8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intoxicated Leadership: Thinking Strategically or Reacting Emotionally
Intoxicated Leadership: Thinking Strategically or Reacting Emotionally

This program reviews how our body processes and primes us to respond to conflict—including a review of emotional intelligence, common communication mistakes, conflict management, and executive functioning. Using real-world examples and videos, this session teaches attendees how to have more effective relationships with their teams. This improves the ability to navigate how and when to have conversations to address personal and professional problems and regulates emotions to enable stronger, more effective command and control during emergencies. Intoxicated Leadership illustrates how the body perceives disagreement and why we respond to conflict the way we do.

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

This class is a discussion about one critical aspect of a company officer’s development: leadership. Without an effective model to educate the linchpin for the entire fire service delivery model, we will see failure on the street and in the firehouse. The military provides a compelling prototype from which we could learn. The traits and skills needed to transition between direct supervision and task-level action are the absolute bedrock for success on the street. And make no mistake, success on the street does not happen without success in the firehouse, and that’s where leadership begins.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sim Lab: Managing the Multi-Alarm Fire
Sim Lab: Managing the Multi-Alarm Fire

This program will better prepare incident commanders to successfully manage complex multi-alarm incidents. The classroom component will cover numerous strategies and tips for managing the large-scale incidents that most incident commanders experience infrequently. The focus of this course is the assembly and organization of an effective command team to quickly address complex large-scale emergencies. This is followed by group exercises during hands-on command simulation training. This intense training will allow participants to apply the techniques they learn to several multi-alarm command simulations. Note: This program will take place off-site at a fire department simulation lab.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chief Officer's Workshop: Leading Change (5 hour session)
Chief Officer's Workshop: Leading Change (5 hour session)

Proposing new initiatives, implementing new programs, or just changing the status quo can lead to conflict, fear, and hesitation among the members of any organization. Understanding history, the workforce, and the current fire department culture before proposing or implementing significant change will develop trust, establish the “why,” and articulate the need to change. This presentation will highlight and discuss various preparation strategies, including organizational and individual culture assessments, effective strategies to influence change, identifying organizational and individual barriers to change and effectively implementing strategies for sustainable change initiatives.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A Continuum of Training: The Case for Effective Officer Training from the Ground Up
A Continuum of Training: The Case for Effective Officer Training from the Ground Up

This is a discussion on how the fire service needs to arm its officers with the tools to lead. Not Halligans, axes, or hoselines, but the knowledge, skills and abilities to lead, supervise and manage effectively. By not creating cohesive, comprehensive, systematic and sustainable training programs aimed at every rank, the fire service creates a system of “leadership by accident.” Using a relatively simple model followed by effective organizations in the civilian world as well as in the U.S. military, the presenters will explore a template for creating a training program that was developed from the bottom up, not the top down.

Body Ops: Health Preparedness for the 21st Century Firefighter
Body Ops: Health Preparedness for the 21st Century Firefighter

This workshop is designed to increase job performance through healthier living using nutrition and physical activity. Attendees will learn about strength training, muscle groups and various cardio routines focused on steady state, interval intermittent fasting, lean proteins and healthy fats. The program will also cover a list of preservatives that are attributable to cancer that are found in many of the foods and introduce foods that fight cancer. Statistics show that two-thirds of all line firefighters will die of some type of cancer. The goal is to reduce these numbers significantly through a stronger heart, proper foods and reducing stress on the body.

Building a Tradition of Passion
Building a Tradition of Passion

This program is all about bringing passion back to our firehouses and its importance to morale and teamwork. It is built around the core values of passion, dedication, and accountability. Topics discussed include cultivating enthusiasm, the calling of the fire service, traditional roles and responsibilities, channeling emotion, setting expectations, leadership, followership, accountability, humility, polarization, realistic goals, training considerations, and strategies for improving morale. The goal of the course is to make passionate firefighters the norm rather than the exception. Attendees will leave this class inspired to start building their own tradition today!

Chief Officers Professional Development Program
Chief Officers Professional Development Program

This program is a discussion and analysis of the major functions of the incident commander at a structural fire. The functions discussed are strategy & tactics, the ICS system, initial fireground operations, safety & accountability, progress reports & fire control estimates, search procedures and results, offensive/defensive operational modes, multiple alarm situations, fire officer responsibilities. Each function is discussed from the perspective of the chief and how it relates to the company officers on scene as well. This program is packed with useful and practical information for both chiefs and company officers.