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Webinar Archive

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Communications & Technology | Department Administration | Education & Professional Development | EMS | Fire Prevention | Safety & Health | Volunteer & Combination | Wildland Urban Interface

Communications & Technology

Federal Legislative Update (52 minutes)

Summary: The IAFC Government Relations and Policy team provides an update on what's happening on Capitol Hill.

Live webinar conducted March 31, 2015

Hot Topics from USFA Research and Applied Technology Program (51 minutes)

Summary: What is new and current in research efforts to reduce firefighter on-duty deaths and injuries? What programs are available to enhance fire safety to the public? Is there anything new in emergency vehicle safety research? What is the state of the fire service safety culture? These topics as well as the Study of Cancer Among Firefighters and Protective Equipment Thermal Protection Studies are a few topics to be presented.

This webinar was made in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration

Live webinar conducted September 25, 2014

Wicked Problems: Political Acumen (59 minutes)

Summary: By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to: increase their level of political acumen by developing a political mindset; build and nurture effective relationships with stakeholders in the political process; create stakeholder buy-in by developing procedurally fair processes; and work effectively with elected officials

Presenters:
Kingman Schuldt, Fire Chief, East Naples – Golden Gate Fire Districts, Collier County (FL)
Dr. Pat Lynch, President, Business Alignment Strategies, Inc.

Live webinar conducted July 24, 2014

Motivating Millenials (1 hour 11 minutes)

Summary: This webinar's focus is on motivating the younger generation. Millennials are smart, energetic and driven when led with techniques that work for them, not just what’s worked for previous generations. This program presents emergency service leaders with the tools to leverage the strengths of the Millennial employee for the good of the organization and to integrate Millennials into the existing workforce.

Presenter:
Lt. Rommie Duckworth, Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted July 17, 2014

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

Relationship Interoperability: How to Excel at the Human Side of Operational Effectiveness (1 hour 4 minutes)

Summary: The purpose of this webinar is to help attendees dramatically improve the quality of their relationships with key stakeholders by providing practical tips and techniques. Internally, we will address relationships with personnel, unions, and in-house governance bodies (e.g., fire commissions); externally, we will discuss connections with the public, partners, and decision-makers (e.g., politicians, administrators). By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to enhance their operational effectiveness by increasing the quality of their internal and external relationships through application of the tips and techniques presented.

Presenter:
Dr. Pat Lynch, President, Business Alignment Strategies, Inc.

Live webinar conducted January 16, 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, President, Business Alignment Strategies, Inc.

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

Department Administration

Utilizing Tools Available for Crew Resource Management (CRM) (45 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses the similarities and differences between the wildland and structural firefighting communities and how crew resource management is applicable to both. We’ll also examine how crew resource management ties into near-miss reporting and why experience matters so much.

Presenters:
Laura Bell, IAFC Program Manager
Andy Beck, IAFC Advisor

Live webinar conducted May 19, 2015

My Team Rocks! Igniting the Courage within Leaders and Teams Using Coaching Skills (1 hour, 23 minutes)

Summary: Chief Randy Keirn presented "My Team Rocks! Igniting the Courage within Leaders and Teams Using Coaching Skills"

Studies in firefighting, sports and business are consistently proving that the most successful teams have powerfully effective coaches. Discover what the most innovative coaches are doing to build those super-successful teams, including:

  • The Partnership Philosophy
  • Mastering effective questioning and listening skills
  • Advanced support and guidance strategies and techniques
  • How to hold your team members accountable without being a nag
  • Don’t miss this opportunity to integrate these powerfully effective coaching techniques and strategies into your leadership and management tool box!

Presenter:
Chief Randy Keirn, Lealman Special Fire District

Live webinar conducted February 26, 2015

How to Write a Compelling Annual Report (1 hour, 8 minutes)
Download the presentation slides (pdf, 4 mb)
Post webinar Q & A

Summary: This webinar provides tips for creating an annual report that people will understand and appreciate. Many of the errors that make annual reports unintelligible to the general public can be corrected easily, and the changes don’t cost anything more than you're already spending. Using information you have on hand or can collect easily, most adjustments involve presenting information differently or in a format that is more stakeholder-friendly. We will cover issues faced by all sizes and types of annual reports, so whether your document is four pages or forty pages, the suggestions provided in this webinar will help you tell a more compelling story.

