Day 2 Morning Course Descriptions


Overcoming NFL Mentality- Embracing Culture Challenges in the Fire/EMS Service
Change is hard in any organization, even more so in the Fire service. The prevalent negative attitude toward change as well as the common excuse of “Tradition”  seems to hinder our evolution as an organization and profession.   We, as a profession, need to find ways to have our personnel embrace the inevitable changes of future growth and expectation, if not our story could be that of the Dodo.

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.


Easy Steps to Help Utilize your Volunteers to Reach Your Goals & Mission
Do you want to learn how to utilize your Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni or community volunteers to help with community education programs and fire operations?The Frisco Fire Department utilizes volunteers to support with moving supplies to stations, taking pictures and assisting with rehabilitation of firefighters during structure fires, manning booths at community events, and being ambassadors in their neighborhoods to support fire department missions.We will show easy steps that fire department

Leslie Girdner & Jennifer Tramel
Leslie Girdner is the Community Education Coordinator for the Frisco Fire Department in Texas. She recently completed the process of community risk analysis and examining all programs during the lengthy process of being an accredited agency through Commission of Fire Accreditation International. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas.

Jennifer Tramel, Safety Educator, has been with the Frisco Fire Department for 11 years; She has bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English and holds a Texas teaching certificate. She serves as the volunteer and special events coordinator along with an array of other duties to serve our department’s Community Education Division.

Using Technology in College-Aged Outreach
This class is a case study of the Poudre Fire Authority’s efforts to conduct outreach to college-age adults. It will show how this program has utilized 360 virtual reality technology to create engaging presentations in a variety of formats. Attendees will view one of these presentations in its entirety and be given the resources to bring this to their community

Michael Durkin has been working in public education and risk reduction for five years in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to this, he worked on international development projects across the world. He has been a teacher on four continents and holds a masters degree in international relations and diplomacy.


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.