BOARDWALK FIRE CONFERENCE, Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Friday, 16. October 2020
Presented by: What Exit? F.O.O.L.S. & Jersey F.O.O.L.S.
About this Event
- Nationally Renowned Fire Instructors
- Fire Service Vendors
- Lecture Classes
- HOT Classes
- Instructor Round table
- Special Events
- Keynote Address
- Advanced Hotel Booking
- Opportunities to learn more about and join the F.O.O.L.S.
- Raffles from some of your favorite companies!
***FOR ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL FOOLS DISCOUNT***
GENERAL ADMISSION CODE - BFC20-FOOLS
GENERAL ADMISSION & PRE-CONFERENCE CODE - BFC20-FOOLS-ALL
***If utilizing a discount code, attendee must show proof of Active FOOLS Membership upon registration. Failure to do so will require attendee to pay $40 upon registration to be eligible to attend any part of the conference. Only one FOOLS discount can be applied per order. If you have more than one FOOLS member purchasing a ticket, it is recomended to purchase seperately.***
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Opening ceremony will be held on Friday 10/16 at 1900. The location will be at the Berkeley Hotel, Kingsley Ballroom. All attendees are invited and encouraged to attend for our KEYNOTE speaker and the evenings festivities!
SCHEDULE OF COURSES:
PreConference - Friday 10/16
Conference - Saturday 10/17
Conference - Sunday 10/18
INSTRUCTOR INTRODUCTION / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
The 4 Stages of Team Development:
Building a championship caliber team is the quickest way to reach our goals, but far too many people in leadership positions fail when it comes to team building. It’s not from a lack of desire or effort. On the contrary, they may put more than sufficient time and sweat equity into their cause. Most people simply do not know how to develop and motivate a team, and many who do have not been able to maximize the results that can derive from a group of people who come together to work toward a common goal. Teamwork is essential for the survival of an organization. One degree of effort may be the difference between success and failure. This is a 3-hour class will take you through the 4 stages of team development and show you how you can help your team reach their peak performance.
DC Frank Viscuso
-Frank Viscuso served the Town of Kearny, New Jersey (Hudson County) for twenty-seven years before retiring at the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. He is the author of 7 books including Amazon bestsellers Step Up and Lead, Step Up Your Teamwork and The Mentor. Chief Viscuso is a highly sought after, internationally recognized speaker who has the ability to move people to action. Over the past decade he has spoken to hundreds of audiences on many topics that include leadership, team building, and customer service. Frank travels throughout the World providing leadership, team development, and customer service training for municipal workers, emergency services, sales teams, U.S. Armed Forces, the healthcare industry, small businesses, and large corporations (including Exxon/Mobil and Jersey Mike’s). Frank has provided Keynotes at West Point Military Academy and various Universities and has been chosen to be a Keynote speaker for NASA in 2019. His highly-motivational seminars and keynote speeches will introduce your team members to the top traits associated with leadership in today’s world and to provide them with the necessary skills they will need to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams. Every organization’s culture is either created by design or default. Creating a culture of exceptional service does not happen by accident. Chief Viscuso connects with his audiences through his passionate and often humorous delivery. His proven theories, methods and techniques will help your organization provide exceptional customer service and make a great impression on the people they connect with on a daily basis.
Capt. Brian Butler
-Brian Butler is a career Fire Captain in the City of Trenton, NJ Fire Dept. with 23 years on (7 years Ladder Co, 16 years Engine Co). He is also a Firefighter with King of Prussia, PA Fire Rescue, a Contributor to both Firehouse & Fire Engineering, and Owner of Urban Fire Training.
Brian believes in old school, street smart, street credit instruction, realistic methods, improvising, adapting and overcoming by thinking outside the box, event forecasting, mind-triggering and taking a common sense approach towards fighting fires by fighting PC culture and the bullshit being peddled to young firefighters. All firefighters, not just the company officer, should be well-oiled size-up machines constantly running, evaluating, taking in everything the scene is giving them. It should be automatic and second nature.
