Day 1 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Using Science to Teach Safety
It’s true, children should not play with matches and lighters. As they age, however, their curiosity grows and their desire to learn about fire may lead them to perform unsafe behaviors. By using science to teach youth about the fire triangle and fire tetrahedron, how different fires are extinguished, and what a self-sustained chemical reaction really is, children learn the “why” of fire safety.

Christian Seidel- Christina Seidel is the Public Education Officer for the College Station Fire Department. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, she obtained her Texas Education Agency Educator Certification. Her early career years were spent in public education and children’s museum programming before being led to serve the citizens of College Station in her current role. Her public education programming efforts helped the College Station Fire.

Community Partnerships in Utility Safety
What is the community safety role of a utility in a community? How can utilities, first responders & safety personnel build partnerships with risk reduction efforts and utility emergencies? Explore the “Top 5” hot topics these stakeholders share in common and how collaboration yields success: 1. Marijuana grows, illegal electric taps 2. Natural Gas Safety 3. Electric Safety 4. Solar panel awareness 5. Utility regulation drivers Take home resources and engage with your local utility!

Jane Hunter Zook- Community Education Administrator, Colorado Springs Utilities 20+ years in education field BS in Natural Resources, Minor in Education Former certifications in FLSE I & II, Fire Inspector, JFS I & II A career educator with over 20 years experience, Jane Hunter Zook started as a Park Ranger for the National Forest Service and State Parks. A passion for connecting with audiences and serving, led her to a new roles as a Fire & Life Safety Educator for The Colorado Springs Fire Department and CU.

Lori Warner- Lori Warner has a varied background in the utility industry and has been supporting utility public safety for Xcel Energy since 2011. This role entails development of and adherence to a safety awareness plan for natural gas operations per the federal regulatory requirement with PHMSA (Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and because Xcel Energy is a dual commodity utility, education and awareness for electric safety is also a focus.

Overview of the new NFPA 1300- Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development
This class will provide basic knowledge and education in general principles of the International Fire Code to members of the Fire and Life Safety Community who may not have much background or experience with the fire code. This will be an interactive class that will cover a wide range of topics which can assist with the day-to-day interactions that we all experience with members of the public, business owners, schools, and our colleagues in the Fire Service.

Bob Sullivan- I have been a member of the Fire Service for 31 years. I am a native of the Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado in 2000. Since 2000 I have worked in the Fire Prevention Division of the Thornton Fire Department, and am now the Deputy Fire Marshal. During my time in the Fire Service I have also held the ranks of Firefighter, EMT-B, Engineer Driver/Operator, Lieutenant, and Fire Instructor. I am also the Vice President of the Fire Marshal’s Association of Colorado (FMAC).

Infant Sleep Safe
This class will cover: what is SUID, current recommendations for infant safe sleep, and how this can impact first responders.

Kate Johnson- Kate Johnston is the Community Health Manager in the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has worked in public health for over 10 years in the areas of health disparities, infant safe sleep, asthma, HIV/AIDS, and sexual health. She received her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina (go Heels!) and is a certified health educator and certified asthma educator.


Fire Science and Our Messages- Are We Keeping Up?
Research in fire behavior has produced major changes in fire service operations; have our messages to the public kept up with the changing times? This presentation will cover what we know about fire, smoke, fire codes, and human behavior. We will compare these to our common fire safety messages and our beliefs of what occupants should do during a fire and how they can prevent a fire. It is time for a paradigm shift of how to approach fire safety in our communities.

Monica Colby- Monica Colby has been a Fire and Life Safety Educator since 1998, currently working with Rapid City Fire Department. She has worked on local, state, regional, and national projects and positions. Monica is currently serving on the NFPA Education Section Board of Directors and the NFPA 1035 Technical Committee. Monica and her teenage Engineer live in a home protected by stove top heat-limiting technology and by fire sprinklers.

Stop the Bleed- Train the Trainer
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to teach immediate responders how to identify life-threatening bleeding and appropriate ways to stop the bleeding. This will be an instructor training course.

Robert Hayes- Robert Hayes is the RN Trauma Nurse Specialist with St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. He manages several evidence-based injury prevention programs that include falls, motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle safety. He has over 12 years of public health experience and sits on several local, regional and state-level community boards and committees that address injury and violence reduction.

Darcie Martin- RN, BSN,CEN is the Injury Prevention Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center’s Trauma Services.  Her background is 20 years in Emergency Nursing. Darcy’s work in Injury Prevention includes Child Passenger Safety, Distracted Driving education for both teens and adults, Bleeding control education and Fall Prevention. She is passionate about educating the community on reducing the number of preventable deaths and injuries in these high risk areas. Darcy is a member of Safe Kids Denver Metro, the Colorado Department of Health and Environments Colorado Young Drivers Alliance as well as the Safe States Alliance.

Peas and Carrots and the Rabbit Hole to Community Collaborative Care
This class is focused on home safety visits and looking beyond the typical need of what we are called for. We will discuss our collaborative care program and how it came to be and how we use resources through our community partnerships to assist those who cold benefit from assistance beyond emergency response.

Amber Jones- Community Risk Reduction Specialist, Arvada Fire.  Amber Jones has spent just short of 12 years working with Arvada Fire, with most it being in the dispatch center as a Communications Specialist and the last 2 ½ being a Community Risk Reduction Specialist. She has a long history with Arvada Fire as her father was a volunteer firefighter who raised her around the fire stations. She likes to play hockey, drink Starbucks coffee and spend time with her adorable and pretty funny little red headed son, Graham.

Micah Larson– EMS Trauma Coordinator, Lutheran Hospital.