March 13 - 15, 2020 | Duluth Entertainment Convention Center | 350 Harbor Drive | Duluth, MN 55802

All classes are approved for MBFTE reimbursement

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Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 13

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Registration for Early Arrivals

Saturday, March 14

7:30am - 9:00pm: Vendor Show
8:30am - 5:00pm: Development Training Classes
5:00pm: Networking Event

Sunday, March 15

8:00am - 12:00pm: Development Training Classes
8:00am - 12:00pm: Vendor Show


Training Classes

12 Hour Classes Saturday & Sunday

Critical Thinking for Fire Ground Operations - Lance Ross & Trevor Hamdorf
This course is a hands-on course that will move you through many scenarios on the Incident Command City. Back by popular demand, this course is sure to cause you to think through many different scenarios that you could see as a firefighter or fire officer. The course will discuss tactics; discuss scene management, and safety. Sign up early as this class fills quickly!!

The First Five Minutes – Actively Developing the Skills You Need - Chief Ulie Seal and Chief Tom Schmitz
The goal of the First 5 Minutes is to provide the Firefighter, Fire Officer, Chief Officer, sitting in the right-seat of the first due unit an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to make the right decisions based on the application of the eight functions of Incident Command. A combination of presentations, case studies, and class participation will be used to assist the participant in developing these skills. The primary goal/function of a hazard zone management/incident command system is providing for the safety of the firefighters who are performing the tasks that stabilize the incidents problems. Most of the time this work takes place in a highly volatile, fast paced, IDHL atmosphere (a hazard zone). We are summoned to solve a problem and we usually create solutions to the problem through action. The initial size-up produces the information that becomes the basis for the incident strategy and action plan (IAP). Investing a small amount of time evaluating the incidents critical factors is extremely important to both beginning and on-going command and operational success as well as firefighter safety. Current, accurate, and relevant information obtained by the IC in the front end of the event will generally provide the information foundation for initial and on-going effective action.

Responding to an Act of Violence- Understanding the elements of NFPA 3000 - Greg Hayes
In today’s world, public safety agencies are challenged with planning for an act of violence response. Furthermore, the new NFPA 3000 (ps) standard governing these types of incidents has mandated skill sets for all public safety agencies to adhere to. Within this session, you will walkthrough a number of actual incidents reviewing the lessons learned. Within the incident review, a statical analysis of the timelines will illustrate the need for additional tactical EMS training within the Fire Service. From there, you will learn basic tactical EMS skills for the injuries seen at these types of incidents. Finally, tactical EMS personnel movements will be practiced to ensure proper skills are developed.

Buddy to Boss - Chief BJ Jungmann and Chad Weinstein
The transition from firefighter to company officer is more complicated that merely transitioning “from buddy to boss.” Front-line officers work side-by-side with those they lead, in close quarters in the firehouse and in the hot zone. This program will engage current and prospective officers in discussions, exercises, and presentations designed to help them become the best leaders they can be. The goal is to cultivate an understanding what it takes to be a successful and impactful company officer. Participants will learn leadership skills and concepts while working with peers from around the state in order to apply them to the real world of front-line supervision and mentorship.

Fire Ground Management - First Arriving Officer - Chief Curt Mackey and Chief Dale Specken
This course will develop company officers’ incident scene supervisory and management capabilities in structural fire operations. 
  • Key content includes discussion and scenario based practice on controlling and implementing the activities that need to be done to successfully deal with personnel performing the following operations: rescue and ventilation, confinement and extinguishment, water supply, exposures and defensive operations, salvage, overhaul and support.
  • If your incidents seem to run themselves and you are not in control, then this course is for you.
  • There will be video-based scenarios as part of the training.
10 Minutes and Beyond - Assistant Chief David Brosnahan
The overall goal of the course “10 Minutes and Beyond” is to build on the training obtained in the previous MSFCA Fire Officers School class: “The First 5 Minutes”. The purpose of this training will emphasize the behaviors necessary to ensure safe incident ground operations through lecture, demonstrations, individual, and group activities. The course will attempt to provide the first arriving firefighters/fire officers an opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to make the right decisions and operate effectively as an initial Incident Commander and to provide the skills to start the fire attack plan (IAP-incident action plan) not only for your own unit but for the other responding units as well.

