Day 2 Morning Course Descriptions


Overcoming NFL Mentality- Embracing Culture Challenges in the Fire/EMS Service
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Robert Putfark- EMS Captain Arvada Fire.  Robert Putfark started his expedition into EMS in 1994 in rural Colorado as an EMT and paramedic. He moved to Denver in October of 1999 and started at Pridemark as a paramedic and then on to the position of Clinical Manager.  Robert has for the last 5 years held the position of EMS Captain for Arvada Fire Protection District which works collaboratively with Arvada Police.


Fall Prevention in the Home
The Home Safety Education and Older Adult Program includes visits to residents’ homes by teams trained to educate on ways to reduce falls and fire in the home as well as the installation of grab bars, bath mats, shower stools and smoke alarms.  All teams are volunteers with Mesa Fire and Medical Department. To maintain the program, a huge effort has been made to foster community partnerships as well as the development of volunteers. Community partners have donated funds or equipment for the installations.

Nanette Rodriguez – As a Fire and Life Safety Education Specialist for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, I oversee the Home Safety Education and Older Adult Programs.

Fire Safety Pictographs- Images that Teach in Any Language
Did you know that more than 30 million adults in the U.S. can’t read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level?  How do we effectively deliver fire safety messages to people in any language and from diverse cultural backgrounds?  The U.S. Fire Administration has developed pictographs to graphically convey key messages such as testing your smoke alarm each month. This presentation will address the pictographs, testing and how they can be used in the field.

Teresa Neal is the lead for USFA’s public education program as part of the Prevention and Information Branch.  She has been USFA for 15 years.  Teresa manages Fire is Everyone’s Fight and is USFA’s liaison to the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messaging Advisory Committee.  She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two boxers.


Approaches to Fire Prevention from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
This presentation will be broken into two sections in order to share some currently active Fire Prevention efforts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.  Part 1: A smart phone application which assists families in assessing smoke alarm status in their homes.  The smart phone application will be available for dissemination to the audience to be utilized with their communities.  Part 2: Results of a national survey of individuals who have had their homes retrofitted.

Wendy Shields is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a core Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy where she has worked as a research manager for the past 13 years.  She completed her masters training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  Her research interests include the prevention of unintentional injuries with a focus on home and motor vehicle injuries.  She welcomes opportunities to partner with the fire service.

Leveraging Teachable Moments
Many public safety organizations have implemented formal new-hire mentoring programs, while others have chosen to utilize more informal mentoring relationships.  By initiating a comprehensive mentoring program, organizations can improve effective recruitment, retention, and personnel leadership development.  Attendees will be presented with step-by-step plans for introducing mentoring and enhancing the quality of leadership within both individuals and organizations.

Michael Cassidy- Since 2000, Michael Cassidy has served as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the Town of Holliston, MA.  Chief Cassidy is a 1994 graduate of Harvard University, with a degree in Government.  Since 2001, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Anna Maria College in Paxton, in both the Fire Science and Emergency Management degree programs.  In 2015, he was hired as a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy, for their Executive Leadership Series.