New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Schedule of Education Programs

Open to Conference Full Term Registrants only.
*Denotes programs where certified EMS providers can earn CEUs for attending.

All fire/EMS education programs will be held at The Oncenter near the Ballroom (lower level).


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  New for 2019 – Wednesday full day EMS training!

“Response to the Intentional Hostile Event”*
Chief of Trauma Surgery Mark Gestring, M.D., FACS, Kessler Trauma Center University of Rochester; Assistant Chief/Trauma Program Manager William Hallinan, RN, MSBA, Spencerport Fire Department/Kessler Trauma Center University of Rochester; and Past Chief/Nurse Practitioner Frank Manzo, RN, EMT-P, NP-BC, Geneseo Fire Department/Kessler Trauma Center University of Rochester

Intentional acts of aggression continue to injure citizens more frequently in a variety of ways. The role of the first responder is crucial in community preparedness, education, response, and recovery. This course will review the challenges and opportunities to improve the chances of survival when faced with ballistic, vehicle, or blast attacks. Students will be able to use the new NFPA 3000 Standard to promote an organized approach to these incidents in their communities. The law enforcement, fire, and EMS perspective will be presented to allow a more successful joint operation. Lessons learned from actual events and training will guide learners in developing their own approach to enhancing skills and drills. Students will participate in a hands-on skill demonstration.
The Oncenter Room 6

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Structure Fire: Primary Search”
Battalion Chief John Salka, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

Many fire departments have well-developed tactics and procedures for structural fires and more often than not, the weakest element is the search tactic. Conducting a search inside a burning building is a complex, and yes, dangerous undertaking. Sometimes we are searching for fire, sometimes for victims, sometimes both. This program will concentrate on the search for victims – the search for life. Many fire departments pull a hoseline as the first action at a fire in a residential building. Others require every search team to be equipped with a hoseline. This program will outline the steps that can be taken to develop and initiate a solid interior search operation for victims at structural fires that can give trapped occupants a real chance at surviving a fire in their home.
The Oncenter Rooms 1-3

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

“Laddering Skill Sets: Portables, Aerial and Tower Ladders”
Lieutenant Mike Ciampo, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

On each fire scene we respond to, as we begin to perform our duties, ladders offer many advantages to assist us in accessing and rescuing victims and escaping the structure – if they’re placed properly. This interactive program will look at tactics and tips, safety, and training skill sets for placing the portable ladder onto the building. Students will review uncommon raises, including the wheelbarrow and shooting the ladder, as well as new and improved leg locks. The program will also address dynamic positioning and coverage of structures using an aerial and tower ladder apparatus at various types of fire buildings. In addition, students will examine working off of the aerial and out of the bucket in roof ventilation and hydraulic operations.  
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2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

“Surviving the Modern Fire Environment”
Retired Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

This program is intended to raise the students' awareness of a number of factors that make the modern fireground a deadly place to operate. It will highlight the role of petrochemicals in the fire load, the evolution of “tight building syndrome” – the sealing of buildings due to energy conservation efforts – and the impact of ventilation on fire growth, including some of the most recent data compiled by Underwriters Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the FDNY. The program will present a number of methods for surviving deadly events on the fireground, including collapse, flashover, and backdraft. It will review a number of techniques and provide recommendations for improving firefighting tactics at a variety of the most common types of structure fires. Topics will include the changing fire environment, causes of firefighter fatalities, the compressed fire growth and response curve, tactics for the modern fire environment, and methods of preventing firefighter deaths and injuries.
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9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

“Fires’ Toxic Twins: Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide Exposure”*
Dr. Joan Dolinak, M.D., FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, SUNY Upstate University Hospital

This program will address how hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide exposure impacts respiration and leads to poor outcomes. The case-based presentation will review ventilation, the physiologic process of normal respiration. It will examine the common toxic and lethal exposures that responders often encounter on the fireground. The program will also describe how asphyxiates impact the process of normal respiration and what responders can do to improve outcomes for the most common hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide exposure.
The Oncenter Room 6

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

“Lessons in Teamwork from a Flock of Geese”
Lieutenant John Lewis, Passaic (NJ) Fire Department and Chief Robert Moran, Brewster (MA) Fire Department

Effective fire service teams and organizations are built on superior communication, common goals, cooperative relationships, respect, and the ability to connect and use individual talents for the greater good. Unfortunately, developing these successful teams can sometimes be a difficult task. In this program, the instructors will discuss how to overcome this adversity and build thriving internal groups that will lead your organization to success by applying a number of valuable team-based qualities so expertly demonstrated to us on a daily basis by our friend, the Canada goose.
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“Getting Ahead of Top Floor Fires”
Battalion Chief Daniel Sheridan, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

