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  • Webinar - Harassment in the Fire Hall

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Harassment in the fire service harms individuals as well as the entire emergency service organization. The need for fire department leadership to take action against discrimination and harassment is growing. Join Don Cox, education specialist with VFIS, for this free webinar to learn how to identify behaviors that “cross the line,” the importance of creating and enforcing up-to-date policies on discrimination and harassment, and how to increase awareness in fire departments through training to establish a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

    Harassment in the fire service harms individuals as well as the entire emergency service organization. The need for fire department leadership to take action against discrimination and harassment is growing. Join Don Cox, education specialist with VFIS, for this free webinar to learn how to identify behaviors that “cross the line,” the importance of creating and enforcing up-to-date policies on discrimination and harassment, and how to increase awareness in fire departments through training to establish a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

    Don Cox

    Chief

    Don Cox has served as a firefighter/paramedic for over 40 years in Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida. He served as the Fire Chief for the City of West Des Moines, Iowa and the Town of Menasha, Wisconsin.  Don served with the City of Seminole Fire Rescue in Seminole, Florida for ten years as the training officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Iowa State University; is an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy and holds designations as Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He currently is a full-time Education Specialist with VFIS and a member of the NVFC.

  • Fit for Duty, Fit for Life: Firefighter Physicals and the Volunteer Fire Service

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Firefighters do a dangerous job and face many risks. To mitigate these risks, firefighters should be in top physical condition and participate in occupational health screenings. This course discusses the importance of firefighter physicals, provides an overview of the options available to departments, and demonstrates how firefighter physicals save lives.

    Firefighters do a dangerous job and face many risks. To mitigate these risks, firefighters should be in top physical condition and participate in occupational health screenings. This course discusses the importance of firefighter physicals, provides an overview of the options available to departments, and demonstrates how firefighter physicals save lives.

    Kevin D. Quinn

    Chief

    Kevin D. Quinn joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1976 with Station #3 of the Union Fire District in Rhode Island and retired as Deputy Chief of the Union Fire District. Chief Quinn continues to respond to fires and alarms as an active volunteer with his original station #3. Chief Quinn holds a Master of Science in counseling and educational psychology and a Master of Science in education. He retired in 2007 from the public education system.  Chief Quinn has represented Rhode Island on the NVFC’s Board of Directors for over 36 years, is the immediate past chair, and is currently serving as First Vice Chair as well as Vice Chair of the Health and Safety Committee. 

  • Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Year after year the statistics continue to identify a significant percentage of line-of-duty deaths and injuries occur when responding to, or returning from, incidents. These incidents often involve emergent responses, rollovers, intersection locations and firefighters being ejected when not wearing proper restraints. This course will review the 11 best practices based on the guide Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations to reduce the number of emergency vehicle collision.

    Year after year the statistics continue to identify a significant percentage of line-of-duty deaths and injuries occur when responding to, or returning from, incidents. These incidents often involve emergent responses, rollovers, intersection locations and firefighters being ejected when not wearing proper restraints. This course will review the 11 best practices based on the guide Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations to reduce the number of emergency vehicle collision.This course is brought to you through a partnership between VFIS and the National Volunteer Fire Council

    Don Cox

    Chief

    Don Cox has served as a firefighter/paramedic for over 40 years in Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida. He served as the Fire Chief for the City of West Des Moines, Iowa and the Town of Menasha, Wisconsin.  Don served with the City of Seminole Fire Rescue in Seminole, Florida for ten years as the training officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Iowa State University; is an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy and holds designations as Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He currently is a full-time Education Specialist with VFIS and a member of the NVFC.

    David Michaels

    David Michaels currently is the Vice President of Education, Training and Consulting with VFIS. In this role, David is responsible for the training education and consulting services provided to VFIS clients.   His organization provides training to over 20,000 fire/ems personnel annually.  He has over 34 years of fire service experience including volunteer and career. Prior to joining VFIS, David spent 28 years with the York City Fire Department in York, PA retiring in 2019 as the Fire Chief.  David obtained a Bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and his Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.  David is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. 

    David holds numerous nationally recognized certifications including Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, and Fire Officer. He is also a certified EMT and Building Code Official

    David is associated with professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association, IAFC, the NVFC, Pennsylvania Association of Fire Code Officials, and NFPA. 

    David is a former Executive Board member of the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association and currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute He also is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Committee.  

