Welcome to the 2017 Georgia Fire Service Conference


The Georgia Fire Service Conference is the annual joint meeting of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) and the Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA). More than 200 firefighters from across the state are expected to gather for year’s event, which includes pre-conference classes, continuing education opportunities and the Fire Service Exhibit Hall. The Firefighters’ Competition is a traditional favorite, and annual achievement and valor awards will be bestowed upon many deserving firefighters.

Use this conference website to get the latest information on this year’s agenda and special events. We look forward to seeing you in Athens!


To see the full agenda click here.

Conference Features



Exhibit Hall

The Fire Service Exhibit Hall features products and services ranging from fire trucks to turnout gear! Plan time to meet these vendors and take back some great ideas for your department. Learn how you can earn continuing education credit by spending time in the Exhibit Hall.


Firefighters' Competition

The annual Firefighters Competition offers an opportunity for competing teams to showcase their skills in a series of events. Come cheer on your favorite team at the Foundry Pavilion as they race through the barrel role, the bucket brigade and more! This free event is open to the public. You must have a conference wristband in order to get into the dinner following the event in Grand Hall 8.


GSFA Rebate App

GSFA now has a custom rebate app that functions as both a way to save money on your regular purchases through an easy-to-use rebate system, but also allows you to share part of your savings to support GSFA programs. GSFA will use funds generated through this app to further continuing education opportunities, support education initiatives and help families of fallen firefighters.


2016 Business Session

Prepare for the 2017 Business Sessions by reading minutes from last year. This year, the GSFA sessions will be held Thursday 2:30-3:00pm and Friday 1:00-1:45pm. The GAFC sessions will be held Thursday 3:15-3:45pm and Friday 2:15-3:00pm. For more information, check the schedule.

Agenda


For a downloadable/printable copy please click here.
8:00 am - 5:00 pmPre-Conference Classes

See times and locations here. Pre-registration and a $35 class fee required.

8:00 am - 4:00 pmEssentials of Chaplaincy – Part 1

Instructors:
Ronnie Cowart, GSFA Chaplain
Ricky Thrasher, Georgia Baptist Convention

Location:
Living Hope Church
2150 Lexington Road
Athens, GA. 30605

8:00 am - 5:00 pmChief Fire Officer Orientation Day 4

Instructors:
Jean Dean
Mike Morash

Offered by the Georgia Fire Academy as part of the Fire Officer Series, this program is designed to assist newly appointed fire chiefs in the development of skills and abilities needed to lead their organizations. While the target audience is fire chiefs who have just recently attained that position, any current fire chiefs should find this course beneficial and are encouraged to attend. The “Day 4” delivery addresses the ISO Rating Schedule and Risk Management and Liability for the chief officer.

Location
Lyndon House
211 Hoyt Street
Athens, GA 30601

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmNational Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program

Instructors:
Danny Thompson, Parsons Field Project Manager
Hawk Hagebak, Parsons Field Project Manager

The National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training was created by responders for responders. This course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. Topics covered include TIM fundamentals, safe vehicle positioning, traffic management, special circumstances and more. All EMTs and paramedics are required to have this class prior to recertification.

Location:
Athens-Clarke County Fire Station 7
2350 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, GA 30605

8:00 am - 5:00 pmPre-Conference Classes

See times and locations here. Pre-registration and a $35 class fee required.

8:00 am - 12:00 pmTraining for Fire Attack – the ABC’s of Aggressive Live Fire Training

Instructor:
Philip Adams, Sandy Springs Fire Department

Is your department training to put out fires? Or are you training to hurt firefighters? This fireground demands intelligent, purposeful action on the part of well-trained and aggressive firefighters and officers. This 4-hour class combines classroom, open air, and live fire drills in a fast-paced look at how science and street smart techniques make us more efficient and effective firefighters. How we conduct our live fire training has a significant impact on our success on the fire ground.

