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Produced by the IAFC

Presented in partnership with FireRescue Magazine

FRI FRI2009 2009

Dallas, Texas Dallas Convention Center

Fire-Rescue International Fire-Rescue International

Full Program August 25-29 Exhibits: August 28-29


Leadership fo r Tough Times












Welcome Letter How will y ou deal with today ’s economic challenges? Do y ou have the tools necessary to succeed? Where can y ou gain the skills to enhance y our value? As a leader, you know there are no simple answers to these questions. You also know that now more than ever you must connect with friends and colleagues, share ideas and best practices, and learn new skills and techniques critical to your department’s success. Yet with ever-tightening budgets, you must justify the return on investment from any conference you attend.

Also for 2009, the Company Officer Leadership Symposium has added its third and final level. Upon graduation from this program, company officers will have met the core competencies outlined in the Chief Officer Designation Handbook. They will have set themselves apart from others, proving they have the necessary skills and the drive to be a leader in today’s fire service.

Whether you’re a long-time attendee or thinking of coming for the first time, we’re confident that with the changes and additions we’ve made to FRI, you’ll experience value like never before. FRI provides essential training, new ideas, stronger connections and practical solutions for successfully facing your toughest challenges.

Another new initiative this year is the Technology Pavilion, presented in partnership with the IAFC’s Technology Council. Technology is revolutionizing the fire service and how we do our jobs. From the classroom to the expo floor, you’ll leave with a better understanding about available technology, how it works, how it can improve efficiencies and where you will get the best return on your investment.

Among this year’s highlights: New this year, we’ve identified key education tracks for today’s leaders. You can choose to take all the courses in one track or attend various workshops on all different topics. This year’s courses range from beginner to advanced and are for everyone from Company Officers and Battalion Chiefs to Elected Fire Officials and Fire Chiefs. Five full days of in-depth seminars and hot-topic workshops ensure you can get the education you need all in one place.

Registration is now open, so sign up early and be sure to include your company officers. If you can attend just one conference this year, make it FRI—I promise it will make a significant difference to you, your department and your community. I look forward to seeing you this August in Dallas! Sincerely,

Chief Larry J. Grorud, CFO, MIFireE IAFC President

The year ahead is full of many unknowns but one thing is for certain—with budgets being cut and purchases being scrutinized—you can’t afford to miss FRI. FRI 2009 • Dallas Texas


Table of Contents Seminars At-A-Glance.......................................................................................................................... 2 Seminar Descriptions.. ......................................................................................................................... 3 Company Officer Leadership Symposium............................................................................................ 13 Workshops At-A-Glance...................................................................................................................... 15 General Sessions ............................................................................................................................... 18 Special Events....................................................................................................................................19 Exhibit Hall Information..................................................................................................................... 20 Housing and Registration Information................................................................................................. 21

Make Your Voice Heard— Attend the IAFC Business Meetings!

IAFC members, help shape the future of your association.

Join us: Wednesday, August 26 4:30 PM — 5:00 PM Saturday, August 29 11:30 AM — Noon Enjoy refreshments while networking with colleagues and sharing ideas.

You Need Solutions. You Need Answers. You Need FRI. The year ahead is full of many unknowns, but one thing is certain—you need practical answers and proven solutions to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Count on gaining those answers and solutions at FRI.


Who can afford to attend multiple conferences in this economy? At FRI, you are guaranteed to get everything you need, all in one place. As the premier national conference for fire and emergency service leaders, FRI provides:

• The highest quality of leadership education and training, presented by the best in the business; • Networking with thousands of fire and EMS leaders from across the US and around the globe; • An expo floor showcasing a wide array of the latest products and services that will save you money and improve your operating efficiency. FRI is also the only national fire service conference that reinvests the conference revenue back into the fire service. This funding supports the IAFC’s representation on Capitol Hill and programs promoting firefighter health and safety like the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System and work in the areas of fire-based EMS, hazmat and the wildland-urban interface.

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Seminar At-A-Glance Tuesday, August 25 8:30 am — 12:30 pm

8:30 am — 4:30 pm

1:30 pm — 4:30 pm

SE01: Taking Care of Our Own ®*

SE02: Chief Fire Officer SE03: Structural Anatomy™; Designation a Guide to Building Construction for the Company Completing the Desig- & Command Officer* nation Process

SE04: 50 Ways to Kill Your Brother*

SE05: How to Successfully Navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Overtime and Exempt Employee Provisions

SE06: Training Facility Planning and Design Large and Small Scale Opportunities

SE16: SHS Section- Safety SE18: Self-AssessTrack ment Workshop

SE19: The Fire Chief’s Tool Box

SE11:Courage to Be Safe*

SE12: You’re Employee Did What?*

SE13: Leadership by the SE14:Firefighter Injury and LODD Team General* Investigations: The Nuts and Bolts, and Do’s and Don’ts of the First 72 Hours*

SE20: SHS Section SE42: Weathering Health/Wellness Track the Economic Storm

1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

SE10: Chief Officer Mentoring: Train the Trainer

Wednesday, August 26 8:30 am — 12:30 pm

8:30 am — 4:30 pm

1:30 pm — 4:30 pm

SE31: Promoting your Career Development to Achieve Fire Service Success!*

SE32: The Chief’s Responsibility for Live Fire Training*

SE16:SHS SectionSafety Track

SE17: Human Resources

SE18: Self-Assessment Workshop

SE36: Everyone Goes Home - Safety Through Leadership Module 1 & 2

SE37: Standards of SE41: Elected Fire OfCover (SOC) Workshop- ficials Advanced

SE19: The Fire Chief’s Tool Box

SE20: SHS SectionHealth/Wellness Track

SE42: Weathering the Economic Storm

SE53: Chief- Do You Know About This? Current and Emerging EMS Topics for the Fire Chief

