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    Warehouses utilizing robotics and other high challenge facilities bring a set of difficulties for volunteer fire departments, who may not be used to dealing with these technologies. While responding to emergency incidents in these types of facilities is not common, when they do happen the risk is high. This webinar will introduce participants to some of the high challenge facilities that they may encounter. Join speaker Michael Spaziani of FM Global as he helps participants better understand the challenges and how to prepare for an emergency response to the facility. This webinar is sponsored by Stonehouse Media. Established in 1995, Stonehouse Media Incorporated is an award-winning digital media company focused on producing credible, vetted, engaging training for the fire service and first responders through creating and maintaining online training networks, interactive programs, and websites in partnership with leading fire service and emergency response organizations. Our proprietary online learning network powers CFITrainer.Net (International Association of Arson Investigators), FHLN.Net (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation), RSLN.org (Emergency Responder Safety Institute), and FMGlobalFireServiceResources.com (FM Global). The training and professional development tools we produce are delivered and measured with the latest technology, integrated with social media, and distributed on multiple platforms. To learn more visit: www.stonehousemedia.com

    Warehouses utilizing robotics and other high challenge facilities bring a set of difficulties for volunteer fire departments, who may not be used to dealing with these technologies. While responding to emergency incidents in these types of facilities is not common, when they do happen the risk is high. This webinar will introduce participants to some of the high challenge facilities that they may encounter. Join speaker Michael Spaziani of FM Global as he helps participants better understand the challenges and how to prepare for an emergency response to the facility.

    This webinar is sponsored by Stonehouse Media. Established in 1995, Stonehouse Media Incorporated is an award-winning digital media company focused on producing credible, vetted, engaging training for the fire service and first responders through creating and maintaining online training networks, interactive programs, and websites in partnership with leading fire service and emergency response organizations. Our proprietary online learning network powers CFITrainer.Net (International Association of Arson Investigators), FHLN.Net (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation), RSLN.org (Emergency Responder Safety Institute), and FMGlobalFireServiceResources.com (FM Global). The training and professional development tools we produce are delivered and measured with the latest technology, integrated with social media, and distributed on multiple platforms. To learn more visit: www.stonehousemedia.com

    Michael Spaziani

    Assistant Vice President

    FM Global

    Michael Spaziani joined FM Global in January 2000. Michael currently holds the position of Assistant Vice President, Manager of Fire Service programs which includes working with fire service agencies worldwide to help them better understand fire protection systems and the commercial/industrial occupancies that they protect. He has worked in the fire service for more than 25 years as a firefighter, officer, fire marshal, and instructor. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of New Haven and has several fire service certifications.

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    On February 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule revising its emergency response standard. This is the first time OSHA revised this standard since 1980, and the public has until June 21 to provide comments. If enacted as is, this proposed rule would bring immense challenges to volunteer departments, and some may even be forced to shut down. It is important that the volunteer fire service understand how this rule would impact them and provide their comments to OSHA before June 21. This NVFC Roundtable Talk will highlight some of the biggest concerns with the proposed revised emergency standard, discuss which volunteers will be impacted, explain the NVFC’s strategy for addressing the proposed revision, and suggest best practices for departments wishing to comment on the revisions. The text of the proposed revised OSHA emergency response standard and information on how to submit comments can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/05/2023-28203/emergency-response-standard

    On February 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule revising its emergency response standard. This is the first time OSHA revised this standard since 1980, and the public has until June 21 to provide comments. If enacted as is, this proposed rule would bring immense challenges to volunteer departments, and some may even be forced to shut down. It is important that the volunteer fire service understand how this rule would impact them and provide their comments to OSHA before June 21. This NVFC webinar highlighted some of the biggest concerns with the proposed revised emergency standard, discussed which volunteers will be impacted, explained the NVFC’s strategy for addressing the proposed revision, and suggested best practices for departments wishing to comment on the revisions.

    The text of the proposed revised OSHA emergency response standard and information on how to submit comments can be found here: https://www.federalregister.go...

