26th Annual Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium

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The Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) Graduate Symposium dates are set for September 4-6, 2014. The focus of the event will be on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its impact on fire and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies.

The Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has appointed a committee of members to assist with symposium planning. Please see the agenda below.

Registration information for the EFOP Graduate Symposium

Applications are being accepted from all EFOP alumni. Additionally, current EFOP students are eligible to attend, and both groups are encouraged to apply immediately.

Due to the programmatic and emergent subject matter program theme, all fire service executives, policymakers, and those with a specific interest in the fire service’s engagement in or response to PPACA, or any other aspect of the act, are also encouraged to attend.

To apply, submit FEMA Form 119-25-1 (PDF, 780 Kb) no later than August 4. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and meals. There is no stipend reimbursement for the EFOP Graduate Symposium.

EFOP Graduate Symposium agenda

September 4 sessions

7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration
8:15-8:45 a.m. Opening ceremony and remarks
Dr. Cortez Lawrence, National Fire Academy (NFA)
NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal
IAFC EFO Section President Pat Kelly
8:45-9:15 a.m. Hot Topics from the Federal Perspective – U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell
9:15-10:15 a.m. Conference opening keynote, The Fire Service and Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges – John Sinclair
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-10:45 a.m. Chuck Chat (CC) #1: Creating a Trustworthy Environment for Problem-Solving. Matthew (Mayo, facilitator)
10:45-11:45 a.m. Show Me the Money: Paying for Community Paramedic Programs – Dr Daniel Swayze (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1 p.m. CC #2: Topic to be announced (Mayo, facilitator)
1-1:30 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #1 (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q & A)
1:30-2 p.m. NFA/Fire-EMS/PPACA Alignments – Mike Stern, NFA
2-2:15 p.m. CC #3: Violence Against Firefighters – A Chief's Perspective. Howard Munding (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Community Paramedic Assessment Skills – Dr. Dan Swayze (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
3:30-4 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #2 (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q & A)
4-5 p.m. Bringing the PPACA to the Fire Department – Deputy Chief Todd Leduc, Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office, Department of Fire Rescue (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
6-8:45 p.m. Dinner
8:45-9:45 p.m. President Teddy Roosevelt's Early Universal Health Care – Adam Lindquist (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)

September 5 sessions

8-8:05 a.m. Administrative announcements
8:05-8:30 a.m. IAFC EFO Section President Pat Kelly
8:30-9:30 a.m. Building a Community Program – Dr. Dan Swayze (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
9:30-10 a.m. Applied Research Project Paper #3 (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q & A)
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11 a.m. PPACA and the EMS – Acting Assistant Secretary/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Kelley Patrick, facilitator)
11-11:15 a.m. NFA Activity: The Managing Officer Program – Dr. Kirby Kiefer, Deputy Superintendent, NFA
11:15-11:30 a.m. CC #4: topic to be announced – Bob DiPietro (Jo-Ann Lorber, facilitator)
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Community Para-Medicine – Tom Breyer, IAFF
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:00 p.m. Migrating Physician Emergency Room Incentives to EMS: An Adaptive Change – Dr. James Augustine, Surgeon, Atlanta (Georgia) Fire Department (Bruce Evans, facilitator)
2-2:15 p.m. CC #5: The Relationship between Risk and Fear: Are Our Limited Resources Being Used Properly. John Waters (Mayo, facilitator)
2:15-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4 p.m. The Fire Service as a Competitor – Chief Deputy Mike Metro, Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department
4-4:30 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #4 (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q & A)
4:30-4:45 p.m. CC #6: Digital Photography and Public Records. Curt Varone (Mayo, facilitator)
4:45-5 p.m. CC #7: Firefighter Dependent Care. Rogers (Mayo, facilitator)
6-10 p.m. EFOP Honors Banquet at the National Emergency Training Center Dining Hall
Don Manno Award
Graduate recognition
Applied Research Project awards

September 6 sessions

8-8:05 a.m. Administrative announcements
8:05-9:15 a.m. The PPACA's Impact on America's Fire Service – Chief Deputy Mike Metro, Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. CC #8: Violence Against Firefighters. DePietro (Mayo, facilitator)
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m. Closing Keynote: Adapting Fire-Based Quality Improvement to Meet the Future of Reimbursement – Chief Bruce Evans
10:45-11:45 a.m. The Only Constant is Change: The PPACA and Fire Service Leadership for the Future – Gary Ludwig
11:45 a.m.-Noon Closing Remarks – Dr. Denis Onieal and Dr. Cortez Lawrence