SE34: Battalion Chief SE35: Green Fire Case Studies Station Planning and Design

SE38: Getting It Right The First Time: Ethics and Values at Work and Beyond*

Thursday, August 27 10:30 am — 5:00 pm


SE52: Standards of Response Coverage (SOC) Workshop - Basic


Emerging Issues

1:15 pm — 4:30 pm

SE41: Elected Fire Officials

SE51:CFAI Peer Assesor Contiuning Education

Go to to see all the new FRI Tracks

* Lunch is not provided

FRI 2009 • Dallas Texas

1:00 pm — 5:00 pm


Seminar Descriptions All Seminars Carry An Additional Registration Fee. See Page 24 For Rates. SE04: 50 Ways to Kill Your Brother This session will review the challenges and benefits of vari8:30 am - 12:30 pm ous decision-making models and the role situation awareness SE01: Taking Care of Our Own plays in helping incident commanders form mental models Fire departments don’t know when they’ll have a line-of-duty about what is going on. Participants will learn how experts death or serious injury. Is there a plan in place? Are personnel make decisions in high-stress environments and how to derecords current? Does the fire department know how to make velop and maintain strong situational awareness. timely and proper notification to the survivors? This session Rich Gasaway, Fire Chief, Roseville Fire Dept, Roseville, MN provides valuable information and insights that will help your 8:30 am - 4:30 pm department be prepared for any situation. SE05: How to Successfully Navigate the Fair Labor Ronald Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Standards Act’s Overtime and Exempt Foundation Employee Provisions SE02: Chief Officer Designation - Participants will learn how to ensure compliance with the A Guide to Completing the Designation Process overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and to Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. properly identify whether certain employees are exempt from This program provides information useful to individuals purthose provisions. suing professional designation as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Steven M. Oxenhandler, Lawyer, Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell or Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Many topics will be covered, SE06: Training Facility Planning and Design - including benefits of professional designation, eligibility reLarge and Small-Scale opportunities quirements, understanding the components of the process, This workshop will focus on creative approaches for trainpreparing your portfolio application and maintaining the ing your personnel. From drilling on the side of the station to designation. multijurisdictional training centers, this workshop will benefit Richard Mason, CFO, Director, NH Division of Fire Standards & Training; Debbie A. Sobotka, Deputy Director, Center for Public Safety districts of all sizes. In addition to discussing standalone trainExcellence, Inc. ing towers, burn buildings, props and equipment, this workSE03: Structural Anatomy™; Building Construction for shop will look at simple, cost-effective training you can build into your station. the Company & Command Officer

Tuesday, August 25

Many of today’s firefighters have limited structural firefighting experience, but have a profound need to understand building systems and occupancy performance under fire conditions. This session will examine current trends and methods in building construction. Topics include construction and occupancy risk assessment, structural and construction systems and their direct relationship on structural firefighting operations, firefighter survivability and the command decision-making process.

David Acomb, Executive Vice President, Rick Swisher Architect, Inc., Cincinnati, OH; Donald Dahl, Assistant Chief, North Oldham Fire Department, Goshen, KY; David Fergus, Fire Commissioner, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Silverdale, WA; Roger LeBoeuf, President, Elliott, LeBoeuf & McElwain; Tom S. Stewart, Fire Chief, Orange Township Fire Department, Delaware, OH; Al Woo, Fire Chief, Washington Township Fire Department, Dublin, OH

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE, Chief of Training, The Command Institute

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

SE10: Chief Officer Mentoring: Train the Trainer

Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety, Inc.

The chief officer mentoring program is designed to match tenured, experienced mentors with less experienced chiefs and chief officers. On average, we lose 3-4 chiefs a month due to retirements, as fire service leaders we have a fundamental responsibility to develop our future leaders. This 4-hour workshop will provide instruction on the mentoring process, how to become a mentor for the CPC program and the matching of mentors to protégés. SE16: SHS Section Seminar-Safety Track (Day 1) Sponsored by Fire Rescue Magazine

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome/Opening Remarks 8:45 am - 10:15 am

Situational Awareness & CRM The same well known factors and situations keep on killing and injuring firefighters, because we too often fail to recognize the circumstances where critical risk factors are present. The principles of CRM have been applied to reduce the frequency and consequences of errors for airline pilots and surgeons, but how do we make the same basic concepts work for firefighters? This workshop presents a practical approach to situational awareness that can be applied to everyday emergency operations. Scott Kerwood, Fire Chief, Orange County Emergency Services District #1, Vidor, TX; Robert Dubé, Fire Chief, Louisa County Fire Department, Louisa, VA

10:30 am - Noon

Fire Ground Survival Program Learn the latest to come from the partnership between the IAFC and IAFF. The Fire Ground Survival Program is a comprehensive curriculum developed using near misses, close calls and firefighter fatalities to address the critical elements of fireground survival. Information from NIST, NIOSH, IAFF, IAFC, UL, USFA, NFPA and the military has been used to develop the five-part curriculum. The program includes sections on mayday prevention, being ready for the mayday, self-survival procedures, self-survival skills and firefighter expectations of command during a mayday. Ed Nied, Deputy Chief, Tucson Fire Department, Tucson, AZ; Derek Alkonis, Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA

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Seminar Descriptions Tuesday, August 25

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

SE16: SHS Section Seminar-Safety Track (Day 1) cont.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Dynamic Risk Assessment of Occupancies for Operational Safety Implementing dynamic risk-assessment performance indicators for various occupancies will directly influence the relationship of structural firefighting operations, firefighter survivability and the command decision-making process. Expanding and promoting the dynamic management of risk in buildings and occupancies and institutionalizing this into mission critical elements of strategic and tactical decision-making during combat structural-fire operations will provide enhanced focus and continuing assessment of building structural integrity, fire behavior and construction performance. This will ensure the safety and integrity of tactical company missions within the incident action plan at various buildings and structures, regardless of their construction type, materials, occupancy classification, age or size. Christopher J. Naum, SFPE, Chief of Training, Command Institute, Washington, D.C.; Andy Graves, Primary Captain, City of Flint Fire Department, Flint, MI

We Had a Close Call - What Now? The Dallas County and Tarrant County Fire Chiefs Associations have initiated a post-incident analysis (PIA) effort. Member departments experiencing a close call, near miss or mayday may contact the joint Safety and Health Committee to initiate a post-incident analysis of the event, in much the same manner as a LODD investigation. Two tracks may then be followed: A department may be large enough to conduct its own PIA but request that the committee review findings prior to releasing a report and recommendations; smaller departments, lacking experience in PIA, may request assistance from the committee. Either way, the event is reviewed and recommendations brought to the chief of the requesting department. Once approved, lessons learned are shared with the member department and association members. Discover the benefits of this system and how you maybe able to implement something similar. Paul Maldonado, State Fire Marshal, Austin, TX; Wendy Norris, Director, Texas LODD Task Force, Fuiendswood, Texas

4:45 PM - 5:00PM Wrap Up/Closing Remarks SE18: Self-Assessment Workshop Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

This 16-hour seminar assists fire and emergency service leaders in preparing for and working towards accreditation through the unique model of self-assessment. This workshop will provide valuable information not only on conducting an agency self-assessment, but also on how to prepare for an on-site peer assessment visit. Learn the benefits of self-assessment and accreditation, the planning requirements, the process and performance activities utilized in defining the process and how to prepare for an on-site peer evaluation. Each student will receive a workshop participant manual and the latest edition of the Fire and Emergency Service Self-Assessment Manual (FESSAM).

