Workshops

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 – 2:30pm 

Thursday Pre-Conference

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Pre-Conference

Tiger Schmittendorf
Thursday, June 20 :: 8:00am – 12:00pm
From the Xbox to the Box Alarm: Understanding and Engaging Today's Firefighters

How do we motivate today’s recruits away from the XboxTM long enough to answer the box alarm? This facilitated conversation builds early consensus that, “The majority of the fires we fight are in the firehouse, not on the fire scene.” Together we’ll learn to fight these fires with solutions that are within our reach, focusing not on generational gaps – but more importantly, the opportunity for building bridges between the age brackets of firefighters.

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Pre-Conference

Chief Stephen Coleman Jr.
Thursday, June 20 :: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
The Top 10 Wish List of the Internal Customer

The Top 10 Wish List of the Internal Customer will focus on the most important things that our firefighters hope for out of their leaders. This presentation is based on firefighter input from around the country, and by using the strategies discussed participants will have a stronger, more dedicated firefighter to carry out your mission and serve all of your customers, both the citizens and those inside your departments. Working with your internal customers is paramount to the success of the organization and is a leadership skill.

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Pre-Conference

Captain Justin Brigham
Thursday, June 20 :: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
How I Survived my Mayday

This program reviews the details surrounding a Mayday incident that occurred on January 2, 2017 and was featured in Firehouse Magazine by Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder. The incident involved two firefighters who became disoriented and lost in an apartment while searching for victims. The members called a Mayday and self-extricated just seconds before flashover occurred. Captain Brigham’s look at “How I Survived my Mayday” is an emotional, thought provoking look at the role of leaders and the importance of a training culture within your organization. 
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Workshop - Chaplain Track

Dr. Beth Roeder
Thursday, June 20 :: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fire Chaplaincy: Ministry on the Fringes

This is a course for both those just starting out in fire chaplaincy as well as experienced chaplains. Topics include: Fire Service Histroy and Culture, Foundations for Fire Chaplaincy, Ethics, CISM, Resiliency, Suicide Awareness, Compassion Fatigue, Personal Assessment and Awareness.

Friday Keynote Speaker

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Opening Keynote

Randolph Mantooth 
Friday, June 21 :: 8:00am - 10:00am
Remembering Why

After more than 40 years of close involvement with firefighters and paramedics, Randolph Mantooth shares his views on the incredible transformations of America’s EMS system. He explains how 21st Century, Hi-tech equipment utilized in the field is no substitute for the most important ingredient to any successful EMS call; the human touch. “You can teach the best medicine in the world using the most advanced, cutting edge equipment available, but you can’t teach what you need to have in your heart; Courage, compassion and caring”. These three C’s can’t be taught. It must be in your DNA. Conveyed with heartfelt compassion and humor, Mr. Mantooth gives us difficult lessons of the past and exciting glimpse of the future of EMS and the fire service.

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

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Timothy L. Weir, LP & Helen Pullen
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Creating an EMS Training Officer Program

All EMS agencies licensed in the State of Wisconsin are required by administrative rule to have a person responsible for the oversight of their EMS education and training. This program is designed to empower EMS agencies to take advantage of this opportunity by showing them how to create and deliver quality, cost-effective education approved by the State of Wisconsin to their providers locally, through validation of their EMS service medical director.

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Workshop

April Hammond, Chief Nate Melby, Angie White, Chief Jon Cohn & Mike Bourdeau
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
DSPS SPS 330 Presentation

This course will provide an overview of the SPS 330 rulemaking and update process. It will cover why the rule is needed, what the rule update does, and what the rule update does not do. This course will offer information pertaining to the contents of the rule and provide information related to any frequently asked questions.

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Workshop

Chief Tim Saul
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Recruitment for Today & Retention until Retirement of the Volunteer

Recruitment and retention techniques are critical in today’s volunteer/paid on call firefighter. In this session you will learn techniques to recruitment that will have future recruits knocking on your door most times before you recruit them. We will also discuss the crucial topic of retention, how to retain  your new members and just as important your seasoned members, by providing  the tools for operational strategies that better your response time,  while allowing every member to take ownership and truly be part of your organization not just a number. 

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Workshop

Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Legal Update and How to Discipline a Volunteer

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Chief Kevin Bierce
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
The Future of MABAS in Wisconsin

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Workshop

Michael R. Fehrenbach & Asst. Chief Matthew Kasriel
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
State of Wisconsin Fire Service Records Management System – Image Trend

We will provide a basic overview, information and tips to start using Image Trend Elite provided by the State of Wisconsin as a tool for fire departments to document incidents, activities, training and inspections. This documentation satisfies the requirements for the 2% fire dues program.

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Workshop - Chaplain Track

Dr. Beth Roeder
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Fire Chaplaincy: Ministry on The Fringes

Continuation of Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm presentation. 

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Workshop - WFSAA Track

Toby Carlson and John Maydak- The Floor Above, LLC 
Friday, June 21 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Leading Organizational Change

Many of us are familiar with the old fire department adage of “100 years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” However, fire service organizations must often rely on change to reach their goals and stay on the cutting edge. Public policy and strains on the public sector in general have increased our necessity to not only accomplish more with less, but also provide a blend of unique services to add value to our organizations and the communities we serve. This makes it imperative for organizations to adopt the concept of change and emphasizes the need for leaders who are agile and innovative change agents. Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Feel energized to incorporate necessary change within their organizations
  • Understand the concept of added value and the importance of everyone within an organization operating from the same playbook
  • Understand the need to think outside the box, which at times may include stretching beyond traditional job descriptions
  • Have a feel for strategies and practical tools that can be used to transform organizations at the individual and team levels.

Friday Workshops :: 3:40pm – 5:00pm

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Workshop

Timothy L. Weir, LP & Helen Pullen
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Creating an EMS Training Officer Program

Repeat of Friday 2:00 - 3:20pm session.
All EMS agencies licensed in the State of Wisconsin are required by administrative rule to have a person responsible for the oversight of their EMS education and training. This program is designed to empower EMS agencies to take advantage of this opportunity by showing them how to create and deliver quality, cost-effective education approved by the State of Wisconsin to their providers locally, through validation of their EMS service medical director.

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Workshop

April Hammond, Chief Nate Melby, Angie White, & Chief Jon Cohn
Friday, June 21:: 3:40pm – 5:00pm
DSPS SPS 330 Presentation

Repeat of Friday 2:00 - 3:20pm session.

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Chief Tim Saul
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Recruitment for Today & Retention until Retirement of the Volunteer

Repeat of Friday 2:00 - 3:20pm session.
Recruitment and retention techniques are critical in today’s volunteer/paid on call firefighter. In this session you will learn techniques to recruitment that will have future recruits knocking on your door most times before you recruit them. We will also discuss the crucial topic of retention, how to retain  your new members and just as important your seasoned members, by providing  the tools for operational strategies that better your response time,  while allowing every member to take ownership and truly be part of your organization not just a number. 

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Workshop

Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Legal Update and How to Discipline a Volunteer

Repeat of Friday 2:00 - 3:20pm session.

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Workshop

Chief Alan Mannel
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Beaver Dam Explosion

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Workshop

Michael R. Fehrenback & Asst. Chief Matthew Kasriel
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
State of Wisconsin Fire Service Records Management System – Image Trend

Repeat of Friday 2:00 - 3:20pm session.
We will provide a basic overview, information and tips to start using Image Trend Elite provided by the State of Wisconsin as a tool for fire departments to document incidents, activities, training and inspections. This documentation satisfies the requirements for the 2% fire dues program.

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Workshop - Chaplain Track

Chaplain Don Ryder, Chief Tracey Kujawa, Chaplain Dan DeRoche, & Chief Scott Young
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
To Chaplain or Not to Chaplain?

This course is a facilitated discussion that will look at the benefits and potential pitfalls of having a fire chaplain in your department. It is designed for both chiefs and chaplains and will provide a realistic and healthy perspective of integrating chaplains into fire departments. There will be ample time for questions and answers regarding chaplaincy in a fire department. 
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Workshop - WFSAA Track

Toby Carlson and John Maydak- The Floor Above, LLC 
Friday, June 21 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Define Your Dash

We all have a date in which we started our career and one in which it will come to an end. Most often, those two dates hold a significant value within us. What is even more important, however, is the dash in between those dates; the dash is what truly defines who we are and the legacy we will leave.

