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  • Instruct-o-Gram Live: Selecting Anchors for Rope Rescue Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/27/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    [Live webinar on Thursday, May 27th at 3:00 pm EDT] Selecting a suitable and effective anchor is critical for a successful rope rescue. We base our entire rigging set up on our anchor. The technical rescuer, even at the operations level, must be able to correctly select an anchor. The webinar will discuss the IOG on Selecting an anchor for rope rescue.

    The ISFSI Instruct-o-Gram Live webinar series brings a recently published Instruct-o-Gram alive with the author presenting key topics on implementing the material in your department. This month we are discussing Selecting Anchors for Rope Rescue. Selecting a suitable and effective anchor is critical for a successful rope rescue. We base our entire rigging set up on our anchor. The technical rescuer, even at the operations level, must be able to correctly select an anchor. 

    Topics to be covered include: 

    1. Defining the following terms: anchor, bombproof anchor, marginal anchor, natural anchor, artificial anchor, structural anchor, EARNEST
    2. Calculating critical angles
    3. Choosing a single point bombproof anchor


    Instructor:

    Dave Bain

    Dave Bain 

    Dave has over 26 years experience in Emergency Services and is the Chief Training Officer for The City of Red Deer Emergency Services, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He teaches a wide variety of fire service and EMS topics including Company Officer, EMS training, Hazardous Materials Response, and Fire Behavior. Dave is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education through the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Dave is also a credentialed ISFSI Live Fire – Fixed Facility Instructor.

  • 11 Steps to Creating a Culture of Firefighter Fitness

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/20/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Live Instructor Led Course Thursday, May 20th: This presentation will share 11 key elements of successful fire department fitness programs. From medical and fitness evaluations, to creating fitness SOG’s and purchasing cost-effective fitness equipment, this class will give all firefighters (both career and volunteer) the tools they need to create a culture of fitness at their fire department. Doing so will improve fireground performance and safety, career longevity, and overall morale. Attendees will learn that any investment in firefighter wellness will pay huge dividends; even saving fire departments money. Continuing Education Hours: 2.5

    11 Steps to Creating a Culture of Firefighter Fitness

    Decade after decade, more than 50% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are due to cardiac causes. With more than 70% of the American fire service classified as “overweight” and 34% classified as “obese,” poor fitness has reached epidemic proportions (NVFC). Creating a culture of firefighter fitness may at first seem daunting, but it is within reach. 

    This presentation will share 11 key elements of successful fire department fitness programs. From medical and fitness evaluations, to creating fitness SOG’s and purchasing cost-effective fitness equipment, this class will give all firefighters (both career and volunteer) the tools they need to create a culture of fitness at their fire department. Doing so will improve fireground performance and safety, career longevity, and overall morale. Attendees will learn that any investment in firefighter wellness will pay huge dividends; even saving fire departments money.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will gain valuable data and statistics demonstrating the depth of fire service health and fitness issues. 
    • Attendees will be able to identify the most common obstacles to implementing successful firefighter health and fitness programs. Attendees will also be presented with solutions to these issues. Attendees will learn the core components of a comprehensive health and wellness program for fire department members. 
    • Attendees will learn 11 key elements needed to create a culture of firefighter fitness, as well as how to create a successful fire department health and wellness program. 
    • Attendees will learn how to develop standard operating guidelines on fitness programs, incident firefighter rehabilitation, cancer prevention, behavioral health and more. 
    • Attendees will gain knowledge of key NFPA fitness, health, and wellness standards (1582, 1583, and 1584).

    Continuing Education Hours: 2.5

    Instructors: 

    Jim Moss

    Jim Moss is a fire captain and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County, Missouri. A 16-year veteran of the fire service, his passions include leadership, training, mentorship and fitness. Jim is the bestselling author of Firefighter Success: 20 C’s to Firefighter Excellence, and the co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide to Optimal Firefighter Performance and Longevity. He is also the host of the Firefighter Success Podcast. Jim is a contributor to multiple fire service publications, including Fire Engineering Magazine and FirefighterToolbox.com. He has shared his message at FDIC International, Firehouse, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Volunteer Fire Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and with fire departments nationwide.

    Dan Kerrigan

    Dan Kerrigan is the Fire Chief of the Upper Providence Township Fire Department in Montgomery County, PA. He is a 35-year fire service veteran, co-author of the best selling book Firefighter Functional Fitness and a regular contributor to Fire Engineering. Kerrigan is a certified peer fitness trainer, certified group fitness instructor, advocate for firefighter health and fitness, and international presenter on the topic. He serves as an at-large director on the IAFC-SHS section Board of Directors, and he works regularly with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Volunteer Fire Council, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and International Association of Fire Chiefs on strategies to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths.

  • Understanding & Fighting Basement Fires Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    [Live Webinar on January 14, 2021 at 11:00 am EST] This webinar will examine dynamics of below-grade fires and the influence of coordinated fire attack from the results of a joint effort from ISFSI and UL FSRI. We will discuss the Fundamentals of Fire Dynamics and how this has effects on Basement Fires. Topics will include: Types of Basements, Flow Paths, Supporting Research, Fireground Experience, and Tactical Considerations.