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8:30 am - Noon

The Blue Card Certification System - Hazard Zone Management This session focuses on the difference between incident management and hazard zone management while ensuring standardizing for firefighting operations. The Blue Card system can be used to manage the issues of NIMS compliance and keep SOPs realistic and up to date. Alan Brunacini, Fire Command Seminars, Phoenix, AZ; John Brunacini, Fire Command Seminars, Phoenix, AZ

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Red Flag Warning - Applying Effective DecisionMaking Skills When Critical Fire Conditions Are Either Occurring or Imminent! We frequently hear about red-flag conditions related to wildland fires, but are there structures that should be raising red flags for firefighters? Let’s look at some structure and occupancy types that have the very high percentage of firefighter deaths. What are they? Where are they? And why are firefighters dying in them? There is significant history here and we either learn from it or are doomed to repeat it. Let’s break that cycle so that indeed “Everyone Goes Home.” Bruce Varner, Fire Chief, Santa Rosa Fire Department, Santa Rosa, CA

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


SE19: The Fire Chief’s Tool Box

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Performance Measures How Do We Quantify What We Do? In today’s environment of tightening fiscal resources, it’s vital for the fire service to communicate what we do for our communities. This workshop will focus on various performance measures that fire service administrators can use to communicate the levels of service their agencies provide for their communities. Topics for review will include response reliability, response times, risk assessment, task analysis and other timely performance measures. Gary B. McCarraher, EFO, CFO, MPA, Fire Chief, Franklin Fire Department, Franklin, MA

Seminar Descriptions Tuesday, August 25

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

se20: shs section seminar health and Wellness track (day 1) Sponsored by FireRescue Magazine

8:45 Am - 10:15 Am

implementing the iAFF/iAFC Wellness-Fitness initiative This program offers several approaches on the how-tos of implementing the Joint Labor-Management WFI in your department. Any fire department can use the presented information to evaluate a current wellness-fitness program or to design and implement a new program that meets the criteria identified in this initiative. Sample strategies and worksheets will be included to help you with implementing the WFI in your organization. Ian Crosby, Wellness-Fitness Coordinator, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary, AB; George Cruz, Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA

10:30 Am - noon

the reasons to have and use peer Fitness trainers in today’s Fire service The purpose of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Training (PFT) certification program is to provide a fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the fire service throughout the U.S. and Canada. Certified trainers possess the knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness programs, assist in the physical training of recruits, improve the wellness and fitness of the uniformed members and help the broader community in health promotion. This workshop will guide you through the steps of implementing the PFT program in your department, beginning with the certification process and going through how to most effectively use your peer fitness trainers. Ian Crosby, Wellness-Fitness Coordinator, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary, AB; George Cruz, Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA

Fire Fighter Fatalities due to Cardiac disease: Cause, screening and prevention Sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities. Since 1998, NIOSH has been investigating these deaths as part of its firefighter program. This presentation will review factors that put firefighters at risk for heart disease, present important findings from the NIOSH cardiac fatality investigations, summarize evidence that these deaths are triggered by workplace exposures, provide screening recommendations to identify firefighters at risk and describe state-ofthe-art fitness and wellness programs to prevent cardiac events among firefighters. Tom Hales, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Division of Surveillance, Health Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Fit for duty The physical requirements of firefighting are on par with anything a professional athlete may encounter and yet, most fire departments don’t have a fitness program in place to meet these needs. This session will include an examination of firefighting’s physical demands and the training needed to prepare firefighters to successfully perform all aspects of their jobs, as well as cultural, fiscal and labor-related issues that may contribute to difficulties in establishing sound physical training programs. Michael Kreuger, NSCA-CPT, Firefighter Trainer, Madison, WI

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Wrap Up/ Closing Remarks

se42: Weathering the economic storm Sponsored by Deccan International

9:00 Am – 10:15 Am

Where Are We and When Will it get Better? Chief Metcalf will discuss the economic situation and its impact on local government and subsequently the fire and emergency service. He’ll discuss the current situation and projections regarding recovery. Bill Metcalf, EFO, Fire Chief, North County Fire Protection District, Fallbrook, CA

10:30 Am - noon

striving and thriving In these challenging economic times, fire service organizations and fire service leaders need virtue—effective force, power, potency—to maintain momentum towards achieving the mission and pursuing the vision. Organizations and leaders must find a way to keep going when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. When virtue is depleted, fire service leaders struggle with maintaining morale, carrying the burden of enhancing job satisfaction as though it were only their responsibility to improve it. This presentation will address how to restore organizational and leadership virtue while addressing the chief officer’s responsibility in enhancing morale. Kelvin Cochran, Fire Chief, Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department, Atlanta, GA

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Avoiding land mines Every 8–10 years, the economy takes a decline. This time the economic situation is worse than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. In this session, the presenters will discuss what we’ve learned from previous downturns and how these experiences can help us avoid problems resulting from previous declines. J. Robert Brown, Fire EMS Chief, Stafford County Department of Fire & Rescue, Stafford, VA; Donald Heinbuch, Assistant Chief, Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore, MD

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Seminar Descriptions Tuesday, August 25 SE42: Weathering the Economic Storm cont.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Best Practice Case Studies Using a case study format, Chief McGee will review lessons learned that have been successful in navigating an economic storm. He’ll discuss the principles of influencing and managing change as they apply to the challenges chiefs are facing with the tight economy. Participants will receive a case study to review overnight for discussion on day 2. Kevin McGee, Fire Chief, Prince William County Fire Rescue, Woodbridge, VA

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SE11: Courage to Be Safe This newly updated presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence. It reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line-of-duty deaths.

Billy D. Hayes, EFO, Director of Public Information & Community Affairs, District of Columbia Fire and EMS, Washington, DC; Ron Dennis, EFO, Executive Director, Arizona Fire Chiefs Association

SE12: Your Employee Did What? When faced with allegations of employee wrongdoing, you must respond with confidence and competence. In this session, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step approach to recognize, assess and respond in a way that allows you to protect your department while protecting your employee’s rights. Discussions will include policy review, investigation, discipline, due process and dealing with the potential fallout. Brenda Tranchina, Human Resources Consultant, Human Resource Strategies, LLC; Donna Aversa, J.D., Attorney, Leonard & Felker, PLLC

SE13: Leadership by the General As Allied Supreme Commander during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower led some of the highest-ego, most competitive and most determined individuals. This session will focus on his leadership qualities and mentoring techniques, which resulted in the personal success of his officers and troops in winning the war. Gregory L. Shinke, Captain, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, Tyrone, GA

SE14: Firefighter Injury and LODD Team Investigations: The Nuts and Bolts and the Dos and Dont’s of the First 72 Hours One of the most challenging processes facing department leaders is the serious injury or loss of a firefighter. This presentation will discuss the nuts and bolts and the dos and don’ts of forming an investigation team and the associated process to complete the necessary investigative review and analysis of the incident. Richie Bowers, Division Chief, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Rockville, MD; Jennie Collins, Battalion Chief, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, Prince William, VA; Brett R. Bowman, MPA, CFOD, EFO, Assistant Chief, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, Prince William, VA; Pete Piringer, Public Information Officer, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Rockville, MD; Gordon Routley, Program Specialist, Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program

Wednesday, August 26 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

SE31: Promoting Your Career Development to Achieve Fire Service Success! This presentation offers participants insights and suggestions for conducting their own career assessment and tools to develop a comprehensive career plan. Learn from the presenter’s own career milestones and missteps, as well as the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer applied research paper. This research synthesizes the career accomplishment approaches of 161 executive fire officers from around the world.

