Day 1 Morning Course Descriptions


Opening Plenary
“Purpose After Peril”

Devin Barnhart,  When people experience trauma or extreme life stressors, it is not uncommon for them to be changed physically and psychologically. A traumatic event can alter how a person identifies themselves. Sometimes, the event uncovers a drive and motivation that did not seem to exist before. I once was a young, naive man who believed himself an invincible athlete. But like many young people, I struggled with questions of whom I was and who I was meant to become. That all changed in 2008 when I was severely burned in a house fire. My life changed. Reality set in that I would no longer be the person I was and I questioned who I could become. Ten years later, I have found purpose after peril. I am a proud father and husband. I am a professional Firefighter/ EMT. And I am happy to be ALIVE! My story is one of tragedy, triumph, humor, and humility. But above all, it is a story of perseverance and love.


CRR for Suppression Folks
Participants will gain best practices, tools and education to more effectively better the fire department’s biggest resources – it’s line firefighters – in the fight on fire safety. While prevention teams stride toward community risk reduction, we often forget our biggest and most well positioned asset, our suppression assets in the fight. Get the the tools, tricks and tips to best engage the whole fire department and move the needle at home in our fight on community risk!

Spencer Pollock,  Spencer Pollock is blessed to serve those who serve as the best part of our neighbors worst days as a Lt at LCFD #1 and as the Exec Director for the American Red Cross of WY. This combination of strategic and tactical leadership with a focus on CRR led to the founding of PrepareWyoming and among other iniatives. Spencer holds many fire and emergency certifications including Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor III and Certified Disaster Manager. He holds a Masters in Pub Admin.

Collaboration, Connections, Considerations, and Creativity, Lessons Learned Providing Training to the Access and Functional Needs Community
An overview of emergency preparedness trainings provided to the Access and Functional Needs community will be discussed. Specific areas to be discussed include: collaboration with local emergency preparedness offices and health departments; how to connect with the local disability organizations; what to consider when providing a training to individuals with different disabilities and spoken languages and cultures; and how to provide a training that is informative, engaging, and fun.

Julia Beems, Julia Beems, MA, is Senior Instructor and the Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator with Assistive Technology Partners in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver. She has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 30 years providing assessments, technical assistance and emergency preparedness training to individuals with disabilities their family members and the professionals who serve them.

Healthy Town
In 2015, the Thornton Fire Department was challenged by their city management to come up with a NEW program that addressed more than the traditional fire and life safety educational messages and programs in an attempt to lower overall EMS calls.  Collaborating with other agencies and using established programs Thornton Fire came up “Healthy Town” a now successful program that is used at health and safety fairs at schools, businesses and fairs.  It has been very well received coming from the Fire Department.

Sabrina Iacovetta, is the Public Education Officer/PIO for the Thornton Fire Department.  She has worked for the City of Thornton for 29 years, 19 of those with the Thornton Fire Department.  Sabrina enjoys interacting with the community and has a passion for life safety education.  Sabrina currently serves as the CRRN Conference of the Rockies Chair.


Virtual Community Risk Reduction
It would be great if we could have a firefighter visit every home and business with a safety assessment, but this is not a reality with traditional methods. Virtual Community Risk Reduction allows fire departments to assess and provide safety information in a nontraditional way, virtually. As important, it also collects the data needed to make good decisions regarding your community’s risk and verify if your efforts are working.

Brent Faulkner, Brent has been in the fire service for over 20 years and is currently serving in a Southern California Department. As the CEO of MBIntel Inc., he has a passion for Community Risk Reduction which was enhanced by his position at a DHS Terrorism Fusion Center as a Critical Infrastructure Supervisor. He is the creator of Virtual Community Risk Reduction which allows Fire Departments to understand the risks in their community and provides a way for every home or business to have a safety assessment.

Smart Burner Installation Project Worcester
Learn how the city of Worcester used federal funding to target the number one cause of home fires through the installation of new technology that eliminates the problem of electric stovetop cooking fires . This session includes step-by-step guidance on how to access The high-risk audience of older adults living in low income apartment buildings .

Annmarie Pickett- Worcester fire. Massachusetts fire and life safety educator1. 2011 Massachusetts fire and life safety educator of the year . 2015 NFPA fire and life safety educator of the year . 2016 Norman night community service excellence award . 2017 Liberty mutual fire Mark recipient . I have attended numerous community risk reduction classes at the national fire Academy and I even participated in pilot programs community risk reduction for company officers and cultural competency.

Katie Harrington- Katie Harrington Esq. is a firefighter in Worcester, MA.  She has trained and received certification at the Fire Prevention Officer II level.  She spent 9 years in suppression before becoming an Instructor for the Recruit class of 2009 and then onto becoming an Inspector in the fire prevention division and is now a member of the Community Risk Reduction Division. She has received Certifications in Advanced Arson Investigations, SAFE Education, Juvenile Fire setter Intervention Specialist through the National Fire Academy, and many other community and education based training.

Multigenerational Homes Addressing the Fire Safety Challenges
The US Census Bureau defines multi-generational families as those consisting of more than two generations living under the same roof. According to the Pew Research Center, a record 60.6 million Americans, or 20% of the population of the United States, lived in multi-generational family households. Multi-generational households present diferent and unique fire safety challenges. This presentation addresses the data, risks and ouliles available resources.

Jeff Donahue- Jeff Donahue has more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service and most recently was division chief/fire marshal for the City of Reno Fire Department, where he managed all services and activities of the Fire Prevention Division. Throughout his career, Jeff has worked closely with NFPA as a board member of the International Fire Marshals Association, most recently as first vice president and chapter committee chair. He is the third regional specialist NFPA hired in 2015

Transporting Pre-term Infants
This talk will cover infants who are at risk for medical complications due to riding in car seats. We will explore what puts them at risk, hospital angle tolerance testing, and steps that can be taken to decrease risk for infants.  You will be provided with resources and recommendations for addressing this in the community.This class will be eligible for car seat tech CEUs.
Learning objectives:
-identify infants who are at high risk in car seats
-be able to make adjustments to keep them safe and make referrals for appropriate resources when necessary

Deanna Dykema- MS, NNP-BC, CPN, CPSIT
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- Children’s Hospital