July 10, 2019 – July 13, 2019, All Day
Pflugerville Fire Department Conference and Education Center – 203 East Pecan Street , Pflugerville, TX
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The 2019 High School Fire & EMS Cadet Program Symposium will empower cadet programs with the tools and information they need to maximize their learning outcomes
High school cadet programs introduce teens to the hazards of firefighting, provide a consistent stream of trained volunteer candidates, and allow individuals to evaluate firefighting as a potential career. Understanding the key role these programs play in our communities, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) hosted a meeting of educators and leaders from Fire and EMS high school academies, state training networks, and national fire service organizations to identify ways to strengthen these programs.
Join us in Pflugerville, Texas, for the first event of its kind, where cadet program managers can network, exchange knowledge and best practices, and seek assistance with challenges. The 2019 High School Fire & EMS Cadet Program Symposium, hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, will feature speakers, educational sessions, round table and panel discussions, and networking. Group discussions will focus on future trends such as defining mechanisms for working collaboratively, and the potential development of national-level consensus standards. Understanding of contemporary learning styles and use of modern teaching methodologies, including online training, social media, and hybrid learning, will be also highlighted.
For more information about the 2019 High School Fire & EMS
Cadet Program Symposium, please contact Tricia Sanborn.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Please come join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, presenters, sponsors, local partners, and fellow attendees as we kick off two days of learning and sharing!
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Welcome by Chief John B. Tippett, Jr.
Ocala Florida Fire Chief Shane Alexander will open events, kicking off what we anticipate will be two productive days of learning, sharing, and networking. Many of the lessons learned from within the Florida state system can be directly applied to improve your program’s outcomes.
Reaching Today’s Learner
“Generation Z” students learn in different ways from their predecessors. This presentation will provide an overview of contemporary learning styles and modern teaching methodologies to better focus your program to reach these students. Use of online training, social media, and hybrid pedagogies will be highlighted.
Coaching, Mentoring, and Leadership
Coaching, mentoring, and leadership are more than just buzz words – they are the keys to the success of your cadets and your program. Chiefs Ristow and McAfee, both nationally known speakers and trainers, share ways to develop your own skills, and to build opportunities into your program to foster tomorrow’s leaders.
Using Data to Drive Success
How does your program measure success? Our presenters will demonstrate the use of performance metrics to evaluate output, outcomes, and impact. This data can then be used to improve content, secure grants, and justify investment in high school cadet programs.
Sample Drills, Schedules, Experiences Round Table
Providing a breadth of hands-on student experiences is essential to reinforcing classroom learning. Leaders of successful programs share ways to focus these student experiences to maximize outcomes within your program.
- IFSTA Curricula
The IFSTA Essentials of Fire Fighting, 7th Edition is supported with Curriculum, a Companion app, an Inter-Active Course, Skills Videos, Student Workbook, and Exam Prep, to ensure teaching and learning success. This suite of products is ideal for cadets. Jim Morgan and Kelly Naas will demonstrate theses products and ResourceOne the IFSTA LMS. All curriculum is available at no cost to instructors to download on R1.
- Jones & Bartlett Curricula
The Public Safety Group of Jones & Bartlett Learning is the world’s leading provider of training and educational resources for fire service professionals and fire science students. Their curricula, including the BSA’s Fire & EMS Career Exploring, support hands-on programs for young men and women from the 6th grade to 20 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire or emergency services. Makenna Lane of Jones & Bartlett will provide an overview of their curricula for cadet level programs.
- Cloud-based Learning Systems for the High School Cadet Classroom
Cloud-based learning management systems offer such features as course building wizards, enabling you to build and update courses in real time. They also offer benefits that may include online lesson management, progress tracking, online certificate generation, and in-house social networks. The presenter will discuss evaluating the potential use of a cloud-based system in your program, including comparing the features of some of the most popular systems.
- UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Online Training and Resources
The new UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Learning Management System will allow students to freely access cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Instructors will have the ability to track each student’s progress as well as run training reports. Cadets will have a personal training dashboard that displays their completed or pending courses as well as allow them to look up previous certificates. At any time, a student’s progress, quiz grades, or time spent in a course will be accessible to the student and the instructor.
Friday, July 12, 2019
Everyone Goes Home® in High School Cadet Programs
High School Cadet programs are the ideal opportunity to introduce the Everyone Goes Home® and the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to future firefighters. Evidence tells us safe practices established early will serve our young men and women for a lifetime. NFFF staff members will explain how you can utilize free Everyone Goes Home® tools and resources within your program curriculum.
Overview of NFFF Training/Fire Hero Learning Network
The NFFF offers an extensive array of free and easily accessible training that can be integrated into cadet programs. This presentation will introduce the wide variety of programs available through the online Fire Hero Learning Network platform or as classroom trainings, which can be used to augment curricula and reinforce promoting culture of safety within the fire service.
Health Risks of Firefighting: On and Off the Fireground
This presentation will explore current health risks affecting firefighters with a focus on health characteristics (obesity, mental health, injury, cancer, and reproductive health) and health behaviors (sleep, substance use, and exercise). We will also discuss the implications of these on firefighters individually and the fire service as a whole with recommendations for changes in policy and practice.
- School Daze: Outside Problems in the Classroom
Myriad external factors impact the performance of high school students, including peer pressure, societal expectations, and familial responsibilities. Mr. Garcia, a high school principal, will discuss ways to “reduce the noise” and refocus students on learning. This class will also cover how to support at-risk youth to increase their rates of success within your program.
- Funding your Program
Staff, equipment, and program costs for cadet programs can be prohibitive, even when subsidized by the school district, fire department, or local government. Learn ways you and your students can raise money to support your program and build engagement among your community’s stakeholders.
- Building your Program Through Partnerships
Well-defined partnerships with your school district, community colleges, fire department, municipal government, and other organizations can reap benefits to all stakeholders. Learn what you need to know about the logistical, legal, and fiscal responsibilities of partnerships for your program.
- Internships, Recruitment, and Workforce Development
Cadet programs are proven tools for building a future workforce or volunteer roster; they are also effective at increasing diversity and gender representation within your organization. NVFC, IAFC, and local program leaders will discuss ways to maximize the outcomes of your program to increase the number of working responders in your region.
Guided Open Discussion
Charge to the Group…Continuing the Conversation
Please Register by May 31, 2019
Symposium Presenters & Panelists
Shane Alexander is the Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services for Ocala Fire Rescue, a Central Florida municipal department serving a population of 56,000.
Chief Alexander believes the work of the men and women of Ocala Fire Rescue to be crucial to the safety and stability of the community that he grew up in, lives in, and serves. The 25-year department veteran devotes his time to creating and cultivating strong community ties through recruitment and education. Aiming to develop a diversified, self-sufficient workforce, Shane became a certified educator and immersed himself into the Florida State Fire College, progressing from Adjunct Instructor to Firefighting Program Coordinator within four years. Establishing relationships with local high school principals on behalf of the firefighter employment community, Shane became the Firefighting Program Manager, a position which he has continued to hold for 15 years.
Using his unique combination skills and experiences as an educator, first responder and United States Navy veteran, Shane has developed impactful outreach and recruitment programs catering to both high school students and fellow veterans. He ensures that area fire departments obtain the most qualified personnel for every division, from operations to administration, by focusing on connecting employers and potential recruits.
Chief Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University, along with a multitude of certifications related to the Fire Service including Instructor 3, Live Fire Instructor, Firefighter 2, and Paramedic/EMT among others.
Michael J. Anderson
Michael Anderson began in the fire service in 1998 and has been employed with Travis County ESD #2- Pflugerville Fire Department since 2000. Michael currently holds the rank of battalion chief assigned as a shift commander. As a fire service instructor, he specializes in Incident Command and Driver-Operator classes. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science from Texas A&M University – Commerce and holds Instructor III and Fire Officer IV certifications.
