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  • Webinar - Effective Public Education: Connecting with your Community

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    Your fire department is in an excellent position to increase community awareness and provide age-appropriate education about preventing home fires and addressing other life safety issues. At the same time, it’s essential to build rapport with the local news media to incorporate fire and life safety messaging into relevant news stories. This webinar, presented by fire prevention education expert Michael McLeieer, will discuss strategic ways to develop a positive relationship with citizens, other stakeholders, and local media outlets to connect with the community, as well as existing resources and lesson plans available to enhance your fire prevention initiatives.

    Your fire department is in an excellent position to increase community awareness and provide age-appropriate education about preventing home fires and addressing other life safety issues. At the same time, it’s essential to build rapport with the local news media to incorporate fire and life safety messaging into relevant news stories. This webinar, presented by fire prevention education expert Michael McLeieer, will discuss strategic ways to develop a positive relationship with citizens, other stakeholders, and local media outlets to connect with the community, as well as existing resources and lesson plans available to enhance your fire prevention initiatives.

    Michael O. McLeieer

    Lieutenant 

    Lt. Michael McLeieer has been in the fire service for over 25 years, is certified Firefighter II, Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor III, public fire and life safety educator, youth firesetter intervention specialist, and has served on fire departments in both Michigan and Massachusetts. He has served as the training and scheduling training coordinator for the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and was in charge of the statewide youth fire intervention program.  He is a National Fire Academy contract instructor and also serves as a past president of the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors, the Michigan State Firemen’s Association, founder of the nonprofit organization E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc (Education Showing Children and Adults Procedures for Evacuations), and launched the statewide public education and alarm installation campaign Keeping Michigan S.A.F.E.™ (Smoke Alarms for Everyone).

  • Bridging the Divide - A Diversity & Inclusion Training

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    Creating a safe and healthy fire or EMS department requires awareness and acceptance of differences among people in all communities and professions. This course discusses examples and different ways to recognize opportunities to embrace diversity and develop an inclusive environment for all. It will also outline examples of situations to avoid that can have a negative impact on your organization.

    Creating a safe and healthy fire or EMS department requires awareness and acceptance of differences among people in all communities and professions. This course discusses examples and different ways to recognize opportunities to embrace diversity and develop an inclusive environment for all. It will also outline examples of situations to avoid that can have a negative impact on your organization.

    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.  

  • What It’s Like – An Informational Session on Joining a Volunteer Fire Department

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    Are you interested in volunteering with your local volunteer fire department? The best way to see what it’s like to be a volunteer firefighter is to hear the perspectives of people who do it each day. Join the National Volunteer Fire Council for this free informational session to hear from three experienced volunteer firefighters on training and safety requirements; a “day in the life;” administrative firefighters; juggling family, friends, and careers; questions to ask; leadership expectations; and the benefits of volunteering. Stay for the last segment of the session for an open question and answer discussion. This session is possible thanks to support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

    Are you interested in volunteering with your local volunteer fire department? The best way to see what it’s like to be a volunteer firefighter is to hear the perspectives of people who do it each day. Join the National Volunteer Fire Council for this free informational session to hear from three experienced volunteer firefighters on training and safety requirements; a “day in the life;” administrative firefighters; juggling family, friends, and careers; questions to ask; leadership expectations; and the benefits of volunteering. Stay for the last segment of the session for an open question and answer discussion.

    This session is possible thanks to support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

    Eric N. Bernard

    Mr. Bernard began his public safety career as a volunteer EMT at the age of 15. After serving for the US Navy and the DEA, he became a firefighter/rescuer with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association.

    Sheri Nickel

    Sheri  Nickel has been a volunteer firefighter for 21 years serving in many different roles including Fire Chief. She is now the first female Administrative Director for the Oklahoma State Firefighter’s Association after being promoted from her role as the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Ms. Nickel also serves on the board of the NVFC.

    Mike Bucy

    Chief

    Chief Bucy serves Stevens 1 Fire-Rescue, a rural, combination fire district in Washington, and has been in the fire service for 35 years, including 15 years as a volunteer. Chief Bucy also serves as a logistics officer for a type III incident management team and is regularly deployed to wildland fire incidents across the state.

  • Webinar - Firefighter Wellness: How to Outfit for Injury Prevention

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    The team at Brooks Running is passionate about keeping their athletes safe, active, and Run Happy. In this webinar, Chris Collier and Tatiana Medina from Brooks will use the research, knowledge, and science that is put into creating their shoes and apparel to provide information that can help firefighters and EMS providers perform at their best. Learn how to dress for injury prevention whether it is day to day on the job, on the run, or in the gym.

