John P Redmond Symposium/Dominick F Barbera EMS Conference

The John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference focuses on the occupational health and safety hazards of the fire service and explores all aspects of fire-based emergency medical services. The conference includes a combination of pre-conference events, general sessions, workshops, information sessions, roundtable discussions and exhibits.
When
8/18/2019 - 8/22/2019
Where
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Drive NASHVILLE, TN 37214

Program

   

Sunday, 18 August 2019

 
IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $750 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Chairman's Council and registered for the John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Chairman's Council lapel pin and a special gift. Registration may be submitted online or by mail.
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $500 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Leadership Trust and registered for the John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Leadership Trust lapel pin. Registration may be submitted online or by mail.
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
Canadian Main Registration $500
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) guidelines is a set of evidenced-based best practices for the immediate medical management of the wounded, near or in the area where the patient is wounded. This course is for all first responders in pre-hospital, high-risk scenarios. Application is not limited to law enforcement settings, but for any situation where there is an increased ongoing threat to the provider and patient. Similar to the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines for military settings, civilian-first responders need a framework for use in dangerous operational scenarios that defines constraints in both the civilian and tactical environment. Developed from military battlefield TCCC guidelines, TECC balances the ongoing threats, civilian scope of practice, differences in civilian population, medical equipment limits and the variable resources for response in civilian atypical emergencies. These guidelines represent a treatment framework that accepts mitigated risk while providing a significant life-saving benefit. TECC, at its most basic level, seeks to define the correct intervention at the correct time in the continuum of pre-hospital care.
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/19/2019 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/19/2019 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/19/2019 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $750 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Chairman's Council and registered for the John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Chairman's Council lapel pin and a special gift. Registration may be submitted online or by mail.
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
IAFF members making a personal, voluntary contribution of $500 or more to FIREPAC will be enrolled in the FIREPAC Leadership Trust and registered for the John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Registrants using the FIREPAC option will receive a Leadership Trust lapel pin. Registration may be submitted online or by mail.
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
US Main Registration $500
Time
8/18/2019 8:00 AM - 8/22/2019 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Monday, 19 August 2019

 
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Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
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Canceled on 03/28/2019. Please don't check SHow this function on the web?
Time
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM
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Time
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM
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Canceled on 03/28/2019. Please don't check SHow this function on the web?
Time
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM
The overabundance of nutrition advice can be confusing to anyone looking to make change. The IAFF recognizes the need for clear recommendations that fit the uniqueness of the fire service. During this live, interactive event, participants will sample easy, healthy meals and snacks that support life and work as a fire fighter. You'll also hear the latest evidence-based recommendations, advice and tips from a nutrition expert focused on helping you understand your body and how to develop a plan to reach your goals. Includes a cooking demo with samples.
Time
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM
Due to the nature of the occupation, fire fighters are at special risk for burn injury. The quality of care during the first hours after injury has a major impact on long-term survival. Understanding the dynamics of Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) is crucial to providing the best possible outcomes for any patient. This course focuses on the first 24 hours post-burn and minimizing the risk of further injury. CEU credits are available for this course.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
As fentanyl becomes more prevalent, so have the myths surrounding the risks associated with first responders' encounters with it. This pre-conference session is a comprehensive course that includes three lab sessions focused on safe response to opioids, particularly fentanyl. Attendees will be able to identify the substance, reduce the risk of exposure and negative consequences, and safely manage the patient and the scene when fentanyl is present. This course includes lab sessions that discuss decontamination, detection and how pills are made and what causes large-batch overdoses.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
The IAFF Fire Ground Survival program ensures that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent among all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. Fire fighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service. Fire Ground Survival instructors will provide an overview of the 32-hour certification course and allow attendees to participate in several of the practical training evolutions. The activities participants will perform while involved in the Fire Ground Survival Practical Workshop require mental judgment, physical ability and dexterity. The IAFF will not provide medical or health insurance coverage to anyone during any aspect of this workshop. All participants MUST sign a waiver prior to participation in this workshop. Funded by the IAFF and assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant program, our comprehensive Fire Ground Survival training program applies the lessons learned from fire fighter fatality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and has been developed by a committee of subject matter experts from the IAFF, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and NIOSH. Registrants are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (turnout coat and pants, hood, gloves, boots and helmet).
