#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802

Event Schedule

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Last updated: February 20, 2020

Event Schedule

Monday, May 4, 2020

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Defining the New Norm

Tim Sendelbach, Vice President/Chief of Public Safety Operations, iFIRE International​

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

All-In Commitment - Fire Leadership's Greatest Strategy

When effective fire service leaders and their actions are witnessed and demonstrated, achieving success through the turbulent, naysaying, and right-but-not-always-popular path, they deliver time and time again for one very simple reason – they are committed to others, in getting results, working as a team, walking the talk, exercising discipline, and taking personal responsibility. This highly interacting and engaging program will explore the incredible impact of "staying power" when leaders believe in themselves, their firefighters, their department's mission and vision, and in the community they’re sworn to protect. It will provide focused insight and inspiration of how to achieve, enhance, or regain your commitment to being “all in.”

Brian Crawford, Senior Vice President Willis-Knighton Health System

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Introduction to the Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics

In this presentation, chiefs Jardin and Alkonis will provide an overview of NFPA 1700: Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. This guide is being developed with fire service representatives, research scientists, and other stakeholders. It incorporates fire dynamics research that’s focused on challenges faced by emergency responders related to modern building construction or common furnishings found in most structures. The guide provides guidance to the fire service on best practices to preserve life, operate safely on the fire-ground, and extinguish fires. Be ready for strategies, tactics, and tasks to improve efficiency.

Joe Jardin, Deputy Chief, FDNY and NFPA 1700 Committee Chair

Derek Alkonis, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Why Does the Fire Service Need to Embrace Fire Dynamics and Change?

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Critical Moments - Critical Decisions

Drawing from the principles of the OpMindset Program, Jeff dives deeper into why we make the decisions we make at all levels, from the firefighter to the Chief Officer. This exploration of crucial moments and critical decisions goes beyond what you’ve seen and explores the human biology that helps and hurts us in highly dynamic environments where we must rapidly assess the situation and determine our course of action. Delivered with a high level of participation, this talk advances a real-time and highly relevant conversation for those who engage.

Jeff Banman, Executive Director, Operation Mindset Foundation

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Command and Control

Command and Control are two of the most critical components required to effectively manage any emergency incident. This program will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of how to prepare for and establish command operations for an advancing emergency incident. Using a collection of videos and fireground simulations, attendees will be provided the opportunity to apply these skills as if they are part of the first-in company or chief officers. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback through the course.

Logan Fields, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The "Set-Up" of Successful Leadership

Being at the right place at the right time is no coincidence. Many people look at those who have been successful in leadership roles and ponder questions such as “Why can’t that be me?” The truth is, there is nothing coincidental about an effective leader’s drive to the top. Most have put in painstaking time, energy, and effort to place themselves in the right place at the right time to be successful. However, those leaders didn’t know when that right time or right place was going to come along, so how were they ready to turn a challenge into an opportunity? In this informative and entertaining keynote presentation, Brian Crawford will provide participants with all the tools they need to facedown future tests and trials with the simple understanding that “Wherever you find yourself, there you are.” So make the most of it.

Brian Crawford, Senior Vice President, Willis-Knighton Health System

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Operational Mindset

Operational Mindset is a culmination of over 30 years of experience, learning, research, education and practical application. Based on hard science, validated and translated for the operational environment, the program has been delivered to over 7,500 people across the fire service, law enforcement, military and intelligence communities.

Every day we experience a level of intensity, complexity and diversity rarely experienced in other professions. This program educates and empowers our men and women who place themselves in harm’s way to stay focused on the mission, task or situation at hand while navigating critical moments where lives are at stake. The training provides actionable tools on how to deal with the direct, indirect and satellite stressors that come with their chosen profession all while building the capacity to be exceptional on and off the job.

Jeff Banman, Executive Director, Operation Mindset Foundation

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Fire Dynamics Basics Lab Candle Fire Basics

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Effective Leadership in the Midst of the Cancer Crisis

Bryan Frieders, President, Firefighter Cancer Support Network

 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Operational Risk Management & Leadership for a Mayday Event

In the fire service, effectively assessing and managing the exposure to risk in an all-hazard environment is necessary to reduce firefighter injuries and ultimately prevent line-of-duty death. This presentation will introduce the Operational Risk Management (ORM) process - a template for effective assessment and management in uncertain conditions. Following this process, firefighters will be able to perform a threat assessment; make decisions about avoiding, controlling, or accepting the risk they are exposed to for a given situation; determine the life safety profile; and apply appropriate tactical actions associated with perceived risks. Attendees will also have an opportunity to apply the process to a simulated mayday, communicating the most essential information and organizing individual efforts for effective firefighter rescue and overall success in managing the emergency.