    The team at Brooks Running is passionate about keeping their athletes safe, active, and Run Happy. In this webinar, Chris Collier and Tatiana Medina from Brooks will use the research, knowledge, and science that is put into creating their shoes and apparel to provide information that can help firefighters and EMS providers perform at their best. Learn how to dress for injury prevention whether it is day to day on the job, on the run, or in the gym.

    Tatiana Medina

    Northwest Guru

    Brooks Running

    Chris Collier

    Michigan Guru

  • Webinar - Chaplains in the Fire Service: Not Just a Title but a Position

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    This presentation by Chaplain John F. Long, Jr. will outline what a fire service chaplain does and why a fire department should consider having a trained chaplain as part of their operational command structure. Trained chaplains do more than just give invocations and benedictions – they play an important role in providing behavioral health support to a department. Chaplains keep a thumb on the pulse of members and are often the first to recognize when someone is in need of help. They alleviate responsibilities that would otherwise fall to the chief, who may not have the capacity to identify signs of distress in their members. Chaplains are also the point person that spouses can reach out to when they have confidential concerns about their loved one. This webinar will describe the role the chaplain plays and how one can support your department – and help it thrive.

    This presentation by Chaplain John F. Long, Jr. will outline what a fire service chaplain does and why a fire department should consider having a trained chaplain as part of their operational command structure. Trained chaplains do more than just give invocations and benedictions – they play an important role in providing behavioral health support to a department. Chaplains keep a thumb on the pulse of members and are often the first to recognize when someone is in need of help. They alleviate responsibilities that would otherwise fall to the chief, who may not have the capacity to identify signs of distress in their members. Chaplains are also the point person that spouses can reach out to when they have confidential concerns about their loved one. This webinar will describe the role the chaplain plays and how one can support your department – and help it thrive.

    Chaplain John F. Long, Jr.

    John F. Long, Jr. has been a firefighter since 1975. Starting his service with the United Fire Company of Montrose, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1978 and served as a Chief Electronics Technician until his retirement in 1998. John is certified as a Fire Officer III, and Fire Instructor III. He has held all of the Line Officers positions and is currently serving as the President of the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company in Glen Burnie, MD. John started serving as a Fire Chaplain when he was elected to the position with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association in 2002. In 2003 he was appointed as a Chaplain with the Maryland State Firemen's Association and was elected Chief Chaplain in 2005, a position he currently holds. He was appointed Chaplain with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in 2006 and is currently serving as Chaplain One for the combination department. He has been a member of the Federation since 2005 and has since completed his Advanced Chaplaincy Certificate and serves as an Instructor. John served as a Deacon with the Lake Shore Baptist Church in Pasadena, MD, and was ordained for service as a Chaplain in 2004. He is married to Mary K. (Kathy) Long since 1979, and they have two boys Daniel (Alissa), and Adam, and two grandchildren.

  • Webinar - Junior Firefighters and the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Strategy to Increase Uptake in Departments and Communities

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    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available to those aged 12 and older. Fire department leaders can advocate for their junior members to get the vaccine for the same reasons as adult members, including a return to normal and ending the pandemic, keeping family members and peers safe and healthy, and improving their ability to stay healthy and ready during first responder activities. In addition, vaccinated junior firefighters can serve as trusted messengers and vaccine advocates by providing encouragement to others in their departments and communities. This presentation by Dr. Wesley Attwood, CDC Public Health Advisor, will discuss vaccination among adolescents, communication strategies for fire management, and resources offered by the CDC that highlight vaccine science, benefits, and facts.

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available to those aged 12 and older. Fire department leaders can advocate for their junior members to get the vaccine for the same reasons as adult members, including a return to normal and ending the pandemic, keeping family members and peers safe and healthy, and improving their ability to stay healthy and ready during first responder activities. In addition, vaccinated junior firefighters can serve as trusted messengers and vaccine advocates by providing encouragement to others in their departments and communities. This presentation by Dr. Wesley Attwood, CDC Public Health Advisor, will discuss vaccination among adolescents, communication strategies for fire management, and resources offered by the CDC that highlight vaccine science, benefits, and facts.

    Dr. Wesley R. Attwood

    Dr. Wesley R. Attwood is a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Public Safety Sector program. The program investigates occupational injury, illness, and fatalities among fire service, wildland firefighting, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and corrections workers. During the pandemic, Dr. Attwood has been assigned to the CDC’s Vaccine Task Force, Essential Workers Team, working directly with public safety sector stakeholders.