SE32: The Chief’s Responsibility for Live-Fire Training Live-fire training is a critical element in developing and maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective response to this low-frequency, high-risk incident type. However, despite regulations and standards addressing this type of training, firefighters continue to be injured and killed during live-fire training. This seminar uses case studies to examine the chief officer’s responsibilities for safe and effective live-fire training. Participants will identify essential actions to implement best practices in delivery of safe and effective livefire training. Edward Hartin, MS, EFO, MIFireE, Battalion Chief, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, Gresham, OR

SE16: SHS Section Seminar-Safety Track (Day 2) Sponsored by FireRescue Magazine

8:30 am – 11:45 AM

So, You Think The RIT Will Rescue You? Think Again! For many years, especially since OHSA’s Two In-Two Out rule, fire departments have been implementing rapid intervention teams (RITs). RITs have and will continue to save firefighters who are lost, trapped or injured on the fireground. But do firefighters understand the limitations of these teams and how to improve their capabilities? This course will review a Phoenix firefighter fatality and the RIT operations trying to rescue firefighter Bret Tarver. The class will present research that was conducted separately by the Phoenix and Seattle fire departments to determine RIT capabilities and limitations. In each case, several dozen exercises were conducted to determine the resources and time it would take for a RIT to enter, search, locate, package and remove the down firefighter. The time expended to complete the rescue, the number of firefighters required and the equipment necessary to complete the rescue was quite surprising and exceeded what was assumed. Gary Morris, Fire Chief, Ret., Strawverry, AZ

Bill Lowe, PhD, EFO, MS, Battalion Chief, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, Riverdale, GA

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Seminar Descriptions Wednesday, August 26

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

SE16: SHS Section-Safety Track (Day 2)

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Full-Scale Fire Testing of Engineered Lightweight Construction Systems Several firefighter fatalities and injuries have occurred during firefighting operations in residential buildings over the last 10 years due to either the rapid fire spread through areas of unprotected wood construction, or the collapse of lightweight wood structural components. In response, the AFG grant program awarded funding to the research team of the Chicago Fire Department, Underwriters Laboratories, the IAFC and Michigan State University to further study this disturbing trend. This presentation will highlight the following: failure times of tested assemblies; limitations of thermal imaging devices; risk management and tactical recommendations for firefighting operations in residential lightweight-constructed occupancies; digital thermal and structural modeling techniques; firefighter fatality and injury case studies; other significant findings. A free web-based outreach program for the fire service on this subject will be introduced to inform local departments on the lessons learned from this vital research project. Chris Hasbrook, Vice President & General Manager, Global Building Materials, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; James Dalton, Coordinator of Research and Development, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, IL; Richard Edgeworth, Chief of Training, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, IL; Gordon Routley, NFFF Liaison, SHS Section Board of Directors; Peter VanDorpe, Battalion Chief, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, IL

Cross-Cutting Strategies for Safe Roadway Operations Every year, firefighters and other emergency responders are killed or injured while working at emergency incidents on or near a roadway. Who is in charge when firefighters respond to an emergency on the roadway? Do responding fire, EMS and police agencies work together at these incidents or is there conflict? This program will introduce participants to the emerging best practices for interagency operations at emergencies on roadways and the strategies that participants use to address their local needs. Steve Austin, Project Manager, Emergency Responder Safety Institute; Jon C. Jones, Fire Protection Consultant, Lunenburg Fire Department, Retired, Lunenburg, MA

SE17: Human Resources

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

SE17: Human Resources

10:30 am - Noon

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce Are you under pressure for a more diverse department? This program is designed to give attendees a real world picture of the current state of diversity in the fire service. Each participant will receive a copy of the National Report Card on Women in Firefighting. The report provides quantifiable data on discrimination and harassment suffered by both male and female firefighters and offers successful strategies for recruiting and retaining women in the work force. Model policies and procedures to enhance inclusion in the fire service and station environment will be presented. Attendees will have an opportunity to share best practices and learn from the presenters and each other on how to effectively attract women into the fire service. Cheryl Horvath, Division Chief, Northwest Fire Rescue District, Tucson, AZ; Lisa Sadowski, Public Safety Dispatcher, Dutchess County

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Fire Service Join us for an overview of a recent report issued by the joint IAFC/IAFF Promotions Task Force. The task force was commissioned in 2007 to examine how promotional practices affect the integration of women and minorities in the fire service. During the first meeting, however, it became clear the issue of promotions had to be examined in the context of other factors. Through a consensus process, the task force determined that the prevailing themes that needed to be addressed were institutional, cultural, recruitment, hiring and promotional processes. Current realities in each area were defined and then desired outcomes were developed. The task force report includes 29 recommended actions that can be implemented to achieve wider inclusiveness in the fire service.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce This panel discussion will give you the opportunity to hear advice on how to handle issues of recruitment, diversity and risk management. If you’re facing issues in a diverse workforce, be sure to listen to what your peers are concerned about. Ernie Mitchell, President, International Fire Service Research Center and Policy Institute

Cecil Martinette, Fire Chief, Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington, NC

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Seminar Descriptions Wednesday, August 26

10:15 am - 11:45 AM

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Using Emotional Intelligence in Interviewing Getting the Right People on the Engine Why do so many new hires turn out to be slackers? And why are they the ones who stay with you the longest? Recent studies reported in Fortune & Forbes magazines reveal that 46% of new hires fail within the first 18 months. Not because they couldn’t do the job, but because they didn’t fit the culture or the team within their new company. Using emotional intelligence (EI – how people relate with others and use good judgment) within the interview process will greatly increase the chances of making a smart hiring decision when essential behavioral competencies are identified and uncovered during the interviewing process. For this session, you’ll learn how to prepare and incorporate EI in your interview process. Additionally, you’ll learn to strategically select and ask questions in an interview to successfully uncover behavioral indicators in important situations and assess a candidate’s attitude and competencies against job-related qualifications. Become a detective, not just an interviewer. Joe Sommers, Director of HR Services, ZERORISK HR, Inc.,

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

SE18: Self-Assessment Workshop

Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

Seminar continued, see description on page 4.

Responding to Organizational Disasters This presentation highlights the response an organization needs to prepare for in dealing with organizational challenges that have or will be made known to both the internal membership or external constituents and peers. From personnel matters, financial dealings, political challenges, to operational miss steps, this session offers the participant an opportunity to pre-plan a structured approach to dealing with the challenges of today’s fire services in a YouTube World. This is an interactive session that offers insights and seeks participant inputs on how to react, respond and set the stage for a responsible, ethical and measurable recovery from organizational challenges. Mark Gaillard, Fire Chief, Arizona Fire Department, Goodyear, AZ; Jeff Piechura, Fire Chief, Northwest Fire District, Tucson, AZ, Tucson, AZ

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The Art of Influence Leadership is the capacity to move people to address adaptive challenges and to move from a role of compliance to one of commitment and increased responsibility. This workshop provides both new and experienced leaders with skills and knowledge to help improve in their role as either a formal or informal leader. Individuals are taught how to deal with the human” component of leading a group and how to develop people to realize their full potential while contributing to the effectiveness of the organization. Howard Cross, Howard Cross and Associates

SE19: The Fire Chief’s Tool Box

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Are You Leading or Just Pretending? In today’s world, the term leader and leadership have become sadly overused and often abused terms. In a world clamoring for effective and genuine leadership, one begins to question the base concept when surrounded by example upon example of touted leadership falling on its face. If leadership and leaders are real, what are you? Are you in fact leading or simply playing the part? Hard-faced questions of self are required to answer the question. This intriguing presentation is a facilitated dialogue of tough questions and surprising answers. Kevin Brame, Deputy Fire Chief, North Las Vegas Fire Dept, North Las Vegas, NV

