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Spring Conference

Join us at Eagle Crest Resort for the 100 Year Celebration!


0900 OFCA Board Meeting
1100 Golf Tournament – Shotgun Start
1600 SDAO-Sponsored Golf Reception
0700 Breakfast
0700 Registration Opens
0800 Opening Ceremonies
0900 Your Worst Day is our Every Day: Behavioral Health and the Fire Service – Dr. Sara Jahnke
The nature of the job makes firefighting a stressful occupation.  Fire departments are faced with developing resources and tools to help firefighters manage the impact of repeated exposure to trauma.  In addition, on top of years of responding to calls, fire chiefs and chief officers have uniquely stressful positions as they promote out of the firehouse and into leadership roles.  This presentation will overview current data on firefighter behavioral health, shifts in the way behavioral health is conceptualized, data from a recently completed FEMA-funded study evaluating the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Stress First Aid program, suggestions from the participating departments on program implementation, and considerations specific to the behavioral health challenges Fire Chiefs and chief officers face.
1045 Break
1100 The Profession & Education – Chief Tonya Hoover
Every day our knowledge, skills, and abilities are brought forth while we work within our profession. The dependence on fire and emergency services have not decreased. We are expected to respond when called upon. Our profession has transitioned, our responsibilities have expanded, our communities’ expectations have changed/grown. What do these items mean to you? Why is education and professional development so important? Let’s talk about the “why, who, what, and when” and the importance it holds for you, your departments, and communities you work so hard to protect.
1200 Lunch
1300 Fire Dynamics for Structural Firefighting – Daniel Madrzykowski
It is not uncommon to hear that structure fires are hotter today than they were years ago.  How do furnishings and ventilation affect the fire and the temperature inside the structure?  Does the type and movement of the hose stream matter when fighting a structure fire?  This presentation will discuss how building geometry, materials, furnishings, ventilation and firefighting tactics can influence fire growth and spread leading to untenable conditions for civilians and firefighters.  Fire behavior will be reviewed in basic terms to provide the building blocks to characterize and describe the thermal environment that firefighters PPE may be exposed to.  The importance of size-up and the coordination of suppression and ventilation tactics will be discussed.
1445 Break
1500 The Lifecycle of a Firefighter – Jason Jantzi
When you are asked the question, “what’s your hiring process?” how do you answer that question? How about the question, “what’s the proper way to score veterans preference?” Or my all-time favorite, “what can I do with a firefighter who broke their leg skiing and they’re three years from retirement?” Do you have a road-map to guide you? This presentation will discuss the employment life-cycle of a firefighter from the hiring process through to the separation from service. We will ask you to consider the phases of employment and will discuss tools designed to help limit the damage done when employment comes to a screeching halt.
1600 Business Meeting I
1700 Gathering of the Bugles Social
0700 Breakfast
0700 Registration Opens
0800 Business Meeting II
0900 Aircraft Incidents – Chief Gary Loesch
Sacramento Fire Chief Gary Loesch will present overviews of three aviation incidents that he commanded at the Philadelphia International Airport between 2006 and 2018.  These incidents will include, in chronological order: UPS Flight 1307 from February 7, 2006; US Air Flight 1702 from March 13, 2014, and Southwest Flight 1380 from April 17, 2018.  He will also briefly discuss a small seaplane crash that occurred in the American River in Sacramento on January 2, 2019.  Items for discussion will include the causes of the malfunctions/crashes, determining the appropriate response level and resources required, treating the injured, and the political fallout that can accompany a high profile catastrophe.  The presentation will be accompanied by PowerPoint slides and will be followed by a question and answer session.
1000 Break
1015  Joint Criminal Mass Casualty Response – Jeff Gurske & Roberto DiGiulio
The response to an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response has historically been considered a police-centric activity; however this paradigm is currently changing. It is imperative that first responders overcome obstacles when time is of the essence. Police and fire need to address the problem in a unified and collaborative fashion. As agencies begin to create and train on Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response procedures, we often gravitate towards ineffective response solutions and overlook critical variables that cause incident breakdown.
There is no one response solution that will work for every department. However, there are tried and true practices that can help better prepare our organizations. This course provides a realistic and simplified road map of integrating police, fire, and EMS responders to a Criminal Mass Casualty Incident.
1200 Awards Luncheon
1400 Centennial Celebration – Historical Presentation: Greg Keller
1700 Adjourn
0700 Breakfast
0700 Registration Opens
0800 Risk Management for Preventing Fire Service Vehicle Crashes & Tucson Fire Department Cancer Prevention Case Study Review – Jeff Burgess
Emergency service vehicle incidents (ESVI), including road traffic collisions, rollovers and on scene struck by incidents, are the second leading cause of fatality among active duty U.S. firefighters. Intersections are the most common site of ESVIs and high speeds during emergency operations increase the risk of collision and rollover through reduced reaction times and stopping distances, weight shifts and lane departures. The incidence of crash related injuries and fatalities among fire personnel has not improved over time. In efforts to better understand and prevent ESVIs, our research team partnered with four fire departments across the US and conducted a three-year study funded by FEMA to identify and evaluate approaches to reducing ESVIs in the fire service. The strategies we used were to: 1) implement proactive risk management to identify unique risk factors for ESVIs and guide the implementation of tailored interventions at our partner fire departments, 2) explore the use of telematics driving data to monitor driver behaviors, and 3) conduct a systematic review to find published articles and data on effective interventions that have been previously employed. This presentation will describe the risk management process and the results of the study.
0930 Break
0945 The Era of Megafires, Video Presentation introduced by OSFM
1020 Conference Adjourn

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