Increasing Fire Instructor Capabilities
Capt. Bill Hopson
-Bill Hopson is the current Captain & Training Officer for the Beachwood NJ Fire Company. For the last 41 years, he has been an active and engaged fireman serving with both the Seaside Heights Fire Department and the Beachwood Fire Department. An active fire instructor since 1982, Bill has lectured and delivered hands-on training to hundreds of fire departments across the country and around the world. From 1986 to 2016, he served as a Deputy Fire Marshal for Ocean County NJ, where he was tasked with Fire Inspections, Fire Investigations and Public presentations. From 1996 to 2002, he was the Fire Training Coordinator for the Ocean County Fire and EMS Training center. In addition to serving as the Fire Captain and Training Officer for Beachwood, he is also a staff instructor for the Mercer County and Toms River Township Fire Academies. Bill is a founding member of the New Jersey FOOLS and remains the longest serving President in the chapters history. Additionally, Bill has been a long time instructor at FDIC, where he has served as a lead H.O.T. instructor, a lead Workshop instructor and a classroom lecture presenter.
Truck Tips & Tricks Engine Ops / Stretches
This 3 hour hands on class will reinforce the fundamentals of ground ladder work and other truck skills offering street wise tips to better your performance on the fire ground. Instructors include members of the FDNY, Newark FD, Bridgeton FD, Asbury Park Fire, Edison FD and other departments around NJ offering a well rounded mix of experience.
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Engine Ops / Stretches
Storys From the Engine
Lt. Scotty Roland
-Our next instructor has honed his skill from north to south and back over the past 30 years. Lt. Scott “Smokey” Roland, began his fire service journey at the Jersey Shore before getting hired with the North Charleston Fire Department and later the City of Charleston Fire Department. Scott was assigned to Engine 2 - Ladder 2 - Squad 2 in North Charleston and Engine 3 in the City of Charleston, respectively some of the busiest companies in South Carolina. In 2002 the northeast came calling and Scott was hired by the City of New York, assigned to Engine 279 and then “Brownsville” Brooklyn - Engine 283, Scott spent 18 years of fire duty on the line before recently being promoted to Lieutenant. His street smart approach to firefighting in suburban and urban settings makes him a highly skilled fireman, officer, and instructor to learn from.
Navigating Your Thermal Imager for Maximum Results
This 3 hour live fire class will make you a better more efficient force on the fire ground. You don't even know what you’ve been missing. This class will include an interactive training ground lecture and 2 hours of live fire imaging. Become an asset on scene by honing your sills at much more than searches. Reinforcing or learning new TIC skills will allow you to commit to a course of action with results.
Capt. Mike Burzachiello
-Michael Burzachiello is a 25 year member of the Fire Service with experience in both volunteer and career departments. His last 20 years have been with the City of Trenton, NJ Fire Dept. He has worked in both Engine and Ladder Companies with the majority of his career as a Firefighter on Rescue 1 until his promotion in 2015. He is an Instructor in Trenton’s Probationary Academy and was the Officer In Charge during the last class. Michael has worked as a Company Officer in Engine 3 and Ladder 1 and is currently assigned as a Captain on Rescue Co. 1. Michael is a veteran of the United States Navy and has a AAS degree in Fire Science from Mercer County Community College and a BA from Rider University.
Michael has worked under some of the hardest chargers that were examples of exceptional leadership and credits his no nonsense and back to the basics approach on the fire ground to them. Working in Special Operations as both a Firefighter and Company Officer gives him a well rounded and contagious perspective on our craft and wants nothing more than to share it.
Residential House Fires
*Private dwelling fires are the most common structure fire in the United States and New Jersey as well. About 75% of fire deaths occur in residential dwellings, about twenty-five hundred civilians die in home fires each and every year. In fact, In the U.S. 2,140 died in 2019 and 46 in New Jersey alone. If your fire department is anything like mine, odds are most of your structure fires are in private dwellings. This is where we can make a difference. Just because it’s the most common fire you go to, it doesn’t mean that you let your guard down, a significant number of our firefighter injuries and deaths occur here. It should be no surprise that our work environment has changed over the years, structural members are being made lighter and cheaper, homes are more energy efficient, and most importantly fuels have higher heat release rates. These are only some of the reasons I am obsessed with private dwelling fires. This highly interactive and challenging class will explore today’s fire behavior, command, size-up, fire-attack, ventilation and search in private dwelling fires, including older balloon frame up to modern mcmansions; coordinating all fireground tactics with your staffing. We will also briefly cover current scientific studies and how it may or may not relate to your tactics. Lessons learned here can also be applied to other types of structure fires. Hopefully we will have a little bit of fun at the same time!