    Ryan Woodward

    Chief of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

    National Volunteer Fire Council

    Ryan joined the NVFC in 2022. He is available to assist NVFC members with any questions or concerns related to federal legislation or regulations, is the staff liaison when it comes to standards and codes setting committees, and actively promotes the interests and priorities of the volunteer emergency services to Congress and the Executive Branch. Ryan came to the NVFC with a decade of policy experience. Before joining our staff, Ryan worked on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ government relations team for two years and worked for former Congressman Peter King for eight years, including as legislative director. Rep. King is the former chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the former co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

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    On February 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the proposed new Emergency Response Standard, and the public has until June 21 to provide comments. If adopted as is, this proposed standard would bring immense challenges to volunteer departments, and some may even be forced to shut down. It is important that the volunteer fire and emergency service understand how this rule would impact them and provide their comments to OSHA before June 21. This NVFC presentation will allow you to hear directly from OSHA staff about how volunteers would be impacted by this standard and what you can do to make your voice heard. Please note: Due to this being a pending federal rulemaking, the presenters from OSHA will not be able to take comments on the proposed standard. They will only be able to provide clarifications on the content of notice of proposed rulemaking or guidance on where and how to submit a public comment. Presenters: Mark Hagemann – Director, Office of Safety Systems, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA Bill Hamilton – Fire Protection Engineer, Office of Safety Systems, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA

    On February 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the proposed new Emergency Response Standard, and the public has until June 21 to provide comments. If adopted as is, this proposed standard would bring immense challenges to volunteer departments, and some may even be forced to shut down. It is important that the volunteer fire and emergency service understand how this rule would impact them and provide their comments to OSHA before June 21. This NVFC presentation will allow you to hear directly from OSHA staff about how volunteers would be impacted by this standard and what you can do to make your voice heard.

    Please note: Due to this being a pending federal rulemaking, the presenters from OSHA will not be able to take comments on the proposed standard. They will only be able to provide clarifications on the content of notice of proposed rulemaking or guidance on where and how to submit a public comment.

    Presenters:
    Mark Hagemann – Director, Office of Safety Systems, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA
    Bill Hamilton – Fire Protection Engineer, Office of Safety Systems, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA

    Mark Hagemann

    Office of Safety Systems Director , Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA

    OSHA

    Bill Hamilton

    Fire Protection Engineer

    OSHA

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    2024 ​Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11 and the theme is “Protecting Houses of Worship – Fire as a Weapon.” The NVFC and USFA hosted a webinar to support this year’s theme with representatives from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Briefings included a historical review of attacks on houses of worship using fire as the weapon; a threat and intelligence review of current threat actors, targets, and trends; and a discussion on preventing, protecting, mitigating, and response and recovery for arson events involving houses of worship. There was a question and answer period following the briefings.

    2024 Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11 and the theme is “Protecting Houses of Worship – Fire as a Weapon.” The NVFC and USFA hosted a webinar to support this year’s theme with representatives from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Briefings included a historical review of attacks on houses of worship using fire as the weapon; a threat and intelligence review of current threat actors, targets, and trends; and a discussion on preventing, protecting, mitigating, and response and recovery for arson events involving houses of worship. There was a question and answer period following the briefings.

    Joseph Larkin

    Section Chief, Stakeholder Engagement Division

    Department of Homeland Security

    Victoria M. Rossi

    Supervisory Intelligence Specialist

    Department of Homeland Security

    Bob Winters

    Protective Security Advisor

    Department of Homeland Security

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    Each year, the frequency and intensity of wildfires are growing. They are destroying land across the globe and are taking lives in communities and firefighting organizations of every size. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that between 1990 and 2020, there were 522 firefighters killed while involved in brush, grass, or wildland fire response. In this webinar, presenter Bill Arsenault will provide a look into the wildfire landscape of the past 30 years, what has changed for the fire service, and what we must do to be more effective in our preparedness and response.

    Each year, the frequency and intensity of wildfires are growing. They are destroying land across the globe and are taking lives in communities and firefighting organizations of every size. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that between 1990 and 2020, there were 522 firefighters killed while involved in brush, grass, or wildland fire response. In this webinar, presenter Bill Arsenault will provide a look into the wildfire landscape of the past 30 years, what has changed for the fire service, and what we must do to be more effective in our preparedness and response.

