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2024 - 54th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Coeur d'Alene

Schedule of Events

Please Note: This schedule is in draft form and subject to change

Speaker Details & Bios

April 25-28, 2024

2:00 pm                      Mike Sheets Memorial Golf Tournament - Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course
Modified shotgun start. Group tee times begin at 2:00 pm.

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9:30 am

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

6:00 pm

7:00 am-8:00 am

8:00 am-8:30 am

8:30 am-10:15 am

10:15 am-10:45 am

10:45 am-12:15 pm

Keynotes Sponsor

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12:15 pm-1:30 pm

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

3:30 pm-4:15 pm

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4:15 pm-5:15 pm

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

7:30 am-8:30 am

8:30 am-10:00 am

10:00 am-10:30 am

10:30 am-12:00 pm

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12:00 pm-1:00 pm

1:00 pm

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Keynotes Sponsor

2:30 pm-2:45 pm
2:45 pm-3:45 pm

3:45 pm-5:15 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

8:00 am-10:00 am

event details

Thursday, April 25

Chiefs Roundtable - Resort Convention Center Bay 2

All Teams Hazmat Meeting - Resort Convention Center Bay 2 - One Day Registration is Available for this meeting>>

Mike Sheets Memorial Golf Tournament - Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course
Modified shotgun start. Group tee time assignments begin at 1:00 pm.
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Tradeshow Vendor and Apparatus Setup – Resort Convention Center Bays 3-6, City Parking Lot
Vendor setup will be open until 10:00 pm in the Convention Center

Friday, April 26                
Continental Breakfast w/Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6 - Sponsored by Datec/Panasonic  

Welcome and Opening Ceremonies - Convention Center Bay 2

Flag Ceremony and Pipe and Drums and Color Guard - Coeur d'Alene Fire Department

National Anthem by Phil Mabbitt, Apparatus Equipment & Service

Welcome to Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene Fire Chief Tom Greif, Mayor Jim Hammond

IFCA President Kirk Carpenter

State and Federal Agency Reports 

-Idaho Department of Lands - Scott Hayes

-Office of Emergency Management - Brad Richy

-Idaho State Fire Marshal - Knute Sandahl

-EMS/EMSAC Update - Shawn Rayne

-FST - Brad Terry

-Idaho Office of Information Technology Services - Ali Scott

Break with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

Opening General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Today and Tomorrow with Firefighter PPE, Health, and Safety. Where We are with Standards, Research, Innovative Solutions, and Experience with Firefighter Turnouts - Michael Duyck, Fire Chief (Ret.), President, Emergency Technical Decon; and Jeffrey Stull, President, International Personnel Protection, Inc. 

NFPA 1850, the proposed new consolidated standard will combine fire department selection, care, and maintenance requirements for turnout gear (NFPA 1851) and SCBA (NFPA 1852) into one document. As part of the consolidation, each existing standard is recognizing emerging cleaning and decontamination technologies and best practices that can be applied to the range of structural firefighting protective ensemble elements. Research undertaken by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) in its continued mission for defining “How Clean is Clean” has undertaken research to support the validation of various cleaning and decontamination approaches that will offer the fire service various options for reducing contamination risks to firefighters, if the adopted as part of the new, next edition of NFPA 1850. This presentation will review the findings of the FPRF investigation and indicate how this research will be transitioned into practice for the fire service through its proposed integration within NFPA 1850.

The fire service has also been evolving its ability to more effectively decontaminate firefighter turnout gear. With major fire research institutions unveiling the truth about what works and what doesn't in cleaning turnout gear, this presentation will describe the innovative technology of liquid CO2 for decontamination of turnout gear. The laboratory results on liquid CO2 decontamination cover all fire ground hazards and has been expanded to include PFAS exposure, lithium-ion fire decomposition products, and many other contamination issues that firefighters face. The results of liquid CO2 in the laboratory and the fire house respresents a significant advancement in cleaning capabilities for the fire service and its firefighters. 