Presenter:
Dr. Pat Lynch, President, Business Alignment Strategies, Inc.

Live webinar conducted February 12, 2015

Emergency Service Disaster Planning (47 minutes)

Summary: This webinar provides:

  • Useful forms and related tools to understand the process
  • Helpful examples of what good disaster planning looks like
  • Lessons on how to maintain business continuity during disasters

Sponsored by:
American Military University

Live webinar conducted October 28, 2014

How Legalized Marijuana Will Affect Fire/EMS Service  (1 hour 9 minutes)

Summary: This webinar reviews  legalizing marijuana and its impact on human resource issues within the fire/EMS service. Drug policies need to recognize legalized medical and recreational use and the conflicting laws at the state and federal level. Testing for THC that inhibits and intoxicates users is very different than what we know as testing for inactive THC. There is so much tax revenue at stake that most states are actively seeking a way to legalize and tax the product.

Live webinar conducted October 09, 2014

The Art & Science of Re-engineering Fire Service-Based Delivery (1 hour 6 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses how to begin a journey in the rapidly changing economy. The economy is changing rapidly and the need for transparency within department is greater than ever before. Elected officials, community groups, and other outside influences are compelling fire service leaders to take a serious look at how service is delivered, including staffing apparatus and deploying resources.
Service demands are compelling fire service leaders to reconsider re-engineering service delivery, taking into consideration risk, citizen expectations, and post-Great Recession economics that have created a new dialog around what can be sustained in the future.

Presenter:
Randy R. Bruegman, Fire Chief, CFO, FIFireE Anaheim (Ca.) Fire & Rescue

Live webinar conducted September 30, 2014

Achieving Excellence in Code Enforcement Programs (62 minutes)

Summary: This webinar shares how a local jurisdiction transformed their staffing-stressed department and “systemically broken” processes into a national award-winning organization recognized for its high employee and customer satisfaction ratings. Learn how Kitsap County Washington applied basic concepts of program evaluation, “Lean” process management, and continuous improvement to transform their organization.

Presenter:
David Lynam, Fire Marshal, Kitsap County, WA, who has operational responsibility for the county’s Fire Marshal, Building, Development Engineering and Code Enforcement programs

Live webinar conducted August 26, 2014

Training Company Officers to Lead (59 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses the importance of the company officer position, and what it takes to be a successful leader. We identify incidents around the country that occurred as a result of a failure of leadership at the company officer level -- not to Monday-morning quarterback, but to learn valuable lessons.

Presenters:
Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Santa Clara Country (CA) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted June 27, 2014

Implementing a Successful Training Program for Today's Fire Service (1 hour 19 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses two important aspects of training – establishing successful Junior Firefighter Programs to help instill strong safety attitudes early, and the importance of using programs like Near Miss within curriculum for more realistic and comprehensive training that focuses on the department’s mission. Every department, especially rural and smaller ones, can benefit from a reexamination of their training ground programs to improve the knowledge and skills of current and future firefighters.

Presenters:
Chief Jeff Cash, Cherryville (NC) Fire Department
Chief Jake Rhoades, Edmond (OK) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted June 18, 2014

Eliminating LODDs in Fire Service Training (59 minutes)

Summary: This webinar takes a close look at how to keep firefighters safe during training drills – specifically, eliminating line-of-duty deaths altogether. Specific case studies will be examined, including a recent incident with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The goal is to focus on lessons learned from the incidents to prevent them from happening in the future. The North American Fire Training Directors’ new Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training will also be introduced.

Presenters:
Allan Rice, Executive Director, Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission and President, North American Fire Training Directors
Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief, Safety and Member Services, Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted June 16, 2014

The Marriage of Fire Dynamics & Tactics (1 hour 11 minutes)

Summary: This webinar will provide insights on recent scientific research and the resources available to help address the newest challenges changing dynamics on the fire ground. One of the newest resources available is the FSTAR (Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research) online toolkit, a website designed to help the fire service better understand how scientific research can be translated into training and tactics for local use.