The course is anticipated to provide the following:

  • To define and explain fire-ground expectations for the first arriving FF/FO.
  • To explain the responsibilities of identifying the what, where, when, who and how of incident management (functions of command).
  • To provide a good knowledge base for all personnel who find themselves in charge (however briefly).
  • To influence changes in strategy and tactics due to changes in the current fire environment.
  • The course will be scenario driven and will attempt to focus on fire-ground operations, crash incidents, search incidents, and natural disasters.

Class participants must have already attended the class “The First 5 Minutes”.

Leadership in Supervision: Framework for Success
This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and Emergency Medical Services environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

Instructor Continuing Education - Troy Walsh and Dan Roeglin
Fire Instructors and Training Officers are an essential position within the Fire Service.  If you are already a Training Officer/Instructor/Officer you already have the baseline to set up successful trainings, but can we improve the final product with some simple tweaks?  What can we do with the over-stimulated firefighters that want to be Training Officers or Fire Instructors but don’t meet the qualifications yet.  What do we do with the firefighters who are strong on skills but struggle with learning?  What do we do for training to address both sides of a department generational gap?   This program will look at the learning environment; skill-based training beyond the classroom; obstacles to firefighter learning; development of a training schedule; training safety officers; instructor training/mentoring; county-wide training programs; conflicts between the generation gaps in your department; NFPA 1403 and live fire training requirements; and a variety of other topics with plenty of discussion amongst participants in a fast multiple topic class!   

8 Hour Classes Saturday

Dealing with Difficult People and Their Organizational Impacts. A FDIC Exclusive. Chief Jerry Streich
The topic of workplace violence is on the front page everyday across this country. Some people are literally afraid to go to work! As leaders, especially in one of the most elite field in the world, why do we allow these types of behavior in our work place? Maybe we are a part of the problem? We are certainly part of the solution. Chief Streich will lead attendees through the history of the fire service to regain the important role we have. He then moves into defining a “difficult person” and hoe generational differences (beliefs, work ethic, etc.) requires frequent adjusting to tune the elite team we need to become. He tells his story that nearly ended his career and shows how resolve conflict and bad behavior from those we deal with. Chief Streich is an impactful speaker who brings fun into the presentation and hold the audience’s attention by getting them involved in the conversation.

New Training Officer: I’m the Training Officer, Now What? - Commander Ed Hoffman
So you're in charge of training/drills for your department, now what? This class is designed to assist those who are new to the training officer role. This class will cover the basics from creating your annual training schedule, what are we required to do each year, creating a training outline, budgets and funding and available resources to your as an instructor.


4 Hour Classes Sunday 

Technology for Officers - Firefighter Shea Chwialkowski
Current fire service leadership requires a fundamental understanding of common technologies to maximize effectiveness. Tomorrow's most effective fire service leaders will be required to navigate and apply technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their fire department. This presentation explores technological tools that fire officers and instructors can use to refresh and increase their crew's cohesiveness, training, and effectiveness. We will examine mobile apps, interactive and collaboration software, simulations, and much much more. When applied appropriately, these tools will allow you to better communicate, organize and coordinate with your people to build an informed and prepared team. The highlighted resources synchronize with a modern firefighter's technological expectations and align with how and where they interact with information. A dynamic and adept officer will utilize this knowledge to increase their firefighter's enthusiasm for contributing, learning, and developing. You will leave with an arsenal of ready-to-use, low-cost options for maximizing your training and leadership efficacy in today’s digital information age.

ISO – The PPC program:  How to prepare and what is the impact to my community? - Randall Downs and Steve Ungericht
This 4 hour class will cover the ISO evaluation process. With every community being evaluated on a 5 year cycle, it will be important to stay on top of the requirements to achieve the best rating possible for your community. This class will focus heavily on the fire portion of the evaluation and will be good for new and existing officers.



Holiday Inn & Suites
200 W First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Room Rate:
Thursday $109
Friday $129
Saturday $129


The Edge Hotel & Water Park
2400 London Road
Duluth, MN 55812

Room Rate: $168


The Inn on Lake Superior
250 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

Room Rates:
$146.99 Standard Poolside
$156.99 Cityview
$169.99 Bridgeview
$189.99 Standard Lakeside
$204.99 Lakeview Suites


Pier B
800 W Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Room Rate: $139


Hampton Inn Duluth 
Canal Park 310 Canal Park Dr 
Duluth, MN 55802

Room Rates:
$159 City Side
$169 Lake Side


Make sure to mention the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association when making your reservation. 

The room blocks end on February 10, 2020.