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Firefighter/Fire Officer Development Seminars - Milwaukee, WI

Officer Development Seminars -
Milwaukee, WI


Date: September 29 and 30, 2011

Time: 8am - 5pm


Location: Double Tree Milwaukee City
– 611 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cost: $130.00 each day. (Lunch provided both days)


Day 1

Intelligent Firefighting “Be Aggressive…Don’t Be

Intelligent firefighters place the value of their lives
over the value of property. Intelligent firefighting doesn't have to be
defensive. Students attending this 8 hour class will learn how an awareness of
building construction and fire conditions can reduce the risk to firefighters.
We've seen the bar graphs and pie charts illustrating firefighter death and
injury statistics; we know that they indicate that while the numbers of fires
nationwide are down, the rate of firefighter deaths and injuries remains fairly
constant. This class looks beyond the statistics to examine why fires may not be
as frequent as in the past but are often more difficult and dangerous for
today's firefighters. Students will learn why experienced, professional
firefighters do not operate at every fire and every occupancy with the same
strategy, tactics or level of risk. Similarly, they will examine why fire
operations in modern "engineered" construction require more cautious tactics
than those traditionally used in older buildings. The class will examine hazards
of fighting fires in non-residential buildings to learn why fires in commercial
occupancies result in a disproportionately high number of firefighter deaths,
considering that residential fires far outnumber non-residential fires. Several
fire case histories will be studied to teach students to identify and avoid the
most common "mayday" situations. Students will also learn factors that must be
considered in an on-going size up that continually evaluates the risk to
firefighters against the intended benefits.


Day 2

Leadership for the First Line Supervisor

seminar will consist of a systematic review of the role of leadership in today’s
fire service.  The curriculum is modeled after the leadership training programs
currently attended by company officers in the FDNY upon promotion to the ranks
of lieutenant and captain.  The course will identify the characteristics &
traits of successful leaders and the skill sets that are required to manage
effectively in the modern emergency service workplace.  The material will be
presented in a lecture / guided discussion format with scenario based group

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Presented by Battalion Chief Bob Burns, FDNY  
The following
topics will be covered in this leadership workshop; Promote Yourself, Find Your
Voice, Know the Tools of Your Trade, Organizational Culture and Climate,
Communicate Effectively, Influence / Motivation / Change. Each topic will
contain specific executable skills that the student will be able to use when
implementing the theories contained in the curriculum.  The skill sets developed
in the class will enable the students to have a positive impact on training,
safety and performance of the members that they supervise.

Presented by Capt. Bill Gustin, Miami
Dade Fire/Rescue

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