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Despite increased awareness of behavioral health problems in the fire service, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, burnout and suicide continue to plague the ranks. Building on the initial success of the IAFF Peer Support Training program, the IAFF Resiliency Training is an eight-hour, in-person training focused on building individual and organizational resilience in the fire service. Through a combination of self-assessment, group discussion and interactive video, participants will learn essential factors that contribute to personal resiliency and gain practical stress management skills to be applied on and off the job.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
To truly make exercise matter, we must begin by asking why and understanding what motivates and inspires our fire fighters to exercise - health, safety, performance, quality of life, etc. We must also recognize that every fire fighter, regardless of age, experience, fitness or job status, is unique and needs the capacity to meet the demands of their life. The same exercise program will not work with, nor will it be needed, by every fire fighter. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, attendees will improve their ability to assess, design and implement exercise sessions for fire fighters with varying interests. All attendees will be provided a series of resources to assist with the administration and interpretation of the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) assessment.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM
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Canceled on 03/28/2019. Please don't check SHow this function on the web?
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM
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Canceled on 03/28/2019. Please don't check SHow this function on the web?
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM
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Canceled on 03/28/2019. Please don't check SHow this function on the web?
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM
The overabundance of nutrition advice can be confusing to anyone looking to make change. The IAFF recognizes the need for clear recommendations that fit the uniqueness of the fire service. During this live, interactive event, participants will sample easy, healthy meals and snacks that support life and work as a fire fighter. You'll also hear the latest evidence-based recommendations, advice and tips from a nutrition expert focused on helping you understand your body and how to develop a plan to reach your goals. Includes a cooking demo with samples.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

 
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Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
As building codes revise and new technologies are developed, the fire fighter's work environment is becoming more challenging. This information session focuses on tall wood buildings, exterior building cladding and energy storage systems (ESS). Recent code changes created three new types of U.S. construction, allowing wood buildings up to 18 stories tall. Exterior cladding systems are designed to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of buildings but can provide significant firefighting challenges. Additionally, lithium-ion battery technology, due to their small size relative to their energy storage capacity, is creating new hazards in fire protection.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
IAFF members are born to save others, but saving ourselves is one of the toughest parts of the job. For a seasoned fire fighter coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health challenges, is it possible to seek help and emerge stronger on the other side. Meet four IAFF members who had the courage to leave their job, home and families to seek treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery and receive life-saving behavioral health treatment with their fellow IAFF brothers and sisters. Panel members will share their recovery stories, challenges and lessons learned.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST), created by Drexel University, is a research enterprise organized to support the U.S. fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis. The culture around safety in any organization is a strong predictor of injuries. Safety climate is the measurable aspect of organizational safety culture and has been used by other industries, such as healthcare, construction and manufacturing, to gauge and improve safety performance. Until recently, the U.S. fire service lacked a reliable and valid instrument to measure its specific safety climate. Every fire department in the United States is vulnerable to the impact that negative organizational culture has on safety. This information session will review the research and show how departments can achieve a positive safety culture by measuring changes in behavior and decision making.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
This session will provide attendees with information on increasing their chances of receiving funding from federal grants. The IAFF Grants Administration Department oversees the IAFF's national grant programs, which total more than $20 million per year. To assist departments applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding, the IAFF has developed and will present templates for various IAFF programs, including the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI), the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification, Peer Support and Fire Ground Survival (FGS) programs. Instructors will also present strategies for seeking and obtaining grant funding at the state level.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
Community paramedic programs continue to expand in the fire service and across the EMS industry. However, the ability to perform the work within the scope of practice must be secured at the state level. This information session will discuss some of the successes and pitfalls of community paramedic program legislation.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
It's difficult to watch male-oriented television shows, read male-targeted magazines or listen to sports talk radio without hearing an abundance of advertising for testosterone-boosting supplements or replacement therapy clinics. But what qualifies as low testosterone? How is it properly measured? What could be the cause of low testosterone? And who should consider replacement therapy? The answers are not what you think. This information session will answer these questions and more.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
