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IAFC-SW Division set to offer assistance to Houston and surrounding departments 

SW Division President Tom Bradley along with members of the executive committee have met to discuss the current needs in Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey.   President Bradley commented  with Texas and Louisiana located in the heart of our division, we feel it’s critical that we offer this local assistance.   Executive Director Moatts has been in touch with vendors and suppliers who are also willing to help the division and leaders of the area as soon as more information is gathered.  “We don’t want to be a nuisance, we just want them to know we are here if and when needed” – Chief Tom Bradley.

Moatts has been in touch with division president-elect Randy Parr, fire chief of Tomball Texas.  Chief Parr is dealing with flooding in his town.  Tomball is located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston.  Chief Parr stated that his unmet needs are “help with evacuation and care of the people.”

The leadership of the Division is conducting a needs assessment with area leaders.  Currently operations are still in rescue phase however, the recovery phase will bring additional challenges and needs at that time as well.

Moatts also reached out to Louisiana vice president Robert Benoit, fire chief of Lafayette Fire Department to offer assistance as they prepare for the potential of flooding from tropical storm Harvey.

Fire Chief James LeBlanc of St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department in Ascension Parish announced that Lamar-Dixon Conference Center is being used as a donation collection site for the Harvey relief effort. Chief LeBlanc reflected on the tragedy that struck his community last year. “A year ago this week the Texas people showed up in Louisiana with supplies that we needed, so we want to return the favor to them, ” as quoted to WAFB9.

More information of the relief efforts will be available in our electronic newsletter or visit http://swdnewsletter.wordpress.com

Evening with NASA- October 6, Houston

We have a special treat for our registered attendees & vendors at this year’s education conference in Houston.  Thanks to Kirkpatrick Architectural Studios we are able to partner with Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston and bring a special

EVENING WITH NASA after hours tour exclusive for the IAFC-Division Fire Chiefs!

The tour will begin just after 6:00.  Buses from the LBJ will begin picking guests up @ 5:50.  All those attending the event must have their state issued identification (D/L or government ID) and must be US citizens.

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Located on 1,600 acres, Johnson Space Center is the home of Mission Control where human space missions and the operations of the International Space Station are monitored. It is also where astronauts prepare and train for missions.

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Look closely and you can see near the top-right corner of the photo (above left) a tower shaped building.  That is the Hilton Hotel & Convention Center and location of the Executive Leadership Conference & Expo; right across from the space center.

This exclusive after-hours tour will have 3 different parts.  Building 9 begins the tour.

downloadFrom the catwalk high above the massive floor, you’ll see several mockups of International Space Station parts and even get a look at the new Orion capsule. You might see pieces of the Canada Arm or other new and developing tech that will pave the way for future exploration. Cutting edge rovers, robots, next-level space suits. Here is where the impossible is happening right now. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration.Click here to read more about what to expect


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The 2nd part of the tour takes place in mission control.  “Houston, we have a problem…” is one of the most famous mis-quoted phrases of the last century and the failed Apollo 13  mission.  But, see first hand the control room where all of the history took place!


Last but certainly not least, the tour winds down at SATURN V at ROCKET PARK! 

Mighty and massive, the Saturn V rocket at NASA Johnson Space Center is the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever flown. NASA used the colossal Saturn V rockets primarily during the Apollo program to send Americans to the moon. Flown from 1967 to 1973, the rocket launched 27 astronauts into space with six successful missions landing men on the moon. Saturn V also launched Skylab, America’s first space station, into orbit in its final mission. Astronauts could immediately feel the impressive power of Saturn V propelling them through Earth’s atmosphere into orbit.

There are only three Saturn V rockets on display in the world. The rocket at NASA Johnson Space Center is the only one comprised of all flight-certified hardware. The other two rockets are made of flight hardware, mock-ups and test components. The three segments, called stages, contain the powerful engines needed to lift off, entering orbit to reach the moon. In total, 13 Saturn V rockets launched into space.

GROUP  PHOTOS FROM IN FRONT OF THIS MASSIVE ROCKET WILL BE TAKEN AND AVAILABLE TO OUR SPECIAL GUESTS.

 

To see more about the conference education and events, please click here 

Register before September 1 and receive special discounted tickets for $150.

A group of three can attend for $350!  (B2G1 registration) *must be from one department or company.

 

 

Sponsor-Exhibitors Only

Why should you decide to sponsor or exhibit at our conference?

How about 1200+?  That’s how many current members belong to the Southwestern Division of the IAFC.  How about add another 1000 to that number?

That’s the additional impact we have at our state associations.  Our state partner associations are made up of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Considering the location of our region (FEMA 4) we have huge impact in the way much of the nation responds to the needs  of the American Fire Service.