Michael has been a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Courage to be Safe® instructor since the first Texas train-the-trainer class was held in 2007. He currently serves as a Regional Advocate covering FEMA Region 6. Michael previously served four years as the Western Advocate Manager managing the Everyone Goes Home® Advocate and training programs for FEMA regions 6 – 10.
Michael was an instructor within the Austin ISD Fire Academy program for 4 years, including instruction and program administration. At Pflugerville, he worked with the development of the Pflugerville ISD Fire Academy program. Michael currently resides in Hutto, Texas, outside of Austin. He and his wife Gena have two children, Jocelyn (10) and Luke (6). Michael continues to work hard in order to have a lasting impact on firefighter safety and the reduction of line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
John Barrett began his career 27 years ago as an Explorer with the Denver, Colorado Fire Department. Since 1999 he has held various roles in public safety including public safety cadet, 9-1-1 dispatcher, volunteer, paid-on-call and career firefighter. Now in his 17th year in the fire service, John currently serves as a Lieutenant in Community Outreach and Education Office and also runs the Fire Explorer Program with Plano (TX) Fire-Rescue. John began an effort to preserve lessons learned information from fire service line-of-duty deaths in 2008, founded the annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in 2011, and co-founded the Association of Memorial Stair Climbs in 2014. John is also the creator of Fire Service MENTOR, a Facebook page, website, and movement that strives to identify the essence and encourage the delivery of mentoring in the fire service. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Roger D. Bayne, Jr.
Roger Bayne began his career in 1991 at the age of 17, as a cadet for the Ontarioville (IL) Fire Protection District. By age 20, he graduated from EMT-basic and paramedic school and had become a paid-on-call firefighter/paramedic. Since 1997, he has worked as a career firefighter/paramedic and now serves as a Lieutenant for the Addison (IL) Fire Protection District #1 and runs the Addison Explorer Post #343. Roger has been instrumental in growing the Explorer program from six members in 2012 to an annual average of 35. Roger became involved with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 7 years ago by serving as co-chair of the Chicagoland Memorial Golf Tournament and Illinois LODD Survivors group.
Roger is a substitute instructor at Technology Center of DuPage for Fire Science and EMT-basic at the high school level. He has also served as a training instructor for the last 15 years in Addison.
Roger holds an Associate degree in Fire Science, along with numerous fire service industry certifications, including: Fire Officer 2, Instructor 2, Advanced Technician Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Tech B, Fire Department Safety Officer, Fire Investigator, and PADI SCUBA Diver.
Angela Bennett is the Instructional Design Manager for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. She supports the UL FSRI team by managing course content development, instructional design, and storyboard skills for online learning projects. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Emergency Health Services and Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is a 28-year veteran of the fire and emergency services with most of her service in Western Maryland. Before joining UL FSRI in February 2019, Angie spent over 28 years on the faculty at the University of Maryland, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). There, she most recently managed the Institute Development Section, which is responsible for the design and development of all MFRI programs.
Rick Best is a nationally recognized leader in firefighter health and safety. He has more than 20 years of experience in fire service training, program development, and public speaking, and currently serves as Everyone Goes Home® Advocate Program Manager for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In that role, Rick oversees a system of more than 100 advocates, who serve as volunteer trainers delivering programs throughout the United States to develop instructors for the Foundation’s Courage to Be Safe® and Leadership, Accountability, Culture, and Knowledge (LACK) courses.
Rick began his career as a volunteer firefighter and worked his way into a full-time position for the City of Westerville (OH) Division of Fire. A certified Fire Training Officer II, he is on staff as an instructor at Bowling Green State University, and previously spent 15 years on staff at the Ohio Fire Academy, a division of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Rick has been an invited presenter at Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and Fire-Rescue International, and multiple state, local, and regional fire service events. He is a member of the NFPA 1001-1002-1003-1005 and NFPA 1041 Technical Committees.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Neumann University, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Strategic & Organizational Leadership.
