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2017 OC FOOLS HOT Bios and Class Descriptions:

Pride & Tradition

Lead Instructors:  Assistant Chief Tim Jerscheid & Past Assistant Chief Skip Carey

Tim Jerscheid is a 25-year member of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and has a combined 33 years of fire service experience. Fire Fighter Jerscheid is assigned to Station 31 Brooklyn as a driver, protecting the north side of the county starting at the Baltimore City Line. He also serves as the Assistant Chief of the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department in Southern Worcester County. He is a Founding Father of the Ocean City Fools and currently serves as the president. Fire Fighter Jerscheid has instructed with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department Training Academy assisting with Recruit Class instruction for several classes, served as lead fire instructor, has instructed several classes throughout the nation, and is an adjunct instructor for MFRI.

Skip Carey is in his 51st active year in the fire service, with 24 of those as a career paramedic/firefighter. He has been a volunteer firefighter in all of those years.  He has held the ranks of engine lieutenant, truck captain, assistant chief, training captain.  For 10½ years, he was a tactical medic on the Worcester County (MD) SWAT team.  In addition to being training captain for the volunteers of Ocean City Fire Department, he was assigned to the department’s bomb squad.  He was an instructor for the University of MD Fire and Rescue Institute for 20 years. He also taught in the paramedic program for Anne Arundel Community College (MD), Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, MD) and Ocean City Fire Dept.  Over the years, he has received numerous awards for heroism and service, including the Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award.

Course Description:

This class will be an interactive discussion about the history of the fire service, both good and bad. We will discuss all topics from bucket brigades, to the latest and greatest tools and techniques the fire service has to offer.

 

 

Situational Survival – Firefighter Rescue Scenarios

 

Lead Instructor: Assistant Deputy Chief Claude Duval

Course Description:

Claude is a 20-year veteran of the Fire Service. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Pittsburgh Twp, Ontario, Canada. In 1999, he ended a 12-year military career to join Kingston Fire & Rescue as a full-time firefighter. He eventually became a Training Officer with Central York Fire Services were he now is the Assistant Deputy Chief.

He has competed internationally in auto extrication under TERC and WRO. Certified Technician in rope, confined space, trench, water and ice rescue, he became Technical Rescue coordinator in charge of all rescue disciplines. His instructing experience includes:

-              12 years hands on instructing experience

-              Provincial Train the Trainer Firefighter Survival and RIT

-              Ontario Fire College hands on instructor for flashover, ice and water rescue, Mod A to E

-              Lead Instructor for Firefighting in Canada Training Days – FF Survival

-              Emergency Patient Care instructor

-              Instructor/Professor for Fleming College in Firefighter Pre-Service

-              Ocean City FOOLS HOT instructor

 

Claude believes in constantly being a student. Some of the training he recently took includes:

-              Repeat attendance at FDIC HOT and classroom sessions

-              40 hr RIT under live fire, coordinated fire attack, advanced auto ex, first in Company Officer at Illinois Fire Service Institute

-              Technical rescue training

-              New hybrid and electrical vehicle technology

-              Nozzle Forward class

 

As an instructor, he believes in providing progressively challenging training in a respectful environment.

 

Course Description:

 

Firefighter rescue can be the most mentally and physically demanding task you will ever have to perform on the fire ground. The key element to success is to have learned multiple techniques and have practiced those techniques in a challenging environment.

 

In this 8-hour class, participants will have a chance to learn, discuss and practice various firefighter rescue techniques and apply them as teams in challenging scenarios in smoke conditions.

The Proactive Engine Driver, Doing More with Less

Lead Instructor:  Mr. Stephen Truesdell

Stephen has twenty-five years of experience in the fire service. He started as a volunteer in Prince George’s County and is a member at Morningside Volunteer Fire Department. He has nineteen years of experience as a career firefighter, eight years with the Naval District of Washington Fire Department and for the past eleven years with the Annapolis Fire Department. Stephen has worked part time with Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co in Washington County and Manheim Township Fire Rescue in Lancaster, Pa. He also volunteered with Union Fire Company No 1 in Carlisle, Pa and recently joined the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department in St. Mary’s County, MD.

