Day 1 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Creative Funding Opportunities for your Community Risk Reduction Programs
Securing the funding required to support your departments Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs can be a daunting task. Students will receive a framework to guide their Organization into untapped revenue streams, to fund and sustain life-saving public education CRR programs. A review of organizational marketing strategies, steps to attain an IRS 501 (c) 3 designation, and a comprehensive overview of Local, State, and National Grant Programs will be covered during this must-attend session.

Mark Nugent – Division Chief Mark R. Nugent is Fire Marshal for Midway Fire Rescue. During his 42 year career he worked for Chesterfield (VA), Middlesex County (VA), and Horry County (SC). Chief Nugent has Associate’s Degrees in Fire Science, and EMS Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chief Nugent is a SC Certified Fire Marshal, has a Chief Fire Officer designation from the CPSE and is co-author of The Community Fire Safety Guide.


CRR Program Impact
Are your Community Risk Reduction Programs really having the impact you thought? Do you want to eliminate unnecessary 911 calls, increase risk reduction activities, and improve accountability in adhering to local, state and federal regulations, codes, and standards? This interactive course will walk you through what performance measures and evaluation techniques you can use to ensure your programs are getting the results you want.

Sunny Smaldino is the Community Education and Outreach Supervisor for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Over the past 8 years with CSFD, she has worked with her high performing team to transform the way risk reduction programs are developed, produced, delivered and evaluated. She has a true passion for education and making the community a safer place. She has an extensive background in marketing and branding with degrees from Sonoma State University in Marketing and Human Resource Management

Wheelchairs and First Responders: Best Practices
Wheelchairs are an extension of an individual with a disability, and play an important role in their independence. Often times, it may be overlooked and left behind at the scene of the incident. This presentation will provide an overview of: 1. Types of wheelchairs; 2. How to safely and quickly remove a wheelchair; and 3. Special considerations during weather related events, and auto/pedestrian accidents. An obstacle course will be available for hands-on trials of the wheelchairs..

Julia Beems Senior Instructor, is the Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator with Assistive Technology Partners in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of CO Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been providing emergency preparedness trainings for more than 10 years. Ms Beems sits on the FEMA Region VIII Advisory Council, North Central Region Functional Needs Steering Committee, and the CO Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Engaging Your Community Through Social Media
In an endless feed of updates, pictures, comments and likes, how do you make your organization stand out in a digital crowd? This course will guide participants through the ever-changing sea of Social Media platforms. From Facebook and Instagram to Nextdoor and Twitter, learn how to use platform specific insights to track your audience, engagement, and reach. During this hour-long class, you will learn when, how, and what to post as well as how to evaluate whether your posts are reaching your intended audience.

Rebecca Clark is the Community Outreach and Risk Reduction Specialist with Poudre Fire Authority. Rebecca began her career in EMS as an EMT in 1996 before joining the Gladstone Fire Department in 1998. She took a break from firefighting to attend Purdue University and study English Education. Upon returning to Colorado she went back to her roots in firefighting. As the mother of 5 sons, and now a nana to 1 grandson, she transitioned to Community Risk Reduction. She enjoyed creating and implementing new CRR programs and community outreach at Windsor Severance Fire Rescue for 3 years before moving to Poudre Fire Authority in December of 2021.