Top floor fires are a major concern for any fire department. If not dealt with quickly, there is the potential to lose the whole top floor, or, if in a row of buildings, the whole row. Identifying the fire and locating the extent of the situation is the key to success. Top floor fires require a fair amount of resources, so you must be proactive, and calls for mutual aid or multiple alarms need to be sent in early. If you think you need more help it may already be too late. This program will cover roof construction and different types of ventilation that need to be coordinated with hoselines. Defensive measures may need to be implemented if the initial attack does not extinguish the fire. The program will review some defensive measures and aggressive tools that can be used before making the decision to switch to a full defensive attack.
The Oncenter Room 3

“Long Stretch and Short-Staffed”
Deputy Chief/Municipal Training Officer William Perritt, Hartsdale Fire Department

When firefighters are assigned the task of performing a stretch exceeding the length of a pre-connected hoseline, the complexity of the operation will challenge all members. This scenario will require members to stretch hose over long distances both horizontally and vertically. Considering the rapid nature of fire development in today’s fireground environment, these stretches must be completed efficiently to prevent uncontrolled fire spread. This program will demonstrate techniques to effectively complete this task.
The Oncenter Room 4

“Understanding and Preventing Emergency Responder Suicide”
Captain Dena Ali, Raleigh (NC) Fire Department

This program is designed to explain how creating an environment to encourage help-seeking behavior can alter an individual’s trajectory from reaching suicide. Individual, company, and departmental methods for prevention will be explained. While there are numerous causes of suicide, there are a few common risk factors that can be identified to help with intervention. The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide demonstrates that suicide occurs when three factors intersect: thwarted belonging, perceived burdensomeness, and capacity to engage in lethal action. Suicide risk is reduced by eliminating one factor. By creating a culture of acceptance and understanding through positive social support, we can make strides in preventing suicide.
The Oncenter Room 5

“Pediatric Sepsis”*
Quality Assurance and Education Coordinator Jason Haag, CCEMT-P, CIC, SFI, Multi-Med Billing/Wayne County Advanced Life Support

Sepsis in pediatric patients is an often-missed clinical presentation that can quickly manifest to a fatal complication. With a thorough assessment, understanding of the indications of sepsis (which do differ from adults), and knowledge of methods for treatment, we can reduce morbidity and mortality for children with a systemic infection. This program will focus of assessment and treatment ranging from BLS to ALS.
The Oncenter Room 6

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

“Social Media from Scratch: Digital Startups for Smaller Agencies”
Chief Kevin Sylvester, Ossining Police Department

Social media has helped many agencies engage their residents in ways that create trust, improve service, and enhance efficiency. Still, many smaller departments are unwilling or unable to implement digital strategies, citing issues such as staffing shortages, budget restrictions, time constraints, and fear of civil liability. This presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to social media for public safety with a focus on first steps for smaller departments and those with limited resources. Participants will discuss the reasons so many are reluctant to go digital and strategies for moving beyond the roadblocks. Specifically, the program will cover policy development, selection of a digital media officer, creating a strategy, and options for expansion. This presentation will also touch on “finding your voice,” a discussion of how public safety organizations can use digital communication to create and maintain partnerships with residents and local businesses.
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“Your Emergency is Not My Emergency”
Education Specialist Tim Boel, VFIS

The goal of this program is to help emergency services organizations (ESOs) provide a safe and healthful work environment where risks that are taken commensurate with the potential benefits (risk a lot to save a lot; risk a little to save a little; and risk nothing to save nothing). The program will go beyond the typical hazards encountered at the emergency scene and identify risks associated with ESO cultures, station life, and challenges encountered on the street.
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“Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size Up to Promote Mental Wellness”
Chief Edward Rush, Hartsdale Fire Department

We spend so much time helping and saving others but often forget to focus on one another. Using the IAFC VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report as a guide, this program will help improve our focus on responders’ emotional health, as an industry. First responders not only have all the “normal” life stressors but also stressors from our public safety role. The goal of this program is to bring awareness about the fire and emergency services’ emotional and behavioral health problem and emphasize the importance of changing the culture, so we can take care of each other and our teams.
The Oncenter Room 4

“From Knowledge to Practice – Fire Literacy and Applied Fire Dynamics”
Division Chief Peter McBride, Ottawa (Canada) Fire Services