BC Jim Duffy
-Jim Duffy has more than forty years in the fire service, recently retired from the Wallingford (CT) Fire Department after 28 years, the last 17 as a battalion chief/shift commander. He is an ex-captain from the Mineola, Long Island (NY) Fire Department, and adjunct instructor for Middlesex County Regional Fire School. Jim co-hosts Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street on Fire Engineering Talk Radio with Anthony Avillo. He has been published in firefighter trade magazines in Canada and the United States, including Fire Engineering and NYSFCA Size-up. Jim is a co-author for the bestselling Tactical Perspective video series from Fire Engineering, lead on the Search video. Jim lectures on a variety of firefighting subjects throughout the country and is a regular presenter at FDIC. Chief Duffy is a member of ISFSI, IAFC, and NYSAFC.
Kids These Days
The fire service is frustrated with the current generation! With understanding and techniques, we can train and lead them to exceed our expectations and excel through generational transitions. This program draws upon changing education techniques and experience to give you tools to better communicate with and train the millennial firefighter.
“Kids these days” is a commonly uttered catchphrase adults use in frustration when the younger generations do things differently than they once did. It is also used in the fire service when the new firefighters behave differently than they did during the “good old days.” While the new crop may not be we expect, with some understanding and techniques, we can better manage how we communicate with the newer generation of firefighters. This program discusses generational divides and success stories for managing these challenges within the firehouse. We will draw on experiences from the audience, both positive and negative, and work on solutions for millennial instruction and leadership.
DC Rich Driscoll
-Rich Driscoll, District Chief in the Hartford, CT Fire Department, started his career in the fire service in 1985 as a junior firefighter with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department, where currently serves as a Captain. His teaching background includes, but is not limited to, instructor for the Hartford County Fire School, On Scene Training Associates, and he also serves a Training Captain in Hartford. These instructor experiences have given him the opportunity to teach both regionally and nationally. Rich was the first president of the Charter Oak FOOLS of Hartford, CT and was responsible for the formation of the organization. This group has been responsible for training firefighters in the region on current practices in the fire service.
Lt. Jay Dixon
-Jay Dixon, a Lieutenant with the Torrington Fire Department and member of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, earned his education degree from St. Olaf College. Teaching since 2000, he is an instructor for the Hartford County Fire School, and was a PT instructor for the CT Fire Academy. He has created numerous instructional programs, taught regionally and nationally on multiple topics, and facilitates all training exercises for the CT FOOLS chapter. Dixon has created a series of instructor and officer development programs under the Death by PowerPoint brand that focuses on educational techniques, education-based leadership, and teaching the modern-day firefighter with a focus on generational divides.
Brass Tacks and Hard-ER Facts: Behind and Beyond the Series
This 4-hour course will take you behind the scenes of the making of the Brass Tacks & Hard Facts engine company training video series and beyond the facts presented. It will be a deep dive in to the gamut that is the engine company discipline, specifically, heightening awareness to the various types of equipment that create fire streams and developing a basic understanding of the different types of nozzles in use today. It exposes the following critical factors contributing to success of the firefighter interaction with this equipment: Flow, function, relationship of pressure to GPM and limitations due to nozzle reaction. Specific manufacturer data will be presented to make a case for selections citing industry trends. Initiating change, committee development, and trial benchmarks will be discussed in detail. Lecture and hands on format will be combined to ensure each student has the comfort level to go back to their own department and evaluate and test their own fire flow system.
DC Jerry Herbst
-Jerry is a 40 year veteran of the fire service and is a New York State certified Training Officer. With over 25 years on the line Jerry has served in all rank positions including 6 years as Chief of Department in his local volunteer FD and ten years as a paid Deputy Chief at the County Level. He is still an active Firefighter and Apparatus Operator. He has been with Elkhart Brass since 2006 serving as a Regional Manager, National Account Manager and Strategic Development Manager for Municipal Markets. Currently the Head of Training and Director of Municipal Markets for Elkhart Brass, he travels throughout the U.S. in support of Elkhart’s field force and National account partners providing subject matter expertise on the evaluation, development and implementation of equipment solutions for effective fire attack packages. He is responsible for relationships with national level fire service instructors and training companies across the U.S. and facilitates their interaction with Elkhart Brass. Jerry has been published and referenced in Industry leading media and is active in instruction and support at many of the nation’s leading Hands on Training events.
