June 18th – June 23rd
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Becoming an Ally to Foster Diversity & Inclusion (LIVE)

An ally should not be looked at as a noun, but rather a verb. The path to becoming an ally is a lifelong process of fostering relationships that are built on trust, consistency, advocacy, and accountability. Inclusive leadership is an integrated set of skills that is required to channel the power and potential of a diverse workforce for the benefit of the organization and the communities we serve. It is key for fire service leaders to understand their role in fostering diversity and inclusion. This workshop will provide you with deeper insights to yourself and the benefits of inclusion at all levels of your department.

Highway Safety Training Beyond the TIMS Class

In 2020, 46 emergency responders were struck & killed during secondary incidents while working along United States roadways, in 2019, 44 emergency responders are struck & killed. An average of two emergency responders are struck each day in the United States and an emergency responder is struck & injured every other day with an emergency responder struck & killed on average every eight days. Most of us have taken a 4-hour Traffic Incident Management (TIM) course focused on emergency responder safety but what else is out there and how can we work to get ourselves and our crew safe during a roadway incident? This session will build on the 4-hour TIM and talk about why we need to focus more on the dangers all responders face each day when at a roadway incident.

Pediatric Trauma Cases

Dr. Karen O'Connell will highlight the assessment findings and the treatment decisions to be sure children receive the Right Care When It Counts when they are injured. Presentation will cover the unique anatomic features of children leading to specific injury patterns and how to apply the Trauma Decision Tree to cases with infants, children and adolescents.

Resilience Skills Training (LIVE)

As emergency responders, you are so focused on taking care of others that you might forget to take care of yourself. That can make you vulnerable to burnout, depression, PTSD, and other behavioral health problems associated with an already stressful job complicated by a pandemic. Learn about the three primary skills (we call them the Three Pillars) that are most frequently associated with resilient responses in the fire and EMS community. These are skills that you can learn and practice to help prevent the effects of psychological distress. We will then guide you through three activities – one for each of the Three Pillars – so you can create your own tools to help strengthen your resilience for dealing with traumatic stress.

Residential and Small Commercial First Due Size Up

Today's buildings and occupancies continue to present unique challenges to command and operating companies during combat structural fire engagement. Building and occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy risk versus occupancy type, construction methods, features, systems and components require new skill sets in reading the building and implementing predictive occupancy profiling for today’s company and command officers for effective and efficient fireground operations. Incorporating the Buildingsonfire FACTS concept for First-Arriving Construction, Tactics and Safety for Residential and Small Commercials.

Recruitment & Retention; Developing your Game Plan (LIVE)

Volunteer fire and EMS agencies are experiencing challenges with recruitment and retention of personnel. This lecture will outline how departments can successfully recruit and retain personnel for their agency using current resources. The lecture will be based on a three-year doctoral study on retention and offer participants research-based/proven strategies to reduce turnover and increase recruitment among all generations of volunteers. Attendees will not only learn strategies to help overcome the biggest barriers to retention and recruitment of emergency personnel, but through both discussion, review of a planning document and hands-on activities, will be able to go home and draft a personalized plan to increase and maintain members.

Are We Really Operating Safe Apparatus?

Instructed by: Chief Baldwin and Tom Shand Premiers June 20, 2021 @ 11:00 - 12:00 Over the years our apparatus have become more complex, larger and heavier to operate and maintain to ensure safety and fleet reliability. The program will review past and present vehicle designs and how they impact your departments day to day […]

Four Pillars of Functional Fitness (LIVE)

Unfortunately, around 50% of annual on-duty deaths are typically attributed to heart attacks, strokes, and other medical causes. Firefighter Functional Fitness attacks these statistics by providing all firefighters with the tools needed to combat this epidemic. Firefighter Functional Fitness is the essential guide to optimal firefighter performance and longevity. It provides all firefighters with the knowledge, mindset, and tools to maximize their fire ground performance, reduce their risk of injury and experiencing a line-of-duty death, and have a long, healthy career and/or volunteer service and retirement.

Pediatric HP CPR

Learn from the Maryland EMSC CPR Pit Crew what is new & what is different about pediatric HPCPR. Presentation will include the cardiac science of high performance and why children still need to be ventilated from the start. The second half includes how ot work with the new QCPR infant and child manikins that are located in each EMS region for local company drills.

