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Thursday Pre-Conference
Friday Keynote Speaker
Friday Workshops :: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Friday Workshops :: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Saturday Workshops :: 8:30am – 10:00am
Saturday Workshops :: 10:30am – 12:00pm 
Saturday Workshops :: 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

Thursday Pre-Conference

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Pre-Conference

Dr. David Griffin
Thursday, June 23 :: 9:00am – 3:00pm

In Honor of the Charleston 9:  A Study of Change Following Tragedy

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, is based off of the best-selling book with the identical name, which includes doctoral research that will help all organizations, whether public, private, for-profit, or non-profit to determine whether organizational change is needed in their respective organization. Students are taken on an emotional ride from the dark days of fighting fire in Charleston, SC, where nine firefighters perished in the line of duty, to today where the organization is now a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure that they do not experience this type of tragic incident. This course utilizes never before seen video footage from June 18, 2007, as well as the radio traffic that coincides. It was developed and is presented by the first due engineer on the scene of this multiple line of duty death incident. 

Objectives:Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe The City of Charleston Fire Department pre and post June 18, 2007.

2. Discuss the findings of The Routley Report regarding the investigation of the Sofa Super Store Fire.

3. Discuss the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's report on the Sofa Super Store Fire.

4. Describe the methodology utilized and the results of the scientific study entitled "In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy".

5. Discuss organizational changes following a multiple line of duty death incident, and how these changes can be instituted in the student's respective organization to ensure this type of tragedy does not occur again. 

 

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Friday Keynote Speaker

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Opening Keynote

Dr. Denis Onieal
Friday, June 24 :: 10:00am
The Future of the Fire Services

The future of the fire and emergency services (FES) is very predictable: look at the US Census; pay attention to the methods and materials of construction; think about today’s communications and watch the news! These issues are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong – they are. How we choose to deal with them is our choice. We can take advantage of the knowledge and prepare; or we can bury our heads in the sand and try to deal with the consequences. They’re coming nonetheless. This presentation will highlight the significant issues that the FES will face over the next 35 years.

Friday Workshops :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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Workshop - VCOS Track

Chief Jeff Cash
Allison Moore
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Make Me A Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Part 1

Make Me A Firefighter Recruitment WorkshopMany departments across the nation are struggling to find volunteer members. Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials – those within the 18-34 age range. This workshop is a crash course in volunteer recruitment. Participants will be introduced to the creative tools and strategies developed under the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign – a national recruitment initiative designed to assist departments in conducting a successful recruitment program. Participants will walk away equipped to:

Reach interested and untapped audiences in your community

Implement research-backed strategies and tactics that increase interest, awareness, and commitment

Optimize sampling and recruitment events to improve community outreach and drive success

Evaluate the success of your department’s recruitment activities

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney James R. Macy
Attorney Kyle Gulya
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Labor and Employment Law Update:  What the Chief Needs to Know for 2016

Attorney Macy and Attorney Gulya will provide a comprehensive legal update for the Fire Chief regarding issues the Chief should be aware of to effectively lead the Fire Department, ranging from labor law developments, discrimination and constitutional legal developments, to changes of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations. 

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Workshop - Specialty Track

Brian M. Satula
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
WEM Update

This presentation will provide an update on Wisconsin Emergency Management’s activities and progress in the past year, including new initiatives going forward.

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Workshop - Career Track

Rick Bayer
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Discipline and Wrongful Termination Part 1

Dealing effectively with employee problems/challenges in the workplace can be a daunting task for a supervisor. Often supervisors do nothing or over react to a situation and make it worse. But in many cases it comes down to this – “Would you rather spend a few hours resolving an employee problem the right way or months dealing with a lawsuit that comes with a wrongful termination claim?” Knowing when and how to use discipline and when another approach is more appropriate is critical to being a successful supervisor. In this class we will: 