Course Description:

In today’s times of financial and staffing strains, both career and volunteers are being asked to do more with less. One of the most underutilized positions within the fire service is the "engine driver". This course will give attendees a look at how to utilize the driver focusing on four key elements. The first item discussed is before the incident, giving the driver a look at how to be an informal leader in the station, training to build confidence and efficiency, and how to get the next generation ready to take the driver’s seat. The second item will be the emergency response, attitudes and behaviors to have and not to have. Third will be operating on the scene. The role of a driver is not just about water, but to assist with size-up, ensure proper positioning, crew accountability, being a safety officer, various tasks that can be accomplished to help ensure a positive outcome. Finally, we'll discuss after the incident, positive critique, ensuring apparatus is ready for the next run.

Principles of Structural Fireground Tactics

Lead Instructor:  Lieutenant Mark Misek

Mark Misek is a 11-year member of the Wichita Fire Department and has a combined 18 years of fire service experience. Lt. Misek is assigned to Firehouse 2/A on Truck 2, protecting the south side and downtown Wichita. He is a Charter Member of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz and serves as a Trustee. Lt. Misek has instructed with the Wichita Fire Department Training Academy assisting with Recruit Class instruction, with the FOOLS of Oz around the region, and is an adjunct instructor for Butler County Community College.

Course Description:

As firefighters progress through their career, they are taught many different concepts and skills. Sometimes, it is difficult to tie it all together and obtain a global perspective about the fireground. Principles of Structural Fireground Tactics is designed to help firefighters to understand the big picture of fireground tactics and how the skills they’ve learned are applied to the overall goal. This class will not only help newer firefighters get an overall understanding of fireground tactics but also help experienced members hone their skills applying basic incident priorities in their decision making model. This is an interactive class with multiple scenarios encouraging student involvement.

Understaffed Engine-H.O.T.

Lead Instructor:  Captain Keith Niemann

Keith Niemann is a Captain assigned to Engine 10 with the Wichita (KS) Fire Department. He is a founding member and President of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz. He is also a founding committee member and instructor for the Wichita HOT, Kansas’ largest hands-on fire school, boasting an enrollment of more than 150 students each year since 2007. Captain Niemann has proudly presented at both FDIC, as well as the OC F.O.O.L.S. HOT for the last four years, as well as contributing in Fire Engineering and Urban Firefighter.   

Course Description:

In these cash strapped times getting the first line into service is harder than ever.  For the paid departments staffing has been cut to the bone and departments are asked to do more with the bare minimum in staffing.  In the volunteer world the economic downturn meant dedicated volunteers must often choose the job that provides for their family leaving their departments strapped for manpower to get the “all important” first line in place.  This class will concentrate on skill necessary to get the first line off the rig and into place with only two people quickly and efficiently.  This class will pass along some tips and tricks to get the first line in place, and hone the skills necessary to make an effective attack with both 1 ¾ and 2 ½ handlines with understaffed crews.

 

Hybrid Search Techniques

Lead Instructor:  Captain Keith Niemann

Keith Niemann is a Captain assigned to Engine 10 with the Wichita (KS) Fire Department. He is a founding member and President of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz. He is also a founding committee member and instructor for the Wichita HOT, Kansas’ largest hands-on fire school, boasting an enrollment of more than 150 students each year since 2007. Captain Niemann has proudly presented at both FDIC, as well as the OC F.O.O.L.S. HOT for the last four years, as well as contributing in Fire Engineering and Urban Firefighter.   

Course Description: 

Far too often when Rope or Thermal Imagers are used during searches it ends up slowing the process down instead of speeding it up. This class will take the proven methods of traditional searches and add the use of Thermal Imagers and Rope Assisted Searches to increase accountability and speed. This class will point out some of the pitfalls of Thermal Imager and Rope Assisted Searches and introduce company level drills to reinforce good search habits when using these valuable tools while conducting searches in large structures.

Outside Vent Position

Lead Instructor:  Lt. Mark Misek

Mark Misek is a 11-year member of the Wichita Fire Department and has a combined 18 years of fire service experience. Lt. Misek is assigned to Firehouse 2/A on Truck 2, protecting the south side and downtown Wichita. He is a Charter Member of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz and serves as a Trustee. Lt. Misek has instructed with the Wichita Fire Department Training Academy assisting with Recruit Class instruction, with the FOOLS of Oz around the region, and is an adjunct instructor for Butler County Community College. 

Course Description:

Firefighters throughout the fire service are taught to ensure that fire suppression is performed with appropriately placed and coordinated ventilation. However, given the limited staffing of fire departments nationwide, it has become increasingly difficult to assign personnel to ventilation early in an incident response. With all the recent data pertaining to the negative effects of improperly performed horizontal ventilation and its effects on fire flow path, it's increasingly important that fire departments address this function on the fireground. This class is designed to introduce students to the role of the outside vent position and offer tips for effectively deploying this critical position on their fireground — even with limited staffing.

 

Rope Rescue-Back to the Basics, Where More is Less

Lead Instructor:  Captain Brett VanZant

My name is Brett VanZant and I am the Owner and lead Instructor for Delmarva Emergency Training Concepts LLC. This company was started in 2015 after I noticed a need for custom and regular training in the area, due to limited resources. I enjoy this profession and am interested in teaching others so that this profession may continue to evolve. I have been a certified Instructor for the past 6 years, working for other instructors and training centers.

I am a Maryland & Nationally Pro-Board certified Emergency Services Instructor level III. This allows me to not only instruct training classes but also develop training as well as track and maintain training records.  I have been instructing small groups (1-15 members) with my Volunteer Fire Department for 6 years as Fire Captain, Fire Lieutenant, EMS Director, EMS Captain and EMS Lieutenant. I am also in the process of obtaining my MICRB for Rescue and teach as a Support Instructor for MFRI. For the past 10 years I have obtained Maryland and National certificates in the following; Confined Space Rescue – Technician level, Firefighter I & II, Grain Engulfment, Hazardous Materials –Technician Level, Maryland Emergency Medical Technical – Basic, Site Operations – Technician level, Technical Rope Rescue – Technician level, Vehicle & Machinery Rescue – Technician level.

From 2010 to 2015 I had the opportunity to work for a company called TekSolv, which specialized in Confined Space & High Angle Rescue, HAZMAT Response and later Swift & Open Water Rescue. I held positions in this short time from Part-time Field Tech, Full-time Field Tech, Schedule Coordinator (New Position Created when hired), Regional Supervisor (Maryland), and finally becoming the head of Rescue Service. That is when I acquired a specific set of skills that I want to share with other students looking to better them self’s in Rope Rescue. I have trained over 500 people in both Confined Space & High Angle Rescue all in both the public & private Sector. I also redeveloped the current program they use today, not only to train all the new hires and recertify the current employees, but for public use when asked to train outside agencies.

Course Description: 

This class will demonstrate the proper use of rope rescue equipment, as well as tips and tricks learned through years of practical experience.

What the Science Isn’t Telling You

Lead Instructor:  Lieutenant Robert Magee

Bobby has been in the Fire Service for over 28 years, He has been Teaching for Delaware State Fire School for over 20 years, A past Chief of Department in Millville, DE, is currently Lieutenant, lead career Fire-Rescue Coordinator and instructor for Ocean City, MD Fire department.  Bobby also teaches for "Strike the Box Training, LLC" and has taught in various parts of the country.

Course Description:

This classroom presentation will challenge both the tactical recommendations coming from the newest scientific experiments and how some "Old School" tactics can limit our ability to adapt our tactics to what we are learning through experiments. This purpose of this class is to promote discussion about recent scientific tests, their interpretation and some of the "silly things" we do in the fire service from habit that we can laugh about. 

 

High Rise Operations for the Engine Company and Staffing Level Challenges

Lead Instructor:  Lieutenant Robert Magee

Bobby has been in the Fire Service for over 28 years, He has been Teaching for Delaware State Fire School for over 20 years, A past Chief of Department in Millville, DE, is currently Lieutenant, lead career Fire-Rescue Coordinator and instructor for Ocean City, MD Fire department.  Bobby also teaches for "Strike the Box Training, LLC" and has taught in various parts of the country.

