Workshops

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Thursday Pre-Conference
Friday Keynote Speaker
Friday Workshops :: 2:00pm – 3:20pm
Friday Workshops :: 3:40pm – 5:00pm
Saturday Workshops :: 8:30am – 9:50am
Saturday Workshops :: 10:40am – 12:00pm 
Saturday Keynote Speaker :: 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

Thursday Pre-Conference

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Pre-Conference

Christine Harris Taylor, JD, LLM
Thursday, June 22 :: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Difficult Conversations - Leadership Challenges

Every organization and every individual strives to lead and demonstrate leadership, but there are challenges. As organizations strive to recruit and retain members, leadership is becoming an increasingly important characteristic. The pre-conference will focus on leadership, teamwork, strategic planning, succession planning and working with diverse generations. There is no promotion to leader so we must ensure that we all have the skills necessary and reflect upon our own abilities and shortfalls.  

Friday Keynote Speaker

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Opening Keynote

Chief Bobby Halton, Retired Fire Chief, Editor in Chief – Fire Engineering Magazine
Friday, June 23 :: 10:00am
Misplaced Priorities

Mental Health, Addiction, PTSD and PTG are personal issues. leadership issues and societal issues as such the Fire Service is involved and effected. The problems are wicked, complex and critically important to our members, we will visit about them.  

Friday Workshops :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm

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Workshop

Carlo Davila
Friday, June 23 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Fusion Center /STAC (Southeastern Threat Analysis Center) Overview

This presentation will discuss how Fusion Centers receive and distribute information as well as its support capabilities. The support process focuses on Local Threats to Wisconsin, Current Cyber Threats, Domestic Intelligence Threat Assessments, International Threat Intelligence, Suspicious Activity Reporting and the Outreach and Training development for dealing with Active Shooters, Critical Incidents and creation of Fusion Liaison Officers. 

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Workshop

Attorney Kyle Gulya
Friday, June 23:: 2:00pm – 3:20pm
Labor and Employment Legal Update and the Understanding First Amendment: What the Fire Chief needs to know!

The presentation will address recent developments in labor and employment law designed to help the Fire Chief effectively lead the Fire Department. The presentation will also address legal aspects of the First Amendment and protected and unprotected speech and will help guide the Chief to address employment issues intertwined with First Amendment issues.  

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Workshop

Riccardo M. Colella, DO, MPH
Friday, June 23:: 2:00pm – 3:20pm
A Talk Through SWOT Analysis Using Recruitment and Retention

 

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Daniel DeGryse BA, CADC, CEAP, LAP/C
Jason Mims
Friday, June 23:: 2:00pm – 3:20pm
Stress, Addiction, Suicide in the Fire Service

A look, into the cumulative effects of stress throughout a members career and how that can lead to substance use/abuse, co-occurring issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and even suicide.

Friday Workshops :: 3:40pm – 5:00pm

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Workshop

Carlo Davila
Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Fusion Center /STAC (Southeastern Threat Analysis Center) Overview

This presentation will discuss how Fusion Centers receive and distribute information as well as its support capabilities. The support process focuses on Local Threats to Wisconsin, Current Cyber Threats, Domestic Intelligence Threat Assessments, International Threat Intelligence, Suspicious Activity Reporting and the Outreach and Training development for dealing with Active Shooters, Critical Incidents and creation of Fusion Liaison Officers. 

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Workshop

Attorney Kyle Gulya
Friday, June 23:: 3:40pm – 5:00pm
Labor and Employment Legal Update and the Understanding First Amendment: What the Fire Chief needs to know!

The presentation will address recent developments in labor and employment law designed to help the Fire Chief effectively lead the Fire Department. The presentation will also address legal aspects of the First Amendment and protected and unprotected speech and will help guide the Chief to address employment issues intertwined with First Amendment issues.  

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Workshop

Allison Thompson
Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
CPR in School

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Workshop

Daniel DeGryse BA, CADC, CEAP, LAP/C
Jason Mims

Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
The Benefits of Peer Support in your Behavioral Health Program

Learn about what Peer Support is and how it can bridge the gap between other behavioral health services a department offers such as EAP, chaplains, community resources, clinicians and inpatient treatment centers.

Saturday Workshops :: 8:30am – 9:50am

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Workshop

Michelle Strauss
Steve Schreiber
Jerry Minor

Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Taking Care of Our Own-A discussion of benefits and services available to theinjured or family of a deceased Emergency Service Responder.