  • Webinar - Recruiting Exceptional Crew Members in Competitive Times

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Using data driven tactics to draw in and keep qualified candidates is essential to the future of the fire service. Join ESO for this free webinar to discuss current recruitment trends and how to change recruitment tactics using risk reduction impacts in the community and a data-driven development program. This session will provide tools and information that can be used in fire departments across the nation to recruit and retain qualified candidates.

    Using data driven tactics to draw in and keep qualified candidates is essential to the future of the fire service. Join ESO for this free webinar to discuss current recruitment trends and how to change recruitment tactics using risk reduction impacts in the community and a data-driven development program. This session will provide tools and information that can be used in fire departments across the nation to recruit and retain qualified candidates.

    Bill Gardner

    Chief

    Senior Director of Fire Products at ESO, Chief Gardner retired in 2019 as the Fire Chief in Leander, Texas. After retiring from his fire service career, he returned as volunteer Sr Advisor at Leander Fire.  Bill began his firefighting career in 1985, working at various Municipal Fire, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services Departments. He was recognized twice as the Paramedic of the Year (1999 & 2001) at Austin/Travis Co. EMS, received a nomination for International Association of Fire Chiefs for the Fire Chief, Central Texas Firefighter of the Year, and was a finalist for Texas Firefighter of the Year. Gardner also served as the President of the Texas State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association.

  • Webinar - Hostile Events: Preparing Your Emergency Services Organization for an ASHER Incident

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    As active shooter incidents become more prevalent, fire and EMS departments need to be ready so they can respond in the safest and most effective way. Join the National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs for this free webinar on best practices to plan and prepare for an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) incident. Attendees will learn key principles from NFPA 3000 and the IAFC’s Active Shooter Toolkit, the steps to conduct a risk assessment, and resources and guidance available to develop a plan of action in your community.

    As active shooter incidents become more prevalent, fire and EMS departments need to be ready so they can respond in the safest and most effective way. Join the National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs for this free webinar on best practices to plan and prepare for an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) incident. Attendees will learn key principles from NFPA 3000 and the IAFC’s Active Shooter Toolkit, the steps to conduct a risk assessment, and resources and guidance available to develop a plan of action in your community.

    Disclaimer:
    • Despite the highest levels of preparedness an organization can achieve, the possibility that a malicious actor or actors may be able to initiate a hostile event cannot be completely eliminated.
    • In such an event, some loss of life and damage is possible, no matter how ready an organization may be to respond. 
    • While today’s discussion, and the application of an ASHER Incident Responses Program, cannot prevent the loss of life, the actions first responders and individuals take in the first moments after initiation of an attack can make a significant difference in the ability to survive a hostile event.
    • The material and content shared in the presentation is based on government guidance and “best practices” and it is our belief that adhering to such guidance places organizations in a better position of defense than if they were not aligning with those recommendations. 


    Tom Miller

    Tom Miller is a 35 year veteran of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department in West Virginia and has served on the NVFC Board since 2008.  He has held many positions of leadership within his department and currently serves on the Department's Board of Directors in addition to being an active firefighter.  Tom is active in the West Virginia State Fireman's Association and currently serves as its Scholarship Chair.  Tom holds many certifications including, but not limited to: Firefighter II, Fire Officer II, Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Vehicle Machinery Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, and Fire Instructor III, and is an active Instructor with West Virginia University Fire Service Extension.  He serves on the NVFC's Health & Safety and Conference/Education Committees.  Tom also represents the NVFC on the NFPA 470 Technical Committee and the NFPA Joint 1001/472 Task Group.  In his paying job, Tom is employed as the Privacy & Security Officer for the West Virginia Department of Administration.

    Kevin McGee

    Chief

    Kevin McGee is a 40 year veteran of the fire service to include 11 years as chief of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue and currently is the Executive Officer to the IAFC CEO.  Chief McGee is the Chair of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee.  Chief McGee holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from George Mason University.

    David Hall

    David Hall is the Director of University Safety at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He retired as Fire Chief from the Springfield, Missouri Fire Department, where he served for 28 years and prior to that, he served as a volunteer firefighter for seven years. David serves on the IAFC’s Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee and was the IAFC representative for the Technical Committee for NFPA 3000 provisional standard.

  • Incident Safety Officer Training Series

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    The NVFC’s Incident Safety Officer (ISO) training will give students an overview of the role of an ISO and cover communications and safety, as well as the practical application of this information. Please note, this is not an ISO certification program.

