National Professional Development Summit Keynote addresses

Using technology to bridge the multigenerational training gap

Gamification, holographs, drones and robots — 21st century educators are forging new and amazing trails in technology-enhanced teaching and learning. How will emergency services best use these resources to facilitate time and cost-effective learning? Marci offers a glimpse into our present understanding and sets the stage for this year’s summit.

Marci Powell

Marci Powell
CEO/President
Marci Powell and Associates


Lying to ourselves

Leonard Wong offers an inside look at how the U.S. Army required officers to fit 297 days of recorded, mandatory training requirements into 256 available training days. This stifling process fostered innovative reporting processes, challenged personal ethics, and threatened the training system itself.

Leonard Wong

Leonard Wong
Professor, Strategic Studies Institute
U.S. Army War College


Mental health awareness in the fire service

Keynote description coming soon.

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


Standardization: Putting it all together, articulation and stakeholder collaboration

Travis Ford offers guidelines for identifying stakeholders; building the adoption process; and implementing a statewide, student-centered approach to standardized fire science training and education. The approach is based on the history-making adoption experience in the state of Tennessee.

Travis Ford

Travis Ford
District Chief
Nashville Fire Department