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Webinar Archive

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Communications & Technology

Taking Responsibility for a Positive Public Image (56 minutes)

Summary: During the webinar, we discuss the growing need for departments to take a proactive role in maintaining a positive public image. Using the toolkit Taking Responsibility for a Positive Public Perspective as a guide, we offer tips on how to take action today.

Live webinar conducted March 25, 2014

Fire Prevention Needs Advocates (1 hour 39 minutes)

Summary: During this webinar, you will learn about the many tools and guidance available for developing an advocacy strategy to support a comprehensive fire prevention program. You will also learn of resources within the toolkit you can use to:

  • Demonstrate the need for enhanced fire prevention to decision-makers
  • Show results of a successful strategy
  • Develop relationships to enhance your program

In addition, Vision 20/20 will report findings from a national survey of fire service practitioners revealing the widespread impact of cuts to fire prevention.

This webinar was sponsored by Vision 20/20

Live webinar conducted January 23, 2014

Social Media in Large-Scale Incidents (1 hour 26 minutes)

Summary: During the webinar we addressed the growing use of social media in fire and EMS during large-scale incidents. We also examined different examples and provided best practices on how your department can improve its own operation.

Presenters:
Curt Varone, deputy assistant chief (ret.) of the Providence (R.I.) Fire Department
Dave Statter, former television and radio reporter and owner of STATter911 Communications, LLC

This webinar was sponsored by American Military University

Live webinar conducted October 31, 2013

Impressing the Community and Rallying Key Support (1 hour 4 minutes)

Summary: This webinar is a preview of the workshop Dr. Pat Lynch will facilitate at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) 2013 that tackles the issue of optimizing organizational effectiveness and communicating the value provided to the community.

Presenter:
Dr. Pat Lynch is a consultant, coach, and speaker who helps first responders maximize their performance by ensuring that people, programs, and processes are aligned with the organization’s mission. She is President of Business Alignment Strategies, Inc., a management consulting company in Long Beach, California.

Live webinar conducted June 4, 2013

Social Media Issues in the Fire Service (1 hour 29 minutes)

Summary: This webinar addressed challenges facing fire service leaders today, using recent case studies. Included topics will be digital imagery, Facebook postings and departmental policies for both on and off duty firefighters.

This webinar was sponsored by American Military University

Presenters:
Curt Varone, Deputy Chief, Exeter, RI Deputy Chief (Ret.) Providence (RI) Fire Department
Dave Statter, STATter911 Communications, LLC

Live webinar conducted October 23, 2012

Vision 20/20: Information Technology in Fire Prevention (1 hour 18 minutes)

Summary: Fire prevention and information technology - where do they intersect? This webinar focused on using technology in some creative and different ways. The discussion touched upon using iPads for fire prevention inspections and education, as well as how to use social media effectively to spread the fire safety message.

This webinar was sponsored by the Vision 20/20 Project through a DHS Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch.

Presenters:
Mark Spoo, Fire Inspector, Addison (IL) Fire Protection District
Mike Rupert, Open Government Associate, Phase One Consulting Group
Ed Comeau, Vision 20/20

Live webinar conducted March 18, 2011

Department Adminstration

Building Sturdy Relationships With Elected Officials (1 hour 11 minutes)

Summary: Relationships – professional and personal – are built one layer at a time and need a sturdy foundation from which to build. Join us on March 27 at 7:00pm ET for a free webinar where you’ll receive tips on building solid relationships with your elected officials to benefit both your department and own future as a leader. Chief James M. Grady III, Frankfort Fire Protection District, will lead the presentation.

Live webinar conducted March 27, 2014

Protecting Volunteer Departments from the PPACA (34 minutes)

Summary: On this short, 30-minute webinar, we cover the developments regarding the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act in relation to volunteer fire departments.

Presenter:
Bruce Moeller, PhD, former fire chief and public safety-director of Pinellas County, Fla.

Live webinar conducted February 13, 2014

Federal Legislative Update (54 minutes)

Summary: This webinar was aimed at helping IAFC members prepare for visiting Capitol Hill in coordination with the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 9. In the presentation, we discussed funding for the federal government, including the U.S. Fire Administration and FIRE and SAFER grant programs, and the effects of sequestration and the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal. We also discussed the prospects for tax reform and related legislation to encourage fire prevention and volunteer firefighting. We also updated the attendees on the status of FirstNet and the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Presenters:
IAFC's Government Relations and Policy Department staff

Live webinar conducted April 16, 2013

Social Media Issues in the Fire Service (1 hour 29 minutes)

Summary: This webinar addressed challenges facing fire service leaders today, using recent case studies. Included topics will be digital imagery, Facebook postings and departmental policies for both on and off duty firefighters.

