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 provide a comprehensive look at recent advances in the fire service and discuss current product enhancements and latest innovations.

Educational Sessions 

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

Tuesday - 10 April

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

P1: Commercial & Residential Best Practices Against Case Histories
Derek Alkonis, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles (Cal.) Fire Department (USA)

P2: Industrial Firefighting Best Practices Against Case Histories
Program Speaker Pending

P3: Leadership for the Complex, High-Risk Environment
Mark Smith, Partner, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA)


Wednesday - 11 April

8 AM - 9:30 AM
Opening General Session

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
    Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Shreveport, Louisiana (USA)
  • 102: Intent-Based Leadership
    Mark Smith, Partner, Mission-Centered Solutions (USA)
  • 103: Building All-Hazard Capabilities and Standardized Resources
    Christopher Naum, Chief of Training & Research/Development, Command Institute (USA)
  • 104: TBD (Regional Speaker)

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

1 PM - 2 PM
Concurrent Sessions

  • 201: Promotional Assessment
    Stuart McElhaney, COO, Emergency Services Consulting International (USA)
  • 202: Communications: Listening to the Voices within Your Organization
    Jeff Johnson, Vice Chairman, FirstNet (USA)
  • 203: Special Operations at Complex Emergencies
    Christopher Naum, Chief of Training & Research/Development, Command Institute (USA)
  • 204: Industry Updates (Multiple)

2 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions

  • 301: Developing a Field Training Officer (FTO)
    Program Speaker Pending
  • 302: Be a Teacher - Know Your Team
    Thomas Jenkins, Fire Chief, Rogers (Ark.) Fire Department; President, International Association of Fire Chiefs (USA)
  • 303: All-Hazards, All-Discipline, Unified Command - "A Path to Success that Starts with Planning"
    Rodney Eksteen, Western Cape Government, Department of Local Government, Fire & Rescue Services (South Africa)
  • 304: Industry Updates (Multiple)

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

3:45 PM - 5 PM
Innovations in the Fire Industry: A Panel Discussion

6 PM - 8 PM
Lights by the Sea Gala Dinner


Thursday - 12 April

8:30 AM - 10 AM
Concurrent Sessions

  • 401: Urban Search and Rescue - What Are the First Steps in Establishing a Team
    David Downey, Fire Chief, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Fire Rescue (USA)
  • 402: Transportation of Dangerous Goods
    Program Speaker Pending
  • 403: FSTAR/New Data Shows Unique Dangers to Firefighters
    Todd LeDuc, Executive Assistant Fire Chief, Boward County (Fla.) Sheriff Fire Rescue (USA)
  • 404: TBD (Regional Speaker)

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

10:30 AM - Noon
Concurrent Sessions

  • 501: Developing an Incident Management Team for Your Organization
    Randal Collins, President & CEO, All-Hazards Incident Management Team Association, LLC (USA)
  • 502: ALIVE: Research-Based Interactive Multimedia Training for Firefighters - Fire Dynamics, High-Rise Fires and Cardiovascular Health
    Prabodh Panindre, Senior Scientist, New York University - School of Engineering; Faculty, New York University - Abu Dhabi (USA); John Ceriello, Captain Fire Department New York (USA)
  • 503: Crew Resource Management: A Key to Safe Operations
    John Russ, Program Manager, National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System (USA)
  • 504: Building Capabilities for Large-Scale Disasters
    Roy Harold, Chief Fire Officer (Ret.), Norfolk County (UK)

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

1:30 PM - 3 PM
World Fire Operations Panel Forum