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50th Annual Conference – Schedule of Events

Draft Agenda - Subject to Change - Check back often for updates!

Thursday, May 2 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

9:30 am-12:45 pm            Chiefs Roundtable Meeting – Bay 2 Sponsored by Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority

11:30 am                  Chief’s Working Lunch

10:00 am-5:00 pm           Vendor Setup, Apparatus Parking – Bay 3-5, Outdoor Space

1:40 p.m.                           Transports to Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course 

2:00 p.m.                            Mike Sheets Memorial Golf Scramble – Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course
                                              Modified Shotgun Start

                                              Register Online at 

7:00 p.m.                            Hospitality – Hagadone Suite, Coeur d'Alene Resort (Room 1801)

Friday, May 3 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

7:00 am-8:00 am              Vendor Networking, Coffee and Continental Breakfast – Bay 3-5 Sponsored by  

8:00 am-10:15 am           Welcome and Opening Ceremonies – Bay 2

Color Guard, Pipes and Drums – CDA Fire Dept TBD
Welcome, CDA City and Kootenai County Officials: Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer Introduced by CDA Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel;  IFCA Welcome – Northern Lakes Fire District Chief Pat Riley (Conference Chairs, and IFCA President David Gates

Opening Keynote Session   Sponsored by    

John Lasher Yovanovitch, Career Captain and Volunteer Firefighter, “The Servant Leader – The Public Servant”.  Emergency responders are often called public servants. The idea is that when you work or volunteer for the in public safety, the people whom you protect are the ones to whom you are ultimately accountable. Attendees will walk through several concepts that will further embrace this calling:

    • ·         Understand the concept of servant leadership.
    • ·         Recognize that leaders and teams form strong, important bonds that affect their outputs.
    • ·         Know the responsibilities of the leader to the team and the team to its leader.
    • ·         Provide students with an appreciation of leadership, empowerment, and lifelong learning.
    • ·         Review traits of good leaders.
    • ·         Inspire participants to use leadership throughout their lives to “leave a legacy.”

10:15 am-10:45 am         Break with Vendors – Bay 3-5

10:45 am-12:15 pm         State and Federal Agency & Affiliated Agency Reports – Bay 2

·         Idaho State Fire Marshal – Knute Sandahl

·         Fire Service Training (FST) – Dean Ellis

·         Idaho Department of Lands – Amber Honsaker

·         Bureau of EMS/EMSAC – Wayne Denny

·         Office of Emergency Management – Gen. Brad Richy

  •    National Weather Service - NOAA - Robert Tobin
12:15 pm-1:15 pm           Lunch with Vendors in Tradeshow – Bay 3-5 Sponsored by 

                                              Apparatus Demonstrations

1:15 pm-2:30 pm             Breakout Sessions

1.       Fire Chief 101:  National LOSAP HeroPlus - What is the LOSAP HeroPlusSM Program? - A learning session about National LOSAP-- Length of Service Award Program.  How it works,  types available, recruit, retain, reward benefits,  how to set up a LOSAP and more. Learn how to make this happen for you.  Bruce Linger, Lincoln Financial Group – Bay 1

2.       Survival for Fire Service Organizations in #MeToo Essentials - It has been over 18 months since #MeToo came into the public arena through the media. Traditionally, the Fire Service industry has been slow to respond to change; however, this is one area of policy and change can be dangerous for Fire Chiefs. Brian Schaeffer discusses recent cases, experiences, and best practices for organizations.  Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer  - Bay 2

2:30 pm-3:00 pm              Break and Networking in Tradeshow – Bay 3-5

2:45 pm-3:15 pm              Division Breakouts

                                                Volunteer – Bay 2 (Larry Naccarato, Fire Chief, St. Maries Fire Protection District, Volunteer Division President)
                                                EMS – Bay 1 (Steve Isaacson, EMS Division Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, EMS Division President)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm              FPO – Bay 1 (Joe Bongiorno, Deputy Chief Fire Prevention, Meridian Fire Department, FPO Division President)    
                                               Training – Bay 2 (Bill Deruyter, Deputy Chief, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, Training Division President)                    

4:00 pm-5:15 pm              Breakout Sessions

1.       Fire Chief 101:  Discipline: The good, bad and ugly: Do's and Dont's of Discipline to Ensure the Best For Our Organization, Employees and Ourselves.  David Gates, Fire Chief, Pocatello Fire Department; and Pat Riley, Fire Chief, Northern Lakes Fire Protection District – Bay 1

2.       School Safety: How to Develop a Collaborative Solution – Joe Bongiorno, Lt. Shawn Harper Meridian PD – Bay 2

5:30 pm-8:00 pm             Dinner w/Vendors – Bay 3-5 Sponsored by  

Theme: Fire Chiefs: Fabulous 50

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association with a Fabulous 50s Party! Enjoy some great comfort food and drinks, fun photo opps, giveaways and a chance to network with our favorite vendors!  Happy 50th iChiefs!