Cliff Brooks is a lifelong educator and emergency responder. He received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Austin College in 1993, and a master’s in Teaching from Austin College in 1995. Early in his career, he taught Honors and AP Biology, Life Science, and Physical Education in the Paris (TX) Independent School District. In the fall of 2000, he changed gears and was hired by the city of Paris Emergency Services as a Paramedic. After obtaining his Basic Structural Fire Certification in 2002, he transferred to the Colony (TX) Fire Department, where he worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic until July 2017. There, he also served as a Tactical Paramedic for The Colony Police Department, Commander for The Colony Fire Department Honor Guard, and Flight Paramedic for Air Evac Life Team from 2006-2009. Throughout this time, Cliff continued to teach, including EMT courses at Paris Junior College from 2000-2004 and National Registry Continuing Education for physicians, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals from 2009-2017 for Metrocrest Medical Services,
In August 2017, Cliff began his current position as Dual Credit Instructor for the El Centro College/Garland ISD/Garland Fire Department High School Fire Academy. This program offers high school and college credits in those areas, as well as Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certification for those cadets who complete the three-year program and pass subsequent state and national certification testing.
Cliff holds current certification as a Master Firefighter, Fire Service Instructor III (Master), Field Examiner, Driver Operator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Tactical Paramedic, National Registry Paramedic, EMS Instructor Texas Department of Health Paramedic Licensure, as well as a lifetime teaching certificate, with endorsements issued by the Texas Education Agency in Biology, Healthcare, Physical Education, and Industrial Trades. Since 2016, he has served on the Planning Committee for the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb as Memorial Director. Cliff lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.
Yvonne M. Feijoo has spent 16 years in the fire service, beginning her career as a Firefighter Paramedic, and currently serving as a Fire Inspector II, responsible for fire investigations, inspections, plans examination, and the coordination of Fire & Life Safety Education programs with Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue. She has experience as the department’s lead Public Information Officer (PIO) from 2009 through 2014 and remains a part of the city’s PIO group. As a special assignment, she is the city’s Emergency Management Municipal Liaison at the Broward County EOC during activations.
Yvonne holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University. During her fire service career, she has obtained many distinguished credentials from the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office including Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Live Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector II, and Fire Investigator II. Additionally, she holds many professional and community outreach instructor certifications from various organizations.
Yvonne participates in a variety of community outreach programs, forums, and special events. She is a representative of StopGasFires.org, a national campaign designed to prevent children and families from setting gasoline fires. She is also a representative of the United States Fire Administration on the NFPA Emergency Responders Forum. Throughout her career she has worked on developing innovative methods for delivering effective education and training in the Fire Service. For her efforts she has been recognized as the 2010 AWBA Firefighter of the Year and the 2018 State of Florida Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
Dan Garcia is currently the Principal of Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. Garcia has served as both an Assistant Principal and a Principal since coming to Pflugerville in 2000. Garcia graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and later earned a Master of Educational Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University. He was instrumental in leading the effort to establish a Fire and EMT academy in the Pflugerville Area.
Chris Hickman is a Fire Equipment Operator, Paramedic, and devoted public servant with over 20 years of experience as an instructor, youth mentor, and coach. Dedicating his time, talent, and treasure to cultivating a generation of community leaders, Chris provides physical training and guidance to Ocala, Florida area youth.
Despite a plethora of accolades, including awards as Martial Arts Instructor of the Year, an award of valor, and recognition as Firefighter of the Year in 2016, it is Hickman’s enthusiasm and drive which propel students and firefighters to excel in everything they do. These traits, coupled with a background as a paramedic instructor and a fire service degree positioned Chris an undeniable candidate to lead two of the department’s culture-shifting programs – the mentor, and peer fitness programs.
Currently, Hickman serves as coordinator for Ocala Fire Rescue’s Mentor, and Peer Fitness programs. As his experience showcases, Hickman’s commitment to service extends beyond the confines of the fire service, bridging gaps between age groups, backgrounds, and demographics to shape attitudes and mentalities during formative years.
