1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
First-Due Engine Company Operations

At every fire, no matter the building construction or the occupancy type, there is one thing that must be done—stretching a hoseline. In this course, the presenter will take a no-nonsense approach to engine company operations, discussing the framework to maximize the effective and efficient methods of first-due fire attack and the three most commonly used tools; 1¾-inch and 2½-inch hoselines, and the deck gun. This class will cover both residential and commercial buildings, as well as high-rises and look at alternative methods to overcome stretching short and, more importantly, the steps to take to keep that from happening.

Intelligently Aggressive Search Operations, Enhancing Decision-Making Ahead of the Line

This class will combine modern technology and modern fire science and research, with time tested and proven aggressive search operations to make your fireground, more intelligently aggressive. This class will explore topics from sizing up the search, managing your crew inside the structure, VEIS, RIC and more. The presenter will discuss thermal imaging and how to use the information gained from it to assist your decision-making process and cut your search times in half. The focus of this class will be identifying searchable space, controlling the environment to make it better, creating more searchable space, and setting your search operations up for success.

Preparing for the Dance: Essentials in Leadership for Successful Fire Officers

Today’s fire service necessitates that officers not only be well versed and skilled on the fireground, but also in dealing with the various aspects that are presented daily inside the station. Discovering the root of issues in the firehouse is the first step a company or chief officer can take in providing the leadership necessary to navigate today’s obstacles. What does it mean to be a successful fire officer? How do you break bad habits and change attitudes? How do you set realistic and clearly understood expectations? What are the keys to effective communication? These challenges as well as others will be addressed.

Riding Shotgun

The company officer is the lifeblood of the fire service and riding the right front seat is a very important position. This presentation takes an in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of riding the seat on and off the fireground. Often, firefighters are not aware of the expectations that come with this position. Many believe riding shotgun only deals with decisions while on the scene of emergencies. This is only one small part of a larger responsibility. Company officers need to understand that not only will they be fire officers, but they become parental figures, coaches, counselors, and much more to their crew.

Take the Heavy Risk Out of Lightweight Construction

The advent of lightweight wood components has expanded the curriculum of what we must learn to operate safely and effectively on the fireground. Attendees can expect active discussions on nomenclature, structural hierarchy, common hazards and tactics that will help identify the use and locations of lightweight components within buildings. Education and identification are paramount when dealing with buildings using lightweight components and simply writing them all off is not the answer. Understanding these materials and how they will affect interior operations is imperative regardless of rank, making this session valuable for everyone from the new firefighter to the chief officer.

The Fire Apparatus Operator: Tips and Tricks for Success

Apparatus operators play a critical role in the efficiency and safety of the crew yet rarely does training go beyond driving or pump operations. This class will look at the role the apparatus operator plays in improving response times, not through speed, but through turn out times, area familiarization and an understanding of traffic patterns and impediments. The presenter will also discuss the responsibility and importance of truck checks on crew safety and efficiency and the role of the apparatus operator in cancer prevention. Other topics include equipment staging, mayday and RIT operations, apparatus placement, water supply and more.

Tower Ladders: Setting Up for Success

This program will answer 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 with an emphasis on the importance of apparatus positioning early and the advantages it can provide throughout the incident. Topics include outrigger placement, bucket movement from the turntable and bucket, scrub area and stream application. This versatile tool can help provide a safe and efficient platform to work from at various occupancies and buildings located in the suburban setting.

Urban Swiftwater Rescue Considerations: Dynamic Thinking for a Dynamic Environment

Flooding and flash-flooding are occurring in larger, urban areas more frequently than ever before. These conditions precipitate an unforgiving environment requiring consideration to be given to the significant hazards associated within these areas, as well as performance of atypical, technically based rescues requiring outside-the-box thinking. This session targets those who already have operations or technician-level experience within swiftwater rescue. Topics of discussion include changing weather patterns and the associated effects, urban area hazards/considerations, real-life scenarios with lessons learned, and changing thought patterns from being reactive to becoming more proactive regarding equipment, training and planning.

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
A Survival Guide for Newly Promoted Company Officers

The seemingly simple step from firefighter to company officer is often a quantum leap from the known into the unknown. Many well-intentioned individuals have found themselves in unfamiliar and hostile territory once the promotional ceremony ends and the work of the company officer begins. This class will address company officer survival and success issues, such as leadership, discipline, time-management and performance evaluations. If you aspire to become a company officer or have recently been promoted and are feeling woefully out of your element, this class is for you.