  • Define discipline
  • Apply the use of discipline to correct unacceptable employee performance
  • Define wrongful termination
  • Review some of the primary laws that protect employees from wrongful termination and actions a supervisor can take to avoid a claim  
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Workshop - MABAS Track

Wayne Kinally
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
MABAS WI & WIDNR Working Together

This presentation will highlight the efforts of MABAS WI to provide resources upon request of the WIDNR to large scale wildland fire events. The Presentation will focus on the WI SS related to wildland fire suppression, fire zone responses as defined by the WIDNR and the command and control aspects of response. The presenters will discuss the roles, responsibilities and training requirements of the local authority having jurisdiction during wildland fire suppression, the WIDNR organizational structure and resource inventory, how MABAS WI could provide resources a large scale wildland fire response and the expectations of Structural Branch assignment. The program will also feature examples of what your MABAS Brush Card may look like.   

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Workshop - Dispatchers Track

Christine Bannister
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Professional Communications

How can we provide exceptional service in the middle of an emergency situation? How can you easily implement professional communications techniques to achieve great success? No longer allow that frustrating situation, caller, co-worker, or trainee 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 and mean people and come away a more professional you! 

Friday Workshops :: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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Workshop - VCOS Track

Chief Jeff Cash
Allison Moore

Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Make Me A Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Part 2

Many departments across the nation are struggling to find volunteer members. Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials – those within the 18-34 age range. This workshop is a crash course in volunteer recruitment. Participants will be introduced to the creative tools and strategies developed under the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Make Me A Firefighter campaign – a national recruitment initiative designed to assist departments in conducting a successful recruitment program.

Participants will walk away equipped to:
• Reach interested and untapped audiences in your community

• Implement research-backed strategies and tactics that increase interest, awareness, and commitment

• Optimize sampling and recruitment events to improve community outreach and drive success

• Evaluate the success of your department’s recruitment activities

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Workshop - Legal Track

Attorney James R. Macy
Attorney Kyle Gulya

Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Labor and Employment Law Update:  What the Chief Needs to Know for 2016

Attorney Macy and Attorney Gulya will provide a comprehensive legal update for the Fire Chief regarding issues the Chief should be aware of to effectively lead the Fire Department, ranging from labor law developments, discrimination and constitutional legal developments, to changes of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations. 

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Workshop - Specialty Track

Peter Silva, Jr.
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
WTCS Fire Service Training Update

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) has 16 college districts around the State of Wisconsin delivering firefighter training. This workshop will provide an update on what's happening in the world of firefighter training and how the WTCS keeps our courses up to date.

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Workshop - Career Track

Rick Bayer
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Discipline and Wrongful Termination Part 2

Dealing effectively with employee problems/challenges in the workplace can be a daunting task for a supervisor. Often supervisors do nothing or over react to a situation and make it worse. But in many cases it comes down to this – “Would you rather spend a few hours resolving an employee problem the right way or months dealing with a law suit that comes with a wrongful termination claim?” Knowing when and how to use discipline and when another approach is more appropriate is critical to being a successful supervisor. In this class we will: 

  • Define discipline
  • Apply the use of discipline to correct unacceptable employee performance
  • Define wrongful termination
  • Review some of the primary laws that protect employees from wrongful termination and actions a supervisor can take to avoid a claim  

 

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Workshop - MABAS Track

Chris Hohol
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Complex Incident Management-Are you prepared?

Using both classroom lecture and simulated incidents, students will understand the role and function of an incident management team, the applicability of management principles to the incident management job, and the special considerations of incident management within geographic area.

This presentation will begin with a general discussion/review of the principals taught in the ICS 300 & 400 level training then segway into a table top style exercise. Complex incident management as a result of natural or man-events require skills which are not often used or exercised by Chief Officers. A complex incident or event is not the time for on-the-job training.

There are a number of incident management teams in the State that can offer many forms of assistance. The teams are thoroughly versed in principles of emergency and incident management; they will provide assistance in any way that they can from serving in an advisory role to assisting within the organizational structure.

