MONDAY, APRIL 23 1: 30 P.M.-5: 30 P.M.
The “Big 8” of Firefghter Functional Fitness
Deputy Chief Fire Marshal/Health and Fitness Coordinator
Dan Kerrigan, East Whiteland (PA) Fire Department
This program was created for frefghters by frefghters. The workshop
offers a holistic and simple approach to making ftness functional for the
job of frefghting. The “Big 8” concept is a comprehensive approach to
frefghter ftness that incorporates ( 1) Core Strength, ( 2) Cardiovascular
Capacity, ( 3) Flexibility, ( 4) The Push,( 5) The Pull, ( 6) The Lift, ( 7) The
Carry, and ( 8) The Drag. Each of these ftness “tactics” plays a crucial
role for all frefghters who need to give their best on the freground (and
beyond). Instead of focusing on muscle groups and nonfrefghter-specifc
exercises, the “Big 8” teaches frefghters practical, real-life movements
that can be used to improve their functional ftness. The result is an
improvement in freground performance; reduction in line-of-duty deaths
and injuries; and a greater opportunity for a long, healthy retirement.
The First Five Minutes:
Window of Opportunity
Firefghter Mark van der Feyst, Woodstock (Ontario,
Canada) Fire Department
The focus is on the first five minutes of a response and how actions
taken during that time impact the remainder of the response. These
first few minutes can be a challenging time for the first-due officer/
firefighter in terms of interpreting what is seen when rolling up on an
incident, making decisions, and relaying information to incoming units.
Attendees learn how to coordinate a safe and effective attack to quickly
mitigate the emergency through preplanning, building their knowledge
of how fires react during incipient and growth stages, and exhibiting
a strong sense of situational awareness. Making timely strategic and
tactical decisions and engaging in clear and effective communication are
stressed as students analyze scenarios to refine and enhance fireground
operations and to take advantage of opportunities that may arise.
Training with Incident Simulations
Deputy Chief (Ret.) Ted Nee, Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department
Research has shown that, when implemented correctly, incident simulation
training is a powerful educational tool. In this interactive workshop, the
instructor shares his more than 20 years of experience designing, developing,
and training with incident simulations. Lecture, demonstration, and group
activities are used to illustrate best practices for incorporating incident
simulation training in your department. The design and development
process for various types of simulations including size-up exercises; timed,
multiunit simulations; and testing simulations is discussed. Attendees
will participate in several types of simulation exercises. Additionally,
attendees will share in “tips and tricks” for incident scene photography,
nondestructive photo editing, and simulation design and development.
How to Get Along at Work
Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin, Essa (Ontario, Canada) Fire Department
As adults, we spend 35 percent of our lives at work, some of us more.
Getting to know and understand how people think and behave can
reduce your stress and make that 35 percent seem easier to manage.
Positive psychology and human behavior are two of the primary sciences
that have helped to create a greater understanding of ourselves and
how we interact with one another. Throw in a little neurobiology, and
you have the foundation that you’ll need to navigate the personalities
you work with in your firehouse. More importantly, if you lead and
manage these personalities, then using some of the basic principles of
these sciences will improve your chances of understanding your staff
and elevate your level of self-awareness. Getting along at work is the
key to forming effective, high-performance teams. Everyone has a
vested interest in making their crew fully functional and stress free.
Your Fire Service Career Path:
Chief Les Stephens, San Marcos (TX) Fire Department
This interactive workshop provides participants with an opportunity
to gain valuable insight about their career development plans,
goals, and aspirations. Among the issues covered are how to apply
for a chief officer’s position, the steps in the hiring process from
reading and understanding the job posting, the do’s and don’ts of
resume and cover letters, and negotiating employment terms and
conditions. The content is relevant for members of all departments
from small volunteer to fully career metro organizations.