Attic & Cockloft Fires: The Dangers Overhead

From a firefighting point of view, an attic or cockloft is a very dangerous area inside of the building. Many firefighters are killed and injured battling these upper floor fires. The significance of an event in this space can overwhelm many first-arriving resources. This class is designed to aid the first-arriving company in operating safely at an incident involving an attic, cockloft or void space. Topics include defining an attic or cockloft, dangers involving these spaces, stairs and trap door entry points, construction and storage issues, the occupant factor and more.

Down & Dirty Urban Forcible Entry

This interactive forcible-entry program is designed to teach the firefighter basic and advanced principles of street-smart forcible entry. The presenter will discuss 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. In this interactive class, students will be faced with forcible-entry scenarios and explain how they would overcome the challenges as well.

Situational Awareness Lost: The Command Post

This program details two incidents; one where a firefighter was killed in the line of duty; the other being a near miss of an entire company resulting in one firefighter being trapped for nearly 15 minutes. A lack of situational awareness and training played a major role in both events. This session will examine issues and deficiencies in training programs, decision-making processes before and during fireground operations, and best practices in gaining/maintaining situational awareness on the fireground. Attendees will hear the radio traffic and learn how numerous cues were missed during the situational awareness process and how these cues played into the events.

The Program: Getting the Most Out of Your Recruit Training

You have been tasked with taking over your recruit academy or overseeing the instruction of new crewmembers. You’re comfortable with running calls and leading company drills, but this is totally different. When students graduate your academy, they will shape your department for decades to come, so you need to make sure “The Program” is ready to meet your department’s needs. This class will help you put together a basic class outline to get your new hire onto the back of that rig making calls. The presenter will cover curriculum, building your recruit manual, paperwork, and instructor tools to keep track of progress and scheduling.

Training as the Priority in the Volunteer Fire Service

Making training a priority in volunteer or mostly volunteer fire departments can be a struggle. This can lead to catastrophic results such as an increase in risk for injury and/or death and failing to meet the expectations of the communities they serve. This course will help the firefighter determine the need for training for themselves and their department, and how to make it the leading priority. Topics to be discussed include organizational training needs and expectations, selecting a training officer, training program delivery, and personal responsibility in maintaining a healthy training environment.

