Specialty Education

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Chief's Edge

Tuesday, July 25, 8 AM - 6:30 PM
Westin Hotel
Sponsored by 1-800-BOARDUP

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Chief's Edge program and is an integral part of the executive education experience. This intense seminar takes a fresh look at leadership principles, fosters extensive peer-to-peer interaction, and provides the practical skills needed to become a more effective leader. Learn more

High-Impact Training - The Injured Firefighter and Gear-Removal Practices

Friday, July 28, 12:30 - 4 PM
Saturday, July 29, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Exhibit Hall Booth 114

Departments train heavily on motorcycle and athletic protective gear removal – it's time to discover best practices for removing PPE from an injured firefighter and immediate EMS care. Limited space, register today!

Each participant will:

  • Gain hands-on experience of cutting and removal of actual firefighter PPE
  • Acquire the knowledge, understanding and skill of the gear removal best practice technique
  • Transfer this training knowledge and technique to their department
  • Receive a CD copy of the presentation

 

Incident Safety Officer & Health Safety Officer Training Courses

Incident Safety Officer

Monday, July 24 - Tuesday, July 25
7 AM - 5 PM

The Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association (FDSOA) Incident Safety Officer course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 3rd Edition of Dave Dodson’s Incident Safety Officer and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to operate as safety officers the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include reading smoke, reading buildings, reading firefighters, reading risk and reading hazards. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

Health Safety Officer

Monday, July 24 - Tuesday, July 25
7 AM - 5 PM

The Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association (FDSOA) Health and Safety Officer (HSO) course is a two-day academy that is based upon the 4th Edition of James Angle’s Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services and the 2015 NFPA Standards 1500, 1521, and 1561. The purpose is to provide attendees who expect to be responsible for the overall health and safety programs of a fire department the tools needed to be the most proficient. Topics will include risk management, relevant OSHA and NFPA standards, safety program development and management, and safety program evaluation. The course will also prepare the students for the FDSOA certification examination. Those successfully completing the process will be issued a ProBoard certificate verifying competency to the 2015 NFPA standards.

FSTAR Townhall on Fire Dynamics Research and Health Effects of Exposure to Fireground Chemicals and Risk for Occupational Cancer

Tuesday, July 25
Sponsored by Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Biologics Modular, Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina and UL LLC

8:30 AM Introduction to FSTAR
Richard Miller, IAFC

9:00 AM to Noon Structural Firefighting Research
During the past decade, firefighting research studies have identified a range of tactical considerations for the fire service. These considerations include residential fuel loads, ventilation limited fires, how to control ventilation limited fires, size-up, flow paths, door control, value of exterior attack, and transitional attack. Having the research results is valuable, but how do you implement that information on the fireground. The Houston Fire Department has studied the research results and developed training programs as a starting point to implementing the research-based tactical considerations on the fireground. The presentation will discuss the research, the path to implementation, and the impact of the changes on the fire ground. A source of resources that fire departments could use as a basis for change will be shared. Please bring your questions to the town hall.
Daniel Madrzykowski, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute; Jeffrey King, Houston Fire Department

Noon to 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Critical Lessons from the IFSI Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risk Studies
Sudden cardiac events are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the Fire Service and a primary acute health concern. Exposure to fireground chemicals and risk for occupational cancer is a primary chronic health concern associated with firefighting. In a recent series of projects between IFSI Research, UL FSRI and NIOSH, we have developed a deeper understanding of the cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks that we face in the fire service. This presentation will review the critical results from those efforts, discuss policy, protocol and tactical implication from this study as well as describe means to reduce exposures to these risks.
Gavin Horn, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI); Denise Smith, Skidmore College

SAFRE Education Sessions

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National Counterterrorism Center Symposium

Tuesday, July 25, 8 AM - 4 PM 
Convention Center 203B

View the current 2017 NCTC Symposium Agenda.

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) presents a complimentary one-day Symposium to discuss current initiatives and domestic preparedness. Symposium attendees are limited to first responders who are U.S. citizens, as each brief is presented as an unclassified, for official use only, level.

Companion Track

Friday, July 28

The Companion Track is designed for the spouses, partners, companions, and family members of FRI participants. While FRI participants are participating in their educational and networking events on FRI, we encourage companions to attend three exciting sessions designed especially for the first responder family. Sessions on Friday include: 

  • Inspiring and Supportive Roles for Families of Firefighters 
  • Strategies to Build Strong & Healthy Relationships 
  • First Responders – Insights into Life, Marriage, and Family 

The Companion Track is free and includes complimentary admission to the FRI Exhibit Hall. 



An Exclusively Unique Opportunity

FRI is not a firefighter training conference - it is an exclusively unique opportunity for company officers and chief officers (and those that aspire to be). You will not learn how to stretch a line or vent a roof at FRI - but what you WILL learn in various diverse dimensions, is how to successfully LEAD and COMMAND those who do.

– Billy Goldfeder, EFO, Deputy Fire Chief, Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department