  • Webinar - COVID-19 Recovery Funds & Emergency Response Districts – Accessing Aid for Special Districts

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    In this webinar, the National Special Districts Coalition and the National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials will present on key programs available to fire protection and emergency services districts for COVID-19 relief, and how fire protection and emergency services districts should advocate for access to State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Attendees will learn the details of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds and the pending interim rule from the U.S. Department of Treasury on the $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Counties and cities have guaranteed access to these funds while fire protection and emergency services districts must request the funding from their states, counties, or cities.

    In this webinar, the National Special Districts Coalition and the National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials will present on key programs available to fire protection and emergency services districts for COVID-19 relief, and how fire protection and emergency services districts should advocate for access to State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Attendees will learn the details of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds and the pending interim rule from the U.S. Department of Treasury on the $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Counties and cities have guaranteed access to these funds while fire protection and emergency services districts must request the funding from their states, counties, or cities.

    Cole Karr

    Cole Karr is the National Special Districts Coalition’s Federal Advocacy Coordinator, working to develop a national grassroots and federal legislative coalition to advance special districts’ representation in Washington, DC. Cole has been working with special districts since January 2019, when he started as a regional public affairs coordinator for the California Special Districts Association in the Central Valley. Prior, Cole spent six years working for member of the U.S. House of Representatives (from Bakersfield to Southwest Missouri to Washington, DC), and served one year as a legislative assistance in the Missouri State House.

    Monte Olsen

    Monte Olsen is the Executive Director for the National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials and is also an honorary life member and a past President of the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts.  Monte has been involved with several Missouri fire protection districts as a director, special master and receiver, and district manager.

  • Webinar - Social Fitness – Skills to Improve Community Relations for the Volunteer Firefighter

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    The public appreciates good customer service when dealing with an organization, and the same is true for your volunteer fire department. While performing skillfully during calls is the trademark of competent firefighters, the public may judge you on other things, such as how you acted during a call and how they were treated. Join Tom Merrill for this free webinar to sharpen your social fitness skills and improve your department’s customer service reputation. In a field where many situations are out of your control, learn more about what is in your direct control – a caring attitude, timely responses, and true empathy.

    The public appreciates good customer service when dealing with an organization, and the same is true for your volunteer fire department. While performing skillfully during calls is the trademark of competent firefighters, the public may judge you on other things, such as how you acted during a call and how they were treated. Join Tom Merrill for this free webinar to sharpen your social fitness skills and improve your department’s customer service reputation. In a field where many situations are out of your control, learn more about what is in your direct control – a caring attitude, timely responses, and true empathy.

    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.

  • Webinar - Onboarding New Volunteers: Strategies for Long-Term Retention

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    Volunteer fire departments are constantly recruiting new members into their ranks. One of the most important, but often overlooked, steps in the recruitment process is onboarding new firefighters. The long-term retention of firefighters begins with the onboarding process. Join Jason Decremer, PhD, director of certification for the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, for this free webinar that will examine the best practices for onboarding new firefighters by taking participants through a series of strategies that will help ensure your department has a properly managed onboarding process that leads to long-term retention of firefighters.

    Volunteer fire departments are constantly recruiting new members into their ranks. One of the most important, but often overlooked, steps in the recruitment process is onboarding new firefighters. The long-term retention of firefighters begins with the onboarding process. Join Jason Decremer, PhD, director of certification for the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, for this free webinar that will examine the best practices for onboarding new firefighters by taking participants through a series of strategies that will help ensure your department has a properly managed onboarding process that leads to long-term retention of firefighters.

    Jason Decremer, PhD

    Jason Decremer, PhD, is the director of Certification for the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. He is responsible for over 40 levels of national certification testing for approximately 30,000 firefighters statewide. Decremer has been a member of the volunteer fire service for 20 years. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven and Goodwin University, teaching courses in Homeland Security and Fire Administration. He has taught Recruitment & Retention courses across the nation, most recently as an instructor with the IAFC. He received his PhD in public policy and administration from Walden University and a master’s degree in curriculum design and education from the University of Phoenix. He lives in Southbury, CT with his wife Carina and three children.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Lessons Learned: Roadway Incident Safety & Survival

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    Struck-by-vehicle incidents involving firefighters and emergency vehicles at incident scenes are increasing. This session will look at several case studies of secondary crashes at incident scenes and review what has worked to protect personnel and motorists and review what still needs to be done to prevent struck-by-vehicle incidents. This session will explore what a fire department can do to protect personnel at incident scenes.

    Struck-by-vehicle incidents involving firefighters and emergency vehicles at incident scenes are increasing. This session will look at several case studies of secondary crashes at incident scenes and review what has worked to protect personnel and motorists and review what still needs to be done to prevent struck-by-vehicle incidents. This session will explore what a fire department can do to protect personnel at incident scenes.

    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.