Date: February 12 and 13, 2010

Time: 8am to 5pm

Location: Holiday Inn Select Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri

Cost: $85.00 each day or $150.00 for both days

Registration deadline January 22nd

Friday February 12th

7am to 8am - Registration

8am to 12pm - "Wind Driven Fires" Presented by Battalion Chiefs Pete Van Dorpe and Keith Witte, Chicago Fire Department

12pm to 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm to 5pm - "Duty-Pride-Tradition" Presented by Chief (Ret.) J.P. "Mac" McCastland, Oak Lawn (IL) Fire Department and Deputy District Chief (Ret.) Edmund Enright, Chicago Fire Department.

Saturday February 13th

7am to 8am - Registration

8am to 12pm - "Firefighting Strategy and Tactics" Presented by Deputy Chief (Ret.) Vincent Dunn, FDNY

12pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 5pm - "Firefighting Strategy and Tactics" Continued

Speaker Bios

Peter Van Dorpe is a Battalion Chief with the Chicago Fire Department.

Keith Witte is a Battalion Chief with the Chicago Fire Department.

J.P. "Mac" McCastland served 42 years as an active member of Chicago Metro area Fire Departments. He spent his first 30 years with Oak Lawn Fire Department retiring as Chief of Department. He then spent years with suburban Fire Protection Districts, before taking a career service position with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (Illinois State Fire Academy). During the period of 1966-1968 Mac served in the United States Marine Corps, with the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines in Viet Nam. This time in Viet Nam included the 1968 "Tet" offensive, a period that has been the basis of his personal belief in the parallels of the Battleground and the Fireground.

Edmund Enright is a third generation firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department retiring as a Deputy District Chief after 38 years of duty and having served on engine, truck and squad companies. He is an adjunct field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute since 1986 and has an Associates Degree in Fire Science. He instructed at the Chicago Fire Academy and the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association. He is a keynote and motivational speaker known for "Duty – Pride – Tradition" presentations. He is a Viet Nam veteran having served with the United States Army, First Infantry Division, Ist Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment.

Vincent Dunn is a 42-year veteran of the FDNY and a deputy chief (ret.), serving as division commander for midtown Manhattan. A nationally renowned lecturer, he is the author of the best-selling text and video series Collapse of Burning Buildings and the textbooks Safety and Survival on the Fireground and Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies. A new book, Strategy of Firefighting-How to Extinguish Fires, will be published in April. Dunn has a master's degree in urban studies, a bachelor's degree in sociology and an associate's degree in fire administration from Queens College, City University of New York.

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