New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

2020 Seminar Series

NYSAFC's annual Seminar Series provides educational opportunities for fire service personnel of all ranks at sites across New York state. 3-hour seminars are conducted by some of the nation’s leading fire service instructors at the local level on a variety of timely topics.

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NYSAFC 2020 Seminar Series “Hoarder House Fires: Our Worst Nightmare”
With Lieutenant Tim Klett, FDNY

Fires in hoarder houses can present a multitude of problems on the fireground, from water application to searches for possible victims. This seminar will review the signs, including some less-commonly seen ones, that indicate the possible presence of hoarding conditions. It will cover initial operations, including access and egress, to the three main types of conditions where firefighters can expect to find hoarding, as well as how to manage each condition individually. The program will outline some of the serious dangers fires present to firefighters operating in and around areas with hoarding conditions, and explain how firefighters can effectively do their jobs while safely evaluating problems. It will also cover the information chain, as it is critical for the incident commander to constantly monitor for progress or lack thereof, which would require an immediate change in tactics.

Instructor Tim Klett:
Tim Klett is a 36-year veteran of the fire service. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Newington (CT) Fire Department for five years before becoming a paid firefighter with the City of New Britain (CT) Fire Department, where he served for four years before being appointed to the Fire Department City of New York in 1990. Klett worked in Engine Company 69 in Harlem for 12 years and is currently assigned to Engine Company 88, 7th Division, in the Bronx. He has served as a lead instructor for the FDIC H.O.T. program and lectures frequently on a variety of topics, including engine company operations. Klett is the author of “Stretching and Operating the First Line” published in Fire Notes by the Fire Department Training Network, where he also serves as lead engine instructor. He has also written several articles for Fire Engineering,, Firescue Interactive, and SIZE UP. Klett is also the lead instructor for NYSAFC’s Hoarder Fires Hands-On Training program.

Registration Fee:
$25 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$40 per person – Non-Members
On-site registration will be available at all sites. Registration area opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each seminar. Pre-registration is encouraged. Forms must be received at least two business days prior to the selected seminar. During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for any NYSAFC education programs. In the event that NYSAFC is forced to cancel training due to COVID-19, students will have the option to attend on the rescheduled program date or request a full refund.

Dates and Locations (3-Hour Program):

September 3, 2020 – St. Lawrence County/Franklin County
7:00 p.m.
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort • 873 State Route 37 • Akwesasne, NY 13655

September 23, 2020 – Otsego County
7:00 p.m.
Worcester Fire Department • 36 Church Street • Worcester, NY 12197

September 24, 2020 – Nassau County
7:00 p.m.
Woodmere Fire Department • 20 Irving Place • Woodmere, NY 11598

September 28, 2020 – Oneida County
7:00 p.m.
Westmoreland High School • 5176 State Route 233 • Westmoreland, NY 13490

September 29, 2020 – Clinton County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Location TBA

October 1, 2020 – Fulton County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

October 6, 2020 – Erie County
7:00 p.m.
Erie County Fire Safety Academy • 3359 Broadway • Cheektowaga, NY 14227

October 7, 2020 – Wyoming County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Wyoming North Java Fire Company • 4274 Route 98 • North Java, NY 14113

October 12, 2020 – Chautauqua County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Gerry Rodeo Grounds Conference Center • 4351 Route 60 • Gerry, NY 14740

October 15, 2020 – Chemung County
7:00 p.m.
Southport Fire Department • 1001 Carl Street • Elmira, NY 13904

October 19, 2020 – Rockland County
7:00 p.m.
Rockland County Fire Training Center • 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive • Pomona, NY 10970

October 20, 2020 – Onondaga County
7:00 p.m.
Manlius Fire Department • 8200 Cazenovia Road • Manlius, NY 13104

November 30, 2020 – Rensselaer County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Pittstown Rescue Squad • 60 Parker School Road • Johnsonville, NY 12094