BC Joe Gethard
Safety & Survival
Venting Tactically: The Ins & Outs of Opening Up
First Due Tactics
Lt. Nick Papa
-Lt. Nick Papa of the New Britain (CT) Fire Department has served the NBFD for over 12 years and is presently assigned to Engine Co. 1, the City's busiest fire-duty unit; previously working on Ladder Co. 2 as a private. Prior to starting his career, Nick volunteered in a neighboring suburb for 4 years – becoming a second-generation firefighter. He is also a UL-FSRI technical panelist for the Coordinated Fire Attack Study. Nick is a contributor to Fire Engineering and has been an FDIC classroom instructor since 2017.
The Dangers Lurking Below: Basement Fires
Chief Rob Moran
-Robert Moran currently serves as Chief of Department of the Brewster (MA) Fire Department. In 2011 he retired as Fire Chief of the City of Englewood (NJ) Fire Department where he served in the positions of Dispatcher, Firefighter, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief, Fire Official, and Chief of Department during a 26 year career. Chief Moran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Jersey City State College, a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, National Certification as a Certified Public Manager, and Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission. He currently serves as a Task Force Leader in the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Task Force and holds the position of Emergency Management Director for the Town of Brewster. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, he served in all line and Chief Officer Positions during a 29-year career as a member of the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Moran has written and presented educational programs at fire service conferences and academies across the country and co-developed the State of New Jersey Rapid Intervention Awareness Training Program and co-authored the NJ Firefighter I Training Addendum and many articles in fire service magazines.
Lt. John Lewis
-John, began his adventures in the fire service in 1978 when he joined the volunteer fire department in his hometown of Maywood. He began working EMS until 1985 when he was hired as a Firefighter / EMT with the Cliffside Park Fire Department then in 1998 after layoffs, he was hired by the City of Passaic Fire Department where he recently retired as a Ladder Company Officer, formerly assigned to the Safety and Training Division. He was an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) Fire Academy, an Adjunct Instructor at Kean University in Union, NJ, a member of the NJ State Firefighter Health and Safety Advisory Committee, and a former Team Leader for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Task Force. John is an original member and past president of the JERSEYFOOLS and holds NJ State Certifications as Fire Official, Level 2 Fire Instructor, and Fire Investigator. John has developed and presented educational programs for various fire conferences and schools across the country. Lieutenant Lewis is the Co-Author of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, Statewide Rapid Intervention Awareness Curriculum and the NJ Firefighter Handbook Addendum as well as many articles in fire service trade magazines.
Capt. Todd Edwards
-A true “firemen’s fireman” and all around great guy, we are proud to announce Captain Todd Edwards!
Captain Todd Edwards (Ret) has over 36 years of fire service experience. Starting at 16 years old for a small combination department in Ohio, Captain Edwards spent more than 30 years with the city of Atlanta, serving in a variety of positions and divisions, including Assistant Fire Chief. Although retired, Captain Edwards remains the lead instructor / coordinator for Atlanta’s Officer Development Program.
Captain Edwards works as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and teaches/speaks for numerous conferences and departments throughout the country. Captain Edwards has written numerous training programs utilized by several departments, specializing in department-based curriculums for training and fire ground operations .Captain Edwards also owns and operates Fire-Life Training Associates, along with Breaking Barriers which specializes in disabilities awareness training for both first responders and fire safety for families with children that have special needs.
Captain Edwards has been recognized numerous times, including the Award of Merit for Bravery and the Fire Chief’s Award of Distinction.
Saws & Vertical Ventilation
Refresher on general saw terminology and technology, use and safety procedures. Followed by hands on use in the vertical realm, on both flat and pitched roofs under fire conditions. As well as use in cutting rebar and chain. Students will rotate through 3 stations where they will have time to work with both rotary and vent chain saws.
Lt. Robert J Faas
-Robert J. Faas Jr. is a Career Lieutenant assigned to Station 25 with Montgomery County Fire Rescue in Montgomery County MD. where he is a member of Maryland Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, A Haz- Mat Officer and Technical Rescue Team Officer as well as an instructor at the PSTA. He is an instructor on staff with On Scene Training Associates. He is also currently a member of Bakerton Volunteer Fire Company, and sits on the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency in WV. Bob is also currently serving as the Vice President of F.O.O.L.S. International and the Vice President of Central Maryland F.O.O.L.S. He has served with The Schooley’s Mountain Fire Protection Association in Long Valley NJ, the Rindge Fire Department in Rindge, NH and Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Sharpsburg, MD.
