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2022 MSFA Annual Convention & Conference

Each June, the Maryland State Firemen's Association gathers for its annual Convention and Conference to conduct the business of the association and to provide insightful training and educational sessions for its membership. The MSFA welcomes you, your department, your business to take part in this annual meeting and educational event.

Engaging At-Risk Populations to Reduce Safety Risks for Fire & EMS

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This workshop will help fire service personnel learn how to better relate to hard-to-reach populations to increase empathy, deliver effective education, build community collaborations, and positively affect change within their community to reduce life safety risks. Attendees will gain an understanding of why barriers exist and how to reach these vulnerable populations to create a culture of safety. This keynote will not only inspire attendees to embrace change but will also offer the steps to create personal and organizational change.

Free

It’s Ok to Say I’m Not Ok

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

As individuals, we carry the weight of everyday stresses around each day: work, family, financial status, having more time to enjoy life. Couple that with the mental stresses of emergency response: witness to life and property loss, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, and we are equal to a ticking time bomb. Come learn how to identify the signs of stress and how to combat stress in order to maintain mental wellness.

Free

Cancer Reduction – A No-nonsense Approach

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This course will dive into firefighter cancer statistics and causes and will bring achievable, practical applications to the attendee, that will go a long way in the reduction of those statistics.

Free

Planning and Implementing a Training Program

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This course reviews best practices for creating a robust training program in a volunteer fire department. You will learn how to ensure your training program produces positive outcomes, accomplishes training goals, and prepares members to run safe and effective operations.

Free

Pet First Aid and CPR

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

More and more fire departments are carrying pet oxygen masks on their apparatus these days, making it crucial for first responders to understand how to appropriately size an oxygen mask for fit to the animal as well as what flow rates are required for different animals. Upon completing this class, first responders will feel comfortable performing CPR, applying an oxygen mask, and performing rescue breathing for both cats and dogs.

Free

Engine Operator Hydraulics

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Engine Operator Hydraulics 101 will cover the fundamental basics of fire ground hydraulics and help attendees understand the importance of them.

Free

FF Survival – Bailouts, Below Grade & High Ladder (4 hour H.O.T.)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This class will teach the basics of FF Survival. In this 4-hour Hands-on class, participants will learn, discuss, and practice various RIT Drills to effectively locate, package, and remove a down firefighter to safety. Through the use of various techniques including Ladder work and window bailouts the instructors will provide a wide array of both self-rescue as well as RIT team rescue operations. This class REQUIRES PPE and Signed Waiver Forms. 

Free

Engine Ops. “Know Your Flow” (4 hour H.O.T.)

This class will concentrate on operational fundamentals such as proper hose stretching techniques, efficiently laying out your attack line, developing a proper pre-entry checklist, and reading the building. Attendees will also train on standpipe operations, loss of water, rope stretches, flow path hazards, moving the big line effectively and multiple room fire attack. Join us for an extremely informative, skill sharpening session.

Free

Maryland EMT Skills Recertification (1st of 2 sessions)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This is the 12-hour psychomotor skills session required for Maryland EMT recertification. Class will be conducted in three four-hour sessions.

Free

Hazards of Knee Walls

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

According to 2017 Natation Fire Protection Association statistics, fires in one- and two-family homes accounted for 53 percent of all structure fires. Often, these fires occur in dwellings that contain occupiable half-stories constructed with knee walls, which present tremendous challenges to responding firefighters and have resulted in numerous Maydays. Building construction containing knee walls can be found in most every community from urban to rural, in older legacy homes, as well as in modern pre-manufactured truss homes. Knee walls can conceal tremendous amounts of combustible gases that are waiting for the proper mixture to ignite. Members can easily be on the fire floor with no smoke and little to no heat conditions. As soon as members open up the knee walls, extreme fire conditions can erupt with little to no warning. Students will learn the severe hazards that knee walls present, how to recognize them early, and how to safely mitigate incidents involving the

Free

Protecting Remote Communities

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This presentation will discuss the challenges that remote communities pose and how to overcome them.

