Day 1 - Friday, February 4th

Enhancing Performance at Fires and EmergenciesChief Eric Nurnberg - Iowa City Fire Dept.

The fire service has, in recent years, gained significant appreciation for the application of science in modern firefighting. While debates about application occur from coast to coast, many fire departments are adopting changes to fireground strategy and tactics based on the conclusions of various physical science experiments. While the occupation’s renewed appreciation for science is encouraging, the scope of analysis and synthesis remains narrow. This presentation will examine history, relevant literature, and more than a century’s worth of psychology and neuroscience to demonstrate that the most significant scientific discipline impacting performance at fires and emergencies is related to human performance under stress. This presentation will examine three critical dimensions: 1) cognitive function at fires and emergencies, 2) psychological and physiological performance under stress, and 3) building resilience through training.

Building Effective Crews Through Training and LeadershipCaptain Brian McNulty - Milwaukee Fire Dept.

A Company Officer's perspective on building effective crews.

Day 2 - Saturday, February 5th

Aggressive CommandChief Mo Davis - Houston Fire Dept.

This class will discuss how chief-level officers need to be involved, how they must be equally trained, and the importance of leading aggressively for successful outcomes. Most of the problems on the fireground come from lack of appropriate leadership and decision-making. This class helps address these problems and discusses how decisions are made.

Leading in the Fire Service: Building a High Performing TeamLt. Ty Weeler - Johnston-Grimes (IA) Fire Dept.

Building a team starts with your people. Without people, we do not have an organization and without them; calls are not answered, fires not extinguished, and victims not rescued. Our people are the organization, and they are our customers. To develop strong organizations, we must first build a strong culture. This does not happen without strong leaders to espouse the values and set the vision for the organization. Leadership and culture have become buzz words in the fire service and rightfully so, but our approach to leadership application has been unchanged for decades. The leadership principles of the past and just that, the past. This class will introduce students to new leadership principles, discuss how to develop strong culture and build a high performing team from the bottom of the organization to the top. Your traditional thinking of leadership and culture will be challenged as we build new skills to bring fire service leadership into the future.

Step 1: Attendee Information

Step 2: Lecture - Day #1

  • Enhancing Performance at Fires and Emergencies

Step 3: Lecture - Day #2

  • Aggressive Command
    Leading in the Fire Service: Building a High Performing Team


Step 4: Waiver & Policies

Notification of registration cancellation and refund requests must occur no later than January 1st, 2022. No refund requests are possible after this deadline unless your spot can be filled by someone on a waitlist.

You can transfer your registration to someone else up to three days prior to the event.
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