SE20: SHS Section Seminar-Health and Wellness Track (Day 2) Sponsored by FireRescue Magazine

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Firefighters and Cancer Listen and share what you and your department are doing to reduce cancer exposures. Hear success stories of those who participate in the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Initiative. Learn about upcoming studies that will help us understand how we can better equip ourselves to lead to early detection or lessen the risk of cancer. With the growing number of firefighters diagnosed with cancer, awareness and education need to be openly discussed. Be prepared to share our vision and mission as we all work together. It’s time to fight cancer with fire! Michael Dubron, President/Founder, Firefighter Cancer Support Network

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Planning for Succession It’s time to stop talking about “succession planning” and start “planning for succession”. This program addresses preparing for attrition at all levels of the organization—near term and long range. A professional development strategy will be presented for each rank from entry level to the fire chief in order to institutionalize succession planning. Kelvin Cochran, Fire Chief, Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department, Atlanta, GA

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Seminar Descriptions Wednesday, August 26

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

10:15 am - 11:45 am

The Economic Benefits of a Firefighter Health Promotion and Wellness Program One of the major roadblocks preventing fire departments from implementing a wellness program is cost and concerns about economic benefit. The objective of this session is to evaluate the impact of a health promotion program on lifestyle behaviors and occupational injury/illness rates among firefighters participating in the PHLAME Study. The PHLAME program improved diet and exercise behaviors and body weight and reduced fire department occupational injury/illness/disability claims with a cost savings of over $1,200 per firefighter after the first year. The PHLAME program is a low-cost, team-based firefighter health promotion and wellness program that’s easily implemented with the expectation of an immediate, positive return on investment. Kerry Kuehl, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Firefighters and EMS Responders Firefighting is one of the few professions in which a majority of work sites maintains a 24-hour work structure, with some fire departments adopting a 48-hour shift. Because of this unique work schedule, firefighters are at increased risk of developing sleep deprivation, fatigue and the compounded effects of prolonged shift work contributing to accidents and injuries. The objective of this workshop is to present a comprehensive report, developed by the IAFC and USFA in partnership with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, on sleep deprivation with strategies to counteract the effects of fatigue. Kerry Kuehl, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

MRSA in the Fire and Emergency Services This session will focus on the recent study completed by the Tucson Fire Department and University of Arizona College of Public Health on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the fire and emergency services environment. Background, prevention, building infection control into stations and apparatus, and mitigation efforts will be shared. Ed Nied, Deputy Chief, Tucson Fire Department, Tucson, AZ

SE34: Battalion Chief Case Studies

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Are You Prepared for the Bread & Butter Call that Goes Bad? On August 4, 2007, Hall County (Ga.) Fire Services responded to a working residential structure fire. Just 3 minutes and 26 seconds after arrival, a firefighter paramedic on the attack line fell 10 feet into the fire room of origin—only 9 feet from the door of entry. The firefighter suffered second and third degree burns over 35% of her body. Learn the details of how this bread & butter call turned bad. David Kimbrell, Fire Chief/EMA Director, Hall County Fire Services, Gainesville, GA; Skip Heflin, Training Officer, Hall County Fire Services, Gainesville, GA; Angie Roach, Fire Apparatus Operator, Hall County Fire Services, Gainesville, GA

10:00 am - 11:45 am

Common Threads of Firefighter Tragedies This presentation will examine several recent National Capital Region structure-fire incidents that involved firefighter maydays. Details of those incidents, along with scene footage and computerized fire modeling, will be examined in an interactive discussion to identify the common threads. Participants will leave the discussion with an appreciation of how they can apply the lessons learned back at their own department. Richie Bowers, Division Chief, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Rockville, MD; Jennie Collins, Battalion Chief, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, Prince William, VA

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1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Fire House Pranks or Professionalism - What Really Happened in the Los Angeles City Fire Department This presentation will provide a comprehensive analysis of what occurred in the Los Angeles City Fire Department that prompted numerous work-environment discrimination lawsuits. In addition, we’ll review in detail the strategic steps taken by the new fire chief, Doug Barry, to provide leadership and commitment to confront and eliminate any form of discrimination within the department. Kwame Cooper, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA; Douglas Barry, Fire Chief, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

SE35: Green Fire Station Planning and Design This one-day intensive workshop will focus on the processes and procedures for getting your fire station planned, designed and constructed in an era of sustainable ‘green’ design. As the nation moves towards a goal of energy independence and environmental responsibility, fire departments and public entities are evaluating the advantages and impact of this philosophy on their planned projects. The agenda will follow the life of a capital project from inception through design, bidding, and construction and LEED certification processes. Presentation topics will include forming your building committee, selecting the appropriate site, selecting an architect, funding strategies, station layout, community involvement, energy conservation and renewable energy strategies, “green design” principles, and what to watch out for during construction. All topics will be considered and presented in the context of sustainable design. David Acomb, Executive Vice President, Rick Swisher Architect, Inc., Cincinnati, OH; Donald Dahl, Assistant Chief - Training Officer, North Oldham Fire Department, Goshen, KY; David Fergus, Fire Commissioner, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Silverdale, WA; Tom S. Stewart, Fire Chief, Orange Township Fire Department, Delaware, OH

Seminar Descriptions Wednesday, August 26

SE41: Elected Fire Officials

SE36: Everyone Goes Home - Safety Through Leadership Module 1 & 2 Safety through leadership focuses on the company officer, instructor and inspector and his or her attitude toward the safety of firefighters within their span of authority. It’s a role play-based curriculum that begins with several cooperative exercises, including naming the fire department under which all activities will proceed for the duration of the training program. Greg Collier, Everyone Goes Home New Jersey Advocate, NFFF Everyone Goes Home Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program

SE37: Standards of Cover (SOC) Workshop Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

This 8-hour program provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at resource-deployment planning and risk analysis. Students can see how various products on the market can help an organization accomplish in-depth analysis toward establishing or updating their standards of cover as prescribed by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. SE41: Elected Fire Officials


10:15 am - 11:45 am

Building the Department of Tomorrow...Today Leading fire departments are using self-assessment, integrated risk-management planning, strategic planning, master planning and other processes to ensure they have addressed due diligence and are delivering the best possible service to their communities now and in the future. Many departments have had little or no exposure to these concepts. In this session, representatives from the Center for Public Safety Excellence will provide an overview of these practices and illustrate their long-term value. Paul Brooks, CFO, Executive Director, Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

From the Firehouse to the Poorhouse to the Jailhouse Everybody makes mistakes. Some mistakes are protected and some are not. Learn how to steer clear of the mistakes that have landed fire chiefs in jail, burdened departments with crippling judgments and exposed commissioners to personal liability. Donna Aversa, JD, Attorney, Leonard & Felker, PLLC

8:30 am - 10:00 am

SE42: Weathering the Economic Storm

Leading Organizational Relevance There was a time when cutting the fire department’s budget, reducing services or the layoff of a firefighter was a fairly rare if not totally improbable occurrence. So what changed? Could it be that fire departments have relied so heavily on past successes that they have become virtually unable to connect with their customers in a way that meets customer expectations? This presentation will discuss strategies to help fire and emergency service organizations establish and maintain relevance in a changing environment.