    Bill Arsenault

    Fire Chief

    Kamiah Fire-Rescue

    Bill recently served as the Fire Chief for Kamiah Fire-Rescue, a combination fire service organization in north central Idaho.  The area is a high complexity wildland urban interface community that suffered major fires in 2015.  Prior that, he worked for a fire department in eastern Idaho serving as its first Wildland Fire Program Manager for several years.  He has almost 30 years involving wildland fire as well as municipal fire service.  In addition, he spent several years also working for federal wildland fire agencies in various roles, performing duties from wildland firefighter up to national incident management teams.  He is currently a National Fire Academy (NFA) instructor in the fields of safety, leadership, and training.  Bill was recently selected to help assemble the Fire Department Safety Officer's Association (FDSOA) wildland fire safety committee.  He has been published in a number of trade magazines including Fire Engineering, EMS World, and Wildfire.

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    In conjunction with National Safe Digging Month, join the NVFC and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for this webinar on how emergency service departments can best prepare for pipeline safety and response in your community. In this session, you'll learn how to identify if your community has pipelines - and what's in them - and how to identify transmission versus distribution and gathering lines. The session will also discuss working with pipeline operators, understanding your response capabilities, and how to train effectively for a pipeline event. This webinar is made possible by the USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

    In conjunction with National Safe Digging Month, join the NVFC and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for this webinar on how emergency service departments can best prepare for pipeline safety and response in your community. In this session, you'll learn how to identify if your community has pipelines - and what's in them - and how to identify transmission versus distribution and gathering lines. The session will also discuss working with pipeline operators, understanding your response capabilities, and how to train effectively for a pipeline event.

    This webinar is made possible by the USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

    David Bullard

    David is a 22 year member of the fire service and currently serves as a Lieutenant and coassigned to the Training Division with the Columbia County Fire Rescue (Ga.) and a part time Firefighter with Grovetown (Ga) DPS. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Firefighter's Association, National Volunteer Fire Council State Director, Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiave Board of Directors, NFPA’s Working Group on Flammable Refrigerants, Alternate to NFPA 1021 and 1056 Committees, and was Secretary of IFSTA's Pumping Apparatus Driver Operator 3rd Edition Curriculum Committee, contributor to the “Training Officer’s Desk Reference”, and is a Safety and Health coordinator with HEPACO LLC. As an active instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy with Firefighter Basics, David is constantly engaged with teaching live fire, leadership, HAZMAT, and Firefighter Survival/RIT classes.

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    This Congress, the NVFC is supporting funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA), National Firefighter Registry (NFR) for Cancer, and Rural EMS Training (SIREN) Grants. The NVFC is also advocating for the passage of legislation to reauthorize SAFER, AFG, and USFA, fund the renovation and construction of fire stations, improve mental health care for first responders, and expand the eligibility of federal housing benefits to volunteer first responders. If enacted, each of these policy and funding priorities will greatly assist the volunteer fire service in keeping Americans safe. You, as an NVFC member and volunteer responder, have a valuable role to play in encouraging Congress to act on these initiatives. This webinar presented by Ryan Woodward, NVFC chief of legislative & regulatory affairs, will provide a primer on the current political climate in Washington, the NVFC’s policy priorities, and what you can do to encourage your Senators and Member of Congress to support these priorities.

    This Congress, the NVFC is supporting funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA), National Firefighter Registry (NFR) for Cancer, and Rural EMS Training (SIREN) Grants. The NVFC is also advocating for the passage of legislation to reauthorize SAFER, AFG, and USFA, fund the renovation and construction of fire stations, improve mental health care for first responders, and expand the eligibility of federal housing benefits to volunteer first responders.

    If enacted, each of these policy and funding priorities will greatly assist the volunteer fire service in keeping Americans safe. You, as an NVFC member and volunteer responder, have a valuable role to play in encouraging Congress to act on these initiatives. This webinar presented by Ryan Woodward, NVFC chief of legislative & regulatory affairs, will provide a primer on the current political climate in Washington, the NVFC’s policy priorities, and what you can do to encourage your Senators and Member of Congress to support these priorities.

