Pre-Conferences

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) teaches EMS providers how to respond and care for patients under direct and indirect threats, as well as during evacuation in the civilian tactical environment. This course is for all first responders who may function in high-risk scenarios. Application is for any situation where there is a hostile and ongoing threat to providers and patients. Civilian-first responders need a framework for use in dangerous operational scenarios that defines constraints in both the civilian and tactical environment.

Due to the nature of the occupation, fire fighters are at special risk for burn injury. The quality of care during the first hours after injury has a major impact on long-term survival. Understanding the dynamics of Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) is crucial to providing the best possible outcomes for any patient. This course focuses on the first 24 hours post-burn and minimizing the risk of further injury. CEU credits are available for this course.

As fentanyl becomes more prevalent, so have the myths surrounding the risks associated with first responders’ encounters with it. This pre-conference session is a comprehensive course that includes three lab sessions focused on safe response to opioids, particularly fentanyl. Attendees will be able to identify the substance, reduce the risk of exposure and negative consequences, and safely manage the patient and the scene when fentanyl is present. This course includes lab sessions that discuss decontamination, detection and how pills are made and what causes large-batch overdoses.

The IAFF Fire Ground Survival program ensures that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent among all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. Fire fighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service. The IAFF will not provide medical or health insurance coverage to anyone during any aspect of this workshop. All participants MUST sign a waiver prior to participation and are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (turnout coat and pants, hood, gloves, boots and helmet).

The overabundance of nutrition advice can be confusing to anyone looking to make change. The IAFF recognizes the need for clear recommendations that fit the uniqueness of the fire service. During this live, interactive event, participants will sample easy, healthy meals and snacks that support life and work as a fire fighter. You’ll also hear the latest evidence-based recommendations, advice and tips from a nutrition expert focused on helping you understand your body and how to develop a plan to reach your goals.

Includes a cooking demo with samples.

Despite increased awareness of behavioral health problems in the fire service, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, burnout and suicide continue to plague the ranks. Building on the initial success of the IAFF Peer Support Training program, the IAFF Resiliency Training is an eight-hour, in-person training focused on building individual and organizational resilience in the fire service. Through a combination of self-assessment, group discussion and interactive video, participants will learn essential factors that contribute to personal resiliency and gain practical stress management skills to be applied on and off the job.

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) teaches EMS providers how to respond and care for patients under direct and indirect threats, as well as during evacuation in the civilian tactical environment. This course is for all first responders who may function in high-risk scenarios. Application is for any situation where there is a hostile and ongoing threat to providers and patients. Civilian-first responders need a framework for use in dangerous operational scenarios that defines constraints in both the civilian and tactical environment.

To truly make exercise matter, we must begin by asking why and understanding what motivates and inspires our fire fighters to exercise – health, safety, performance, quality of life, etc. We must also recognize that every fire fighter, regardless of age, experience, fitness or job status, is unique and needs the capacity to meet the demands of their life. The same exercise program will not work with, nor will it be needed, by every fire fighter. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, attendees will improve their ability to assess, design and implement exercise sessions for fire fighters with varying interests. All attendees will be provided a series of resources to assist with the administration and interpretation of the Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) assessment.

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