Course Description:

"High Rise operations for the Engine Company and Staffing level challenges" (This classroom session is recommended, but not required, for those taking "High Rise H.O.T. Evolutions with Ray McCormack and Bobby Magee").

This lecture will cover the basics about High Rise Fire firefighting.  It will discuss unique challenges when fighting a high Rise fire including standpipes, reducing valves, handline/nozzle selection, ventilation and other building design features that will challenge a FD on an incident.  We will also review previous High Rise fires and lessons learned for all of us when approaching these challenging low incident high risk operations.

Decisions Under Fire

Lead Instructor:  Engineer Ron Smith

Ron Smith is a 26-year veteran of the fire service, having served the last 18 years with the Gary, IN Fire Department. Ron has instructed at numerous fire conferences around the U.S. including FDIC and Firehouse Expo.

Course Description:

When faced with complex decisions that will determine a life or death outcome in a time compressed environment, a choice will be made, good or bad and we, as emergency responders will have to live with and possibly justify the actions that were taken.

Solving tough problems requires the ability to define the true problem, analyze the possible options, select the most feasible option and then implement it.  In this session we will discuss how humans make decisions and the benefits of each method.  Review the factors that affect the ability to make time compressed decisions and discuss past cases of good and bad choices on the fireground with input from the class.  The speaker will discuss past personal experiences in which critical decisions have made the difference between life and, unfortunately, death.

 

Ladder and Roof Operations: 8 Hour HOT Class

Lead Instructor: Captain Arthur Ashley

Arthur Ashley has been a firefighter since 1986. He has been with the City of Lexington, Kentucky for over 23 years, assigned to both engine and ladder companies. Arthur is a Captain assigned to Ladder Company 1 in downtown Lexington, the 34th busiest firehouse in the U.S. Arthur is a Kentucky Level II Instructor and is a Kentucky State Fire School instructor, an instructor with Lexington Fire Training Academy. Arthur travels throughout the state of Kentucky and around the country teaching hands on training sessions and speaking on leadership and crew management.

Captain Ashley is a co-creator and administrator of Truckie Talk, a social media based training page focused on passing along training tips and highlighting the rich tradition of the fire service. Arthur is also a promotional assessor, traveling to departments around the country assisting with their promotional processes.

Arthur’s strong belief in doing the right thing fuels his passion for the greatest job in the world.

Course Description:

The Students will learn everything from the basics to ladders to advanced techniques to throwing ladders in the most proficient ways.  Knowing how ladders work and what can be done with them from bridging gaps, below grade ops, balcony and fire escape issues, window rescue, using the ladder to remove patients or firefighters in many different situations.  They will learn the “click” method which will make them more streamlined in sizing up for the right ladder and how to use it to their and the possible victims advantage.  Ladders are becoming a lost art in parts of the country so let us keep it alive in Maryland at all fires and incidents. 

This class will go over the tools and techniques for venting flat and pitched roofs.  It will make the student realize that there is more to just cutting the roof.  In 4 hours, flat roofs will be discussed and cut, low pitch roofs and steep pitch roofs, and ideas for unusual obstacles.  How to get the tools to the roof with minimum manpower and cuts that will help in those conditions.  The importance of knowing your tools and their limitations along with how to take care of them will be emphasized as well.  Also, the students will be shown what to look for and what information is vital when making the roof.

Commander’s Intent: Coordinated Actions for Mission Success

Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief Sid Newby

Sid Newby is a battalion chief and 35-year veteran of the Wichita (KS) Fire Department. He has held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the Operations Division. He is a Kansas State and nationally certified fire service officer and instructor. He has an associate degree in fire science and a BA degree in education from Wichita State University. He lectures nationally on various fire/ rescue topics. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Course Description:

The focus of this class is to illustrate the importance of a commander’s expectation on emergency scenes. The main purpose of the intent is to provide a framework for Company Officers to act. Fire companies are the linchpins to a successful emergency scene operation. The importance of synchronized small unit tactics following the commander’s intent is critical to a successful mission on an emergency scene. Every emergency operation outcome is the result of many small unit outcomes. The key is for each small tactical unit (engine & truck companies) to perform in a predictable way. If one small unit fails to perform their task the whole operation could have a negative end result and change the strategy of the commander. The application of this information is to provide proven basics for fire officers to be successful during emergency operations through interactive discussions and video demonstration.

