Workshops

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Thursday Pre-Conference
Friday Workshops & Keynote Speaker
Saturday Workshops :: 8:00am – 9:00am
Saturday Workshops :: 9:30am – 10:30am
Saturday Workshops :: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday Workshops :: 1:30pm – 2:30pm 
Saturday Workshops :: 2:45pm – 4:00pm 

Thursday Pre-Conference

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Pre-Conference

Battalion Chief Erich Roden & Asst. Chief Dan Lipski
Thursday, June 25 :: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Transitional Attack- Fireground Principles, Operations and the Science

This multi-media presentation will highlight the partnership between UL and the fire service in our mission to save lives and property. The presenters will focus on applying the research results of the recent UL and Milwaukee Fire Department transitional fire attack experiments on the fireground. Through an interactive experience, attendees will gain a more thorough understanding of appropriate applications of this tactic, and the benchmarks required for its utilization.

Friday Workshops & Keynote Speaker

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Opening Keynote

Chief Philip C. Stittleburg
Friday, June 26 :: 8:30am
Volunteerism

A presentation on the history of volunteers in the United States fire service and the role of volunteer firefighters worldwide.

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Workshop - Command Track

Chief Steve Hansen
Friday, June 26 :: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fireground Communication

Radio communications and the Fire Service. We will touch on the proper use of the MABAS Mutual Aid channels, MARC Channels, VCALL/VTAC and WISCOM. We will also talk about the challenges in radio communication including infrastructure issues, and field units especially the challenges associated with portable radios and trunking systems. There will be a brief discussion on infrastructure console patching of channels, and field deployed cross band repeaters like the ACU-M/ACU-1000. This is NOT a techie presentation and is designed to provide the benefits and limitations of our radio technology.

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Workshop - Operations Track

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson (Retired)
Friday, June 26:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Understanding FirstNet

Chief Johnson will explain how FirstNet will move to network deployment, what the network will likely look like and how it will affect each of our operations at the street and technical level. Come and join the discussion and get a glimpse of what's just over the horizon but headed our way.

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney James R. Macy
Friday, June 26:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Updates on Contract Language in Fire Department Bargaining Agreements – Does Your Agreement Preserve Your Management Rights?

Many collective bargaining agreements in fire departments contain unique language due to the unique work schedules and unique business of firefighting. At the same time, contract language has not always kept up with evolving and expanding nature of the services provided. This presentation will discuss the updates regarding mandatory and permissive contract language and how you can preserve your management rights.

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Workshop - Mental Health Track

Daniel DeGryse - BA, BS, CEAP, CADC, LAP/C
Friday, June 26:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Behavioral Health Issues in the Fire Service

This presentation will be an overview of behavioral health that targets the physiological and emotional effects of stress over one's career and the difficult topic of suicide in the fire service. Attendees will be educated on the seriousness and extent of suicide in the fire service through statistics and the findings of a 20-year fire department study. Attendees will learn behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of potential suicidal behavior as well as the impact of substance abuse, mental health issues and/or physical illness. Attendees are given an action plan fire departments can implement to address the various behavioral health issues within the fire service.

Saturday Workshops :: 8:00am – 9:00am

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Workshop - Management Track

Scott Larson
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Farm Rescue

This lecture will consist on discussion of various forms of agricultural emergencies. Topics will include; Tractor rollover entrapment, auger entanglement, PTO emergencies, combine extrication and other farm related emergencies.

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Workshop - Resource Track

Peter Silva
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Wisconsin Technical College System: Firefighter Training Opportunities

The Wisconsin Technical College System provides firefighter training free of charge, to fire department members around the state. Discover what training opportunities exist through your local technical college and other federal and state agencies.

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Workshop - Code Management Track

Mitchell R. Waite, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Fire Service Financial Leadership - Taking Charge of Fiscal Challenges in a Constrained Environment

The session will focus upon fiscal aim points to assist fire service leaders to better manage their limited resources in a constrained environment. The session will also examine basic financial theories and practices to better prepare fire service leaders to competently seek alternative revenue streams and creative solutions to challenging problems.

