenges from communications, accountability and operational procedures. The presentation will evaluate each incident based on how, if confronted with a similar incident in your community, you can develop an operational plan that will bring successful outcomes prior to your big day

William Ball
Friend or Foe: Transitional Leadership for the New Company Officer

Newly promoted or new to the officer role? The presenter will discuss different approaches to handling challenging situations both on scene and in the firehouse. Career or volunteer, the personalities remain the same and the calls are just as challenging. The class will touch on the difficulties with supervising friends, people who did not get the promotion, those that do not think you deserve it and how to mitigate these issues. The presenter will provide you with tools to acclimate yourself with your new rank, discuss personnel documentation and mentoring. You will learn ways to form your style for running a single company response and how to supervise anyone from the most senior man to the kid fresh out of rookie school. The class will review situational leadership and the three main styles of leadership (autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire). We will also discuss the EAR Model (Engagement, Advocate, Respect) to ensure officers have the tools and resources to best aid them in being a true leader within their department and how to gain the support of those around them. This class will help prepare you for a smooth transition to this new, exciting role.

Jacob Miceli
Improving Extrication Operations with Crew Resource Management

Vehicle extrication & complex highway incidents require collaboration, coordination, and integration of multiple agencies and personnel for a common mission. Lack of collaborative interaction can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Not recognizing significant bleeding or performing extrication functions before treating for crush injury are just two examples of how lack of coordination, improper or untimely tactics can negatively impact mortality and morbidity. Vehicle extrication and complex highway incidents require collaboration, coordination, and integration of multiple agencies and personnel for a common mission. This program will discuss how the integration of Crew Resource Management (CRM) as part of the incident management system can improve effectiveness while reducing conflict and errors towards the improvement of overall incident performance. This program will discuss the effective integration of CRM at extrications. This program details the priorities of patient care and extrication in all phases of extrication and complex highway incidents. Lack of coordination and poor leadership, not the tactics or performance of the personnel that causes an extrication to become chaotic and problematic. It’s how the incident is managed. How well these agencies and personalities integrate and work in a cooperative manner will impact the outcome of mortality and morbidity at these types of incidents. This program will discuss in detail how the five components of CRM, (teamwork, communication, situational awareness, decision making and task allocation) integrate into ICS, as well as task performance towards improved incident efficiency and effectiveness. CRM has been proven to be effective in Pit Crew CPR. CRM Can also improve extrication outcomes.

Anthony Correia
Stretching for Success

In this session, attendees will act as part of a hose team to perform vertical stretches, preconnected stretches, and bulk-bed stretches. They will also demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of different hose loads and deployments in unique situations. From a single firefighter making the stretch, the big line, and the quick mask out to make sure no time is wasted to make entry. With a full eight hours, it will hone each skill throughout the day and then bring it all together within the last 90 minutes with full run scenarios with rescues.

Steve Robertson
The Art of Reading Smoke

Today’s structure fires are more dangerous than ever before. Lightweight construction, low-mass synthetics, and open-space floorplans have created a perfect storm for rapid, prolific fire growth and extreme behavior. It is imperative for firefighters of all ranks and experience levels to be prepared for this new battle. This class provides the knowledge necessary for first-arriving firefighters, officers, and chief officers to determine the fire’s location, progression, and future “from the seat” before seeing any flame. This knowledge ensures that the correct tactics are implemented for the best possible outcome. Through the extensive use of actual fireground videos, first-time attendees will develop, and returning attendees will refine, their knowledge and skills to become Intellectually aggressive firefighters, rather than Arbitrarily aggressive. The next generation of Reading Smoke brings new research, a new library of videos, and discussion on cancer prevention, tactics and strategies to develop the next generation of aggressive interior firefighting!

