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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Media Mayday: A Volunteer Fire Department's Guide to Dealing with the Media

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    An intro to media relations for the fire service - with battle-tested tips on dealing with the press on the fireground, back at the fire hall, and in a crisis - will be shared. Roles and duties of the media will be reviewed, including news gathering techniques. A recipe for good media relations that can be applied by any fire department to any type of event or other positive press opportunity will be presented, including how to deal with the negative side of media relations: crises and scandals.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Officer Development & Leadership Success in the Volunteer Fire Service

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    This presentation focuses on the unique challenges faced by volunteer fire officers on the firematic (operations) side of the organization as well as the often-forgotten-about administrative side. The presentation strongly emphasizes the important role and the immense responsibilities that all officers have in taking care of their organization. Aspiring officers will be provided with a variety of ideas that can assist them in gaining support from their fellow members and all attendees will learn eight proven leadership traits that all fire department members can use to create and maintain a more unified and harmonious operation.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Showing Why You Are Worth Volunteering With

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    The fire service is reportedly showing a decrease in qualified candidates to enter the workforce, both career and volunteer, but there is a limited change in how recruiting is done. This session will provide tools and information that can be applied in departments. One-in-three American labor force are millennials, making them the largest generation in the workforce. This program will show you compelling ways to bring this group to volunteer because they see the difference they can make.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Congratulations, You've Been Promoted...Now What?

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    Are you prepared to survive - and better yet, thrive - as a newly promoted leader? This fast-moving presentation will run through the first one hundred days following your promotion - and beyond. What you should look for, what you should ask, and what you must do to keep moving forward. This presentation will cover a myriad of topics including lifetime learning, ethics, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, using social media, and more.

  • Virtual Summit 2021 - Extinguishing the Flames of Liability

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    This timely, interactive program will explore the leader's role and responsibility in keeping their firefighters alive, out of jail, and out of the local headlines. The course is appropriate for board members, line officers and general membership. We will discuss current trends and threats in the fire service that are causing issues for fire service organizations across the nation. Specific topics will include apparatus operations, sexual harassment and social media challenges, substance abuse, PTSD and poor leadership skills. The program will use real-life scenarios and challenge the students to ask themselves if each example could currently happen in their own departments.

  • 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.