Free

Crash Injury Research

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

The CIREN process combines prospective data collection with professional multidisciplinary analysis of medical and engineering evidence to determine injury causation in every crash investigation conducted.

Free

Intoxicated Leadership

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Intoxicated Leadership takes the distinctive approach of helping students understand the role our emotions play in either aiding or undermining leadership efforts both in emergencies and back at the station.

Free

Bike Safety; Making a Difference in Your Community

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

The presentation will cover the importance of wearing a bike helmet correctly on every ride. Head injuries are the leading cause of injury and death to bicycles, and helmets are a proven safety measure.

Free

Child Passenger Safety

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Fire and EMS personnel sometimes transport children in vehicles other than ambulances. What are the essential things to know and do to keep children safe? What new restraints, features on car seats, or products are available, and what makes them helpful for certain situations? This workshop will combine Power Point lecture, video, and hands-on activities with car seats, training dolls, and a vehicle seat simulator. Resources on CPS will be shared with attendees. If you have not read a car seat manual or seen a training video in the last couple years then your information and skills in child passenger safety may be out of date, and this workshop is for you! THIS CLASS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS BY MIEMSS.

Free

Sunday Morning Worship Service

Performing Arts Center, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

Sunday Morning worship will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Make Positive Changes That Stick!

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Habits involve repeating a behavior and getting rewarded for it, so that it is repeated over and over, without conscious thought.

Free

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the Fire Service

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

The good the bad and the ugly of the fire service. Interactive discussion into all subjects of the fire service from nozzles to mental health and the stigmas attached to them. No subject will be left out there is nothing we won't discuss. So, bring your opinions and ideas. This class is an open forum for general fire service discussions, history of the fire department, deep traditions of the fire service.

Free

Possible Drowning; The Calm Before the Storm

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

It is estimated that > 90% of drownings are preventable. When water is aspirated into the airways, a cascade pf physiological events occur effecting ventilation and perfusion with long term effects and death. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS BY MIEMSS.

Free

Affordable College for Volunteers

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

By combining a new way of approaching recruitment and retention with educational programs that are readily available to all, the volunteer fire service can take advantage of fire service training courses, free online college courses, and grant-funded College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams to offer benefits to its members that rival the Montgomery GI Bill.

Free

Safeguarding Your Identity

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the world. It now accounts to losses of several millions dollars to the citizens of the United States, annually. Identity Theft is when someone "pretends to be someone else" by assuming the person's identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name and typically occurs when someone uses another's personally identifying information, like their name, social security number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other related crimes. . This class will discuss what it is, how it can happen to each of us, new prevention techniques, and actions to take after your identity has been stolen from you! The class will address both personal and commercial loss.

Free

Generational Leadership

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

Times have changed and with that so have the fire service. The way we learn, the way we teach and the way we fight fires have all been affected. From the senior man to the rookie, we will look at the influences, history, generations and current events that affect the way we do business.

Free

FF Survival – Bailouts, Below Grade & High Ladder (4 hour H.O.T.)

Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

This class will teach the basics of FF Survival. In this 4-hour Hands-on class, participants will learn, discuss, and practice various RIT Drills to effectively locate, package, and remove a down firefighter to safety. Through the use of various techniques including Ladder work and window bailouts the instructors will provide a wide array of both self-rescue as well as RIT team rescue operations. This class REQUIRES PPE and Signed Waiver Forms. 

Free

Miss Fire Prevention Contest

Performing Arts Center, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

The Miss Fire Prevention Contest will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

MSFA/LAMSFA Joint Memorial Service

Bay Front Ballroom, Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City

The MSFA/LAMSFA Joint Memorial Service will take place at the Ocean City Convention Center in the Bay Front Ball Room on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Firefighters Nite

Fish Tales Bar & Grill 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City

Maryland Fire-Rescue Services will be hosting Firefighters Nite at Fish Tales Bar & Grill on June 19th at 7:00 PM!