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Monday, January 10
 

6:45am MST

Breakfast
Breakfast

Monday January 10, 2022 6:45am - 7:30am MST
Convention Foyer

7:30am MST

HSO Academy
HSO Academy
Health and Safety Officer 2-Day Academy
This course is an in-depth, fast paced class that focuses on the knowledge and experience – elements required of an effective HSO. This is a must have class for any NEW HSO or someone looking to become an HSO in the future. The class covers OSHA and NFPA requirements along with the nuts and bolts of the HSO position.  The HSO Academy is an excellent tool to help participants prepare for the FDSOA HSO Pro Board Certification Exam. The course is ideal for any fire officer who has been newly appointed as a Safety Officer or is likely to fill the Health and Safety Officer role.
Recommended Text – Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services, 4th edition, by James S. Angle
(Available for $90 through FDSOA Shop)
Upon completion of the 16-hour Academy, you are eligible to take the exam for National Certification onsite Tuesday or Wednesday evening, or by using an approved local proctor at a later date. Exam fee included in Academy registration. 


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Varner

Bruce Varner

Principle, BHVarner&Associates
Bruce H. Varner retired December 30, 2010 as the Fire Chief of Santa Rosa (CA) Fire Department having served in that position since May 2004. Chief Varner began his fire service career with the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department in 1967, promoting through the ranks to Deputy Chief in 1985... Read More →
avatar for Scott Yurczyk

Scott Yurczyk

Seattle FD
Scott is one of two Western Region Directors for the FDSOA and is a proponent of all things safety. He is active teaching both Incident Safety and Health and Safety and is Pro Board certified. Scott is currently a Battalion Chief with the Seattle Fire Department and is the Supervising... Read More →


Monday January 10, 2022 7:30am - 4:30pm MST
La Valencia A

7:30am MST

ISO Academy
Incident Safety Officer Academy

Incident Safety Officer 2-Day Academy
This course is an in-depth, fast paced class that focuses on the knowledge and experience-elements required of an effective ISO. It gives participants the opportunity for situational exercises and scenario practice. The ISO Academy is an excellent tool to help participants prepare for the FDSOA ISO Certification Exam. The course is ideal for any fire officer who has been newly appointed as a Safety Officer or is likely to fill the Incident Safety Officer role.
Recommended Text – Incident Safety Officer, 3rd Edition (revised). David W. Dodson
(Available for $90 through FDSOA Shop)
Upon completion of the 16-hour Academy, you are eligible to take the exam for National Certification onsite Tuesday or Wednesday evening, or by using an approved local proctor at a later date. Exam fee included in Academy registration.

This is a two-day course derived from Dave Dodson’s book: “Fire Department Incident Safety Officer” (Jones & Bartlett, 3rd edition, 2015) and addresses ISO components of NFPA 1521 (2015).  The course is a realistic, street-applicable approach to performing the functions of the Incident Safety Officer at fires and other working incidents.  The class serves as an excellent study tool for those challenging the ISO certification test for the National Professional Qualifications Board administered through the Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association.  This class is far more detailed and “street-practical” than the National Fire Academy’s two-day ISO field course and is driven by incident scene video footage and group activities/discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Dodson

Dave Dodson

Owner, Response Solutions
Dave Dodson, Lead Instructor, Response SolutionsRetired Battalion Chief Dodson is a fire service author, lecturer, and trainer. He is a 39-year fire service veteran, serving with the US Air Force, as well as the Parker (CO) and Loveland (CO) Fire Departments. In 2017, Chief Dodson... Read More →
avatar for Shadd Whitehead

Shadd Whitehead

Michigan MABAS
Shadd Whitehead, Fire Chief (Ret.), Livonia Fire Department, MichiganChief Whitehead worked for the Livonia Fire Department, MI, for over 28 years, while serving 13 years as Chief. Chief Whitehead also serves as the Chief of Special Operations for Western Wayne County and oversees... Read More →


Monday January 10, 2022 7:30am - 4:30pm MST
La Valencia B

7:30am MST

The 5 Reads
Building on the outstanding training programs developed by Dave Dodson, The 5 Reads is a class developed by the Fire Dept Safety Officers Assoc for Company Officers, Incident Safety Officers, and Chief Officers where they can learn to take their ability to “Read 5 Critical Factors” to the next level.

