Day 1 Afternoon Course Descriptions


The Safe Transportation of Children in Ambulances

“Improving Occupant Protection for Non-Critical Pediatric Patients in Ambulances: A Training Curriculum for EMS Personnel” was designed to teach EMS personnel about selection and installation of ambulance-specific restraints and some types of conventional child restraints on the ambulance cot. General occupant protection principles and policy and protocol development are also addressed in the training which combines lecture with one case study.

Jason Kotas, Childrens Hospital Colorado
Jason Kotas has been a member of the Colorado EMS family for over 16 years holding many clinical based positions in the field as well as numerous leadership roles. He currently serves part-time as an EMS Captain for Grand County EMS and is the full time EMS Outreach and Education Program Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Jason holds a governor appointed position on the Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council, sits on the Colorado State EMS Conference Committee as well as serves on many local EMS advisory boards. He is a passionate advocate for EMS, the communities we serve and the healing power of laughter.

Susan Goldenstein, Childrens Hospital Colorado
Susan Goldenstein is the Prevention Education & Outreach Manager for Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she also coordinates the Safe Kids Denver Metro coalition.   She has worked in the field of injury prevention for more than 18 years within the sectors of fire, EMS and hospital-based healthcare.  She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management from Colorado State University, an Associate’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and is also a certified EMT and CPSTI. Most importantly, she is the mother of four “safe” kids.

Why do we teach fire reaction instead of fire prevention?

Do you teach fire prevention?  Of course you do!  Don’t all fire departments teach children how to Stop, Drop, and Roll; Exit Drills In the Home; Get Out and Stay Out; Stay Low Under Smoke; Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery; etc.  But when you really look at it, while important to teach, none of these messages are actually aimed at preventing fires – they all teach people what to do if there is a fire.  This session will look at some of the obstacles we face within as well as outside the fire service in order to move toward truly teaching fire prevention.  How does the culture and attitudes of the American fire service influence how we view fire prevention and our efforts?  How does American culture overall influence how we view fires and the responsibility for fire prevention and how does this differ in other countries? How can the cultural diversity within our communities also impact our fire prevention efforts?  In this session we will not only discuss some of the obstacles to truly teaching fire prevention, but strategies to help start the process of changing the attitudes, beliefs and practices surrounding fire prevention.

Bethany Brunsell, Saint Paul Fire Department
Bethany Brunsell serves as an Education Coordinator and Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Saint Paul Fire Department, the largest fire department in Minnesota.  In addition to teaching fire and life safety, Ms Brunsell is responsible for Saint Paul Fire’s social media and website management and serves as a trainer for Saint Paul’s citywide racial equity initiative. She also is a Lieutenant Firefighter for the West Metro Fire-Rescue District, a volunteer fire department in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Besides her responsibilities as a Lieutenant, Ms Brunsell serves as an advisor of the Fire Explorer post and is a member of the Technical Rescue Team and Honor Guard for West Metro Fire. Prior to working for Saint Paul Fire, Ms Brunsell spent 13 years as a public school teacher.

Getting your Message Across with Video and Digital Media

Video is a power tool for informing, educating or persuading. Learn how to produce more effective videos and integrate them into different communications channels such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more. This program will cover using tools in your pocket, from your smartphone, up to DSLR cameras and video editors.

Ed Comeau,
I am the owner of, a digital content and technical writing firm that helps clients operate in today’s digital age. This comes with a focus on fire safety from a 30-plus career that includes stints as a fire fighter for the Amherst Fire Department, a fire protection engineer in the Phoenix Fire Department’s Special Operations and Training Division and heading up the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Investigations Division. I am currently the communications and digital media manager for the Vision 20/20 project, responsible for the project’s website, social media channels and video production. I have filmed and produced several fire safety videos and served as a subject matter expert and producer on others.

