FIREFIGHTING IN THE MODERN WORLD:
SUSTAINABLE GREEN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora, Fire Department of New York
A look at the ever-growing feld of sustainable design and how these
ideas and technologies affect the fre service. A review of alternate
energy sources as well as construction techniques designed to build
faster and more economically and the challenges they present for the
fre service. Strategy and tactics at the chief and company offcer levels
and fghting fres and encountering utility emergencies as they pertain
to sustainable design are discussed. Valuable information (slides, case
studies, videos, handouts) is presented in the following areas: origins
of green design, major organizations involved in codes, standards and
sustainable design rating system development, innovative construction
design, lightweight construction, alternate energy technology, energy-effcient building components and materials, daylighting techniques,
clean agent extinguishing systems, and much more.
THE COMPANY OFFICER’S PROBLEM-SOLVING
AND DECISION-MAKING TOOLBOX
Director Dave Casey,
Louisiana State University Fire & Emergency Training
This new, fast-paced, and often humorous program adds to the
company offcer’s “Problem Solving and Decision-Making Toolbox”
by involving the participants in decision-making using the G.R.A.D.E.
model to respond to a variety of real-world situations in the frehouse,
out in public, and on the freground. The scenarios are presented on
video, and the participants interact with the facilitator and each other
to explore different responses and possible outcomes. The discussions
include recognizing the situation (and possible contributing factors), how
to engage the situation, and methods for resolving the issues, including
real-time polling of the group. This program allows for experiential
learning with take-home lessons you can use in your department.
THE ULTIMATE TEAM SPORT: “IT STARTS WITH ME”
Battalion Chief Jerry Wells, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
This entertaining program uses frehouse stories, off-the-wall videos,
and examples from a successful collegiate football program to stir
that emotion that you may have lost from when you frst became a
member of the fre service. From the new recruit to the chief offcer,
this program has something for you. We all have one thing in
common: We have experienced the anticipation and excitement of
the frehouse. But, do you still enjoy that excitement and enthusiasm?
If not, where did it go? Leadership, teamwork, training, traits of
character, and personal responsibility are among the topics covered.
Students discuss what it takes to create success and maintain a
winning attitude, and the concepts “Be Here Now” and “How are
YOU Marketing MY Fire Service” are discussed.
TRAINING BASICS AND ESSENTIALS
Chief Scott Thompson, The Colony (TX) Fire Department
Discussed in detail are fve areas essential for maximizing training in
the modern fre service. Drawing on personal experiences and using
real-life examples, the instructor leads the training offcer, company
offcer, or any other member with training responsibilities through an
organized thought process for developing training that focuses on
success and survival in the fre service. Defning success, establishing
standards, assessing training needs, mastering the basics, and
making training personal are the areas covered. Participants are
encouraged to apply each topic of discussion to their departments.
ZERO TO HERO: BUILDING BETTER TEAMS
THROUGH BETTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Creative Director David Conley, LDC LLC
First responders are introduced to a principle-focused approach to
fre safety. Participants learn the E.M.P.O. W.E.R. model for enhancing
practical fre safety training by strengthening personal leadership.
First responders internalize this model and, by living it, create an
improved brand of principle-focused fre safety professionals. Lecture
and intense role play, delivered by a highly trained improvisational
actor, are featured. This makes the experience as close as possible to
real life while maintaining the safety of the lab environment.
4-HOUR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
TUESDAY, APRIL 25 1: 30 PM - 5: 30 PM