Firehouse World 2020 in Focus

Firehouse takes an inside look at the upcoming Firehouse World 2020 show in Las Vegas, including the dozens of impressive educational opportunities.

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This year’s education includes three days of conference sessions that feature a variety of session lengths (60, 90 and 120 minutes), plus new roundtables. On the last day, register for a day of in-depth workshops or hands-on training. Two in-depth workshops for chief officers and training officers feature a new format that brings several instructors together for interactive lectures, plus a roundtable to round out each program. More than 90 instructors will deliver more than 75 education sessions.Architecture Attraction Building 415999

Exhibit floor

This year’s conference includes two days of exhibits, where you will see the latest tools, products and equipment, plus view new and innovative apparatus. Be sure to visit the exhibitors on Tuesday and Wednesday to take advantage of their time on the floor to answer questions, to see how equipment works and to leave Firehouse World with a better understanding of the benefits that your department can glean from new technology.

New Roundtables

This year’s conference includes a variety of roundtables that bring firefighters and officers from different agencies together to discuss topics, including maydays, firefighter training and engine operations, and the latest on UL studies and firefighting, among many other subjects. Visit FirehouseWorld.com for the latest information on the roundtables, including topics, participants and times.

Keynote

Join us as Dennis LeGear delivers his keynote address, “Hydrants to Nozzles: Knowledge and Understanding are Essential to Critical Flow.” LeGear, who is an author at Brass Tacks and Hard Facts, will share why firefighters need to apply critical thinking and understanding to all aspects of firefighting. The keynote will be delivered during the opening ceremony on Feb. 25 at 9:15 a.m.Dennis LeGearDennis LeGear

After hours

There is plenty to do after Firehouse World wraps each day, from fine and unique dining experiences to live entertainment and much more. The Las Vegas Convention Center is only minutes from the famed Las Vegas Strip using the monorail.Architecture Bird S Eye View Buildings 161772

Firehouse World Schedule

Monday, Feb. 24

8 a.m.–5 p.m.—Conference sessions

Tuesday, Feb. 25

8:00–9:00 a.m.—Conference sessions

9:15–10:30 a.m.—Opening ceremony & keynote address

10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.—Exhibit hall open

3:00–5:00 p.m.—Conference sessions

Wednesday, Feb. 26

8:00–10:45 a.m.—Conference sessions

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.—Exhibit hall open

2:15–5:00 p.m.—Conference sessions

Thursday, Feb. 27

8 a.m.–5 p.m.—Hands-on training and in-depth workshops

MONDAY

Leading Organizations Through Change

Jacob McAfee, Deputy Fire Chief, North Central Fire District, Kerman, CA

Project Mayday Update

Don Abbott, Coordinator, Project Mayday

Ditch the Wall and Update Your Search

Chris Hartford, Private, Toledo, OH, Fire Department

That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It

Dr. David Griffin, Battalion Chief/Deputy Director of Training, Charleston, SC, Fire Department 

Mental Fitness

Tricia Connolly, Captain, City of Bend, OR, Fire Department

Engine Company Operations “Gallons Per Second”

Curt Isakson, Battalion Chief, Escambia County, FL, Fire Rescue

Crew Resource Management: Are YOU Listening?

Allen Richards, First Officer/Envoy Airlines, Fire Chief (ret.), Sansom Park, TX, FD

That Doesn’t Seem Right: Recognizing and Reacting to Fireground Red Flags 

Thomas Cox, Captain, Las Vegas, NV, Fire Department and James Suarez, Battalion Chief, Las Vegas, NV, Fire Department 

Strip Mall Vertical Ventilation: Building Truck Company Confidence 

Gibby Gorman, Battalion Chief (ret.), Maricopa, AZ, Fire and Medical

Saving Your Crew Tonight: What Can Be Done Right Now to Make a Difference? 