The Ottawa Fire Service led the development of an evidence-based fire dynamics training curriculum that will assist in closing current critical knowledge and capability gaps. This program will explain the origins of the project, review the curriculum materials, and highlight the novel elements of the program materials that have been adopted for use within the draft NFPA 1700 Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. The project was funded by the Defence Research and Development Canada with support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Students will have free access to extensive web-based student manuals and curriculum materials for review and for use by their fire departments.
The Oncenter Room 5

“B.R.O. (Blast Response Ops)”*
Chief/Paramedic Walid Al-Jabiri, Fluvanna Fire Department

This program will provide a comprehensive depiction of what a post-blast scene entails, the challenges faced by responders, and incident management guidelines. It is designed for operatives and leaders alike, and will display engaging footage and graphics to enhance the understanding of blast scene priorities, resources needed, and proper management of victims’ families.
The Oncenter Room 6

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Sleep Loss and Fatigue in EMS”*
Consultant Amy Eisenhauer, EMT, EMS Consulting Services

Fatigue and poor sleep hygiene are so commonplace in EMS that we accept it as the norm. Increased public awareness of fatigue-related accidents, medical errors, and first responder mental health challenge providers and leaders to examine the priority of sleep in their lives and agencies. This program will analyze the importance of quality and quantity of sleep, related physical and mental comorbidities of poor sleep hygiene, and tools for providers to improve their sleep methods and environment.
The Oncenter Room 6


8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

“Surviving the Job”
Past Chief Brian McQueen, Believe 271 Foundation, Inc./Whitesboro Fire Department and Chief John Buckman III, IAFC VCOS

This program will focus on training leaders, line officers, and safety officers in the role of protecting their team members from cancer. It will go over the NVFC Lavender Ribbon Report, which identifies 11 Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer. Attendees will walk away with information that will encourage them to build a focus on safety in the field and at the station as it relates to occupational cancer.
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“Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Including Issues Related to the LGBT Community”
Attorney Andrea Alonso, Morris Duffy Alonso and Faley

All individuals have the right to fair and equal employment opportunities, which includes a harassment-free work environment. Every organization has a responsibility to protect their employees from harassment and to create a respectful work environment. Every employee, regardless of title or seniority, has a responsibility to maintain a harassment-free workplace by treating every individual with courtesy, fairness, and respect. This program will address unlawful discrimination including: sexual harassment, age discrimination, retaliation, and criminal prohibitions. The objectives will be met using case studies and general lecture. Attendees will be provided with sample material to assist their organizations in improving their harassment risk management.
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Sponsored by VFIS

“Civil Disobedience and the Fire Rescue Service”
Retired Detective/Ex-Captain Dave Norman, NYPD Emergency Service Unit/Inwood Fire Department

This program will address the rising number of problems associated with law enforcement and fire rescue response to large-scale assemblies, demonstrations, and riots. With an increase in acts of civil disobedience occurring across the country, it is important for law enforcement, fire/rescue, and EMS personnel to be prepared. Understanding the tactics used by such groups will not only help keep us safe, but also help us do our job in keeping the public safe. This program is for all first responders involved in the pre-planning or response to such incidents.
The Oncenter Room 4

“Truss Truths”
Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Timothy Cowan, City of Oneida Fire Department   

Truss construction is one of the most popular types of construction today. Wood frame trusses are used in roofs and floors in residential construction throughout the country. During the housing construction boom that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was estimated that 50 percent of residential construction used trusses in the roof, floors, or both. NFPA reported that from 1997 to 2006, 44 firefighters died in the line of duty resulting from structural collapse. These collapses included buildings with truss roofs and truss floors. In response to a growing number of line of duty deaths and injuries from fires involving engineered lumber, Underwriters Laboratories investigated this disturbing trend to better understand the hazards firefighters face in residential buildings constructed with lightweight and wood construction. Key findings of the investigation included floor collapses in six minutes, the fire environment has changed, and thermal imaging cameras (TICs) do not provide adequate indications of pending floor collapses. This program is designed to give students a better understanding of how trusses are constructed, the components of a truss, where trusses are found, and a best practices approach when dealing with truss buildings on fire.
The Oncenter Room 5

“Documentation: A Reflection of You and Your Patient”*
Quality Assurance and Education Coordinator Jason Haag, CCEMT-P, CIC, SFI, Multi-Med Billing/Wayne County Advanced Life Support