Learning Objectives: Students investing fully in this course will be able to identify tenets and utilize training tools to assist in equipping themselves and their crews to complete their mission. To learn to attain mastery of this topic using the system of Planning, Preparation, and Execution.

 

Methodology: An introduction into the thought process for fireground commander's communicating intent and imparting presence with fire companies under their command. The presentation will be divided into sections that form the basis of communicating intent and imparting presence to company officers.

 

I feel strongly that this is an important topic for the fire service. In the majority of LODD events a lack of command was cited (NIOSH 5). This presentation delivers a system for incident commanders to use to be better prepared for the fireground. I am a 35-year veteran of the fire service. I have come up through the ranks and have developed this system over the years to be better prepared for time compressed situations.

  

High Rise Operations for the Engine Company and Staffing Level Challenges

Lead Instructor:  Lieutenant Ray McCormack

Ray McCormack is a Lieutenant and 30 plus year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He is the co-publisher and editor of Urban Firefighter magazine. Lt. McCormack has been a Hands-On-Training instructor, Keynote Speaker and Fire Service Educator at many venues around the country. He is lead instructor for Urban Essential H.O.T. and is the author of Tactical Safety, a weekly safety column.

Course Description:

High Rise Basics for the Engine Company and staffing level challenges. 

The Student will learn basic standpipe operations and the limitations these systems can have (height, debris, reducing valves).
The Student will learn how to overcome a failed standpipe system.
The student will participate in flow and stream testing on the roof of a High Rise building learning nozzle and line limitations.
The Student will learn how to prepare high rise packs.
The student will learn how to estimate a stretch in a high rise. 
The student will learn how to deploy the packs both to the room door or in the stairwells and how to determine which way in Hallways in a couple of high Rise buildings in Ocean City.
The Student will deploy a 2 1/2" with a working length of 2" in a hallway and room built in a parking garage simulating a residential high rise fire attack scenario.  

 

Engine Company Basics

Lead Instructor:  Lieutenant Ray McCormack

Ray McCormack is a Lieutenant and 30 plus year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He is the co-publisher and editor of Urban Firefighter magazine. Lt. McCormack has been a Hands-On-Training instructor, Keynote Speaker and Fire Service Educator at many venues around the country. He is lead instructor for Urban Essential H.O.T. and is the author of Tactical Safety, a weekly safety column.

Course Description:


Ray McCormack uses his experience to teach different methods for basics of the Engine company.  How to estimate stretches, how to add line, well stretches and many other techniques to hopefully make us a little quicker getting to the seat of the fire.  Ray will discuss nozzles, hose loads and line size to maximize an Engine Company's success.  He will focus on getting the right amount, at the right time with the right technique to take care of the fire, protect any victims and keep our firefighter's safe

 

 

R.I.T. Essentials

Lead Instructor: Captain Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory has over 30 years of firefighting experience. He currently serves as a Captain in the FDNY assigned to Tower Ladder 142. Previously, he served as a Lieutenant in Tower Ladder 111 (The Nuthouse Truck) and as a Firefighter in Brooklyn’s Rescue 2 and Ladder 132(The Eye of the Storm). Mark instructs for the FDNY Academy in the Annual Education Day and Flashover Training programs. He also instructs at the Suffolk County Fire Academy and is the Lead Instructor for FDIC’s HOT Program “Man vs. Machinery” which is taught by P.L. Vulcan Fire Training Concepts LLC.

 

Course Description: 

Rapid Intervention is a concept that is overcomplicated by many. The mission is quite clear, locate the downed firefighter, package them and GET THEM OUT! Time is of the essence and a cache of tools will not always be available. Our Rapid Intervention Program teaches skills requiring "bare bones equipment". In other words, using the tools you will most likely have in your hand when the situation goes down.  Learn from Instructors that have been involved in actual Firefighter Removals and have helped to establish successful R.I.T. Programs which techniques can help expedite the removal of a firefighter in need of assistance. This class will cover various drags, carries, high point rescue, and airway management of a downed firefighter.