This class is intended to try and fill that need between receiving your certification, and how to keep on top of your skills?

The class will review and emphasize the significance of The 5 Reads which includes:
  • Risk: Identification, Evaluation, Prioritization, Mitigation, and Monitoring
  • Buildings: Type, Era, Use, Size, Related Hazards and Predicting Collapse
  • Smoke: Volume, Velocity, Density, Color, Influencing Factors, and Predicting Fire Behavior
  • Hazardous Energy: Thermal, Mechanical, Wind, Chemical, Electrical, Water
  • Firefighters: Capabilities, Mental and Physical Status

Feedback after the introduction of the class at our Health and Safety Conference, January, 2019:
  • “A real world look at how to manage the fire ground from people that have been there.”
  • “The instructors were well versed in all topics and made the program very interactive.”
  • “It was a great program for firefighters that don’t run a lot of fires or operate as a full-time ISO.”
  • “This is a program that should be offered outside the FDSOA conference, so more firefighters have access to the very valuable information.”

Speakers
avatar for Adam Hoster

Adam Hoster

Deputy Chief, Scottsdale Fire Department
avatar for Lance Vinson

Lance Vinson

Amarillo FD
Lance entered the Fire Service in 2001. At that time he was working for a large uniform delivery service company and decided to enroll in the local fire academy. During that year he became a member of a rural volunteer fire department. He was a member of the volunteer service for... Read More →


Monday January 10, 2022 7:30am - 4:30pm MST
Grande Ballroom E
 
Tuesday, January 11
 

6:45am MST

Breakfast
Breakfast

Tuesday January 11, 2022 6:45am - 7:30am MST
Convention Foyer

7:30am MST

HSO Academy
HSO Academy
Health and Safety Officer 2-Day Academy
This course is an in-depth, fast paced class that focuses on the knowledge and experience – elements required of an effective HSO. It gives participants the opportunity for situational exercises and scenario practice. The HSO Academy is an excellent tool to help participants prepare for the FDSOA HSO Pro Board Certification Exam. The course is ideal for any fire officer who has been newly appointed as a Safety Officer or is likely to fill the Health and Safety Officer role.
Recommended Text – Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services, 4th edition, by James S. Angle
(Available for $90 through FDSOA Shop)
Upon completion of the 16-hour Academy, you are eligible to take the exam for National Certification onsite Tuesday or Wednesday evening, or by using an approved local proctor at a later date. Exam fee included in Academy registration.


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Varner

Bruce Varner

Principle, BHVarner&Associates
Bruce H. Varner retired December 30, 2010 as the Fire Chief of Santa Rosa (CA) Fire Department having served in that position since May 2004. Chief Varner began his fire service career with the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department in 1967, promoting through the ranks to Deputy Chief in 1985... Read More →
avatar for Scott Yurczyk

Scott Yurczyk

Seattle FD
Scott is one of two Western Region Directors for the FDSOA and is a proponent of all things safety. He is active teaching both Incident Safety and Health and Safety and is Pro Board certified. Scott is currently a Battalion Chief with the Seattle Fire Department and is the Supervising... Read More →


Tuesday January 11, 2022 7:30am - 4:30pm MST
La Valencia A

7:30am MST

ISO Academy
ISO Academy
Incident Safety Officer 2-Day Academy
This course is an in-depth, fast paced class that focuses on the knowledge and experience-elements required of an effective ISO. It gives participants the opportunity for situational exercises and scenario practice. The ISO Academy is an excellent tool to help participants prepare for the FDSOA ISO Certification Exam. The course is ideal for any fire officer who has been newly appointed as a Safety Officer or is likely to fill the Incident Safety Officer role.
Recommended Text – Incident Safety Officer, 3rd Edition. David W. Dodson
(Available for $90 through FDSOA Shop)
Upon completion of the 16-hour Academy, you are eligible to take the exam for National Certification onsite Tuesday or Wednesday evening, or by using an approved local proctor at a later date. Exam fee included in Academy registration.