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Workshop - Health/Safety Track

Chief Steve Bane
Captain David Bandomir
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Mobile Integrated Healthcare

West Allis Fire Department started its Mobile Integrated Healthcare program in January of 2015. Learn about our how they got started, who they treat, what they have learned from their first 90 days of visiting patients and where they are headed. You will also hear about the impact this program is delivering to the community from both the Fire Chief and Program Coordinator's perspective.

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney James R. Korom
Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Employment Law Developments and Strategies for the Chief to Effectively Supervise the Fire Department

This session will address an array of difficult personnel management issues faced by the Fire Chief and the concomitant legal issues involving volunteer status under state and federal wage and hour laws, allegations of retaliation by subordinates, and other timely topics of great importance and interest to Fire Chiefs.

Saturday Workshops :: 9:30am – 10:30am

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Workshop - Resource Track

Anthony Ippolito
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Fire Service Responsibilities at a Rail Incident

Railroad emergencies can be complicated events that often require more resources, expertise and manpower than most municipal fire departments can provide. Major railroads employ specialty emergency employees, resources, preplans and contractors to assist in these complex events. Often the interface between municipal and private responders can be complicated until each learns their role at an incident. This presentation will review what resources and expertise the railroads deploy to emergencies, how those assets are deployed, the role of the first responder, what actions can be done by the first responder when faced with these complex events and unified command between public and private industry.

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney James R. Korom
Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Employment Law Developments and Strategies for the Chief to Effectively Supervise the Fire Department

This session will address an array of difficult personnel management issues faced by the Fire Chief and the concomitant legal issues involving volunteer status under state and federal wage and hour laws, allegations of retaliation by subordinates, and other timely topics of great importance and interest to Fire Chiefs.

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Workshop - Health/Safety Track

David L. Spakowicz
Marquis Young
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Traffic Incident Management and Crash Scene Awareness

Working in and around the scene of motor vehicle crashes is dangerous. The proper application of Incident Management protocols is imperative to the safety of not only fire service personnel, but all responders. WisDOT's TIME Program will explain the importance of having all responders educated in TIM principles as well as significant new developments of the program statewide.

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Workshop - Mental Health Track

Craig Childs, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Firefighter Suicide and Other Mental Health Concerns

This presentation will focus on mental health concerns commonly experienced by firefighters. Special focus will be given to the issue of firefighter suicide including signs and symptoms of suicide, how to talk about suicide, and what to do if you have concerns about employees.

Saturday Workshops :: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Workshop - Management Track

Richard K. Fagan, CFO
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Professional Designation - A Model of Continuous Improvement for the Fire Service Leader of Today

In this presentation the attendee will learn of the reasons why professional credentialing is important for the fire service leaders of today. Career development benefits will be shared as well as the details regarding the CPSE Commission on Professional Credentialing parameters and criteria for application and designation as a Fire Officer, Fire Marshal, Chief Training Officer, Chief EMS Officer and Chief Fire Officer. Chief Fagan will illustrate for attendees how professional designation is not a career destination point, but rather how it is a continuous improvement journey for the fire service leader of today.

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Workshop - Resource Track

Christine Bannister
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Professional Communications

What could make it easier to provide exceptional customer service in the middle of an emergency situation? It might be as simple as YOU. No longer allow that rude person to ruin the rest of your day, instead, reestablish "why" you got into this profession and "why" you choose to stay. Learn tips and tricks to combat those uncooperative & mean people and come away a more professional you!

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Workshop - Resource Track

Mark Baker
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grain Bin Rescue

Grain Bin rescue lecture will discuss various aspects of grain related emergencies. Topics that will be covered include; grain safety, bin construction, rescuer responsibilities, confined space and engulfment rescue procedures. Discussion and interaction is strongly encouraged.

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Workshop - Health/Safety Track

Chris Cook
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tactical EMS verses Rescue Task Force: what might be right for your department?

Explain the differences and similarities to TEMS verses Rescue Task Force and what might be right for your Department.

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Workshop - Leadership Track

Tim McGrath, PhD
Victoria McGrath, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Myth Vs. Fact: Leadership in a Volunteer/Combination Department

Leadership in a volunteer or combination department takes special skills. Some might say that it is more difficult than being a chief in a career department. This workshop will convey experiences by the presenters in working with public/private volunteer/combination departments across the country and lessons learned.

