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Eagle Crest Resort Lodging

To receive the OFCA rate for lodging, you must call (866) 806-4921 and reference “Fire Chiefs”

Rates will vary based on the lodging selected. Lodging options include hotel rooms, condos, and 3- and 4-bedroom houses.

Learn more about Eagle Crest Resort at www.eagle-crest.com

The Oregon Fire Chiefs Foundation is proud to offer three scholarships for Spring Conference.

Please fill out the application below to be considered for a scholarship.

Great Leadership = 355

Presenter: Bob Norton

Fire Officers need to be effective leaders to better serve their organizations. This program is focused on leadership development, to assist leaders in developing leadership skills to be a more effective leader with internal and external customers. Attendees will learn what motivates people to better performance. The presentation objective is to empower leaders to function as leaders in their management positions, to show him / her why leadership is needed and identify tools to effectively lead his / her organizations.

Great Leadership = 355: specifically, there are 3 Questions Every Leader Needs to be able to answer; 5 Points of Knowledge Needed for Great Leadership; and 5 Qualities Needed for Great Leadership.

During Bob’s presentation, attendees will discover the answers to following question:

  • When do you know change is needed as a leader?
  • What do Leaders get paid for?
  • Credibility – Do you have it?
  • How can a leader motivate employees to perform at a higher level?
  • What is a Leader’s only unlimited resource to improve performance?
  • Is failure a bad thing?

Firefighting is Bad for Your Health: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Occupational Health Risks

Presenter: Sara A. Jahnke, PhD

Firefighters face intense and taxing work environments that require a high level of preparedness. Rates of line of duty deaths and injuries are alarming among firefighters.  In addition to risks related to fire ground operations, research is increasingly pointing to the importance of modifiable risk factors as key predictors of injury and loss. Current data suggests that, due to occupational risk factors, the fire service faces high rates of obesity and low fitness, high rates of heavy and binge drinking, poor cardiovascular health profiles, increased risk of several kinds of cancer, and concerns related to behavioral health. Mitigating these risks requires not only individual, but also system level changes in policies, practices, and cultural norms by fire departments. Improving the readiness of firefighters and decreasing line of duty injuries and deaths requires fire service leaders to be knowledgeable about and engaged in health promotion for their personnel.

Combatting Cardiovascular Disease in the Fire Service: Translating Research to Fire Ground Safety

Presenter: Denise Smith, PhD

Despite years of technological development and recent efforts to improve health and safety, structural firefighting remains a hazardous occupation, and sudden cardiac events remain the leading cause of line of duty deaths among firefighters. Each year, nearly half of all duty-related deaths are attributable to sudden cardiac events and nearly 1,000 other firefighters suffer non-fatal, duty-related cardiac events. While the fire service has increasingly embraced “health and safety” it is often unclear how health and safety are related. This presentation will provide research findings from scientific studies documenting the physical stresses associated with firefighting and provide a model of how firefighting can trigger a sudden cardiac event in an individual with underlying cardiovascular disease. Findings from autopsies will be reviewed to help understand what underlying causes may be most problematic for firefighters and to provide a rationale for the type of medical screening that firefighters should receive. The presentation will increase awareness of the multiple risks that firefighters routinely encounter and will discuss individual risks that firefighters bring to the fire ground. The presentation will conclude with strategies to lessen cardiovascular risks and decrease fire ground deaths and injury.

Understanding Public Safety Officer Benefit Preplan Regulations

Presenter: Chaplain Steve Brodehl

This training will cover the federal regulations surrounding the required documentation needed prior to any Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) payout, when or if an LODD occurs. The training will demonstrate worthwhile plans that have emerged over the years and work in concert with the PSOB process.

The goal is to limit statements such as, “I wish someone would have told me this information as a Chief.” Join Chaplain Steve in his quest to ensure every Oregon fire agency is actively engaged in setting up this program correctly, so that the PSOB program will not be hindered in providing full benefits to surviving family members of an LODD.

 Managing the New Reality

Presenter: Sheldon Gilbert

This session is designed to assist managers, supervisors, and staff in coping with the challenges of the current environment. Sheldon will share innovative, but proven concepts, case studies, principles, and techniques that will not only be informative and useful, but also entertaining. He will: discuss leading in difficult times; identify what happened to create the current operating environment, including structural deficit issues; provide tools for your toolbox; and address the consequences if we don’t change. Also included in the discussion will be quality issues and customer service, the human elements of being successful, the changing environment, and dealing with change. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and participate as Sheldon takes a hard look at what is driving the New Reality.