This info session takes a look at the circadian clock to explain why it's important, how it works, and how to know it isn't working. These 24-hour clocks produce circadian (daily) rhythms in almost every aspect of physiology and behavior. Increasing evidence is showing that disruptions to this natural cycle caused by the modern lifestyle, with its artificial light and round-the-clock access to food, can impact our health, resulting in everything from poor-quality sleep to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Research is beginning to reveal how we can be protected against obesity and metabolic diseases by having our daily access to food restricted to a 10-hour window. This info session will provide the information to gain a better understanding of the latest circadian rhythm and scheduled eating research.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
Participate in an open discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs, as well as those involved in fire fighter occupational health research. This is an opportunity to further explore issues addressed by physicians.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
This session is your opportunity to speak with and hear from a panel of the IAFF's technical experts on fire fighter wellness and fitness. Topics include implementing a successful wellness program, annual fitness testing, the role of Peer Fitness Trainers, functional movement screening, building a wellness culture, getting buy-in and more.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
This session is an introduction to the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI), the new parent of the FireCARES and NFORS data systems. IPSDI was formed to help local fire departments gather, organize and translate big data to improve the evaluation of risk, deployment of resources and response to fires and other emergencies. This session includes demonstrations of the new features in FireCARES and NFORS, including the new Firefighter Exposure Tracker Mobile App, known as the Firefighter Career Diary.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
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Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
More and more fire departments are seeking accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Paramedic training programs require accreditation for CAAHEP. However, the accreditation of fire departments and paramedic programs is typically performed without the direct involvement or knowledge of IAFF affiliates. It is imperative that IAFF local leaders understand the importance of accreditation in order to help shape the future of the fire service. This information session will discuss why involvement matters.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
It's difficult to watch male-oriented television shows, read male-targeted magazines or listen to sports talk radio without hearing an abundance of advertising for testosterone-boosting supplements or replacement therapy clinics. But what qualifies as low testosterone? How is it properly measured? What could be the cause of low testosterone? And who should consider replacement therapy? The answers are not what you think. This information session will answer these questions and more.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
The fire industry is built on a foundation of standards, but many believe these industry standards exclude prehospital care. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a variety of standards designed to ensure safe EMS operations and build lasting response systems. This information session provides a comprehensive overview of NFPA standards 450, 451, 1917, 1500, 1710 and 3000, which affect EMS delivery, operations and quality management.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
A new funding opportunity, established by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, may alter the way fire departments and EMS agencies are paid for services. This information session will discuss the pros and cons of this innovative pilot project and the anticipated impact on fire-based EMS.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fire fighters around the nation endure the same problems when making appropriate healthcare and administrative connections after on- and off-the-job injuries. This session will cover how one company developed a program to assist a major metropolitan fire department return its fire fighters to work, simplifying the healthcare process for injury and rehabilitation. This model improves efficiency of workers' compensation injury care by shortening time spent on diagnosis, treatment, backfill and reducing sick pay costs. This unique and effective program is now helping dozens of fire departments of every size in five states return fire fighters back to work sooner and healthier, while putting the fire fighter first and saving municipalities millions in overtime and related costs that could be reinvested into their own fire department's health and wellness programs.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
IAFF members are born to save others, but saving ourselves is one of the toughest parts of the job. For a seasoned fire fighter coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health challenges, is it possible to seek help and emerge stronger on the other side. Meet four IAFF members who had the courage to leave their job, home and families to seek treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery and receive life-saving behavioral health treatment with their fellow IAFF brothers and sisters. Panel members will share their recovery stories, challenges and lessons learned.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
Participate in an open discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs, as well as those involved in fire fighter occupational health research. This is an opportunity to further explore issues addressed by physicians.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
As building codes revise and new technologies are developed, the fire fighter's work environment is becoming more challenging. This information session focuses on tall wood buildings, exterior building cladding and energy storage systems (ESS). Recent code changes created three new types of U.S. construction, allowing wood buildings up to 18 stories tall. Exterior cladding systems are designed to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of buildings but can provide significant firefighting challenges. Additionally, lithium-ion battery technology, due to their small size relative to their energy storage capacity, is creating new hazards in fire protection.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM
This session is an introduction to the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI), the new parent of the FireCARES and NFORS data systems. IPSDI was formed to help local fire departments gather, organize and translate big data to improve the evaluation of risk, deployment of resources and response to fires and other emergencies. This session includes demonstrations of the new features in FireCARES and NFORS, including the new Firefighter Exposure Tracker Mobile App, known as the Firefighter Career Diary.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

 
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Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
Although a handful of fire departments in Canada offer seamless EMS patient care and transport, the majority of departments are isolated to the provision of pre- and out-of-hospital care due to limitations set by provincial legislation. However, through hard work and engaging in political discussion, the value of increasing the scope of fire fighter practise has shown to be effective and cost efficient in improving patient care. This workshop will highlight the opportunities and advancements of EMS provided by fire fighters in Canada.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
Cancer is a leading cause of fire service morbidity and mortality. A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) demonstrated an excess mortality rate for cancer in fire fighters compared with the general population. The toxic environments in which fire service members live and work have long been suspected to have an adverse effect on fire fighter health. Fire fighters are exposed to many chemicals that are known to cause cancer in humans. This workshop will discuss recent studies regarding fire ground exposures and their effects on fire fighters. Strategies to reduce occupational exposures and their effectiveness will also be discussed.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
This workshop will look at medical rehabilitation strategies fire departments in the United States use to maximize return-to-work readiness and facilitate a smooth transition from injury to full duty. Departments of varying size benefit from in-house rehabilitation specialists, such as physical therapists and athletic trainers. In this workshop, you'll learn about successful programs that facilitate employee trust, enhance the health and fitness of all employees, impact overall injury resilience and are cost-effective. This workshop also provides information on how to reach out to community rehabilitation providers for potential in-house services.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
Getting the proper nutrition with whole real foods is a key component to leading a healthy lifestyle. Learning to develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best will help you implement lasting changes to improve your energy, balance and health. In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of eating meals that create sustained energy and help prevent disease, hear about quality nutrition practices that support balance at work and home, and walk away with tips on how to implement healthy eating habits at the firehouse. You will also hear about a new IAFF nutrition campaign that will bring awareness to the importance of nutrition and its role in fire fighter health.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program is a federal program, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, designed to provide resources to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to coordinate activities to address drug trafficking in specifically designated areas of the country. The goal of the program is to address drug-related issues by supporting and collaborating with law enforcement, treatment and prevention partners. This session will explain the HIDTA data network and why local fire departments must be connected through their CAD data.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
The emerging threat of homegrown violent extremists conducting acts of terrorism, specifically small unit active shooter and IED attacks, remains a concern for the fire service. These extremists are finding new ways to attack innocent people during mass gathering events or while conducting normal, everyday affairs. This workshop will address the major themes of the NFPA 3000 standard including preparedness, response, hospitals receiving patients, family reunification and community recovery.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
Per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have been used in many manufacturing processes, including non-stick coatings on cookware, food packaging materials and durable water repellents (DWRs) in consumer clothing (including fire fighter PPE), upholstery and carpets. Firefighting foams for extinguishing flammable liquid fires containing PFOS have been used for fire suppression and fire training. The products of fire suppression may include PFAS. There is a concern that exposure to this family of chemicals may have many health effects, including testicular and kidney cancer. This session will help you better understand this family of chemicals and their impact on fire fighters.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations than a Mayday. The Mayday Project is a groundbreaking study of more than 1,000 Maydays from around the nation. This workshop will provide an overview of the information provided by actual Mayday participants in regard to personal factors, department demographics, incident elements, types and causes of Maydays, actions taken, injuries, rescue operations and medical care. The importance of proper fire ground survival training will also be discussed.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) conducts independent investigations of select fire fighter line-of-duty deaths. Its goal is to provide recommendations to prevent future deaths and injuries. These investigations are not conducted to enforce compliance with state or federal job safety and health standards, or to determine fault or place blame on fire departments or individual fire fighters. This session will review the leading recommendations for the time period 2006-2014. The intent of the FFFIPP is to influence fire departments and fire fighters to critically assess and evaluate situations/circumstances similar to those identified by NIOSH investigations and implement the recommendations offered to prevent additional fire fighter fatalities.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
Over the last several years, there has been significant activity in the improvement and development of the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI). The WFI addresses the needs of the total individual in a program to build and maintain fit uniformed personnel. Fitness - physical, mental and emotional - requires an effective wellness program available to recruits, incumbents and retirees. This workshop will provide an update on the 4th Edition of the Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative and highlight one local's success in the implementation of this program.