This session will focus on self-leadership and becoming responsible and accountable to your own self. Furthermore, it will outline the pillars of professional success and will incorporate strategies that will give you the confidence to effectively lead, while providing you with perspectives on personal accountability and self-leadership that will motivate you to create a personal legacy you can be proud of. The concepts explored in this session apply to all who work in the emergency services industry and can be applied to both professional and personal areas of our lives. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define self-leadership and realize its impact on you as an individual
  • Understand the pillars of professional success and how they are vital to accomplishing your goals
  • Use strategies and techniques to increase your self-confidence and enhance your ability to lead yourself and others

Saturday Workshops :: 8:30am – 9:50am

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Drs. Tim & Victoria McGrath
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Fire Service Tradition vs. Department Culture

The conflict between tradition and culture is growing exponentially, while fire/EMS leadership continues to maintain a balance between the two. The program will discuss fire service traditions and their influence on today's culture; identifying how to address the conflict between the two.

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Jim Austad & Angela White
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Training Needed to Comply with SPS 330

This presentation will cover the training needed to comply with the SPS330 code update, how the training can be obtained, the difference between training and certification, and feature a Q&A session.

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Workshop

Asst. Chief Matthew Kasriel, Lieutenant Aaron Start, & Engineer Chad Siegmann
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Cancer Prevention for Your Firefighters – Where to Start?

Are you struggling to figure out where to start with cancer prevention for your department? Are you concerned that you might not be able to fund an effective program? Do the recommendations and “best practices” seem to be evolving faster than you can keep up? As with any change in the fire service, we struggled to answer these questions pertaining to a cancer prevention and on-scene decontamination program for our organization. This presentation will provide attendees with ideas on how they can develop and implement a simple, cost effective, and organizationally embraced cancer prevention and on-scene decontamination program for their department based on some of the successes, as well as lessons learned throughout the development and implementation of our program.

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Workshop

Captain Chris Ackley, Beaver Dam Fire Dept.
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
From Afghanistan to Running 911 Calls

I am going to share what my current struggles with PTSD from being in the military, going on two deployments, one to Iraq, and one to Afghanistan and working as a full time Firefighter/Paramedic as well as a TEMS Medic. We are going through a timeline from my first deployment to today.

This will cover communication issues, signs and symptoms that I had, and my break down. The best part is talking about the repair and working on my communication with my wife and my therapist. I am going to share things with the group that only few know. My goal is to share my story, my failure’s, and my successes. My goal is to open the door for others to go and talk about the things on their mind that hold them back from being the person they want to be.

Objectives

  • To understand the signs, symptoms, and struggles of PTSD.
  • To understand that PTS and PTSD is normal in our line of work, and communication is one beneficial way of dealing with it.
  • To know and use the systems in place to get help.
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Toby Carlson and John Maydak- The Floor Above, LLC 
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Superior Fireground Leadership

Fireground leadership and fireground tactics are skills that are developed through experience and training. Emergency scenes put a great deal of pressure on fire service leaders. Not only are they responsible for mitigating the incident, but also for ensuring everyone goes home. Command presence, organizational skills, and the importance of maintaining accountability are just a few of the skills needed to effectively lead a fire scene. You will learn the relation of these principles to today's modern fire service and how to apply these principles to achieve success on the emergency scene. This session is an absolute must for all current and aspiring Incident Commanders. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply concepts, techniques and strategies to more effectively manage the dynamic fire scene
  • Enhance your confidence in leading through high-pressure situations
  • Assume personal responsibility for your actions and establish a fireground culture that will lead to success
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Workshop - WFSAA Track

Greg Young, M.Div., Chaplain for Germantown Police Department & the FBI
Saturday, June 22 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
How to be Resilient and Resilient Leadership in Challenging Times - Part I

These are very challenging times for first responders. It is a challenging time for any and all who experience stressful situations day in and day out. Stress can kill, and we know that. But more insidious is how stress slowly erodes us from being our best and most resilient.

Much of the current research of people involved in traumatic incidents finds that large numbers of those affected by the incident will recover without experiencing debilitating mental health issues.

This course identifies risk factors that might impede resiliency; What predicts psychological resilience following a traumatic incident; and strategies to build resilience and facilitate recovery.

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

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Drs. Tim & Victoria McGrath
Saturday, June 22 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Fire Service Tradition vs. Department Culture

Repeat of Saturday 8:30 - 9:50am session.
The conflict between tradition and culture is growing exponentially, while fire/EMS leadership continues to maintain a balance between the two. The program will discuss fire service traditions and their influence on today's culture; identifying how to address the conflict between the two.

