INFORMATION SESSIONS

Information sessions provide an opportunity for conference attendees to sit with fire service and EMS leaders in a more informal session. Registrants can choose to attend one information session on Thursday, August 22 on information session on Friday, August 23. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013: Information Sessions (Select 1)

  1.  National Partners with EMS Interest - DHS, HHS, NHTSA, NREMT, NEMSIS, CoAEMSP

Join the Open Forum and meet the leaders of Federal Agencies and National Organizations with direct interest in the EMS arena. Agencies and Organizations present will include:

  • Department of Homeland Security/Office of Health Affairs

  • Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Health Systems & HealthCare Policy

  • The National Highway Traffic Administration/Office of EMS

  • The National Registry of EMTs

  • The National EMS Information System (database)

  • Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for EMS Professionals

  2.  Carbon Monoxide: EMS Response to Fireground Incidents  

This information session is aimed at educating firefighters about the duty-related dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and reducing known risk factors that unnecessarily kill and injure hundreds of fire fighters each year. The session will also provide appropriate EMS response to these events.

    3.  National Fire Service Data Project - NFORS  

This project's goal is to improve firefighter safety through education and the development of a National Fire Service Data Guide and Reporting System. Once developed and implemented, this national data and reporting system can be used by local departments to evaluate their system response availability and capability, the effectiveness of on-scene performance, and the outcome of the event for the firefighter, citizen, or structure.

  4.  NFPA Standards for the Fire Service 

NFPA consensus standards cover many areas critical to the health, safety and survivability of our members. This session will discuss occupational health and safety topics, personal protective equipment and other relevant topics including the standards making process.

  5.  The World Trade Center Health Program  

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established a federally-funded World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to provide free medical monitoring and health care for first responders and survivors of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The program went into effect July 1, 2011, and is administered by NIOSH. Many IAFF members who worked or volunteered their own time at the WTC site are eligible to enroll in the program. The WTCHP provides first responders with free annual medical screenings and free treatment for WTC-related health conditions, including certain types of cancer. The WTCHP has specialized providers throughout the United States, so enrollees do not have to travel to New York City for treatment. The Zadroga Act also reopened the September 11th Victimís Compensation fund, which provides financial assistance for first responders who worked at the WTC site between Sept. 11th 2001 Ė May 30th, 2002. This briefing will summarize the health effects of September 11th, describe the benefits of enrolling in the WTCHP, and provide eligibility information for the Victimís Compensation Fund.

  6.  Ask the Doc: The Physicians' Discussion on Fire and EMS Issues  

An open roundtable discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs. This is an opportunity to further address issues addressed by physicians presenting during this symposium.

  7.  Writing Winning Grants:  Fire Act, AFG, SAFER and Beyond 

Grant funds are available to help fire departments pay for safety and health equipment and programs, apparatus, staffing and training. Learn the fundamentals of how to apply for a grant.

  8.  Ask the General: Meet General McCaffrey up Close  

Take advantage of an opportunity to interact in an open forum with General Barry McCaffrey. Following his keynote address, General McCaffrey will be available for small group interaction and Q&A.

  9. *NEW ADDITION: Israeli EMS Response: One-on-One

This information session is intended to provide up close and personal interaction with Chief Guy Caspi. Chief Caspi is a Paramedic and Chief Multi-Casualty Incident Director at the Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel Headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Friday, August 23, 2013: Information Sessions (Select 1) 

  1.  National Partners with EMS Interests - DHS, HHS, NHTSA, NREMT, NEMSIS, CoAEMSP

Join the Open Forum and meet the leaders of Federal Agencies and National Organizations with direct interest in the EMS arena. Agencies and Organizations present will include:

  • Department of Homeland Security/Office of Health Affairs

  • Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Health Systems & HealthCare Policy

  • The National Highway Traffic Administration/Office of EMS

  • The National Registry of EMTs

  • The National EMS Information System (database)

  • Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for EMS Professionals

  2.  National Fire Service Data Project 

This project's goal is to improve firefighter safety through education and the development of a National Fire Service Data Guide and Reporting System. Once developed and implemented, this national data and reporting system can be used by local departments to evaluate their system response availability and capability, the effectiveness of on-scene performance, and the outcome of the event for the firefighter, citizen, or structure.

  3.  NFPA EMS Standards (Standards 450 and 1917)

NFPA consensus standards include two specifically related to EMS: NFPA 450- Guide for Emergency Medical Services and Systems and NFPA 1917- Standard for Automotive Ambulances. This session will provide a brief overview of the salient points of each standard and their implications for fire-based EMS systems.

  4.  P.O.W.E.R.: Performance, Optimization, Well-being, Enhancement & Regeneration 

This presentation will focus on how optimal physical, emotional and cognitive health can help firefighters manage the stress encountered through their daily activities. This session will also discuss improving human performance, health and longevity as well as improving stress management, mental health and overall wellness.

  5.  The World Trade Center Health Program 

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established a federally-funded World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to provide free medical monitoring and health care for first responders and survivors of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The program went into effect July 1, 2011, and is administered by NIOSH. Many IAFF members who worked or volunteered their own time at the WTC site are eligible to enroll in the program. The WTCHP provides first responders with free annual medical screenings and free treatment for WTC-related health conditions, including certain types of cancer. The WTCHP has specialized providers throughout in the United States, so enrollees do not have to travel to New York City for treatment. The Zadroga Act also reopened the September 11th Victimís Compensation fund, which provides financial assistance for first responders who worked at the WTC site between Sept. 11th 2001 Ė May 30th, 2002. This briefing will summarize the health effects of September 11th, describe the benefits of enrolling in the WTCHP, and provide edibility information for the Victimís Compensation Fund.

  6.  Ask the Doc: The Physicians' Discussion on Fire and EMS Issues

An open roundtable discussion on the medical needs and physician involvement in fire department occupational health and medical programs. This is an opportunity to further address issues addressed by physicians presenting during this symposium.

 7.  Writing Winning Grants:  Fire Act, AFG, SAFER and Beyond

Grant funds are available to help fire departments pay for safety and health equipment and programs, apparatus, staffing and training. Learn the fundamentals of how to apply for a grant.

  8.  Ask the Trainer - WFI, CPAT, PFT, FGS  

Discuss all the updates in the 3rd Edition of the WFI, including protocol changes and implementation tools as well as the 2nd Edition of CPAT, including new orientation requirements, data collection and the new licensure policy. The new Fire Ground Survival (FGS) program will also be discussed.

  9.  NIST High-Rise Toolkit: Using the Study at Home  

To assure the dissemination of the results and conclusions of the high-rise field experiments, a took kit has been assembled including the full report, the executive summary brochure, videos, fact sheets, power point presentations, and more. This information session is designed to preview all the items and discuss their use at the local level.