Speakers
avatar for Dave Dodson

Dave Dodson

Owner, Response Solutions
Dave Dodson, Lead Instructor, Response SolutionsRetired Battalion Chief Dodson is a fire service author, lecturer, and trainer. He is a 39-year fire service veteran, serving with the US Air Force, as well as the Parker (CO) and Loveland (CO) Fire Departments. In 2017, Chief Dodson... Read More →
avatar for Shadd Whitehead

Shadd Whitehead

Michigan MABAS
Shadd Whitehead, Fire Chief (Ret.), Livonia Fire Department, MichiganChief Whitehead worked for the Livonia Fire Department, MI, for over 28 years, while serving 13 years as Chief. Chief Whitehead also serves as the Chief of Special Operations for Western Wayne County and oversees... Read More →


Tuesday January 11, 2022 7:30am - 4:30pm MST
La Valencia B

1:00pm MST

Conducting Accident and Close Call Reviews - Facilitating Learning
Reviews are conducted in three parts.  Discovery, Analysis, and Interpretation.  

This session will use actual incidents to demonstrate how to conduct the Review process.  The Review process goal is to learn from incidents that had unintended consequences, or resulted in a close call.  Reviews seek to understand the deep context of the incident and apply that to the learning process.  Reviews ask peers to conduct the analysis which is a facilitated process that must be learned.    

Commonly, investigations are conducted with the general sense that the investigative findings will result in some degree of blame or "holding someone accountable".  We found this approach to be less condusive to building practices for a high reliability organization.  So we set out over several years to develop a more thorough review process.  

Reviews support learning through understanding the context surrounding the incident.  It is a more contemporary approach for post incident learning.  

Attendees will be equiped to conduct a three-part post incident review of unintended consequential events and close calls.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Keough

Mark Keough

Retired Operations Deputy Chief, Mesa Fire and Medical Department
Over a period of several years we developed the MFMD Review Process currently used for reviewing serious accidents, serious injuries, exposures, and close calls. We found the need to learn from these events was more important than determining who or what was to blame.  Fire departments... Read More →


Tuesday January 11, 2022 1:00pm - 4:30pm MST
Grande Ballroom E

5:00pm MST

HSO Testing
HSO Testing

Tuesday January 11, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm MST
La Valencia A

5:00pm MST

ISO Testing
Tuesday January 11, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm MST
La Valencia B
 
Wednesday, January 12
 

6:45am MST

Breakfast
Breakfast

Wednesday January 12, 2022 6:45am - 7:30am MST
Convention Foyer

7:30am MST

Opening Ceremony for Health and Safety Conference; General Session - Gordon Graham
Opening Ceremony for Health and Safety Conference

Keynote Speaker - Gordon Graham

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham

Principal, Graham Research Consultants
On January 12, 2022 the FDSOA Health and Safety Conference is proud to present a program by Gordon Graham. This brief program (0730-1015) is entitled ”What “Real” Risk Management is All About”.The program will commence with some very brief comments on the “cause” of tragedies... Read More →


Wednesday January 12, 2022 7:30am - 10:15am MST
Grande Ballroom

10:15am MST

Morning Break
Morning Break

Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:15am - 10:30am MST
Convention Foyer