This class is for all levels of firefighters but focuses on the training of officers and company officers who are tasked with developing and implementing effective live fire drills.

Location:
Athens-Clarke County Fire Training Center
155 Paradise Boulevard
Athens, GA 30607

8:00 am - 4:00 pmEssentials of Chaplaincy – Part 2

Instructors:
Ronnie Cowart, GSFA Chaplain
Ricky Thrasher, Georgia Baptist Convention

Location:
Living Hope Church
2150 Lexington Road
Athens, Ga. 30605

8:00 am - 4:00 pmPoint of No Return

Instructors:
Robert Culbertson, Hall County Fire Services Training and Professional Development Chief

Learn how to assess your point of no return, using the example of a 2006 Hall County fire and the incident response. Participants will become more familiar with S.C.B.A gear, the rules of air management, air conservation, emergency procedures and much more. This course is a mix of classroom and hand-on training.

Location:
City of Jefferson Fire Department
64 Fowler Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549

8:00 am - 5:00 pmChief Fire Officer Orientation Day 3

Instructors:
Jeff Dean
Mike Byrd
Henry Argo

Offered by the Georgia Fire Academy as part of the Fire Officer Series, this program is designed to assist newly appointed fire chiefs in development of skills and abilities needed to lead their organizations. While the target audience is fire chiefs who have just recently attained that position, any current fire chief should find this course beneficial and are encouraged to attend. The "Day 3" delivery addresses ethics, various traits that are desirable for chief officers in relation to training staff personnel and retention, and professional development for Chief Officers.

Location:
Lyndon House
211 Hoyt Street
Athensn, GA 30601

10:30 am – 12:00 pmGeorgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Changes

Hilton Garden Inn, Cypress Room

1:30 pm - 2:30 pmUnification Partners Meeting

Hilton Garden Inn, Cypress Room

2:45 pm - 3:45 pmMutual Aid Task Force Meeting

Hilton Garden Inn, Cypress Room

4:00 pm - 5:00 pmGeorgia Mutual Aid Group (GMAG) Meeting

Hilton Garden Inn, Cypress Room

7:00 amConference Registration Open

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

7:00 am – 8:30 amCoffee Only – Breakfast On Your Own

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

8:00 am – 9:45 amOfficial Opening of the 2017 Fire Services Conference

Grand Hall 7

Opening Remarks: GSFA President Joey Hartley & GAFC President Dwayne Jamison

Welcome: Athens-Clarke County Fire Chief Jeff Scarbrough

Welcome: Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson

Special Guest: Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Keynote Speaker: Coweta County Fire Department Chief Pat Wilson

9:45 am – 10 amBreak
10:00 am – 11:00 amConference General Session:
Lessons Learned from “Routine” Calls

Instructor: Captain Brent Burke Georgia Fire Academy Instructor III

Grand Hall 7

Responding to a “routine” call isn’t always routine. Training is always the best preparation, but firefighters must always be prepared for the unexpected. Captain Brent Burke will share steps for reviewing “near-miss” incidents in order to avoid putting firefighters in unsafe situations.

11:00 am – 12:00 pmConference General Session:
Community Partnerships

Instructor: Steve Harris, University of Georgia Director of Community Preparedness

Grand Hall 7

This session will discuss the reasons and benefits of partnering with your local and/or regional technical college, college or university. Not only is it important for you to understand the often complex environment that you may encounter on a response, but many colleges and universities have resources that can benefit your organization. This session will discuss many examples and case studies of a successful partnership. Grand Hall Pre-Function South

12:00 pm – 1:30 pmLunch Session: Georgia Fire Service Pulse Check

Grand Hall Pre-Function South / Grand Hall 7

Representatives from state agencies and other allied groups will provide updates on specific projects and discuss how they can assist those in the fire service in serving our communities.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pmRemarks from State Officials / State Agencies

Grand Hall 7

State officials and fire service leadership will provide a snapshot of the important issues of importance to Georgia’s firefighters.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pmGSFA Business Session

