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The First Annual National Professional Development Symposium (NPDS) dates are set for June 11-13, 2014 at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The symposium will feature presentations related to fire training and resources, fire and emergency services higher education, and fire prevention and protection.

June 10: Pre-Symposium Sessions

9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) committee meetings
Training, Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) Co-Chairs meeting (R0703)
TRADE Metro meetings (R0703)
7:00 p.m. FESHE and TRADE orientation for new (and old) members – Terry Koeper, Barb Klingensmith, Kevin Zumwalt and Scott Pascu

June 11: NPDS Sessions (R0178)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
E Auditorium
Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, National Fire Academy (NFA); Michael McCabe, Education Program Specialist, NFA
Moving Forward – Ernest Mitchell, Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The State and Vision of Emergency Services Professional Development 2000-2014 – Dr. Denis Onieal
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session #1

Setting the Stage: The Complete Fire Officer – Chief Ronny Coleman (Retired)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session #2

Presenting the U.S. Fire Administration Professional Development Initiative – Michael McCabe

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Publishers' Panel
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dining Hall
Lunch
1:00 p.m. Group photo
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session #3

Implementing the Professional Development Model: Lessons in Leadership (panel facilitated by Ed Kaplan)

  • Adam Thiel, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Chief James Schwartz, Arlington (VA) Fire Department
  • Chief Kelvin Cochran and Assistant Chief Michael Simmons, Atlanta (GA) Fire Rescue Department
3:00 p.m. National Professional Development Mall opens
6:00 p.m.
Vigilant Hose Company, Emmitsburg
NPDS Awards and Recognition Banquet

June 12: NPDS Sessions (R0178)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
J Auditorium
Welcome Back and Thursday Overview – Michael McCabe
National Fallen Firefighters: Behavioral Health and More – Rick Mason, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. TRADE/FESHE Collaboration as the Basis to Secure the Future of National Professional Development – Jim Broman, FESHE Emeritus
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. Breakout Session #1
Fire Operations Track:
  • Communicating Expectations – Michael Allora, Deputy Chief, Clifton (NJ) Fire Department (2 hours)
  • Firefighter Safety in the MRI Environment – Michael Grey, Southern Illinois University (1 hour)
  • IAFC Company Officer Leadership Committee: Resources for Your Company Officer Students – Randall W. Hanifen, FO, MIFireE (1 hour)
  • TRADE Region 9 and Target Solutions Partnership – Kevin S. Brame, TRADE Region 9; Andrew Lynch, Regional Manager, Target Solutions (2 hours)
EMS Track:
  • Flipping the Classroom – Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Tactical Communications – Jodi Pfarr, Aha! Process, Inc. (3 hours)
Education Track:
  • Factors Influencing the Achievement of Higher Education in the Fire Service: A Research Presentation – Dr. Bob Ditch, Ed.D. (1 hour)
  • FESHE Recognition Explanation: Policies and Procedures Explained – Diane Close, NFA (1 hour)
  • Optimizing Learning Outcomes with Social Media Techniques – Bob Osmond, IBM Organizations and People Development Service Area, IBM GBS (4 hours)
Technology Track:
  • eLearning Development and Delivery of Re-usable Learning Objects – Richard Valenta, Illinois Fire Institute; Scott Pascu, Akron Fire Department; Ian Kraft, State of Wyoming Fire Marshal’s Office; and Doug Ott, Bryant and Stratton College (4 hours)
  • Solar Power Arrays: How to Safely and Successfully Address a Fire Event – Roger Semplak (2 hours)
  • Student Response Technology – Travis Ford, Volunteer State College (1 hour)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Breakout Session #2
Fire Operations Track:
  • The Complete Fire Officer: Introduction – Ronny Coleman, Fire Force One (3 hours)
  • Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ – Teresa Neal, U.S. Fire Administration (1 hour)
  • Managing Officer Program – Dr. Denis Onieal (1 hour)
  • Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fire Ground – Christopher J. Naum, SFPE (4 hours)
  • Project Management: Parallels for First Responders – Bob Osmond, IBM Organizations and People Development Service Area, IBM GBS (4 hours)
Fire Prevention Track:
  • Early Warning Technology for People with Profound Hearing Loss – Gerri Penney, Palm Beach County (FL) Fire Department (1 hour)
EMS Track:
  • Leading From Where You Are – Travis Ford, Volunteer State College (4 hours)
  • Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey, Ph.D., University of Florida (1 hour)
  • Tactical Communications – Jodi Pfarr, Aha! Process, Inc. (3 hours)
Education Track:
  • FESHE Recognition Explanation: Policies and Procedures Explained – Diane Close, NFA (1 hour)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning: Competency-Based Credentialing – Mike Dannenberg, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (1 hour)
Technology Track:
  • eLearning Development and Delivery of Re-usable Learning Objects – Richard Valenta, Illinois Fire Institute; Scott Pascu, Akron Fire Department; Ian Kraft, State of Wyoming Fire Marshal’s Office; and Doug Ott, Bryant and Stratton College (4 hours)
  • Solar Power Arrays: How to Safely and Successfully Address a Fire Event – Roger Semplak (2 hours)
  • U.S. Fire Administration Applied Technology – Bill Troup, USFA (1 hour)
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Breakout Session #3
Fire Operations Track:
  • Customer Service – Michael Allora, Deputy Chief, Clifton (NJ) Fire Department (2 hours)
  • Defining Leadership By Successful Followership (Part II) – Ed Kaplan (2 hours)
  • Firefighter Safety in the MRI Environment – Michael Grey, Southern Illinois University (1 hour)
  • IAFC Company Officer Leadership Committee: Resources for Your Company Officer Students – Randall W. Hanifen, FO, MIFireE (1 hour)
  • TRADE Region 9 and Target Solutions Partnership – Kevin S. Brame, TRADE Region 9; Andrew Lynch, Regional Manager, Target Solutions (2 hours)
EMS Track:
  • Flipping the Classroom – Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey, Ph.D., University of Florida
Education Track:
  • Factors Influencing the Achievement of Higher Education in the Fire Service: A Research Presentation – Dr. Bob Ditch, Ed.D. (1 hour)
  • High School to College Pathways – Buddy Hyde, Southside Virginia Community College (1 hour)