10:30am MST

Healthy-ish Eating for Firefighters
Healthy-ish Eating for Firefighters
“Healthy-ish Eating for Firefighters” will dispel the illusion that there is a “perfect diet” for all firefighters. Firefighters face a variety of challenges when it comes to eating well. Many dietitians will talk at an ideal level that unfortunately does not resonate with this population. This firefighter-specific approach will zone in on challenges and common gaps in nutrition discovered after 5 years of experience and hundreds of station visits. Understand the tangible and realistic nutrition interventions for structural firefighters. Discover tips and tricks for eating well on a 24-hour shift. Learn how to make healthier choices when packaged food or fast food are the only options available. The key to eating well in this career is understanding that there is a range of healthy eating, and consistently making a best effort is what counts. 
Learning Objectives/Outcomes: 
· Identify health risks and challenges of structural firefighters.
· Recall realistic interventions designed to improve firefighter nutrition choices.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Lautz

Megan Lautz

Registered Dietitian, Fairfax Fire and Rescue and RescueRD
Megan Lautz is a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer with a Master's in Sports Nutrition. Megan’s mission is to help firefighters perform better, recover faster, and enjoy long healthy retirements.Prior to joining Fairfax Fire, Megan worked with Montgomery County Fire and... Read More →



Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom D

10:30am MST

PPE and Heat Stress in Firefighters
Speakers
avatar for Travis Davis

Travis Davis

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
Travis has spent over 15 years at W.L. Gore & Associates. He focuses bulk of his time educating the fire service on the impact that turnout garment composites has on the overall well being on the firefighter.  


Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom E

10:30am MST

Roadway Incident Safety & Survival
Roadway Incident Safety and Survival Distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged and disgruntled drivers are striking firefighters, EMTs, other emergency responders and emergency vehicles at roadway incidents with increasing frequency. Fire & EMS personnel must train and operate in a methodical and professional manner at all roadway incidents. Roads and highways are some of the most dangerous areas of operation for firefighters and EMTs so it is critical that personnel establish and maintain a solid defensive strategy during all roadway operations. This session will review specific case studies, describe successful strategies and tactics for roadway operations, and educate attendees about emerging technologies that present even more hazards and also some potential solutions for crew safety. Participants will walk away with the essential steps and actions every FD should be taking to protect their personnel from being struck at roadway incidents. .

Speakers
avatar for Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan

Training Director, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Retired Volunteer Firefighter, Line Officer, Deputy Chief, and FD Safety Officer; Certified Safety Professional (CSP); Loss Control Consultant (40 years, semi-retired); subject matter expert on roadway incident safety for Firefighters, EMTs, and other emergency responders and working... Read More →


Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom F

11:45am MST

Lunch
Lunch

Wednesday January 12, 2022 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Terraza

12:45pm MST

ISO Considerations during a Mayday Event
Speakers
avatar for Adam Hoster

Adam Hoster

Deputy Chief, Scottsdale Fire Department
avatar for Lance Vinson

Lance Vinson

Amarillo FD
Lance entered the Fire Service in 2001. At that time he was working for a large uniform delivery service company and decided to enroll in the local fire academy. During that year he became a member of a rural volunteer fire department. He was a member of the volunteer service for... Read More →



Wednesday January 12, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
Grande Ballroom D

12:45pm MST

Tetralogy of Performance
Speakers
avatar for Ann-Maree Tadaldi, PhD

Ann-Maree Tadaldi, PhD

Seattle Fire Department
Ann-Maree Tedaldi, PhD, DPT, is a Strategic Advisor with the Seattle Fire Department and founded Tedaldi, PLLC in 2016. In addition to a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, in 2018, she earned her PhD in Orthopedics and Sports Science. Representing the gestalt nature of human performance... Read More →



Wednesday January 12, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
Grande Ballroom E

2:00pm MST

Afternoon Break
Afternoon Break 

Wednesday January 12, 2022 2:00pm - 2:15pm MST
Convention Foyer

2:15pm MST

Common Sense Exposure Reduction Techniques
The Illinois Fire Service Institute, along with our partners at the Fire Safety Research Institute, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have conducted numerous studies examining the cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks associated with firefighting operations. This session will focus on updates from this series and key outcomes, highlighting best-practices that can be easily implemented to improve the health and safety of firefighters.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Kesler

