Day 2 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Fact or Fiction

The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program (CPS certification program) certifies people as child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Since the CPS certification program began in 1997, with the first courses offered in 1998, more than 148,000 people have successfully completed the CPS Certification Course, including more than 39,000 currently certified CPS technicians. Many technicians are trained health and safety professionals, others are parents, and some are volunteers. They all have one thing in common: they care deeply about kids and want to make sure they’re safe. Part of being recertified as a CPS technician or instructor is completing at least six hours of CPS technical continuing education units (CEUs) during your current two-year certification cycle. This session is an interactive presentation that covers a broad range of topics that are critical for CPS technicians and instructors to know when assisting families in their communities. This interactive session challenges technicians in a fun way to see what they know or could share with another technician

Kim Herrmann, Safe Kids Worldwide
Certification Specialist, Certification Department, Safe Kids Worldwide

Fire Safety Stations

Are you looking for a fun, exciting way to engage young students? Littleton Fire Rescue’s “Fire Safety Stations” program for kindergarten classrooms actively engages learners as they rotate through five exploratory stations about fire safety. Join us to learn about the ins and outs of the program.

Katie Morris, Littleton Fire Rescue
Katie has been a Life Safety Educator for Littleton Fire Rescue (CO) for 15 years.  Prior to joining the fire service, she was an elementary school teacher, also in Littleton.  In her role as a Life Safety Educator, she provides educational outreach programs to audiences of all ages, from pre-school to older adults.  Katie also oversees the Youth Misuse of Fire program for her department.  Katie and her husband stay busy keeping up with their young daughter and spending as much time as possible in the mountains.

Carla Ahrenholtz, Littleton Fire Rescue
Carla has been a Life Safety Educator for Littleton Fire Rescue (CO) for 2 years.  Prior to joining the fire service, she worked as a museum educator for over a decade. In her role as a Life Safety Educator, she provides educational outreach programs to audiences of all ages, from pre-school to older adults.  Carla also oversees the Youth Misuse of Fire program for her department.  A Colorado native, Carla loves reading, traveling, and spending time in nature with her husband, 6-year old son, and 2 dogs.

Teaching Hands-Only CPR and AED Use is a Good Bet for Fire Personnel

No, Hands-Only CPR and AED training has nothing to do with keeping kids or adults safe from fire injuries or death.  What it is doing is providing real life-saving skills to people of all ages while rejuvenating interest in having the fire department invited to schools, churches, businesses, block parties, health fairs, and other events. Just search “bystander CPR life saves” and see the attention this is getting. When a cardiac arrest occurs, we know the chances of a patient surviving increases dramatically if chest compressions are started immediately. For that to happen, we need a public that is trained and willing to step up in the minutes before fire personnel arrive. This session will walk you through the rationale of why fire and rescue personnel are the best choice for teaching Hands-Only CPR and AED use to the public. We’ll cover how and when the transition from full conventional CPR classes to awareness-type classes teaching “no rescue breaths needed” became the norm for the non-healthcare providing general public. The course will also show you how Hands-Only CPR and AED use can be taught in all sorts of settings and in all amounts of time. A great lesson plan and resources will be shared. Attendees will leave the session with everything you need to convince your chief and city officials that teaching Hands-Only CPR and AED use is an easy and life-saving task that your department should be doing!

Peggy Harrell, Plano Fire-Rescue
Peggy started with Plano Fire-Rescue in July of 1995.  A graduate of Texas Tech University, Peggy holds a B.S. in Education with a specialization in education of the hearing impaired.  Prior to coming to the Plano Fire-Rescue, Peggy taught students with special needs for the Lubbock Independent School District, the Dallas Independent School District, and has taught regular education and Deaf Education in the position of team leader for the Plano Independent School District.  Peggy is also the recipient of the Congressional Fire Safety Institute’s Safety Education Hero Award and was selected as the Metroplex Fire Safety Educators Association’s Public Educator of the Year in 2007.  Peggy is a graduate of Leadership Plano’s Class 27. Peggy lives in McKinney with her husband and their sweet but naughty chocolate Lab, Tess.

