Day 2 Morning Course Descriptions


Uppers, Downers and All-arounders… Are Drugs Moving Faster Than Prevention?
It has become a full-time job to keep up with what drugs are in our communities. We will discuss the new trends seen in 2019 including “Synthetic Vicodin”, “Bakers Brew”, Phenazepam, AWOL, “Ear Wax Weed”, Ketamine, Xylazine and good ole “Bath Salts”. We will focus on what is important when trying to sort out all the new trends as well as the biggest threat to our community, and how drugs change faster than you might think.

Jason Martin is the Director of Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention for Swedish Medical Center, supporting multiple trauma centers in the Denver Metropolitan area. Jason speaks nationally to law enforcement, educators and all levels of healthcare providers on a variety of topics with an emphasis on drug prevention/awareness. He works with youth of all ages on a variety of dangers they may face. Jason speaks to over 100,000 kids yearly on a variety of settings on the power of choices


Youth Fire Setting: Trends and Current Direction for Intervention Specialists
More to Come

Kathy Hook

Fall Prevention
The he presentation will include details on MFMD’s attempt to reduce 911 calls related to falls. A description of how the program, Home Safety Education, is managed. Visits are made to residents homes based on 911 utilization for falls. The resident is educated on ways to prevent falls and given resources for in home or assisted living options. The program also includes installation of grab bars as well as smoke alarms. Data on the success of the program will also be presented

Nanette Rodriguez Fire and Life Safety Specialist for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department. Supervisor for the Social Service Division. The division includes Social Service, Home Safety Education and Grief Support Programs. The programs are home visit based and reach out to Mesa Residents in need. The areas of focus are mainly older adult oriented and include fall prevention, fire prevention, support in the event of a natural death and resource support in social services.


What I Learned in my First Year of Community Risk Reduction
There is a lot to learn in your first year in any career. Community Risk Reduction is no different. I will share some major lessons that I learned in my first year including listening and working with the line, creating key relationships in the community, not getting overwhelmed with the hurdles ahead, deciphering data, and how to work through the wins and losses of various ideas and programs.

Kimberly Sphuler is a Colorado native and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2002 with an emphasis in graphic design. She utilized her degree to start a print production/web design company and illustrated a cartoon that raised money for libraries in Africa. The earthquake in Haiti inspired Kim to obtain her EMT in 2010. From there, she started volunteering as a firefighter. She loves empowering others through education and sharing her passion for the fire service.

Should I Stay or Should I Go
Using the lyrics to the song “Should I stay of should I go” by the clash as a mnemonic we will jointly explore some of the more salient factors to be taken into consideration during development of emergency preparedness planning with special emphasis for places where people sleep (generally Residential and Institutional Occupancies under the ICC Codes).

Rob Sontag has worked for the State of Colorado in Fire and Life Safety since 2008. Rob has over twenty years of experience working with building systems, fire protection, and both paid and volunteer firefighting. Rob holds state and national certifications in Fire Plan Review, Inspection, and Investigation; is FEMA certified in Emergency Management; and serves as national faculty for the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid in fire and life safety code enforcement.