CONVENTION INFO

Convention At A Glance

Description of Events Below

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

4:00 pm - Board Meeting

 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

7:15 am - Registration for Academy Classes

 

8:00 am - National Fire Academy Classes (must be pre-registered)

  • Fire Investigation: First Responders (F0770)
  • Incident Safety Officer (F0729)

 

8:30 am - Board Meeting Reconvenes

12:00 pm - Lunch

 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm - National Fire Academy Classes Continue

 

1:30 pm - Board Meeting Reconvenes

 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm - Pick Up Pre-Registration Packets

 

6:00 pm - Welcome Reception

 

Friday, March 11, 2022

7:00 am – 8:00 am -  Registration (Pick up voter ribbons)

 

8:15 am – 9:15 am - Opening General Session (Welcome, Board Intros, Dignitaries, Overview of Classes/Convention, Open Nominations for Board)

 

9:15 am - Vendor Area Opens

 

9:30 am - National Fire Academy Classes Continue

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am - 2020 City of Kenosha Officer Involved Shooting/Civil Unrest

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am - Basic Cardiac Monitoring for Rural Volunteer Firefighters

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am - Leading Through Crisis: Helping Employees with Anxiety & Depression Stay Engaged 

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am - How Can We Help You? WI DNR Forest Fire Services Provided to Fire Departments

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am - The Colors of Fire Service Leadership

 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm - Fort Atkinson Warehouse Fire

 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm - Don’t Let It Define You

 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm - State of Wisconsin Service Award Program

 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm - TBD

 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm - ‘Work’ with the Media – Don’t ‘Deal’ with Them

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own

 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - 2020 City of Kenosha Officer Involved Shooting/Civil Unrest

 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - Basic Cardiac Monitoring for Rural Volunteer Firefighters

 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - Leading Through Crisis: Helping Employees with Anxiety & Depression Stay Engaged 

 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - How Can We Help You? WI DNR Forest Fire Services Provided to Fire Departments

 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - The Colors of Fire Service Leadership

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm - Fort Atkinson Warehouse Fire

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm - Don’t Let It Define You

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm - State of Wisconsin Service Award Program

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm - TBD

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm - ‘Work’ with the Media – Don’t ‘Deal’ with Them

 

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm - Vendor Reception in Vendor Hall

 

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Memorial Service

 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

7:00 am – 8:30 am - Registration

 

8:00 am - Vendor Area Opens

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am -  2020 City of Kenosha Officer Involved Shooting/Civil Unrest

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am - Basic Cardiac Monitoring for Rural Volunteer Firefighters

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am - The Colors of Fire Service Leadership

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am - How Can We Help You? WI DNR Forest Fire Services Provided to Fire Departments

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am - Don’t Let It Define You

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Spouse’s Program

 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - Fort Atkinson Warehouse Fire

 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - Leading Through Crisis: Helping Employees with Anxiety & Depression Stay Engaged 

 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - ‘Work’ with the Media – Don’t ‘Deal’ with Them

 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - State of Wisconsin Service Award Program

 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - TBD

 

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm - Lunch – Round Table Discussion - General Business Session (All voting ends)

 

2:00 pm - Vendor Area Closes

 

3:15 pm - WSFA Board Meeting

 

5:00 pm - Hospitality Reception

 

6:00 pm - Banquet

 

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Pat McCurdy Comedian/Songwriter

 

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2020 City of Kenosha Officer Involved Shooting/Civil Unrest

Lt. Horace J. Staples

Kenosha County Sheriffs Division of Emergency Management

 

In August 2020, the Kenosha Police Department was involved in an OIS (Officer Involved Shooting), the Kenosha Sheriff declared a state of emergency which lasted seven days due to our community falling victim to riots, arsons, looting, marches, protests, dignitary visits, voter registration, a Presidential Election, and COVID-19.

 

State of Wisconsin Service Award Program Presentation

Michelle Strauss, Sr. Client Specialist & Nathan Pezewski, Client Specialist

The Horton Group, Inc.

 

Join us for an overview of the State of Wisconsin Service Award Program.  This presentation will explain:  who is eligible, plan rules, how the award is paid and how to start an SAP program. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

 

Work’ with the Media – Don’t ‘Deal’ With Them

Jason Weber – Public Safety Training Coordinator

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

 

From the evening newscast to the instantaneous social media posts, the delivery of the news has dramatically changed in the past decade. This course will cover ways that we can deliver our message to the public, manage active incidents, and enhance our public education.