    Ryan Woodward

    Chief of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

    National Volunteer Fire Council

    Ryan joined the NVFC in 2022. He is available to assist NVFC members with any questions or concerns related to federal legislation or regulations, is the staff liaison when it comes to standards and codes setting committees, and actively promotes the interests and priorities of the volunteer emergency services to Congress and the Executive Branch. Ryan came to the NVFC with a decade of policy experience. Before joining our staff, Ryan worked on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ government relations team for two years and worked for former Congressman Peter King for eight years, including as legislative director. Rep. King is the former chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the former co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

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    Junior firefighter programs provide fire and EMS departments the opportunity to engage local youth in learning about, and ultimately becoming members of, the emergency services. However, starting a program and finding interested juniors can seem challenging. Connecting with a high school is a great way to introduce your program to local youth and identify strong candidates for service. This webinar on November 15 at 4pm ET, presented by Ellen Yarborough, will walk through how your department can secure a partnership with your local high school as well as what motivates Generation Z to serve. This webinar is sponsored by ESO, the largest software and data solutions provider to fire departments and EMS agencies. ESO offers an integrated suite of software products for EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals that are transforming the way first responders collect, share, report, and analyze critical information to improve community health and safety. Learn more at eso.com/fire.

    Junior firefighter programs provide fire and EMS departments the opportunity to engage local youth in learning about, and ultimately becoming members of, the emergency services. However, starting a program and finding interested juniors can seem challenging. Connecting with a high school is a great way to introduce your program to local youth and identify strong candidates for service. This webinar on November 15 at 4pm ET, presented by Ellen Yarborough, will walk through how your department can secure a partnership with your local high school as well as what motivates Generation Z to serve.

    This webinar is sponsored by ESO, the largest software and data solutions provider to fire departments and EMS agencies. ESO offers an integrated suite of software products for EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals that are transforming the way first responders collect, share, report, and analyze critical information to improve community health and safety. Learn more at eso.com/fire.

    Ellen Yarborough

    Deputy Chief

    Nether Providence Fire Department

    Ellen serves as a deputy chief with Nether Providence Fire Department in Pennsylvania. Like many volunteer agencies, her department struggles with recruitment and retention. One notable strength is the pipeline of teenagers they enjoy through a robust partnership with the local public high school. In addition to teaching high school, Chief Yarborough teaches the Leadership in Supervision course for the National Fire Academy and operates the consulting firm Schoolhouse to Firehouse.

    Ellen serves as a deputy chief with Nether Providence Fire Department in Pennsylvania. Like many volunteer agencies, her department struggles with recruitment and retention. One notable strength is the pipeline of teenagers they enjoy through a robust partnership with the local public high school. In addition to teaching high school, Chief Yarborough teaches the Leadership in Supervision course for the National Fire Academy and operates the consulting firm Schoolhouse to Firehouse.

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    Welcome to the NVFC Leadership Track, designed for fire and EMS department leaders, including chiefs and officers. This specialized program consists of 10 meticulously crafted courses instructed by prominent subject matter experts. Each course will equip emergency service leaders with the essential skills, knowledge, tools, and mindset required to strengthen their leadership abilities and effectiveness. This program is for new and established leaders looking to continue learning and growing in their roles. The Leadership Track will take an estimated 10 hours to complete from start to finish. Progress will be saved each time a student logs out, ensuring students are able to complete the track at their own pace. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance for each completed course as well as a final certificate indicating completion of the full track.

    Welcome to the NVFC Leadership Track, designed for fire and EMS department leaders, including chiefs and officers. This specialized program consists of 10 meticulously crafted courses instructed by prominent subject matter experts. Each course will equip emergency service leaders with the essential skills, knowledge, tools, and mindset required to strengthen their leadership abilities and effectiveness. This program is for new and established leaders looking to continue learning and growing in their roles. The Leadership Track will take an estimated 10 hours to complete from start to finish. Progress will be saved each time a student logs out, ensuring students are able to complete the track at their own pace. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance for each completed course as well as a final certificate indicating completion of the full track.


    David Ballard

    PsyD

    David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is an organizational consultant with more than 15 years of experience as a non-profit executive. His emphasis is on promoting employee well-being and organizational performance through the integration of psychology and business. He has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, medical schools, and universities. Dr. Ballard is the co-editor of the book, The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Building a Win-Win Environment for Organizations and Employees (APA, 2016).

    Chris Barron

    Fire Chief

    Travis County Emergency Services

    Chris Barron currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Travis County Emergency Services District #5 /Manchaca Fire/Rescue department located just south of Austin, Texas.