Use of Drones on Emergency Incidents

This session deals with the uses of drones during building fires, wildland fires, as well as hazmat, and search-and-rescue incidents. A key focus will be how best to integrate data from drones into the incident command system decision-making process in order to enhance firefighter safety.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Attributes of Leadership: General Eisenhower's Command of D-Day
On June 6, 1944, more than 155,000 soldiers from the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the liberation of Europe. A military operation of this complexity had never been attempted. The risks were great, and the result would determine the eventual outcome of World War II and the free world. One soldier was placed in command, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. What attributes did he possess to command this operation? Many of the same attributes that are found in every successful leader. This presentation will reveal these attributes and how they can be applied to leaders of the fire service.
Basic Wildland Fire Orientation
The purpose of this session is to help companies in city, urban or rural departments identify the early stages of a wildland fire and how to prevent the fire spread. The presenter will discuss basic wildland fire behaviors, tools used to fight wildland fires, the difference between direct and indirect fire attack, progressive hose lays, and most important, how weather plays such an important role.
Combining and Consolidating: When Merging Fire Departments is Appropriate
Are your fire or emergency medical resources stretched thin, or is the delivery of fire and emergency medical services in your respective area fragmented and inefficient? The presenter provides an in-depth explanation regarding the successful use of data, shared services studies, messaging, communication, and the importance of involving key stakeholders. Common barriers to consolidation are explored along with a root-cause analysis that delves into human behavioral tendencies when faced with change. Participants in this interactive presentation will be encouraged to build relationships across their respective jurisdictional lines in order to facilitate a possible future organizational merger.
Emergency Medical Dispatch and Emergency Fire Dispatch Implementation: Lessons Learned
Lessons learned by one department when implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch and Emergency Fire Dispatch. The pros and cons of adopting these programs. Public education, Responder education, systems integration and working with mutual aid and other stakeholders will be discussed.
Looking for CLUES in Your 360 Size-Up
There are many size-up mnemonics, but none of them were really “usable” for the first-arriving officer. In addition, most firefighters memorized the mnemonics for the test but cannot recite them today. The reason is they are not user friendly. Our span of control is 3 to 7 with 5 being optimum, why not keep it that way? The mnemonic CLUES is the first size-up tool to utilize the thermal imager. Come see how finding CLUES in our size-up can help you make educated aggressive decisions while improving safety and efficiency.+F18
Performance Culture: Changing What You Consider Average
Aside from the very best and very worst in an organization, most of the group is, to some degree, “average.” By redefining what we consider “average” in the fire service, we can effectively improve our organization without the dreaded backlash that often curbs even the most valiant of efforts. Redefining average can pull low-level performers up, increase the effectiveness of the large group that occupies the middle, and help empower those at the top. Once we have done that we can set elevated expectations, give people the tools and time to meet those expectations and hold all members accountable.
Staying Aggressively Positive
How can anyone hate going to the firehouse? It might be because of the people found inside. Sometimes we let our opinions and thoughts get in the way of our chosen profession. One way to fix that is to stay aggressively positive. In this highly interactive session, the presenter will dive into the why, how, and where firefighters can focus their attention to stay positive around the firehouse. How can you deal with the downers while building your circle of influence? This session will engage all the attendees to participate in a fluid, non-scripted discussion.
Stroke Management for the Fire Service
This class dives into the pertinent assessment tools, and information that needs to be relayed to EMS as they arrive on scene. The presenter will discuss how to recognize large vessel occlusion stroke, which patients meet criteria for diversion to a comprehensive stroke center, the difference between a comprehensive stroke center and a primary stroke center and the latest trends in stroke care. Attendees will also learn how the 2018 AHA/ASA guidelines affect EMS care and transport.
Traffic Management Apparatus
Working traffic accidents is extremely dangerous for first responders. With major highways running through busy cities, numerous accidents occur daily. Following a horrifically close call for three Irving, TX, firefighters in 2015, Chief Victor Conley developed a lifesaving, cost-cutting plan—the blocker program. He repurposed retired fire apparatus, retrofitting them and using them as blockers—the first line of protection for fire, EMS, police and wrecker operators on accident scenes.
Workplace Bullying: Awareness for Today's Fire Service
Approximately 60 million U.S. workers are affected by bullying in the workplace. Unfortunately, 80 percent of this incivility and abusive workplace behavior is legal in most states. This program will define what workplace bullying is and what it is not; distinguish between uncivil/abusive and illegal behavior; illustrate and analyze bully motives and behaviors; discuss and analyze target and witness behavior; illustrate the parallels between bullying and domestic violence; identify the negative health effects on targets; establish that leadership and co-worker inaction is not a neutral response; discuss how workplace bullying is currently stopped; and formulate strategies to create safer and healthier fire service workplaces.
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Company Officer Promotion: Right Tools, Right Choice
The importance of the company officer cannot be overstated. Therefore, the process of candidate preparation and selection is extremely important for success at all levels of the department. How do we know that we're making the best choice for the job? This interactive discussion identifies a variety of methods used in promotional processes, including pros and cons of each. Bring your ideas and experiences and let's learn from each other.
Firefighter Peer Support: The Nuts and Bolts of Firefighter Behavioral Health Programming
This interactive presentation provides a well-rounded discussion of the major behavioral health, cultural, and treatment issues facing the fire service and the best practices to address them and provide for recovery. The presenter examines the relationship between traumatic stress, sleep deprivation, and alcohol use disorder in the fire service and provides specific guidance about what to do when confronted with a suicidal firefighter. Other topics include the five methods of engagement utilized in fire service peer support to address behavioral health and addiction issues, the seven key qualities of a clinician who wishes to work with firefighters and the six basic steps for better firefighter self-care.
Flawed Situational Awareness Lightning Round
Most first responders understand, at the fundamental level, that it is important to develop and maintain situational awareness at emergency scenes. Following near-miss and casualty events, responders and investigators often cite flawed situational awareness as a contributing factor. Yet most first responders lack a basic understanding of how situational awareness is developed and maintained. Even worse, very few understand what causes the loss of situational awareness. This session addresses all these issues and more.
Rural Fire Officer: Leading Change Through Training
Instructors and company officers are the most important positions involved in leading change and presenting new information. How can the fire service provide emergency response in a more effective and efficient way? Rethinking how the fire service responds and mitigates emergencies is needed. It starts with training officers and instructors thinking about how these changes will positively impact the safety of the world’s fire service. Participants will be engaged in discussion, encouraged to lead change, and will be invigorated to return to their agencies and effect positive change. Attendees will leave the classroom with the courage to lead.
Selecting the Professional Development Model That's Best for You
As we continue to move toward becoming a profession rather than simply a vocation, fire service leaders, and those aspiring to become leaders, have begun to understand the importance of professional development. This session identifies the various fire service professional development models, examines the common pillars of each, and assists the participant in identifying a path that works best for them. Key concepts include understanding the value of professional development, identifying the key components of a credible professional development model, and utilizing professional development for personal and organizational improvement.
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. The presenter will examine how industry and society trends impact today’s volunteer fire service, and share and develop alternative ways to recruit, market, train and manage our departments and members.
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fireground Size-Up for the Engine, Truck & Chief