Jeffrey Pindelski, Fire Chief, Downers Grove, IL, Fire Department

Hazmatology: The Science of Hazardous Materials

Robert Burke, Firehouse Contributing Editor, Hazardous Materials

Effective Standpipe Operations for the Moderate to Minimally Staffed Engine Company

Anthony Rowett Jr., Captain, Mobile, AL, Fire Rescue Department

Road to Resilience

Matthew Fiorenza, Firefighter/Paramedic, City of Anaheim, CA, Fire Department

How to Implement a Firefighter Fatality Case Study Program

Mark Emery, Fire Chief, East Valley, WA, Fire Department

The Clean Cab Concept is Alive and Well

Brian Brown, Bureau Chief (ret.), South Metro, CO, Fire Rescue

Thermal Imaging: Not Just for Overhaul Anymore

Joseph DeVito, Captain, Fort Myers Beach, FL, Fire Department

Top Tips for Effective Truck Company Operations

Sean Eagen, Captain, Buffalo, NY, Fire Department

Training with Progressiveness

Mark van der Feyst, Firefighter, Woodstock, Ontario, Fire Department and Matthew Wehrle, Firefighter, Town of Oakville, Ontario, Fire Department 

Paradise Lost: Life on The Fire Line with Oregon Strike Team 17

Jason Bolen, Division Chief, Lebanon, OR, Fire District

Fire Operations in Private Dwellings

George Healy, Deputy Chief, FDNY

TUESDAY

Reflective Communication for Firefighters

Andrew Hale, Technician II, Prince William County, VA, Department of Fire and Rescue 

Using CLUES in Your 360 Size-Up

Joseph DeVito, Captain, Fort Myers Beach, FL, Fire Department

It’s Worth the Risk

Curt Isakson, Battalion Chief, Escambia County, FL, Fire Rescue

Lessons Learned: Jackson Memorial Middle School Shooting

Kai Rieger, Battalion Chief, Jackson Township, OH, Fire Department

Four Basic Tools for the Cognitive Hazmat Toolbox

Robert Burke, Firehouse Contributing Editor, Hazardous Materials

Communicating with Emotional Intelligence

Jim Campbell, Battalion Chief, Pike Township, IN, Fire Department

Preparing for the Dance: Essentials in Leadership for Successful Fire Officers 

Jeffrey Pindelski, Fire Chief, Downers Grove, IL, Fire Department

Building Construction for the Fire Service

Steve Reno, Firefighter, Bellevue, WA, Fire Department

Down and Dirty Urban Forcible Entry

Robert James, Firefighter, Capitol Fire Training LLC and Cameron Peek, Firefighter, FDNY 

The Pillars of the Fireground: Search & Extinguishment

Sean Gray, Captain, Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services and Kevin Lewis, Battalion Chief, Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services 

Resiliency Development for First Responders

James Moore, Assistant Director/Fire Rescue Chief, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute

Social Media for Today’s Fire Service

Robert Reardon, Captain, Duxbury, MA, Fire Department

Decisions Under Fire

Ron Smith, Lieutenant, Gary, IN, Fire Department

Implementing a Post-Fire Skin Decontamination Program

Brian Brauer, Associate Director, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute

The Engine Company’s Need for Speed

Jonathan Hall, Captain, St. Paul, MN, Fire Department

Rapid Rapport for Rapid Responders

Kerry Mensior, Former Firefighter/Police Sergeant

WEDNESDAY

8-hour Workshop: Behavioral Health Fundamentals for the Fire Service 

Alana Brunacini, Behavioral Health Specialist and Brian Crandell, Curriculum Development, Certification and Accreditation Manager, Montana Fire Services Training 

Recognizing Signs of Human Trafficking for First Responders 

Rodney W. Daniels, Assistant Fire Chief (ret.)

