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51st Annual Conference – Schedule of Events

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

Thursday, April 2 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

8:00 am Registration Opens - Convention Center Foyer

9:30 am-12:15 pm            Chiefs' Edge - Executive Leadership Session Sponsored by iiiA
*Register to attend (no charge but pre-registration requested)

This session will focus on the challenges Fire Chiefs face today. Whether you’re a volunteer Fire Chief or a paid Fire Chief in a large organization, the daily pressures are not decreasing. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer will lead discussions on the Fire Chief leading a multi-generation fire service into the future. Be ready to have foundational beliefs assumptions challenged. We will also discuss a Chief Officer’s moral responsibility to lead his or her organization. Several case studies will be presented to emphasize the challenging world the Fire Chief must navigate.

10:00 am-5:00 pm            Vendor Setup, Apparatus Parking – Bay 3-6, 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 Here

6:00 p.m.             Vendor Tradeshow Setup Begins, Bays 3-6, Coeur d'Alene Resort Convention Center

7:00 p.m.       Tactics On Tap - Social Networking, Sharing Success from the Firehouse to the Fireground - iChief Department Personnel

This informal 1 hour moderated session for Chiefs and other Department Personnel Attending will feature panel members from across the spectrum of the fire service. While enjoying your favorite beverage bring your challenges, big or small, volunteer to paid, for a good discussion around common fire service challenges. This is a great time to hear how others have solved the challenges you may be facing. 

8:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own - Pick up a list of nearby restaurants/menus at Registration

Friday, April 3 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

7:00 am-8:00 am              Vendor Networking, Coffee and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-10:15 am            Opening Ceremonies; Welcome and Review of Conference Agenda: Travis Myklebust, President       

Opening Keynote Sponsored by  

      Gordon Graham, Co-Founder, Lexipol, "7 Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover"

Admiral Hyman Rickover is known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.” This portion of the U.S. Navy has a reputation for excellence as well as a phenomenal safety and reliability record. Admiral Rickover developed some “rules for success” in dealing with the risks he faced in working with “nuclear” power. How do these rules apply to you in your organization? A funny yet information packed program that applies to any risk centric organization. 

10:45 am-11:45 am         State and Federal Agency & Affiliated Agency Reports 

·         Idaho State Fire Marshal 

·         Idaho Department of Lands 

·         Bureau of EMS/EMSAC

·         FST

·         Office of Emergency Management 

·         Western Fire Chiefs Association - President Jeff Tucker

12:00 pm-1:15 pm           Lunch and Learn with State and Federal Agency & Affiliated Agency Representatives Roundtable Lunch Session

1:15 pm-3:30 pm             Division Breakouts - Agendas to follow soon

                                                · Volunteer – (Larry Naccarato, Fire Chief, St. Maries Fire Protection District, Volunteer Division President)
                                                · EMS – (Steve Isaacson, EMS Division Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, EMS Division President)                                                                                              · FPO – (Joe Bongiorno, Deputy Chief Fire Prevention, Meridian Fire Department, FPO Division President)                                                                                    · Training – (Bill Deruyter, Deputy Chief, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, Training Division President)                  

3:45 pm-5:15 pm              General Session Sponsored by  

Alex Boyd, Assistant Fire Chief, Anchorage Fire Department, "Sled Dog Leadership - Leadership Lessons from the Trail"

The core of "Sled Dog Leadership" is within the behaviors that get the most successful teams to the end of the trail safely. Sled Dog Leadership requires deft application of team selection, development, training, relationship building, discipline, conflict management and team care to find the trail to success.

We in the Fire Service can use these inspirational lessons and lead within our own teams to create a healthy culture of “Sled Dogs” pulling for company and organizational success.

The objective of this presentation is to inspire the participant to envision their team analogous to the dog-team. Team leaders will be asked to consider challenges they face within their own situation and reflect on the actions of successful long-distance mushers. By placing themselves outside their department and the rails of the sled it may help shift perspectives and see their team in a different light.

Alex Boyd currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Fire Programs for the Anchorage Fire Department. Alex has over 21 years with the Anchorage Fire Department and over 25 years in the fire service. Alex started as a firefighter in early 1995 and has subsequently held every rank up to his current position of Assistant Chief, he has also been involved in all aspects of department operations including special teams and community risk reduction. 

5:30 pm-8:00 pm             Dinner Cruise w/Vendors Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment
Mish-an-Nock Cruise Boat, Lake Coeur d'Alene 
Boarding via Boardwalk adjacent to the Resort - Must be registered WITH BADGE to board

Saturday, April 4 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

7:00 am-1:00 pm             Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 am      Breakfast Buffet with Vendors 

8:30 am      Business Meeting 

-Call to Order - President Travis Myklebust

-State of the Association - President Myklebust

-Financial Report & 2019 Meeting Minutes - Vice-President of Operations Rusty Coffelt

-District Report Highlights

-New Member Introductions & Challenge Coin/Pinning Ceremony (District Directors & President Myklebust)

-Other Business


10:00 am       WFCA Group Purchasing Introduction - Crosby Grindle, Sourcewell

10:30 am                            Break with Vendors 

11:00 am-12:00 pm     General Session Sponsored by  

Representatives from Eastern Oregon University & College of Western Idaho, "Understanding Higher Education Opportunities in Idaho"

12:00 pm-1:00 pm           Lunch Buffet with Vendors Sponsored by Graham Fire 

Giveaways - Must be present to win

1:00 pm                              Vendor Teardown

1:00 pm-2:00 pm              Breakout Sessions

-1. "Success Strategies for Getting a Bond Approved" - Fire Chief Greg Timinsky, Star Fire Department.  The Star Fire Department not only found a unique way to utilize and existing community building, they also successfully passed a bond at a pass rate not seen in recent history.

-2. "Building Team We - Developing a Respect Model" - Fire Chief Travis Myklebust, Lewiston Fire Department.  The RESPECT Model, "building team we" will discuss the elements that make up an effective and efficient team. Students will learn the traits of great people, how to improve listening skills and will be able to establish a team we approach through RESPECT.

    2:15 pm-3:15 pm              General Session

    Charlie Butterfield, Deputy Fire Chief, Meridian Fire Department, "Carcinogen Reduction in Idaho - Discussing Best Practices"

    3:30 pm-5:00 pm              General Session Sponsored by  

    6:30 pm   Installation Reception & Class A/Business Portraits – Hagadone Events Center

    7:30 pm   Installation Banquet – Hagadone Events Center - Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment

    Sunday, April 5  - Coeur d'Alene Resort     

    8:00 am-10:30 am            Chiefs Breakfast, Chiefs Roundtable Sponsored by iiiA

    Final Wrapup and Giveaways Must Be Present To Win

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