FF Robert Policht
-Robert Policht is a member of the Passaic (NJ) Fire Department assigned to Ladder Company 1. He started his career as a volunteer and serves as the Assistant Chief and training officer for the Allendale (NJ) Fire Department. Policht has multiple certifications including firefighter II, fire officer II, swift water tech, and emergency medical technician. He’s been published in Fire Engineering and Fire Rescue Magazines. Policht has a Master’s Degree in emergency management and homeland security from Arizona State University. He is a founder and contributor of Flow and Vent, a site dedicated to fire and rescue training.
Not Your Grandfathers Fire Service
Capt. Mark Gregory
-Hailing from the streets of New York, this instructor has cut his teeth as a Truckie, Rescue man, Lieutenant, and Captain during his tenure. Capt. Mark Gregory (FDNY) brings over 30 years of firefighting experience to the Boardwalk Fire Conference this coming October. Mark is an FDIC and FDIC HOT Instructor, Team Leader for the Counterterrorism Task Force, and contributing writer for Fire Engineering among many other distinguished titles. Join us as Mark shares his knowledge gained from his career on the truck and rescue. Make sure to check out Mark on the National Fire Radio podcast airing soon!
Polish the Badge
BC Pat Nichols
Fire Academy to Fire Floor
FF Mickey Farrell
-Mickey Farrell is a third-generation firefighter with 25 years in the fire service, the past 19 of those years with the Fire Department of the City of New York. Also, a team instructor with the FDNY Fire Academy, where he brings the element of real-life experience to the ideology of firefighter survival on the fire ground. In addition to this, he is the founder of Top Floor Tactics, where Mickey combines his wisdom, the principles of mechanism within the fire service, and his beliefs of weaponizing your mind on and off the fire floor.
Fire Ground Size-Up for the Engine, Truck, and Chief
DC Mike Terpak
-Jersey through and through, Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 44 years spending the last 36 years with the Jersey City Fire Department where he recently retired as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd. Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. In addition to the above, he was also the High-Rise Training Coordinator for Jersey City. Terpak travels extensively around the country lecturing on fire/rescue topics and is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams.
Chief Terpak, who also holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey, is an adjunct professor for the Fire Science Technology program at Sussex County Community College, and is the author of six best-selling books, “Fire Ground Size-Up, 1st and 2nd. editions”, “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics”,“Fire Ground Operational Guides” “Assessment Center Management and Supervision” and “Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides.” The NEW 2nd. Edition of “Fire Ground Size-Up” is now available at fireengineeringbooks.com!
Preparing for the Commercial Fire Ground
Chief Arron Heller
-A long time staple among the FOOLS and major conferences across the country, our next instructor lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes the Fire Service. Aaron Heller began his fire service career in 1984. He is the Chief of the Hamilton Twp. (NJ) Fire District #9, where he has served since 1990. He is a NJ level 2 instructor, fire official, and EMT. He is a past chief of the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company and past chairman of the Plumsted Township Board of Fire Commissioners. Heller is a senior instructor with the Mercer County Fire Academy. He instructs and has been a presenter at several national, regional, and local training events throughout the United States and abroad. He has been published in Fire Engineering, The Fire Department Training Network, and several local publications. He is a co-host of Fire Engineering’s Humpday Hangout on Training and a founding member of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S. He has a bachelor of science degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University. He is the owner of On Scene Training Associates, LLC.
-Robert “RJ” James is a 20+ fire service veteran. He currently serves as a career fireman in Frederick County Maryland where he is assigned to Rescue Squad 3 in Frederick’s “Downtown” section. He comes to the service with volunteer experience, as he is a life member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department in Rockville Maryland. He is the founder of Capitol Fire Training LLC, a Maryland State certified instructor, an academy instructor for Frederick County Fire/Rescue, and a fire service instructor at fire service conferences all over the country. He has specialized in Squad &Truck Company concepts and tactics, and is the creator of the fire service’s “Urban Forcible Entry” program. He has lead many training programs and written for many publications specializing in these tactics.