Knowing “when to stay” or “when to go” are the critical factors outlined in this seminar. Situational awareness/fireground size-up, or the lack of it, is a consistent series of factors that leads to the success or failure of an emergency incident. This seminar is designed to enhance your anticipative skills. Attendees will learn how to recognize the pre-incident information need (PIN), utilize alarm transmission information and on-scene reports to recognize as well as identify the challenges, understand and identify building construction, occupancy, and height cues and their influence on your decision making, recognize how resource and response capabilities can affect your operations, and much more.

First-Due Standpipe Operations

Standpipe operations can be a complex and for some firefighters a very rare operation. Yet standpipe equipped buildings can be found in the response area of almost every fire department. Firefighters must understand how to effectively operate from standpipe systems, especially with the reduced staffing levels that are common in the fire service today. What size hoseline? Proper staffing? Smoothbore or fog? Operate from the system or stretch from the street? Pump the FDC or let the fire pump supply the system? Dry stretch or charge the line in the stairwell? All these questions will be answered during this class.

Highway Incident Operations for Fire & EMS

Distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged and disgruntled drivers are striking firefighters, EMTs and emergency vehicles at roadway incidents with increasing frequency. We can’t change their “D” behavior, but we can change how we do things to protect our personnel. Roads and highways are the most common immediately dangerous area of operation for firefighters and EMTs and it is critical that personnel safeguard themselves during roadway operations. This session will offer defensive strategies for roadway incident scene management and provide an overview of the emerging hazards of semi-autonomous vehicles. The benefits of new technology like digital alerting devices will also be reviewed.

It's Your Island: Inspiring a Vibrant Workplace Through Recruitment and Retention

The purpose of this program is to re-frame how individuals view their role in bringing applicants to the organization, selecting the candidate, and then retaining them in the workplace. The presenter will discuss how to create a system of recruitment and retention that improves the workplace environment and attracts high-quality applicants. It challenges the participant to identify what kind of person they want to hire rather than focusing on certifications, experience, etc. This leads to identifying the three most important questions: Do I want to work with you? Do I want to invest in you? Do I want you to represent me and our organization?

Lessons in Teamwork from a Flock of Geese

Effective fire service teams and organizations are built on superior communication, common goals, cooperative relationships, respect, and the ability to connect and use individual talents for the greater good. Unfortunately, developing these successful teams can sometimes be a difficult task. Come join us for a discussion on how we can overcome this adversity and build thriving internal groups who will lead your organization to success by applying a number of valuable team-based qualities so expertly demonstrated to us on a daily basis by our friend the Canada goose.

Managing Everyday Incidents

Sometimes, we are called to adrenaline-pumping responses that mandate vigorous effort and incorporate the use of several engine, truck and rescue companies operating simultaneously. This class, however, will discuss the less glamorous side of the job—handling the common everyday service calls. But these everyday calls are considered emergencies for the people who make them. It’s important to know how to properly handle the everyday emergencies to provide the best customer service to the citizens we protect. Topics include carbon monoxide incidents, culinary mishaps, electrical emergencies, home heating incidents, plumbing and water problems and more.

Post-Traumatic Growth and Resilience

This class is designed to review important mental health issues surrounding firefighters, police, dispatchers and others in high-stress occupations. The presenter will share his story of a critical incident, the subsequent years of questions that were left behind, and his resulting breakthrough that allowed him to grow past his traumatic event. He will then discuss how we can begin changing the culture in these emergency services to address mental health considerations within our own organizations and to reduce the continually escalating suicide rate among our brothers and sisters.

The Art of Reading Smoke: The Next Generation

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 battle. Through the extensive use of actual fireground videos, attendees will develop and/or refine their knowledge to become intellectually aggressive firefighters. The Next Generation of Reading Smoke brings new research, a new library of videos, and discussion on cancer prevention, tactics and strategies to blend today's extinguishment and safety cultures into one cohesive unit.