    The NVFC’s Incident Safety Officer (ISO) training will give students an overview of the role of an ISO and cover communications and safety, as well as the practical application of this information. Please note, this is not an ISO certification program. 

    John (Jack) Sullivan

    CSP, CFPS

    Jack became a firefighter and EMS provider in 1972 and eventually served the Paoli (PA) Fire Co. as Deputy Chief. He has also served as a firefighter in Chesterfield County, VA, and as Lt. and Safety Officer for Lionville (PA) Fire-Rescue. Although retired from active emergency response after 23 years of service, Jack serves as the Director of Training for the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (www.respondersafety.com). Jack is a member of the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). He is a Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee for Traffic Incident Management Professional Qualifications which developed NFPA 1091: Standard for Traffic Incident Management Professional Qualifications (2019). In January of 2018 Jack was selected to receive the 2018 Fire Dept. Safety Officers Assoc. (FDSOA) Dave Dodson Lifetime Service Award and in April of 2019 Jack was recognized with an “Excellence in Instruction” Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

    Jack graduated from the Co-Op Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1978 with a B.S. in Business Administration – Management. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a Professional Member of The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), where he has served as President of the Colonial Virginia Chapter. He is also a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). 

    Jack is a subject matter expert on roadway incident operations and emergency responder safety and promotes proactive strategies and tactics for protecting emergency workers from being struck by vehicles while working on or near roadways. He is a Technical Member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) and currently serves as the Task Group Leader for the Temporary Traffic Control Committee that is responsible for Chapter 6i of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Jack teaches Traffic Incident Management & Responder Safety Workshops for multi-agency emergency responder groups for the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and he is a Master Instructor for the FHWA SHRP 2 Traffic Incident Management Train-the-Trainer Workshops being taught nationwide.

    Kevin D. Quinn

    Chief

    Kevin D. Quinn joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1976 with Station #3 of the Union Fire District in Rhode Island and retired as Deputy Chief of the Union Fire District. Chief Quinn continues to respond to fires and alarms as an active volunteer with his original station #3. Chief Quinn holds a Master of Science in counseling and educational psychology and a Master of Science in education. He retired in 2007 from the public education system.  Chief Quinn has represented Rhode Island on the NVFC’s Board of Directors for over 36 years, is the immediate past chair, and is currently serving as First Vice Chair as well as Vice Chair of the Health and Safety Committee. 

  • Webinar - Diversity and Inclusion in Fire and EMS Services - 20/20

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    20/20 vision is defined as normal visual acuity, seeing clearly what you should normally be able to see at 20 feet. How clear is your vision of current events? We are living through a time where diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of the national spotlight. Join David Denniston of McNeil and Company to learn why our fire and EMS organizations should not be exempt from these timely conversations. Attendees will learn why department response areas are often just a small subset of the diversity that we see nationwide and how the most successful departments learn to harness the diversity that their own members bring to the department. The goal of this presentation is to help bring diversity and inclusion into better focus for the fire and emergency services, so that we can benefit from it instead of being challenged by it.

    20/20 vision is defined as normal visual acuity, seeing clearly what you should normally be able to see at 20 feet. How clear is your vision of current events? We are living through a time where diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of the national spotlight. Join David Denniston of McNeil and Company to learn why our fire and EMS organizations should not be exempt from these timely conversations. Attendees will learn why department response areas are often just a small subset of the diversity that we see nationwide and how the most successful departments learn to harness the diversity that their own members bring to the department. The goal of this presentation is to help bring diversity and inclusion into better focus for the fire and emergency services, so that we can benefit from it instead of being challenged by it.

    David Denniston

    As Director of Risk Management for Emergency Services Insurance Program with McNeil & Co, Dave works with emergency service organizations across the US . He is the Past Chief of The Cortlandville Fire Department in Upstate New York and A Fire Commissioner in the Virgil Fire District. Dave serves Cortland County as a Deputy Fire Coordinator and is a Director for the Association of Fire Districts in the State of NY. Dave served as the Foundation Secretary for the NVFC. His experience also includes being Treasurer of several non-profit organizations and a Board Member for the First National Bank of Dryden.  

  • Webinar - Professional Development for the Volunteer Fire Officer

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Officers have an important role and immense responsibility in taking care of their organization. New volunteer fire officers face unique challenges on both the operations and administrative sides of the organization as they try to navigate their new position. Join Tom Merrill for this free webinar to understand how aspiring, newly promoted, and veteran officers alike can help bring members home safely, earn credibility and respect, and competently handle the numerous tasks and details needed to keep the department operationally ready and organizationally compliant. The presentation will also discuss leadership traits that all fire department members can use to create and maintain more unified and harmonious operations.

