Registration for Conference Required, Some Classes Require Preregistration. 

Pre-Conference Seminars are 1 1/2-hour, 4-hour, 8-hour, or 16-hour programs taught by world renown instructors on the Tuesday and Wednesday before opening of Fire-Rescue.  These classroom-based programs are held in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Pre-Conference Seminars are FREE to all members.  
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Developed by NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, the TECC program is based on the guidelines from the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Co-TECC) and the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) program. TECC uses lessons learned from our military and applies them to the civilian world of tactical medicine. This 16-hour course covers topics designed to …  (MORE)

Instructor: Billy Barnes

16-hour course

Preregistration Required 

June 25 & 26 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Advanced Individual Crisis Intervention for Chaplains

Most fire chaplain crisis intervention is done person to person rather than in groups. These interactions are usually face to face, but may include phone calls, e-mail, or even text messages. The SAFER model of individual crisis intervention was developed to serve as a simple protocol or guide for just such situations. This two day course builds upon …  (MORE)

Instructor: Bill Lotz

16-hour course 

Preregistration Required

June 25 & 26 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Fire Service Leadership, Recruitment & Wellness

Leadership: Quality leadership is essential for the fire service to face current and future challenges. Examine leadership styles, qualities, and practices that will help your department function at a high level by avoiding fire service leadership pitfalls.

Recruitment & Retention: Many fire and EMS departments across the nation are struggling to find new volunteer members. This course will discuss the challenges of recruiting volunteers and provide valuable research collected as part of the NVFC’s Make Me a Firefighter campaign.

Fit for Duty, Fit for Life: Firefighters do a dangerous job and face many risks. To mitigate these risks, firefighters should be in top physical condition and participate in occupational health screenings. NVFC Chair Kevin Quinn, discusses the importance of firefighter physicals, provides an overview of the options available to departments, and shares his personal account of how a firefighter physical saved his life.

Instructor: Jeff Cash & Kevin Quinn

8-hour course

Preregistration Required

June 25 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

ERTF Cyber Café – National Mutual Aid System

National Mutual Aid System (NMAS) has been purchased by SC Firefighter Mobilization (FFMOB). NMAS will be a one stop shop type of system for FFMOB. When a request for assistance is received, it will go into this system and be sent out to the region or entire state. NMAS will alert the Chief’s cell phone with a text notifying them that there is a pending FFMOB request out there. They would simply log in…(MORE)

Instructor: Chad Beam

8-hour course and help setting up your access  

June 26 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Building Your Leadership Resume

Are you an individual who wants to be a leader? Are you a current officer in Fire, Rescue or EMS? Are you an officer who wants to be a great leader? Are you a leader who desires to be used for great purposes to effect lasting change and to positively influence generations to come?
If you fit one of these questions then… (MORE)

Instructor: Doug Cline

8-hour course 

June 25 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Ethanol Emergencies by Rail

Ethanol Emergencies by Rail covers a brief history of ethanol, and discusses ethanol blends that are transported by rail, as well as their chemical and physical properties. This course also discusses the difference rail cars used for the transportation of ethanol, reviews real life case studies of train derailments involving ethanol fires and discusses the unique firefighting tactics that are required for controlling and extinguishing a rail car ethanol incident.

Instructor: Justin Hahn

4-hour course 

June 25 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Surviving the Job: A Journey to PTG (Post Traumatic Growth)

This lecture covers a 32-year career as a first responder, police officer and firefighter. From my first fatal MVA as a 17-year-old volunteer FF, the events of September 11, 2001, and being on scene of multiple LODD fires including Black Sunday. This is a story of how I’ve… (MORE)

Instructor: Steven Gillespie

4-hour course

June 25 – 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Venomous Snakes

This class is designed around some of the most feared creepy crawlies that are found in the area and around the world. We will learn how to identify the most common snakes found in the area, and dispel some myths about them. We will learn about the effects that the venom causes . (MORE)

Instructor: Thad Bowman

4-hour course

June 25 – 1:00 pm – 6:00pm

Location: CMCC

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training

TIM Consists of a planned and coordinated multidisciplinary process to detect, respond to and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible.

Effective TIM:
• Improves the safety of emergency responders, crash victims and motorist
• Reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents
TIM Training is designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal: Responder Safety, Safe, Quick Clearance, Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications.

Instructor: Jeff Allen

8-hour course

June 26 – 9:00 am- 6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS

MHFA is an 8-hour, evidence-based course which aims to demystify the topic of mental illness, increase mental health literacy, and begin to combat the mental health stigma in the fire and emergency services. Participants learn about the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems which fire/EMS service personnel face and build an understanding of the importance of early intervention. The program teaches participants how to utilize a five-step action plan to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge and/or to help connect an individual with appropriate professional, peer and self-help care. This includes the vital ability to appropriately and effectively engage someone in a conversation. MHFA is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health and Mental Health First Aid USA.

Instructor: Michael Allora

8-hour course

Preregistration Required  

June 26 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Fire Service Medical School

Expanded this year to a full day course, Fire Service Medical School’s curriculum focuses on a wide range of health conditions of concern in firefighters, including: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, addiction, exercise and training, toxicology of fentanyl and other controlled substances, and weight management and nutrition.   With an outstanding physician faculty from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roper St. Francis Public Safety Medicine.

Instructor: Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM

8-hour course

Preregistration Required 

June 26 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Probie to Promotee: The Missing Link of Professional Development

This course addresses the largest gap of fire service development; initial certification to first promotion. The fire service has become overly focused on educating current and prospective officers and chiefs on leadership, yet has failed to prepare our newest, most influential members how to survive our firehouses once they join a company and what to expect during their transition from probation to promotion. The goal of this program… (MORE)

Instructor: Marc Aloan

4-hour course

June 26 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Grant Writing for Emergency Services: Applying Knowledge

This workshop is meant to provide a unique learning experience where participants are taught about the basics of grants and then led through the process of writing a grant within a group setting. Participants will get the opportunity to immediately use what they have learned and learn from each other through reviewing each other’s work. The purpose is to build upon lecture time and allow students to practice what they have been taught. This will be done through creating groups of students to come together to work on the in-class project. This will be done using and instructor generated Request or Proposal.

Instructor: David Hesselmeyer

4-hour course

June 26 – 9:00 am- 1:00pm

Location: CMCC