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  • Training with Simulations

    Contains 1 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/03/2020 at 11:00 AM (EST)

    Live Instructor Led Course Thursday, December 3rd: This course will detail the process of deliberate practice, a training methodology that has proven to be the most effective way to rapidly develop non-technical skills such as decision-making and situation awareness. Continuing Education Hours: 2

    Training with Simulations

    In this workshop, Ted Nee will share his more than twenty years of experience conducting incident simulation training. Through lecture, and demonstration Chief Nee will illustrate best practices for facilitating incident simulation training. Chief Nee will detail the process of deliberate practice, a training methodology that has proven to be the most effective way to rapidly develop non-technical skills such as decision-making and situation awareness. In addition he will cover various methods to deliver simulation training including, in the classroom, in a simulation lab, and remotely over a local area network or the internet.

    Continuing Education Hours: 2

    Instructor: Ted Nee

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    Ted Nee is a 37-year veteran of the fire and emergency services. He joined the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in 1983. He retired from the AFD at the rank of Deputy Chief. After his service with the AFD Ted served as the lead command instructor and Command Training Center coordinator for the Emergency Response Organization at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ted is a Blue Card Command type IV and V Incident Commander and a Blue Card Command Instructor. He is a long time ISFSI member and an instructor for the “Principles of Modern Fire Attack” program. Ted is the co-author of the Fire Engineering DVD “Fire Dynamics” along with Dan Madrzykowski of the UL Firefighter Safety Institute and Lieutenant John Ceriello of the FDNY. Ted is the author of the quarterly online incident simulation for the Fire Engineering.com website. 

  • The New NFPA 1403: Significant Additions to Prerequisite Training (& More) Makes for Big Changes

    Contains 1 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2020 at 11:00 AM (EST)

    Live Instructor Led Course on Monday, November 16th: This course will explore the new prerequisite training, specifically what is not in the current 1001 standard. Continuing Education Hours: 2.5

    The New NFPA 1403 - Significant Additions to Prerequisite Training (& More) Makes for Big Changes

    1. Participants will have an appreciation of the significant changes in the new edition of NFPA 1403 standard (2018) that effect training ground operations and the prerequisite training prior to live fire training.
    2. Participants shall understand the new prerequisite training, specifically that which is not in the current 1001.
    3. Participants will be able to explain how the new requirements include current firefighters, officers and instructors and what must be done before they participate in live fire training. 
    4. Participants will have an appreciation of the new training requirements (job performance requirements, or JPRs) and how they necessitate different techniques and tools of instruction to improve the understanding of the new information. 
    5. Participants will be aware of the new instructor requirements, specific operational procedures, instructor rotation – rest - and rehabilitation, and the inclusion of Mobile Enclosed Live Fire Training Props.  

    Continuing Education Hours: 2.5

    Instructor: Dave Casey

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    Dave Casey, managing partner of Ascend Leadership, a promotional testing and training provider. He is the co-author of the IAFC/NFPA/ISFSI textbook “Live Fire Training Principles & Practice” and with Chris Niebling, the officer leadership video series “The Right Seat” from Fire Engineering. He served as Director of Louisiana’s Municipal fire training/certification program and as the Superintendent of Florida State Fire College, overseeing the state’s certified training, certifications and firefighter safety programs. In the Superintendent role he was directly involved with five firefighter fatality investigations during training, three of which were during live fire training. Formerly the Chief of Clay County Fire Rescue for 11 years, he previously served for 15 years with Sunrise Fire Rescue leaving as the Division Chief of HR (Training, Safety, Accreditation) and concurrently was a volunteer firefighter with Plantation, Florida, serving 14 years with the last six as Assistant Fire Chief. Chief Casey has an Associate degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science & Safety and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chief Casey is a designated Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

  • Simulation Design & Development

    Contains 1 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/05/2020 at 11:00 AM (EST)

    Live Instructor Led Course on Thursday, November 5th This course will cover the design and development process for several types of simulations including size-up exercises, multi-unit simulations, and testing/evaluation scenarios. Continuing Education Hours: 2

    Simulation Design and Development

    Incident simulation training is a powerful educational tool that is gaining wide acceptance in the fire and emergency services. In this workshop, Ted Nee will share his more than twenty years of experience designing and developing incident simulation training. Utilizing lecture, and demonstration Chief Nee will illustrate best practices for incorporating incident simulation training in your department as well as tips and tricks that he has learned for rapid simulation design and development. 

    This course will cover the design and development process for several types of simulations including size-up exercises, multi-unit simulations, and testing/evaluation scenarios.