June 13: NPDS Sessions (R0178)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
J Auditorium
Welcome Back and Friday Overview – Michael McCabe
Putting It All Together and Making It Work – Kevin Brame, TRADE Region 9
9:00 a.m. Breakout Session #4
Fire Operations Track:
  • Communicating Expectations – Michael Allora, Deputy Chief, Clifton (NJ) Fire Department (2 hours)
  • Firefighter Safety in the MRI Environment – Michael Grey, Southern Illinois University (1 hour)
  • Managing Officer Program – Dr. Denis Onieal (1 hour)
  • Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fire Ground – Christopher J. Naum, SFPE (4 hours)
  • TRADE Region 9 and Target Solutions Partnership – Kevin S. Brame, TRADE Region 9; Andrew Lynch, Regional Manager, Target Solutions (2 hours)
Fire Prevention Track:
  • Early Warning Technology for People with Profound Hearing Loss – Gerri Penney, Palm Beach County (FL) Fire Department (1 hour)
EMS Track:
  • Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey, Ph.D., University of Florida (1 hour)
  • Tactical Communications – Jodi Pfarr, Aha! Process, Inc. (3 hours)
Education Track:
  • Building our Future – Robert DiPietro, Pima College, Tucson, AZ (1 hour)
  • Optimizing Learning Outcomes with Social Media Techniques – Bob Osmond, IBM Organizations and People Development Service Area, IBM GBS (4 hours)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning: Competency-Based Credentialing – Mike Dannenberg, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (1 hour)
Technology Track:
  • eLearning Development and Delivery of Re-usable Learning Objects – Richard Valenta, Illinois Fire Institute; Scott Pascu, Akron Fire Department; Ian Kraft, State of Wyoming Fire Marshal’s Office; and Doug Ott, Bryant and Stratton College (4 hours)
  • Solar Power Arrays: How to Safely and Successfully Address a Fire Event – Roger Semplak (2 hours)
  • Student Response Technology – Travis Ford, Volunteer State College (1 hour)
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Breakout Session #5
Fire Operations Track:
  • Defining Leadership By Successful Followership (Part II) – Ed Kaplan (2 hours)
  • Fire is Everyone’s Fight – Teresa Neal, USFA (1 hour)
EMS Track:
  • EMS Management Education: Developing Future Managers and Leaders – Attila Hertelendy, Ph.D., George Washington University (1 hour)
Education Track:
  • Building our Future – Robert DiPietro, Pima College, Tucson, AZ (1 hour)
  • High School to College Pathways – Buddy Hyde, Southside Virginia Community College (1 hour)
Technology Track:
  • USFA Applied Technology – Bill Troup, USFA (1 hour)
1:00 p.m. Breakout Session #6
Fire Operations Track:
  • The Complete Fire Officer: Introduction – Ronny Coleman, Fire Force One (3 hours)
  • Customer Service – Michael Allora, Deputy Chief, Clifton (NJ) Fire Department (2 hours)
  • Defining Leadership By Successful Followership (Part II) – Ed Kaplan (2 hours)
  • Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fire Ground – Christopher J. Naum, SFPE (4 hours)
  • Project Management: Parallels for First Responders – Bob Osmond, IBM Organizations and People Development Service Area, IBM GBS (4 hours)
EMS Track:
  • EMS Management Education: Developing Future Managers and Leaders – Attila Hertelendy, Ph.D., George Washington University (1 hour)
  • Leading From Where You Are – Travis Ford, Volunteer State College (4 hours)

June 14

8:00 a.m
C Building
Bus departures

Mark your calendars

The National Professional Development Symposium II is scheduled for June 8-13, 2015.