April 7, 2019
This informal gathering will give conference attendees and presenters a chance to get to know one another before the week of classes, networking, and hard work.
April 8, 2019
The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services is proud to announce that the opening keynote speaker for the 2019 Leadership Conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monday, April 8, in conjunction with the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International, is Battalion Chief Tiffanye S. Wesley. More information
Why it’s Important and How to Implement Health-Related Fitness Programming in Your Station: NFPA 1583
This class will discuss how to implement a wellness and fitness program in your fire station. Topics will discuss why this is important. Data will be shown that explains the cardiovascular blood pressure risk of firefighting along with the benefits in blood pressure levels seen by exercise training in firefighters.
With today’s modern building materials and the growing use of hybrid construction methods, the crucial task of recognizing and identifying the structures we are responding to is becoming much more difficult. For my class, we will take a modern spin on identifying these structures.
Achieving diversity in the fire service is challenging for most departments and should be a continuous work in process. Many times there is an unconscious struggle to achieve diversity in the fire service and many departments have worked hard in providing a diverse workplace. One of the many issues inhibiting implementation of a diverse workplace is implementing a program proactively, rather than reactively. This class is designed to assist Chiefs, staff officers and firefighters in understanding, developing and implementing a program proactively that incorporates components of other current successful programs, the law and psychology.
Local government decision makers often alter fire department resources faster than fire service leaders can evaluate the potential impact. These decisions can leave a community without sufficient resources to respond to emergency calls safely, efficiently, and effectively. The Fire Community Assessment/Response Evaluation System (FireCARES) provides fire departments the ability to add a technical basis to what has historically been an anecdotal discussion regarding community hazards and risks as well as the impact of changes to fire department resource levels.
Whether you are on the fireground or firehouse, being the officer means… BEING THE OFFICER! Learn tips and tools to help you be more effective in your leadership position on emergency incidents and in station life. We will review command actions and statements for the fireground, language to help you take charge in the station…
Everyone in fire and EMS is entitled to work in a safe and respectful environment. Are you prepared to stand up for yourself or a co-worker when a bully strikes? This highly participatory workshop will give you tools to combat bullying and allow everyone to practice standing up to bullies in role play exercises.
The Assessment Center Process: An interactive workshop. What to expect and how to prepare to be successful
In this interactive presentation attendees will be given an overview of what to expect in an assessment center as well as what are the assessors looking for. Grading criteria will be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice typical exercises found in an assessment center.
Taught by two seasoned San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) veterans, Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac and Lt. Al “Gughi” Gughemetti, this course is packed with real life case studies of actual fires that have occurred throughout their careers and the dos and don’ts to ensure the engine company’s success on the fireground.
This course focuses on those aspects of leadership not covered in any book, manual or traditional fire officer curriculum. Students will engage in leadership lessons from the firehouse and understand the difference between leading in the station and managing the fire ground and recognize why this leadership vs. management concept is so critical to the role of company officer. Students will learn about the necessity of documentation and discipline and how they must exist for success at the company and battalion level.
We know what to take a scene with us, but do we know what do with what we take home? Capturing the Load will provide practical information surrounding firefighter’s mental health, while normalizing the different reactions we all have to what we see. This program offers education around how our brains process stress, the stress…
Firefighters are increasingly aware of their exposures to known and unknown carcinogens they face on the fireground. Beyond those exposures, being a firefighter pulls for an unhealthy environment and unhealthy behaviors that also increase the risk of cancer. This presentation will overview current research on obesity, fitness, nutrition, alcohol use, tobacco use and sleep in the fire service setting.
Fire camps for young women have been started across the country. Yet, these can be expensive and may require more resources than a department has available. There are ways to host one-day events that can accomplish the same for women who may have an interest in the fire service. In this 90-minute class, we will discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and how attendees can create effective recruitment events within their own communities.
Many firefighters have been injured or killed while trying to extinguish a basement fire or a fire on a level below them. This presentation will review research that shows the high risk to firefighters due to unexpected floor collapse and high heat.
We will focus on the first arriving officer who serves as the initial incident commander. We will concentrate on identification of incident priorities and implementation of the command sequence to include the establishment of an incident commander position and the necessity of command presence throughout the incident.
After a long but productive day, iWomen attendees, presenters, and Board Members will gather for appetizers and drinks.