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
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Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
Apparatus are used to perform more tasks today than in the past. Scene blocking, traffic control, lighting, SCBA refilling, disaster response and EMS response are examples that can affect how an apparatus is engineered. Interior cab design, such as seat size and the clean cab concept, may also change the interior design and the materials used within the cabs. Exterior storage for SCBA and PPE may alter cab design. Aerial ladder ascent safety devices are now a topic of concern after multiple fire fighter falls. As always, safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus. Additionally, this workshop will discuss concerns from apparatus accidents regarding safety.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
This panel will address audience questions on building or improving behavioral health programs. Come prepared to ask your questions about how to take care of the behavioral health needs of your members. Topic include mental health screenings during annual medical examinations, how to vet mental health clinicians and obtaining buy-in and funding for behavioral health programs. Content will also include key IAFF behavioral health resources.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
This workshop will present a compilation of lessons learned from active shooter and other hostile events. The overall theme of the session is that departments must prepare for the next event, not the most recent one.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
The so-called Eagles coalition is a de facto alliance of the large metropolitan cities' jurisdictional EMS medical directors from across the U.S., Europe and other nations. Overseeing the medical aspects of day-to-day 9-1-1 emergency responses and other critical emergencies/disasters in these most populous cities, the group is collectively responsible for more than 120 million residents within those municipalities who continuously share experiences, data and suggestions with each other on a daily basis. As such, this session with representative fire-based Eagles will feature numerous sample bullet presentations and Q&A lightning rounds regarding some of most innovative research and clinical care advances, such as those recently featured in the 2019 Gathering of Eagles conference held in Dallas, Texas.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
Communications on the fire ground is one of the most important functions of our occupation. A secure, resilient and reliable platform to provide mission critical voice and data communications to fire fighters is paramount. In 2012, Congress acted on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to pass the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission to allocate additional spectrum for public safety use and established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FIRSTNET BUILT WITH AT&T will buildout and manage the National Public Safety Broadband Network called FirstNet, but this leaves the fate of T-band in an undetermined gray area as competing bills run their course. This workshop will aid in the understanding of the evolving communications ecosystem, the legislation surrounding FIRSTNET and the impacts on operable and interoperable emergency communications for the public safety community.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
As fire departments continue to express interest in providing community paramedic and mobile integrated health services, and as grant opportunities become more competitive, there is a need to ensure value-added service remains sustainable while protecting the well-being of responders. This workshop is designed to address how affiliate leadership can participate in advancing the scope of practice and offering value to the community while ensuring responders are given due consideration in the changes.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program is a federal program, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, designed to provide resources to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to coordinate activities to address drug trafficking in specifically designated areas of the country. The goal of the program is to address drug-related issues by supporting and collaborating with law enforcement, treatment and prevention partners. This session will explain the HIDTA data network and why local fire departments must be connected through their CAD data.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
Per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFOA), have been used in many manufacturing processes, including non-stick coatings on cookware, food packaging materials and durable water repellents (DWRs) in consumer clothing (including fire fighter PPE), upholstery and carpets. Firefighting foams for extinguishing flammable liquid fires containing PFOS have been used for fire suppression and fire training. The products of fire suppression may include PFAS. There is a concern that exposure to this family of chemicals may have many health effects, including testicular and kidney cancer. This session will help you better understand this family of chemicals and their impact on fire fighters.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
Using data to assess how well your department matches resources to risks provides awareness of the adequacy of daily deployment and much more. To tell the story, the data must be organized and visualized in a way that makes sense to decision-makers and the public. This workshop will show local leaders how to gather necessary data, assess their community risk, interpret a workload capacity and explain how the results can inform fire service administration. You'll also see the resources the IAFF provides for fire department operational insights. New fire department performance metrics will also be introduced.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations than a Mayday. The Mayday Project is a groundbreaking study of more than 1,000 Maydays from around the nation. This workshop will provide an overview of the information provided by actual Mayday participants in regard to personal factors, department demographics, incident elements, types and causes of Maydays, actions taken, injuries, rescue operations and medical care. The importance of proper fire ground survival training will also be discussed.