Partnering with Communities of Color When You’re Not a Person of Color

Ethnic and racial health disparities present an enduring challenge to community-based injury prevention efforts. Pediatric injury rates among African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are the highest among all racial and ethnic groups in many large communities across the United States. The current, and continuing, higher rates among these groups indicate that they are disproportionately affected by preventable childhood injuries. When conducting I.P. education and outreach initiatives, it is critical to understand the culture of the communities you are working with. Many efforts, however, have a lack of familiarity with the various aspects of cultural competency, defined as “a set of behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together in a system or agency that enables people to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” An enhanced understanding of a neighborhood’s culture can facilitate community partnerships when conducting community-based I.P. programs. By activating community stakeholders to alter their community’s challenges with preventable injuries, coalitions can increase their program’s potential for success in accessing populations at disproportionate risk residing in communities of color. This presentation will highlight successful strategies and lessons learned by Safe Kids Colorado throughout their process of planning, implementing, and evaluating a community-based I.P. initiative in partnership with Street-Smart, Inc., a minority-led NPO serving several of the poorest communities in Denver, Colorado. It will include a frank discussion on how historical efforts have failed to target minority and low income populations, how a strategy was developed to address those mistakes, and how they leveraged the partnership to secure over $200,000 in external funding to support their efforts in communities of color.

Dwayne Smith, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dwayne Smith is a Senior Strategist for Population Health at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In this role he provides direction and leadership for community health improvement initiatives in the hospital’s Child Health Advocacy Institute. He has worked as a Health Educator since 1990, and has coordinated pediatric injury prevention education and outreach initiatives at hospital trauma centers, and state, metropolitan, and local health departments since 1995. He is credentialed as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, has served as a CPS Technician since 1998, holds an appointment from Colorado’s Office of the Governor to serve on the Marijuana Education Oversight Committee, and serves as a representative to the Pediatric Emergency Care Committee of the State Emergency Medical Trauma Advisory Council. Dwayne holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia.

Darryl Clark, Street-Smart, Inc.
Darryl Clark serves as the Project Director for the Each One, Teach One Child Passenger Safety program. He has over 30 years of experience working for non-profit organizations, currently serving on the board of Street-Smart, Inc., a neighborhood NPO serving families in the Northeast Denver, Park Hill, and Montbello communities of Denver. Darryl is actively involved in the neighborhood engagement efforts of Epworth United Methodist Church, and previously served as the Executive Director for Clare Gardens Housing for Catholic Charities. A Denver resident since the early 1970s, Darryl is a native of Newport News, Virginia, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in combat during the Vietnam War.


Fire Science and Our Messages – Are We Keeping Up?

Research in fire behavior has produced major changes in the fire service; have our messages to the public kept up with the changing times?  This presentation will cover what we know about fire, smoke, codes, and human behavior and compare this to our common messages.

Monica Colby, Rapid City Fire Department
Monica Colby is a Fire and Life Safety Specialist with the Rapid City Fire Department in South Dakota, using data to direct initiatives to reduce risk and protect the city’s quality of life. She began as a fire and life safety educator in 1998 and has served in local, state, and national capacities. She is the South Dakota representative on the NFPA Education Network, a South Dakota Fire Corps State Advocate, works with Vision 20/20, is an alternate on the NFPA 1035 Technical Committee, and serves as Secretary of the NFPA Education Section Board of Directors.   Monica is the proud mother of an award-winning 13-year-old scientist and Boy Scout diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety with Mood Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Monica and her son are pleased to announce they live in a home protected by automatic fire sprinklers.

Restorative Justice Principles and Practices

Restorative justice is an approach to crime that focuses on repairing harm through collaboration and consensus among all impacted parties (offenders, victims, communities, law enforcement agencies, schools and family systems). As utilized within the Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, the process allows first-time juvenile offenders to be accountable directly to those who were most impacted by their negative choices, promotes understanding of the breadth and depth of that impact and encourages healing through an agreement about how to most appropriately make amends. Research suggests that restorative justice reduces re-offense rates and promotes a sense of empowerment and healing among victims and communities who often feel detached from and disappointed in more traditional justice models. This presentation will introduce the principles and practice of restorative justice and its application within the juvenile justice system as a response to a variety of offenses ranging from theft and criminal mischief to arson and trespassing.

