Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

FDSOA Incident Safety Officer Academy (Day 1 of 2)

Mike Richardson, Division Chief of Training & Safety, St. Matthews, KY, FD & Andrew Bezenah, Assistant Fire Chief, West Bloomfield, MI, FD

Comprehensive and fast-paced, the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) Academy focuses on the knowledge and experience of an effective ISO. This two-day program features up-to-the-minute information on ISO challenges and trends and is designed to addresses the spirit and intent of NFPA 1521 (2015 ed.), Chapter 5, Incident Safety Officer. The academy provides the knowledge, skills and abilities for reading buildings, reading smoke, risk assessment, hazardous energy, and details the challenges of interacting with incident command on scene. At the completion of the program, attendees will be able to sit for the Pro-Board Certification Exam at Firehouse Expo.

 

Fire Officer Leadership Development: Command Culture/Climate and Morals/Ethics

James Moore, Assistant Director, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Paul Garnder, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute's Leadership Development Program consists of seven distinct Lines of Education (LOEs) designed to immerse students in the topic through a short lecture followed by highly interactive small-group discussion and ethical/moral decision-making exercise. This presentation includes two of the seven LOEs— Moral and Ethical approaches for all Fire Officers and Command Culture and Climate Concepts for all Fire Officers.

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

FDSOA Incident Safety Officer Academy (Day 2 of 2)

Mike Richardson, Division Chief of Training & Safety, St. Matthews, KY, FD & Andrew Bezenah, Assistant Fire Chief, West Bloomfield, MI, FD

Comprehensive and fast-paced, the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) Academy focuses on the knowledge and experience of an effective ISO. This two-day program features up-to-the-minute information on ISO challenges and trends and is designed to addresses the spirit and intent of NFPA 1521 (2015 ed.), Chapter 5, Incident Safety Officer. The academy provides the knowledge, skills and abilities for reading buildings, reading smoke, risk assessment, hazardous energy, and details the challenges of interacting with incident command on scene. At the completion of the program, attendees will be able to sit for the Pro-Board Certification Exam at Firehouse Expo.

 

Fire Officer Leadership Development: Leadership and Decision Making

James Moore, Assistant Director, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Paul Gardner, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute's Leadership Development Program consists of seven distinct Lines of Education (LOEs) designed to immerse students in the topic through a short lecture followed by highly interactive small-group discussion and ethical/moral decision-making exercise. This presentation includes two of the seven LOEs—Leadership Principles for all Fire Officers and Decision-Making Concepts for all Fire Officers. 

 

“Weighing” in on Building Construction

Tim Duffy, Firefighter, Scarsdale, NY, FD

Determining a building’s characteristics, construction type, and materials in the early stages of an incident, combined with a thorough understanding of how a building reacts to fire and heat, is a priority at every building fire. This program will include an in-depth review of the building “types” and the hazards associated with each as well as the methods and materials used during construction. From lightweight and engineered materials to often overlooked hazards, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how these items will impact firefighting operations making this program beneficial for everyone from the new firefighter to the chief officer.

 

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Initial IC Competence: Reps are Required

Ed Hartin, Fire Chief, Central Whidbey Island, WA, Fire & Rescue

For many firefighters and fire officers, structure fires are a low-frequency, high-risk response. Quickly and effectively assessing incident conditions, developing a plan of action, and communicating strategy, tactics, and tasks as the initial incident commander (IC) requires consistent deliberate practice. This workshop focuses on developing participants skills as the initial IC during the first 10-minutes of incident operations and provides a framework for continuous improvement. Attendees will be provided with workshop materials, including 52 case studies with links to Google Maps, aerial photography, street view, and incident video to extend learning beyond the workshop.

 

We’re Only Human: Understanding Fireground Behavior

Thomas Dunne, Deputy Chief, FDNY

We’ve all learned how to fight the fire, but how many of us will be able to accurately predict the behavior of the people affected by the fire? Most firefighters are well trained in strategy and tactics. However, they receive little or no training in the behavior patterns of the public they serve. An understanding of their responses can be a great asset for sizing up a fire, organizing a building evacuation, or managing a catastrophic event. This class teaches how civilians typically react to the stress and uncertainty of a fire or other threatening situation and provides a guide to safely managing them.

 

Kids These Days; Leadership and the Modern-Day Firefighter

Jay Dixon, Lieutenant, Torrington, CT

Rich Driscoll

The fire service is frustrated with the current generation! With understanding and techniques, we can train and lead them to exceed our expectations and excel through generational transitions. This program draws upon changing education techniques and experience to give you tools to better communicate with and train the millennial firefighter. 

 

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Fire Command Operations on the Modern Fireground

Mike Daley, Lieutenant/Training Officer, Monroe Twp. FD

Successful on-scene operations hinge on a thorough grasp of many considerations, one of them having a strong grasp on modern fire behavior. Understanding compartment fire behavior is a critical skill that is necessary for safety and efficiency on the fireground. This course will help attendees build skills necessary to safely mitigate today’s fireground operations. Topics to be included include: incident priorities and objectives; fire behavior and dynamic events; clues from the exterior for size-up; effects on ventilation and anti-ventilation; chemistry within the compartment; limitation of PPE protection; size-up factors for consideration; assignment of responding units; and radio reports and alarm considerations.

 

East & West Coasts: Different Tactics, Same Fire Dynamics

Chad Christensen, Captain, Los Angeles County FD

Frank Leeb, Deputy Chief, FDNY

This interactive class will look at how the firegrounds in Los Angeles and New York are different. The presenters will utilize the differences to discuss how tactics are implemented and why they are different. The built environments on the East and West Coasts dictate the chosen tactics on the fireground. The presenters will discuss how modern fire dynamics also play a role in the tactics chosen daily by the FDNY and Los Angeles County Fire Department. They will also discuss how important it is to understand the modern fireground and how it effects your built environment.

 

Is 911 Enough?

LaTrell Billingsley, Public Education Officer, City of Jackson, TN, FD & Errick Merriweather, Captain, City of Jackson, TN, FD

Is 9-1-1 enough? Is it adequate only to focus on the response and mitigation of tragic events in our communities or initiate new and innovative ways to prevent them from ever occurring? This course will introduce new and effective strategies, programs and concepts to gain valuable resources in becoming a leader in life safety education Attendees will learn how to create low-budget, fun, interactive learning simulations, obstacle courses and props; how to utilize modern-day technologies in public education; and how to provide youth-focused training and recruitment, while providing an array of program ideas for the prevention of fire loss and life safety mitigation.

 

The Sidewalk Size-UP

Derek Sutherland, Firefighter, Clark County, NV, FD & John Hlavachek, Firefighter, FDNY

This class takes an East meets West approach to sizing up real buildings, and how to best carry out tactical objectives. Students will be taken out of the classroom and into the streets of Nashville where instructors will cover building construction, door size-up, roof size-up, ladder placement, and how to best carry out many more fireground operations.

 

Overhaul to Fireball

Gerald Ashford, Captain, St. Charles, MO, FD & Dan Casey, Fire Chief, Lincoln County, MO, Fire Protection District

This class was developed with the assistance of the City of St. Charles, MO, Fire Department to share lessons learned from a residential fire that nearly cost the lives of four veteran firefighters. These firefighters were interviewed only days after the fire and asked some tough questions about their escape and their thought processes during their escape. Portions of these tapes, plus cell phone and helmet camera video taken on scene, combined with radio communications, provide students with an intimate sense of what these firefighters experienced. It also brings home the idea of how, in a moment’s notice, things can go bad.

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