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May 25, 2018
Lt. Johnson and Battalion Chief Collins will share lessons learned from their experience with challenging disciplinary and EEO‐related cases. This workshop will explore the interconnection between their two separate domains, particularly during this past year with the influence of social media and heightened race relations in our country. They will discuss the critical importance of language usage, policy issues, dealing with Union concerns, potential collaboration with the EAP, and social media as a new frontier. They will also weave some interesting case history into their presentation.
This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First‐Due Company, Company Officer and Commander affecting and influencing operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks, reading the building and adaptive management principles.
This will be a highly interactive workshop, providing attendees with a number of perspectives regarding women climbing the leadership ladder in public safety.
This is an intensive presentation designed to inspire participants to be principle focused leaders in fire safety. Participants learn the EMPOWER model. Internalized, this model imbues participants with tools engineered to maximize the ability to balance their personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants then attempt to apply the model in a pre‐arranged high energy, deep impact scenario against a specially trained improvisational actor.
Students will learn methods to prevent suicide by learning its traceable causes. Individual, Company Level, and Departmental methods for prevention will be explained.
We will take a refreshing look at the current issue facing fire service with regards to the increasing number of women entering the fire service. This course will look back on some of the women leaders and what made them succeed or fail. We will discuss what the current and future obstacles facing women and…
This class is designed to address the needs of anyone who is new to managing or supervising others or has a goal to one day become a manager/supervisor. The techniques will be powerful and interactive and give a foundation to overcome the many challenges that often arise in this new position.
This program challenges conventional fire service paradigms and explores leading edge fire service discussion points from across the American Fire Service profession with new strategic, tactical and operational considerations due to building construction, extreme compartment fire behavior and occupancy risks and the demands associated with today’s evolving and demanding fireground.
This class will describe the assessment center process, the exercises that one may see in an assessment center, how to achieve a high score by explaining what’s a better response, who is scoring you and what are they looking for and the opportunity to practice. If you are a member of the fire service that will be taking a promotional test you should attend this class.
This session will help you to gain the skills needed to effectively say anything to anyone in a candid and professional manner. Learn how to effectively communicate to your supervisor; provide feedback to those you lead; address openly and professionally uncomfortable topics in the workplace; and learn the art of navigating through difficult conversations.
Fire and Emergency professionals are front‐line caregivers who are actively involved in the life and death decisions of their customers and their families. Cacciatore et al. eloquently documented the changing role of fire‐fighters who are not only involved in dealing with “fires but also domestic violence, car accidents, heart attacks, child abuse, and death”. As a result, emergency personnel are chronically exposed to pain and suffering of others and are at risk for developing symptoms of compassion fatigue.
In the U. S. today, racism still divides us, our nation, our communities, our departments, and too often our department FROM our community. Fire and emergency service organizations are simply microcosms of the larger society and have inherited the historical and institutional racism that has existed since the nation’s founding. Racism, racial prejudice and stereotypes have predictable consequences…
Whether you have 40 days or 40 years in the fire service, if you truly want to see where the fire service is headed, then you have to look back at where at all began.
This session will help you to calm your nerves to give a clear and concise arrival report. We will discuss size‐up, arrival reports and taking initial command. Attendees will have an opportunity to build their radio skills by practicing arrival reports.
There will be a panel of 4 women fire chiefs and a facilitator. Each chief will discuss for 10 minutes their journey to becoming a chief. After the chiefs talk, there will be a Q&A session for the participants to obtain specific information about career advancement.
This is class utilizes video, simulations and real‐world experience to create a framework for the toughest decision you’ll ever make as company officer: Do we Go interior or not: Go/No‐Go.
The lecture will discuss cognitive resilience based on the practice of mindfulness, meditation and yoga and utilizing these techniques to minimize the emotional stress that is inherent in the firefighting occupation.
May 26, 2018
Women firefighters and EMS workers do not have to become “one of the boys” to make it in the service. Michelle delivers a quirky presentation that will discuss adapting to your environment, setting up your boundaries, being innovative, creative and becoming your own inspiration, if you want to climb the ladder you can! Michelle uses her story and discusses some of the stories of her female firefighter colleagues to paint a picture of how you can thrive in your organization.
The presentation will consist of an overview of health‐related issues that women in the fire service may face. Topics covered include fatalities and injuries, cardiac health, cancer, behavioral health, bullying, roadway safety, scene safety, etc.
The Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative is the first study to assess chemical exposures, including exposures to chemicals linked to breast cancer, among women firefighters. The study was initiated by firefighters in the SFFD who were concerned about the number of women in their department diagnosed with breast cancer, alongside growing attention to the rates of…
Participants in this session will examine the roots and realities of sexism. How do they show up? How do they affect customer service? What responsibilities do we all have?
Saving People while Growing People:A Public Servant’s Policy and Operational Guide to Having and Raising Kids
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recently updated our Pregnancy and Reproductive Health Manual with changes in positions and laws surrounding women working in the field while pregnant and expressing milk at work. We also updated our Flexible Schedule Program which allows personnel to work part‐time hours while maintaining benefits due to child care or care of a serious ill or injured family member. Both of these programs support women and men as firefighters, EMS providers, and parents without having to choose between these roles.
Learn five key areas that can turn any firehouse into the type of place that enables firefighters to thrive and fulfill their calling. This class will look at how to build and enjoy the type of firehouse everyone wants.
Intoxicated Leadership illustrates why the body responds to conflict the way it does, be it on the fireground or in the firehouse. Using this information, we will discuss at length how leaders can create favorable circumstances to assist in constructing and having a difficult conversation. Participants will receive an overview of emotional intelligence, and real‐world tips that can be applied immediately to assist leaders in having easier and ultimately more productive conversations.
Michelle will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression so we can not only identify this in ourselves but also in our work mates. The session will give a brief technical overview of what is actually happening within the chemical Quagmire of our brains. Before discussing some of the ways we can combat depression, and what we can do to assist our workmates before they make a terrible choice.
Firefighters from San Francisco and the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative have created an engaging, interactive training to answer questions about on the job exposure and health many of us have. The training is full of practical information that can help limit exposure at a fire, at the station, and even in our free time. This training for women firefighters addresses the exposures to chemicals linked to Breast Cancer in the fire service. Women have been largely absent from the studies of firefighters. A group of San Francisco Fire Department women firefighters have been part of the first‐of‐its‐kind research project to study women firefighters and breast cancer), the Women’s Firefighter’s Biomonitoring Study.
Get the tools and skills to understand these issues and protect yourself and your career. This will be an interactive lecture with focus on the neuroscience of PTSD, causes, understanding and treating triggers, medication use and other treatments, and the culture of bullying and discrimination and how PTSD contributes to negative behaviors and reactions.
It has long been known that workforce diversity strengthens the work place in numerous ways; from empowering innovative solutions, to increasing the variety of skills and strengths available. In emergency services, workforce diversity helps us to better understand and serve the communities where we work, and yet we continue to fail at creating workforces that mirror the communities we serve. The Forest ServiceWomen in Wildland Fire program in southern Utah is stepping out from current agency recruitment expectations and trying something different.
This session will provide insight into current terrorism threat, developing terrorist tactics, techniques, and procedures, which fire departments across the country may stumble upon during the course of their daily duties or be a target of during response.
This course is intended to assist fire service leaders, both career and volunteer, to conduct a self assessment of their organization; this could be specific to an individual fire company, a training academy and/or a multi‐company agency.
Pave Your Own Way is for the firefighter who is just beginning their volunteer or paid career, the firefighter who is struggling to find their place in the station, who is facing adversity on the job or who is ready to advance in the emergency services. The eight steps to success that I will outline will illustrate how anyone can become victorious as a firefighter, conquer any obstacle and find their right place on the job.
This session starts with the telling of Donna’s story, the mistakes made, and how she learned from them to help to prevent others from the same mistakes. Her presentation shows statistics and studies, what firefighters are being exposed to, how they are being exposed and how to protect firefighters. The 11 steps firefighters can use to make the necessary changes, in order to prevent a cancer diagnoses will be discussed.
This presentation will focus on providing health/wellness rules of engagement for firefighters. The presentation will look at the information, research, and challenges associated with maintaining health and wellness in the occupational environments of firefighters. The presentation will focus on several key topics, including medical physicals and firefighter health challenges such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, behavioral health, obesity and injuries.
The women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to share what we learned about hosting a girls’ fire camp. Our camp had more of a female empowerment focus than a recruiting effort. Our main goals were to build self‐confidence, teach girls to push themselves outside of their comfort zone, and build each other up rather than put each other down to make themselves feel confident.
This program takes you right to the fire floor, to where YOU, the firefighter, is trapped and discusses what is needed to escape and save yourself, and more importantly how to prevent finding yourself in this situation in the first place.