 

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Fire Service

 

Lead Instructor: Captain Mark Gregory

 

Mark Gregory has over 30 years of firefighting experience. He currently serves as a Captain in the FDNY assigned to Tower Ladder 142. Previously, he served as a Lieutenant in Tower Ladder 111 (The Nuthouse Truck) and as a Firefighter in Brooklyn’s Rescue 2 and Ladder 132(The Eye of the Storm). Mark instructs for the FDNY Academy in the Annual Education Day and Flashover Training programs. He also instructs at the Suffolk County Fire Academy and is the Lead Instructor for FDIC’s HOT Program “Man vs. Machinery” which is taught by P.L. Vulcan Fire Training Concepts LLC.

 

Course Description: 

Today’s fire service is an ever-changing profession. Recently, many studies have been done on firefighting tactics that are producing hard to swallow changes and catchy phrases like “hitting it hard from the yard.” and “beware of the flow path”. One must ask themselves “are we re-inventing the wheel or do we really need to better understand our trade.”

This program will discuss today’s fireground and how we need to understand our enemy to achieve success. Modern building hazards and fire dynamics will be discussed as well tactical considerations such as search, VEIS, and ventilation. The importance of proper wearing of PPE and a discussion on the increase of maydays in the fire service will close out our presentation. An emphasis on “The 10 Minute Drill” will be promoted to better train today’s firefighter with a simplistic yet effective approach. This is a must attend program that will be valuable to all ranks from probie to chief of department.

 

 

Suicide Awareness for Emergency Responders

 

Lead Instructor:  Captain David Black

 

David Black is certified in mental health first aid, SAFE Talk, and Assist Training. He is involved with the Wicomico County CIT team and has taught several classes on suicide awareness. He is a veteran of the US Army and is a captain in Salisbury Fire Department. He has many years of experience in emergency services.

Course Description: 

Suicide, both in the general population and in the emergency services, is an increasing problem. We as first responders, both to civilians and each other, need to be able to recognize the signs of danger. This is important not just for the communities we serve, but for our colleagues.

This class is MIEMSS-certified for 2 hours of continuing education.

 

Autism Awareness

 

Lead Instructor:  Mr. Scott Fowler

 

Scott Fowler has worked in public education for over two decades, serving as teacher, lead teacher, assistant principal, principal and in a central office capacity. He is a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. He has provided training for teacher/educators, the hospitality industry, law enforcement officers (including the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office), and other enterprises that benefit from autism awareness.

He is co-founder of the Autism Outreach Network. He is the parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, so has much personal information to give.

He is widely known as a lecturer and instructor on autism awareness. He has taught classes in a wide variety of venues, including the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Dept.

He presented this class three years ago at Berlin VFC as part of the EMS continuing education in Worcester County; it was one of the best-received classes held.

Course Description: 

One out of 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). EMS providers are generally not trained in awareness of autism, nor how to interact with and treat the autistic patient. Scott Fowler will give general guidelines on how to recognize autistic patients and how to treat them.

This is a very interesting and informative class. Mr. Fowler is speaking from his own personal experience of his son who is on the autism spectrum, as well as from his research into the disorder.

This class is MIEMSS-certified for 2 hours of continuing education.

 

 

Hip Boots to Bunkers, Recliners to Rowers-The Motivation to be Fit in the Fire Service

Lead Instructor: Lt. Robert Piparo

Robert “Pip” Piparo is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department in New Jersey and is the Director of 555 Fitness, a firefighter operated not for profit, who’s main mission is to reduce line of duty deaths within the fire service.  Pip’s role with 555 fitness has given him a vast amount of experience when it comes to motivating and assisting firefighters in regards to several different functional fitness topics.  Pip holds a Crossfit Level 1 certification, is a State of New Jersey Level 1 Fire Instructor and a National Registry Paramedic.

