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Chief Bruno was on “fire” in Pflugerville

Chief Alan Brunacini is perhaps the most iconic figure in the American fire service.  From his beginning as a firefighter in Phoenix, AZ he has taken his knowledge and experiences on the road, for a 2nd time beginning in 2016 with Command Symposium 2016.

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Chief Brunacini, Chief Rubin and Bobby Halton at CS2017

February 9 & 10 Chief Bruno along with a host of expert instructors brought this new series of incident command to Plfugerville for Command Symposium 2017.  The list of instructors included Chief Dennis Rubin, Captain Richard Miller, Chief Cecil Clay, Chief Scott Kerwood and Captain Michael Anderson.  We also had a special join the panel, Mr. Bobby Halton of Fire Engineering Magazine.

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Special Bruno & Bobby “unplugged” session

The attendees learned about the functions of command and organizational structure.  The class is very interactive and all instructors encourage students to ask questions. Chief Brunacini is also known for coining the phrase BE NICE, and follows this philosophy throughout the 2-day program.

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Chief Scott Kerwood of Hutto Fire & Rescue; Captain Michael Anderson of Pflugerville Fire co-hosted the event as well as provided training sessions

Chief Kerwood lead an afternoon session on the importance of Standardized Operating Procedures (SOP).  He has been recognized by numerous organizations for the implementation of SOP’s within his own department and Williamson County Emergency Services Division.

Captain Richard Miller of IAFC’s FSTAR Project discussed the importance of the work done through FSTAR  (Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research)  A large part of keeping our firefighters safety is consistency in fire ground and incident command. FSTAR also fights for legislation such as firefighter physicals.

Chief Cecil Clay (ret) City of Oklahoma City also joined Captain Miller with another segment involving firefighter safety and statistics.

 

 

Pflugerville, TX has already confirmed to host next year’s first class of Command Symposium 2018!  Dates February 8 & 9.  Details to follow

Leadership Academy receiving excellent reviews 

SWFCA recently launched their 6 month leadership training coaching and mentoring program at the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center.  The class was filled to near capacity for this inaugural class of 2017. 

Participants traveled from other regions to take advantage of this remarkable training program. 

State Fire Marshal Robert Doke welcomed the class to Oklahoma and emphasized the importance of leadership skills and training in all aspects of community. Also President Tom Bradley, Fire Chief of Stillwater Oklahoma and current President of the division spoke on behalf of the board of directors and state of Oklahoma about the decision to bring this unique opportunity to the IAFC-SW membership.  

As your division elected leadership, we are committed to offering you the benefits you’ve asked for and deserve as a member of the IAFC.

Here is some feedback that we have already received after the initial 2-day classroom group: 

The course was great.  Honestly better than I expected

Training officer & volunteer fire chief – Oklahoma

 I am looking forward to the online classes to see how they turn out and what the interaction is like. 

 Oklahoma volunteer officer 

First time I’ve worked on my personal skills and I look forward to the follow-up classes

Fire officer, Lexington, SC 
We want to thank Chief Richard Kelley, OCFD for hosting this class!

There will be a wrap-up session and graduation ceremony in October in conjunction with the division’s executive leadership conference in Houston, TX

If you or your department would like to host a class, please contact Lisa Moatts lmoatts@swd-iafc.org or call 843-694-2768


Firehouse Station Design coming to TX

Discount offered to Southwestern Division Members!!! Register now and save $60

We’re excited and honored the 4th Annual Station Design Conference will be held in the historic, 80-acre Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, May 3–5, 2017.

This renovated 500,000 sq. ft. complex is shared by Fort Worth fire and police headquarters and expansive training venues.

Located in one of two pre-WWII warehouses, the Fort Worth Fire Department has repurposed the historic facility into modern offices, auditoriums, classrooms and offers extensive training scenarios—a  must-see facility!

This year’s program has expanded to provide three days of immersive education on fire station design presented by award-winning architects and project managers of fire stations and public safety facilities to guide you through the journey to your new fire station. 

  • Meet one-on-one with expert architects for an objective review and discussion of your department’s plans.
  • Gain insights into the bidding/construction process.
  • Learn about the newest technology and innovations designed to boost performance and response times.
  • Become knowledgeable about the latest design trends in security, safety, firefighter health and more!
  • Network with fire chiefs, officers, public safety officials, award-winning architects and project planners from across the country.

Special Discount for Southwestern Fire Chiefs Assoc. members!
Register now and save an extra $60 on top of Early Bird pricing—That’s $160 off on-site pricing!  Use promo code: SWFCA  (Early Bird pricing ends on 3/15/17)

Whether you’re thinking about your next fire station, or already in the process, you won’t want to miss this event!

 

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