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) by September 3. 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 (Tre 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: First Amendment Rights and Emergency Scene Photography – Chief Curt Varone, JD (Mayo, facilitator)
1-1:20 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #1 – “Understanding the Relationship Between the Clifton Fire Department (New Jersey) and Clifton's Orthodox Jewish Community” – Michael Allora
1:20-1:50 p.m. NFA/Fire-EMS/PPACA Alignments – Mike Stern, NFA
1:50-2:05 p.m. CC #3: Digital Photography and Public Records – Varone (Mayo, facilitator)
2:05-2:20 p.m. Break
2:20-3:20 p.m. Community Paramedic Assessment Skills – Dr. Dan Swayze (Lorber, facilitator)
3:20-3:40 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #2 – “Minority Recruitment: Identifying Ways to Enhance Diversity in the Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department” – Victor B. Williams
3:40-4:00 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #3 – “An Analysis of Response Times for the Colerain Township Department of Fire & EMS” – M. Allen Walls
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 (Lorber, facilitator)
5-5:05 p.m. Closing remarks and instructions
6-7:45 p.m. Dinner
7:45-8 p.m. Move to E Auditorium
8-9 p.m. President Teddy Roosevelt's Early Universal Health Care – Adam Lindquist (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)
9:30-9:50 a.m. Applied Research Project Paper #4 – “Substance Abuse Policy Addressing the Off-Duty Use of Legalized Recreational Marijuana” – Stuart E. Mills
9:50-10:10 a.m. Break
10:10-11 a.m. PPACA and the EMS – Acting Assistant Secretary/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Rick Patrick, facilitator)
11 a.m-Noon Migrating Physician Emergency Room Incentives to EMS: An Adaptive Change – Dr. James Augustine, Surgeon, Atlanta (Georgia) Fire Department (Bruce Evans, facilitator)
Noon-12:15 p.m. CC #4: Career and Technical Education in the Fire Service – Bob DiPietro (Mayo, facilitator)
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Community Para-Medicine – Tom Breyer, IAFF
2:15-2:30 p.m. CC #5: The Relationship between Risk and Fear: Are Our Limited Resources Being Used Properly. John Waters (Mayo, facilitator)
2:30-3:20 p.m. Social hour / meetings
3:20-3:40 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #5 – “The Feasibility of Fire-Based Transports by the Albuquerque Fire Department” – Frank W. Soto, Jr.
3:40-3:55 p.m. CC #6: Violence Against Firefighters. Howard Munding (Mayo, facilitator)
3:55-4:10 p.m. CC #7: Firefighter Dependent Care. Rogers (Mayo, facilitator)
4:10-4:30 p.m. Applied Research Project Paper #6 – “Building a Community Injury Profile: The First Step Toward a Risk Reduction Program for the City of Dallas” – Lauren Johnson
4:30-4:40 p.m. Announcements and Instructions (Lawrence)
4:40-6:30 p.m. Break
6:30-9 p.m. EFOP Honors Banquet at the National Emergency Training Center Dining Hall
NFA Superintendent's Remarks
Keynote – Dr. Burt Clark
Don Manno Award – Chief Kelly
Outstanding Research Paper Awards – Chief Kelly
Recognition of graduates – Onieal/Kiefer
Closing – Lawrence
Photo opportunity – Onieal/Kiefer/others

September 6 sessions

8-8:05 a.m. Administrative announcements
8:05-9 a.m. NFA activity: Managing Officer Program – Kiefer and Neale
9-9:15 a.m. CC #8: Measuring Your Fire Department. Leo Giuliano (Mayo, facilitator)
9:15-9:45 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. Conference Keynote Address – 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