    This webinar will examine dynamics of below-grade fires and the influence of coordinated fire attack from the results of a joint effort from ISFSI and UL FSRI. We will discuss the Fundamentals of Fire Dynamics and how this has effects on Basement Fires.  Topics will include: Types of Basements, Flow Paths, Supporting Research, Fireground Experience, and Tactical Considerations.

    If you want to explore the free on-line course before or after the webinar it can be found here.

    About the Speakers

    Seth Barker

    Seth Barker is the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Big Sky Fire Department in Big Sky, MT.  Chief Barker is a Logistical Coordinator for FireFighterCloseCalls.com and has contributed to the 13 Life Safety Initiatives for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  He sits as the Vice-Chair for the Volunteer Combination Officer Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Cancer Alliance Committee. 

    Barker is one of the contributing authors for the Lavender Report issuing the 10 Best Practices of Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service.  He is a featured author in Fire Rescue Magazine over the past 4 years and delivers multiple courses on preplanning your community in an all hazard discipline environment.  

    Barker holds the Liver Fire Instructor certification and the Training Officer Credential through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  He is part of the curriculum development team that produced projects funded by the American Fire Grants with partnerships with Underwriters Laboratories and ISFSI that included Principals of Modern Fire Attack, Safe Law Enforcement Fire Ground Operations, and recently Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires. 

    Barker is a Blue Card Instructor, has served as an instructor for the Montana State Fire Service Training School, and is a Modern Fire Behavior Instructor.  He serves as the 1st Vice President for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chief Barker holds the Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety and Excellence. He recently received the Jim Blankenship Award from the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association for excellence in Fire Training.

    Adam Thiel

    Adam K. Thiel became the 20th commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department in May 2016, and is responsible for leading its 3,000+ members in every facet of protecting the city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards. Thiel also serves as Director of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management. His 28 years of field experience spans five states; before coming to Philadelphia, he held posts including Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chief of the Fire Department in Alexandria, Virginia. Thiel earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University, and has completed doctoral coursework in both public administration and public policy. He is a 2018 Eisenhower USA Fellow and a 2017 Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.

    Dan Madrzykowski

    UL FSRI’s mission is improving firefighter effectiveness and safety.  Dan has been conducting research in the areas of fire suppression, large fire measurements, fire investigation, firefighter LODD analysis, and firefighter safety for more than 30 years.  His focus is on the  transfer of research results into practice. 

    Dan is a fellow of the SFPE and a member of NFPA where he serves on technical committees which develop standards and guides for fire service training, structural firefighting, and fire investigation. 

    Dan is also a member of the ISFSI and he was named their Instructor of the Year in 2009.  Dan holds the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief with the FDNY and received the IFSTA Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership in 2012.  In 2013 Dan was invited to the White House in honor of receiving a Service to America Medal.  He received a President’s Award from the IAFC for his firefighting research in 2014 and the SFPE Bud Nelson Service Award in 2017.


     

  • Best Practices for Report Writing Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Fire and EMS members are often asked to produce reports for which they've never received training. Because all reports are public records and because there are many legitimate end users of these reports who rightfully expect to find accurate accounts of incidents, it is important that report writers are able to submit professionally written reports. This session shares simple tips for strengthening the narrative portion of fire and EMS report narratives.

    The purpose of this session is to demystify the process of writing various types of reports that officers are asked to generate.

    This session includes lecture, individual activities, and small group discussions and critiques.

    Relevance - NFPA 1021 indicates the need for officers to be able to write reports as required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. This session provides writers in all positions clear guidance to steer them in their report-writing efforts.

    Importance: Reports written by members of the fire service might be reviewed by a wide range of end users: attorneys, recipients of department services, internal quality assurance, training divisions, insurance companies, personnel who were evaluated by the writer, other departments involved in after action reviews, to name a few. Most departments provide no clear guidance about how to write report narratives. If a new officer were to ask three other experienced officers how to write a report narrative, in most departments he/she will receive three different answers.  Clearer guidance is needed. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be better prepared to write effective and professional documents using technology provided by the AHJ. (NFPA 1021 - 4.1.2)
    2. Participants will be better prepared to execute routine unit-level administrative functions, given forms and record management systems, so reports and logs are complete.  (NFPA 1021 - 4.4.2)
    3. Participants will be equipped with sample templates that will lead to more complete and better-organized report narratives.

    About the Speaker

    Mary Sovick

    Mary Sovick is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department, a national trainer on writing-related topics, an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy, an EFO paper evaluator, and an online instructor for Colorado State University. Mary presents writing seminars all over the country, speaks at conferences, edits various fire department projects, and assists with development and evaluation of written components for promotional exams. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire and EMS services.

    Mary earned a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University and a master's level certificate in technical communications from the University of Denver. Mary is a past board member for ISFSI and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development. She is currently a member of IAFC's Professional Development Committee.


     

  • 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 Webinar

    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 Webinar

    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 Webinar

    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.