Documentation has always been one of the least favorite duties of EMS. The patient care report you write reflects your abilities as an EMS provider, as well as the clinical presentation of your patient. This program will help improve how you document as a provider showing your skill set, the patient’s condition, and the care you provided.
The Oncenter Room 6

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

“Sound the Alarm”
Chief Dave Campbell, Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department

The volunteer fire service is heading toward a crisis, and the writing is on the wall! As leaders, we better wake up and do something about it. This program will examine recruitment; retention; and most importantly, morale within today’s volunteer fire service, and how most of us, as fire service leaders, are screwing it up. It is geared toward volunteer fire service leaders, but all are welcome. Students will be engaged through honest and open discussion with an instructor who will pull no punches. You might leave offended or mad about what he has to say, but you will leave thinking about your fire department’s future.   
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“Navigating the Obstacles of Leadership”
Chief James Seymour, Scarsdale Fire Department

From the new lieutenant to the chief of department, today’s fire service leaders are faced with obstacles that threaten both personal and organizational success. This interactive program is designed to provide future and current fire officers tips to build a positive organization, while also offering multiple solutions to the issues that face us throughout our tenures. From dealing with personnel to fireground decision-making, participants will be presented with real life situations and take part in a group discussion in order to find positive resolutions when faced with adversity.
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“Are You Command Capable?”
Lieutenant John Lewis, Passaic (NJ) Fire Department and Chief Robert Moran, Brewster (MA) Fire Department

Starting with an interactive discussion focusing on how the attendees arrived at being “command capable,” this program will concentrate on presenting a top ten list of the most critical operational elements necessary to establish, sustain, and command a safe and effective fire suppression operation. Topics to be discussed include size up, decision-making, command structure, building construction, communications, accountability, and strategy and tactics. This program is open to any firefighter who may take on the responsibility of sitting in the front officer’s seat of their department’s apparatus!
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“Tips on Training Probationary Firefighters for a New Officer in a Young Department”
Lieutenant/Municipal Training Officer Lou Comenale, Gates Fire District

Students in this program will be led through a discussion concerning five ways to train and develop probationary firefighters. This session is for up-and-coming officers, first line supervisors, and senior firefighters. It will provide students with proven ways to enhance the probationary period of the young firefighters now under their direct supervision. From tried and true methods to newly developed ways, students will learn the value of setting expectations and the importance of training. Participants will come away with new and different ways to motivate their members and get all they can out of their newly acquired probationary firefighters.
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“A Long Dark Road: A Personal Reflection on PTSD”*
Director EMS Education/EMS Liaison Douglas Sandbrook, MA, NRP, SUNY Upstate University Hospital

First responders are routinely exposed to traumatic events. Consequently, they are at an increased risk for long-term problems from traumatic stress. This program will share a responder’s personal struggles managing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and raise awareness of some unique needs for this community. There’s no sugar coating this one, as the program will feature a frank discussion on a responder’s personal experience and reflections on dealing with PTSD. PTSD is a daily occurrence in the public safety industry with a far reaching grasp, including a responder’s family and friends. This program will focus on raising awareness, encouraging discussion to promote our own health and well-being, and overcoming the despair and fear associated with PTSD.         
The Oncenter Room 6

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

“View from the Street: The First 20 Minutes”
Chief of Operations/Past Chief Tom Richardson, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)/Deer Park Fire Department

It’s the middle of the night. Your pager goes off and it is reporting smoke from a dwelling in a remote area of town. What runs through your mind as you rush to get to the scene? What information have you gathered? If you arrive first, what actions will you take to establish safe and effective operational tactics? This interactive program will place you in the role of the incident commander. Fireground operations are based on the information gathered from the transmission of the alarm. This program will address questions such as, what could/should you rely on if you are unable to obtain the information you need to make safe/sound operational decisions, and what are the critical actions you can take to avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur during the first 20 minutes of an operation?
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“Apparatus Positioning for Fire Operations”
Deputy Chief Brendan Dunn, Utica Fire Department

Apparatus serve a vital function in our fire operations, and apparatus operators and incident commanders must utilize this equipment to meet operational needs and to work in unison to accomplish incident needs. This program will give apparatus operators and incident commanders ideas and considerations for meeting incident goals and guidance on the proper placement of all types of apparatus.
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“Navigating the Law: What Chiefs Need to Know”
Attorney Terence Hannigan, Esq. and Attorney Timothy Hannigan, Esq., Hannigan Law Firm