Saturday, May 4 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

7:00 am-1:00 pm             Exhibit Hall Open – Bay 3-5

7:30 am-8:30 am              Breakfast Buffet with Vendors – Bay 3-5   Sponsored by  

8:30 am                              Business Meeting – Bay 2

-Call to Order - President David Gates

-State of the Association - President David Gates

-Financial Report & 2018 Meeting Minutes - Vice-President of Operations Travis Myklebust

-District Report Highlights

-New Member Introductions & Challenge Coin Ceremony (District Directors & President Gates)

-Other Business

10:30 am                             Break with Vendors – Bay 3-5

11:00 am-12:00 pm         General Session  – Bay 2

Dr. Dallas Johnson, Brigham Young University Idaho:, "FEAR-less Emotion Management: A method to better understand and manage anxiety, PTSD, depression, and suicide symptoms".  Fear plays a key role in the development of emotional disorders like anxiety, PTSD, depression, and suicide ideation. FEAR-less Emotion Management is a 4-week self-help strategy that uses the acronym F.E.A.R. as a way to understand the purpose of the fear response, how it operates in the brain and body, how it contributes to emotional dysregulation, and how to automate strategies to decrease fear when it is not helpful. You will learn how to create and engage personalized strategies to begin to rewire your brain and decrease symptoms of anxiety, PTSD, depression and suicide ideation. As you continue to use the strategies through time, key parts of your brain will literally grow larger and increase your ability to have hope and to enjoy the activities, work, relationships, and emotions of daily life.

12:00 pm-1:00 pm          Lunch with Vendors – Bay 3-5   Sponsored by   

                                             Roundtable Lunch and Learn Sessions

Topics:  "Community Risk Reduction" - Greg Rogers, Spokane Valley Fire Department; "How to Prepare an EMAC Mission Ready Package" - Perry Oldenburg and Tony Piscopo, Boise Fire Department; "How to Prepare and Plan for a New Fire Station" - Charlie Butterfield, Meridian Fire Department, and Gunnar Gladics, Pivot North Architecture; "Collective Bargaining"

1:00 pm                              Vendor Teardown

1:00 pm-2:15 pm             General Session – Bay 2   Sponsored by    

John Lasher Yovanovitch, Career Captain and Volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic, “Keeping Them Safe Without Breaking Their Spirit: Adjusting Our Safety Culture to Save Ourselves”.  A summary review of select recent line of duty death reports and their contributing factors.  This will include a discussion of the Causation Chain of Events, roles and responsibilities of an organization’s membership and identify how culture can influence a reduction of risk in order to future prevent accidents and injuries from happening.

Session Objectives:

  • ·         Identify management principles needed to promote a safety culture
  • ·         Recognize the essential elements of safety culture
  • ·         Discuss hazards faced by responders at emergency scenes
  • ·         List the roles and responsibilities for the individual, supervisor and organization leadership in obtaining a safety culture
  • ·         Understand the Causation Chain of Events
  • ·         Identify reasons that crew resource management can improve safety during emergency response as well as non-emergency activities

2:30 pm-3:45 pm              Breakout Sessions

1.       Fire Chief 101:  Grant Writing 101 – Firehouse, EMS, SAFER Grants  - Chief Travis Myklebust, Lewiston Fire Department; Captain Reny Hansen, Selkirk Fire, Rescue & EMS - Bay 1

2.      Technology Advances in the Fire Service - A discussion of what’s coming that will improve response and performance - Chief Mark Niemeyer, Meridian Fire Department; Brad Pond, NMAS; Garrett Doyle, AT&T FirstNet; and Aaron Maben, Cradlepoint – Bay 2

4:00 pm-5:00 pm              General Session – Bay 2 

Mark Niemeyer, Fire Chief, Meridian Fire Department, "Lessons Learned from the Paradise Fire: Community preparation, Coping with tragedy, and dealing with the unexpected aftermath".
In 2018, the California community of Paradise experienced one of the most devastating natural fires in our Country’s history. This was known as the Camp Fire and took the lives of 68 residents, and destroyed roughly ¾ of the homes and businesses that made this mountain/timber town vibrant. As part of a Western Fire Chiefs Association initiative, Chief Niemeyer had the opportunity to tour the aftermath of this disaster, engage with both responders and residents, and connect with a diverse group of stakeholders in how to better prepare and respond to a disaster of this nature. Chief Niemeyer will be sharing the good, the bad, and the lessons learned that Idaho Fire Departments can consider as they help build a more resilient community for which they are a part of.      

6:30 pm   Installation Reception & Class A/Business Portraits – Casco Bay/Kidd Island     
Entertainment (Robert Vaughn, Acoustic Jazz)                     

7:30 pm   Installation Banquet – Casco Bay/Kidd Island 

Evening Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment.  Special Award Presentations, Officers and Directors Installation, and Address by Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer

Sunday, May 5  - Coeur d'Alene Resort     

8:30 am-10:00 am           Chiefs Breakfast, General Session - Casco/Kidd/N Cape

Captain Kevin Lawler, Captain Seth Hohenstreet, and Chaplain Jim Grassi, Kootenai County fire and Rescue, "The Value of a Peer Support Group".

This presentation will provide an overview of the need for peer support programs, what a quality program can offer your agency, and the value it will provide to the mental and behavioral health and well-being of your personnel. Our goal is to assist our personnel in reaching a happy and healthy retirement, after serving throughout a productive and fulfilling career.

10:00 am-10:30 am      Break and room checkouts

10:30 am General Session - Casco/Kidd/N Cape

Travis Myklebust, Fire Chief, Lewiston Fire Department, "Compassion Fatigue: Making sure Your Tank is Full"

This session will discuss the use of a compassion fatigue and burnout assessment tool and the ways individuals can address their compassion fatigue.

12:00 pm       Final Wrapup and Giveaways Must Be Present To Win

Conference Closing

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