2020 Seminar Program – Recognizing Our Nation’s All-Hazards Firefighters

The National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium is something you can only experience in our nation’s capital. No other event in the fire service features federal policy makers and national fire service leaders for a program that covers a broad array of important federal issues being considered by Congress or implemented by federal agencies. Nor does any other event boast such an extensive assembly of distinguished and knowledgeable experts on national fire service issues.

Our seminar presenters include association leaders and policy makers who are experts in such areas as first responder communications, emergency medical services, building codes, leadership, public safety education, and health and wellness.

Federal presenters participate and listen to how our government can be more responsive to the concerns and needs of the fire and emergency services.

The CFSI seminar program delivers a unique two-day educational experience to learn about the inner workings of the legislative process and policy implementation, increase your understanding of federal programs that benefit the fire service, and communicate directly with federal agency officials.

Attending the seminars program and interacting with federal policy makers serves to enhance greater awareness about our needs and challenges. It is important for all fire and emergency services officials to participate in this event, and for city and town officials to encourage them to attend.

There is not another opportunity during the year for this distinct opportunity to meet federal agency officials, national association professionals, fire officials, and industry leaders of so many diverse organizations who advocate for the fire service on Capitol Hill.

32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner
“Recognizing Our Nation’s All-Hazards Firefighters”
Course Schedule
(Seminars are eligible for 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Columbia Southern University)

POSTPONED – DATE TBD

Developing Community Based Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: This seminar will provide on overview of the research the College of Public Service & Community Solutions is conducting on the opioid crisis.
Panelists: Dr. Scott Somers, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University
Dr. Natasha Mendoza, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University

ISO’s New Online Fire Solutions
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: ISO will  introduce a new free online resource that will provide many new services for the firefighting community, including a number of metrics.
Panelists: Thomas Weber, Insurance Services Office/Verisk
Josh Gibbons, Insurance Service Office/Verisk

Transforming Your Fire/EMS System Using Grateful Dead Business Model
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: This program will provide a different perspective towards improving internal organizational performance, as well as developing and building relationships on a local, regional and national level.
Panelists: Anthony Correia, Burlington Township Fire Department
Fire Commissioner Jared Renshaw, Western Berks Fire Department

Recruiting Your Replacement
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: This presentation will provide volunteer and combination department leadership with an understanding of the factors that cause manpower issues and how to see them coming before they take hold. Effective strategies and tactics to address those challenges will also be highlighted.
Presenter: John S. D’Alessandro, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY)

Striving for Change – Diversity and Inclusion in Wildland Management
12 noon – 12:50 p.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: This seminar will provide an informative delivery of the state of diversity and inclusivity in wildland fire management, identify desired advancement in these areas, provide thoughts on recommendations, and discuss where the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) has been focusing recent energies to help address these issues.
Moderator: Chief David A. Moore, Jr, Africa Fire Mission
Panelists: Dr. Thomas Zimmerman, Tom Zimmerman Consulting
Tami Parkinson, US Forest Service
Molly Cropp, Boulder Fire-Rescue
Olivia Barksdale, Mass Audubon

What the Fire Service Needs to Know About Tall Mass Timber Buildings
12 noon – 12:50 p.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: This presentation will review code changes related to tall mass timber buildings, as well as the fire testing that occurred.
Panelists: Raymond O’Brocki, American Wood Council
Chief Michael O’Brian, Brighton Area Fire Authority

Energy Storage Systems and the Fire Fighters Response
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: This presentation will focus on the research at UL in understanding the performance of lithium-ion battery systems when exposed to fire conditions and tactical considerations that the responding fire service should incorporate into their response procedures.
Presenter: Chief Sean DeCrane, Underwriters’ Laboratories

Presumptive Laws and Exposure Tracking
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: This session will focus on the exposure tracking using the NFORS Exposure Tracker and assuring necessary exposure evidence for life.
Moderator: Chief Dennis Compton, Ret.
Panelists: Dr. Lori Moore, International Public Safety Data Institute
Patrick Morrison, International Association of Fire Fighters

NFFF’s Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium: Where elements of SMART intersected with SMART firefighters
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: The seminar will review and discuss the results of the unique approach the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Fire Department, took in better connecting technologists and first responders.
Moderator: Chief John Tippett, National Fall Firefighters Foundation
Panelists: Casey Grant, Ret.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, Philadelphia Fire Department
Captain Ben West, Gallatin Fire Department

Close the Gap! Using IPAWS to Effectively Alert Your Community
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: This seminar will discuss the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System’s new capabilities and how first responders have used the system to communicate with the public.
Presenter: Antwane Johnson, Federal Emergency Management Agency

FirstNet: Where we are – Where we going!
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Georgetown West, Washington Hilton
Summary: This session will provide attendees with the current status of FirstNet as well as the vision and direction for the next five years.
Panelists: Mike Worrell, FirstNet
Michael Varney, FirstNet
Gary McCarraher, First Responder Network Authority

Keys to Health, Wellness, and Survivability
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Georgetown East, Washington Hilton
Summary: In a panel format, the session will address the areas of psychological and emotional wellness, physical well-being, and monitoring related to cardiovascular disease; and early detection screening of occupational cancer.
Moderator: Ed Klima, First Responder Center of Excellence
Panelists: Chief Kevin Quinn, National Volunteer Fire Council
Captain Frank Leto, Fire Department of the City of New York
Dr. Michael Hamrock, St. Elizabeths Medical Center

POSTPONED – DATE TBD
Leadership Development Track
(Eligible for 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Columbia Southern University)

Effective Advocacy – How to Make Your Voice Heard by Government
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Georgetown Room, Washington Hilton
Summary: Part I of the Leadership Development Track program will feature prominent fire service leaders and federal agency representatives who will offer their insights on the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in advocacy at the federal level.
Participants: William Webb, Congressional Fire Services Institute
Chief Keith Bryant, United States Fire Administration
Kevin O’Connor, O’Connor Cares Solutions
Michaela Campbell, Congressional Fire Services Institute
Andy Quinn, McAlister and Quinn
Chief Dennis Compton, Ret.

Capstone Topics: Let’s Discuss the Future
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Georgetown Room, Washington
Summary: Part II of the Leadership Development Track will feature  prominent fire service leaders who will review the current status of five specific issues important to the fire service and discuss the challenges of addressing these issues on the national and federal levels over the next 5-10 years.
Moderator: Chief Dennis Compton, Ret.
Panelists: Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, International Public Safety Date Institute
Meri-K Appy, Vision 20/20
Chief Allan Cain, Center for Public Safety Excellence
Chief Tom Harbour, Harbour Consulting
Stephen Austin, Responder Safety Institute