PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Certificate of Attendance issued for all completed sessions.

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

Monday, September 26, 2022

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

This is a two-day academy to prepare firefighters and officers to be incident safety officers. This is an FDSOA class and also prepares attendees for ProBoard testing, which leads to certification. The class is based upon Dave Dodson book - Incident Safety Officer (3rd edition revised).

Eric Valliere Lance Vinson

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chief Officers Professional Development Program

This program outlines the major tactical and strategic areas of responsibility for a fire department chief officer operating as the incident commander. Program contents include strategy and tactics, the incident command system, safety and accountability, progress reports and fire control estimates, search procedures, offensive/defensive operations, multiple-alarm situations, and fire officer responsibilities. Join Chief Salka as he guides the discussion on these important issues and identifies the many ways the incident commander impacts the overall fire scene success.

John Salka
Intoxicated Leadership: Thinking Strategically vs. Reacting Emotionally

The chance to lead and create opportunities for others can be incredibly rewarding. But let's be real, it can also be tremendously frustrating, especially in situations where leaders face supervising unengaged, negative, or even toxic people. While the fire service and EMS agencies continue to do a great job of preparing people to lead on the emergency calls, it struggles to provide strategies and tactics for navigating the larger frequency and challenge of personnel issues happening back at the firehouse or station. This class takes the distinctive approach of helping attendees understand the role human emotions play in either aiding or undermining leadership efforts both in emergencies and back at the station. This class illustrates why the body responds to conflict the way it does, whether it be on the fireground, EMS call, or in the station, and what steps we can take to build credibility as leaders who are capable of answering these challenges.

Benjamin Martin
Kids These Days: How to Win Friends and Influence Firefighters

“Kids these days” is a commonly uttered catchphrase adults use in frustration when the younger generations do things differently than they once did. It is also used in the fire service when the new firefighters behave differently than they did during the “good old days.” This program draws upon changing educational techniques and experience to give attendees the tools to train and communicate with the newer firefighters. The presenters will discuss generational divides and success stories for managing these challenges. They will draw on experiences from the audience, both positive and negative, and work on solutions for Millennial and Gen Z instruction and leadership.

Jay Dixon
Left Seat Tips and Tactics

There is no doubt that the engineer (driver/operator) is one of the most critical jobs in any fire company. This class is a fast-paced look at effective, time-tested techniques, tricks of the trade and tips for engineers. This course will review tactical considerations on a variety of incidents from the perspective of the engineer. The wide variety of incidents a fire company responds to requires the engineer to be on his/her game at all times. This workshop is designed to give an in-depth look into attributes/qualities of a good engineer, tips and tricks to take your driver/engineer skills to the next level, tactical considerations for drivers/engineers and training tips to enhance current skills and build new ones. Left Seat Tips and Tactics is geared towards current, newly promoted, and step-up engineers, as well as those firefighters seeking to promote and company officers looking to provide quality company level training to their crew.

Nicholas Peppard
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Attributes of Leadership

This 8-hour, highly interactive, practical, case study-based course focuses on 12 qualities of leading. Through a process of view, review, introspection, and discussion, the program seeks to stimulate leaders to focus on qualities that constructively influence members regarding overall performance, health, and safety. Short videos for each attribute featuring firefighters and officers from across the country, as well as thoughtful words from the late Chief Alan Brunacini, are used to stimulate discussion.

Compartment Fire Behavior - Bringing the Science to the Streets

Continued education in the area of fire behavior is critical for the continued education of firefighters, fire instructors, fire officials and fire investigators. Being able to determine compartment fire behavior from the clues given upon arrival is a necessity for safety and efficiency on the fireground. Additionally, the fire instructor is responsible for delivering up-to-date factual data regarding modern fire behavior to not only the new recruit, but for the seasoned veteran and fire officer. Moreover, being able to determine cause and origin for the incident is a responsibility of the fire investigator, which requires continued education according to NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 in fire behavior and thermodynamics. This course is designed to update and educate today's responder on modern compartment fire behavior and how to apply current strategy and tactics on-scene. The course will also include scientific demonstrations with live fire props, which will be built and provided by the instructors.