This webinar was sponsored by American Military University

Presenters:
Curt Varone, Deputy Chief, Exeter, RI Deputy Chief (Ret.) Providence (RI) Fire Department
Dave Statter, STATter911 Communications, LLC

Live webinar conducted October 23, 2012

IAFC Government Relations and Policy: What's New on Capitol Hill (37 minutes)

Summary: Many IAFC members will be meeting with their Members of Congress on April 25 and 26 as they visit Washington DC to attend the 24th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Review this IAFC webinar to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information about what's going on in DC. The issues covered include the latest information on FIRE and SAFER grant funding, the funding for the U.S. Fire Administration, legislation affecting the taxation of volunteer firefighters, EMS legislation, and other issues that you should know about.

Presenters:
Chief Al Gillespie, IAFC President and Chairman of Board
IAFC's Government Relations and Policy Department staff

Live webinar conducted April 12, 2012

Education & Professional Development

Making the Past Count: Effective Use of Experience in Crisis Decision Making (1 hour 2 minutes)

Summary: This complimentary webinar took a step-by-step walkthrough of one chief's story turning a tragic event into a positive learning experience. Learn how he leveraged the past to jump start a successful decision process. Also during the presentation:

  • Gain an understanding of effective decision-making
  • Learn the recognition-primed decision process
  • Improve decision performance through practical application

Presenters:
C. Reed Hodgin, President/CEO AlphaTRAC Inc
Stephanie Titus, Hazards Analysis, AlphaTRAC, Inc.

Live webinar conducted May 21, 2013

Mind Matters for Thought-Filled Leadership (1 hour 55 minutes)

Summary: This webinar is an introduction to executive coaching and designed to help you strategize solutions for your development and enhance your leadership. Chief Keirn and Mr. O'Malley also discuss the thought-filled performance model as an effective tool to define your future goals. Other takeaways include:

  • Proven leadership tools and tactics
  • Enhanced strategic and decision making skills
  • Effective strategies for leadership development

Presenters:
Randy Keirn, Chief, Lealman (FL) Special Fire District
Brian O'Malley, Executive Coach and FRI Keynote Speaker

Live webinar conducted May 24, 2012

EMS

Improving Medical Monitoring and Firefighter Rehab (1 hour, 5 minutes)

Summary: This webinar offers a review of the evolving science, changes in our understanding of hydration, cooling, rest and recovery with an eye towards how these will affect the revision of NFPA 1584.

Presenter:
Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN
EMS Coordinator - Saratoga County, NY; EMS Editor - Fire Engineering Magazine; IAFC EMS Section Board Member

Live webinar conducted December 10, 2013

Fire Prevention

The Changing Severity of Home Fires: Research to Empower a Fire Service Response (1 hour 39 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses how building construction, fuel loads, green technologies, and the resulting fire behavior the fire service faces on a daily basis, and how to use that information to help emergency response. This presentation also provides insights on resources to enable the fire service to address current and future fire challenges by making use of fire research based training and tactics and supporting fire research driven changes to codes and standards. The full USFA Changing Severity of Home Fires Workshop workshop report can be downloaded on the USFA website.

This webinar was sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Presenters:
Sean DeCrane, Chief of Training, Cleveland (OH) Fire Department; Leader, Vision 20/20 Prevention Codes and Standards Task Group
Stephen Kerber, Director, Firefighter Safety Research Institute at Underwriters Laboratories
Daniel Madrzykowski, PE, FSFPE, Leader, Firefighting Technology, Fire Research Division, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Leader, Vision 20/20 Technology Task Group

Live webinar conducted June 24, 2013

Model Performance Measures for Fire Prevention Programs (59 minutes)

Summary: This webinar provides participants with an understanding of the relationship between planning and evaluation, a discussion of a logic model that leads to effective evaluations, and the formative, process, impact and outcome measures that those in prevention will need to know to demonstrate the worth of their efforts to policy makers.

The model evaluation measures are discussed in the context of plan review, code enforcement, fire investigation and public education disciplines for fire prevention programs. The steps discussed apply for other prevention efforts designed for injury control.