This session is designed to inform the Chief Officer of available benefits including; Workers Compensation, Disability Insurance, Service Award Programs and the Federal Public Safety Officer Benefit.  In addition the Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.) will discuss the services provided by the team to assist the Chief Officer and Family in the event of Line of Duty Death as well as the Death of an Active or Retired Member.

 

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Workshop

Jacob A. Dettmering, MS, NREMT-P
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Breaking Bad-Wisconsin: The Impact on the Fire Service

This course will go over the scope of the opioid epidemic within the State of Wisconsin in comparison with the rest of the United States. Once the audience understands the severity of the opioid epidemic, we will discuss the measures being taken to correct the situation at a state-wide level. We will also be going over the newest street drugs currently in Wisconsin, migrating towards Wisconsin, and expected to impact Wisconsin in the near future. While discussing street drugs found in Wisconsin, we will also discuss safety concerns for Fire and EMS when responding to drug labs with respect to what drug is being manufactured.  

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Workshop

Chief Peter O’Leary
Kevin Heimerl
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Fire Investigations and The Fire Chief: Do You Know Your Responsibilities and Available Resources? 

This presentation will provide the Fire Chief with information pertinent to requesting, receiving, and interacting with Special Agents/Deputy State Fire Marshals from the Division of Criminal Investigation/WI State Fire Marshal's Office.  Information provided will aid in understanding the benefits of developing strong partnerships between local and state level fire investigators to achieve successful fire origin and cause investigations.  You will receive answers to questions, such as: when to request DCI assistance; how to request assistance; what to expect from DCI; your role in the joint investigation; statutory mandates on the Fire Chief; establishing a solid foundation for the investigation; and a discussion on Daubert (Expert Testimony).

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Workshop

Tom Erdmann
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Working Together – Crash Reconstruction & Traffic Incident Management

Discussion about crash reconstruction teams working with fire personnel to preserve critical evidence and traffic incident management. Working together as a team for scene safety, quick scene clearance, and evidence preservation and collection. 

Saturday Workshops :: 10:40am – 12:00pm

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Workshop

Michelle Strauss
Steve Schreiber
Jerry Minor
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Taking Care of Our Own-A discussion of benefits and services available to the injured or family of a deceased Emergency Service Responder.


This session is designed to inform the Chief Officer of available benefits including; Workers Compensation, Disability Insurance, Service Award Programs and the Federal Public Safety Officer Benefit.  In addition the Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.) will discuss the services provided by the team to assist the Chief Officer and Family in the event of Line of Duty Death as well as the Death of an Active or Retired Member.

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Workshop

Jacob A. Dettmering, MS, NREMT-P
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Breaking Bad-Wisconsin: The Impact on the Fire Service

This course will go over the scope of the opioid epidemic within the State of Wisconsin in comparison with the rest of the United States. Once the audience understands the severity of the opioid epidemic, we will discuss the measures being taken to correct the situation at a state-wide level. We will also be going over the newest street drugs currently in Wisconsin, migrating towards Wisconsin, and expected to impact Wisconsin in the near future. While discussing street drugs found in Wisconsin, we will also discuss safety concerns for Fire and EMS when responding to drug labs with respects to what drug is being manufactured.  

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Workshop

Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Tom Clark

Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition, What You Need to Know

This presentation will provide an overview of the Coalition to fire chiefs as well as present information and resources that are available to assist them to promote residential sprinklers in their communities. Update and progress of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WFSC).

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Workshop

Tom Erdmann
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Working Together – Crash Reconstruction & Traffic Incident Management

Discussion about crash reconstruction teams working with fire personnel to preserve critical evidence and traffic incident management. Working together as a team for scene safety, quick scene clearance, and evidence preservation and collection.  

Saturday Keynote :: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Keynote

Battalion Chief Matt Haerter
Saturday, June 24 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Risks in Modern Firefighting

Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Risks in Modern Firefighting will focus on the latest information available from the recent multi-agency study conducted at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Learn about initial findings from the only study ever to layer and synthesize known combat fire environments with human test subjects and their physiological reactions. This study is already changing the way Fire Departments protect their personnel and will for years to come. Recommendations and actions of area departments will also be discussed for real-world changes that can be made immediately to protect your personnel and customers. 

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