Specialty Education

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Incident Safety Officer and Health & Safety Officer Training Courses

Monday, August 5 - Tuesday, August 6, 8 AM - 5 PM

A minimum of 20 registrants by June 17 are needed to proceed with these trainings. One or both courses may be cancelled if the minimum number of registrants is not met. Don't delay, register now!

Incident Safety Officer

The Fire Department Safety Officers' Association (FDSOA) Incident Safety Officer course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 3rd Edition of Dave Dodson's Incident Safety Officer and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to operate as safety officers the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include reading smoke, reading buildings, reading firefighters, reading risk and reading hazards. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

Health & Safety Officer

The Fire Department Safety Officers' Association (FDSOA) Health & Safety Officer (HSO) course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 4th Edition of James Angle's Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to be responsible for the overall health and safety programs of a fire department the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include risk management, relevant OSHA and NFPA standards, safety program development and management, and safety program evaluation. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

Chief's Edge

Tuesday, August 6, 8 AM - 6:30 PM

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Chief's Edge program and is an integral part of the executive education experience. This intense seminar takes a fresh look at leadership principles, fosters extensive peer-to-peer interaction, and provides the practical skills needed to become a more effective leader.

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National Counterterrorism Center Symposium (NCTC)

Tuesday, August 6, 8 AM - 4 PM

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), in conjunction with the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), is hosting a one-day symposium to discuss several topics relating to the contemporary and evolving domestic and international threat picture. The symposium will highlight an NCTC overview of capabilities, resources, Domestic-Representative program and the JCAT. This year’s symposium will also discuss Terrorist Threat Overview with a Homeland emphasis, Terrorists use of the Internet/Propaganda, Mobilization Indicators, Bystanders, Weapons and Tactics and Unconventional Threats. The symposium will include a list of tenured speakers from the local and federal intelligence community. The symposium will focus on how and why the current threat lens is relevant to the local Fire chief and their accompanying jurisdictions.  

Career Impact Training

Tuesday, August 6 | 8 AM - Noon

Questions about your professional development? Questions about the next promotional process? Looking for the next step or challenge in your career? Career Impact Training will focus on these specific questions in your professional development and preparedness program. Gain information on assessment centers, resumes, and professional development.
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FRI Research Symposium

Tuesday, August 6, 8 AM - 5 PM

The IAFC's Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research is partnering with Oklahoma State University to bring you a pre-conference with the latest in fire-based research.

Discover forward-thinking research presentations that can be applied at the local level to improve fire service operations.

The research will focus on:

  • Mental Health for Workers in Public Safety
  • Leadership
  • Operations 
  • Training and Learning

Companion Track

Wednesday, August 7 | 8 AM - 5 PM 

Firefighters’ Family Dynamics and Wellness
Being a member of a firefighter’s family brings a unique, and sometimes challenging, dynamic in familial relationships. From issues such as changing schedules to dealing with the thoughts pertaining to risks and safety on the job; family members often fail to recognize the impact. The presenter will assist family members in recognizing “red flags” and symptoms of firefighters that may be suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues that may impact their individual and family well-being. The presenter will discuss resiliency planning and wellness, which highlights ways to prevent minor issues, from becoming chronic issues and mental health disorders.

Cancer is Killing Us
Cancer in the fire service is taking the lives of our firefighters and impacting their families. The discussion with the group will focus on what the fire service and departments are doing to prevent and protect firefighters and their families from cancer causing products.

Everyone Goes Home….But Sometimes We Would Rather Be at Work
Fire Chief Trisha Wolford and her husband, retired Battalion Chief Tim Tharp will discuss what it’s like to be a couple in the fire service when life continues to change. 

  • What happens when one spouse ends up outranking the other one and it wasn’t the plan?
  • Dealing with two, Type A, sleep deprived personalities isn’t always the best time to make important couple decisions.
  • He cooks and does the laundry. She’s the Fire Chief. How’s that working out?
  • Old school Chief vs new school Chief
  • We’re moving WHERE for your job? 

Join us for a great conversation about surviving at home and not just on the job. 

The Companion Track is free and includes complimentary admission to the FRI exhibit hall.

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