Information Sessions

Participate in an open discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs, as well as those involved in fire fighter occupational health research. This is an opportunity to further explore issues addressed by physicians.

This session is your opportunity to speak with and hear from a panel of the IAFF’s technical experts on fire fighter wellness and fitness. Topics include implementing a successful wellness program, annual fitness testing, the role of Peer Fitness Trainers, functional movement screening, building a wellness culture, getting buy-in and more.

The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST), created by Drexel University, is a research enterprise organized to support the U.S. fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis. The culture around safety in any organization is a strong predictor of injuries. Safety climate is the measurable aspect of organizational safety culture and has been used by other industries, such as healthcare, construction and manufacturing, to gauge and improve safety performance. This information session will review the research and show how departments can achieve a positive safety culture by measuring changes in behavior and decision making.

This session will provide attendees with information on increasing their chances of receiving funding from federal grants. The IAFF Grants Administration Department oversees the IAFF’s national grant programs, which total more than $20 million per year. To assist departments applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding, the IAFF has developed and will present templates for various IAFF programs, including the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI), the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification, Peer Support and Fire Ground Survival (FGS) programs. Instructors will also present strategies for seeking and obtaining grant funding at the state level.

Community paramedic programs continue to expand in the fire service and across the EMS industry. However, the ability to perform the work within the scope of practice must be secured at the state level. This information session will discuss some of the successes and pitfalls of community paramedic program legislation

It’s difficult to watch male-oriented television shows, read male-targeted magazines or listen to sports talk radio without hearing an abundance of advertising for testosterone-boosting supplements or replacement therapy clinics. But what qualifies as low testosterone? How is it properly measured? What could be the cause of low testosterone? And who should consider replacement therapy? The answers are not what you think. This information session will answer these questions and more.

As building codes revise and new technologies are developed, the fire fighter’s work environment is becoming more challenging. This information session focuses on tall wood buildings, exterior building cladding and energy storage systems (ESS). Recent code changes created three new types of U.S. construction, allowing wood buildings up to 18 stories tall. Exterior cladding systems are designed to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of buildings but can provide significant firefighting challenges. Additionally, lithium-ion battery technology, due to their small size relative to their energy storage capacity, is creating new hazards in fire protection.

This session is an introduction to the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI), the new parent of the FireCARES and NFORS data systems. IPSDI was formed to help local fire departments gather, organize and translate big data to improve the evaluation of risk, deployment of resources and response to fires and other emergencies. This session includes demonstrations of the new features in FireCARES and NFORS, including the new Firefighter Exposure Tracker Mobile App, known as the Firefighter Career Diary

IAFF members are born to save others, but saving ourselves is one of the toughest parts of the job. For a seasoned fire fighter coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health challenges, is it possible to seek help and emerge stronger on the other side. Meet members who had the courage to leave their job, home and families to seek treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery and receive life-saving behavioral health treatment with their fellow IAFF brothers and sisters. Panel members will share their recovery stories, challenges and lessons learned.

This information session takes a look at the circadian clock to explain why it’s important, how it works and how to know it isn’t working. These 24-hour clocks produce circadian (daily) rhythms in almost every aspect of physiology and behavior. Increasing evidence is showing that disruptions to this natural cycle caused by the modern lifestyle, with its artificial light and round-the-clock access to food, can impact our health, resulting in everything from poor-quality sleep to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Research is beginning to reveal how we can be protected against obesity and metabolic diseases by having our daily access to food restricted to a 10-hour window. This session will provide the information to gain a better understanding of the latest circadian rhythm and scheduled eating research.

More and more fire departments are seeking accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Paramedic training programs require accreditation for CAAHEP. However, the accreditation of fire departments and paramedic programs is typically performed without the direct involvement or knowledge of IAFF affiliates. It is imperative that IAFF local leaders understand the importance of accreditation in order to help shape the future of the fire service. This information session will discuss why involvement matters.

Participate in an open discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs, as well as those involved in fire fighter occupational health research. This is an opportunity to further explore issues addressed by physicians.

Drones, also known as unmanned aerospace vehicles (UAVs), can be a valuable tool during fire operations, but there are laws and limitations to consider. This session will provide information on the use and limitations, as well as the safety and legal considerations of UAVs in the fire service.

A new funding opportunity, established by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, may alter the way fire departments and EMS agencies are paid for services. This information session will discuss the pros and cons of this innovative pilot project and the anticipated impact on fire-based EMS.

It’s difficult to watch male-oriented television shows, read male-targeted magazines or listen to sports talk radio without hearing an abundance of advertising for testosterone-boosting supplements or replacement therapy clinics. But what qualifies as low testosterone? How is it properly measured? What could be the cause of low testosterone? And who should consider replacement therapy? The answers are not what you think. This information session will answer these questions and more.

The fire industry is built on a foundation of standards, but many believe these industry standards exclude prehospital care. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a variety of standards designed to ensure safe EMS operations and build lasting response systems. This information session provides a comprehensive overview of NFPA standards 450, 451, 1917, 1500, 1710 and 3000, which affect EMS delivery, operations and quality management.

As building codes revise and new technologies are developed, the fire fighter’s work environment is becoming more challenging. This information session focuses on tall wood buildings, exterior building cladding and energy storage systems (ESS). Recent code changes created three new types of U.S. construction, allowing wood buildings up to 18 stories tall. Exterior cladding systems are designed to improve the energy efficiency and appearance of buildings but can provide significant firefighting challenges. Additionally, lithium-ion battery technology, due to their small size relative to their energy storage capacity, is creating new hazards in fire protection.

This session is an introduction to the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI), the new parent of the FireCARES and NFORS data systems. IPSDI was formed to help local fire departments gather, organize and translate big data to improve the evaluation of risk, deployment of resources and response to fires and other emergencies. This session includes demonstrations of the new features in FireCARES and NFORS, including the new Firefighter Exposure Tracker Mobile App, known as the Firefighter Career Diary

Fire fighters around the nation endure the same problems when making appropriate healthcare and administrative connections after on- and off-the-job injuries. This session will cover how one company developed a program to assist a major metropolitan fire department return its fire fighters to work, simplifying the healthcare process for injury and rehabilitation.

IAFF members are born to save others, but saving ourselves is one of the toughest parts of the job. For a seasoned fire fighter coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health challenges, is it possible to seek help and emerge stronger on the other side. Meet members who had the courage to leave their job, home and families to seek treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery and receive life-saving behavioral health treatment with their fellow IAFF brothers and sisters. Panel members will share their recovery stories, challenges and lessons learned.

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