The New Officer's Guide to the Engine Company
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
A View from the Front Seat
So, you want to be an officer and ride in the front seat. Are you truly aware of the responsibilities and expectations? Being an officer is more than running the siren, it includes being the boss, as well as a coach and mentor. The presenter will discuss how to utilize your crew’s knowledge, skills, and abilities and share how to recognize and overcome personal and company weaknesses. This is not a strategy and tactics class; it will focus on professional and personal growth and development and help you when the “that wasn’t part of any officer class” situation arises.
Man vs. Machine

An all-time favorite revamped! “Man vs. Machine,” originally written by Mike Smith, will never be the same, but the presenters will do their best to bring back the Mike Smith mentality. Rescue scenarios from tractor PTO shafts to paper presses, this presentation will cover the calls that you won’t see too often but will need to know exactly what to do when they happen. Not for the faint of heart.

Media Relations for the Company Officer
Departments that only have one dedicated public information officer or even worse, none, are sometimes faced with having to place an officer or incident commander in front of the camera on the scene of an incident. While some are willing to talk to the media, others are cautious, and understandably so. Communicating with the media is a skill that requires special training and experience. The presenter will provide the basics of dealing with the media and provide enhanced interview skills. Best practices and lessons learned will give the officer more confidence the next time they represent the department on the news.
Miscues, Mistakes, Missteps: Things Not Mentioned in the Book
Things that went wrong usually get our attention quicker than those that went right. This happens quite frequently in the emergency service world. It is up to the training instructors, departments, and academies to resolve such matters. Miserable presentations and ineffective skills training equate to less interested, complacent, and unproductive members in the department. This presentation studies the gaps and weaknesses of uncommon factors that set back members and the overall training program. The focus is detailing the importance of quality insight and direction for those who want to bring the passion and desire to their members.
Modern RIT 2.0: From the Inside Out
Though rapid intervention teams (RITs) have traditionally been thought of as the “firefighter rescue team,” it is typically units already operating on the interior that initiate first contact and/or rescue the downed firefighter. While this does not diminish the importance of RITs, our mindset must evolve. This interactive discussion will introduce the “Big 5” tools that every RIT should have and why it is important to limit the tools in your initial RIT cache. Best practices regarding staging, deployment, and training will also be discussed. Lastly, attendees will review how departments are adapting their RIT operations and empowering interior crews to quickly respond to maydays.
No Excuses: Tactics for the Understaffed Department
Many fire departments are understaffed, but that is no excuse not to be prepared. If you have items such as thermal imaging cameras, piercing nozzles, and high-flow/low-pressure hoselines, you must use them to their fullest potential. The presenter will discuss building a tactical playbook for your response. Just as a quarterback will read a defense to ensure the play called meets the situation, your playbook sets expectations but allows responders to pick the best tactic or “play” for the current conditions. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how to develop tactical options that fit in the context of the understaffed department.
Recruitment and Retention for the Emergency Services
Many fire and EMS departments across the nation are struggling to find new volunteer members and retain their current members. This session covers the challenges of recruiting volunteers, presents valuable research collected as part of the NVFC’s “Make Me A Firefighter” campaign, and offers ideas to help overcome recruiting challenges. During the second half of the session, retention challenges, potential solutions, and the importance of leadership will be covered.
Search Tactics for Cluttered Environments
“Station and units, respond for a structure fire with confirmed persons trapped.” This statement should be the driving force in our fireground training each and every day we pull on our boots. Preparing to search, find and remove a victim is a process that requires attention to detail. The search inside a home that has extensive clutter can slow and possibly stop a primary search. During this 90-minute interactive session, the attendees will learn how to find the proper search starting points, navigate the pathways, use secondary means of orientation, and use the triple method of orientation.
Top Tips for Effective Truck Operations
Truck company operations are an important part of fireground operations, and they are both mentally and physically demanding. For this reason, a thorough knowledge of truck company operations, tools, equipment and overall fireground operations is essential for you to perform effectively. This course is intended to cover the time-tested acronym LOVERS-U with the goal of helping the student perform better whether responding with a single truck, multiple trucks or no truck at all.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Developing the Future of Your Department

The future of the fire service depends on developing firefighters who are currently within its ranks and those entering the service. The presenter will discuss ways to develop the future leaders within your organization. Mentor and professional development programs, and how they apply to developing the future members of the fire service, will be discussed.

Fireground Commander

Fire companies are the linchpins to a successful emergency scene operation. The importance of synchronized small-unit tactics following the commander’s intent is critical to a successful. Every emergency operation outcome is the result of many small-unit outcomes. The key is for each small tactical unit (engine and truck companies) to perform in a predictable way. If one small unit fails to perform their task the whole operation could have a negative result and change the strategy of the fireground commander. The application of this information is to provide proven basics for fire officers to be successful during emergency operations through interactive discussions and video demonstrations.