    Continuing Education Hours: 2

    Instructor: Ted Nee

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    Ted Nee is a 37-year veteran of the fire and emergency services. He joined the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in 1983. He retired from the AFD at the rank of Deputy Chief. After his service with the AFD Ted served as the lead command instructor and Command Training Center coordinator for the Emergency Response Organization at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ted is a Blue Card Command type IV and V Incident Commander and a Blue Card Command Instructor. He is a long time ISFSI member and an instructor for the “Principles of Modern Fire Attack” program. Ted is the co-author of the Fire Engineering DVD “Fire Dynamics” along with Dan Madrzykowski of the UL Firefighter Safety Institute and Lieutenant John Ceriello of the FDNY. Ted is the author of the quarterly online incident simulation for the Fire Engineering.com website. 


  • The Passion of Teaching

    Contains 1 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/29/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Live Instructor Led Course Thursday, October 29th: How do we stir the coals of our passion so it won’t grow cold? How do we ignite that passion in others? How do we formulate our message, modify it, and keep it current in a constantly changing world? Continuing Education Hours: 1.5

    The Passion of Teaching

    Teaching is born out of passion. Those who desire to gain wisdom, knowledge and experience, then pass it on, are a special breed. In the chosen craft of firefighting, those who teach have an awesome responsibility. We must ensure our message will prevent harm to our students, while giving them the latest, cutting edge tools and methods to save lives. Meanwhile, everything is changing: Our students, the fire environment, building construction methods, tactics, and even society. Fire service instructors are like an F-18 pilot trying to land at night, during a storm, on a carrier deck that is pitching and rolling constantly. 

     How do we stir the coals of our passion so it won’t grow cold? How do we ignite that passion in others? How do we formulate our message, modify it, and keep it current in a constantly changing world? 

    Continuing Education Hours: 1.5

    Instructor: Anthony Kastros

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    Anthony Kastros  is a 32-year veteran of the fire service and Battalion Chief with Sacramento Metro Fire District (ret). He brings a wide variety of experiences, a high level of energy and a sincere passion to his instruction and service. He is author of the Fire Engineering book and video series, Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center – 2ndEdition. The curriculum covers an extremely comprehensive scope of the knowledge, skills and abilities that

    span the dimensions of leadership, management, and emergency operations. It is used widely throughout the United States for officer development.

    Also, from Fire Engineering, Anthony authors the 3-part DVD series Mastering Fireground Command – Calm the Chaos! This series focuses on fireground strategy, tactics, and ICS using actual incidents, video and simulations. The series covers fires in houses, multi-occupancies, apartments and commercial buildings.

    In addition, Kastros authored the video series, Mastering Unified Command – From Hometown to Homeland. The video is focused on bridging the gap between fire and law for a true unified response and command platform to face the “New Normal” that is prevalent in America today. The video features many experts from around the United States, including former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta. Kastros is donating all proceeds from this video to fallen fire, police and military organizations. A 4-day workshop is taught throughout the United States and was hailed by the Las Vegas police and fire communities as instrumental in their successful response to the Mandalay Bay Shooting in 2017. Kastros is an FDIC-International and Firehouse World instructor, was the Keynote Speaker at FDIC 2013 and is the recipient of the 2019 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and Fire Engineering. Anthony hosts The Command Show, a monthly blog radio show through Fire Engineering. Kastros teaches leadership/team building and strategy/tactics to firefighters throughout the United States. He has taught thousands of firefighters in leadership, officer development, command and tactics throughout America.
    As a USAR Team Manager with Sacramento Task Force 7, he deployed to Ground Zero on 9/11. Anthony spent 4 years with a Type 1 Incident Management Team and began Metro Fire’s Type 1 Rescue Company program. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Human Resource Management, an Associate’s of Science in Fire Technology, and is a certified Fire Officer for California. His faith and family are the most important things in his life.

  • Building A Team That Everybody Wants to Join Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar will present and walk through proven concepts and action steps to build a cohesive company environment.

    Without a cohesive environment it is highly unlikely that a firefighting unit will be effective on the fireground or provide the atmosphere for learning and growth at the firehouse. Ground rules will allow us to build the type of workplace environment that supports the growth of a cohesive team and is an absolute necessity for tactical performance. The material applies equally to firefighters and officers as these two groups normally make up a company. The concepts are the building blocks and can actually be used to bring cohesive to battalion or platoon level.

    Course Objectives

    • The student will be able to describe the importance of a cohesive environment within a firefighting unit.
    • The student will be able to list several action steps used to build a cohesive company environment.