    Chief Barron has worked diligently in the fire service for over 33 years, serving as Chief for 23 of those years, to increase service delivery performances in the local area and around the state. He has used several performance improvement programs to lead ESD#5 from and all volunteer department, ISO Class 7/9, to a fully staffed ISO Class #2 department.
    Barron retired from the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association where he served almost 15 years as the Executive Director. Barron was responsible for the administration and oversight of the 23,000-member organization representing first responders in Texas and central and south America. While serving as Executive Director, he was responsible for several initiatives benefiting Texas first responders including the Texas wildfire fund and Hurricane Harvie relief programs, authoring and successfully awarded three Department of Homeland Security SAFER grants and oversight of the construction of the new headquarters building.
    In 2019, Chief Barron started his own consulting company to assist emergency services across the nation on their challenges, improving performance and recruitment/retention efforts. His focus with his business is to assist fire departments facing challenging times with staffing, volunteer workforce reductions, organizational changes, and leadership challenges. He is also working with departments on performing fire department assessments, funding resources, and developing marketing and strategic plans.
    Barron has received numerous leadership and organizational awards for his leadership including the John Buckman Leadership Award, the IAFC/VCOS Recruitment/Retention Award and in 2014, Chief Barron was awarded the International Association of Fire Chief's Chief of the Year Award amongst a nationwide group of colleagues.
    Barron holds numerous fire certifications, and an Associates in Fire Protection, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration.

    Quentin Cash

    Battalion Chief of Operations

    City of Shelby

    Chief Cash has been in the fire service since 1995 starting as a junior volunteer firefighter and currently serving as Assistant Chief of Training and Safety with the Cherryville Fire Department in Cherryville, NC.  He began as a career firefighter with the City of Shelby, NC in 2005, where he currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief of Operations over C-Platoon since 2015.

    Chief Cash holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science concentrating in Town, City, and County Management degree from Appalachian State University, and an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Cleveland Community College.

    He is a graduate of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s Executive Development Program in October 2015.  He received the NCSFA Firefighter of the Year in 2015, NCAFC Volunteer Officer of the Year in 2019, and he was awarded his Chief Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2019.  He currently serves on the Executive Board of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.

    Chief Cash currently serves on the Cleveland County United Way as a Board Member and on the Fund Distribution Panel, as well as serving as Co-Chair for the City of Shelby’s United Way Campaign.  He is a volunteer with the Cherryville Little League program serving as a Board Member and Umpire Coordinator in the past.  He is a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville.

    Chief Cash currently resides in Ranlo, NC with his lovely bride Erin.  They enjoy traveling around the country and the Caribbean together.

    David Denniston

    Director of Risk Management

    Emergency Services Insurance Program

    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.  

    David Lewis

    Fire Chief (ret.)

    Odenton Volunteer Fire Company

    David is an active member of the Odenton (MD) Volunteer Fire Company, having served for over 40 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT and past Chief Officer. He is also NVFC's Maryland Director and the NVFC representative to the AFG, SAFER, and FP&S criteria development process. He is a Past President of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association and of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. He is recognized lecturer on many fire service topics and teaches on behalf of the National Fire Academy and the MD Fire and Rescue Institute around the nation. David is a Maryland Director of the National Volunteer Fire Council. David Lewis’s expertise not only includes fire ground operation, he also is a subject matter expert on strategic planning, fire service reputation management and behavioral health issues among other topics.

    Tom Merrill

    Fire Commissioner

    Snyder Fire District

    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.

    Joe Maruca

    Fire Chief

    West Barnstable (MA) Fire Department

    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.

    Brad Shull

    Fire Chief

    Jefferson Township Fire Department

    A three-decade pupil of the fire service, Chief Brad Shull is the fire chief of the Jefferson Township Fire Department in the metropolitan Columbus, Ohio area. A credentialed Ohio Fire Chief, he holds an associate degree in fire and emergency services from Hocking College and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program.

    Serving many volunteer, part-time and career fire departments, he continues to serve the community where he grew up with the Richland Township Fire Department in rural eastern Fairfield County, Ohio.

    Chief Shull has been an instructor with the Ohio Fire Academy for over 20 years, delivering numerous courses, including the full fire officer series. He is also a founding member of the Phoenix Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending first responder suicide through education and supporting other safety services mental health support non-profits.

