National Professional Development Summit V Friday breakout sessions

21st century classroom: Using educational technology to enhance learning

Having trouble engaging today’s students in learning? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of innovative ways to use educational technology to engage students in the learning experience. Using a variety of applications and tools, attendees will be provided with the ability to design and introduce new technologies into their existing curriculum.

Ronald Hassan

Ronald Hassan
Manager, Technology and Certification Section
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

Beverly Walker

Beverley Walker
Director, Fire and Emergency Services Administration Degree Program
East Georgia State College


Box alarms for behavioral health

Using the familiar concept of alarm assignments, participants will be taught a series of skills to address and mitigate potential behavioral health issues. These skills will be taught from an individual, company, organizational and regulatory level.

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David Wiklanski
New Jersey Firefighter/EMT


Collaborative use of the internet for professional development

The internet offers unique and endless opportunities for collaboration between employers and employees to support professional development training. This presentation/interactive discussion will introduce opportunities and strategies that public service agencies may adopt to encourage learner participation in easy-access training programs. These programs will describe how internet content offers the development of knowledge, skills and abilities in a new context. As leaders, it is critical to understand and embrace this relatively new tool for employee engagement, improvement and retention at a relatively low cost.

Butch Miller

Butch Miller
Associate Professor
Texas A&M San Antonio Fire and Emergency Services


Cost-effective and safe training at your fingertips

Anything created for the fire department seems to be very expensive. Training does not have to be expensive, as there are many available training opportunities available at very reasonable costs, or better yet — for free! There are interactive online programs, online video-based programs, numerous lesson plans that are free for hands-on training, and many more. This program will review the numerous opportunities that are available, as well as how to build these into a year-round training program for your department. It includes an introduction to the Fire Hero Learning Network and how to use the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to assist you in these training and educational endeavors.

This session is also offered on Saturday.

Rick Mason

Rick Mason
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation


Firefighting in sprinklered buildings

This presentation will discuss the evolution of ceiling and in-rack sprinklers. Michael will discuss the current guidance and recent testing for in-rack sprinklers. In addition, he will present new guidance for ceiling and in-rack sprinklers that will make the installation simpler, reduce the likelihood of in-rack sprinkler damage, and reduce the cost of in-rack sprinkler installations.

Michael Spaziani

Michael Spaziani
Assistant Vice President
Factory Mutual Global


Functional motivations of volunteer fire cadets and correlates of academy completion

This workshop walks students through the many different organizational characteristics of the fire service using the analogy of an NFL (all-paid), college (combination), and high school (all-volunteer) football team. The presentation will focus on the variable generational values entering the fire service and will lead the students on a journey through “team building” in an era when more emphasis has been put on participation instead of performance.

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Patricia McIntosh
Training Officer
League City (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department


Leading from where you are

True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first step toward being an effective leader. You must invest in people and inspire them to become more than “the boss.” We will:

  • Discuss the five levels of leadership.
  • Evaluate how to increase your level of influence with others.
  • Identify your current leadership development.

This session is also offered on Saturday.

Travis Ford

Travis Ford
District Chief
Nashville Fire Department


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This workshop explores the challenges individuals face in dealing with PTSD. During the two-hours covering as many concepts as we can from below:

  • Understand Potentially Traumatic Events (PTEs), how they lead to Resilience, Recovery, Delayed Healing, or PTSD.
  • Understand PTEs, how they lead to Resilience, Recovery, Delayed Healing, or PTSD.
  • Recognize causes and the mental and physiological development of, and symptoms of PTSD.
  • Identify how the brain processes and stores a traumatic memory.
  • Trace how training, social support, and leadership style influence “challenge” or “threat” appraisal of PTE.
  • Identify the support structures and experiences that build an individual’s “psychological body armor” against trauma.
  • Recognize how control and adequate recovery play a role in an individual’s “physiological toughness.”
  • Explain the difference between avoiding fear and striving for success.
  • Recognize the importance of the leader-subordinate relationship.
  • Understand necessary leadership styles (and relational- and task-orientation) before, during, and after PTE.
  • Recognize how empathy and coping flexibility help individuals process after a traumatic events.
  • Celebrate the unique traits Introvert leaders contribute to their teams.
  • Recognize which leadership styles are most effective for an individual’s commitment, courage, and longevity in a career/organization.
  • List universal traits of great leaders.
Patrick Kenny

Patrick Kenny
Director of Fire and EMS
Village of Western Springs, Illinois

Jada Hudson

Jada Hudson
M.S., LCPC, CADC
Illinois Firefighter Peer Support


Student-centered learning: Is it the future of training and education?

Instructors become facilitators — teaching less and facilitating more. Facilitators will emphasize learning while sharing power with learners in the classroom. The presenters will assist the participants in setting goals and will facilitate self-directed learning activities. Participants will use self-reflection and self-discovery to achieve the desired and appropriate educational outcomes. Participants will learn how to motivate students to take control of their learning.

This session is also offered on Saturday.

Larry Morabito

Larry Morabito
Fire Chief (ret.)
Citrus County. Florida

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Mike Wallace
Deputy Fire Chief (ret.)
Salem (New Hampshire) Fire Department and Concord (Massachusetts) Fire Department


Succession management

This workshop is an interactive discussion. We will examine the findings from the IAFC’s new Succession Management Document. Many of the needs for successful succession management rely on the fire-rescue organization. As professionals, we have spent many years thinking that only preparing personnel though professional development would ensure organizational success. We will look at programs and functions within the organization that must align with an active professional development program, and we will discuss ways these activities affect our higher education and training programs. Audience participation will help drive the second edition of the IAFC Succession Management Document.

This session is also offered on Saturday.

Randall Hanifen

Randall Hanifen
Battalion Captain
West Chester Fire Department


University of Cincinnati: Building a bachelor curriculum that addresses current issues

The FESHE curriculum is outstanding, and we have supplemented that curriculum to address current issues based on feedback from our Adjunct Profs and students. We will review four new additions to the University of Cincinnati’s curriculum. Attendees at the seminar will:

  • Describe effective methods to improve student research capabilities when pursuing BS degree.
  • Discuss how curriculum can be enhanced to focus on ethical issues in fire service.
  • Identify hybrid courses that can attract non-matriculating students.
  • Identify new technologies that can be added to their curriculum.

This session is also offered on Saturday.

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Lawrence Bennett

More Friday breakout sessions

These sessions are also offered on Thursday.