 

How can we help You?  Wisconsin DNR forest fire services provided to fire departments

Ron Schneider – Cooperative Fire Specialist

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

 

How can we help you?  The DNR offers firefighting services that include many areas.  Learn about all of the opportunities that the State can offer including grant funds, training, equipment, and technical information.  Get an update on the grant application and screening process.  Learn about the function of the Fire Department Advisory Council.  Update on PFAS containing firefighting foam issues.  There will be ample time for detailed questions and answers. 

 

Leading Through Crisis:  Helping Employees with Anxiety and Depression stay engaged 

Lisa Schaefer

Shine with Schaefer, LLC

 

With the coronavirus, many employees are juggling health concerns and increased anxiety combined with their jobs and families, leaving them at risk for stress, loneliness, burnout, isolation, and depression.  Leaders must support their staff’s mental health now, more than ever.

In this class will:

·       Discuss symptoms of acute stress, anxiety and depression

·       Learn strategies to increase facilitative listening

·       Develop dialogue that builds trust, shows support, and keeps staff engaged.

 

 

The Colors of Fire Service Leadership

Dave Briggs, Owner Operator of Firefighter TDC, Training Division Chief, Wausau Fire Department

Firefighter Training, Development, & Coaching LLC (Firefighter TDC)

 

The Colors of Fire Service Leadership will shed light on one of the hottest topics in the emergency services, leadership. What is leadership? Why is it such a hot topic? How can leadership training benefit individuals and organizations? In this session, we will answer these questions and discuss functional methods to improve leadership qualities at all levels within an organization.

Fort Atkinson Warehouse Fire

Daryl Rausch

Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Fort Atkinson

 

On August 10, 2021 the Fort Atkinson Fire Department was alerted to a warehouse fire in the northern part of the city.  While enroute Chief Rausch observed a large header and activated the MABAS system for additional resources.  Before the afternoon was over the fire was elevated to a 5th alarm including multiple strike-teams, task-forces and special requests.

This incident created many challenges throughout what became a long-term event.  Changing strategy and tactics created by weather, water supply, hazardous materials and affected populations were all issues that needed to be addressed simultaneously. The presentation will discuss the challenges faced and experience gained through a somewhat unusual response that lasted a total of 13 days.

Basic Cardiac Monitoring for Rural Volunteer Firefighters

John Sponholtz, RN, BSN, CHPN, AEMT

University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Tisch Mills Fire Department

 

There are few volunteer fire departments that have a health and safety budget robust enough to allow for initial physical examinations or ongoing health monitoring of all members.  This presentation shall show the rationale behind this low-cost option that is supportable locally in most of our communities.  There will be a review of the current available data, an explanation of how the program has been carried out including the potential benefits and burdens to both the departments and the members, and even an opportunity for members present to undergo the process. 

 

Don’t Let It Define You

Christopher Ackley Battalion Chief, Mequon Fire Department

Own it Fire & EMS/ Mequon Fire Department

 

Objective:  Taking the stress out of the job.   To talk and interact with the listeners for about 2 hours or less on taking the stress out of the job. I want to interact and communicate with people in the room on what they do to walk away.   I will talk about how I did let PTSD and my deployment control me and my life, then one day I said no more and I moved to not let those things, or this Job with the bad calls define who I am and what I have done to overcome them.

Goals: To share on a leadership level and personnel level that the stress of the job does not have to define who we are or what we want to become.

I am going to cover how we need to walk away sometimes and let our minds reset. It is ok to turn off the radio or the pager sometimes.

How to take burnout and use it as a way to educate ourselves, know that it is a sign we have had to much and we need to vent and or rest our minds.

At the end of the day what do you want to be known for?  We have this thing called work-life balance but I want to look at it differently. I want us all to look at this as a life-work balance. At the end of the day, I want to be known as a great father, a great husband and then a great Firefighter/Paramedic/leader.   After 25 years I want to know that I still have a family and I don’t want them to be waiting for me to be done with this the job.  I want enjoy my family while doing the job.

I want to motivate each person in the room to take a look at what they want out of the job and make it happen for them but with less stress. We are going to cover PTSD and how it can define us in a light that is not healthy for our families, friends and for the job.  How do we get past that? We talk, we vent, we wake up each day knowing we are going to make ourselves better.  A better me = A better family, a better me = A better leader and A better me = A better fire/medic.

 

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