    Officers have an important role and immense responsibility in taking care of their organization. New volunteer fire officers face unique challenges on both the operations and administrative sides of the organization as they try to navigate their new position. Join Tom Merrill for this free webinar to understand how aspiring, newly promoted, and veteran officers alike can help bring members home safely, earn credibility and respect, and competently handle the numerous tasks and details needed to keep the department operationally ready and organizationally compliant. The presentation will also discuss leadership traits that all fire department members can use to create and maintain more unified and harmonious operations.

    Tom Merrill

    Tom Merrill is a 37-year fire department veteran and serves with the Snyder Fire Department, which is located in Amherst, New York (first ring suburb of the City of Buffalo). He served 26 years as a department officer including 15 years in the chief officer ranks. He was chief of department from 2007-2012 and currently serves as a Fire Commissioner for the Snyder Fire District. Tom has conducted various fire service presentations throughout the country including FDIC, The National Volunteer Fire Council Training Summit, VCOS and many other national, state and regional conferences. His popular presentation "The Professional Volunteer Fire Department" is based on the series of articles he has written for Fire Engineering regarding developing and maintaining a professional reputation in the volunteer fire service. In addition Tom delivers keynote addresses and other presentations focusing on leadership, officer development, engine company operations and fire service history, heritage and pride.  Tom also hosts a regular podcast sponsored by Fire Engineering titled “The Professional Volunteer Fire Department” and he is employed full time as a fire dispatcher for the Town of Amherst Fire Alarm Office.

  • Fire Chief Authority Under NFPA Standards

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Many small-town fire chiefs of volunteer and combination fire departments often find it challenging to implement NFPA standards in their department. What you may not realize is that fire chiefs have the power to decide which NFPA standards to use and how to use them (except when local, state or federal law requires otherwise). Topics discussed include the fire chief's power as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), how to modify an NFPA standard, how to adopt an NFPA standard, and best practices.

    Many small-town fire chiefs of volunteer and combination fire departments often find it challenging to implement NFPA standards in their department. What you may not realize is that fire chiefs have the power to decide which NFPA standards to use and how to use them (except when local, state or federal law requires otherwise). Topics discussed include the fire chief's power as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), how to modify an NFPA standard, how to adopt an NFPA standard, and best practices.

    Joe Maruca

    Joe Maruca was appointed chief of the West Barnstable (MA) Fire Department in 2005.  Prior to 2005 he served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, lieutenant and captain for the West Barnstable Fire Department for 10 years, and had 18 years of prior service as a volunteer firefighter with the Sandwich Fire Department and Longmeadow Fire Department.  Chief Maruca is an attorney.  He has his BA in Business Administration from Boston University’s Questrom School of Management and a BS in Fire Department Administration from SUNY Empire State College.  He is a member of the NVFC Board of Directors, serves as chair of the FCAM Call/Volunteer Chief Committee, and is chair of the NFPA 1917 Technical Committee on Ambulances.

  • First Line of Defense - Installing Smoke Alarms

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This training is brought to you by First Alert and the National Volunteer Fire Council. The course was created to help you understand the need for community-based fire safety education and alarm installation. It aims to give you the tools to help your neighbors reduce the risk of being injured or dying in a house fire. The first line of defense is proper smoke alarm placement, installation, and having enough alarms in each home. This, combined with providing education and resources, along with fire sprinklers, will help make your community significantly safer.

    This training was created to help you understand the need for community-based fire safety education and alarm installation. It aims to give you the tools to help your neighbors reduce the risk of being injured or dying in a house fire. The first line of defense is proper smoke alarm placement, installation, and having enough alarms in each home. This, combined with providing education and resources, along with fire sprinklers, will help make your community significantly safer.

    Monica Colby

    Monica Colby, a Fire and Life Safety Educator since 1998, currently works with Rapid City Fire Department in South Dakota. She has worked on local, state, regional, and national projects and positions. She currently serves on the NFPA 1035 Technical Committee, IFSTA Validation Committee for Fire and Life Safety Educator, represents her state with the NFPA Education Network and NVFC Fire Corps, and serves with the Vision 2020 Advocacy group  and Symposium Program Selection team. Monica and her teenage Engineer live in a home protected by cooktop heat-limiting technology and fire sprinklers.