Stacey MacGlashan, Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program – 18th District Attorney’s Office
Stacey MacGlashan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a counselor with the Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program in the 18th Judicial District since 2001. She was instrumental in creating the restorative justice model currently in use by the program, which was introduced in 2006. She has been an active facilitator and advocate for restorative justice and has built strong community connections and support for the program. She has collaborated with other agencies within the 18th Judicial District to expand the role of restorative justice within the district, continues to attend conferences and trainings to stay current on developments within the restorative justice community, has trained several other diversion counselors to become restorative justice facilitators, and has facilitated more than 100 restorative justice circles over the past 10 years.

Stasia Hall, Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program – 18th District Attorney’s Office
Stasia Hall is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist and has been as counselor with the Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program in the 18th Judicial District since 2009. Stasia has a passion for the restorative justice model and strongly believes in its efficacy with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. She has been an active facilitator of restorative justice circles for four years.

Brilliant Brainstorming 3.0 Pitfalls at work

Are you ready to impact the culture at your place of work? Community Risk Reduction is the new buzz term for what Fire and Life Safety Educators/Injury Prevention Educators do.  However, we are seeing the same pitfalls in many of our work places from those that are not wanting to embrace community risk reduction.  Pitfalls we see at our work place include that “we”, the entire organization, are supposed to be the experts in community risk reduction for the community however “we” are not.  This session will be a brainstorming session on how to enhance community risk reduction into your work place.  If we are wanting to change the culture, we need to start with our own workplace.  Join us to brainstorm ways to impact cultural changes surrounding safety, prevention, and community risk reduction topics.

Deanna Harrington, Arvada Fire Protection District
Deanna Harrington has 14 years of fire service experience serving in roles as a volunteer firefighter, career firefighter, EMT, fire inspector, fire investigator, PIO and life safety educator.  Deanna joined the Arvada Fire Protection District in Arvada, Colorado in 2011 and currently she serves as Deputy Fire Marshal where she manages community risk reduction programs. She is an active member of the Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado. Deanna earned a masters level education from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Kinesiology with an emphasis in injury prevention.

Colleen Potton, South Metro Fire Rescue
Colleen has been in the fire service since 2000 as a firefighter and a Community Risk Reduction Specialist since 2008 with South Metro Fire Rescue.  She is the head of the child passenger safety program for South Metro Fire and has been the state training coordinator for this program.  Colleen works with businesses, schools, and the community to prevent fires and injuries for the South Metro community. Colleen received her bachelor degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Prior to her job in the fire service Colleen taught middle school math and science for 6 years.

Emerging Explosive Trends and Injuries: A Call for Multi-Agency Collaboration

An “explosive injury epidemic” from drug manufacturing, e-cigarettes, and medical oxygen is occurring. These incidents negatively impact first responders, hospitals, and community organizations. Collaborative multi-agency approaches are essential to address complex contributing factors. This session highlights emerging trends, case studies, unique fire service/medical implications, and partnerships to mitigate injury risks.

Karla Klas, University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center
Karla manages U-M Trauma Burn Center’s nationally acclaimed community and family-centered injury prevention programs. A celebrated educator, speaker, and author, Karla’s 24-year background in research, education, critical care nursing, and injury prevention has produced numerous journal articles, textbook chapters, and grant awards. She holds several specialty certifications and is a National Fire Academy graduate. Karla is appointed to multiple national leadership roles and committees devoted to injury reduction, including: ABA Burn Prevention, YFIRES National Youth Firesetting Database, MI Arson Prevention, MI Fire Inspectors Society, National Burn Awareness Task Force, and U-M Injury Center. Her work has received numerous accolades, including MI Fire Inspectors Society Public Educator of the Year, City of Detroit Community Service Award, and ABA Burn Prevention Award. Karla speaks throughout the nation on burn/trauma injuries, prevention, and youth firesetting. In her spare time, she volunteers in burn survivor support programs, mentors at-risk youth, and writes children’s books.


Tuesday Night Yoga:

Join us for some yoga in the mountains! Never done yoga? fluent in Sanskrit? Both are welcome! This night of yoga will be for the full spectrum of skill levels. Class starts at 5:00pm in the Ballroom and will last for an hour. Cost is $15 (1/2 of which will go towards funding scholarships for next years conference)

Bring your own mat (towel will work just fine), & Bring your own yoga pants.

To register and pay in advance click HERE