OC FOOLS Training – Drilling for Success (LIVE)

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR LIVE CLASSES  LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE (LIVE)  Instructed by: Capt. Keith Niemann, Wichita, KS, Fire Department Training Division; President, FOOLS of OZ From instructing recruits to company level training there are only so many hours allotted so every drill has to count. This class will discuss how […]

Impact of Horizontal Ventilation on Fire Behavior

Offered by: UL FSRI Fire Safety Academy In this course, you will examine the impact of modern construction practices and ventilation techniques on fire behavior from full-scale testing in realistic legacy and contemporary residential structures. (Original August 21, 2009) Click the link below and sign in 'if' you have an account or create an account […]

Pediatric TOR ABC’s

The death of a child in the out-of-hospital environment is very stressful for professionals and for the community. Maryland EMSC conducted town hall meetings statewide and PEMAC has revised the TOR protocol to include children of all ages. Dr. Jen Anders will discuss the protocol’s specific guidance, the availability of consultation and identification of resources for families and for professionals.

Influence of Building Construction

The Impact of Building Construction on Todays' Fireground cannot be understated. Building Construction is as fundamental to Structural Firefighting as Water is to Fire Suppression but has become relegated to a lower level of operational significance and importance. Today more than ever, understanding and comprehending building construction and its anatomy and the effects of fire dynamics on fire suppression operations is a must. Building Construction, Occupancy Risks along with Building Anatomy and the Predictability of Building Performance under fire conditions have a profound influence on the management of operations, identification of tactical protocols and deployment of resources. Understanding key inherent building performance characteristics and their relationships and variables in Command Decision-making methodologies and practices is fundamental to firefighting and incident management on today’s evolving and demanding fire ground.

Family in the Fire Service; Full Version (LIVE)

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR LIVE CLASSES  LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE  (LIVE) Instructed by: Chief Allen Baldwin, Stafford County, VA For many of us, this is a family calling or business, and, in the business, we have two families, the one at home and the one at the station. Family is one […]

Maryland EMS in Pandemic Vortex

Join us as Dr. Delbridge gives an up-to the minute update on where Maryland EMS stands today on important topics such as COVID-19, protocols, and licensure.

When Minutes Count: EMS Treatment of Severe Allergic Reactions

Instructed by: Dr. Timothy Chizmar, Maryland State Medical Director https://youtu.be/_sljorUCRKY Premieres Jun 22, 2021 at 10:00am Allergic reactions can be some of the most rewarding calls in EMS. Rapid, appropriate treatment can lead to favorable patient outcomes, while missing subtle assessment clues or delays in treatment may be deadly. Dr. Chizmar will discuss the nuances […]

Fire & EMS Officer Training; Managing Psych. Health (LIVE)

Over the years the responsibilities of the Fire Chief and Offers have not changed, but the difficulties of successfully meeting them has. Suicide among 1st Responders has, and is, rapidly increasing to where more are dying by their own hand than LODD's. PTSD is now a realized occupational hazard. To their already overloaded duties, fire officers are increasingly being held responsible for not only the safety, but also the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all under their fire/EMS command.

Understanding the Why of Seatbelts

Dr. Janet Bahouth will contrasts actual crashes and injury outcomes for restrained versus non-belted occupants. The presentation includes background information on crash dynamics, how both seat belts and car seats are designed to protect us in a crash, and the energy exchange that causes specific injuries. Actual crash scene investigations will demonstrate injury patterns in different seating positions.

Man Vs Machinery – OC FOOLS – Capt. Mark Gregory


CIREN – Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network: Crash Analysis (LIVE)

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. The mission of the CIREN is to improve the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of motor vehicle crash injuries to reduce deaths, disabilities, and human and economic costs. The current CIREN model utilizes two types of centers, medical and engineering. Medical centers are based at level one trauma centers that admit large numbers of people injured in motor vehicle crashes, such as R. Adams Cowley at the University of Maryland.

Shock Trauma Go Team Presentation

This 30-minute presentation gives and in-depth look into the Shock Trauma Go Team; what they do, who they are, and when they are called in to action.

Main Street Fires

Main Streets, both large or small compromise many jurisdictions and have been a primary feature and risk for decades. The fundamental building type that is found on many Main Streets and commonly found in nearly all jurisdictions and response areas throughout the United States, fires in these buildings and areas can present significant challenges and operational risks. An overview of construction systems, inherent building characteristics and operational considerations on strategies and tactics for all ranks and personnel will be presented.

Medication Safety; Poison Prev. for Families

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning with 38% of child poisoning involves a grandparent’s medication. Children under 5 are at the greatest risk and adults can do three things to change that: Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Poison Center resources. OTC – Over The Counter medication safety is directed specifically to 5th and 6th graders.