Education & Exhibits


This two-day event preceded by one-day of in-depth preconference courses where expert speakers from the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East will offer leading-edge education for fire service officers and personnel.


Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss current product enhancements and latest innovations.

Tuesday, 10 April                7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 11 April        7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, 12 April              7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Educational Sessions 

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*All sessions presented in English; Arabic translation services provided.  Sessions subject to change.

Registration Hours
Location: Grand Foyer

Monday April 9, 2 PM – 5 PM
Tuesday April 10, 7 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday April 11, 7 AM – 3 PM
Thursday April 12, 7 AM – 12 PM


Tuesday - 10 April     PRECONFERENCE

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM      Preconference  Concurrent Sessions

 P1: Lessons and Best Practices from the Fireground: Commercial & Residential Incidents

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it and the fire service is no different. Despite amazing technological advances and a greater understanding of the science of fire, there is still much to learn. Reviewing recent incidents can lead to better outcomes for both our firefighters and those they protect.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

-  increase their understanding of the increasing complexities of residential and commercial occupancies and building fire related to construction, occupancy risk and deployment demands.

- identify common and apparent causes associated with firefighting operations and command from past occurrences that had similar outcomes and the Lessons and Learnings from select case studies and History Repeating Incident Events (HRE)

- recognize an Adaptive and Integrated Fireground Management model that suggested refined risk management, operational and tactical approaches for enhanced pre-incident planning and tactical incident mitigation. 

Christopher Naum, Chief of Training & Research/Development, Command Institute (USA)

P2: Industrial Firefighting Best Practices Against Case Histories
Throughout the years, numerous incidents have occurred in our industry that has resulted in catastrophic damage and loss of life.  As a result, our industry has learned from these incidents and made changes to the way they operate. These changes may be considered “best practices.” This program will examine some of these incidents and see what changes have been made operationally.  Additionally, new technologies have changed the way we operate. We will examine these new technologies during our session. The students will actively participate in this class through the use of small group activities and the sharing of their own best practices.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

-identify causes of incidents that have occurred in the past
-identify changes that were made to operations to prevent repeat occurrences
-identify “best practices” that industry uses to improve operations and prevent future incidents
-identify new technologies that enhance capabilities to mitigate incidents

Craig Shelley, M.S., FIFireE, CFPS, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), World Safe International; Chief (Ret.) of Marine Operations, Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY)

P3: Leadership for the Complex, High-Risk Environment
Emergency events have layers of complexity built in. Managing resources and leading people under these conditions requires a rapid understanding of the situation and foresight into how it will progress. Gain valuable insight into how effective leaders bring these difficult incidents toward a positive outcome. Improved leadership resiliency and effectiveness when dealing with incidents that produce non-traditional or unexpected challenges.

Participants return to their organizations with new knowledge and tools, better prepared for complex incidents of the future.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- The ability to apply critical thinking to planning at the strategic level
- The ability to respond, anticipate, plan and execute within the strategic dimensions of the incident
simultaneously with the tactical dimensions
- The ability to establish highly effective incident response structures using decentralized command and control models and intent based operations

Lark McDonald, CEO, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA); Mark Smith, Partner and Operations Director, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA)

11:30 AM - 1 PM      Lunch & Meet with Exhibitors

1 PM - 4:30 PM        Preconference Sessions Continue

7 PM      Opening Ceremony Dinner

Arabian culture is world-renowned for its hospitality and, in that spirit, the Saudi Aramco Fire Protection Department warmly invites all conference attendees to be its’ guests Tuesday evening to open the conference.  The event, hosted in the Al Noor Ballroom, will be an opportunity to hear from distinguished guests, meet colleagues from around the world, and share a traditional Saudi meal.  The dinner will begin at 7:00 PM and will open the conference in style and substance. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference!