Lunch with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6 - Sponsored by WHA Insurance

Networking with Vendors in Tradeshow - Convention Center Bays 3-6

Division Breakouts - All Chiefs Welcome and Encouraged to Participate

-EMS - Convention Center Bay 1A
-FPO - Convention Center Bay 1B

-Training - Convention Center Bay 2

Break with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Wildland Fire in Idaho and Beyond - Chief Mike Maltaverne, Teton County Fire and Rescue, Western Fire Chiefs Association Wildfire Policy Committee and Amber Hunsaker, Fire Business Program Manager, Idaho Department of Lands, "New ICMA Review"; Kelly Martin, President, International Association of Wildland Fire, "Congressional Report on the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission"; Chief Mark Niemeyer, Boise Fire Department and President, Western Fire Chiefs Association, "Governor's Emergency Response Workgroup Final Recommendations"; and Craig Glazier, US Forest Service and Jeremy Sisneros, Bureau of Land Management, "Outlook for 2024 Wildfire Season".

Wildfire in Idaho and throughout the West continues to be a significant risk to the economy, the safety of our communities, and the environment. Several key initiatives have occurred over the past 12 months- come prepared to learn what’s happening in Idaho and beyond.

Changes Coming to NFIRS - What Every Fire Chief Needs to Know – Chief Mark Niemeyer, Boise Fire Department; Joanna Zibbell, Fire Technology Manager, City of Boise; Ali Scott from NextGen 911.  This session will cover the change from NFIRS to NERIS including timelines and expectations.  We will also discuss the State of Idaho NG911 Initative.

The new National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS) platform will modernize and transform the legacy data system, known as the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), to a secure, cloud-hosted system that fulfills the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) National Fire Data Center's (NFDC's) obligation under the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-498) to mitigate the fire problem, reduce loss of life and property, and educate the public on fire safety, prevention and protection.  NERIS will be the premier source of all-hazards information and innovative analytics informing the nation's fire problem and the capabilities of state, local, territorial and tribal fire services' resource capacities and capabilities to handle the problem effectively, efficiently and safely. The NERIS platform, using data procured, captured, aggregated and analyzed, will provide near real-time information on the overall scope of fire and emergency incidents across the U.S. and timely insights on significant or remarkable fire, hostile and disaster events.

In a strategic collaboration, ITS (Idaho Office of Emergency  Technology Services) has teamed up with the Office of Emergency Management to bolster public safety and elevate our state’s emergency response capabilities.

ITS has been recognized for its work with cities and counties to prepare GIS data for the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911). NG911 is the initiative aimed at updating the 911 service infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada to improve public emergency services in a growing wireless mobile society.  At the heart of this partnership is the enhancement of Geographic Information System (GIS) data, a critical component in the transition to NG911 services. With our dedicated efforts, we’re ensuring that emergency responders have access to accurate and up-to-date geographical data, enabling them to pinpoint locations swiftly during crises.

Networking Dinner with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6
Sponsored by Hughes Fire/ Emergency Technical Tecon

7:00 pm - Trosky-Johnson Scholarship Auction - Auction Viewing Starts - Convention Center Bay 2
Preview auction items online at  Items will be displayed in Bay 2 prior to the Auction.  Live Auction begins at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, April 27

Breakfast Buffet with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6 - Sponsored by Graham Fire  

Annual Business Meeting - Convention Center Bay 2

-Call to Order - President Kirk Carpenter

-State of the Association - President Kirk Carpenter

-Financial Report & 2023 Meeting Minutes - Vice-President Garrett de Jong

-District Report Highlights-

-New Member Introductions (District Directors & President Carpenter)- Pinning and Challenge Coin Ceremony