Course Description:

Change is a hard pill to swallow and in the emergency services field, it seems to be even harder to swallow.  When it comes to emergency responder health and wellness, the resistance to change is obvious.  However, one motivated individual can make a huge difference.  This program will explore the current change that is taking place regarding physical fitness.  It will also provide the attendees with solutions to common roadblocks as well as tools to aid in implementing a cultural change within their own department and the motivation to lead the change.

The Kitchen Table

 

Panelists:  Battalion Chief Sid Newby, Past Assistant Chief Skip Carey, Lieutenant Greg Dypsky, Chief Trevor Steedman

 

Sid Newby is a battalion chief and 35-year veteran of the Wichita (KS) Fire Department. He has held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the Operations Division. He is a Kansas State and nationally certified fire service officer and instructor. He has an associate degree in fire science and a BA degree in education from Wichita State University. He lectures nationally on various fire/ rescue topics. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Skip Carey is in his 51st active year in the fire service, with 24 of those as a career paramedic/firefighter. He has been a volunteer firefighter in all of those years.  He has held the ranks of engine lieutenant, truck captain, assistant chief, training captain.  For 10½ years, he was a tactical medic on the Worcester County (MD) SWAT team.  In addition to being training captain for the volunteers of Ocean City Fire Department, he was assigned to the department’s bomb squad.  He was an instructor for the University of MD Fire and Rescue Institute for 20 years. He also taught in the paramedic program for Anne Arundel Community College (MD), Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, MD) and Ocean City Fire Dept.  Over the years, he has received numerous awards for heroism and service, including the Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award.

Greg Dypsky is a recently retired Lieutenant from Rescue Company 2 of the Washington DC Fire Department, after 31 years of service. He is known by the nicknames "Dyp" or "The Dipper." At his retirement celebration, the speaker opened with “Dyp is one of the best of the best in the DC Fire Department, he is a fireman’s fireman.”  A native of Ocean City, Greg's interest in firefighting began at an early age with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company where his father, Clifford Dypsky, is a member and past president. Greg started running calls as a Fire Cadet when he was 14 years old.  He left Ocean City in 1983 to pursue his dream of being a career firefighter. However, he never stopped volunteering. He has been a member of several volunteer fire departments around Washington, DC including Rockville, Kentland and Waldorf throughout his fire service career.  He is currently an active member at Waldorf VFD and Ocean City VFC.  When Bryan Records, Assistant Chief of the Salisbury Fire Dept. was asked to describe Greg, Bryan said “He is very much like me, he eats, sleeps and breathes the fire department 24-7. Greg is always ready to go and up for any task - fire, ladders, rescue, you name it, he’s always prepared. He is on my top 10 All Star Fire Team.”  Even though most of his career was focused on Technical Rescue, Greg is trained in all aspects of firefighting.  He has received three medals of valor along with numerous awards and citations over his career. His most recent was being named the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company 2016 Firefighter of the Year.

Trevor Steedman is a 30-year veteran of the Fire Service and is the Chief of the Palm Beach Shore​s Fire Department in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Trevor began his Fire Service career with the Ocean City (MD) Fire Department in 1988 after joining the Department as a Cadet in 1987.  He has been a career fire officer since 1999, serving as the Commander in several roles and capacities including Special Operations, the Office of Training, Health & Safety, and City-Wide Operations. He retired as a Captain from the Ocean City (MD) Fire Department in 2016.  Chief Steedman is a principal member on the NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment and has been a Senior Instructor with the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute since 1995.   His instructional background also includes several National, State and Regional training conferences including FDIC International.  Trevor has been published in Fire Engineering magazine and other trade media and is the Owner of Strike the Box Training, LLC.  Chief Steedman earned a Bachelor of Science degree Fire Science from the University of Maryland and is currently in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He is the Past President of the Ocean City FOOLS (Alpha Chapter) of FOOLS International.

 

Course Description:

 

Information sharing from Fire Service Veterans: This session will include fire service leaders sharing information on current fire service topics and how it will affect our service in the future. It will provide interactive discussions to assist fire service members on how and why we do the things we do.