Special Guest Speakers:

Bader F. Al-Qadran, Executive Director, Safety & Industrial Security, Saudi Aramco

Wednesday - 11 April     CONFERENCE

 8 :30AM - 9:30 AM       General Session

Special Guest Speakers:

Ghassan G. Abulfaraj, Manager, Fire Protection Department, Saudi Aramco

Thomas C. Jenkins, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Fire Chief, Rogers (Ark.) Fire Department


Mark W. Light, CEO and Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs

9:30 AM - 10 AM      Break (Meet with Exhibitors)

10 AM - 11:30 AM   Concurrent Sessions

101: Setting Up for Success 20 Years from Now
Through best practices in succession management, your department can assure its success well into the future by empowering its most important resource, high-quality people. Review time honored methods as well as new thoughts on sustaining a department.

Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), City of Shreveport, Louisiana (USA) and Former Fire Chief at Shreveport (La.) Fire Department and Plano (Tex.) Fire-Rescue

102: Delegating on the Fire Ground
Build respect, increase cohesion, and elevate crew performance through the application of the leadership principles and tools of a mission-driven culture.

Lark McDonald, CEO, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA); Mark Smith, Partner and Operations Director, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA)

103: Modular Deployment of Resources: Sending the Right Personnel, Tools & Equipment
Long gone are the days of building specific tools and teams to do only one type of mission or respond to only one type of event. The most productive and efficient disaster-response teams are those that are multi-capable with members, tools, and training that allow them to be flexible and capable to address many situations.

David Downey, Fire Chief, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Fire Rescue (USA)

104: Fire Officers Assessment Center (FOAC)
FOAC was developed and implemented by FrPD personnel in support of the Frontline Leadership Development initiative portion of FrPD’s Strategic Realignment process. FOAC runs on a near full-time basis and provides management with real-time, valid, and accurate data regarding the capabilities of those in or seeking leadership positions. FOAC advances the safety of Saudi Aramco on several various and important fronts. Perhaps most significant from a company perspective is by improving the capabilities of the frontline leaders who are directly responsible for emergency response, the safety of company personnel who are affected by a fire is improved. This is because a more effective response to fires reduces their exposure to danger through quicker and more efficient firefighting efforts. Their safety is also improved by the enhanced rescue capabilities of FrPD personnel which is a significant component of all FOAC live-fire assessments. From FrPD’s viewpoint, our personnel’s safety is improved through an increase in confidence and improvements across the entire skill range from basic firefighter skills to advanced strategy and tactics. Another major value of FOAC is the protection of Company assets and the decrease in business interruption due to a lessening in fire loss because of improved fire response. These benefits also extend to the public outside of Saudi Aramco in instances where FrPD supports the National Civil Defense and provides mutual aid to other industries in the Kingdom. A notable and worthy side benefit of FOAC activities is the improvement of skills in the firefighters and truck operators who attend to support the live-fire exercises. FOAC staff have noticed a distinct development in both areas since the launch of the program. FOAC also generates substantial attention from our younger members in furthering their careers via motivated interest in professional development.

Mozher N. Al-Qahtani, CTR, MBA, Fire Operation Superintendent, Fire Protection Department, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

11:30 AM - 1 PM     Lunch (Meet with Exhibitors)

1 PM - 2 PM                Concurrent Sessions

201: Who Will Lead? Leadership Selection Using Assessment Centers
Promoting the best people is a vital way to ensure your department stays on the cutting edge. Assessments offer the most valid method in which to test a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities and forecast their worthiness as a future leader.

Stuart McElhaney, COO, Emergency Services Consulting International and Fire Chief (Ret.), Marion County (Fla.) Fire Department (USA)

202: Maximizing Your Potential as a Fire Commander
Communications require interaction between people but officers often forget the most important part: listening. Unlock greater potential in yourself, your crew, and your department by understanding this crucial action.