Kenneth Cook, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Implicit Bias and Inclusive Leadership Skills

Implicit biases and stereotypes about different groups of people unintentionally shape our professional, social, and developmental interactions in ways that can disenfranchise some members of a department. By bringing together leading research and fire service experience, the facilitators of this workshop help participants identify actionable inclusive leadership skills that develop a unified, diverse workforce to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Dr. Corinne Bendersky, Founder, Morpho Leadership Development

Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Effective Small Unit Leadership in the Fire Service

Leadership is a critical aspect of a company officer’s development. Small-unit leadership is even more fundamental. In this presentation, Marc will draw comparisons to the military. We’re going to talk about what a young corporal or sergeant does to effectively lead a fire team, a group of three to four, a number similar to what comes off the rig at O’Dark Hundred in Anywhere America, when you respond to a 9-1-1 call with limited information, compressed timelines, and insufficient resources. Those traits and skills needed to transition between direct supervision and task-level action are the bedrock for success on the street. And make no mistake, success on the street does not happen without success in the firehouse, and that’s where leadership begins.

Marc Davidson, Captain, Fairfax County (VA) Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fire Dynamics in Structures

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Firefighter Cancer Cohort Study & Wildland Urban Interface Fires - From Science to Research Based Policy Changes in the Fire Service

Wildland urban interface fires pose a unique set of challenges when it comes to firefighter exposure research and exposure reduction efforts. Diversity of fuels and products of combustion, lightweight PPE, lack of respiratory protection, geographic challenges, and incident duration are factors that likely result in exposures that are different than those in the structure firefighting arena. The question then becomes, how do we study exposures on these fires and what interventions can we put in place while maintaining public safety and our duty as the highest priority? This talk will examine these challenges and questions, as well as highlighting how science translates to research-based policy changes in the fire service.

Derek Urwin, Engineer, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Jeff Hughes, Captain, Orange County (CA) Fire Authority

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics

In this presentation, chiefs Jardin and Alkonis will provide an overview of NFPA 1700: Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. This guide is being developed with fire service representatives, research scientists, and other stakeholders. It incorporates fire dynamics research that’s focused on challenges faced by emergency responders related to modern building construction or common furnishings found in most structures. The guide provides guidance to the fire service on best practices to preserve life, operate safely on the fire-ground, and extinguish fires. Be ready for strategies, tactics, and tasks to improve efficiency.

Joe Jardin, Deputy Chief, FDNY and NFPA 1700 Committee Chairman

Derek Alkonis, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Does Diversity Matter? A Candid Conversation About Race and Inclusion in the Fire Service

Dr. Corinne Bendersky, Founder, Morpho Leadership Development

Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

 

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preparing for the Candidate Interview

The candidate interview can be one of the most stressful portions of a hiring or promotional process, because most of us aren’t comfortable talking about ourselves in front of a group of peers. This presentation is designed to provide attendees with a step-by-step process on how to overcome the challenges of an oral interview and how to best sell yourself as the most qualified candidate. Each attendee will be provided with a comprehensive list of practice questions and a step-by-step guide that will help them prepare for a successful candidate interview.

Scott Campos, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Johnny Green, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

 

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Seaside Ballroom

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The Tenants of Fire Service Leadership

In this presentation, Chief Castro will define the tenants of fire service leadership and describe how they apply to top leadership success in a diverse and everchanging fire service.

Joe Castro, Deputy Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Imperative of Departmental Culture - Leading in an Increasingly Complex World

This interactive, evidence-based workshop will articulate why our modern, unprecedented leadership challenges are so different. We will discuss why new ways of leading are needed in our increasingly complex world. We will draw on All American Leadership faculty experience as Navy SEAL commanders, Army aviators, Marine combat officers, Air Force leadership professors, global expedition leaders, and senior fire officers. We will share the latest research on high-performing teams. Until an individual, team, or organization shifts to a purpose that focuses on the needs of others, its performance will be limited and unpredictable. Creating an ethos with core values that are lived and celebrated is critical. How is trust created and sustained? How do you build a sense of psychological safety and alignment on the fireground and in the firehouse? How about with city hall? You will leave inspired, empowered, and challenged to continue your leadership journey, bringing the benefits to your team.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Fire Dynamics Applications - PPE