The multitude of challenges confronted by incident commanders and command officers demands that reasoned and oftentimes instantaneous decisions be made. As adherence to the law is a necessary part of every officer’s decision-making process, it is import that command personnel have a practical understanding of fire service law and its ramifications. This program will be presented by two attorneys who are nationally certified fire service instructors with over six decades of combined experience in representing governmental authorities, fire service agencies, and fire officers. By combining the knowledge and experience of their years on the fireground with their recognized mastery of the law as preeminent fire service attorneys, the presenters will deliver an informative and entertaining program that provides practical and understandable guidance to help officers make good command decisions without fear of running afoul of the law.
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“Size Up and Tactics for the First Due”
Chief Jared Meeker, Lake Shore Fire District

This interactive program will help the first arriving officer with initial on-scene size up, defining strategy, recognizing critical size up factors, identifying the flow path, planning first hoseline responsibilities, defining assignments for the first due company, and determining the additional resources that will be needed for a safe and successful outcome – all within the first minutes upon arrival. The program will concentrate on proper size up skill recognition by using well-planned computer fire simulations that will allow officers to gain experience in recognizing and prioritizing the necessary tasks upon their arrival based on their departments’ capabilities.
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“Trauma – The First Hour is the Only Hour”*
Chief/Paramedic Walid Al-Jabiri, Fluvanna Fire Department

This program will take a detailed approach to severe trauma patients and a rapid change in conditions. Damage control resuscitation (DCR), old school versus new school treatment, and the latest discoveries and trials in the groundbreaking treatment with tranexamic acid (TXA) will be explored. Best practices and equipment used in the field today will also be discussed.
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1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

“Firefighter Behavioral Health 2019 – The Price We Pay”
Past Chief Michael Healy, Central Nyack Fire Department

This program will deal with the behavioral health issues faced by firefighters and fire departments throughout the country today. Mounting numbers of firefighter suicides, an increase in alcoholism and drug addiction, PTSD, etc. all need immediate attention. Information will be available on the fire/EMS hotline operated by the National Volunteer Fire Council through its “Share the Load” program, as well as other resources. Something – anything – has to be done to address this crisis.
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“Incident Safety on the Modern Day Fireground – Cultural Changes in a Traditional World”
Assistant Chief Instructor Paul Wilders, Nassau County Fire Service Academy

Fireground safety is and should always be our top priority. This program will place an emphasis on understanding the importance of the responsibility that we take as company officers or incident commanders as we lead our people. Risk has a first and a last name, and we should understand everything we can when we make critical decisions during incidents. Students will leave with an understanding of sound judgment in size up and intellectual firefighting tactics.
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“It’s Just a Routine House Fire – Or is It?”
Retired Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Jim Duffy, Wallingford (CT) Fire Department

Private dwelling fires are the most common structure fire in New York state. 75 percent of fire deaths occur in residential dwellings. It is no secret that the fire environment has changed. Odds are, most of your structure fires are in private dwellings. Just because it’s the most common fire you go to, it doesn’t mean that you let your guard down. This highly interactive and challenging program will explore command, fire attack, ventilation, and search in private dwelling fires, coordinating all fireground tactics with your department’s staffing. It will also briefly cover current scientific studies and how they may or may not relate to your tactics. Lessons learned here can also be applied to other types of structure fires.
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“Find Your Voice”
Battalion Chief Robert Burns, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

“Finding your voice” is the first step in becoming an effective leader. It is the process that gives us the clarity, strength, and courage to deal with the difficult decisions that fire service leaders are called on to make every day. Leaders who do not find their voice are at a significant disadvantage. The power of cultural forces, the influence of peer pressure, and the anxiety of personal stress will overwhelm them at crucial moments. During this program, you will explore a logical, sequential, and common sense approach to help you find your voice and connect to your values during the critical moments of decision-making.
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“Initial Management of the Burn Patient”*
Assistant Professor of Surgery/Director of the Clark Burn Unit Dr. Jessica Summers, M.D., FACS, SUNY Upstate University Hospital

This program will provide a review of the current assessment and management guidelines of burn victims from the American Burn Association. Using a case-based approach, the focus will be on assessment of the thermal burn injury, determining severity and total burned surface area (TBSA). It will address the importance of thermoregulation and prevention of hypothermia as one of the new hallmarks of care and critical interventions for the burned patient. The program will explore inhalation injuries, toxic exposures, and the need for emergent airway control. Attendees will also discuss the new fluid resuscitation guidelines for the burned patient from the American Burn Association.       
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8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

"Route 91: Response to the Las Vegas Mass Shooting"
Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan, MBA, MPA, Clark County (NV) Fire Department

