INSIDE THE COMMAND POST: DEVELOPING DYNAMIC LEADERS
This is a bold, very interactive and comprehensive one or two day seminar that is grounded on the premise that fire service leadership has to be multi dimensional. You can't be an effective leader on the fire ground if you're not leading back at the fire station. It's all about developing the skills and having the courage to lead in today's turbulent, economically challenged and rapidly changing fire service environment.
We have experienced the worse economic situation since the great depression. 80-million baby boomers are starting to exit the workplace and this will have a tremendous impact on the fire service. Very experienced firefighters will be gone and it is imperative that the knowledge of those experienced leaders be passed on to the next generation. Developing dynamic fire service leaders on and off the fire ground is absolutely critical.
Chief Alder brings his knowledge, skills and abilities and makes the leadership connection to the following areas.
The Fire Service Culture Dynamic Risk Assessment The Eight Essentials to Effective Command Today's Dangerous Fires in Modern Construction Achieving Success on the Fireground Understanding the Generational Issues Team Building & Developing Trust Leadership & more Leadership Simulations & more Simulations
Guaranteed to be be very informative and interactive, You will be challenged to really look at yourself, your peers, your superiors and subordinates and analyize why some become great fire service leaders and others don't. You can count on the fact that those that are respected make sure that they develop those character skills on and off the fire ground. They are not mutually exclusive!
EFFICIENT TRUCK OPERATIONS FOR SMALLER FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On occasion, I had heard throughout my career how smaller fire departments just can’t provide truck company operations like the big city fire departments. This may be true to some extent, but all too often many smaller fire departments have failed to realize their own creative abilities to perform efficient truck company operations. The reality is that sometimes a fire department regardless of its size may not have a choice. This presentation focuses on smaller fire departments that have been forced to become good at providing effective truck company fundamentals such as ground and aerial laddering, ventilation, and forcible entry with basic tools. There are many smaller fire departments throughout the country that lack the resources of big city fire departments, but still have tremendous firefighting challenges. It is these challenges that require them to find more creative ways to make up for that lack of staffing.This presentation uses actual fire and training video situations from a smaller fire department that has been forced to adopt that needed creative philosophy. Being forced to become efficient with fewer resources in order to save lives and protect property and still provide that much needed support for engine company operations has challenged the mindset that only big city fire departments with several truck companies in operation can make a difference. The presentation will introduce that needed philosophy, how smaller fire departments can achieve it, the obstacles and challenges that will have to be dealt with, and the recognition and understanding of the truck company operational limitations.
HOW MUCH RISK IS TOO MUCH? LEADERSHIP FOR SAFER OPERATIONS
Inadequate risk assessment continues to be one of the leading causes of firefighter fatalities and injuries across the nation. Understanding the elements of a safe culture are not one-dimensional, i.e. it’s not just the organization’s culture, or the behaviors of the people, or the nature of each emergency situation. All three of these elements have a profound impact, but each one is reciprocal. This workshop takes a close look at each of the reciprocal elements utilizing various fire service incidents and examples to provide firefighters with the necessary skills and mindset that it will take to make the fire service a much safer and professional industry. The key element for success and improving injuries and fatalities is the development of dynamic leaders that will have the courage to intervene in order to create a culture of safer behaviors.
STRATEGIC & TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR TODAY'S STRUCTURE FIRES
The fire service is filled deep with tradition and a lot of that tradition has helped to truly define and set it apart from all other occupations. However, when it comes to strategy and tactics with today’s structure fires it is absolutely imperative for our fire service leaders to understand that much has changed with the construction, the combustibles and the responding resources and there is more change on the way. Structure fires have dramatically declined over the last few decades and yet our strategy and tactics for structure fires have for the most part, remained the same. This workshop challenges the traditional thought process by examining some of the testing that has been conducted with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) with the changing fire behavior and the impact that ventilation has on today’s fires. This workshop is very interactive with a heavy emphasis on live video recorded incidents and discussing the effective command and control skill set and the systematic process for determining critical fire ground factors, sizing up the fire, consistent arrival reports and initiating good strategic goals and tactical objectives. Today’s fire service leaders can’t afford to be traditional when it comes to that changing face on the fire ground.
EFFICIENT HIGH-RISE OPERATIONS FOR SMALLER FIRE DEPARTMENTS
If you’re not a major metropolitan fire department then your philosophy towards rescue and fire suppression may have to change when compared to big City fire departments. However, certain operational considerations remain the same regardless of the size of the fire department. The need to provide Attack, Lobby, Base and Staging (ALS BASE) with the initial responding resources is paramount to setting the stage for an organized and efficient high-rise operation. This presentation uses some creative video to illustrate the roles and responsibilities of those operational positions, as well as some insight and thought on how to best utilize mutual aid to get the necessary resources to your high-rise fire in a timely manner. The presentation should provide the student with the concepts to: Recognize and reinforce the importance of high-rise familiarity and good sound operational procedures that will work for smaller fire departments. Understand the need for smaller fire departments with fewer resources to be creative and understand their capabilities and limitations. Understand the concept of early assignment of resources to facilitate fire attack, lobby control, staging and base (ALS BASE) Understand the importance for smaller fire departments to really understand high-rise building construction, water systems and their limitations for allowing large water volume and pressure on the fire floors and how to overcome those obstacles. Understand and identify some of the creative techniques that have been developed to provide faster deployment of attack lines.