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Webinar - Effective Public Education: Connecting with your CommunityContains 2 Component(s)
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.
What It’s Like – An Informational Session on Joining a Volunteer Fire DepartmentContains 1 Component(s)
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.
Webinar - Firefighter Wellness: How to Outfit for Injury PreventionContains 2 Component(s)
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.
Webinar - Chaplains in the Fire Service: Not Just a Title but a PositionContains 2 Component(s)
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.
Webinar - Junior Firefighters and the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Strategy to Increase Uptake in Departments and CommunitiesContains 2 Component(s)
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 DistrictsContains 2 Component(s)
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 FirefighterContains 2 Component(s)
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 RetentionContains 2 Component(s)
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 - Extinguishing the Flames of LiabilityContains 2 Component(s)
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 - Firefighter Cancer: Latest Research and Prevention Technique 2021Contains 2 Component(s)
This class will discuss the latest research and cancer prevention techniques from departments across the country, as well as the latest changes in NFPA 1500 & 1851 standards relating to firefighter cancer issues, including personnel exposure reduction and the proper cleaning and storage of PPE. Lastly, we will discuss the research and justifications behind the "red/yellow/green" zones in fire station design, the "clean cab" concept, and what all this means for the future of the fire service!
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