It’s Not About the Calls: First Responder Mental Health & Organizational Leadership

🚨 CFT Box Alarm Followers 🚒🚑🚓, have you seen the movie horrible bosses? Think of the effects they had on their employees wellbeing!

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Don’t miss out on this important event by 2nd Alarm Project: 🌟 “It’s Not About the Calls: First Responder Mental Health & Organizational Leadership” 🌟

🗓️ Date: September 15th, 2023

🕜 Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

📍 Virtual Webinar

Join in for a virtual learning event with Battalion Chief Dena Ali, as she shines a spotlight on the indispensable connection between organizational leadership and the mental well-being of our first responders.

Why should you be part of this event? 🤔

Gain an understanding that addressing mental health challenges among first responders goes beyond just handling traumatic incidents. It’s about a culture of psychological well-being within our organizations through effective leadership, open communication, comprehensive training, and proactive strategies.

Chief Dena Ali, a Battalion Chief with the Raleigh (N.C.) Fire Department, brings her unparalleled insights to this virtual kitchen table. Her background includes five years of research focusing on firefighter suicide prevention.

Chief Ali is also a former County Fire Tactics presenter, adjunct instructor with the NFA and the visionary founder and director of North Carolina Triangle Peer Support.

Mental health and your well-being matters, and this event is driven to give you the knowledge and tools to thrive in your demanding roles.

Share this with other firefighters, and make a positive impact on the well-being of our emergency services community. Plus let’s do our part to help out our horrible bosses. It’s possible they may be in need of help themselves and that’s why they are acting that way.

Ready to take the next step toward improved mental health and organizational leadership? 👉 Secure your spot now: tinyurl.com/denaali

Elevate Your Firefighting Career with CFT 100 Club Membership Only $900.00

Take your firefighting career to new heights with County Fire Tactics’ exclusive CFT 100 Club Membership for only $900.00. This exceptional opportunity offers you access to four fire conferences held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach, Florida, where you will learn from the best in the industry.

You’ll be able to gain valuable insights and enhance your skills alongside other professionals, elevating your expertise to the next level. Whether you attend all four conferences or send different team members to each, you’ll enjoy discounted hotel room rates starting as low as $100.00 along with complimentary hotel parking and airport shuttle transportation, making your experience stress-free.

Don’t miss out on this chance to invest in your future – register now! This offer is only valid until September 30th, 2023, so act fast and secure your spot today.

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New Release from UL FSRI Live Fire Training Exposure Risks & Control Measures

UL FSRI recently had two peer reviewed journal articles published in Fire Techology, that’s a pretty BIG DEAL! Both articles are related to our research exploring exposure risks and potential control measures during live-fire training. The first article centers on fire dynamics cues and thermal risks generated by different fuel loads, while the second article documents airborne chemical gas exposure risks.  

In this research, the team tested the impact of five different types of wood-based fuel packages in a single-compartment fire-training structure (i.e., a Fire Behavior Lab) and quantified a range of thermal measures and airborne chemical concentrations. The main takeaways include:

  • Different types of wood-based products produced environments with varying consistency in fire dynamics presentation, as well as differences in thermal risks and airborne gas concentrations. This study did not identify a single fuel package that consistently resulted in the lowest thermal or airborne chemical concentrations at the two instructor locations using the Fire Behavior Lab fuel load mounted on the ceiling (we are working on a paper with some of these same fuels used in a ground-based rack, which will be shared as soon as it is available).

  • To promote safety in the immersive training environment, the implementation of administrative control measures that impact the way fire instructors operate in this prop (e.g., students/instructors staying lower in the observation area, remaining farther from the fire, moving rear instructor outside the prop (when feasible) and limiting prolonged exposure) can be effective at reducing risk.

  • Characterizing the fire dynamics, thermal conditions, and gas concentrations within the Fire Behavioral Lab allows instructors to gain a better understanding of the health and safety hazards associated with the environment, which is essential to consider when balancing the risks and benefits of live fire training. 