UL Resources for Educators

We will discuss UL resources for educators and the many great tools we have for educators including our UL Safety Smart program.  This program provides information for Educators to use when presenting safety messages to groups of all ages and it covers many different subjects.

Jon Roberts, UL
Jon has a long history within the fire, building, and life safety arena. He previously served as a Building Division Chief and holds a degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology as well as many national professional certifications including Certified Building Official and Certified Fire Marshal.



Our Best Safe Kids Hacks

The Safe Kids Denver Metro coalition uses zip-code level injury data to inform their outreach programs.  Because time and resources are always scarce, we developed our own strategies to maximize our efforts within our target communities.  Key to our success is quality coalition members and partners.  Injury Prevention areas we will cover are: teen driving, home safety, and poison prevention. We’ll share our ideas, methods, funding sources, and partners in a way which you can “hack.”

Susan Goldenstein, Children’s 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.

Tracey Holmberg, Swedish Medical Center
Tracey Holmberg, BSN, RN, CPSTI, is Pediatric Trauma Nurse Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Englewood, Colorado. Her background includes being the Injury Prevention Coordinator at SMC for 9 years, critical care nursing, and EMS work.  Car seat safety, teen driving, and distracted driving are just a few of the programs she is passionate about as well as being a member of Safe Kids Denver Metro.

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.

Sabrina Iacovetta, Thornton Fire Department
Sabrina Iacovetta has been part of the fire service for 16 years, during those 16 years, she has been an office manager and a public education officer.

Bringing Your Fire Education Programs Out of the Dark Ages

Many fire service agencies have great tried-and-true educational programs- but how can these presentations be enhanced to be more relevant and effective in our fast-paced world where information is readily available?  Safety topics evolve, but often the core messages remain unchanged.  How can organizations update current programs to make measurable differences which result in community risk reduction?  This presentation will show how agencies can update existing programs while retaining the fundamental safety message.  Examples of successful presentation updates from Colorado Springs Fire Department will be cited.

Kathy Hook, Colorado Springs Fire Department
Kathy Hook has been a part of the Colorado Springs Fire Department Community Education and Outreach team since 2012 as a Fire and Life Safety Educator.  Kathy is the lead for two of the departments largest risk reduction programs- SafetyFactor, an injury prevention program for elementary students, and FireFactor, the youth firesetting education and intervention program. She received her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University; prior to joining CSFD she worked in blood donor and transfusion services with UC Health to increase public awareness on the need for blood donations. Kathy is passionate about the health and vitality of the Colorado Springs community.  She enjoys Air Force Academy football games, Colorado College hockey, biking, and hiking throughout our beautiful state.

Engaging With Your Schools: It’s Elementary

Recently educators have promoted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fairs and programs. While many elementary schools are creating a “starter” period to help students get on track first thing in the morning. In Portland, Maine two such programs are called Rise & Shine and First Innings. The programs run before the regular school day starts and students choose an activity that interests them.  Life Safety Educators and the Fire Service are uniquely poised to take advantage of these two trends. From building inspections to technical rescue to EMS runs to the fire ground, our industry is all about STEM; Physics-mass, force, mechanical advantage Algebra-engine pressure, friction loss, hose selection First Aid-anatomy, weights & dosages, BP, pulses Fire Science-conduction, radiation, convection, steam conversion These topics were presented as well as fire ground search and thermal imaging cameras being presented to third, fourth and fifth graders.  Portland Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau committed to a program, one morning a week, often bringing a line company along to demonstrate equipment or a skill. Any single morning program can be used in other public education requests and stand alone as a thirty to forty-five minute module, or the modules can be strung together for full program.

