Active Shooter for Fire and EMS: An Integrated Response

Past Chief George ZayasPresented by Past Chief George Zayas, Rockland County (New York) Deputy Fire Coordinator
Friday, August 9 – 12:30 p.m.

This class takes a look at an integrated response to an active shooter event by fire and EMS. We’ll take a look at everything fire and EMS bring to the table in these types of situations and cover the “rescue task force” concept.

Past Chief George Zayas retired as a detective from the Stony Point Police Department in 2015 with 30 years of law enforcement experience, during which he helped develop active shooter policies for the 9,000-student North Rockland School District. Mr. Zayas has also been a volunteer firefighter for 35 years, serving both the Haverstraw Fire Department as a member of Lady Warren Hose Co. No. 5 and West Haverstraw Fire Department Volunteer Co. No. 2, where he served as Chief of the Department from 2010 to 2012.

He is currently a Rockland County Deputy Fire Coordinator responsible for responding to large-scale emergencies and assisting the incident commander. In addition, he is a New York State Fire Instructor and teaches at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona.


Breaking Through Recruitment and Retention Challenges

Dr. Candice McDonaldPresented by Dr. Candice McDonald, Success Up
Friday, August 9 – 2:15 p.m.

The volunteer fire service is experiencing its biggest challenge to date with volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention. With today’s era of competing demands for the volunteer/potential volunteer firefighter, the question becomes, “What strategies are volunteer fire departments using to successfully recruit and retain volunteer firefighters?”

This workshop is based on a three-year doctoral study and will offer participants proven strategies to reduce turnover and increase recruitment among all generation of volunteers. These strategies are not based on costly recruitment campaigns and incentives, but offer practical professional applications that can be easily deployed.

Dr. Candice McDonald is the founder of Success Up, a consulting firm bringing focus and purpose into life and organizations. Success Up empowers corporations, associations, government entities and not for profits to create better relationships, strategically plan for the future, and recruit and retain strong team members while building better stakeholder relationships. Dr. McDonald’s engaging and honest approach to achieving outcomes in life and business has led her to contribute to numerous publications, speak and provide training all over the U.S. for over 20 years.

Dr. McDonald has served her community for over a decade as a firefighter/EMT. She is a Director with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) and Co-Chairs the CVVFA Reputation Management Committee. She serves on the outreach team and is a Trustee of the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services. She is a member of the FDIC/Fire Engineering Advisory Board and serves as an alternate on the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee. She was identified in 2018 by the U.S. Fire Administration as a subject matter expert in recruitment and retention.

She holds a doctor of business administration with a specialty in homeland security, a master’s in organizational leadership, a bachelor’s in organizational management and an associate’s in health and human services.


Every Fire Is a Hazmat

Ex-Chief Robert FlingPresented by Ex-Chief Robert Fling, Dix Hills Fire Department (Long Island)
Saturday, August 10 – 12:30 p.m.

This presentation walks you through the difference between the fires we encounter today and those of years ago. There is a difference … they burn hotter, faster and produce a toxic environment for firefighters like we have never experienced before.

You will learn why we need to treat today’s fires as a hazmat incident, as what you are being exposed to could have catastrophic effects to your health.

Chief Robert Fling has over 21 years of experience in the fire service and is an Ex-Chief with the Dix Hills Fire Department located on Long Island. He is a contributor for many fire service publications as well as the founder and president of Face Piece On, an organization dedicated to teaching the fire service about the dangers of breathing smoke on today’s fireground.

He is a technical specialist with Project Kill the Flashover and sits on the Advisory Board for The First Twenty, an organization dedicated to improving the health and fitness of firefighters. He is also an advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program.

Fling holds multiple fire service credentials, is a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician and is an active member of the NFPA, Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council, Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs and FASNY. Chief Fling was also the recipient of the 2015 Firehouse Magazine Outstanding Leadership Award.


The Responsibilities of the Company Officer

Chief Bobby HaltonPresented by Chief Bobby Halton, Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering Magazine and Education Director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)
Saturday, August 10 – 2:15 p.m.

Chief Bobby Halton is one of the premier fire service instructors in the nation and at the very top of the list of exhilarating speakers. If you have never heard Chief Halton speak, you are in for the experience of a lifetime. Plan to listen to him talk about fire service leadership and the importance of the company officer.

Chief Halton is a native New Yorker who began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Fire Department and rose through the ranks. Bobby was Chief of Operations upon his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became Chief of the Coppell (Texas) Fire Department.

Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He was a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committees. Chief Halton is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives and has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the U.S., Canada and internationally.