First-Due Engine: The First Five Minutes

Whether you’re a firefighter, apparatus operator, or officer on the first-due engine, you have a vital role to play in the first five minutes and beyond. In this session, the presenter will explore the “bread-and-butter” operations of the first-due engine company and how everyone’s role supports and builds upon the others. The presenter will look at size-up and the survivability profile; water supply and handline placement, whether to go traditional, transitional, or defensive and a whole lot more. Strategic and tactical considerations will also be discussed. This interactive program emphasizes best practices and uses high-impact case studies.

Out of Air, Can You Make It to Safety?

The events that took place in the first 15 minutes of a large church fire would become a life-changing event for the crews involved. This fire would result in a near miss for the first-due fire crew when the officer and firefighter became separated, disoriented and lost on the second floor with rapidly changing fire conditions. This class is a first-hand account of the lessons learned that have become valuable teaching tools for the entire department. All levels of leadership and operational personnel will learn the importance of knowing that rehearsing basic firefighter skills can save your life.

Proactive Engine Driver

One of the most underutilized positions within the fire service is the engine driver. This course will give attendees a look at how to utilize the driver focusing on four key elements. The first is how the driver can be an informal leader in the station. Next will be attitudes and behaviors to have and not to have during the emergency response. Third is various tasks the driver has on scene, including assisting with size-up, ensuring proper positioning, crew accountability, and being a safety officer. Finally, after the incident, ensuring the apparatus is ready for the next run.

Roadway Incident Safety! 'D' Drivers, Autonomous Vehicles and Other Hazards

This session will review line-of-duty deaths and injuries from struck-by-vehicle incidents and review strategies and tactics for roadway incident operations. “D” drivers (distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged and disgruntled) are striking firefighters, fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles at road and highway incidents with increasing frequency. Semi-autonomous vehicle technology and self-driving vehicles are also hazards that need to be addressed. Connected vehicle technology will be explained and the benefits for the fire service will be outlined. This session is especially important for fire service leadership and company officers who can implement changes and enhance training in their departments.

The Search Reformation

Our mission is clear, our purpose is defined, and our goal as a service revolves around a singular purpose: providing for life safety. This requires a commitment at all levels. The institution must declare its stance on the standard of search. The training division must be instrumental in implementing and maintaining performance, and the field has one task—execute. This class will examine the three key components to invoke a successful search outcome in your department—the leadership, the training division, and the personnel. Attendees will also examine proven skills, debunk myths, and review case studies including thermal imaging video of real-life victim rescues.

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Mission-Oriented Company Officer

Focusing on building capacity to understand their personnel, this session explores communication up and down the chain of command, and effective training/mentorship of members to create a high-performing team. The presenter emphasizes human performance variables regarding implicit vs. explicit mindset, envisioning the fire company as a decentralized resource that independently operates while coordinating within larger organizational paradigms. Understanding that the mission is the most important aspect of a fire company, and how the officer facilitates the learning, training, framework and mindset of the company. The presenter discusses how putting the mission above all other aspects of the company creates the most effective and safest organizational asset.

Thermal Imaging: Not Just for Overhaul Anymore

The Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) is an invaluable tool for firefighters. The issue is that most firefighters do not know how to effectively and efficiently utilize the camera and the “real-time” information it provides. With this beginner to intermediate class, firefighters and officers will learn the capabilities of the TIC and the skills to effectively use it. This class will share terms, tactics and techniques of the TIC and how to strategically interpret and apply the information. The PowerPoint presentation uses pictures, videos, class discussions and real-life scenarios for maximizing the speed and delivery of the learning environment.

Varsity Truck Operations

The truck company is the varsity team on the fireground. This presentation looks at the first-string team during the initial operations. This truck company operations program covers all the aspects like building construction, size-up for officers, unit riding positions, hand tools and ladder placement, forcible entry tactics, tactical consideration and most importantly discipline. This session is an interactive class that will have you calling the other units on the fireground junior varsity.

Wins, Worries and War Stories: The Diary of a Fire Officer

The fire officer is one of the most influential positions on the job. There are ups and downs that have a variety of effects on our crews, our families, and those we serve. You need to prepare for the emotional roller coaster because they can happen to you. This class will focus on real-life situations where choices and actions resulted in a variety of emotions. Come get a dose of reality and learn from 30 years of successes and failures.