Jeffrey Johnson, Vice Chairman, FirstNet and Fire Chief (Ret.) Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire and Rescue (USA)

203: Special Operations at Complex Emergencies
The traditional role of the fire service has transformed solely from fire suppression to that of an all-hazards department, organization or brigade. Emerging trends in the development and implementation of specialized capabilities, services and personnel present unique opportunities to integrate and expand upon multi-dimensional teams, skills, capabilities, resources, leveraging technology with expanded training skill sets to address increasing demands associated with special operations at complex emergencies.

Christopher Naum, Chief of Training & Research/Development, Command Institute (USA)

204: Industry Update

Presented by REDA Hazard Control

2 PM - 2:15 PM         Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  Concurrent Sessions

301: Approach to Control Storage Tank Fires: Consequences, Resources, Challenges & Solutions
Saudi Aramco Fire Protection Department has established their own program to be able to combat and mitigate storage tank fires. The program utilizes several state of the art mobile equipment to be able to transport and flow needed demand from an open source of water. The equipment portfolio includes submersible pumps, 12K booster pumps, large flow monitors, ultra large 12-inch hoses, equipment/hose containers and hauling trucks. During an emergency, these equipment are assembled together to achieve needed demand. In addition of having the capability and resources, a very important step is to evaluate each tank location/site independently to highlight any challenges that can hinder the response operations such as security fences, accessibility to water side, road pavement, distances etc. challenges need to be addressed seriously and measures need to be implemented to overcome the challenges.

Mohammed A. AbuHussian, Fire Protection Engineer, CFPS, CFEI, CFPE, Fire Protection Department, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

302: Be a Teacher - Know Your Team
Teamwork is fundamental to the success of fire organizations. This course explores the concept of teamwork in a public safety environment and identifies ways for leaders to nurture, mentor, and cultivate team oriented members of their public safety organization.

Thomas C. Jenkins, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Fire Chief, Rogers (Ark.) Fire Department (USA)

303: All-Hazards, All-Discipline, Unified Command: A Path to Success that Starts with Planning
No incident is a single-discipline event and yet we tend to manage them within the bubble of our primary agency. Through unified event planning, incident managers gain trust in their dependencies on other agencies and glean the benefits such cooperation can yield.

Rodney Eksteen, Assistant Director, Western Cape Government, Department of Local Government, Fire & Rescue Services (South Africa)

304: Industry Update

Presented by Johnson Controls

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM       Break (Meet with Exhibitors)

3:45 PM - 5 PM         

Innovations in the Fire Industry: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Majed Fahad Al-Marri, MSc BEng (Hons) MIFireE,  Fire and Explosions Engineer, Fire Protection Department, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

6 PM - 9 PM

Lights by the Sea Reception and Dinner

In the venerable Arab tradition of hospitality, it is our honor to invite you to an evening of celebration, awash in lights by the beautiful Arabian Gulf, and energized by upbeat music.This soiree, held at the seaside La Plage, will bring us together in a beautiful environment to enjoy a meal and forge new friendships. The evening will begin with an opportunity to mingle, enjoy a beverage or cocktail, and then progress to an Arabian style BBQ dinner prepared by the Ritz-Carlton’s culinary team. Amidst a busy conference, this is your opportunity to take a breath and relax as your generous hosts pamper you with warmth and hospitality. 

Thursday - 12 April     CONFERENCE

 8:30 AM - 10 AM     Concurrent Sessions

401: Fire Service Approach to Building Collapse
Increased population density in areas of natural disaster has led to an elevated need for specialized teams with the ability to execute rescues under extreme conditions. These teams don’t just magically appear though and instituting successful first steps is crucial to assuring effective response.

David Downey, Fire Chief, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Fire Rescue (USA)

402: Firefighter Response to Transportation Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials
Charles L. Hansen, Battalion Chief of Operations, Oklahoma City (Ok.) Fire Department

403: FSTAR/New Data Shows Unique Dangers to Firefighters
Cancer, heart disease, and stroke haunt the fire service. New data suggests that the environment we work in and the activities we perform can have devastating, long-term impacts to our bodies and that a prevalence of disease functions, not commonly found in the civilian community, permeates our vocation.

