Day 2 Afternoon Course Descriptions


NFSA Sprinkler Demonstration
Side by side sprinkler demonstrsation

Rob Geislinger


Planes, Trains and Automobiles
A Year in the Life of a PIO
The Public Information team at West Pierce Fire & Rescue has responded to multiple career-defining incidents in a very short period of time.  Two Amtrak passenger trains derailed within months of each other and the next summer, a stolen plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport crashed on an island off of Puget Sound.  These PIOs will share their strategies on how they dealt with media, partner agencies and the community during the incident and the days, weeks and even months following.

Jenny Weekes & Scott Adams
Jenny Weekes has held various positions within the fire service, including public educator, fire inspector, investigator, all of which have included the role of Public Information Officer.  She has spent much of her career participating in life safety efforts throughout Pierce County and Washington State.  Now as the Community & Media Relations Manager, she is the lead PIO for West Pierce Fire and Rescue and has worked on many large-scale incidents and events.

Scott Adams is the Batallion Chief overseeing Prevention and Education for West Pierce Fire and Rescue and is a public educator, fire inspector, investigator and back-up Public Information Officer.

Should I Stay or Should I Go
Using the words from the 1982 Clash song by the same name as a prompt, we will explore the various evacuation strategies employed by the different occupancy types of the national model codes.  Discussion will center on the capabilities of the occupants and the fire resistance hardening of the structures based on the expectations of the various occupancies in the associated building codes.  This will be used as a basis to discuss various evacuation strategies and how they should be employed.

Rob Sontag joined the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control in July 2013 when the Fire and Life Safety team he was managing was transferred from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (where he had worked as the Life Safety Code Manager since February of 2008.)  Rob has over twenty years of experience working with building systems, fire protection, and firefighting.