This research builds off previous studies from FSRI, including the Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure and the Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks on Today’s Training GroundCollaborators for the manuscripts included Kenny Fent from NIOSH and Summer Neumann from UL Solutions, along with technical panel members from 18 fire service and safety organizations around the US.

Registration Now Open: Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making Conference, Pensacola Beach October 2023

Tactical Deviation in Fireground Operations Conference

Join Battalion Chief Curt Isakson as he introduces his revolutionary new program, “Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making for the Fireground,” alongside an array of supplementary insights on fireground leadership and tactics.

Experience this exclusive, limited-seating event taking place October 16-18, 2023, at the newly opened Fairfield Inn & Suites on Pensacola Beach.

The program commences from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Monday and continues from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, making it a immersive 2.5-day journey for only 40 attendees, so register today!

Chief Isakson’s extenstive experience and vision led to the creation, development, and launch of the groundbreaking program, “Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making on the Fireground.” This carefully and precision crafted program not only immerses attendees into a pivotal void within conventional fire scene command and control courses but also sets a new standard for comprehensive training in this domain.

Providing education in Tactical Deviation represents a significant advancement in fire scene command and control training. This new approach to circumstance driven fireground decision-making emphasizes recognizing when to deviate from time-proven tactics. Critical attention is emphasized throughout that departing from an established course or accepted standard must be a conscious decision based on the circumstances at hand and continue to align with the operational priorities of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and Property Preservation.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL & RECEIVE $99.00 LINK TO REGISTER

CFT Box Alarm followers can secure their registration for just $99 by completing their reservation at Fairfield Inn, then emailing Chief Isakson at CFTactics@gmail.com with a confirmation screenshot. Upon receipt, he will provide an exclusive conference registration link. Priority conference registration is available for those who have reservations at the Fairfield Inn.

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GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHIEF CURT ISAKSON

Curt “Ike” Isakson is a 30+ year veteran of the fire service, professional speaker, motivator, educator, and consultant with experience working in volunteer, career, and combination departments in urban, suburban, rural, and countywide settings.

He is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue in Florida where he has worked for the last 21 years. Before his time with Escambia, Curt was a Company Officer with the Pensacola Fire Department assigned to Heavy Rescue 31 for 9 years.

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Command & Control Success: When to Deviate from Foundational Tactics, Firehouse Magazine August 2023, Chief Curt Isakson

View my latest article from the Command & Control Success column within the August 2023 issue of Firehouse Magazine entitled When to Deviate from Foundational Tactics. Ready to go beyond the magazine article? Keep reading, Chief Ike has you covered.

In October 2023, Battalion Chief Curt Isakson will present a three day groundbreaking conference program, Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making for the Fireground, on Pensacola Beach Florida at the brand new Fairfield Inn & Suites. This limited seating learning opportunity is designed to address a critical gap in traditional fire scene command and control courses.

Providing education in Tactical Deviation represents a significant advancement in fire scene command and control training. This new approach to circumstance driven fireground decision-making emphasizes recognizing when to deviate from time-proven tactics.

Critical attention is emphasized throughout that departing from an established course or accepted standard must be a conscious decision based on the circumstances at hand and continue to align with the operational priorities of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and Property Preservation.

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40-Hour Accredited Fire Officer Development Program 2024 Pensacola Beach Florida

Five legendary fire service instructors, and a game-changing Officer Development Program await you at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center from January 15th to 19th, 2024!

Learn from five of the very best Fire Officers, including Chief Mike Lombardo, Chief Frank Leeb, Chief Curt Isakson, Captain David Hageman, and Lieutenant Ray McCormack.

👉 Don’t miss this incredible chance to invest in yourself and your department. Register now for the CFT Officer Development Program and join us for an unforgettable week of learning, networking, and growth! 👈

The County Fire Tactics Officer Development Program is accredited through the Florida State Fire College for 40-Hours of CEU’s. Easily renew your expiring fire certifications while attending our program.

https://countyfiretactics.com/officer-development-program-2024-odp/