Todd LeDuc, Executive Assistant Fire Chief, Boward County (Fla.) Sheriff Fire Rescue (USA)

404:Industry Updates (Multiple)

10 AM - 10:30 AM     Break (Meet with Exhibitors)

10:30 AM - Noon        Concurrent Sessions

501: Maximizing Leadership Through the Use of Incident Management Teams (IMTs)
Emergency incidents require unique skills in their management and often the number of those who are competent in this arena is limited. By utilizing a team concept, your department can provide incident-command support for extended time periods while enabling less-experienced members of a team access to an extremely valuable commodity, experience.

Randal Collins, President & CEO, All-Hazards Incident Management Team Association, LLC and Emergency Management Coordinator, City of El Segundo (Cal.) (USA)

502: ALIVE: Research-Based Interactive Multimedia Training for Firefighters - Fire Dynamics, High-Rise Fires and Cardiovascular Health
This presentation will provide an understanding of fire dynamics, science of high-rise fires, the principles that govern their behavior, and train the firefighters for research-based safer tactical considerations, and educate firefighters about the physiological impacts of firefighting and strategies to reduce cardiovascular strain. Attendees will learn novel research-based interactive multimedia training that can be adopted to train firefighters for a wide variety of topics.

Prabodh Panindre, PhD, MBA, Senior Scientist, New York University - School of Engineering; Faculty, New York University - Abu Dhabi (USA); John Ceriello, Captain, Division of Training, Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) (USA)

503: Crew Resource Management: A Key to Safe Operations
In 2014, the IAFC began an initiative to bring world-class research to all levels of the fire service. By utilizing experienced, subject-matter experts to “drill down” to the core issues in thousands of pages of studies, fire chiefs, company officers, and firefighters can access pertinent material in a one or two page overview. Numerous topics, from cancer to tactics to fire behavior, are collected in an easy-to-use online library with search capabilities. Come and learn what science tells us about our craft.

John Russ, MA, Program Manager, National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System (USA)

504: Building Capabilities for Large-Scale Disasters

Large scale disasters are thankfully rare. But this rarity means that the majority of civil protection agencies and individual responders will not get the chance to learn from their own experience. Sharing knowledge on a global basis is essential to ensure that we all take the opportunity to learn from each others experiences. Most categories of disasters, such as floods, wild fires or explosions, share common recurring features, and lessons identified in one incident can and should be applied to improve preparedness and response more widely.

Roy Harold, MBE, Chief Fire Officer and Head of Public Safety (Ret.), Norfolk County (UK)

Noon - 1:30 PM      Lunch (Meet with Exhibitors)

1:30 PM - 3 PM

World Fire Operations Panel Forum

This extraordinary, one of a kind, panel focuses on bringing together fire-service leaders from around the world to compare and contrast their experience dealing with common challenges: 

  • How are advances in science and research impacting our business?  

  • How do we accomplish the same mission with ever tightening resources?

  • What role should technology play in our industry’s future?

This panel will highlight perspectives, lessons learned, and best practices from around the world that you can apply within your fire department.

Mark W. Light, MPA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)


Hamed R. Alrashed, Fire Operation Superintendent, Dhahran/Riyadh Fire Protection Division, Fire Protection Department, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

SeongChul Choi, Deputy Fire Chief, South Korea National Fire Agency (South Korea) 

Rodney Eksteen, Assistant Director, Western Cape Government, Department of Local Government, Fire & Rescue Services (South Africa)

Roy Harold, Chief Fire Officer and Head of Public Safety (Ret.), Norfolk County (UK)

Thomas Jenkins, Fire Chief, Rogers (Ark.) Fire Department; President, International Association of Fire Chiefs (USA)