MONDAY, APRIL 23 1: 30 P.M.-5: 30 P.M.
Creating a Culture That Works
Captain Mark vonAppen, Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department
This workshop is geared toward fire service professionals of any
rank who wish to expand their leadership abilities. It is rooted in
improving team performance and has application in the public and
private sectors. The concepts featured have worked for more than
40 years in professional football and are now working in the fire
service. Getting team members to pull toward a common goal is a
key component in successful operations. Attendees acquire the tools
to create a “pact” applicable to all levels of the organization.
Fire Ventilation and Flow Path Control
Regional Chief/Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Reick,
Regional Government, Eislingen, Germany
The principles of fire dynamics and fire ventilation are important for
fighting fires in buildings. The balance between rescue operations
and fire extinguishment is a tactical necessity and is directly linked
to these principles. Estimating the burning regime and performing
proper fire ventilation are essential for safe operations on the
fireground and form the basis of smoke spread control and flow
path control. The workshop covers from a worldwide perspective
aggressive ventilation, defensive ventilation, and nonventilation and
explores the principles and limitations of various strategies. Students
analyze multiple fireground experiences to identify approaches
that have contributed to the success or failure of the scenarios.
Hazmat Incident Management:
The Eight-Step Process
Program Manager Gregory Noll, South Central
(PA) Regional Task Force
Given the risks of hazmat emergency response operations, the
overwhelming majority of responder injuries and deaths at hazmat
incidents occur prior to the arrival of Hazmat Response Teams. The
ability of the incident commander to critically and effectively apply
a risk-based response methodology provides the foundation for
a safe response. Using the Eight Step Process as the framework,
this workshop will focus on the tactical management of hazardous
materials and special operations incidents. Target audience will include
both company and command officers, as well as hazmat officers.
High-Rise Firefghting Operations:
Strategic, Tactical, and Task Level
Assistant Chief David McGrail, Denver (CO) Fire Department
High-rise firefighting is exponentially more complicated and dangerous
than most other fireground operations. From a room-and-contents
apartment fire to the well-involved fire floor of a commercial high-rise
to the ever-present threat of a terrorist attack, you must be prepared!
This workshop helps prepare attendees for battle. It addresses the
challenges and provides solutions. The ultimate goals are firefighter
survival and operational success. From strategic command and
control to company level tactical operations to task-level firefighter
evolutions and procedures, all of these critical, interrelated areas
are discussed. Lessons from past high-rise case studies provide
guidance for today’s “best practices” operational procedures and
the recommended equipment. Attendees will apply past lessons and
new procedures to solve scenario-based high-rise fire problems.
ISFSI Instructor Development Clinic
Forest Reeder, Eastern Regional Director,
International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
Be the BEST instructor you can be: Enhance your presentation skills
and your students’ capacity to learn and retain information. Key
content areas include communication skills; working with objectives
and training outcomes; and testing, evaluating, and maintaining
a safe training environment. Students will be introduced to simple
and easy-to-remember steps for creating and adapting lesson
plans, training skill sheets, and other useful tools for all levels
and abilities. This interactive and role-playing workshop will help
you to impart in every class training that makes a difference!
Leadership and PTSD: Avoiding PTSD
Jada Hudson, M.S., Clinical Director of Program
Development, Illinois Firefghter Peer Support
Leadership style before, during, and after potentially traumatic events
(PTEs) infuences how subordinates will respond to the PTEs in relation to
post traumatic stress disorder, delayed healing, recovery, or resilience.
Based on a 2011 study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the U.S.
Department of Defense, this workshop looks at historical examples of how
leaders can equip subordinates with the “psychological body armor” that
will help them to look at a PTE as a challenge instead of a threat through a
combination of suffcient realistic training, social support, and an empathetic
leadership style. Leaders learn to model coping fexibility after PTEs and to
empower their subordinates to discuss and mentally process traumatic events
and to develop mental and physiological toughness to face future PTEs.