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

Thursday, 22 August 2019

 
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Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the national standard in active shooter response training by the FBI. Since 2002, ALERRT at Texas State has been awarded more than $72 million in state and federal grant funding and has trained more than 130,000 law enforcement and fire officials nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. The program is currently operating on more than $22.7 million for national training. It has also trained more than 200,000 civilians in the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Avoid-Deny-Defend Awareness Program. This session will provide insights into the program and how local fire departments can participate in the joint training.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
While the number of fire fighter on-duty fatalities have declined, the number of cardiac related on-duty fatalities remains unchanged. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the single most frequent cause of duty-related fatalities among fire fighters. While there are numerous efforts to increase the number of fire fighters who receive annual medical exams and screening for early detection of cardiovascular disease by healthcare providers who fully understand the physical and psychological demands and consequences of firefighting, there is a critical missing element that needs to be addressed. This workshop will review actions affiliate leaders can take to (1) ensure healthcare providers understand the importance of elevated risk factors in the context of firefighting, (2) ensure the primary care physician understands the importance of elevated risk factors in the context of firefighting and (3) ensure their members who are cleared for duty understand that several risk factors for cardiovascular disease receive proper follow up.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
This workshop presents preliminary results of the telehealth clinic for Texas fire fighters initiated by the Warriors Research Institute of Baylor Scott & White Health. The clinic aims to improve the behavioral health of fire fighters by providing evidence-based, culturally aware treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, depression and other conditions via live online video sessions. Content discussed includes barriers mitigated by telehealth availability, outcomes from the telehealth clinic, personal testimonials from telehealth users, how to connect fire fighters to the telehealth clinic and future implications of this research for telehealth use in the U.S. fire service.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Today's structure fires burn faster, hotter and with more toxic byproducts. Because of these changes, traditional firefighting methods may no longer be the safest and most effective. Over the past several years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have been working together with the fire service to examine the changes in the fire environment over time, including ventilation limited fires, flow control and the effectiveness in suppression tactics. Fire dynamics allow fire fighters to better understand the underlying physics and chemistry that determine fire growth and development. This understanding provides fire fighters with a better ability to evaluate fire conditions and assess potential hazards in order to choose appropriate and effective strategies, tactics and techniques. This workshop will discuss what has been learned about the modern fire environment and make recommendations on adapting firefighting tactics to counter these changes.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
The IAFF Peer Support Training program continues to transform the behavioral health conversation in the fire service. In addition to learning how to receive peer support training through your local or department, this workshop will introduce a 10-step program development model and explore the critical building blocks to develop a successful peer support program. Topics include how to obtain program buy-in, select your peer team members, use mental health clinicians in your community, conduct program outreach, evaluate your impact to stakeholders and more. Members will leave equipped with practical strategies and IAFF resources to build or enhance an existing peer support program. Strategies will focus on building a team both from the local and state level.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
As the EMS industry continues to change, there are a number of opportunities and threats that affiliates should be prepared to manage. This workshop will discuss these threats, as well as opportunities to ensure affiliates are armed with information to protect themselves.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
As Canada and many U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use or both, many affiliates and departments are faced with questions about the drug's effects on health, safety and job security. This workshop will present examples of department policy in states with legalized marijuana. The session will also identify related issues, including legal implication for fire fighters using the drug.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Many law enforcement officers use body cameras to record their interactions with the public. These devices can be beneficial, but also raise privacy issues regarding recording of fire fighters and paramedics involved in medical care on scene. This session will address the pros and cons and legal implications of police-worn body cameras and touch on fire fighter helmet cameras worn on scene.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Once the fire is out, what are the next steps your department should be taking to ensure members are properly decontaminating and protecting themselves from toxic exposures? Post fire decontamination efforts are essential to limit chemical exposures at the scene and limit chemicals being brought back to the station. This workshop will cover NFPA 1500 guidelines, proper PPE decontamination methods, the latest research to understand how to limit your exposure to carcinogens and how to put together an effective cancer prevention SOP/SOG.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Firefighting has many occupational hazards. However, for women, the risks related to exposures, shift work and physiologic strain has the potential to negatively impact maternal and child health, in addition to the overall health of female fire fighters. Female fire fighters also may experience greater levels of job strain, stress and anxiety. In San Francisco, the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative Study (WFBCS) is investigating what impact occupational exposures have on the bodies of female fire fighters, particularly how those chemical exposures might suggest a link to breast cancer in premenopausal women fire fighters. This workshop is not just for women, but also for local leaders, to understand the occupational health concerns of the female firefighting population.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