Richard Kesler

Deputy Director of Research Programs, Illinois Fire Service Institute
Richard Kesler is the Deputy Director of Research Programs at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. His work focuses on examining the physiological demands of firefighting activity and the impact of firefighting on the firefighter.Richard serves on the technical committee... Read More →



Wednesday January 12, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom E

2:15pm MST

Early Detection Cancer Screening
Speakers
avatar for Pablo Prichard

Pablo Prichard

Dr. Pablo Prichard is the Co-Founder of Vincere Cancer Center, senior partner at Advanced Aesthetic Associates, and has been the Chief/Medical Director of Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery at John C. Lincoln Hospital for 14 years. He has been voted ‘Top Doc’ by PHOENIX Magazine for... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Vershalee Shukla

Dr. Vershalee Shukla

Vershalee Shukla, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist, who has served the Phoenix area for the past 7 years. She completed her medical degree at University of Saskatchewan in Canada where she was born and raised. She then completed her residency at the prestigious Baylor... Read More →


Wednesday January 12, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom F

2:15pm MST

NFPA 1500 Evaluation - What it can do for your organization
Speakers
avatar for Gary West

Gary West

Principal, Ironwood Strategic Solutions
Gary West is the principal of Ironwood Strategic Solutions LLC, a fire/EMS consulting company that specializes in four focus areas - strategic planning, community risk assessment/standards of cover, community relations and firefighter health, wellness and safety. Ironwood has six... Read More →



Wednesday January 12, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom D

3:15pm MST

General Membership Meeting with NFPA 1500 Update
Wednesday January 12, 2022 3:15pm - 3:30pm MST
Grande Ballroom

4:00pm MST

Testing
Testing

Wednesday January 12, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm MST
Las Palmas AB
 
Thursday, January 13
 

6:45am MST

Breakfast
Breakfast

Thursday January 13, 2022 6:45am - 7:30am MST
Convention Foyer

7:30am MST

Latest Research from UL FSRI ; NFPA Update; COVID-Long in the Fire Service
UL Portion
Fire Service Exposures beyond Fire Attack

The fire service has witnessed growing evidence of increased occupational cancer and a growing body of literature focused on job-related exposures that may be encountered. It has been well documented that today’s structure fires can produce numerous known, probable and possible carcinogens. While much of this occupational exposure research has focused on structural fire responses, potential risks for post-fire scene investigators have not been characterized nearly as well. Similarly, live-fire training is evolving rapidly in part due to the use of new materials to provide smoke and fire development that appears more closely aligned with today’s fireground. However, the occupational health impacts of burning these fuels is unknown and claims that one fuel is more or less safe than another is rarely supported by data.
Underwriters Laboratories’ Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is working on studies to characterize occupational chemical exposure risk for post-fire investigators and fire service instructors. This presentation will provide an overview of these studies and provide a glimpse into finding that will be released in 2022.

COVID-Long in the Fire Service

Understanding the Impact of COVID-Long in the Fire Service. This portion of the presentation will outline some of the unique challenges associated with long-term symptoms following COVID infection with a special emphasis on the range of symptoms and how they affect the ability of firefighters to return to work.

 

Speakers
avatar for Ken Holland

Ken Holland

Senior Specialist, NFPA
I am the NFPA staff liaison for many NFPA committees, but most relevant are the apparatus committee (1901, 1906, 1911, 1912), the ambulance committee (1917), and the deployment standards committees (1710 and 1720). I have also worked with the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety... Read More →
avatar for Denise Smith

Denise Smith

Director, First Responder Health and Safety Lab, Skidmore College
Denise L. Smith, Ph.D.is a Professor of Health and Human Physiological Sciences at Skidmore College where she directs the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, and a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Denise has coauthored a major Exercise... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Horn

Gavin Horn

Fire Safety Research Institute
Gavin Horn is a Research Engineer with UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). Gavin’s research interests range from firefighter health and safety and first responder technology development to material testing and nondestructive evaluation. Prior to joining the FSRI team, he... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 7:30am - 10:00am MST
Grande Ballroom

