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Chief Robert Benoit of Lafayette, LA was elected as the 2nd Vice President by the members at the annual business meeting which took place on October 7 in Houston, TX.
The role of the 2nd Vice President is to assist the President and First Vice President of the Division. In the absence or inability of the President and First Vice President shall assume all duties of the President. He shall also be the Chairman of the Membership Activities of the Association.
Chief Benoit began his career in 1979 when he entered rookie class for the Lafayette Fire Department. He rose up the ranks in Lafayette with numerous positions. He was appointed the Fire Chief in 1993 and remains in that position today. During his tenure with LFD he served as an adjunct instructor for LSU-Eunice from 1992-2000.
Chief Benoit has been a member of the IAFC since many years. He has also served many positions on various committees representing the Southwestern the IAFC Constitution and By-Laws Committee.
We welcome Chief Benoit to the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Division. He brings with him many years in education and training and will be beneficial to the mission of the Southwestern Division of the IAFC.
Chief Benoit will host the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference in his home town of Lafayette, LA. He currently is also on the Education/ Conference Planning Committee.
Dear attendees, sponsors, exhbitors and guests,
We are pleased to bring you the 2017 Executive Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas. We have finalized the schedule of events and are ready for our attendees.
There are still a few seats available for the break-out sessions and general sessions. Please consider registering for this important conference designed for the exclusive
needs of our Chiefs, Chief Officers, Leaders and Training Officers. We are here to offer our division members education and resources they will need to lead the next generation of fire service
leaders. Things change so quickly and without proper training and continuing education our leaders won’t be prepared for tomorrow.
Please view the schedule of events beginning October 5.
Our general sessions and break-outs are designed for our chiefs and chief officers.
Special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors who made this conference possible.
We also have a special treat for the registered attendees on Friday, October 6th. This is the “Rocket-City” and we couldn’t allow a visit to Houston without a special after-hours tour at Johnson Space Center! Thanks to for sponsoring this fun-event! You must be registered for the conference before October 1 to take advantage of this tour
We are providing breakfast, lunch and breaks for October 5 & 6 sponsored by Joiner Architects and Gamma Construction
The Vendor Welcome Reception/Social Event Otober 5th begining at 6:00 pm is sponsored by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group
The conclusion of the conference is noon on October 7th. This allows time to visit all of the other attractions in the area. Take advantage of what Houston/Clear Lake has to offer!
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.
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.
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.
From 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
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.
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A group of three can attend for $350! (B2G1 registration) *must be from one department or company.
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.
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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.
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!
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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2017 Executive Leadership Conference
October 5-7 Houston Clear Lake
For Discounted Online Reservations www.hilton.com/group/iafcswgrp
Special group rate: $109/night
Oklahoma City, OK was host to the SW-IAFC and OFCA joint conference April 6-9
An incredible week of education, networking, exhibits and fun. The conference also enjoyed the largest attendance numbers in recent history for the SW Division conference.
Keynote speaker Executive Director Bill Webb delivered a message about the power and influence we hold as the leaders in fire service to the leaders in Washington. CFSI continues to work for America’s Fire Service!
Congratulations to our new board members
Chief Shauwn Howell of Arkansas was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President.
Chief Roy Robichaux of Louisiana was elected to serve as the IAFC-SW Division Director.
Chief James Fullingim of Oklahoma was elected to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer
The annual installation of new officers will be held during the FRI Division Luncheon in San Antonio