Boston Fire, IAFF and Local 718 will once again host the A. Michael Mullane Health and Safety Symposium on May 18-19, 2017 at Florian Hall in Boston, MA. The Symposium features 2 days of education, networking, and vendor exhibits. A second, expansive educational track has been added this year with sessions devoted to fire ground safety and survival; emerging construction challenges; new energy considerations; active shooter incidents; and peer support programs.
The Symposium is named in honor of late 3rd District Vice President A. Michael Mullane, the longest-serving member of the IAFF Executive Board who represented IAFF members in New England for more than 30 years.
After opening remarks from BFD Commissioner Joe Finn, Local 718 President Rich Paris and IAFF Vice President Jay Colbert, attendees will get a 30,000 foot view of the modern fire service from Chief Tim Sendelbach, 30-year fire and emergency services student/educator and current Editor-in-Chief for Firehouse magazine, website and conferences. His keynote will be a no-holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of the fire profession while challenging first responders to examine daily routines and decision-making.
Day 1 will include relevant content about staying safe on the fire ground; cancer research updates; exposure risks; emerging technology and standards; new construction challenges; firefighter peer support; and active shooter incidents.
Day 2 educational sessions will focus on solar, electric and energy storage systems; the firefighter of the future and new technology solutions; the chemicals, dangers, and risks to first responders as communities legalize marijuana; and overcoming physical and mental trauma as a firefighter.
Casey Grant, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will deliver the session on smart firefighting and NFPA colleagues will be on hand in the vendor area to engage with local stakeholders about resources, training, codes and standards, and other ways that NFPA supports the fire service.