Grand Hall 7

3:15 pm – 3:45 pmGAFC Business Session

Grand Hall 7

4:00 pm – 4:30 pmConference General Session: Benefits of Using Highway Safety Tactical Trucks

Grand Hall 7

Instructor: Chris Whitmire, Marietta Fire Department Assistant Chief

In June 2016, the Marietta Fire Department placed a Traffic Accident Control (TAC) unit in service. The unit is dedicated to protecting fire, police and other responders on the scene of interstate traffic accidents. The concept for this unit arose from three separate incidents in which Marietta Fire units were stuck by vehicles while working on the scene of interstate traffic accidents within a 6-month period. Get a first-hand look at the TAC unit and learn about the vehicle and its equipment, operator training, operating procedures and interagency coordination. You can see the vehicle first-hand behind the Classic Center during today’s Fire Service Exhibit Hall.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pmFire Service Exhibit Hall Opens / Opening Reception

Grand Hall 8

Take this opportunity to interact with vendors and other organizations that work with Georgia’s service. Get a first-hand look at new equipment and learn about how these companies and providing innovative solutions that could help your community. Training credit will be given for visiting with vendors.

6:30 pmDinner on Your Own
8:00 pmOptional Off-Site Conference Event Son of a Sailor at The Graduate Hotel

Gather for a fun, casual evening featuring Son of a Sailor, a popular Jimmy Buffet tribute band! The Graduate Hotel is offering this private event for Georgia Fire Service conference participants. There will be no cover charge, light refreshments and a reduced rate on drinks. The Graduate Hotel is located at 295 East Dougherty Street, Athens, GA.

7:00 amContinental Breakfast

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

8:00 am - 9:00 amMemorial Service

Grand Hall 7

9:00 am - 1:00 pmExhibit Hall Open

Grand Hall 8

Spend some additional time meeting the companies and organizations that support Georgia’s fire service. Training credit will be given for visiting with vendors. Collect four tickets from vendors and turn them in at the registration desk to receive your credit.

9:00 am - 9:30 amCoffee Break

Grand Hall 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pmLunch in the Exhibit Hall

Grand Hall 8

12:45 pmExhibit Hall Door Prize Drawings & MDA Presentations

Grand Hall 8

1:00 pm - 1:45 pmGSFA Business Session

Grand Hall 7

1:45 pm - 2:00 pmAfternoon Break: Ice Cream Social

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

2:15 pm - 3:00 pmGAFC Business Session

Grand Hall 7

3:00 pm - 4:00 pmDual Tracks

TRACK 1: Customer Service

Grand Hall 7

Instructor: Robert Baxley, Zaxby’s Chief Operating Officer

In 2016, Zaxby’s was ranked by the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 100 Report as No. 10 in growth in U.S. sales. This Athens-based company supports more than 700 company-owned and franchised locations and has a keen focus on customer service. Gain a leadership perspective from Zaxby’s operations into the importance of meeting the needs of customers, both internal and external.

TRACK 2: Fire Prevention Task Force Report

Grand Hall 3 & 4

Instructor: Robert Singletary, Former Warner Robins Fire Chief and Task Force Chairman

Georgia fire-related deaths soared to 154 in 2016, one of the highest years recently on record. Learn more about the work of the Fire Prevention Task Force and some of the recommendations that are under discussion for how you can help to reduce and prevent these tragedies in your community.

5:00 pmAnnual Firefighters Competition & Meal

Get ready to have some fun as fire departments compete through a series of challenges to claim the top title! Join us in the Foundry Pavilion located behind the Classic Center to enjoy some good-spirited competition. Dinner will be provided in the Exhibit Hall area immediately following the competition. The Firefighters Competition is open to the public, but you must have a wrist band in order to get into the dinner.