Sponsored by Deccan International

8:45 am - Noon

Weathering the Storm Together When times are good, support of the fire department is usually high. When the economy falters, as it is now, communities must make tough choices. It’s during these times that labormanagement cooperation and collaboration are most important. There are issues that must be decided jointly to maintain the minimum requirements of the organization and still work within the guidelines of the policy makers. This session will discuss the challenges and offer suggestions to help during these difficult times. Lori Moore-Merrell, DrPH, Assistant to the General President, International Association of Fire Fighters; Rich Marinucci, Fire Chief, Farmington Hills Fire Department, Farmington Hills, MI

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Best Practices Chief Cliff Jones will work with participants on review of the assigned case study. In addition, he’ll discuss best practices as they relate to gaining efficiencies and identifying changes in service. Cliff Jones, Fire Chief, Tempe Fire Department, Tempe, AZ

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Weathering the Economic Storm: Panel A panel consisting of members of the IAFC Economic Storm Task Force and a city manager will answer questions posed from seminar participants. J. Robert Brown, Fire EMS Chief, Stafford County Department of Fire & Rescue, Stafford, VA

I. David Daniels, MHRM, MIFireE, C, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator, City of Renton, Washington, Renton, WA


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Seminar Descriptions Wednesday, August 26

Thursday, August 27

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

SE41: Elected Fire Officials cont.

SE53: Chief - Do You Know About This? Current and Emerging EMS Topics for the Fire Chief Fire service-based EMS is constantly changing and impacted by new trends, laws, best practices and current issues. Since one of the major functions most fire departments perform is EMS in one form or another, not being aware of all that can impact you and your department can be significant. Join Chief Gary Ludwig and other leaders in EMS as they provide you with the latest information regarding hot topics in fire servicebased EMS. Gary Ludwig, Deputy Fire Chief, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, TN

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SE38: Getting It Right the First Time: Ethics and Values at Work and Beyond Attendees will explore advanced ethics-based leadership guidelines, determining best how to move their organizations to the next level through advanced leadership criteria. By examining case studies, this session will demonstrate the need for an organization’s internal and external dispute resolution procedures to be identical. Bob Oberstein, MS, Lead Labor Relations Facilitator, Traaen & Associates, LLC; Teri J. Traaen, EdD, DPA, Traaen & Associates, LLC

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SE51: CFAI Peer Assessor Continuing Education

Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Legislative Issues This session will provide an extensive review of national issues being debated by Congress. Come discuss issues that are important to your state or province and share your ideas on hope for the future of the fire service. Ken LaSala, Director of Government Relations IAFC.

This forum provides an additional means for peer assessors to stay current with the policy and program changes from last year. It’s designed to provide and allow for the exchange of information. Paul Brooks, CFO, Executive Director, Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.; Rick Black, Program Manager, Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Roles and Responsibilities In this session, we’ll look at the roles and responsibilities of our fire service elected officials, including commissioners and trustees, and we’ll talk about expectations, responsibilities and relationships. We’ll discuss how to address the concerns of fire departments, while discussing the need and importance of getting officers, commissioners and trustees involved politically at the local, state and national levels. Most of all, we’ll discuss the importance for a solid relationship between the chief officers and their commissioners/trustees so the department’s goals are met and the department’s promised services to the public are delivered. Jim Grady, Fire Chief, Frankfort Fire District, Frankfort, IL

10:30 am - 5:00 pm

SE52: Standards of Response Coverage Workshop -Basic

Sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence

This 6-hour workshop equips fire service personnel with the fundamental know-how to rationally plan for and justify varying levels of service. Through an overview of resource deployment planning and community risk analysis, the workshop covers the latest tools to calculate and analyze risk as well as the latest processes to map deployment and deployment coverage areas, such as geographic information systems software packages.

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future leaders through comprehensive classes taught by industry leaders. Plus, with one of the largest expo floors in the industry, your company officers can help you research products and gather the information you need to take back to your department. This course will benefit you, your department and of course your company officer. For full session descriptions and complete details, visit Great takeaways: All Company Officer participants will receive their own copy of the IAFC Officer Development Handbook.

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Tuesday, August 25 8:30 am - 10:00 am

It’s Your 1st Year as a ompany Officer…Are You Prepared?

Building Strong Followers in Order to Breed Strong Leaders

10:30 am - Noon

Writing Solutions for Professional Success

Implementing NIMS for Fires in Single Family Dwellings

Conflict Resolution for Fire Officers

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

First Due Operations at Private Dwellings

Dinosaurs and Kids These Days: Gernerational Challenges in the Fire Service

Everyone Goes Home: Where Are We Now?

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Near-Miss Case Studies for Company Officers

Fireground Rehab Evaluation (FIRE) Trial

To Go or Not to Go: Fireground Decision Making

Leadership: The Seductive Lie

Wednesday, August 26 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Joint Session: Los Angeles County Fire Department Case Study and Leadership Program

10:30 am - Noon

Out of the Fire, into the Frying Pan

High Rise Firefighting in a Suburban Environment

The Benefits of Special Event Planning to Public Safety Agencies

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Size-up and Initial Action Planning for the First-Arriving Company Officer

Physiological Stress Associated with Structural Firefighting: Findings from the Indianapolis Firefighter Physiology Study

Disarming Differences: Leading Women in the Fire Service

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Leading Diverse Teams for Company Officers

Public Safety Ethics 101

Firefighter Cancer Support Network/Firefighter Cancer Foundation

Thursday, August 27 8:30 am - 10:30 am

General Session

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Joint Session: Structual Firefighting in the 21st Century Suburbia

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Joint Session: Reaching New Heights in Fire Officer Leadership

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Emerging Issues


Thursday, August 27 7:00 am - 8:15 am

WK01: Growing The Next WK02: Successfully TranGeneration: Successful sitioning from Company High School Cadet and Officer to Battalion Chief Girl’s Summer Camp Programs

8:30 am - 10:30 am

GS01: Thursday General Session

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

WK03: IAFC/IAFF LMI Program Highlights

WK04: Worcester 10 Years Later

WK05: Human Resources’ Box of Chocolates

WK21: Extinguishing the WK22: “But They’re My Flames of Liability Friends”: Transitioning From Company Officer to Chief Officer

WK23: National WK24: Taking Care of Hazardous Materials Individuals with Special Fusion Center Update Needs

WK27: Survivng Organizational Downsizing

WK29: Technology Council: Collision on the WK32: RIC Essentials for Every Officer- Application of the NFFA Information Highway; Overcoming Technologi- 1407 Standard for Training Fire Services Rapid Intervention cal Obsolescence Crews

WK28: Collective Barganing - LMI

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

WK35: New Realities - Community and Media Relations and the New Media - Maintaining Your Reputation WK41: Coaching Concepts for the Volunteer Officer

2:15 pm 3:00 pm

WK25: Near- Miss Case Stud- WK26: The Right Forum for the ies for Chief Officers Fuss: Using Conflict Resolution to Reduce Your Back-Log (for Grievances, Arbitrations, etc)

WK30: Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee: Terrorism Preparedness - Step-by-Step Guide for Fire Chiefs

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

WK06: Technology Council: Buying the Future; Justifying and Specifying Technology

WK42: Re-examing Our WK43: Do We Lead, Culture to Avoid The Perfect Follow, or Get Out of Storm the Way: Leadership for the Progressive Manager

WK31: Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee: Terrorism Response A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs

WK44: Executive Level Decision Making: Are You Ready To Embrace The New Fire & Emergency Services?