    About the Speaker

    Dennis Reilly

    Chief Reilly is a forty-two-year fire service veteran. He previously served as the Assistant Fire Chief in Davis, California.  Prior to moving to California Dennis spent six and a half years as the Chief of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. The Chief is a retired Battalion Chief from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Among his duties in Cherry Hill Chief Reilly was an operational Shift Commander, the project lead for the development of the Cherry Hill Recruit Fire Academy and a founding member of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team. Chief Reilly was also one of the original members of the New Jersey State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1. Among his multiple deployments, Chief Reilly operated as a rescue squad officer at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    A lifelong student Chief Reilly holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Durham Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master in Public Administration from Penn State. The Chief has received his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as a Peer Reviewer for the CFO Designation.  He is also a Certified Public Manager completing the certification program at Arizona State University in 2015. 

    In addition to his fire service career, Chief Reilly is a US Army veteran. Spending over six years on active duty he has been assigned as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, a flight medic with over 500 hours of flight time, and as a combat medic with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment and was deployed during the first Gulf War.

    After retiring from Cherry Hill, the Chief went to work as private contractor providing high threat protective services to multiple government agencies. He has made multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the US State Department and other government agencies.

  • Communication Basics for Today’s Fire Service: Video Conferencing

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar provides an overview of the various software providers which includes plans and pricing, indications for each based on your target audience, and a how-to-guide regarding the successful implementation of video conferencing within your organization. Join us as we provide a cursory overview of the available technology from non-IT professionals.

    The entire fire service has realized a new reality. The impact of COVID-19 has forced us to take unprecedented measures in both our personal and professional lives. Effective communication is a critical component for every fire department. We have long relied on face-to-face communication to facilitate training, operations, and general routine information. Today’s fire service finds itself relying on many new and existing technologies to help achieve the same mission. The private sector utilizes technology far quicker, more aggressively and to better effect than most public sector organizations. Most fire departments do not have dedicated IT professionals or departments at their disposal, and it leaves us trying to navigate fast-moving, confusing, and expensive ideas and solutions. With a bit of creativity, we can utilize the lessons learned in the private sector to improve communication efficiency and effectives in your organization. Video conferencing has become an invaluable tool but there may be barriers to maximizing its effectiveness. The learning curve regarding various software platforms, subscriber plans and pricing, and implementation of the product can be daunting. This webinar provides an overview of the various software providers, indications for each based on your target audience, and a how-to-guide regarding the successful implementation of video conferencing within your organization.  Join us as we provide a cursory overview of the available technology from non-IT professionals.

    Course Objectives

    • Understand the need for an ever-changing communications model in today’s fire service.
    • Identify and examine new and existing video conferencing technologies.
    • Identify and discuss various video conferencing platforms and providers.
    • Identify the indications, advantages, and disadvantages, of each video conferencing format and provider.
    • Understand how to successfully implement video conferencing within your organization.

    About the Speakers

    Tom Hughes

    Tom Hughes is the Fire Marshal for the Northville Township (MI) Fire Department where he began in 2004. He is an NFPA Certified Fire Inspector II, Certified Plans Examiner (CFPE), and a State of Michigan licensed fire protection system inspector and plan reviewer. He holds a master’s degree in Technology Studies with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan Universities Executive Leadership Fire Staff & Command School. Tom also serves as a trustee for the Metropolitan Detroit Fire Inspectors Society. He is committed to improving the safety of firefighters and the community with reasonable and consistent code application, innovative systems and approaches and community outreach. Tom is the founder and president of the Northville Township Firefighters Charity Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to support firefighters, first responders, and the community. Tom believes that the foundation of every strong organization is based on collaboration, community, and commitment.  

    Jesse Marcotte

    Jesse is the Training Coordinator for the Northville Township (MI) Fire Department where he has served since 2002. He is passionate about taking an innovative approach to training and continuing education. As an educator, Jesse specializes in curriculum design, educational methodology and educational technology. He is an active member of the ISFSI and currently serves as the Project Leader for the Mentoring/Coaching Initiative. Jesse has been fortunate to present at several state and national conferences. He has a master’s degree in Technology Studies with a concentration in Public Safety & Emergency Management and is a graduate of EMU’s Fire Staff & Command School. Jesse places an emphasis on building construction, fire dynamics, strategic level command and operational readiness. He is also the Training Coordinator for the Western Wayne County Urban Search and Rescue Team. Jesse continues to seek out new ways to develop, master and maintain the many skills needed by today’s fire service providers.

     

  • Buildings That Change the Rules of the Game

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This course will focus on strategies and operations in those structures and occupancies that when approached using "routine dwelling fire" strategies and tactics create situations where firefighters (and multiple firefighters) have been killed in the line of duty.