Saturday Workshops :: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

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Workshop - Management Track

Richard K. Fagan, CFO
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Community Input - An Essential Foundation for a Successful Strategic Plan

In this presentation the attendee will learn of the essential components of a successful strategic planning process. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the benefit of a "structured" community stakeholder input activity as part of a strategic planning process. Lessons learned will be shared from Chief Fagan's experiences in facilitating this type of work over the past 10 years. The power of internal and external stakeholder ownership in a plan should be evident to all attendees by the conclusion of the presentation.

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Workshop - Resource Track

Rick James
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wisconsin Task Force 1

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Workshop - Code Management Track

Bob DuPont
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
State Level Code Development

In this session you will learn about:

  • How the Uniform Commercial Building Code affects your community and fire department;
  • Current code development projects of the Department of Safety and Professional Services; and
  • The increasingly important role of advisory code councils.
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Workshop - Health/Safety Track

Jason Mims
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
How to Maximize the WFI and Make it Sustainable in Your Department

Throughout the fire service, it is clear that the Wellness Fitness Initiative (WFI) is the gold standard wellness program. Many departments seek and acquire funding to start the program with hopes of seeing an impressive health, safety, and financial return, yet within a few years many departments' programs are a shell of what they were intended to be. There is a plethora of reasons for this which can include:

  • Joint Labor Management Issues
  • Participation / Buy In
  • Operationally or Logistically Taxing
  • Budgetary Constraints
  • Others.... 

The WFI, if implemented correctly, is an amazing program that can impact the health and performance of your members in a constructive manner, improving injury prevention, and creating significant cost savings for your department and city.

How do you need to view and implement the WFI in order to maximize the effectiveness of this program and make it sustainable for your department? We will discuss these topics, offer affordable ideas for implementation, and answer questions during this session.

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney Dean Richards
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
In the Crosshairs: The Fire Service as the Liability Target

Attorney and retired fire chief, Dean Richards, explores the legal and public relations assault on police, fire and emergency medical services. Learn the threats you face and consider how short and long term efforts can help you meet this challenge.

Saturday Workshops :: 2:45pm –4:00pm

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Workshop - Management Track

Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Management of Fire Prevention Programs

What are your responsibilities for fire prevention under SPS 314? What is substantial compliance? What are the Chief's obligations and how does he manage these requirements? This program will look at the fire chiefs' responsibilities under SPS 314 regarding fire prevention inspections, public education, and compliance with the 2% Dues program. The presentation will look at various methods to meet compliance and make sure your department qualifies for the 2% Dues program.

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Workshop - Resource Track

Keith Tveit
Chief Ed Janke
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
MABAS Fireground Operations Part II

MABAS Fireground Operations Part II is the continuation of the program delivered at the 2014 Conference. For 2015 we will focus on sound fireground command practices including: scene size-up, recognizing potential hazards, risk management, the benefits of thermal imaging for the Incident Commander, crew resource management and the proper use of the tools you have in your tool box, The safety mind set for fireground management starts with YOU Chief!

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Workshop - Code Management Track

Asst. Chief Marty King (Retired)
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Everything You Wanted to Know About Fire Prevention, but Were Afraid to Ask

Fire prevention is an essential part of any fire department. It is also a large part of the community risk reduction. This presentation will review the responsibilities of the fire chief's oversight of fire prevention (Inspection, Code Enforcement, Fire Safety Education, Plan Review and Fire Investigation) for their community. It will also discuss the importance of community risk reduction and how fire prevention impacts fire operations. Fire prevention is a part of every fire department (Paid, Combination, Paid-on Call, or Volunteer).

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Workshop - Legal Track

Jeff Roemer
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
HELP, THEY HIRED A CONSULTANT!

This presentation will address the concerns, fears and issues relating to the hiring of a consultant. How do you prepare and handle a consulting project? Who are consultants and where are they coming from? The positives, negatives and potential results of an organizational analysis. The presentation will also allow time for attendees to ask specific questions relating to past or potential consulting projects.

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Workshop - Dispatch Track

Andy Stenberg
Sue Taylor
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
What Can IDT do for you?

During an emergency including an incident dispatch team helps make the incident commander's job less stressful. Incident dispatchers are trained dispatch personnel that will establish and assist with radio communications and channel assignments, track and protect responders in the field, and support command with accurate and efficient documentation. The main goal is to take stress off incident command as well as taking stress off the dispatch center itself.

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