Mike Daley John Dixon
Creating Effective and Functional Firefighter Workout Programs

Firefighters, EMTs, and medics (fire rescue athletes) work in very uncertain situations and circumstances and must physically be ready for almost anything. As a trainer working with fire rescue athletes, this "ready for everything" mantra creates some challenges. The purpose of this seminar is to give attendees the background and education to effectively promote performance improvement, injury reduction, and career longevity through effective fitness. This is a pre-conference seminar and workshop that reviews the challenges of the modern firefighter's “playing field” and movement patterns and assesses the essential workout components that will help improve performance and reduce injuries. Attendees will review the essential components of an effective fire rescue athlete workout program and learn how to create workout calendars to adequately meet the high physical demands of the job. The seminar will also teach creative and effective ways to create daily workouts for members of their department and crew. Attendees will have the opportunity to create programming with other attendees based on instructor lead scenarios. This seminar is approved by ACE and other training organizations for CECs.

Aaron Zamzow
HEV Operational Response

The rEVolution is upon us with Electric Vehicles and Li Ion Batteries and the Fire Service has been neglected in proper training and tactical preparedness.  This course is designed to change that.  Come interact with the fire service specialists who are leading the industry in conducting  live fire tests on Li Ion battery systems.  Real world tactics based on real world experience. Students will participate in a highly interactive presentation aimed at developing a complete understanding of Electric Vehicle Response and Hazard Management. Students will receive highly interactive instructional periods to safely identify and engage with HEV’s in all potential hazard conditions. This includes micro mobile devices such as E bikes, drones, and E scooters.  Practical Exercises allow students to perform shutdown procedures, EV system orientation and understand principles for EV suppression and extrication techniques.

Dalan Zartman
Incident Safety Officer (Day 2 of 2)

This is a two-day academy to prepare firefighters and officers to be incident safety officers. This is an FDSOA class and also prepares attendees for ProBoard testing, which leads to certification. The class is based upon Dave Dodson book - Incident Safety Officer (3rd edition revised). Testing will take place at the end of day 2.

Eric Valliere Lance Vinson
People Before Water

Today’s fireground requires tactics that take modern fire behavior, building construction, and response models into consideration. We must use the UL studies, Firefighter Rescue Survey results, and civilian fire fatalities data to better deploy our local fire resources to meet life safety and property loss priorities. When smoke detectors fail, the fire service cannot fail, because we are their last line of defense. This workshop will provide attendees with  approaches to getting the annual civilian fire fatality numbers consistently below 2,000 a year by showing you how to use data to assist us in adjusting our fireground assignments in the first five to seven minutes to remove trapped occupants sooner while still using decades of proven fireground tactics that work.

Curt Isakson
Sim Lab: Managing the Multi-Alarm Fire

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 Jeff Holloway
The Meter Guys Air Monitoring Training

This course is focused on the first responder and how to use a meter properly and understand the readings they see and the implications of such on an emergency response. Attendees will participate in lecture, case studies, and hands-on meter training involving common DOT transported chemicals. Upon completion of this course, the first responder will understand calibration and bump testing importance as well as peak readings, STEL, and fresh-air calibration of a meter. Through this program the attendees will learn about each individual sensor in the 4-gas meter (LEL, O2, CO, H2S) so they can better understand what their meter is telling them while on an emergency response on highway tanker accidents, as well as gas leaks, confined space, CO and other calls where first responder safety could be at risk. They will understand and physically experience the meter alarms during the hands-on portion of the class. This course is not designed to make the first responder an offensive responder but to better prepare the member to detect the presence of danger in order to ensure the safety of their crew and the public and to instill the need for air monitoring in order to prevent firefighter cancers.