WK45: Avoid Organizational WK46: State and Provincial LegisDisaster by Building Bridges lative Forum

WK47: Technology WK48: Current Issues in WK49: Lessons Learned From Charleston and Council: Cleaning Up our Communications- What You How Vision 20/20 Strategy 5 Can Protect Fire Fighter Lives Act; Getting Data Fit and Need to Know Now Healthy to Support Technology

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Emerging Issues


Friday, August 28 7:00 am - 8:15 am

WK61: Intentional Leadership

WK62:Understanding WK63: Incorporating WK64: Developing a the “New” GeneraSuccession Planning Sustainable Diversity tion into your Strategic Recruitment Program Plan

WK65: Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study: Results

8:30 am - 10:30 am

GS02: Friday General Session

1:30 pm - 4:30 Pm

WK74: New DHS Communications Leader Program- Awareness Presentation for Fire Chief’s WK80:Public Safety Ethics 101

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

WK81: Managing the WK82: The Manager- Getting A-B-C’s of Safety What You Want by Leadership Giving the City/County Manager What They Need

WK86: If You Want To Be a Battalion Chief, You Gotta’ Have “The Right Stuff”

WK66: Technology Council: Going to the Moon on Low Bid: Acquisition of Technology

WK67: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce

WK83: Multi-Family WK84: Managing “Hyper WK85: Economic Impact of Housing Fire ReducChange” the IAFF/IAFC Wellness Fittion Program- Train the ness Initiative Trainer

WK87: Everyone Goes WK88: In Extremis LeadHome: Where Are We ership- Leading as if Your Now? Life Depends on It

WK89: Mentoring in Memphis: A Case Study for Developing Firefighter/Paramedic Recruits

Saturday, August 29 7:00 am - 8:15 am

WK300: Preventing Line WK301: Creating Revenue in of Duty Deaths: a Tough Economy A Fire Safety Approach

WK302: The Executive Officer- Managing Chaos and Chief

WK306: Residential Fire Sprinklers, How to Get Them into Local Ordinances and Everything Else You Need to Know to Discuss them Intelligently

WK308: Structural Firefighting in 21st Century Suburbia

WK307: The Great Debate: How Do We Get There?

WK303: Fire Fighter Stress - The Other Ingredient of Heart Attacks

WK304: Weapons of Mass Distraction

WK324: Mutual Aid 201 [The Fire Service and EMAC]

WK325: Untapped Revenue WK326: A National AgenSources for Fire-based Rescue/ da to Increase Advocacy EMS Delivery for Fire Prevention Under Vision 20/20

8:30 am - 10:00 am

WK321: USFA Research WK322: Using Industrial Programs in Fire Suppres- Concepts to Expand Fire sion and Safety Department Health & Safety Programs

WK323: Lightweight Construction Performance Under Fire Conditions - DHS Assistance to Firefighter Grant Research Project

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

WK335: Leading Organizational Relevance

WK336: Leadership: Avoiding The Self- Deception Trap

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

WK337: From Jump Seat to Front Seat

WK338: Bring Home the Bacon the Assistance to Firefighters Act Can Make It Happen

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WK305: 7 Steps to Elevating Fire Service Writing Standards and Practices


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General Sessions NEW Format! FRI will feature two motivating general sessions—Thursday and Friday morning—that are sure to energize and motivate you and your team. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of fire service leaders with this year’s prestigious award presentations, the swearing in of the IAFC officers and great leadership presentations. Check out what is taking place at each event:

Thursday ’s programs will include:

Friday ’s session will feature:

• Ben Franklin Award for Valor, cosponsored by Motorola, recognizing the spirit of service, courage and heroism that is a tradition among the world’s fire service.

• The swearing-in of the elected IAFC officers. This was previously done at the Presidential Celebration, but now IAFC officers will take the oath as we honor them during the general session.

• Fire Chief of the Year Award, presented by Fire Chief Magazine to honor an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions to the fire service as a whole. • The 5-5-5 Ceremony in honor of our fallen firefighters. • This year’s motivating keynote address, which will strengthen your leadership skills and inspire you to make a difference in the lives of those you lead.

• Fire Service Award for Excellence, cosponsored by U.S. Safety Fire Technologies, recognizing innovations and achievements in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies. • Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award, honoring an individual whose service, professional abilities and leadership have been exemplary in promoting fire prevention. • Company Officer of the Year Award presented by FireRescue Magazine, recognizing company officers with excellent leadership skills, tactical knowledge and community involvement. • IAFC President’s Recognition Award, given to individuals who have made significant contribution to the fire and emergency service during President Grorud’s term. • General Session speaker Chief Kelvin Cochran will present “Becoming Fully Involved.” The phrase “fully involved” is commonly associated with a house fire where every room and its contents are on fire. Used here, this phrase is an analogy: the fire department is the house, the divisions of labor are the rooms and the members are the contents. This motivating presentation will focus on why it’s essential for every organizational unit and leader to become fully involved in maintaining momentum, unity and camaraderie through the challenges of the economic downturn affecting our organizations.

T h es e Do n’t -Miss S essi o n s a re : Thursday, August 27, 8:30 – 10:30 am & Friday, August 28, 8:30 – 10:30 am

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Special Events

NEW Fun-Filled Format! Presidential Celebration This year we’ve moved the swearing in of the IAFC officers to Friday’s general session making the presidential celebration the ultimate cocktail party. Join us as we toast Chief Grorud for his many accomplishments as IAFC president. This fun-filled format allows you to dine with old friends and cultivate new relationships. This is an evening you won’t want to miss! This event is included in full conference registrations and additional tickets may be purchased for $75.

Saturday, August 29 6:00 PM

Fit-to-Fight 5K Walkers and runners come together for 3.1 miles and a shared commitment to fitness in the fire service. Want a real challenge? Do the race in turnout gear! Participants will receive a race-day t-shirt, refreshments and cash prizes to the top male and female finishers. Race registration is $20.

Sponsored by ARA Safety

Saturday, August 29 8:00 AM

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the IAFC Foundation for scholarships and continuing education in the fire service.

Sponsored by State Farm

Thursday, August 27 6:00 PM

Street Party Hear the sounds, meet the people and enjoy a taste of Dallas. Come hungry and sample food from some of the best restaurants in town. Connect with colleagues and meet with State Farm Associates as they showcase their arson dogs and other great fire programs. Everything is bigger in Dallas and this is one big party you won’t want to miss. Admission is only $10.