10:00am MST

Morning Break
Morning Break

Thursday January 13, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am MST
Convention Foyer

10:15am MST

A Practical Guide to FF Health and Wellness
Speakers
avatar for Ed Klima

Ed Klima

Managing Director, First Responder Center for Excellence
Ed Klima has served as the Managing Director of the FRCE since its inception in 2016.  He  began his public safety career as a volunteer firefighter in Delaware in 1988 and became a career firefighter in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1997.  Unfortunately, a back injury cut his career... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom F

10:15am MST

Cancer in the Fire Service
Speakers
avatar for Russell Osgood

Russell Osgood

Vice President of Education, Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Russell Osgood, Vice President of Education, with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Russell has been a firefighter for over 30 years and currently serves as the Chief of Department in Ogunquit, Maine. Russell was a developer of the FCSN cancer prevention education program, Taking... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom D

10:15am MST

NFFF/EGH
Speakers
avatar for Rick Best

Rick Best

EGH Coordinator, NFFF-EGH
Rick Best is a nationally recognized leader in firefighter health and safety. He has more than 20 years of experience in fire service training, program development, and public speaking, and currently serves as the Everyone Goes Home Advocate Program Manager for the National Fallen... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Grande Ballroom E

11:45am MST

Lunch
General Membership Meeting


Thursday January 13, 2022 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Terraza

12:45pm MST

Enhancing Cardiovascular Health and Preventing Cardiac Death in the Fire Service
This presentation will discuss cardiovascular health in the fire service. Data on cardiovascular risk factors among firefighters will be discussed. The cardiovascular strain of firefighting will we summarized based on live-fire studies, and we will provide a theoretical model that links the cardiovascular strain of firefighting with sudden cardiac events in firefighters with underlying cardiovascular disease.  We will present recommendations for enhanced cardiac screening to identify individuals with atherosclerotic heart disease or structural heart changes and discuss the role of physical fitness in preventing cardiovascular disease and enhancing performance.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Smith

Denise Smith

Director, First Responder Health and Safety Lab, Skidmore College
Denise L. Smith, Ph.D.is a Professor of Health and Human Physiological Sciences at Skidmore College where she directs the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, and a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Denise has coauthored a major Exercise... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
Grande Ballroom D

12:45pm MST

Firefighter Wellness: Weaponizing a 4 Pillar Approach
Firefighters swear an oath to protect lives and property and to place the value of everyone else’s lives ahead of their own.  Consistently placing themselves last serves to cement a culture feeding exhaustion and burn-out, mental health crises, increased absenteeism and presenteeism and rising rates of validated suicides.  Your mission: Empower personnel on the pillars of 1. Sleep; 2. Nutrition; 3. Mindfulness; and 4. Movement by educating, supporting, and creating accountability and buy-in. Looking from outside, fitness and performance may seem like the keys to organizational success, but wellness and resilience are the true lifesavers.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Zapp

Annette Zapp

owner, Fire Rescue Wellness
An 18-year veteran of the fire service, Zapp holds the rank of Lieutenant and owns Fire Rescue Wellness, a coaching business dedicated to elevating the mental and physical wellness of fire fighters worldwide.  She earned a master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from... Read More →



Thursday January 13, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
Grande Ballroom E

12:45pm MST

Understanding the Complexities of Safety in the Wildland Fire Environment
Wildland fires are becoming increasingly difficult to manage, understand, and maintain appropriate situational awareness due to rapidly evolving incidents that are multifaceted.  Understanding the role of initial on-scene actions of any Incident Safety Officer and the complexities of municipal fire service organzations and land management agencies can make or break the overall success and outcomes of the WUI responses.  LCES has a whole new meaning with Chief Arsenault.  Listen as he provides quick tools to help you have the most success pre-season, during the season, and post season.  And there are no more "fire seasons", as it's continually evolving...are you ready?!

