Virtual Classrooms

Wednesday, May 13

0800 — 0945

The Art of reading smoke: The next generation

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 10 — 1145 time slot. Today’s structure fires are more dangerous than ever before. Lightweight construction, low-mass synthetics, and open space floorplans have created a perfect storm for rapid, prolific fire growth and extreme behavior. It is imperative for firefighters of all ranks and experience levels to be prepared for this battle. The Art of Reading Smoke, developed by Dave Dodson and continued by Rob Backer, provides the knowledge necessary for first-arriving firefighters, officers, and chief officers to determine the fire’s location and progression “from the seat” before seeing any flame.

Instructor: Rob Backer, Captain & Owner of Lead First Due Intelligence LLC

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The tactical edge to fireground operations

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 10 — 1145 time slot. Presenting an integrated approach towards understating today’s evolving and demanding fireground, this program incorporates four distinct functional areas and provides a model approach towards enhanced fireground operations, tactical effectiveness, command decisiveness and operational excellence. 

Instructor: Christopher Naum, Command Institute (N.Y.)

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tribal leadership, a process for fire service organizational improvement

This 90 minute interactive program will discuss the benefit of the fire service integrating the Tribal Leadership principles. The key to operating a successful fire department is understanding what inspires and motivates firefighters to work collaboratively as a cohesive team/ tribe. The fire service performs highly critical work, that can be the difference between life and death.

Instructor: Anthony Corriea, Burlington Township N.J. FD (Ret.)

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Build your culture: professionalism or minimalism

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues during the 10 — 11:45 slot. Culture in our profession is a word that is often used but do we truly understand what it means? Culture is defined as: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. It can also be defined as the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations. So why is this so important to us?

Instructor: Sean Duffy, Pasco County Fire Rescue

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hoarding: working in a pile

“Hoarding:  working in the pile” Introduces students to the hazards associated with working within a cluttered environment and how it affects every operation on the fireground. Discussed in detail are the obvious size up indicators that if quickly recognized can give away the presence of a hoarding condition. Real life case studies are introduced and discussed to show examples of the stress placed on fireground operations and the importance of early recognition. 

Instructor: Will Heiney, Middlesex County (Conn.) Fire School

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PTSd: resiliency and growth from ems and 1 october 

PTSD is one of the most common things that first responders, firefighters and EMS experience, but one of the hardest things to talk about. What if we could actually grow from our experiences and help others know that
it is ok to not be ok? Imagine 20 plus years of EMS, where that PTSD adds up, then throw on top of it being
a survivor of the United States worst mass shooting. Come hear not only how she survived the shooting because of her years in EMS, but how speaking publicly about it has helped her grow and heal from the event. As long as we continue to not discuss the problem of PTSD, it will continue to take the lives of our community.

Instructor: Charlotte Gentry, Las Vegas Fire Rescue

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10 — 1145 a.m.

improving extrication operations

Vehicle Extrication & complex highway incidents require collaboration, coordination, and integration of multiple agencies & personnel for a common mission. Lack of collaborative interaction can have a significant negative impact on patient outcomes. Not recognizing significant bleeding or performing extrication functions before treating for crush injury are 2 examples of how lack of coordination, improper or untimely tactics can negatively impact mortality and morbidity. 

Instructor: Anthony Corriea, Burlington Township N.J. FD (Ret.)

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the senior firefighter: mentoring
the future of our fire service

In current times, fire departments are responding to less working fires than ever. In previous generations, experience was the biggest teacher when it came to learning the job or mastering the skills of a firefighter. With less and less fires occurring, how will we continue to foster our culture and pass down the skills necessary to get the job done the way we have in the past? The answer lies with the Senior Firefighter

Instructor: Steve Lester, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services (Ga.)

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suicide risk management

The rate of suicide nationally has grown exponentially in the Fire Service. While there are resources available to all first responders in their time of need, they are not being utilized. We believe that there needs to be a culture change in leadership that will positively influence use of these “safety nets”. This culture change can bring about a natural inclination to use behavioral/mental health resources by making them more visible, accessible, and affordable. These resources need to be included with an already robust focus on firefighter wellness.

Instructor: Nancy Wesselink

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