-Election Results and Announcement of 2024 Officers and Directors

-Other Business - Fallen Firefighters Foundation Presentation

Break with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Scott Welch, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Battalion Chief Mark Anderson, Bellevue Fire Department, Stronger Families - "Bridging the Gap: Mitigating the Stress in First Responder Relationships".   Stress is a normal part of being a First Responder. Although not all First Responders experience PTSD, those without proper coping tools are vulnerable to damaging relationships. Bridging the gap between managing job stress and using effective communication skills with colleagues and loved ones is crucial for a First Responder's well-being. In this session we will be covering how to…

• Understand the barriers to communication that most First Responders deal with in their relationships

• Listen with empathy with the sole intent of understanding what your co-worker or partner is feeling

• Discuss difficult topics in any relationship using the Empathetic Communication framework that is proven to create a safe environment to share.

Lunch with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6 - Sponsored by Zions Public Finance  

Tradeshow Vendor Teardown

General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Scott Welch and Mark Anderson, Stronger Families - "Peer Support Team - Leading From Your Strengths".  Participants will be able to utilize concepts learned in this wellness block training to understand how to use their personal strengths to discover ways to empower their teams through a unique personalized report.  

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:

Learning Objective #1: Be able to identify your top three personal strengths; Learning Objective #2: Be able to identify how different people communicate and leverage these differences; Learning Objective #3: Recognize a framework to deal with tension and conflict in their workplace.

Beverage Break - Convention Center Foyer

General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Best Practices: Recruitment and Retention Strategies - Chief Steven Hull, Cascade Rural Fire Protection District, Moderator; Chief Curt Christensen, Emmett Fire Department; Chief Garrett de Jong, McCall Fire Protection District; Chief Juan Bonilla, Donnelly Fire Protection District; and Chief Doug Buys, Meadows Valley Fire Protection District; Chief Kirk Carpenter, Nampa Fire Protection District.    This is a panel discussion focused on leadership, inclusion and creating an ambassadorship as it pertains to recruitment and retention of an exemplary staff.

    General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

    Rob Hilvers, MD, Emergency Responders Health Center - "Health Maintenance for Leader Wellness & Longevity".  You take exceptional care of your department’s equipment to keep it running reliably. Learn more about strategies to best maintain another one of your department’s most vital assets – yourself.  As tactical athletes, firefighters work hard to achieve high levels of functional fitness.  But in answering the call, they also place themselves at elevated risk not only for injury, but for chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease and cancer, as well as potentially sidelining mental health conditions. Leadership duties add another layer to the fire service profession’s inherent stressors.  Join Rob Hilvers, MD, to better understand these duty-related risk factors and how to better mitigate them, to continue to perform at your peak and enjoy optimal quality of life and longevity, both on- and off-duty.  Dr. Hilvers will introduce an “owner’s manual” for your health, from metabolic health to sex hormones to emotional well-being. Explore the current science of disease prevention and longevity; strategies to reduce health risks through optimal nutrition, strength and fitness, restorative sleep, and other lifestyle factors; pro-active screening for the early detection and treatment of diseases prevalent among firefighters; and effective therapies for a positive mental outlook in the face of compounded stressors and trauma.

    Rob Hilvers, MD, is the founder of Emergency Responders Health Center (ERHC). Based in Boise, Idaho, ERHC has offered highly specialized, occupationally-informed care of firefighters and allied emergency response professionals for two decades.

    Installation Reception  - Casco/Kidd/North Cape

    Installation & Awards Chuckwagon Celebration - Casco/Kidd/North Cape
    Sponsored by III-A

    Dust off your Stetson and Shine up your Ropers, We're having a Cowboy Chuckwagon Celebration!  Attire is All Cowboy and the fun is All Idaho Fire Chiefs!   Whether your style is Country, Western, Farmer or Mark Niemeyer, Basically anything goes but mosey your way into a two-step outfit and help us close out this year's conference in Western Style!

    Sunday, April 28

    Networking, Coffee bar & Light Breakfast  - Casco/Kidd/North Cape
    Say your final goodbyes with a quick cup of coffee, fresh fruit smoothie and a breakfast pastry.  

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