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By Member Nick Russell
September 28, 2021


Dates: November 4th and 5th 2021
Location: Independence, KY


Nick Martin began his career in 1994 and is presently a battalion chief in Salisbury, NC FD, previously serving as the Chief of Training for the Columbia SC FD and as a Lieutenant in the Dis-trict of Columbia FD. He is also a longtime member of the Kent-land VFD, and a FDIC classroom/HOT Presenter.


“Aggressive Command Supports Aggressive Firefighting”

Incident command systems are often overdone or underdone. Cumbersome command practices that allow the building to burn down while command is “setup” are just as frustrating and problem-atic as the lack of any strong direction and organization.
Departments must avoid impractical command practices that slow or hamper putting the fire out, but must also avoid a lack of strong command that fails to organize the incident and aggressively deploy crews to solve the problem. This program discusses best practices incident commanders can use to maximize the capabilities of their firefighting forces.
This topic is designed not only for chief officers, but for company officers as well. A strong under-standing of each other’s jobs and a mutual respect are imperative for any incident’s success. This program will serve as a forum for chiefs and officers to discuss and learn about each other’s roles, the jobs of each within the command system and practices that will make each more successful – individually and as a team.
The instructors will reflect on their successes and failures at incidents, and will provide a methodi-cal process that current and future incident commanders can use to manage incidents properly and aggressively. Topics will be discussed with the goal of sharing actionable knowledge, processes, and systems that can be immediately applied to improve the practicality and success of your command system

Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his exten-sive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recog-nized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organiza-tions with multiple areas of expertise.


What is “Real” Risk Management?
The phrase “risk management” gets thrown around quite a bit, but what is “real” risk management? It is more than the “safety” stuff. It is more than the “insurance” stuff. And it is more than the “ergonomics” stuff. Everything you do in your organization involves a level of Risk. In this brief program, Gordon will explain how to “recognize” the real risks you face. And he will give you some thoughts on how to “prioritize” these risks. And finally, he will show you how to “mobilize”(act) to do something about the real risks you face in your organization.

Supervision 101 - The basics for the new supervisor
Two Hours A block of instruction designed for the line level supervisor. Failure to adequately discipline can cause a host of problems, both internal and external. This block identifies the problems with discipline in an organization and why supervisors must work together to have an effective program of discipline. Attendees will receive a copy of GRAED, Graham's Rules for the Application of Effective Discipline.

The Top Ten Things That Get Firefighters in Trouble
The title speaks for itself. This program will identify the top ten things that get your department personnel in trouble.

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