Live webinar conducted September 20, 2011

Vision 20/20: Integrated Risk Management Project (1 hour 27 minutes)

Summary: A panel of speakers from communities across the nation that have been involved in piloting the integrated risk management project concept talk about their experiences and how you can use these methods in your community to reduce the loss of life and property. Integrated risk management focuses on integrating front line operations personnel into managing and reducing risk in the community. This concept has been used very successfully in other countries, in some cases reducing fire fatalities by 50%, and is being pilot tested across the United States.

This webinar was sponsored by the Vision 20/20 Project through a DHS Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch.

Presenters:
Jim Crawford, Project Manager, Vision 20/20
Mike Hagen, Deputy Chief Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, UK
Lloyd Ayers, Fire Commissioner, Phildelphia, PA
Mike Duyck, Fire Chief, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, OR

Live webinar conducted April 11, 2011

Vision 20/20: Information Technology in Fire Prevention (1 hour 18 minutes)

Summary: Fire prevention and information technology - where do they intersect? This webinar focused on using technology in some creative and different ways. The discussion touched upon using iPads for fire prevention inspections and education, as well as how to use social media effectively to spread the fire safety message.

This webinar was sponsored by the Vision 20/20 Project through a DHS Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch.

Presenters: Mark Spoo, Fire Inspector , Addison (IL) Fire Protection District
Mike Rupert, Open Government Associate, Phase One Consulting Group
Ed Comeau, Vision 20/20

Live webinar conducted March 18, 2011

Wildland Urban Interface

Lessons from the Waldo Canyon Fire (1 hour 17 minutes)

Summary: This webinar summarized the FAC Coalition's findings, with particular emphasis on construction details that increased the vulnerability of homes to wildland fire and solutions to mitigate their susceptibility. This webinar explained, among other items: How wind-blown embers can result in the direct and indirect ignition of homes; factors that can lead to home-to-home fire spread; areas of roofs that can be vulnerable to ember ignition; and how the Colorado Springs wildland fire mitigation program takes a fire-adapted community approach

Moderator: Lucian Deaton

Panelists: 
Dr. Steve Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Rich Cowger, Chief, Columbus (MT) Fire Rescue and Rural Fire District
Molly Mowery, Program Manager, Fire Adapted Communities Program

This webinar was sponsored by the IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee

Live webinar conducted April 18, 2013

The "Ready" of Ready, Set, Go! (1 hour 13 minutes)

Summary: As the spring fire season approaches in many parts of the country, this webinar consisted of a regionally diverse panel discussing the “Ready” of Ready, Set, Go! Views and lessons were provided from the South, North East, Midwest and West.

Moderator: Lucian Deaton

Presenters: 
Faith Berry
Gary Marshall
Patrick Mahoney
Todd Chlanda
Heidi Wagner
Michelle Steinberg

This webinar was sponsored by the IAFC Ready, Set, GO! Program

Live webinar conducted March 14, 2013

Who Pays: Roles & Responsibilities for Wildland Incidents (48 minutes)

Summary: Who pays for resources during a wildland incident? What are your roles and responsibilities? These uncertainties cause stress with relationships between fire agencies. This webinar discusses these topics to make policy makers aware of the future economic factors facing every fire department dealing with wildland fires.

Panelists: 
Bob Roper is the former fire chief for the Ventura County Fire Department in California. He is also the Co-Chair of the IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee and has served on wildland fire IMTs.

This webinar was sponsored by the IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee

Live webinar conducted January 29, 2013

Delivering the Message: RSG! Program Outreach Models for Your Success (1 hour 2 minutes)

Summary: This webinar highlights wildland fire public outreach models and success stories from current RSG! Program members in print media and in-person efforts. The panel provides lessons learned for your own department’s efforts in media outreach, RSG! Program action guide distribution, and presentations to schools. The panel also discusses outreach to special needs populations.

This webinar was sponsored by the IAFC Ready Set Go! Program.

Moderator: Lucian Deaton
Panelists:
Rich Cowger
Fred Hollis
James Amerson
Doug Fritz

Live webinar conducted March 13, 2012

Ready-Set-Go-Educating for New Risks: Preparing for Wildland Fire Operations (53 minutes)

Summary: In this webinar, hear about the challenges and learn about real-world solutions from fellow fire chiefs in educating firefighters on wildland fire mitigation and suppression.

More and more building developments are being constructed in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). With this brings new challenges to firefighters. This webinar brings a fire service perspective about how to educate department members on roles in wildland fire mitigation, suppression and public interaction.

This webinar was sponsored by the IAFC Ready Set Go! Program.

Presenters:
Lucian Deaton
Caitlin Obremski
Tony Watson
Darrell Willis
Kevin Nunn

Live webinar conducted December 1, 2011