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Special Events You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to relax, tour the city, and make new friends.

Spouse/Partner Program Being in Dallas brings a whole new level of fun and excitement to the partner program! Partners and spouses will have a variety of tours and activities to choose from to make your trip to Dallas a memorable one. Included in your registration fee is access to the popular hospitality lounge, welcome reception, Partner’s lunch, and a ticket to the Presidential Celebration. In addition, those who register for the program may attend both general sessions and experience the largest exhibit floor in the industry.

FRI Welcome Reception Start working on your poker face—we’re playing Texas Hold’Em! A full house is guaranteed as attendees convene to kick off FRI 2009. Enjoy food, drinks and the chance to mingle with colleagues. Connections are made at FRI and this is the place to be for networking with your peers. Come for fun and you’re certain to leave a big winner!

Expo Hours:

Friday, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by 1-800-Board up

Wednesday, August 26 6:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

My Expo Plan

As you browse through the online tradeshow, you may want to create a list of exhibitors you don’t want to miss on the actual Exhibit Hall floor. Each online booth has a button that says “Add to My Expo Plan” - click there and it will be added to your personalized Expo Plan. Then you can print the list and take it with you to the show! View the interactive expo map at

NEW! Solutions Showcase

NEW! Technology Pavilion

Learn first-hand from product experts about the products and services that can save you money and increase efficiency.

From the classroom to the show floor, the IAFC Technology Council brings you the latest in technology.

• Attend 10-15 minute presentations from top fire service companies

• Discover new and innovative products

• Ask questions and speak one-on-one with company representatives

• See existing products that have made significant improvement in accuracy, cost, size, safety or ease of use

• Head to the show floor to see, touch and experience the products showcased • Register go to to sign up for the solutions showcase

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• Meet with key stakeholders from fire chiefs, public-safety organizations and vendors



The International Association of Fire Chiefs has secured discounted room rates for Fire-Rescue International attendees. IAFC will also be providing transportation by shuttle to and from the Dallas Convention Center for all IAFC sponsored events.

The IAFC Divisions have selected headquarter hotels for Fire-Rescue International. Please indicate your preferred hotel when completing the housing form. IAFC will do their best to accommodate your request and all rooms will be filled on a space available basis. If you do not receive your first request, please contact IAFC’s Registration and Housing Center to be waitlisted at your preferred hotel.

HOUSING INFORMATION AND DEADLINES All housing reservations must be received by July 17, 2009 at 12:00pm, EST. After this date, housing requests will be filled on a space-available basis and may be at a higher rate. To receive prompt confirmation of your reservation, please include your e-mail address and fax number on the housing form. Confirmation letters will be sent within three to five business days of receipt of your completed housing form. Please review your confirmation letter carefully. Should you require changes to your housing reservation, please mark your changes on your confirmation letter and return via fax to 703/631-1167 or email frihousing@ no later than August 17, 2009. All housing reservation changes should be directed to your assigned hotel beginning August 21, 2009. Please note that changes to housing reservations will not be accepted over the telephone. All room reservations will require a credit card for guarantee purposes only.


Canadian............................................Hilton Anatole Eastern...............................................Hilton Anatole Great Lakes.........................................Hilton Anatole Missouri Valley...................................Hyatt Regency New England......................................Hilton Anatole Southeastern.................................... Adolphus Hotel Southwestern.....................................Hyatt Regency Western

Hilton Anatole


To cancel your housing reservation(s), please fax or email your cancellation request to 703/631-1167 or Housing cancellations must be received no later than August 17, 2009.

Reservations must be booked by:.July 17, 2009 Changes for Housing Reservations:.August 17, 2009

Beginning August 21, 2009, you must call your hotel directly for changes or cancellations. If you do not cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date, you may be assessed a cancellation fee equivalent to one (1) night’s room and tax which will be charged to your credit card.

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(Contact your hotel directly for changes or cancellations after August 21, 2009) Cancellation Policy.. 72 hours prior to arrival

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Fri 2009 oFFiCiAl hotels

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Adolphus Hotel

$155/ $155


Fairmont Hotel Dallas

$145/ $145


Hilton Anatole Dallas - IAFC Headquarters

$149/ $149


Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown

$139/ $139


Hotel Lawrence - Dallas

$139/ $139


Hotel ZaZa - Uptown Dallas

$190/ $190


Hyatt Regency Dallas

$165/ $165


Magnolia Hotel Dallas

$144/ $144


Renaissance Dallas Hotel

$158/ $158

10 Sheraton Dallas Hotel - DoD Headquarters 11

$115/ $115

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

$153/ $153

Springhill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Dallas/West End

$149/ $149

12 The Joule, A Luxury Collection Hotel

$180/ $180

13 The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

$190/ $190

14 W Hotel - Victory

$172/ $172

15 West End Hotel/Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown $144/ $144 16 Westin City Center

$165/ $165

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Registration and Housing Information

Go to to Register registration information: Complete one form per registrant. Please make additional copies of the form for multiple registrants.

Acknowledgement/receipt letters confirming registration will be e-mailed or faxed to the registrant within five business days of receipt. If corrections or changes are required, please note them on the acknowledgement/receipt letter and return via fax to 703/631-1167 or via email to iafcregistration@jspargo. com no later than July 18, 2009. Please do not send credit card information via email, as it is not secure. Badges will be mailed to all paid registrants within the United States prior to July 18, 2009. Please bring your registration packet with you on site. Your badge credentials enclosed will be required for entry into all FRI education sessions and exhibits. The full registration fee will be assessed for replacement of lost or forgotten badges. After July 18, 2009, badge credentials and tickets may be picked up on site at the Dallas Convention Center during registration hours.

registration options: Full-Conference registration

Registration option valid for IAFC members, IAFC life members, nonmembers and partners. See pricing options on registration form. Registration includes access to the exhibit hall for two days, conference sessions, general sessions, and one Presidential Celebration ticket. Pre-conference seminars may be purchased for an additional fee. Company officer registration Registration includes three days of company officer courses and lunch each of the three days, as well as access to the chief officerlevel courses, general sessions, one presidential celebration ticket, and the exhibit hall for two days. speCiAl online registrAtion Bonus: Register online for a fullconference registration and receive two FREE expo passes (a $100 value!). Offer valid to individuals registering online only. expo registration: Registration includes access to the exhibit hall for two days and the general session on Friday, August 28th.

registration payment and Cancellation policy: Payment in U.S. funds MUST accompany the registration form in order to process registration. To avoid duplicate charges, do not fax and mail your form. American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, checks and purchase orders are accepted. Badge credentials will not be issued without full payment of registration fees. Checks should be made payable to IAFC. All cancellations will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations must be sent in writing to IAFC’s Registration and Housing center via fax or e-mail. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. All cancellations must be received in writing by August 1, 2009. No refunds will be processed after this date. All refund requests received prior to August 1, 2009 will be processed in the weeks following Fire-Rescue International. After August 1, 2009, substitutions will be allowed in the event the registrant is unable to attend, but no refunds will be issued. Telephone substitutions will be permitted.

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