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NFA Course
February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - February 3, 2019 12:00 PM
New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues F0760

This two-day course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first time fire chief and chief officer who desire a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief.

Topics covered include:

Local politics and the role of the chief officer.
Liability and risk management.
Resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new position in his or her agency.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - February 3, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Fire Instructor I Review and Certification Exam
Presenter: Dan Roeglin

Take advantage of this opportunity to review and test for NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I Certification. The review will be conducted Saturday and the certification exam will be held on Sunday.

Students will need to bring their Jones and Bartlett Fire Instructor Textbook. This is a review and it is assumed you have had a course and have read the Instructor I portion of the textbook. (NOTE: There are no prerequisites for Fire Instructor I.)

The Fire Instructor I Review will be conducted by Dan Roeglin, Retired Hennepin Technical College Program Manager, Retired Certification Board Member and current Wisconsin Area Technical College Instructor and Evaluator for the Minnesota Certification Board.

Why Certify? Certification defines professional competencies in a variety of fire service specialties and makes you part of a community of certified professional around the world. It makes clear to professional peers, fire service leadership and the public you serve that you’ve committed yourself to test and meet performance standards set by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Your Minnesota Certifications are registered with both IFSAC and the Pro Board.

Please register for Sunday’s exam with the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board (MFSCB). The course is posted on their website at or you may call 866-566-0911 with any questions.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - February 3, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Intro to Fire Investigation
Presenters: James Iammatteo & Kevin Mahle

This 8 hour course will review the State Fire Marshal Division Investigation Services, 1st Responder’s Role in Fire Investigation and will introduce students to topics related to NFPA 1033 Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.  These topics will include fire behavior, building construction, fire pattern recognition, area of fire origin determination, fire cause, report writing and fatal fires.  Case studies will also be presented.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - February 3, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Tactical Medical Response - NFPA 3000
Presenter: Greg Hayes

All of our communities respond to critical incidents throughout given year. In today’s world, responding to an incident involving an act of violence is inevitable. Knowing how to plan, train and properly respond is the key to success. Within this course, you will go through case review of incidents throughout the U.S. focusing on the lessons learned from which you can better respond from. A specific focus will be on EMS response and how to operate in partnership with Law Enforcement to operate as a tactical medical team. Finally, exercises will help reinforce ideas for your own departments training.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - February 3, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
The First Five Minutes - Actively Developing the Skills You Need
Presenters: Ulie Seal & Tom Schmitz

The goal of the First 5 Minutes is to provide the firefighter sitting in the right-seat of the first due apparatus an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to make the right decisions based on the application of the initial functions of Incident Command. A combination of presentations, case studies, and scenarios with class participation will be used to assist the participant in developing these skills.

The primary goal/function of a hazard zone management/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 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.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (8 Hour)
New Training Officer: I'm the Training Officer, Now What?
Presenters: 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.


February 2, 2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (12 Hour)
Critical Thinking for Fire Ground Operations
Presenters: Trevor Hamdorf & Lance Ross

Each and everyday Emergency Services respond to numerous calls that require different approaches to best control the situation. Often, the decisions of controlling that situation happen within seconds. Some of these situations end up going longer than the “normal” call.
This critical thinking session is designed to provide you a background and enhance your decision making on a scene both initially and long term incidents. Learn from case studies and lessons learned on the ICS City a 5 ft. x 32 ft. training city that you will be utilizing during the session. The session scenarios will start at a baseline level and grow in intensity and complexity. The ICS City allows for students to utilize the concepts learned during class and their “real world” experience and apply to the exercise that is unfolding in front of them “in the city”. The session will have training components and many “hands on” opportunities with the ICS City


February 3, 2019 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Hour)
Technology for Officers
Presenter: Shea Chwialkowski

Do you want to expand your toolbox of instructional and developmental techniques? Do you want the information you are conveying to be retained and recalled appropriately? Do you want your message to be engaging, interactive, and cool? We know you do, and so does your firefighters. Officers and instructors have grown a bit complacent with their understanding and use of technology in the fire service. This presentation explores technological tools that fire officers and instructors can leverage to refresh and increase their crew's cohesiveness, training, and effectiveness. This program will examine mobile apps, software, simulations, and much more. These assets can take you far beyond the traditional lecture and slideshow methodology of instruction and development. 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 or instructor can utilize this knowledge to increase their firefighter's retention and enthusiasm for 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. 

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