Speakers
avatar for Bill Arsenault

Bill Arsenault

Fire Chief, Kamiah Fire-Rescue
Bill is 31 year veteran of emergency services and currently serves as the Fire Chief of Kamiah Fire-Rescue in Kamiah, Idaho. A high-complexity wildland urban-interface (WUI) environment that suffered losses of personal property and lives in 2015. He previously served as the Wildland... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
Grande Ballroom F

2:00pm MST

Afternoon Break
Afternoon Break

Thursday January 13, 2022 2:00pm - 2:15pm MST
Convention Foyer

2:15pm MST

Accountability Is Everyone’s Responsibility
In the Fire Service today we are challenged with higher physical and metal demands to perform on calls. Utilizing a process called “Crew Based Accountability”, we can be better prepared for combat and ensue the highest chances of success on the job.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Valliere

Eric Valliere

Assistant Fire Chief, Scottsdale AZ, Scottsdale Fire
Eric Valliere has been an active member of the Fire Service for the past 30 years. He started as a Firefighter with the Mesa Fire Department (AZ) in 1991 and came to the Scottsdale Fire Department (AZ) (SFD) as a Battalion Chief in 2005 – when the department was transitioning to... Read More →



Thursday January 13, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom E

2:15pm MST

FDNY Approach to Cancer Risk Reduction
For decades, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has been working to reduce firefighter occupational exposure to fireground contaminants. This presentation examines the studies and scientific research that have led to many of the best practices of contamination reduction in the FDNY and elsewhere. Highlighted are the FDNY’s most recent aggressive implementations.
Cancer has been recognized as one of the most dangerous threats to firefighters. The toxins and carcinogens firefighters are exposed to on the scene and through residual effects of firefighting are better understood now than ever before. This retrospective and prospective look at the FDNY and best practices provides examples and simple steps attendees can take today to better protect against and reduce firefighters’ exposure to fireground contamination.



Speakers
avatar for Frank Leeb

Frank Leeb

Deputy Assistant Chief - Chief of the Fire Academy, FDNY
Frank Leeb is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). He currently serves as the Chief of the Fire Academy. Frank also is the current chair of the FDNY’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup and has been a member of the FDNY since 1992. Frank has also been... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom D

2:15pm MST

Get your Data for Decision-Making: FOCUS on Safety Culture and Well-Being
The culture around safety in any organization is a strong predictor of organizational and safety outcomes. Safety climate is the measurable aspect of organizational safety culture and has been used by other industries such as healthcare, construction, and manufacturing to gauge and improve safety performance. This session will introduce participants to the FOCUS survey, a fire service-specific tool used by over 500 fire departments and 60,000 firefighters to measure their organization’s commitment to safety through a partnership with the FDSOA. FOCUS is a reliable and valid instrument funded by FEMA and developed by the Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University. There are two dimensions to FOCUS: Management Commitment and Supervisor Support, both of which reflect memberships’ perceptions of their superiors’ commitment to safety. In addition to these, other validated scales are included (burnout, work engagement, and job satisfaction) so that organizational outcomes can be measured in conjunction with safety outcomes. FOCUS has a negative relationship with injury rates and burnout, and a positive relationship with job satisfaction, work engagement, and safety behaviors. Success stories from fire departments who have used the resultant FOCUS data to advocate for safety needs will be shared. Come learn how to use FOCUS to get what you need.
Interested in assessing with FOCUS? Please attend our session, find our booth, or email Senior Project Manager, Andrea Davis aly25@drexel.edu. Survey Materials, Data Analysis, and your personalized Safety Culture Report expenses are covered on behalf of the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST), Drexel University
Talk to me about data, your safety culture, the mental health impacts of fire and rescue service work. The FIRST Center is here for you. Check us out at drexel.edu/dornsife/FIRSTDr. Taylor has been trained in the field of injury prevention and control, and uses its principles to... Read More →


Thursday January 13, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Grande Ballroom F