Day 1 Morning Course Descriptions


Time to hit the P.A.N.I.C button!
Community Risk Reduction is Here to Stay!
Find out what the P.A.N.I.C. is all about.  Community Risk Reduction is a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources to reduce their occurrence and impact. Presenters will break down 5 strategic actions, P.A.N.I.C., to drive successful CRR implementation, overcome typical barriers, and add value to fire department operations.  CRR will be defined and real world examples to illustrate the process in action will be described.

Karen Berard-Reed worked in the public education division of the National Fire Protection Association from 2013-2017. She managed NFPA’s high-risk outreach activities and created education materials with a focus on safety for young children, older adults, and underserved communities.  In 2018 Karen joined the CRR initiative and leads NFPA’s efforts around this important work. Prior to NFPA, Karen worked in the health education field in K-12 public schools, higher education, & community settings.


Understanding and Leveraging Social Media
This workshop will examine the leading social media platforms in the United States. These include: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest & Snapchat. Goal #1 will be understanding usage, demographics and analytics for each platform. Goal #2 will be to learn and practice how to create posts that “fit” within the different platforms and how to include pictures, videos, and designing memes. Goal #3 will look at social media management tools including Buffer and HootSuite.

Scot Davis has his undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts in Education.  Scot began incorporating technology into his job descriptions early on and has become a resource for media development, website development, and effective use of technology.  Before being hired by the Durango Fire Protection District, Scot owned his own film and video production company for 15 years.  Scot is the Community Education Coordinator for Durango Fire and one of three Lead PIOs.

Fire & EMS Teaming Up to Reduce Risks in Our Community
Two divisions in one fire department, each with distinct prevention programs and target audiences, working together to bring risk reduction to residents of their community.  Jill has excellent and informative programs she brings to schools and other community groups.  Annie has a new and innovative program bringing fall prevention and resource sharing into homes as well as community groups.  Jill and Annie often work together at schools, in homes and at community events.

Jillian Cardona & Annie Dorchak
Jillian is an Army veteran with 15 years of combined fire service experience in Operations and Administrative Management.  She is currently working with Evergreen Fire Rescue as the Community Educator and Training Coordinator.  Her duties include managing community outreach through education and public information and overseeing the department training program for all personnel.

Annie has 30+ years experience in EMS including patient care and education.  In early 2018, she was part of the team that developed ECARES, a program that is taking Risk Reduction into the homes of residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.


Our Front Porch
The objective of this presentation is to educate others on the major gaps in long-term disaster recovery. Our Front Porch has been providing long-term disaster recovery support to people displaced by small scale disasters, typically house fires, for the last 3 years and have learned that there are 3 major components to recovery: disaster case management, housing navigation, and trauma recovery services. This presentation will discuss the realities of long-term disaster recovery and the services Our Front Porch provides.

Heather Korth & Maggie Babyak
er receiving an undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering, Heather spent time in Africa with the Peace Corps. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as an Environmental Consultant and then went on to get a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Colorado. Heather has worked as an Architect for over 10 years in both the private and public sector, with a focus on design, construction, project management and disaster mitigation. 

Maggie completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work and went on to get a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 2003. She worked with the homeless population in Connecticut for 10 years before moving to Colorado. She has provided trauma-informed treatment to homeless individuals and families, worked with affordable housing, and created and managed various clinical programs. Maggie has also supervised a staff of social workers, counselors, and her favorite group: student interns.

The Convergence of Fire Safety & Behavioral Science
We have always wondered if the fire safety messages we are using are effective in resulting in the ultimate goal – behavioral change.  The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) was awarded a 2-year FP&S grant to develop a tool for using behavioral science, in partnership with scientists from Cal State University, to develop a methodology for delivering these messages and another for measuring the resulting behavioral change.  This presentation will provide an overview of the project and our findings.

Daniel Chacon
Daniel Chacon’s roots in the fire service began at a young age as a son of a Fire Chief.  He has worked as an emergency dispatcher, seasonal fire fighter, teacher, and is currently the Assistant Director of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Presently, Daniel serves as the Co-Chair for the Northern California Fire Prevention Officers Public Education Committee and focuses on educating fire departments on how to implement CRR through the AARBF’s Fire Fighters and Safety Education program.