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 trauma service manager for Memorial Central UCHealth, supporting multiple trauma centers in the southern region of Colorado.  Jason has been a Paramedic and Registered Nurse for over 30 years. He began his career as a nurse specializing in the care and transport of pediatric and neonate patients over 15 years ago. He has spent a large part of his career, however, in emergency medicine. Jason speaks locally and Nationwide on a variety of topics with emphasis in drug prevention/awareness and trauma care.


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 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 appropriate to their needs. 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.

Flight of the Fire Drone
The use of drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV), in wildfire suppression is widely known. By contrast, their use in Risk Reduction efforts is not as extensive. The widespread availability of drones makes them a low-cost and accessible CRR tool. In particular, drone footage can be utilized in wildland mitigation for efficient visual assessments and metadata.

Ways drone surveillance aides us in wildland mitigation:

  • Drones can help us identify different options for egress, build wildland pre-plan maps, and double check our work.
  • Instead of conducting costly door to door outreach, drones can speed up the process of identifying key threats so that teams know which areas to target.
  • Drones can provide up to the minute data, as opposed to county/assessor data that is slowed by the rapid growth in our state.

In this presentation, we will:

  • UAV application in one case study. This study profiles a neighborhood situated in wildland urban interface.
  • Demonstrate the UAV equipment used for the case, and talk through the AI at a high level.
  • Examine the process used to identify areas of vulnerability.
  • Explore 3D renderings and high resolution pre/post images of hazardous fuel reduction.
  • Provide a detailed list of cost-effective options for drone use accessible to any size department.
  • Share how you can capture the most accurate pre/post mitigation efforts such as mow strips and hazardous fuels reduction projects.
  • Look ahead to the future of UAV in the CRR, including light detection technology and lidar camera applications.

Selena Silva is the Risk Reduction Specialist for South Metro Fire’s second battalion. She was born and raised in rural Idaho as a simultaneous bilingual. She has over 13 years of experience in injury prevention and risk reduction. In 2009, Selena actively lobbied in support of Colorado Senate Bill 09-002, which effectively doubled (now quadrupled) the level of grant funding available to trauma service agencies in Colorado. As a leader in traffic safety, she drafted and fought for Colorado’s current child restraint statutory requirements, which were enacted in 2010. This act made our state child passenger safety law a primary enforcement. In 2018, she was given the honor of collaborating with the United States Department of Education director of the Office of English Language Acquisition, on the benefits of the dual language modality in education. In her current role with SMFR, she strives to empower residents in taking an active role in mitigating wildfire risks to their home and property. She has enjoyed making her husband laugh for 18+ years. Her favorite side hustle is teaching Nerf Mania with her 10- and 13-year-old kiddos.

Chris Carnahan is currently the Emergency Communications Manager, Incident Dispatch Team and Drone Coordinator for South Metro Fire Rescue, located just south of Denver, Colorado. Along with fire dispatch experience, Chris has worked in private EMS both on an ambulance and in dispatch. Chris moved through the ranks at South Metro from Dispatcher, Lead Dispatcher, Supervisor, Training Supervisor and now his current role as Manager. Chris is passionate about dispatch technology and taking the tech to the field with Incident Dispatch. Born and raised in the Lone Star state, He has resided in Colorado since 2004. Whether he is herding chickens, dogs or horses he enjoys living on his ranchette on the eastern plains of Colorado with his wife and 25ish animals


How to fix the days when your lessons are not working
Do you have rough days? Rowdy classes? Tricky topics? Disengaged students? Lessons that do great one day and flop the next? Come learn how you can evaluate your teaching style to meet the needs of your students.

Colleen Potton has been serving her community in the fire service since 2000, starting as a firefighter. Since 2008 Colleen has worked as a Community Risk Reduction Specialist with South Metro Fire Rescue. Colleen works closely with high-risk populations to work through specific issues pertaining to emergencies with targeted programming. Colleen strives to identify risks and populations vulnerable to those risks to create programming that reduces that vulnerability. In 2020, Colleen was honored to receive the Educator of the Year Award from the Colorado Community Risk Reduction Network. Colleen received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education with a specialty in Mathematics and Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Colleen is presently working towards her Master’s in Educational Leadership. 

A Locker is Born
Dave’s Locker is a free community medical equipment service which loans out crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, shower stools, grab bars, canes, knee scooters, bathroom aides (and much more) to anyone in need. In this class we will share how the program was developed and our mission. We will walk you through the process of building your own locker, engaging volunteers, marketing, organizing equipment and methods to obtain inventory. We have seen many benefits of this program for both our local fire department and the community as a whole and we wan to share it with you! As a cherry on top we will tell you about our sweet, loving mascot Radar the bloodhound. 

Don & Theresa Lindsey have been married for 34 years, and the proud parents of Radar the Bloodhound. Don is an Arvada Firefighter and Theresa is a Registered Nurse. We have two beautiful daughter and 5 wonderful grandchildren. We have the honor of managing Dave’s Locker and working with an amazing group of volunteers. We started working at the locker to continue the mission that was started in 2017. Working with the locker has been rewarding, satisfying and heartwarming. We as a couple like to give to those that do not have and this is an opportunity for us to be successful together. The mission of Dave’s Locker touches our heart and is what we truly believe in.

The Massachusetts Miracle
This presentation will detail how a task force of public fire and life safety educators in Massachusetts worked with state legislators to create the S.A.F.E (Student Awareness of Fire Education) grant program, providing resources for fire departments to teach fire safety education in schools. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths decreased significantly in the state; and, for the first time on record in 2020, dropped to zero child fire deaths in a calendar year! The presenters – members of the task force for more than two decades – will explain how the one thing that was happening in Massachusetts to improve fire safety for children, which was not happening for all other age groups, was consistent, comprehensive, statewide, school-based fire safety education. The presentation will share the problems the task force encountered, highlight a few ‘lessons learned,’ and discuss ways in which attendees can implement a similar comprehensive approach in their own state.

Michael Cassidy has not forgotten the importance of his early years as a fire educator. After being promoted to Chief of the Holliston (MA) Fire Department in 2000, he has used that position to consistently advocate for community risk reduction (CRR). Although privileged to present at numerous local, state and national conferences, he believes he is achieving his full potential when delivering lessons in the schools and at the senior center. An active member of the Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Task Force for more than two decades, he helps develop the S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Statement of Need which is shared with the legislators when they’re developing spending priorities for state government. When not on duty, he can often be found serving his community and region as a board member for several nonprofits.

Cindy Ouellette recently retired from the (MA) Department of Fire Services, where she served as Coordinator of the Fire Data and Public Education Unit. She has decades of experience in public education as both a health educator and assistant principal for a middle school in Weymouth, and has been longtime member of the Massachusetts Public Fire and Life Safety Education Task Force. She has delivered workshops across the country, spreading the word about fire and life safety education. Her commitment to fire education started when she lost two students in a North Attleboro fire on Christmas Eve in 1994