David Petruccelli, Portland Fire Department-Maine

Ready and Willing

Never Fear the Volunteer! Friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students are making a personal commitment to reduce their risk — and those individuals add up with an unmistakable impact on local resilience. Explore the many ways volunteers, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) members, are currently engaged in Colorado to enhance personal emergency preparedness, educate & organize their neighbors, respond in disasters, and expand the capabilities of public agencies. Community outreach, Emergency Support Functions in the EOC, disaster monitoring & damage assessment, and program development are just a few functions CERT members provide. They’re also taking the message of personal readiness – along with preparedness skills – home to families and loved ones.  Ideas for recruitment, retention, and program customization will be discussed as critical elements of success. The free, FEMA curriculum is undergoing revision and a preview of what’s new will be included (still working on this with Nat’l CERT coord). If you already have a CERT team or volunteer group, this session may help boost your efforts,  offer new ideas, and enhance the experience of your participants. If you don’t have a volunteer program established – this can help you get one started. A few caring people truly can change the world, especially if they have a coordinator.

Robin Adair, Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, El Paso County
Fran Santagata, Preparedness Program Manager & State CERT Coordinator, Div. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management



Lock It, Switch It, Hook It?

Built-in locking mechanisms to pre-crash lock vehicle seat belts when installing a car seat have become very popular in products currently available at retail. As well, rebound management technology built in to car seats is also ever growing in the current market. Are you confused about HOW to use these mechanisms or the purpose of the features? This presentation will help with the basic identification and understanding of use of pre-crash locking and rebound management features with car seats.

Sarah Tilton, Britax Child Safety, Inc.
Sarah Tilton is the Child Passenger Safety Advocacy Manager for BRITAX Child Safety, Inc. In her 15+ years she is an active CPS Instructor, the spokesperson for BRITAX within the advocacy community participating in child passenger safety activities at a local, state and national levels. She is also a member and the current Vice-Chair of the National Child Passenger Safety Board representing the At Large population.

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

George Sullivan, American Red Cross

Creating Life Safety Videos 101

Where do I start? Who is my audience? What is my format? How will I distribute it? These are just some of the many questions that need to be asked and answered before a life safety prevention video can be produced. This presentation will give the attendee a check list to help guide the necessary decisions that will keep the project focused on the message. Attendees will be shown examples of great videos and will guided through a deconstruction of the videos to understand how they were prepared, shot and produced. This class will be an overview of where to start and how to prepare a video project.

David Brasells, Instructor 5 Productions
Dave currently serves on the Nashville Fire Department, Truck 21 which is within the Special Operations Division for Technical Rescue. Dave is an IFSAC certified Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, Fire Officer I, Incident Safety Officer, National Fire Academy Adjunct Instructor for Fire Prevention and Public Education, NFPA 1403 Life Fire Instructor, Flashover Instructor & Train-the-Trainer, EMT-Advanced, member of NFD’s USAR Task Force II Team. Dave has focused on High Risk/Low Frequency fire-ground training needs including MAYDAY, Flashover Recognition/Survival, Firefighter Survival, and Firefighter Rescue classes and instruction. Dave is the Executive Producer of the popular YouTube channel Instructor 5 Productions, serves as the Director of the Sam Houston Fire Academy, instructs with Truckie Talk Training LLC, and is the president of the Middle Tennessee Fraternal Order of Leatherhead Society (F.O.O.L.S.).  Dave was a photojournalist and producer in television news for 22 years prior to becoming a career firefighter.

Dealing With Difficult People and Keeping Things Calm

This class offers suggestions and techniques on what to do when dealing with someone who is angry.

Susan Vance, Fort Collins Police Services
I grew up in the Los Angeles area and “escaped” to Colorado in 1973 after earning a four year degree at Cal Poly Pomona (smog central).  Even though my background was in teaching, I became a Police Agent with Lakewood Police Department and later moved to Fort Collins in 1982.  FCPD had very little attrition, so while I waited for an opening, I was head of security at the Foothills Mall.  I continued to work with FCPD & later Larimer County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve until I was hired by FCPD in 1987.  I transferred to Crime Prevention in 2001.