  • Practical Legal Compliance for Fire Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    One of the areas we do not think about are the legal issues facing the fire service during the pandemic related to quarantine, hours worked, FMLA, FLSA, labor contract issues, Inter-local Agreements for staffing, volunteer or reserve firefighters, and what happens if you respond to a Covid 19 patient and become infected, would you be eligible for worker compensation?

    One of the areas we do not think about are the legal issues facing the fire service during the pandemic related to quarantine, hours worked, FMLA, FLSA, labor contract issues, Inter-local Agreements for staffing, volunteer or reserve firefighters, and what happens if you respond to a Covid 19 patient and become infected, would you be eligible for worker compensation? Other topics include your department naming you as essential personnel, the Ryan White Act and keeping your organization running during these times of closing government offices and keeping people working from home.

    This webinar will address these pressing dynamic and legal issues in the face of a pandemic.

    The student will:
    • Understand the legal issues facing the fire service during this pandemic
    • The audience will gain a working knowledge of the labor and pay issues related to your staff while working in a virtual environment or if quarantined
    • The audience will gain a working knowledge of the Ryan White Act and the reporting mechanism that may protect your employees
    • The audience will have a working knowledge of the term continuity of government during an era of near total government shutdown

    Presented by:
    John K. Murphy, J.D. M.S, PA-C, EFO, a career firefighter beginning his fire service as a Firefighter/Paramedic and retiring as a Deputy Fire Chief after 32 years of service. Mr. Murphy is an attorney licensed in Washington whose focus is on firefighter health & safety, firefighter risk management, employment practices liability, employment policy, internal investigations, expert witness and litigation support and consulting on risk management for fire departments. He was a Navy Corpsman with the Marine Corps.
    He is a frequent lecturer, educator, author, legal columnist, blogger and member of Fire Engineering’s - Fire Service Court Blog Talk Radio Show. Mr. Murphy has spoken at numerous local and national Fire and EMS conferences and for individual fire departments and emergency service organizations. He is a distance learning instructor at the University of Florida Fire and Emergency Services (FES) programs.


  • Dealing with Difficult People and Their Organizational Impacts Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    We will discuss the roles that firefighters have when working within their department and organizations, identify the generational differences within your station and define a difficult person and how these types of people can negatively impact YOUR mood and health (along with your department) and give you solutions to stop it.

    During this webinar, Chief Streich will discuss one of his most impactful incidents over the past thirty years, DEALING WITH PEOPLE! He will discuss a case that made headline news and changed the way he leads and manages people today.  He will discuss our role as firefighters working within organizations, his Elite Team concept, and define a “difficult person”.  He will discuss the generations within your station and identify their differences.  More importantly, he will share with you how these types of people can negatively impact YOUR mood and health (along with your department) and give you solutions to stop it.  His view on organizational cohesiveness has helped change departments across the United States.

    Jerry Streich is a fire chief/emergency manager and a 30-year fire service veteran and former Combat Medic (NCOIC) for the U.S. Army. He has initiated many programs to better prepare firefighters through training. Founded the largest Fire Academy in Minnesota and created Award-Winning Teams. Streich has a B.S. degree in organizational leadership/human resources and an A.A.S. degree in fire science. He is certified in emergency management, investigations, codes, and incident command and control.


  • Professional Development: Strategy & Tactics for Improved Leadership Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Every leader is a teacher and every teacher is a leader. Using tactical decision-making exercises as a platform, Phil Jose will help you to improve your Leadership and Teaching skillsets.

    Every leader is a teacher and every teacher is a leader. Using tactical decision-making exercises as a platform, Phil Jose will help you to improve your Leadership and Teaching skillsets. Discover the power of a questions-based approach in both endeavors. Guided questions provide excellent learning opportunities for your students. Your improvement comes through by attaining the skillset to ask questions effectively. Learning how to ask questions in the tactical training environment builds the skillset you need to see the power of questions. As an instructor asking the right question at the right time provides your student the best opportunity to learn. As a leader asking the right question at the right time provides you the information you need to take your organization to the next level. Phil has developed the skill of a questions-based approach for leaders and teachers. He has presented at major and regional conferences on the topic. Use this opportunity to explore a new skillset in your development as a Fire Service Leader or Teacher.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the connection between teaching and leadership.
    2. Understand the value of a questions-based approach.
    3. Understand the concept of question types including open, closed, and leading.
    4. Understand how to formulate questions to achieve learning objectives.
    5. When asking question, understand the listening process.