Day 3 Course Descriptions

8:30-9:00 Awards Presentation


Community Partnerships in Utility Safety
What is the community safety role of a utility? How can utilities, first responders & safety personnel build partnerships with risk reduction efforts and utility emergencies? Explore the “Top 5” hot topics these stakeholders share in common and how collaboration yields success:
1. Marijuana grows, illegal electric taps
2. Natural Gas Safety
3. Electric Safety
4. Solar panel awareness
5. Utility regulation drivers

Take home resources and engage with your local utility!
After joining this presentation, audience members will:
1. Have new tools and resources to engage with their local utility.
2. Learn about critical safety topics related to utilities infrastructure and how they impact community safety education and emergency scenes.
3. Understand the role of your utility and how utilities and safety personnel can work effectively as community partners. 

Lori Warner & Jane Zook
Lori Warner, MS in Communications, Denver University
30+ years in the utility industry
Lori Warner has a varied background in the utility industry and has been supporting utility public safety for Xcel Energy since 2011. This role entails development of and adherence to a safety awareness plan for natural gas operations per the federal regulatory requirement with PHMSA (Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and because Xcel Energy is a dual commodity utility, education and awareness for electric safety is also a focus.

Jane Zook, Community Education Administrator, Colorado Springs Utilities
20+ years in education field
BS in Natural Resources, Minor in Education
Former certifications in FLSE I & II, Fire Inspector, JFS I & II
A career educator with over 20 years’ experience, Jane Hunter Zook started as a Park Ranger for the National Forest Service and State Parks. A passion for connecting with audiences and serving, led her to new roles as a Fire & Life Safety Educator for The Colorado Springs Fire Department and currently as the Community Education Administrator with Colorado Springs Utilities. Reducing risks, changing safety behaviors, and serving the community through education is Jane’s ongoing ambition.


Youth Firesetting:  Creative Strategies to Engage Families
Youth firesetting can involve many psychological and familial dynamics.  This workshop will present four creative approaches for engaging families including: multi-family motivational interviewing to clarify values, circular weaving questions to connect all family members in problem solving, home visits where the child is engaged in a useful role helping the family to be safer, and family forensic mental health evaluation.  We’ll break out into interactive small groups for in depth practice and case discussion.

Brad Jackson & Rachel Lind-Utumapu
Brad Jackson, PhD, is a  licensed clinical psychologist working with high risk youth. Ds. Jackson works with the youth firesetting evaluation and treatment program with the Burn Program at Children’s Hopsital Colorado.

Rachael Lind Utumapu is a national trainer with the New Zealand Fire Service Fire Awareness & Intervention Programme.  She has provided training and supervision for interventionists throughout NZ; developed innovative fire safety and firesetting intervention curriculum and materials; and presented nationally and internationally on the program components and success.

3rd Grade Interactive Safety Games
Learn about this great interactive curriculum that you can take back to your classrooms!

Sherrie Guerrero


Remembering When & Lunch!
At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. By age 75, that risk increases to three times that of the general population — and to four times by age 85.

Remembering When™ is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention -developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others. Coalition members can decide how to best approach the local senior population: through group presentations, during home visits, and/or as part of a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program.