In Texas alone there are 1,529 registered fire departments SOURCE https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/registry/summary

Register now to exhibit, sponsor or donate to our 2017 Executive Leadership Conference.  We appreciate our suppliers and partners.  Without you, none of this would be possible.  All donors will automatically get a mention in our conference program and brochure

Your participation in the IAFC- Chapter Conference assures even more of the support for training and support goes directly to the members.

Click the links for more information:

Schedule of Events

Speaker Bio

Letter from our President

Hotel and Conference Center Layout

 

 

 

 

 

A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT TOM BRADLEY

 

Greetings Members of the Southwest Division,

The last eight months has been busy for the Southwest Division.  Perhaps the most important objective of my presidency has been to bring relevance to our division.  You asked, and we delivered.  Currently we are working to re-design our electronic monthly newsletter which highlights what’s going on within each state in our Division as well as upcoming training events.  We have also brought a first of it’s kind training program; the SWFCA Leadership Academy for Chief Officers. It teaches our future chiefs what to expect when they put on the Fire Chief’s hat. With coaching and mentoring classes online, this training is designed exclusively for the Southwestern Division’s members. Each session is unique and personalized.  We also are bringing modern incident command training through our Command Symposium series taught by Chief Alan Brunacini and friends.

In addition, during the past 8 months after numerous conference calls and two meetings with the IAFC Board of Directors along with every Division President and Secretary back in the spring of this year, a partnership between the IAFC and the Divisions was signed into policy.  This historical occasion also brought debate over conflicts between the Divisions and IAFC.  From this governance committee surfaced a resolution to conflicts of interest between the IAFC and Divisions which was signed by the Divisions and IAFC.   This agreement will assist all federation members in reaching a fair resolve when an issue may arise. I wish to thank the SWD Board members for their vital input and assistance in helping to resolve this issue with the IAFC and other Divisions.

As we look forward to the SWD IAFC Executive Leadership Conference and Vendor Expo in Houston Nassau Bay, Texas this October, we are continuing to bring great content such as education and product showcases, I would also like remind our members that we hold annual elections for new and existing board members.  We also will have some constitution and by-law proposals on the ballot.  Please exercise your right as a SW Division member to cast your vote. We need your input to move this Division forward, maintaining our place as the greatest division in the IAFC.

This year Chief Randy Parr of Tomball Texas will be sworn in as the new President of the Division. Please make plans to join us in celebrating Chief Parr as he takes the baton, working with our Board and members to continue the growth and prosperity of this great division.

Respectfully,

Fire Chief Tom Bradley

Stillwater Fire Department

President, SW-IAFC 2016-2017

FOR PDF VERSION OF LETTER DOWNLOAD HERE   Letter from T. Bradley 2017 

Conference Keynote Speaker M. Mirarchi

Mr. Michael Mirarchi, a colleage of Dr. Gordon Graham will be the keynote speaker

He has presented his “Reset the Clock” program over 1,100 times to more than 26,000 leaders at employer facilities across North America. He has presented the HR Professional version of this program for SHRM Chapters across the country, annually for Dallas HR.

In conjunction with various employer, industry and professional associations, he has conducted live TV broadcasts, webinars and on-line employee relations programs, in addition to presenting at their regional and national conferences.

 

Topics include:

Balance Employee and Employer Rights

  • Concerns about job security, responding to
  • Generalized disparaging comments, how to address
  • Personality and attitude problems, how to handle
  • Discriminatory comments, disassociating yourself from

Minimize The Risks of Day-To-Day Management

  • Employee complaints, proper responses to
  • Problematic job interview situations, how to handle
  • Erratic performance, how to address
  • Disabilities, responding to a request for an accommodation

Maximize The Effectiveness of Your Policies

  • Open discrimination charges, responding to a request to discuss
  • Sexual harassment complaint, proper initial response to
  • Substance abuse, confrontation in obvious impairment situations
  • Violence, responding to threats of

Key Concepts for Staying Free of Legal Challenges

  • Serious misconduct, proper initial response
  • Previously unaddressed misbehavior, how to address
  • Corrective action meetings, how to prepare for and conduct
  • Discharge meetings, how to prepare for and conduct

Eliminate Your Personal Liability

  • Potential sexual harassment, proper reaction to
  • Serious off-the-job misconduct, how to respond to
  • Reference checks, how to handle
  • Disclosure of Medical Conditions, How to React to

IN 2013 MIKE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HRSWC HALL OF FAME!

http://hrsouthwest.com/schedule-events/hall-of-fame/2013-inductee/

 

 

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