Rob Backer
The Hat Dance: Realities of the Short-Staffed Company Officer

As adequate staffing continues to become more of a fantasy than a reality for many departments, the modern company officer is asked to wear many hats, ranging from tailboard firefighter to command level officer at any given time. With a strong company officer often being the difference between fireground failure and success, we must reconsider what we are asking of our company officers and how they carry out their duties. This class aims to empower and encourage company officers battling the realities of limited manpower, armed only with strategies found in formal training and education designed for staffing models which may not be reality. We will break down how to balance firemanship and leadership, how to adapt leadership and managerial responsibilities to low-staffing environments, the delicate balance of mentor and boss, proper approaches to delegation, the importance of humility, and strategies for accomplishing mission critical tasks early in the incident without the manpower to do so. By bridging personal and departmental expectations with the realities of limited manpower, current and aspiring company officers will leave with the tools and attitudes necessary to lead their teams to victory lane.

Marc Aloan
Well That's Just Smashing...

This session brings to light the hidden dangers of crush injuries both minor and severe. Crush injuries are not as prevalent as one may guess. Or are they? Crush injuries and Rhabdomyolosis go hand in hand. Throughout this presentation, the presenter will discuss how and why crush injuries are dangerous as well as how to treat them. Additionally, it will become apparent that in many cases, the crush and its after-effects are more dangerous than the injury itself. This course is ideally best for basic to advanced field providers.

Brandon Heggie
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Apparatus Operators Role in a Safe & Efficient Fire Ground

This interactive class is about challenging the role of the driver operator on the fireground. With manpower shortages facing most fire service agencies in the country, it is vital to have an all-hands-on-deck approach to fireground tasks for the safety of our members and the public we serve. This class looks at fireground support tasks that can be completed by the driver operator outside the IDLH space. These tasks will improve the safety and efficiency of the company. The driver operator is often an underutilized resource on an incident scene. When interior crews press into a structure for task completion in an ultra-high hazard environment, their safety relies heavily on the individual standing outside at a pump panel. An efficient fireground relies on ALL players to be highly trained and highly engaged in the incident.

Brian Gettemeier
Passion in Leading: Motivational Professional Development

This motivational professional development course was developed through lessons learned while dealing with a diverse group of leaders. It is designed for all firefighters, aspiring leaders, and current leaders in emergency services. This course’s main objective is to motivate firefighters to incorporate passion in their day to day while inspiring their teammates to love the job as much as them. Passion is our fuel, it’s what makes us go where we go, unfortunately we lose that fuel and we become complacent. This course will help bring you back to that day when you first became a firefighter and remind you of that love and eliminate the complacency that has set in over the years. Passion is the difference between doing things because you WANT to and doing things because you HAVE to. The best leaders have the drive and passion to make themselves and their people better every day.

David McGlynn
Pillars of the Fireground

Oftentimes, our fireground can become a complex myriad of tactics and tasks, when in actuality, two pillars—search and fire attack—are all that it takes for a successful outcome. This class will cover in detail both search and fire attack using an aggressive and smart mindset that is backed by time tested experience and research. This interactive video-based lecture and discussion will help attendees decide what is better for the trapped occupant—taking the problem away from the victim, or taking the victim away from the problem.

Kevin Lewis
The Fire Family

This highly interactive, two-hour program delves deep into the foundation of marriage and family within the fire service. The program focuses on the reality that there exists two fire families. One is the station and department, and the other is home, spouse, and children. More often than not, these two “families” fight for time and attention, and while the firefighter is caught in the middle, the spouse and children live in the unique world of growing up in what is often the secondary role to the fire department, and station/shift life. The program also focuses on understanding what a true advantage there is to have both families for the firefighter, spouse, and children, and to consider several principles when navigating this unique life, including the importance of having a blueprint in the marriage, merging the two families socially, communication and compromise, the importance of PTO and the role humor plays.

Todd Edwards Kathy Edwards
The Modern Search Reformation

This class examines the three key components of a successful search—leadership, the training division and the personnel. Attendees will examine proven skills, debunk myths and review case studies and video of victim rescues involving the use of thermal imaging. Attendees will take part in an interactive multimedia lecture, including multiple case studies, fireground thermal imaging camera video, and helmet-cam footage. Examples, videos and guidelines will be presented and discussed in an attempt to reinforce proven concepts for introduction and continual upkeep of a department’s aggressive search mindset.

Dustin Martinez