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CLASSROOM SESSIONS

RESCUE MINDSET

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Jake Hoffman - Toledo Fire Department

While certification classes undoubtedly serve as a foundation for all technical rescuers, what is it that sets apart the “really good ones?” 

How does a rescuer become the person who always seems to be three steps ahead with solutions for problems you didn’t even know existed and the person who both Chiefs and their fellow rescuers turn to for advice?

This interactive session strives to answer these questions by sharing advice from respected rescuers across North America.  Development of a “rescue mindset” is discussed from both personal development and incident response perspectives.

The “rescue mindset” is also key to successfully determining an appropriate course of action on the scene, so it is imperative that rescue leadership NOT be rank dependent but should rely heavily on subject matter experts.  Concepts such as the "100/50/25 Rescue Plan" will be introduced to help attendees rapidly and effectively develop a plan on their next rescue incident.

As the modern fire department is an all-hazards agency, details of one discipline are often overlooked during training in the interest of time or inadvertently forgotten as the department pivots to the next rescue discipline.  This sad reality often leaves rescuers dangerously unprepared for real-world rescues where sayings like “it should be good enough” can be deadly.  By developing a “rescue mindset,” rescuers are better prepared to make informed decisions when presented with complex and challenging situations that may require equipment and techniques be pushed to their limits.

TACTICAL LEADERSHIP

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Frank Ricci - New Haven Fire Department

This program focuses on tangible ways to increase your leadership influence and build your command presence. Tactical Leadership breaks down behaviors and tactics to make you a more effective chief, officer or firefighter who is leading from the front. This is a fast moving, informative and entertaining program. Based off the culmination of years of successes and failures as well as the new book by Fire Engineering, "Command Presence."

 

This program addresses the gap between leadership and tactical excellence giving you the tool and tactics to be successful. We present a practical approach to leadership; ways to avoid the pitfalls of command are explored; and the operational realities we face, from the day-to-day station life to the tactical mistakes, take aways that will make you just a little better at your job.

Far too many leaders fall into the trap of having a myopic view of our service or equally as damaging they focus on broad strategies without mastering the tactics needed to be successful and often diminish their own command without realizing it. It does not matter if you’re attacking a fire, speaking to the press or working with or against city hall; the path to success is in front of you, and this program will help ensure you know the tactics that will make you more effective.

MODERN CONSTRUCTION SITE CONSIDERATIONS FOR FIRE & EMS

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Adam Medeiros​ - Bristol Fire Department

The program titled “Modern Construction Site Considerations for Fire & EMS” focuses on understanding how construction sites are organized, the inherent hazards on any given site, and considerations the Fire or EMS responder should be planning for.

 

Below is a high-level outline of the topics covered;

• Intro - Basic Construction Terms

• Lessons Learned from Past Incidents

• How does OSHA & NFPA protect Us?

• Common High-Risk Work & Hazards

• Developing Relationships with Your Local Projects

• Developing Your Pre-Plan

AGGRESSIVE COMMAND LEADS TO SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Mo Davis​ - Houston Fire Department

 

This class will discuss how chief-level officers need to be involved, how they must be equally trained, and the importance of leading aggressively for successful outcomes. Most of the problems on the fireground comes from a lack of appropriate leadership and decision making. This class helps address these problems and discusses how decisions are made.

AGGRESSIVE SEARCH; ITS STILL ABOUT THE VICTIM

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Frank Ricci ​- New Haven Fire Department

 

Every day in America someone is rescued from the horrible fate of perishing in a fire. This program will enhance your skills by focusing on aggressive tactics and training tips while covering command strategy. This program is fast moving, informative, and entertaining. Based on real-life experiences, fire science, and proven tactics. We can all do a little better on the fireground and in training to increase our skills. Here is a link to the handout for this program: https://www.fireengineering.com/firefighting/aggressive-and-practical-search-it-s-still-about-the-victim/#gref

THERMAL IMAGING; INTO THE WEEDS

Saturday Oct 5

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Dan Gordon​ - FDNY

 

Have you ever had formal training with your camera? If not, this class is for you. Through class, practicals, and live burns, we show you the ins and outs of modern day TICs. Some of the topics that will be addressed: - Technology of TICs - The NFPA Standard - Smells and Bells (Low Heat Conditions) - Fire Attack - Finding the Fire - Search with the TIC - Shortcomings of TICs.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION/VENDORS/BREAKFAST - 0700-0830

OPENING REMARKS - 0830-0900

MORNING KEYNOTE - 0900-1030

BREAK - 1030-1100

MORNING BREAKOUTS - 1100-1300

LUNCH/VENDORS - 1300-1400

AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS - 1400-1600

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