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

My Assault and What We're Doing About It: Stress and Silence in the Fire-based EMS Responders (SAVER)

To date, no evidence-based intervention exists to prepare EMS responders for violence on the job. The SAVER Systems level checklist was created as an organization-level intervention to address stress and violence in EMS with a focus on the development of policy and training. Taylor will make the case that violent events to first responders can be mitigated. She'll also describe a checklist for the system, instead of a checklist that would put more burden on already overstretched responders. Fire and EMS leadership, front-line workers, dispatchers, and labor union representatives from the three SAVER study sites developed the checklist and eight model policies. The SAVER model policies are expected to positively impact organizational outcomes such as burnout, job engagement, and job satisfaction, as well as decreasing the number of assaults and injuries experienced by EMS personnel. These improvements may also lead to improved patient outcomes and quality of care.

Jennifer Taylor, Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety (FIRST), Drexel University

Ben Vernon

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

First-In Single-Family Residential Fire

Using a collection of photos, slide deck presentations and fireground simulations, the instructors will discuss how to effectively size up the incident and set up the fireground for a single-family residential fire. Specific emphasis will be placed on the importance of an accurate initial on-scene size-up that establishes incident priorities, identifies tactical objectives, and applies risk management and tactical prioritization. This is a highly interactive class and attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback throughout the course.

Robbie Grego, Deputy Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Change Starts With You

At All American Leadership, we believe that the only way to lead, to influence others, is to change your own behavior. The science shows that the most effective way to do this is to start by asking, “Why?” to gain clarity on purpose and values. Self-awareness, growth mindset, character, and taking ownership are key elements of being a leader that others want to follow. No matter your tenure or rank, this interactive workshop will point you down the path of lifetime learning necessary to becoming a better leader.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Managing the Risk - Emergency Operations

In this presentation, Chief Castro will focus on his experience as a command officer and discuss why every department should have a risk policy for emergency operations, and how members should execute this policy while commanding incidents.

Joe Castro, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Los Angeles Fire Department

 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Transformational Leadership

The fire service is a unique, challenging workplace that takes every officer and firefighter to their highest level. Over the years, we have been subject to many organizational changes. This class will share practical and firsthand experience of the daily challenges of today’s fire officers. It will help you understand the changing culture within your station and members under your command, to minimize the liability of your organization as we shape yesterday’s fire culture with today’s fire service business model.

Dean Zipperman, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Building Construction

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Behavioral Health in the Fire Service

Captain Frank Leto will overview current trends and data in the fire service related to behavioral health.  He will discuss emerging research on suicidal ideation as well as practical applications for prevention in the fire service.  Using his vast experience in developing and implementing behavioral health programs nationally, he will provide direction for personnel at any point in the process in developing an effective behavioral health program.

Frank Leto, Captain, Deputy Director, FDNY Counseling Service Unit

 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

First-In Wildland

This program will assist all ranks with identifying and reinforcing the fundamentals necessary to be successful during the first 15 minutes of an evolving wildland incident. These practices fit into wildland fires of any size and complexity. This back-to-basics approach to wildland command will show that regardless of fire size, behavior and weather, the first 15 minutes really doesn’t change.

Using a combination of lecture and interactive participation from the attendees, the instructors will identify some common misconceptions with basic and complex wildland incidents. Examples of topics include resource management, control of resources, communications plans, and the navigation of multi-agency responses.  

Drew Smith, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Chad Cook, Deputy Chief, Ventura County Fire Department

Tom Stukey, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Mitch Diehl, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Roles of Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

At the core of leadership is the trust developed between individuals. This interactive workshop will address why trust is the critical element in relationships and give you tools to build it. Is it more important (or easier) to give trust or to earn it? Why are empathy and humility growing in importance as the world grows more connected and complex? What is the role of emotional intelligence? Communication? This workshop will help you improve your relationships.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

 

 

 

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tactical Considerations Part 1 - Size-up

Tactical Considerations Part 2 - Ventilation

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mental Health Awareness Within the First Responders and How to Find Help

Mental health has a huge stigma attached to it. In order to decrease it, we must talk about it openly. Attendees will be able to identify stressors from various situations at work and at home, as well as coping skills to use. A discussion and explanation of the long-term biological and psychological affects a career as a first responder can have on the way you think, behave, react, and interact in relationships. Finding a culturally competent clinician will be outlined with ways to vet them for a good fit.