Brittany Hollerbach, PhD
Dr. Hollerbach is a Project Coordinator at the Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., (NDRI). She recently received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. She works on studies being conducted by the Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research and the Center for Military and Veteran’s Health Research. Her current work focuses on firefighter health and a military PTSD clinical trial. Brittany has been working on both military and firefighter projects with NDRI since she started her Master’s degree. She has an interest in firefighter health in general and female firefighter health specifically, given her background as a former firefighter. She also has experience teaching at the fire academy and is well-connected to the fire service community in Kansas City. Dr. Hollerbach also has extensive experience working with military personnel through the ATHIS study, a cluster randomized clinical trial being conducted in the US Army by IBHR/NDRI and Kansas State University investigators.
Scott Kerwood, PhD
Dr. Scott Kerwood is a 30-year fire service veteran who currently serves as the fire chief of Hutto Fire Rescue in Hutto, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology – Fire Protection and Safety, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a doctorate in Public Policy Administration with Public Safety Management and Homeland Security Specializations. He is the Chair of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, represents the IAFC as the Principal Member on the NFPA 1500 Technical Committee on Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health, and holds the position of Past President of the Institute of Fire Engineers-United State of America (IFE-USA) Branch. Kerwood is also an Adjunct Instructor for Capella University in both their Doctoral and Master’s programs.
Makenna is a Florida Gulf Coast University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, from Norwood, Massachusetts and has been working with Jones and Bartlett’s Public Safety Group for 2 years. She started her career with the company as a Sales Administrator and transitioned into a Digital Account Manager. She works closely with education technology. Along with her passion for public safety, and education technology, she is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFire
Jacob McAfee is currently the Deputy Fire Chief for the North Central Fire Protection District in Fresno County, California. Jacob also serves as the Fresno City College Fire Academy Director. Jacob is a former DoD Fire Chief with 19 years of fire service experience, serving in every major division including Chief of Department. In addition, he serves as an instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute, the California State Fire Marshal, and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Chief McAfee is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the CPSE, a CFAI peer team accreditation assessor, and serves in the Institute of Fire Engineers, Member grade. Additionally, Chief McAfee is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors curriculum committee and is an Everyone Goes Home® Advocate and instructor for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; as an advocate. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and holds Master’s degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Management. Jacob is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Safety w/ a specialization in Emergency Management with Capella University.
Jim Morgan currently works for IFSTA/Fire Protection Publications as a Training Specialist/Sales Associate. Jim previously worked for the Stillwater Oklahoma Fire Department, retiring at the rank of training officer. Jim is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program and has a master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from OSU. Jim also spent time as an instructor in the Oklahoma Vocational and Technical School system teaching Safety and Emergency Medical courses.
Kelly graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She joined Fire Protection Publications in 2015 as an Electronic Products Specialist. Before joining the eProducts team, she was a public school teacher and coach. She currently manages the IFSTA ResourceOne learning management system with more than 100,000 users and 10,000 courses.
Assistant Chief of Operations Nick Perkins joined the District in 1998. During his 20-year career with the Pflugerville Fire Department, he has risen through the ranks becoming a Chief Officer in 2011. He has worked as a Shift Commander and as the Training Division Chief before being appointed as the Assistant Chief of Operations. Perkins graduated from the San Antonio College Fire Academy in 1997 and went on to work on an ambulance for a rural EMS system before joining the District. He has earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from Austin Community College in 2001, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from Texas State University in 2013, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Rio Grande in 2018.
Pflugerville ISD Instructional Technology TEAM
The Pflugerville ISD Instructional Technology TEAM works collaboratively with PfISD Classroom Teachers to support the implementation of technologies, provide lesson planning support for curriculum-based technology integration activities, and deliver Campus and District professional development on the integration of digital literacy tools to support the curriculum. The G-Suite applications, including Google Classroom have benefited our teachers and students in providing improved communication, collaboration and creativity.