Presenters:
Steve Kerber, Director, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute at Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
Dan Madrzykowski, Leader, Firefighting Technology, Fire Research Division, Engineering Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST)

Live webinar conducted April 23, 2014

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. This webinar provides tips on building solid relationships with your elected officials to benefit both your department and own future as a leader.

Presenter:
Chief James M. Grady III, Frankfort Fire Protection District

Live webinar conducted March 27, 2014

Taking Responsibility for a Positive Public Image (56 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses 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 Perception as a guide, we offer tips on how to take action today.

Live webinar conducted March 25, 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

Education & Professional Development

Officer Development Program (57 minutes)

Summary: This webinar introduces the IAFC’s Officer Development Handbook and Officer Development Program. The IAFC develops and promotes officer development programs that are systematic and deliberate. The association affirms professional development is the planned, progressive, life-long process of education, learning, self development and experience and is committed to the individual’s development as a fire and emergency service leader through its officer development programs.

Presenters:
Captain Demond L. Simmons, Oakland Fire Department (CA) 
Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara Fire Department (CA) 
Kyle Gorman, Executive Officer, Clackamas County Fire (OR) 
Jim Broman, Chief (Ret.), Lacey Fire (WA) 
Jason Nauman, IAFC Education and Learning Manager

Live webinar conducted April 28, 2015

The Company Officer as the Training Officer of their Crew (1 hour, 16 minutes)

Summary: This webinar will expose the company officer to numerous resources available to them, to ensure their personnel are trained to the best of their ability. At the end of the day, if a firefighter is injured or killed, there is a good chance that a contributing factor may have been the lack of a quality training program at either the department level or the company level. While it is easy to point fingers at the department, the fire chief or the training officer when something bad occurs, the reality is that the company officer should be the one that takes responsibility and accountability for their crew not being trained as well as they should have been. There is a lot of training that can occur that does not cost anything except the time and energy to actually make it happen. Webinar attendees will walk away with a number of tips and suggestions to ensure they are the best training officer they can be for their crew!

Presenters:
Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Santa Clara County (Ca.) Fire Department 
Division Chief Scott Lambert, Albemarle County (Va.) Department of Fire Rescue.

Live webinar conducted January 2, 2015

How to Win by Being in Third Place (1 hour, 6 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses the importance of developing positive working relationships between labor and management and why it can be a challenge in any fire department, but can be particularly challenging in combination staffed organizations. Learn how Central Whidbey Island (Wash.) Fire & Rescue used interest based bargaining to develop trust and build a positive labor/management relationship by focusing on the question: What's your interest?!

Presenter:
Fire Chief Ed Hartin and IAFF Local 4299 President Jerry Helm

Live webinar conducted December 4, 2014

Using Near-Miss Reporting to Improve Your Department (55 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses how the Near Miss Reporting System can help volunteer and combination departments turn their lessons learned into lessons that are applied in the field. During this interactive webinar, you will learn why the Near Miss/adverse event reporting is important, the different approaches that can be adopted for implementation, and review case studies from volunteer/combination departments.

Live webinar conducted June 26, 2014

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 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

Safety & Health

Department Near Miss (1 hour)

Summary: This webinar examines the value of local level near miss reporting accross different industries (examples, aviation, hospitals, and railroads to list a few) and highlights ways to improve your organization's safety culture. Many dangerous occupations have a few things in common: small crews, no tolerance for errors, and stressful, time-compressed environments. Small errors can have disastrous consequences and cost organizations precious resources. By paying attention to near-misses, these industries can positively impact their safety cultures.

Presenters:
Laura Bell, IAFC Program Manager
Tommy Hicks, IAFC Chief Programs & Technology Officer and Assistant Executive Director
Jonathan Mackintosh, Alphatrac
Andrew Beck, IAFC Advisor

Live webinar conducted May 7, 2015

Survival Mediterranean Style (1 hour)

Summary:It is no secret that firefighters are suffering from cardiovascular disease, line of duty deaths and comorbid conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and diabetes. This webinar will focus on the staples of the Mediterranean diet and its proven health benefits. Adopting this way of eating can be tasty, fun and improve your health. Examples of fire departments that have utilized this approach and incentivized weight loss and the successful results they are achieving will be showcased.

