BROTHERHOOD FIRST TRAINING

 

 

My goal with creating this page is to promote the idea of Brotherhood between First Responders. The classes I offer have that mantra in mind.  I want to promote taking care of each other, the way the "brotherhood" used to be.

 

A story that will always stick in my mind about the brotherhood;  perhaps my first experience with what "The Brotherhood" can mean happened when I was in Nassau while on a cruise vacation.  I along with a couple other people stopped to render aid to an elderly man who had tripped and fallen on the pier.  

When the ambulance arrived and the man on his way, another gentleman came over to me.  Each of us wore one of those generic firefighter t-shirts we all seem to collect.  He introduced himself as a Fire-Medic from Miami-Dade County.  I introduced myself as a Fire-EMT from Iowa.  

At that moment in time, it did not matter whether career or volunteer, did not matter if I was from a town of 1,000 or 100,000, or how many calls I had run.  All that mattered to him was that I wore the maltese cross and I was part of the brotherhood.

 

Sadly, I have seen much less brotherhood from departments closer to home than I did 3,000 miles away. 

 

I want to do my part to help promote what brotherhood means. 

 

     Who am I?

Experience

Springville Fire Department (2007-2013)

  • Firefighter-EMT

  • School Liaison-Fire Prevention Officer

  • BLS Instructor

  • Fire Instructor

Huxley Fire Department & Ambulance                   (2013-2016)

  • Firefighter-EMT

  • Lieutenant (Training Officer)

  • Fire Instructor

  • BLS Instructor

  • Grant Writing

Accomplishments

  • FEMA AFG Grant Awarded

  • Mission Lifeline Grant Awarded

  • Community Foundation Grant 

  • Agricultural Based Grant

  • Two Corporate Grants

Associations

  • Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors (IASFSI)

  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)

  • Iowa Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

  • Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA)

Education

    B.A. University of Northern Iowa (2005)

Mercy College of Health Sciences-Paramedic

(Expected completion Fall 2018)

 

 Certifications

  • National Incident Management Systems "NIMS" 100, 200, 700, 800

  • EMT 2008

  • BLS Instructor 2010

  • Firefighter 1 2012

  • Fire Instructor 1 2013

  • Firefighter 2 2014

  • Iowa FSTB Fire Investigator Course 2014

  • Fire Inspector 2014

  • Basic Public Information Officer 2015

  • CEVO (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) 2015

  • Fire Instructor 2 2015

  • NREMT Advanced EMT 2016

  • EMS Evaluator 2017

  • Training Officer Credential 2017

 
 

Pictures

Engineer Semi Fire

Live Fire House Burn

     Vehicle Extrication

with Bob Sandry (Sandry Fire Supply)

   Vehicle Live Fire Training

Current Classes

  • Suffering In Silence:  Mental Health, Depression, and PTSD in First Responders (Presented at CITA Fire School 2017, 2018; IEMSA 2018)  
       
    This class is designed to begin a dialogue between first responders about one of the silent killers, suicide.  However, there are stages prior to suicide that if we can identify, we can save our own.  Too often we find ourselves grieving when we lose a brother or sister, but why does it take a tragedy to bring people together?
         In this class, I will present my own battle with the diagnosis of PTSD and depression.  My goal is to show others that they are not alone.  However, there is still so much stigma surrounding the discussion of mental health in first responders that we must start breaking down the barriers and open up a dialogue.  Even within our own departments there is often a lack of support and even labeling of those suffering from these terrible battles.
         Until changes are made, we will continue to tragically lose our first responders to something that they can be helped with if we identify it soon enough.  We work to save others, but who saves us?

  • SAFER:  Situational Awareness For Emergency Responders (Presented at CITA Fire School 2017)
         This class is designed to provoke thought from emergency responders in terms of keeping a good overview of any scene they are working at.  Too often we get bogged down with tasks, overwhelmed by details, or we lose track of the overall “big picture.”  In this class we will talk about changes in firefighting today in terms of furnishings, construction, and tactics. 
         We will talk about things we can do to promote good situational awareness to better prepare and keep our people out of preventable dangerous situations.  Then we will wrap it up with case studies showing the effects of lack of situational awareness from one scene and a case study which nearly turned in to a multiple LODD. 
         
    Regardless of the scene, the situation, or the circumstances; we can always be SAFER and ensure everyone goes home.

  • On Scene:  Incident Command and Scene Size Up
         What is size up?  What constitutes good incident command?  This class will explore some of the essentials of a good scene size up, establishment of command, and then walk through several scenarios where the class can practice sizing up an incident.

  • Whoops...Did Anyone See Me Do That?  (Presented at CITA Fire School 2018)          Firefighting is the ultimate spectator sport, now more than ever.  Cell phones mean that everything and anything we do can be caught on video.  Nobody wants to end up in the YouTube hall of shame, however it happens.  Some videos make us laugh, some make us gasp, some make us shake our heads.  However these videos that we laugh about can be viewed badly in terms of public perception. 
      This course will explore the challenges of being under constant watch by the public.  By exploring the world of firefighting caught on video, students can learn how important it is to maintain competent and professional demeanor in and around the fire ground.
         Students will also be couraged to have discussions about what we can learn from both good examples and bad examples of our profession on film.  Videos can be an extremely valuable learning tool.  Mistakes caught on camera can help us avoid the same situations in the future.  They also give us the opportunity to have constructive after-action discussions to better prepare for future emergencies. 

  • Vehicle Fires
         This class is a combination of classroom and practical applications.  We will look at common dangers shared when responding to a vehicle fire.  We will discuss proper techniques to extinguish the fires; then we will put it in to practice. 

 
 

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