On October 1, 2017, a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. left 851 people injured and 58 dead. This program will review details of fire and EMS deployment and the lessons learned in response to this incident, which is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. Topics to be examined include the importance of interagency relationships in handling complex events of this nature, the necessity of training involving all agencies and personnel responding to incidents of this type, the value of increasing fire department involvement in special events planning, the importance of developing or enhancing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and a Family Assistance Center (FAC), and addressing communications problems and staging issues related to not being able to get personnel to assigned locations.
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9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“Post Incident Reviews – Does Your Department Conduct Them? Why or Why Not?”
Chief of Operations/Past Chief Tom Richardson, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)/Deer Park Fire Department

The post incident review can be utilized to reinforce sound strategy and the proper use of tactics and procedures, as well as to document lessons learned from fire operations and other complex events. This process and the creation of a solid presentation can provide your department a valuable learning opportunity. A post incident review is an informal review that can be shared with chiefs, officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who were involved in an operation and can also be disseminated throughout your department to share the lessons learned. This may be for a fire or emergency that did not extend to a multiple alarm, but significant challenges were overcome by units at the scene. This program will provide students with suggestions on how to develop effective post incident reviews and how to properly use them.
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“It’s OK to Love This Job!”
Lieutenant Paul Haynes, Syracuse Fire Department

Remember how you felt when you took a position as a firefighter? Now, as a company officer or aspiring company officer, you need to maintain that love. As a new firefighter, remember when you had that impassioned company officer or senior man, and you would hang on their every word? These leaders, formal or informal, were inspiring and strengthened the team. But sometimes, our peers make it difficult to still love the job. By losing the love, we foster a culture of leadership where we are content with being just OK. This program will review leadership styles that will help turn individuals into an effective team with a shared vision for cultivating success and creating a unified vision for the organization.
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“Active Shooters and the Emergency Services”
Past Chief/Detective George Zayas, West Haverstraw Fire Department/Stony Point Police Department

This program will offer a comprehensive look at active shooter events that have occurred throughout the country. It will examine how we, as firefighters and EMS, respond to such events and what we can do to assist law enforcement. Students will also look at the rescue task force, which has been adopted across the country. In addition, the training required in order to respond to and assist during an active shooter event will be reviewed.
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“Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Fire Service”
Lieutenant Steve Disick, Albany Fire Department

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are quickly being adopted by public safety agencies for a variety of applications. Some of the applications are very straightforward, while others are much more technical. This program will quickly touch on what departments need to know to start a UAS program and describe various UAS platforms, including their capabilities and how they can be applied to a variety of fire service applications. Lessons learned and best practices when it comes to utilizing UAS in areas such as payload deployment and autonomous search and rescue will be shared. Looking to the very near future, emergency technology in the field of UAS and how these systems can assist us in safety, accountability, and situational awareness in a technical rescue environment will be explored.
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11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

“The ‘D-Word’ – Bringing Discipline to the Fire Service”
Deputy Chief Thomas LaBelle, Henrico County (VA) Division of Fire

This program will look at the value and process of discipline and different applications for varying situations. Attendees will come away from the program with techniques and processes they can use in their stations to help ensure their own success, as well as the success of their members. See how strong, consistent discipline provides a safe and sane fire house for your members.
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“Weighing in on Building Construction”
Firefighter Timothy Duffy, Scarsdale Fire Department and Captain Kurt Mulligan, Stony Point Fire Department

Determining a building’s characteristics, construction type, and materials in the early stages of an incident, combined with a thorough understanding of how a building reacts to fire and heat, is a priority at every structure fire. This program will include a review of the building “types” and the hazards associated with each, as well as the methods and materials used during construction. From lightweight and engineered materials to often overlooked hazards, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how they will impact firefighting operations. A review of new and existing regulations regarding the identification of buildings using truss and lightweight construction will be included, making this program beneficial for everyone, from the new firefighter to the chief officer.
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“Safe Operations at Basement Fires”
Captain Fred Peters, Albany Fire Department

One of the most dangerous operations on the fireground is the basement fire. With all the fires that occur in the United States each year, basement fires are less common. Training in the fire service for basement fire operations is lacking. This program will go over aspects of construction, manpower placement, strategies, and tactics to help your department operate smarter and safer.
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“What is the Strength of Your Defenses?”
Chief Richard Kasko, South Hays (TX) Fire Department

Great performance is not the absence of errors (human error is inevitable); it’s the presence of defenses. This program will demonstrate how a proactive leadership role to firefighter safety is to engage firefighters and build defenses.
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