This program will work through the IAP process and organizational development to manage a complex incident. The exercise will help Chief Officers to fully develop their playbook to manage a large scale, career defining event.

Saturday Workshops :: 8:30am – 10:00am

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Workshop - VCOS Track

Tim McGrath, PhD
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
Volunteer to Combination

Transition from one staffing model to another will be one of the most difficult implementations you might encounter in your career.  Importance of planning cannot be overstated and proper implementation will minimize – not eliminate – department causalities. Most at risk could be you!

Volunteer departments have a long proud history of dedicated service and maybe it’s time to reexamine the “good old days” when firemen were firemen and dealt with fires and rescues of trapped people; it used to be fun!  Maybe, that’s wishful thinking and the reality is the service demands have overloaded our department’s resources; especially demands on the volunteers. The increase in service demands is not a negative reflection on the volunteer; rather, it might be a negative reflection of leadership’s planning. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is how to make these transitions work.

The workshop will discuss:

  • How do you know it is time?
    • We’re OK – we’ve never missed a call – is that an adequate benchmark?
    • Isn’t staffing transition really the beginning of the end for a volunteer department?
    • Are there steps between volunteer and career?
    • Do the volunteer and paid personnel have to be held to the same standards?
    • Governing officials just don’t understand us – what do I do?
    • Can volunteers and paid personnel really work together?
    • Of course it’s not about me – but what about me?

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Workshop - Legal Track

Philip C. Stittleburg
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
Wisconsin Law and the Fire Chief

Topics of interest to Wisconsin Fire Chiefs, including motor vehicle laws as applied to emergency services.

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Workshop - Specialty Track

Matthew A. Thompson
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
Railroading 101- “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Railroad but Didn't Know Who to Ask"

Railroading 101 or “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Railroad but Didn't Know Who to Ask" covers an introduction to railroad operations and the associated hazards. Hazardous material shipments on the railroads and rescue considerations will be covered in the class as well as basic terminology of railroad equipment. Safety information for operating in a railroad environment and incident "war stories" will be presented as well. It's intended for anyone that might have contact with the railroad during a rail emergency, whether it's a derailment, grade crossing collision or some other event where responders and railroad personnel could interface. Law enforcement, EMS, Emergency Management and even dispatchers are potential participants that could attend the "Railroading 101" class.....anyone that's part of the response to the railroad emergency.

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Workshop - Career Track

Chief Robert Whitaker
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
What We Learned From Consolidation and How it Can Help You

Bring two or more agencies together isn't easy...there are the political considerations, the organizational cultures, the operational differences and so much more. North Shore Fire/Rescue, the product of a seven municipality consolidation, has been providing service for just over 20 years. This presentation is interactive with information from the presenter and discussion from the audience. Discuss the pros and cons of consolidation from all angles, learn from the experiences of North Shore Fire/Rescue and other agencies so you can, in your role as a Chief Officer, answer the questions that your elected leaders, citizens or department members may pose to you.

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Workshop - MABAS Track

Wayne Kinally
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
MABAS WI & WIDNR Working Together

This presentation will highlight the efforts of MABAS WI to provide resources upon request of the WIDNR to large scale wildland fire events. The Presentation will focus on the WI SS related to wildland fire suppression, fire zone responses as defined by the WIDNR and the command and control aspects of response. The presenters will discuss the roles, responsibilities and training requirements of the local authority having jurisdiction during wildland fire suppression, the WIDNR organizational structure and resource inventory, how MABAS WI could provide resources a large scale wildland fire response and the expectations of Structural Branch assignment. The program will also feature examples of what your MABAS Brush Card may look like.  