7:00 am - 8:00 pmContinental Breakfast

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

7:30 am - 8:00 amMorning Devotion Service

Grand Hall 7

8:00 am - 10:00 amDual Tracks

Grand Hall 7

TRACK 1: Pipeline Emergencies: Command Officers Strategies (PECOS) – Part 1
Grand Hall 3 & 4
Instructor: Lt. David Bullard, Columbia County Fire Rescue & GSFA First Vice President

This class is a part of the Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative. This four-hour class designed for Chief Officers and those in command positions. It is a strategy-oriented, promoting awareness and increasing knowledge about pipeline locations, risks and liabilities.

Grand Hall 3 & 4

TRACK 2: How Not to Kill a Firefighter
Instructor: Philip Adams, Sandy Springs Fire Department

The best safety equipment is a well-trained firefighter. Is the training your firefighters receive sufficient for them to survive a fireground emergency? This presentation looks at hostile fireground events through the lens of a company officer who is responsible for the proper training of firefighters. It takes the company officer through a discussion of three vitally important questions: What are the factors that contribute to a MAYDAY event? How do firefighter basic skills training directly affect the survivability of a hostile fireground event? How does the company officer get the crew to embrace repetitive skills training when we all know that the recliner is calling our name? This class is suitable for firefighters at every level from the soon-to-be promoted all the way up through the big chief.

10:00 am - 10:15 pmCoffee Break
10:15 am - 12:15 pmDual Tracks

Grand Hall 7

TRACK 1: Pipeline Emergencies: Command Officers Strategies (PECOS) – Part 2
Grand Hall 3 & 4
Instructor: Lt. David Bullard, Columbia County Fire Rescue & GSFA First Vice President

This class is a part of the Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative. This class is a four-hour class designed for Chief Officers and those in command positions. It is a strategy-oriented, promoting awareness and increasing knowledge about pipeline locations, risks and liabilities.

Leadership, Performance Management and Supervision
Grand Hall 7
Instructor: Bob Ingram, Chief Deputy, White County Sheriff’s Office

Grand Hall 3 & 4

Track 2

This course deals with the realities of managing and leading people. Leadership involves personal responsibility for outcomes. Your influence as a leader is critical to the accomplishments of your team. Selecting the right people for the job, aligning talents with position and assignment, motivating staff and finally dealing with problems to include problem employees are a leader’s job. It will also cover situational leadership, good coaching and the personal responsibility of managers.

11:15 am - 12:15 pmMutualAid Net - Enhancing Georgia's Mutual Aid Response Capabilities

Grand Hall 3 & 4

Presented by the Mutual Aid Task Force, this session will provide an update on Mutual Aid Net, the program that the Georgia Fire Service will use for Mutual Aid resources and notifications. This session will cover how to log into the system and update department information and resources.

12:15 am - 1:30 pmLunch Session: Reaching Millennials

Grand Hall 7

Instructor: David Kimbrell

1:45 pm - 3:00 pmFire Service Conference Closing General Session

Grand Hall 7

HB 146 – Firefighter Cancer Insurance: What You Need to Know

John Hanson, WillisTowersWatson
Ashley Abercrombie, ACCG Deputy Director of Insurance Programs
Stan Deese, GMA Deputy Director of Insurance Programs

HB 146, the firefighter cancer insurance legislation, was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Nathan Deal for implementation on January 1, 2018. Find out what your department needs to do to make sure your firefighters are covered and get your questions about this important legislation answered.

Keynote Speaker:

Atlanta Fire Chief Joel Baker

3:00 pm - 3:15 pmAfternoon Break

Grand Hall Pre-Function South

3:15 pm - 4:30 pmGSFA / GAFC Joint Closing Session

Grand Hall 7

5:00 pmReception & Awards Ceremony

Atrium

Join the leadership of the Georgia State Firefighters Association, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and the Georgia Arson Control Board to recognize and honor the individuals selected to receive annual statewide fire service awards and to present fire chief certifications. All attendees are invited, no separate registration is required. Dressy attire or dress uniforms recommended.

7:00 pmDinner on Your Own