F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium

2019 Schedule

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  • 3:00 - 6:00 pm: Registration (main lobby)
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm: Reception & Networking (Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar)
  • 7:30 - 8:15 am: BREAKFAST, NETWORKING and REGISTRATION continued (Outside Oak Forest Ballroom)
  • 8:15 - 8:35 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:35 - 9:20 am: PPE And The Law by Jim Juneau: Juneau, Boll, Stacy & Ucherek, PLLC, Dallas, TX
  • 9:20 - 10:05 am: A Common Sense Approach to Battle Firefighter Cancer and PPE Issues by Keith Tyson, Firefighter/Paramedic, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (ret.) and Vice-President of Education and Research, Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 10:05 - 10:25 am: BREAK AND NETWORKING
  • 10:25 - 11:05 am: From Risk Assessment to Distribution, Protective Clothing by Captain Patrick Woods, Fire Department of New York and Lieutenant/Quartermaster Jim Reidy, San Antonio Fire Department
  • 11:05 - 11:50 am: PPE Research Update by Casey Grant, Executive Director, Fire Protection Research Foundation
  • 11:50 - Noon: Bruce Teele Excellence Award presented by Chief Bruce Varner
  • Noon - 1:00 pm: LUNCH AND NETWORKING
  • 1:00 - 1:45 pm: Broadening Cleaning Practices Beyond Turnout Clothing by Jeff Stull, President, International Personnel Protection, Inc.
  • 1:45 - 2:30 pm: Station Wear Selection, Use, and Design in the U.S. Fire Service by Dr. Meredith McQuerry, Assistant Professor, Florida State University, and Division Chief Jeremy Metz, West Metro Fire Department
  • 2:30 - 2:50 pm: BREAK AND NETWORKING
  • 2:50 - 3:35 pm: Concord Decontamination Model and Carcinogen Reduction Methods by Battalion Chief Josh Simpson, Concord Fire Department and Board Member, Education and Outreach, North Carolina Cancer Alliance
  • 3:35 - 4:20 pm: Effects of Temperature and Specialized Cleaning Procedures on the Removal of Chemical Contaminants from Fire Fighter Turn Out Gear by Jay Tarley, Physical Scientist, NIOSH NPPTL, and Lee A. Greenawald, Physical Scientist, NIOSH NPPTL, and Crystal D. Forester, Research Chemist, NIOSH NPPTL
  • 4:20 - 4:45 pm: Tactical Thermal PPE Management by Battalion Chief Andy Starnes, Charlotte Fire Department, and Owner, Insight Training, LLC
  • 4:45 - 4:55 pm: Comments from Diamond Sponsors
  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm: RECEPTION and EXHIBITS and NETWORKING (Governors's Room & Hannover Ballroom)
  • 7:30 - 8:15 am: BREAKFAST and NETWORKING and EXHIBITS (Governors's Room & Hannover Ballroom)
  • 8:15 - 9:00 am: Effects of High Temperature Exposure on the Performance of Fire Fighter Equipment by Fire Protection Engineer, Michelle Donnelly, National Institute of Standards and Technology-Fire Research Division
  • 9:00 - 9:45 am: Fire Fighting Operational Thermal Environment by Dr. Daniel Madrzykowski, P.E., Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
  • 9:45 - 10:30 am: BREAK and EXHIBITS and NETWORKING (Governors's Room & Hannover Ballroom)
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am: PPE, Cancer and Other Related Issues in the Fire Service by Keith Tyson, Firefighter/Paramedic, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (ret.) and Vice-President of Education and Research, Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 11:15 - Noon: FD Based Inspections and Repairs: Is it possible? by Captain Ritch Moore, Cary Fire Department
  • Noon - 1:00 pm: LUNCH AND NETWORKING
  • 1:15 - 2:00 pm: Joint Response Teams - Joining up the Risks and Protections by Assistant Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm: SCBA Facepieces: Mechanical and Thermal Performance by Richard Kesler, Research Scientist, Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm: BREAK and EXHIBITS and NETWORKING (Governors's Room & Hannover Ballroom)
  • 3:30 - 4:15 pm: NFPA 1500 Update: PPE and Cancer Prevention by Battalion Chief Dave Bernzweig, Columbus Fire Department and Director of Health & Safety, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters
  • 4:15 - 5:00 pm: Traditional Knit Hoods versus Particulate Blocking Hoods: Pros, Cons, and Trade-Offs by Dr. J. Bryan Ormond, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, Textile Protection and Comfort Center
  • 5:00 pm: ADJOURN
  • 7:00 - 7:45 am: BREAKFAST and NETWORKING (outside Oak Forest Ballroom)
  • 7:45 - 8:30 am: Fireground PPE Exposures and How to Mitigate Them by Dr. Gavin Horn, Director of Research, Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • 8:30 - 9:15 am: How Clean is Clean: Understanding Cleaning Effectiveness by Jeff Stull, President, International Personnel Protection, Inc.
  • 9:15 - 10:00 am: Developing a Turnout Specification that Works for Your Department by Captain Chad Christensen and Captain Derrick Chapman, Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • 10:00 - 10:20 am: BREAK and NETWORKING
  • 10:20 - 11:05 am: The Right Gear for the Job: Balancing Protection vs Physiologic Strain by Fire Chief Craig A. Haigh, Hanover Park Fire Department & Illinois Fire Service Institute; Dr. Denise Smith, Director, First Responder Health & Safety Laboratory, Skidmore College, and Illinois Fire Service Institute; and, Andrea Wilkinson, Project Manager for the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, Skidmore College
  • 11:05 - 11:50: Tradition, Leadership and Contamination Control by Rick Swan, Director, International Association of Fire Fighters and Deputy Chief CAL FIRE (ret.)

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