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IDAHO FIRE CHIEF’S ASSOCIATION
2024 - 54th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Coeur d'Alene

Preliminary Schedule of Events

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

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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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10:15 am-10:45 am

10:45 am-12:15 pm




12:15 pm-1:30 pm
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10:00 am-10:30 am

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12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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2:30 pm-2:45 pm

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3:45 pm-5:15 pm










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8:00 am-11:45 am


event details

Thursday, April 25

Chiefs Roundtable - Resort Convention Center Bay 2

All Teams Hazmat Meeting - Resort Convention Center Bay 4 - 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 with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

Welcome and Opening Ceremonies - Convention Center Bay 2

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

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 Scot

Break with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

Opening General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Michael Duyck, Fire Chief (Ret.), President, Emergency Technical Decon - Research and Solutions For Lowering Cancer Incidence in the Fire Service

Lunch with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6
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 2

-Training - Convention Center Bay 1B

Break with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

General Session - Convention Center Bay 2

Wildland Fire in Idaho and Beyond - Chief Mark Niemeyer, Boise Fire Department; Chief Mike Maltaverne, Teton County Fire and Rescue, Western Fire Chiefs Association Wildfire Policy Committee; an Kelly Martin, President, International Association of Wildland Fire (invited).   This important discussion will cover the new ICMA (Idaho Cooperative Mobilization Agreement), the Governor's Wildfire Taskforce, Western Fire Chiefs Association's Wildfire Policy work, and the Congressional Wildfire Report/Initiative.  

Wildfire affects almost every fire department in Idaho. From local response, to State-wide planning efforts, to broader response outside of Idaho- all having a connection to the recently published Bi-Partisan Congressional report on wildfire. Each of these topics will be covered by a panel of presenters. Join us as we continue to evolve wildfire response in Idaho.

Break - 

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; TBD 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 Reception with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

Trosky-Johnson Scholarship Auction - Conventer Center Bay 2


Saturday, April 27

Breakfast Buffet with Vendors - Convention Center Bays 3-6

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

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

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; Chief Curt Christensen, Emmett Fire Department; Chief Garrett de Jong, McCall Fire Protection District.

    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

    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!  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  - Casco/Kidd/North Cape

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