Scott Russell
Walking Columbus: Talking Tactics and Construction

Greg Lash and his cadre will lead an interactive, full-day walking tour of Columbus to discuss building construction and tactics. Attendees will spend the day exploring all building classes, including legacy and new construction, via interior and exteriors tours, followed by frank discussions on fireground tactics, from apparatus placement, hoseline positioning, search and how building construction affects fire behavior and survivability. This program is designed for all ranks to better understand fireground operations away from PowerPoint programs/ Register today – limited seats are available!  

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
25 Training Props On A Shoestring Budget (And The Drills That Go With Them)

Funding is getting harder and harder to come by, and fire departments are forced to stretch their dollars to the limit each year. Unique funding sources are out there, but figuring out how and who to approach is oftentimes a lesson in futility. Timing of requests is also paramount in the successful acquisition of funds and materials for training props. This program will not only supply the attendee with 20 outstanding training props that may be constructed with little to no financial outlay, it will also identify some unique, outside-the-box funding and material sources that many departments overlook. Many of the training props are completely mobile so that inclement weather does not hamper a scheduled drill session. Many are also able to be broken down so that storage space is minimized, and the prop may be utilized over multiple years and training evolutions.

James Jester
How To Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams

This session will assist attendees to best prepare for their upcoming promotional exam, and most importantly, the position they aspire to reach. Since a promotional examination is a stressful process that virtually everyone dreads, attendees will learn how to best focus their efforts on the position they aspire to, as well as the actual process itself. It is critical to understand that just one point may make the difference between getting promoted or having to take the test the next time. While this is not a class to learn how to pass the test itself, there are many tips on the most commonly found promotional assessment center events that will be shared and discussed; all of which can help increase your final score. Ultimately, attendees will be able to create their own game plan for success when they take their next promotional examination. Please come prepared with questions to help provide a healthy discussion and learning environment that all can have the opportunity to benefit from!

Steve Prziborowski
PIO Boot Camp: Learning the Art of Dealing with Traditional and Social Media in the Fire Service

Does your department have a plan for dealing with the television news crew that just pulled up and wants to interview the fire chief or the members who made a grab at a fire? Does your fire chief know how to deal with newspaper reporters calling the firehouse with a business question about your department or an audit from the State Comptroller – now what do you do? This session provides an overview of traditional and social media relations for the fire service. Battle-tested tips on dealing with the media both on the fireground, back at the fire station and, if need be, under crisis conditions, will be shared. Social media platforms – both the positives and the pitfalls – will also be discussed.

Robert Leonard
Shaping Your Volunteer Fire Department to Fit Today's Expectations

Is your volunteer fire department struggling to maintain relevance in our changing society? Does your current service delivery model meet the needs and expectations of your community? Are you struggling to recruit, train, and retain members? Each day, it seems that the news feeds contain a story about a volunteer department closing its doors, in financial trouble, or even worse legal trouble. There seems to be a nationwide panic about the critical shortage of volunteers. Does it have to be this way? In this class we will: examine how industry and society trends impact today's volunteer fire service, take a hard look at the way we've always done it, as well as share and develop alternative ways to recruit, market, lead, train and manage our departments and members.

Brandon Fletcher
Size-Up Videos and Tactics for the First-Due Engine

This four-hour workshop will be a highly dynamic and interactive class that utilizes audience participation as a key component. Raw fire scene videos are used that start prior to the fire department's arrival or just as operations are beginning. The videos are then broken down at the strategic and tactical levels with all the emphasis being on the first-due engine. Heavy emphasis will be placed on points of entry and their pros and cons, flow path identifications and predictions are made and how they may influence the first line. Building construction is discussed with emphasis on extension routes and how it can affect tactics. Direct, transitional and blitz attacks are also discussed based on what we see in the videos and gpm is also broken down based on fire volume. After the videos, case studies are reviewed of similar fires in similar styles of construction with the lessons learned.

Tom Sitz