BC Joe Gethard
Improving Your Drafting Capability
FF Mike Guzy
Full Contact Leadership
DC Anthony Avillo
-We couldn’t help ourselves and had to bring in another hard nosed Jersey guy. A FOOL himself, is none other than Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo! ANTHONY AVILLO, M.S. retired in March 2015 after a 30-year career in the fire service. Avillo was a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies and a BS degree in Fire Science from New Jersey City University. Avillo is currently the Director and Deputy Fire Marshal at the Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy. He is an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University. Avillo is an FDIC instructor and member of the FDIC advisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 3rd edition (Fire Engineering, 2015) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volumes I, II, and III (Fire Engineering, 2002, 2010, 2016). Avillo also co-authored with Chief Ed Flood Full Contact Leadership, (Fire Engineering, 2017). He was a contributing author to Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Fire Engineering, 2009, 2020) and is co-author of its Study Guide (Fire Engineering, 2010). Avillo has also contributed to both volumes of the Pass It On books by Billy Goldfeder (Pennwell, 2015, 2016) and several other Pennwell textbooks. Avillo was a collaborator in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (Fire Engineering, 2011) and has had issued the DVD’s Control of Fireground Operations (Fire Engineering, 2016) and Forging a Culture of Safety (Fire Engineering, 2013). Avillo also co-hosts a radio show, Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street with Chief Jim Duffy on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio. Avillo was recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award.
Drive to Survive
Each year, vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for emergency responders and corporate employees. Yet few agencies provide regular training on vehicle operations and crash prevention. The "Drive to Survive" training program is designed to address this issue by teaching students HOW and WHY motor vehicle crashes occur. "Drive to Survive" has come to be known as THE emergency vehicle and municipal driver safety training class across the country.
Using the same techniques used by crash investigators, "Drive to Survive" provides students with advanced topics not usually covered in a standard defensive driving class. While many defensive driving programs "gloss over" the issue of vehicle dynamics and crash causation, "Drive to Survive" explains the physics of a moving vehicle in easy to understand terms. The "Drive to Survive" program also addresses issues related to fire apparatus and police vehicle operations that are often overlooked by driver trainers.
-Chris Daly is a 22-year police veteran, currently serving as a patrol supervisor in West Chester, PA. Chris is an accredited crash reconstructionist (ACTAR #1863) and a lead investigator for the Chester County Serious Crash Assistance Team.
In addition to his police duties, he has served 29 years as both a career and volunteer firefighter, holding numerous positions, including the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. Chris has a master’s degree in Environmental Health Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a contributing author to numerous fire service professional publications including Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment and Fire Engineering magazine.
Active Shooter and Hostile Threat Response for the Fire Service
BC Alider Pratts
-Battalion Chief Alider Pratts is a 16 year veteran of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (NJ), where he is a roving street battalion chief currently assigned to the 3rd Platoon. Al serves as North Hudson’s Chief of Rescue Services, Coordinator of Active Shooter Rescue Task Force, and is the Veterans Affairs On-the-Job Training Officer. Before serving as a Battalion Chief, he was a Captain assigned to North Hudson’s busiest companies, Squad 1 and Ladder Tower 3 in West New York, NJ. Al is a member of the Metro USAR Incident Command Team and evaluates departmental readiness at annual training exercises. Al is the Active Shooter Response Committee Chair for the NJ Division of Fire and Safety’s, Fire Threat Task Force and has developed the “Active Shooter Best Practices Toolkit” which is used as a guide for fire departments across New Jersey. Al has written articles published by Fire Engineering, and is a New Jersey Level 2 Fire Instructor at the Monmouth County Fire Academy. He is also an instructor with Promotional Prep, a New Jersey based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams. Al is also an instructor and rescue technician with Safety and Survival Training LLC. Previously, Al served honorably as a Sergeant in the United States Marines.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Capt. Bryan Emenecker
-Setting the tone is imperative when establishing your culture, the Boardwalk Fire Conference was created to bring hard working, blue collar, go in and get after it firefighters together to share their knowledge and love for the job. Our key note speaker brings 33 years of experience with him from the one of the busiest and dangerous fire duty cities in the country. Currently serving as Captain of Rescue 1, in the City of Camden, NJ, Captain Bryan Emenecker has made a name for himself as one of the premier company officers and firemen to attack the fire floor. Capt. Emenecker is a FEMA NJ Task Force 1 Squad Leader as a Rescue Specialist, Lead Instructor for Safety & Survival Training LLC., and has taught at a number conference's as a HOT Instructor and Classroom Presenter including Andy Fredericks Training Days and FDIC. Ask anyone whose ever met the Captain and they will tell you... He's the REAL DEAL. Join us as we kick off the best **** conference Jersey has ever seen!