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.  

Peer Development Training

Day One will begin with a presentation on the F.A.S.T. “Reaching Out” program and our mission. That will be followed by our “Behavioral Health Awareness” program and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s new Behavioral Health programs, “Curbside Manner” and “Stress First Aid”. The completion of these three segments will be followed by a roundtable discussion with participants to address questions concerning the subject matter covered…(More)

Instructor: Patti Graham

16-hour course

Preregistration Required

June 8-9 – 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Building Your Leadership Resume “Developing the legacy that will outlast you”

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 you have found the class you have been looking for. You will not want to miss this high energy-high impact program as Chief Cline talks from a leader’s perspective about investing in your most valuable resource, overcoming insecurities, making situations better, earning true respect and leading dynamically and intentionally utilizing concepts that are tried and true. You will not want to miss this cutting-edge program as a current or future officer as it will help guide you toward becoming a selfless results-driven leader, whose impact on others will develop a legacy the will long outlast you.

Instructor: Doug Cline

June 8 – 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Fire Service Mortar: The Critical Role of the Company Officer

This program is designed to be a no-nonsense approach to company officer leadership. No theory or fancy ideology here, just realistic and practical ways proven to build an effective group of performers within your team. I will bring previous military experience as well as experience in my current role to reinforce the importance of unit cohesion and how to achieve it. We will talk about…(More)

Instructor: Jarrod Sergi

June 8 – 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

June 9 – 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: CMCC

A Fire Officer’s Guide for Today’s Buildings on Fire

Today’s buildings and occupancies present unique challenges to command and operating companies during fireground operations. Building profiles, occupancy types and risks, construction methods, systems and components require new skill sets in understanding the building’s true influence on the decision-making process for effective and efficient fireground tactics and operations. This program provides an overview of the methodology and process to increase operational effectiveness and ensure critical building factors are identified, assessment and monitored throughout the incident, looking at a variety of building types, vintage and era, construction and risks with insights on the Buildingsonfire FACTS concept for First-Arriving Construction, Tactics and Safety. This session is open to all ranks and experience levels.

Instructor: Christopher Naum

June 9 – 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Tactical Considerations for Volunteer Fire Departments

This presentation will identify fifteen basic tactical considerations to help chief officers, line officers, and firefighters of volunteer fire departments to prepare, train, and prioritize fireground tasks. These tactical considerations will help volunteer firefighters get started in the early stages of a structure fire and help them maintain a pro-active incident. Many times, there are enough firefighters. (More)

Instructor: Richard Ray

June 9 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: CMCC

NFFF Orientation 

This dynamic session will focus on the Training and Educational Programs available via the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, available ways to provide the training and a comprehensive look at the mission of Everyone Goes Home,  understanding the the 16 Life Safety Initiatives and how to utilize them in your organization.

Instructor: Rick Best, Rick Dangerfield, Keith Brower 

June 9 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: CMCC

Survivability Profile Framework– Think like an Expert

Is it worth the risk? The answer may depend on what “it” is. The Survivability Profile Framework is a proven platform for split second, expert level thinking that goes beyond the traditional “go or no go” approach for determining tenable or survivable areas. This is not a checklist or an anagram this is real world strategic thinking that will help when it matters most. The framework is tried, true and vetted by senior fire service leaders and is built on the experiences of fire ground commanders. From standard room and contents fires to the most harrowing fires that you will experience, the Survivability Profile Framework will ensure you are executing strategies and tactics when it counts and when it’s worth the risk.

Instructor: Andrew Morris

June 9 – 1:00pm- 6:00pm

Location: CMCC

The Challenge of Firefighting Operations in Mega-Mansions & Large Area Residential

Today’s residential homes are being built larger than ever and in all community settings from rural to suburban to urban. These occupancies present significant risks and operational challenges to commanders and firefighters, that demands increased knowledge and skill sets to select and employ various operational models at these structure fires. The program provides leading insights on building construction systems, design configurations, and characteristics of common mega-mansions–homes ranging from 4,000 to 40,000 square feet, with operational focus on the 6,000-18,000 SF residential footprint. A focus on coastal and sea-side operational concerns with a transition to footprints in suburban to country-side settings will be presented.

Instructor: Christopher Naum and Doug Cline

June 9 – 1:00pm- 6:00pm

Location: CMCC

Courage to Be Safe

This course is a provocative and moving presentation by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, through the Everyone Goes Home® Program, that is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence.

Building on the untold story of line of duty death survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death. This presentation provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that “Everyone Goes Home” at the end of the day.

Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences.

The program promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect firefighters from illness, injury or Line of Duty Death So that Everyone Goes Home®. The presentation examines Line of Duty Deaths both at the state and national level.

In addition, it conveys the untold story of LODD survivors in an attempt to expose the participants to a significant emotional event to promote change and provide them the insight and tools to embark upon change.

Instructor: Rick Best, Rick Dangerfield, and Keith Brower

June 9 – 1:00pm- 6:00pm

Location: CMCC