Karl E. Ristow, CFO, MIFireE
Karl Ristow is currently with the Center for Public Safety Excellence as Program Director for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He has 38 years of fire service experience, having served in a variety of positions from firefighter through fire chief. He also volunteers his time to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to raise funds and mentor young boys who have lost a loved one. He is a visionary, educator, mentor, and advocate. Karl holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and associate degrees in Fire Science and Instructor of Technology. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is also a Chief Fire Officer Designee through the Commission on Professional Credentialing and a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Karl and his wife Barbara have five sons.
Kylie Salvadore has been employed as a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the Columbus (OH) Division of Fire for 11 years. Currently, she is assigned as a full-time Cadet Training Instructor at the agency’s Training Academy. Her responsibilities include teaching Physical Training, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and EMT-B curriculum. As a representative of Columbus Division of Fire’s Cadet program, she looks forward to sharing their successes, and learning more about how other programs operate and how to incorporate new ideas and opportunities into their own program.
John B. Tippett, Jr.
After 44 years in the fire service, John Tippett joined the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in April 2018 as the Director of Fire Service Programs. John began his career as a volunteer in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1974. He was hired as a career firefighter in Montgomery County in 1976 and spent the next 33 years with various departments and the County, serving as a firefighter, company officer, and battalion chief. John was also an adjunct instructor, member (and later task force leader) of Maryland Task Force 1 (a FEMA urban search and rescue team) and an integral part of the department’s firefighter safety program. He retired from Montgomery County in 2009 as the safety battalion chief to take a position with the Charleston (SC) Fire Department as its first deputy chief of operations. John spent the next 7½ years as the operations deputy, assisting with the rebuilding of the department after the Sofa Super Store Fire. From 2017 to 2018 he served as interim Fire Chief.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University. He has worked extensively on firefighter safety initiatives throughout his career, including introducing Crew Resource Management to the fire service and the Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System. John has written and lectured frequently on topics of firefighter safety, decision making, leadership, and strategy and tactics. He earned his chief fire officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2012 and was re-certified in 2015. John is also a Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers. He currently serves as an at large board member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section, is a certified health and safety officer through the Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association, an instructor for the Blue Card Command Training Program, and a past president of the Charleston County Fire Chiefs’ Association. John was the International Society of Fire Service Instructors Instructor of the Year in 2006.
Chief Dan Stevens (Retired)
Dan Stevens has been a Field Instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) for 35 years, and currently serves as Coordinator of MFRI’s Southern Maryland Regional Training Center. Previously, he served three years with the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and Instructor in the Naval Air Advanced Training Command, teaching airborne celestial navigation. In December 2004, he retired after 25 years as Senior International Economist with the Foreign Agricultural Service and 5 years as Lead Economist with the Farm Service Agency, specializing in international tobacco trade and trade policy.
Dan served for more than 21 years as Chief of the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department in Charles County, Maryland. Dan’s numerous awards and citations including the NVFC Firefighter of the Year, Maryland State Firefighter of the Year, and the prestigious Marbery F. Gates Service Award. He is a Governor’s appointee to the Maryland Fire Rescue Education Training Commission, Chairman of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association High School Career and Tech Committee, Secretary for the Maryland Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board and a member of the Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board. Dan has also served on the Executive Committee to the Maryland State Fire for over a decade and serving as Chair in 2010.
Dan holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Economics, Statistics and Finance from Texas A&I (A&M) University, Kingsville, Texas. He is nationally certified as Fire Fighter III, Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Wildland Fire Fighter I, HazMat Operation and Incident Commander, Incident Safety Officer, Driver Operator for Engine, Truck, Tiller, Tanker and Wildland Apparatus.
Jennifer Williams is the Marketing Specialist for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. She works with the UL FSRI team and partners to amplify reach and engage with key stakeholders to increase firefighter knowledge and reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and the communities they serve. She is an 11-year veteran of the fire service with most of her service at the Lewes (DE) Fire Department. She received her associate degree in Fire Science: Arson Investigation from Montgomery College and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Marketing through the University of Maryland University College. Before joining UL FSRI, Jennifer worked as the Public Relations Specialist for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland and over the years has worked on numerous safety initiatives.