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Ron Schneider, WI DNR
Saturday, June 22 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Forest Fire Cause and Origin Investigation Determination

This class is a short course developed from material from the class FI-210 developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). The material in the class covers the recommended procedures, practices and techniques for using the systematic approach of investigation to determine the ignition area and forest fire cause by selecting the final hypothesis. The NWCG material is now viewed as a the national standard over the NFPA 921 in most Federal and State agencies and Canadian provinces. This is a summary of the full length class. Students are not issues a certificate.

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Asst. Chief Matthew Kasriel, Lieutenant Aaron Start, & Engineer Chad Siegmann
Saturday, June 22 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Cancer Prevention for Your Firefighters – Where to Start?

Repeat of Saturday 8:30 - 9:50am session.
Are you struggling to figure out where to start with cancer prevention for your department? Are you concerned that you might not be able to fund an effective program? Do the recommendations and “best practices” seem to be evolving faster than you can keep up? As with any change in the fire service, we struggled to answer these questions pertaining to a cancer prevention and on-scene decontamination program for our organization. This presentation will provide attendees with ideas on how they can develop and implement a simple, cost effective, and organizationally embraced cancer prevention and on-scene decontamination program for their department based on some of the successes, as well as lessons learned throughout the development and implementation of our program.

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Workshop

Toby Carlson and John Maydak- The Floor Above, LLC 
Saturday, June 22 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Superior Fireground Leadership

Repeat of Saturday 8:30 - 9:50am session.
Fireground leadership and fireground tactics are skills that are developed through experience and training. Emergency scenes put a great deal of pressure on fire service leaders. Not only are they responsible for mitigating the incident, but also for ensuring everyone goes home. Command presence, organizational skills, and the importance of maintaining accountability are just a few of the skills needed to effectively lead a fire scene. You will learn the relation of these principles to today's modern fire service and how to apply these principles to achieve success on the emergency scene. This session is an absolute must for all current and aspiring Incident Commanders. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply concepts, techniques and strategies to more effectively manage the dynamic fire scene
  • Enhance your confidence in leading through high-pressure situations
  • Assume personal responsibility for your actions and establish a fireground culture that will lead to success
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Workshop - WFSAA Track

Greg Young, M.Div., Chaplain for Germantown Police Department & the FBI
Saturday, June 22 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
How to be Resilient and Resilient Leadership in Challenging Times - Part II

Continuation of Saturday 8:30 - 9:50am session.
These are very challenging times for first responders. It is a challenging time for any and all who experience stressful situations day in and day out. Stress can kill, and we know that. But more insidious is how stress slowly erodes us from being our best and most resilient.

Much of the current research of people involved in traumatic incidents finds that large numbers of those affected by the incident will recover without experiencing debilitating mental health issues.

This course identifies risk factors that might impede resiliency; What predicts psychological resilience following a traumatic incident; and strategies to build resilience and facilitate recovery.

Saturday Sessions :: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Keynote

Kevin Milan
Saturday, June 22 :: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote: Care & Feeding of Fire Services Dinosaurs in the YouTube Era

This presentation focuses on synergy & connections between geeks & geezers in the North American fire service. The keynote highlights the unique contributions each generation makes to our profession. A celebration of generational differences reinforces our similarities in a mission to serve. Along with invaluable institutional knowledge, our dinosaurs possess experience across the continuum of responder stress. Care and feeding focuses on how we can set a positive course for post traumatic stress growth while supporting resiliency training for all members. Care & Feeding of Fire Service Dinosaurs in the You Tube Era provides a guide to prevent extinction and drive evolution.

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General Session

Chief Christpher Garrison and Asst. Chief Thane Westermeyer
Saturday, June 22 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Dealing with Tragedy in your Organization

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison, and Operations Assistant Chief Thane Westermeyer will discuss the events of July 10th that took the life of one of their own, and the days that followed. Garrison & Westermeyer will touch on how a department, a City, a County, and a State came together. And how the department and the City of Sun Prairie have continued to grow and move forward, but will never forget!Stay Focused. Stay confident. Stay fighting. Stay bold. Stay determined. Stay motivated. And be Sun Prairie strong.