Mynda Ohs PhD, Author and Mental Health Provider

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

First-In Commercial Fire

This presentation will provide a step-by-step approach to setting up the fireground as a first-in company/chief officer to a commercial building fire. Specific emphasis will be placed on the incident command system, effective fire ground communications, and developing the most effective strategy & tactics to safely control a large-scale commercial incident. This is an interactive class and attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback throughout the program.

Jim Sullivan, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Leading in Teams & Organizations - A Purpose Driven Culture

All American Leadership’s developmental framework builds from leading the self to leading in relationships to leading in teams (three or more people, such as an engine crew) to leading in organizations. Organizations include multiple teams and multiple levels including a shift, strike team, fire department, or community. As you promote, you must learn new leadership skills that go beyond technical skills. The previous workshops are even more important at the highest levels of leadership, and new sets of skills to be learned include helping teams and organizations define their purpose and culture. We will help the leaders at or aspiring to this level understand that they are responsible for developing a trusting culture and alignment around the purpose, so that the organization can perform at the highest level.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Conquering the Tactical Simulation - Part 1

Using a series of videos and tactical simulations, this program is designed to give less-experienced firefighters and promotional candidates the high-stress, decision-making skills oftentimes experienced as a primary incident commander. The focus of this program is effective decision-making that goes beyond the tactics. Developing the decision-making skills required to conquer a tactical simulation is based on the candidate’s ability to draw on experience. This program will provide attendees with a series of simulations equal to that of a promotional examination to enhance their decision-making ability and to build on their tactical experience level for a more effective promotional exam.

Scott Campos, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Sean Escontrias, Battalion Chief, Santa Fe Springs (CA) Fire Department

Johnny Green, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

RTG Reception

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

What Do You Stand For? - Closing Keynote Address

The officer rank comes with the challenge of taking on a new position; developing your communication skills; enforcing agency direction; and living up to character traits you’ve developed. This discussion will look at the reasons why the agency chose you to represent them as a fire officer. You think you were promoted because you passed a test? Wrong! In today’s work environment, the art of communication and the ability to maintain relationships is found through bridging gaps between bugles. Exerting subtle influence through your rank will change the culture of the agency. Even if the agency struggles to define what it stands for, you should define what you stand for.

Chad Cook, Deputy Chief, Ventura County Fire Department

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

10:00 am - 11:30 am  Tactical Considerations Part 3 - Suppression and Coordination (Session Set 7)

11:30 am - 12:00 pm  Transition to Long Beach Fire Academy

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm  Box Lunch at Long Beach Fire Academy

12:45 pm - 2:45 pm  Exterior Fireground Activities (Session Set 8)

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Final Wrap Up Discussion

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Cancer Awareness and the Role of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Cancer in the fire service has become the biggest threat to firefighter health and safety. Cancer has caused 61% of the firefighter line of duty deaths from Jan. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2016, according to the IAFF. Cancer has caused 70% of the LODDs for career firefighters in 2016. Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general population and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general population. This presentation will provide a detailed review of the services offered by the network, including badge-to-badge peer support for firefighters and their families. The network also offers  cancer awareness and prevention training to firefighters.

Scott Jennie, Captain, Laguna Beach (CA) Fire Department

 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

First-In Highrise Fire

Derrick Chapman, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Myth of Culture Change in the Fire Service: Looking into the Soul of a Fire Department

There are many fire service speakers who talk about how to change the culture of fire departments. But culture is something you get, not something you create. Culture is a window into the soul of a fire department. It’s the result of the day-to-day written and unwritten practices, rules, and systems that make up the agency. Culture is how people behave when you put them into a system. Change the system, and you’ll get a different culture. You can’t change the culture without first changing the system, and that’s harder than most people realize.

John Butler, Fire Chief, Fairfax County (VA) Fire Department

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Conquering the Tactical Simulation - Part 2

Building on the first part, this program will use videos and tactical simulations to test the promotional candidates on the high-stress, decision-making skills oftentimes experienced as a primary incident commander. The focus of this program is effective decision-making that goes beyond tactics. Developing the decision-making skills required to conquer a tactical simulation is based on the candidate’s ability to draw on experiences. This program will provide attendees with a series of simulations equal to that of a promotional exam to enhance their decision-making ability and build on their tactical experience level for a more effective promotional exam.

Scott Campos, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Sean Escontrias, Battalion Chief, Santa Fe Springs (CA) Fire Department

Johnny Green, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department