 

Saturday Workshops :: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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Workshop - VCOS Track

Mark Baker
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Overview of Farm Trauma Part 1

 

Sponsored By: National Farm Medicine Center

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Workshop - Legal Track

Chief Gary L. Weiss 
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
GFD Staffing Referendum-Lesson Learned

The Village of Germantown held a special referendum election to determine if the residents of Germantown would approve a levy increase to fund the hiring of 12 firefighters. While the referendum failed by 200 votes, we will discuss the issues associated with developing a referendum question, the marketing of the referendum and the support that was provided. This will assist other departments to develop a roadmap for success if they are planning a referendum.

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Workshop - Specialty Track

Chief Steve Hansen
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Can You Hear Me Now – Radio Communications 101

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 focusing on 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 JPS ACU-M / ACU-1000. This is NOT a techie presentation. It is designed to provide useful information for Fire Chiefs and Chief Officers in layperson terms. We will highlight the benefits and limitations of our radio technology. Please bring your questions with you!

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Workshop - Career Track

Karl Ristow, CFO, MIFireE
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fire Service Accreditation and Credentialing: What is it all about?

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the Quality Improvement model and process as it applies to agency accreditation and professional credentialing.

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Workshop - MABAS Track

Chris Hohol
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Complex Incident Management-Are you prepared?

Using both classroom lecture and simulated incidents, students will understand the role and function of an incident management team, the applicability of management principles to the incident management job, and the special considerations of incident management within geographic area.
This presentation will begin with a general discussion/review of the principals taught in the ICS 300 & 400 level training then segway into a table top style exercise. Complex incident management as a result of natural or man-events require skills which are not often used or exercised Chief Officers. A complex incident or event is not the time for on the job training.

There are a number of incident management teams in the State that can offer many forms of assistance. The teams are thoroughly versed in principles of emergency and incident management; they will provide assistance in any way that they can from serving in an advisory role to assisting within the organizational structure.

This program will work through the IAP process and organizational development to manage a complex incident. The exercise will help Chief Officers to fully develop their playbook to manage a large scale, career defining event.

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Workshop - Dispatchers Track

Christine Bannister
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
CISM – What is it and why YOU need it for your Fire Department

How we deal with very ‘Normal Reactions to Abnormal Circumstances’ can make all the difference in having a healthy and happy career.  Christine will introduce the basic concepts and core elements of stress in the emergency workplace and what that is doing to your staff.   The multi-faceted intervention curriculum instituted by the ICISF – is the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) process.  Individual and Group Debriefing as well as Psychological First Aid and the potential need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed. She will facilitate an open question and answer session regarding the positive outcomes from managing stress and helping your staff to maintain overall wellness.

Saturday Workshops :: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Workshop - VCOS Track

Mark Baker
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Overview of Farm Trauma Part 2

 

Sponsored By: National Farm Medicine Center

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Workshop - Legal Track

April Hammond
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DSPS 330 and Updates

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is responsible for enforcing all Safety and Health codes for public sector employees under Wisconsin SPS 330 and Wisconsin SPS 332. SPS 330 establishes minimum safety and health standards for public sector fire department employees. This presentation will provide attendees with information on current SPS 330 code requirements and updates. 

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Workshop - Specialty Track

Randall F. Downs, CFPS
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
ISO Schedule Revision

Reviews the PPC classification and changes that occurred with the last schedule revision.

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Workshop - Career Track

Chief Jon Cohn
Michael Wright
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mobile Integrated Health / Community Paramedic:  How do you do that? 

Mobile Integrated Health and Community Paramedicine/EMT is the medical equivalent of fire prevention.  This session will explore how Milwaukee County Fire Departments explored opportunities, health care gaps in their communities, education and program developments.  There is no template or policy for starting a Mobile Integrated Health or Community Paramedic/EMT program but this session will help attendees better understand what they could do to create a vision and build programs. 

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Workshop - MABAS Track

Keith Tveit
Chief Ed Janke
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fire Ground Management Session III

You have completed your size-up, what is your fireground management plan, what strategies will you engage to keep your firefighters safe at structure fires? This presentation will present systemic perspectives for fireground operations, situational awareness, risk management, and tactical perspectives for managing incidents.

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