    Kim Sylvia

    Captain

    West Barnstable Fire Department

    Captain Kim Sylvia has been with West Barnstable Fire Department for 13 years now. Her primary roles include Shift Commander Group 2, EMS Officer, and Community Education Coordinator. She finished her bachelors in Fire Administration from Liberty University in March 2022 and is currently a graduate student Boston University for Healthcare Emergency Management. Capt. Sylvia has a passion for firehouse culture, and the majority of her undergraduate was spent researching "Ethical Cultures" and leadership. She has attended a wide variety of leadership classes geared towards the fire service and management in general to add leadership skills, tips, and tricks to her toolbox. In the fire service we are tactical athletes mentally and physically, and it's our responsibility to be ready when the bell goes off.

     

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    Distracted driving persists at high levels despite the effort of many national campaigns. Why haven’t we been able to significantly change driving behaviors? Perhaps it’s because we haven’t given drivers the right reasons to change. Responders are in peril every time they go to a crash scene because of distracted drivers. It is incumbent on responders to take action now to reduce distracted driving crashes. Education needs to start early – fire departments across the country have made distracted driving education for grades K-12 part of their community risk reduction plans. Join presenter Joel Feldman for this webinar to learn about new research-based approaches that have been proven effective in changing attitudes and driving behaviors, and how you can do the same with tested materials.

    Distracted driving persists at high levels despite the effort of many national campaigns. Why haven’t we been able to significantly change driving behaviors? Perhaps it’s because we haven’t given drivers the right reasons to change. Responders are in peril every time they go to a crash scene because of distracted drivers. It is incumbent on responders to take action now to reduce distracted driving crashes. Education needs to start early – fire departments across the country have made distracted driving education for grades K-12 part of their community risk reduction plans. Join presenter Joel Feldman for this webinar to learn about new research-based approaches that have been proven effective in changing attitudes and driving behaviors, and how you can do the same with tested materials.

    Joel Feldman

    Attorney at Law

    Anapol Weiss

    Following the death of his daughter Casey by a distracted driver in 2009, Mr. Feldman created  EndDD.org , “End Distracted Driving,” and has developed science-based distracted driving presentations, as well as other resources used by businesses, schools and community groups in  educational initiatives. Mr. Feldman coordinates a network of speakers who have presented to more than 500,000 students across the U.S. and in Canada, all without cost to schools.

     

    Mr. Feldman has personally given nearly 1000 distracted driving presentations to  more than 200,000 teens and adults since 2012, and has been the keynote speaker at a number of legal, medical, traffic safety and business conferences. Current projects include a distracted driving picture book for K-2 students, lesson plans for 2nd-5th grades, and evaluation of distracted driving initiatives to maximize their effectiveness. He is a member of the NTSB’s National Distracted Driving Coalition and chairs the youth education subcommittee and is coordinating a study that will be the most comprehensive teen distracted driving project ever undertaken.

     

    Mr. Feldman is a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm of Anapol Weiss and after Casey’s death obtained his masters in counseling from Villanova University.

     

    Mr. Feldman can be reached at info@EndDD.org

     

    Following the death of his daughter Casey by a distracted driver in 2009, Mr. Feldman created  EndDD.org , “End Distracted Driving,” and has developed science-based distracted driving presentations, as well as other resources used by businesses, schools and community groups in  educational initiatives. Mr. Feldman coordinates a network of speakers who have presented to more than 500,000 students across the U.S. and in Canada, all without cost to schools.

     

    Mr. Feldman has personally given nearly 1000 distracted driving presentations to  more than 200,000 teens and adults since 2012, and has been the keynote speaker at a number of legal, medical, traffic safety and business conferences. Current projects include a distracted driving picture book for K-2 students, lesson plans for 2nd-5th grades, and evaluation of distracted driving initiatives to maximize their effectiveness. He is a member of the NTSB’s National Distracted Driving Coalition and chairs the youth education subcommittee and is coordinating a study that will be the most comprehensive teen distracted driving project ever undertaken.

     

    Mr. Feldman is a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm of Anapol Weiss and after Casey’s death obtained his masters in counseling from Villanova University.

     

    Mr. Feldman can be reached at info@EndDD.org