This year marks the third year for the NFPA Responder Forum, and the second year that presentations will be live-streamed from the fire service think-tank that brings together forward-thinkers from 13 top fire organizations.
Check out NFPA's Facebook Live video stream on Sunday, October 29 as Firehouse Magazine Editor in Chief Tim Sendelbach offers his view of the fire service during an opening night open mic session. A popular speaker, well-versed in fire and emergency services topics, Sendelbach worked as an assistant chief and chief of fire training before his current role overseeing content and editorial direction at Firehouse® Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, and Firehouse World. (10/29 approximately 6:30 p.m. EST)
On Tuesday, October 31 be sure to set aside time in your day to listen and learn about key issues facing the fire service via your desktop, laptop or mobile device. Hear from experts about the toll that bullying can take in your department; mounting contamination concerns; innovative design strategies to reduce exposure in the firehouse; and important takeaways from the horrific Pulse Nightclub massacre.
Click the hyperlinks referenced below to learn more and to tune into these real-time video presentations. Look for the "add to calendar" link at the bottom of the page to give yourself a reminder. Then log in to NFPA Xchange on Halloween for education and insight on topics of interest.
I.David Daniels, At Large Director of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, will provide historical perspective on bullying, hazing and violence in the fire service. Learn more about the far-reaching consequences of these actions, and the positive steps being taken to reduce the number of incidents and firehouse fallout from this misbehavior. (10/31 8:30 a.m. EST)
Sought-after speaker and architect Paul Erickson with LeMay Erickson Willcox will offer insights on how and why it is critical to restrict exposures within the fire station from contaminated turnout gear, equipment and apparatus in his presentation, “Hot Zones and the Fire Station.” (10/31 10:30 a.m. EST)
Casey Grant with the Protection Research Foundation provides a summary of the, “Campaign for Contamination Control” which looked at long-term fire fighter health concerns due to chemical and biological contamination on the fire ground. Cancer and other diseases are presumed to be associated with fire ground exposure; and increasingly fire departments are looking at protection/hygiene practices and persistent harmful contamination found in firefighter equipment, apparatus, and fire stations. Grant will share recommended operational practices, a research road map and messaging strategies to help reduce the risk to firefighters. (10/31 1:00 p.m. EST)
Hear from Chief Otto Drozd III of Orange County, Florida Fire Rescue about the deadly Pulse Nightclub shooting that took the lives of 49 in June 2016. Drozd and others are working on a new universal operational standard for fire and emergency-services response to active-shooter incidents. With hostile events persisting in our world, now is the time to ensure that your community prioritizes preparation, planning, practice, and response so that you can handle cross-functional, cross-jurisdictional episodes. (2:00 p.m. EST)
The Responder Forum is addressing today’s fire problems by encouraging fire leaders and up-and-comers to look at safety solutions with a different lens. Don't miss the chance to be on the front line with information and knowledge related to modern day emergency response issues.