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
While the misuse of fire among children and youth is not a new occurrence, the impact for the adolescent, their family, and culture as a whole is often underestimated. In this session we will explore the trends in youth misuse of fire as well as the actual cost to communities when there are youth-set fires. Included will be examples of effective education and intervention programs which have proven to be relevant in communities of all types.

Kathy Hook has served as a  Fire and Life Safety Educator and Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist with the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 2012.   As the program lead for the nationally acclaimed FireFactor program, Kathy has a passion for assisting youth and their families who have been involved in youth-caused fire incidents with the goal of education and prevention..  Kathy has taught the CRRN Youth Firesetter Intervention certification class ; she also has been awarded the Fire Educator of the Year for the State of Colorado.

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.



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.