Presenters:
Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School & Harvard School of Public Health
Chief Todd LeDuc, Broward County, Florida, SHS Section Secretary
Chief Greg Willis, Wetumpka, Alabama

Live webinar conducted January 29, 2015

Saving Your Life Through Scientific Research (1 hour 10 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses saving lives through, Scientific Research: Cardiovascular Disease, Firefighting and Aspirin with Dr. Gavin Horn, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), and Dr. Denise Smith, IFSI and Skidmore College. The webinar also provides insight on recent scientific research and the resources available to help address the importance of health and wellness in the fire service. 

Presenters:
RESCUES Program Team 

Live webinar conducted January 13, 2015

Implementing a Successful Training Program for Today's Fire Service (1 hour 19 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses two important aspects of training – establishing successful Junior Firefighter Programs to help instill strong safety attitudes early, and the importance of using programs like Near Miss within curriculum for more realistic and comprehensive training that focuses on the department's mission. Every department, especially rural and smaller ones, can benefit from a reexamination of their training ground programs to improve the knowledge and skills of current and future firefighters.

Presenters:
Chief Jeff Cash, Cherryville (NC) Fire Department
Chief Jake Rhoades, Edmond (OK) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted June 18, 2014

Eliminating LODDs in Fire Service Training (59 minutes)

Summary: This webinar takes a close look at how to keep firefighters safe during training drills – specifically, eliminating line-of-duty deaths altogether. Specific case studies will be examined, including a recent incident with the Baltimore City Fire Department. The goal is to focus on lessons learned from the incidents to prevent them from happening in the future. The North American Fire Training Directors’ new Rules of Engagement for Safe Fire Service Training will also be introduced.

Presenters:
Allan Rice, Executive Director, Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission and President, North American Fire Training Directors
Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief, Safety and Member Services, Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department

Live webinar conducted June 16, 2014

Burning Information - Live from Spartanburg (55 minutes)

Summary: This webinar takes a close look at the wealth of information with the assistance of Underwriters. As an industry, we continue to assess and implement changes based on the data these important test burns provide.

Presenters:
Chief Dan Eggleston
State Fire Marshal Shane Ray and Division Chief Tom LaBelle

Live webinar conducted May 21, 2014

Volunteer & Combination

Communicating Your Passion (1 hour 21 minutes)

Summary: This webinar discusses communicating your passion as a volunteer and how to instill that same excitement into strangers to get them to come through our doors.

Live webinar conducted September 11, 2014

Wildland Urban Interface

RSG Lessons Learned: Successful Outreach and Connections (58 minutes)

Summary: This webinar provides tips from fellow RSG members on their volunteer departments’ successful engagement with their fire-adapted communities. RSG staff will also introduce new and updated resources

Panelists:

Bob Kenyan, Instructor III and Public Information Officer, Avinger (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department
John Cowie, Firefighter, Barnegat (N.J.) Volunteer Fire Department

Live webinar conducted December 11, 2014

Engaging With Your Spanish-Speaking Community (1 hour 5 minutes)

Summary: The IAFC's Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program highlights tips provided by fellow RSG members on their successful engagements with Spanish-speaking communities. RSG staff also introduced the IAFC’s first Spanish-language resource as a toolkit.

Live webinar conducted September 16, 2014

Wildland Fire Season is Here - Are You Ready? (1 hour 5 minutes)

Summary: During this webinar, the IAFC's Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program has an online panel discuss tips and experiences from preparing their fire departments and personnel for wildland fire season.

Live webinar conducted May 1, 2014

Implementing the Ready, Set, Go! Program (1 hour 8 minutes)

Summary: This webinar highlights IAFC's Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program members who have implemented the program into their department’s operations.

Panelists
Firewise Coordinator Pam Corder, Kaufman County, Texas
Executive Director Frank M. Riley, Jr. CF, Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC & D Council, Georgia

Live webinar conducted February 25, 2014

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