Day 2 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Fires, Guns, Wicked Problems that Cause Fire Codes
This presentation will look back at major fires which have influenced code development. Look at the emerging threats public buildings face with terrorism and hostile situations. Our fire protection devices are being used against us. With the wicked problems and products we face in the code development world, public apathy is still our biggest threat. Learn what is being done and what is likely to come in the way of products vs. code. Let me help you walk the tightrope to avoid conflagration.

Ray Reynolds currently serves as the Director of Fire and EMS for the City of Nevada. He oversees fire department operations and serves as a sworn peace officer, fire chief, and paramedic within the Nevada Public Safety Department. Ray continues to implement community risk reduction programs focused on a multidisciplinary approach to reduce injuries in the community. The Nevada Community Risk Reduction program is appropriately named, Keeping Emergencies Small.


CRR Strategies for Public Outreach
This 90-minute class will cover the basics of CRR as outlined by Vision 20/20 as they relate to public awareness and education, including the importance of data collection and community risk assessment.  The session will feature free outreach tools from Vision 20/20, and Meri-K Appy will give an overview of Sound Off With the Home Fire Safety Patrol, a school-based program that has achieved documented success in helping low-income students in Grades 2 and 3 and their families learn lifesaving lessons about smoke alarms and fire safety.  Now being implemented in 11 states, including Colorado, Sound Off is the only national fire safety curriculum that incorporates a home safety visit by fire departments to install free smoke alarms in high-risk homes that need them.  We will conclude this session with an update on how fire and life safety leaders in Colorado are integrating Sound Off into their community-based CRR efforts, highlighting recommended best practices to accelerate progress and achieve solid results.

Meri- K Appy is a leader in fire and life safety education with a proven track record in creating and implementing effective injury prevention initiatives. Appy specializes in simplifying safety messages, concepts and strategies for greatest impact, especially for audiences at highest risk.
Appy served as Vice President for Public Education at NFPA from 1989 – 2003, as President of the Home Safety Council from 2003- 2010, and as President of Safe Kids USA until December, 2011.  Now head of her own consulting company, she is a member of the Vision 20/20 Executive Committee and facilitates the Strategy 2 task group, working with the team that created the new Fire Safety Materials Generator.
Appy is also Project Manager for Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol, an exciting new school-based program from the National Center for Prevention Initiatives at the Michigan Public Health Institute.  Funded by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Sound Off delivers smoke alarm education and installation to high-risk Grade 2/3 students and their families with documented success.  Colorado is one of 11 states implementing the Sound Off program through an FY18 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant. Appy serves on the IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section Board and on the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy Advisory Committee.

Community Risk Reduction- It’s Impact on Your Departments Public Protection Classification
This presentation will identify the value of “Community Risk Reduction” as it relates to your departments Public Protection Classification through the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO evaluates a community’s commitment to public safety by evaluating the effectiveness of local fire department. “Community Risk Reduction” plays an important role in reducing injury, death, property loss & lowering your community risk, which in turn lowers your communities property insurance premium.

Stephan Charles has 10 years of LE & 37 years of fire service experience; he has served as Fire Chief of the Berthoud Fire Protection District for the past 27 years. He is a graduate of Aims Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Fire Protection and Fire Science. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy four year “Executive Fire Officer” program. In December of 2006, Chief Charles completed the Emergency Management Institute / FEMA “Emergency Management, Professional Development Series.

Harold (Skip) Starling is the owner of National Fire Services Office & Emergency Planning Services, a national firm in Sylvania, Georgia. NFSO works with local fire departments improving their Public Protection Classification, while enhancing their fire protection effectiveness. Following his tour with the U.S. Navy he entered into a 34 year career of public service, in law enforcement, emergency management and the fire service. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University

Lights, Camera, Pro-action! CRR through Asthetic Presentation for all Age Groups
Intent: To provide examples of presentation techniques for various age demographics, as it relates to bridging the gap between identified public health/safety needs and message delivery.
Delivery: Interactive lecture, short performances, and optional interactive activities.
-Character introduction
-Revisiting learning styles and conative development
-What works? What doesn’t? Public education in the COVID world.
-Bridging the gap problem recognition and correction.
-Presentation techniques; From training on an ‘in house’ level, to a traveling one-clown show/multi-clown show with larger audiences.
-How to follow up.

Zachary Atencio has been a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Thornton Fire Department since 2016. Started in the fire service in 2009 as a volunteer firefighter while studying to achieve an associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology, before working full time for the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District until 2016. Collateral duties for the Thornton Fire Department include public education program development, safety presentations and training. Classically trained circus clown, professional musical performer, and adjunct performance/presentation coach.