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NFA Course: Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth (F0646)
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: Glen Davis

This two-day course presents the supervisor with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire and EMS environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.


The First Five Minutes – Actively Developing the Skills You Need
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenters: Ulie Seal and 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.


Motivational Leadership: The Tactics You Will Not Find in Any Fire Service Manual
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: Greg Hayes

Within this course you will learn a number of key concepts to becoming a better leader within any size organization.  From individual to team assessments you will learn your strengths and opportunities for enhancements.  A number of business leading strategies will be illustrated to help you better engage your team to achieve level of service delivery.  


Fire Ground Management - First Arriving Officer
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: Curt Mackey

 

Participants will learn the importance of conducting a thorough size up before committing limited resources. 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, offensive and defensive operations, salvage, overhaul and support. This course takes a practical, common sense approach to fighting fires in single-family homes, multi-family apartment buildings, light industrial and commercial structures. It takes into account the realities of today's fire service – that is, most fire departments in this country are, understaffed, less experienced and involved in more EMS than ever before. If your incidents seem to run themselves and you’re not in control then this course is for you.


Critical Thinking for Fire Ground Operations
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenters: Lance Ross & Trevor Hamdorf

 

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”.


10 Minutes and Beyond
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: David Brosnahnan

 

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”.


Live Burn NFPA 1403
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: BJ Jungmann

 

The 1403 Live Burn Instructor class is 12 hours in length. The goal of the program is better understand NFPA 1403 and the necessary steps needed to ensure compliance with the standard when conducting a live burn exercise. The class will include lecture, interactive discussion, and group projects. This class is hosted in a classroom and if available a training facility to conduct the steps of setting up a live burn evolution. No live burn activity will occur during the class. This class is compliant with the MBFTE 8 hour live burn instructor and 4 hour live burn instructor in charge classes. At the conclusion of the class students will be able to identify the steps necessary to conduct a NFPA 1403 live burn compliant training session.


Incident Safety Officer
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - March 17, 2019 12:00 PM (12 Hour)
Presenter: Jim Flanders

 

This two-day course examines the Safety Officer’s role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer is the main theme. Response to all-hazard types of situations will be emphasized.


New Training Officer: I'm the Training Officer, Now What?
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (8 Hour)
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.  
Dealing with Difficult People and Their Organizational Impacts. A FDIC Exclusive.
March 16, 2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (8 Hour)
Presenters: Jerry Streich
 
 As a new chief hired from the outside, the instructor quickly learned his education and experiences did not prepare him for the complex personnel issues that would come before him. Of all the challenges the organization was facing, the issue of “difficult people” would be the most damaging. He tells his story, which made headline news and could have ended his life as he came face to face with a difficult employee. He uses the lessons he has learned to spark interest in his students to reshape their organizational policies and practices to better their departments. He leads attendees through the history of the fire service to review the important role of firefighters, then moves into defining a “difficult person” and how our generational differences (beliefs, work ethic, and so on) require frequent adjusting to tune the elite team we need to become. Students learn how to resolve conflict and bad behavior through role plays of several of the typical personality types encountered inside the fire stations and how to handle them. This workshop gives students the information they need to better their interpersonal skills. The last part of the day will be working in groups handling tough topics and finding solutions to them. 

Drone Team Creation and Use in the Fire Service
March 17, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Hour)
Presenters: Robert Morehouse & Nick Fleming

Nick and Rob will educate participants about how the Duluth Fire Department created a legal drone (UAS) program in the State of Minnesota.  They will discuss opportunities for drone usage during hazardous materials response, storm damage assessment, search and rescue, fire ground analysis, water rescue, and more.


Technology for Officers
March 17, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Hour)
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.

Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association • 6737 W. Washington St. Ste. 4210 Milwaukee, WI 53214
MSFCA Office • 800-743-0911 • office@msfca.org
Jennifer Rzepka, CAE • executivedirector@msfca.org


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