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Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
Community paramedic and mobile-integrated health programs are more than just meeting the needs of the citizens; they are also strengthening bonds with community partners and potentially new political allies. This workshop will instruct affiliates on how to meet people and build relationships with others in the healthcare and social-needs network.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
Exercise is a tool that can be used to rehabilitate and manage existing physical, psychological and behavioral conditions; prevent the occurrence of future problems; and improve personal health and performance. In other words, it can be used to enhance the quality of every fire fighter's life, regardless of age, experience or health status. Exercise really is the best medicine. This workshop will highlight the wide-ranging benefits of exercise for chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and behavioral health, and provide several small steps to take to build an effective Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) program to leverage the benefits of exercise.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
Today's structure fires burn faster, hotter and with more toxic byproducts. Because of these changes, traditional firefighting methods may no longer be the safest and most effective. Over the past several years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have been working together with the fire service to examine the changes in the fire environment over time, including ventilation limited fires, flow control and the effectiveness in suppression tactics. Fire dynamics allow fire fighters to better understand the underlying physics and chemistry that determine fire growth and development. This understanding provides fire fighters with a better ability to evaluate fire conditions and assess potential hazards in order to choose appropriate and effective strategies, tactics and techniques. This workshop will discuss what has been learned about the modern fire environment and make recommendations on adapting firefighting tactics to counter these changes.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
The problem that fire and EMS departments have historically faced in treating patients in hemorrhagic shock is that bleeding cannot always be controlled and there is limited ability to provide blood replacement in the field. The San Antonio Fire Department looked to the military for a solution, and that solution is whole blood deployed on ground units made possible by new military technologies. This workshop will discuss the steps San Antonio took to meet the needs of its community.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
The IAFF uses guidance from a range of medical professional organizations as a starting basis for making screening recommendations for diseases for which fire fighters are at risk. Using experts on fire fighter health and screening, those recommendations are optimized specifically for fire fighters. This session will discuss recommendations for cancer, heart disease, behavioral health and others. Screening that may leave you with more questions than answers will also be discussed.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
The potential for explosions and hazardous exposures exists on the fire ground and throughout the fire service. The health hazards are well known for some exposures and poorly understood for others. The toxic environments in which fire fighters live and work have long been suspected to have an adverse effect on fire fighter health. Fire departments should ensure gas monitoring equipment is adequately maintained and fire fighters are routinely trained on proper use. Wearing full PPE, including respiratory protection, during suspicious odor investigations and overhaul is essential. This workshop will train you in the proper use of your multi-gas meter, discuss how meter readings impact your health and lessen the risk of occupational exposure, injury and disease.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
This presentation will review what is known, and more importantly what isn't known, about fire fighter suicide. Participants will learn about suicide prevention and suicide postvention (defined as an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide to facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss) mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide and prevent suicide among people at high risk after exposure to suicide. Content will include effective suicide prevention strategies, evidence-based treatments for suicide, resources for suicide loss and new IAFF efforts to understand and address suicide.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
Current events and hyperbole on the impact of urban interface fires can leave many questions and concerns unanswered. Wildland urban interface (WUI) fires are occurring more often and are larger and more destructive than in past decades. Every year, greater numbers of structural fire fighters are called to respond. But unlike the environment that structural fire fighters are accustomed to, the urban interface environment has very little research or information on how to protect fire fighters from the harmful smoke and particulate. This workshop will provide an update on the latest research and future projects. This session will focus on the facts of recent urban interface events and the ongoing efforts of the IAFF to ensure the health and safety of our members responding to these incidents.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
Findings from the Fire Protection Research Foundation study on "How Clean Is Clean" and NIOSH's recent research will be presented, along with the impact on fire service care of turnout garments. Information will be provided to distinguish the effectiveness of different practices for advanced cleaning and sanitization of outershell fabrics and the respective impacts of selected process variables, such as temperature. The implementation of cleaning verification procedures within NFPA 1851 will be discussed and supplemented with an overview of how to judge the results for cleaning efficiency.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM
As the all-hazards response environment continues to change, departments must find ways to innovate, add value and often adapt the services provided to continue to meet community needs. This workshop is designed to assist affiliate leaders in developing data-driven solutions and evidence-based proposals for adding value to the services they provide in their respective communities.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM

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