MAKE IT STOP!!! Down and Dirty Bleeding Control

Brandon Heggie, Firefighter/Paramedic, Central Mason, WA, Fire

Staying Aggressively Positive

Ryan Pennington, Lieutenant/Paramedic, Charleston, WV, Fire Department

Say Yes to VES

Kevin Lewis, Battalion Chief, Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services

The Leadership Line

Brian Schaeffer, Fire Chief, Spokane, WA, Fire Department

Is That Your Final Answer? Ethics in the Fire Service

Diane Schroeder, Battalion Chief, Louisville, CO, Fire Protection District

Not by the Book Leadership: Bridging the Gap Through Action

Jason Probst, Battalion Chief, Virginia Beach, VA, Fire Department

Attack of the 2½-Inch: A Case for Medium-Diameter Handlines

Jonathan Brumley, Firefighter, Denver Fire Department

Elevator Rescue Operations

Steve Petcoff, Captain, Clark County, NV, Fire Department

Transformational Leadership For Today’s Fire Service

Dean Zipperman, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Performance Culture: Redefining Average for Firefighters

Adam Parkhurst, Firefighter/Paramedic, Euless, TX, Fire Department

Rescue Me: Managing Employee Fires

Jesse Quinalty, CEO, Red Helmet Training

Hell on Wheels

James Kirsh, Captain, Bergenfield, NJ, Fire Department

The Night the Rules Changed

Tami Kayea, Deputy Chief, Dallas Fire-Rescue

Courage Under Fire: 7 Deadly Sins – 7 Ways to Win in Today’s Fire Service

Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County, CA, Fire Department

Liability Trends & Traps: Hot Topics in 2020

Curt Varone, Deputy Chief, Exeter, RI, Fire Department

Tactical Decision Making: Video Sets and Reps

Phil Jose, Deputy Chief (ret.), Seattle Fire Department

The Search Reformation

Dustin Martinez, Lieutenant, Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services

The Hat Dance: Realities of the Short-Staffed Company

Marc Aloan, Lieutenant, Columbia County, GA, Fire Rescue

How to Use Your Aerial

Dean Zipperman, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Situational Awareness to Support Aggressive Search & Attack

Richard B. Gasaway, Principal Consultant, Situational Awareness Matters!

THURSDAY

IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS

Tabletop Incident Command

Jesse Quinalty, CEO, Red Helmet Training

The Art of Reading Smoke

Phil Jose, Deputy Chief (ret.), Seattle Fire Department

Energy-Efficient Building Construction

John Shafer, Training Chief, Washington Township- Avon, IN, Fire Department

Leadership Exemplified: Leading Ourselves So We May Lead Others 

John Dixon, Captain, Teaneck, NJ, Fire Department

What Smart First Responders Need to Know about Situational Awareness 

Richard B. Gasaway, Principal Consultant, Situational Awareness Matters!

CHIEF OFFICERS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Courage Under Fire: The Challenging Art of Fire Service Leadership 

Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County, CA, Fire Department

Legal Issues for Today’s Fire Chief

Curt Varone, Deputy Chief, Exeter, RI, Fire Department

Note: Additional instructor to be announced. Session ends with interactive roundtable discussion with instructors and students. 

TRAINING OFFICERS WORKSHOP

Brain, Student and Curriculum: The How, How To and How Much of Curriculum Delivery 

Chris Garniewicz, Captain, Blufftown Township, SC, Fire District

Non-Fire Company Drills in Acquired Structures

James Kirsch, Captain, Bergenfield, NJ, Fire Department

Note: Additional instructor to be announced. Session ends with interactive roundtable discussion with instructors and students.

HANDS-ON TRAINING

Crane Rescue Operations

Marcus Barfield, Captain, Clark County, NV, Fire Department

Heavy Lifting and Stabilization: A Methodical Approach to Heavy Vehicle Rescue 

Blue Collar Training Network

Vertical Ventilation Operations

Steve Reno, Firefighter, Bellevue, WA, Fire Department

Elevator Rescue Operations

Steve Petcoff, Captain, Clark County, NV, Fire Department

Live Fire: Aggressive Fire Control—Flow Path and VES Tactics

Chad Christensen, Captain, Los Angeles County Fire Department

*Sessions are subject to change. Please check FirehouseWorld.com for the latest schedule. 

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