Day 1 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Creative Funding Opportunities for your Community Risk Reduction Programs
Securing the funding required to support your departments Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs can be a daunting task. Students will receive a framework to guide their Organization into untapped revenue streams, to fund and sustain life-saving public education CRR programs. A review of organizational marketing strategies, steps to attain an IRS 501 (c) 3 designation, and a comprehensive overview of Local, State, and National Grant Programs will be covered during this must-attend session.

Mark Nugent – Division Chief Mark R. Nugent is Fire Marshal for Midway Fire Rescue. During his 42 year career he worked for Chesterfield (VA), Middlesex County (VA), and Horry County (SC). Chief Nugent has Associate’s Degrees in Fire Science, and EMS Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chief Nugent is a SC Certified Fire Marshal, has a Chief Fire Officer designation from the CPSE and is co-author of The Community Fire Safety Guide.


CRR Program Impact
Are your Community Risk Reduction Programs really having the impact you thought? Do you want to eliminate unnecessary 911 calls, increase risk reduction activities, and improve accountability in adhering to local, state and federal regulations, codes, and standards? This interactive course will walk you through what performance measures and evaluation techniques you can use to ensure your programs are getting the results you want.

Sunny Smaldino is the Community Education and Outreach Supervisor for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Over the past 8 years with CSFD, she has worked with her high performing team to transform the way risk reduction programs are developed, produced, delivered and evaluated. She has a true passion for education and making the community a safer place. She has an extensive background in marketing and branding with degrees from Sonoma State University in Marketing and Human Resource Management

Turning the Titanic Around: Moving from Scared Straight to a “No Fear Zone” Approach to CRR Education
Firefighters, public educators, hospital staff, and other community risk reduction (CRR) professionals are often requested by parents or courts to “scare some sense” into children participating in high-risk behaviors such as firesetting. Is this the best approach to educational interventions in today’s youth? Historically a topic of controversy, this thought-provoking session will explore the use of fear appeals and scare tactics in CRR efforts, injury prevention messages, and safety education.

Karls Klas manages Univ. of Michigan Trauma Burn Center’s nationally acclaimed community & family-centered injury prevention programs. Her 27-year career in critical care nursing, research, education & injury prevention has produced numerous journal publications, textbook chapters & grant awards. She’s attained multiple specialty certifications & committee leadership appointments. An award-winning educator, speaker & author, she also mentors at-risk youth & volunteers in survivor support programs.

Wheelchairs and First Responders: Best Practices
Wheelchairs are an extension of an individual with a disability, and play an important role in their independence. Often times, it may be overlooked and left behind at the scene of the incident. This presentation will provide an overview of: 1. Types of wheelchairs; 2. How to safely and quickly remove a wheelchair; and 3. Special considerations during weather related events, and auto/pedestrian accidents. An obstacle course will be available for hands-on trials of the wheelchairs..

Julia Beems Senior Instructor, is the Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator with Assistive Technology Partners in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of CO Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been providing emergency preparedness trainings for more than 10 years. Ms Beems sits on the FEMA Region VIII Advisory Council, North Central Region Functional Needs Steering Committee, and the CO Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities