Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors
Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors

Class Descriptions

Friday HOT (Hands On Training) - 

Search and Rescue Under Live Fire - 

David Mellen, Valor Fire Training


This class is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge of effective search and rescue techniques. From the basement to the upper floors, combative to unconscious, students will be exposed to every aspect of how to save those we swore to protect.


Learning Objectives:


1. Students will have the knowledge to search for, rescue, and medically treat civilian victims

from structure fires.

2. Students will have the knowledge of the best practices when performing a search and

rescue inside of a structure fire.

3. Students will demonstrate as part of a team, the ability to search for, rescue, and 3 medically

treat civilian victims from structure fires.

Saturday and Sunday HOT (Hands on Training) - 

Fire for Effect:

The Lost Art of Realistic Training

David Mellen, Valor Fire Training


This class discusses the rise and fall of realism in training and what impact it has on our firefighters. In today's fire service training we are often faced with the dilemma of having to 

choose between realism or safety. Students will learn how to get both and why it is so vital that we expose our trainee's to situations as close to real life as possible.


Through lecture, case studies, and research we will discuss the benefits both mentally and physically that using high fidelity training bring to your training programs. Students will learn 

how to incorporate realism in a safe and effective manner while still maintaining compliance with NFPA standards. Whether you are the new recruit firefighter or the Chief, everyone can learn 

from this lecture and walk away with the knowledge needed to be better prepared and better trained.


Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to:

1. Students know the difference between high fidelity and low fidelity training

2. Students will know the applicable NFPA standards necessary for fire training scenarios

3. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of hazards associated with fire training scenarios

4. Students will know the effects of low fidelity training as they pertain to safety issues

5. Students will have an understanding of the benefits of high-fidelity training and how to incorporate it into their organizations.


The lecture details the complexities of providing realistic training while still maintaining safety for participants. The hands-on portion will demonstrate the various forms of training options and give students the opportunity to experience high fidelity training.

Friday Classes:

“Extreme Leadership – The Next Generation of Leading Coaching and Mentoring”

Presenter: William "Billy" Greenwood, FETC Services


Extreme Leadership (8) hr. program will empower the attendee at a whole new level. We honestly build better leaders from within! Yes that is right, we use introspection to identify YOUR personal beliefs, habits and traits. We are all products of the environment we were raised in. Regardless if that was functional or dysfunctional. We will look at your leadership strengths as well as your weaknesses, then show you how to create a professional development plan to become a better leader. It is too easy for an instructor to just list out all the things a leader should do. And often many attendees struggle with implementing that type of information for personal change. The difference with our program Extreme Leadership, is we understand Perception vs. Reality.


Engagement - Today's fire service has 4 different generations of firefighters in the firehouse. Through the use of interpersonal dynamics, we have developed a class that will provide the 

user with a way to gain greater respect, yield increased production and motivation by simply understanding your personnel better. You will learn how to READ, MAP and COMMUNICATE with them all differently. We call it "Personality Based Effective Communications". The fire service traditionally is based from a "one order fits all" paramilitary culture. For the younger generation that hasn't been subjected to a military culture, they often find this leadership style toxic. So if you are struggling to engage the newest generation of firefighters or even the oldest in  the firehouse, this program will provide you with a new way to look at capturing the leadership edge by communicating from the personality side of building relationships, gaining confidence 

and obtaining trust. Have you ever asked yourself, "What was that guy thinking?" Well this program will identify why certain people do what they do.


Instructorship Game - Do you provide training at the individual, company or academy level? Well Extreme Leadership will introduce you to the 8 types of intelligences. Using our reading and mapping information, we will show you how to engage the student to achieve greater comprehension and retention in the educational field.


The afternoon session we will discuss the leading causes of negative behaviors in the firehouse and provide ways to correct it. Learn how to break down identify a root cause or compensating 

behavior. Learn our conflict resolution model as a strategy to provide behavioral modification. We will look at internal and external influences of negativity. Dealing with a work issue that 

is in reality at personal life issue. Learn what is available to you for assistance. This will include your rules, regulations, federal laws, use of EAP, CISD and possibly PTSD.


The Extreme Leadership program will wrap up with a Leadership by Example module. We will show you that leading in today's service delivery organizations require the right attitude for 

personal growth. This is a widely popular class that yields some amazing feedback. Please consider joining us!

Fire Instructor I

Instructors: State Fire Marshal Training Division

Brian Busse and Allen Michel


*Certification is available for this level with successful completion of the testing process.*


This course introduces participants and prepares them to become instructors in the fire service. This course enables students to become an effective instructor which is one of the most important and influential positions within a fire department. This course meets the objectives of the current edition of the NFPA 1041 Standard for Instructor Professional Qualifications.


Course Objectives:

• Gain an understanding of what a course objective is and how it relates to training

• Identify the parts of a lesson plan

• Adult learning methodology

• Presentation techniques for adult learners

• Classroom set up and the use of audio and visual aids when presenting a lesson plan

• Test administration and student feedback


Course will begin on Friday February 1 at 1:00 and go through Sunday February 3. The course will continue on February 15, 16 and 17 at the Kearney Fire Station 1. Course instructors will 

give further details at the beginning of the class.

Saturday and Sunday Classes - 

Volunteer Academies -

Changing Outcomes by Challenging New Members

Dan Miller - Fire Chief  Columbus, NE Fire Department


Expect this to be the biggest paradigm shift in recruiting you have ever experienced.

As firefighters, most of us can identify with wanting to be on a select team, and not the B-team, or scout team, right? If you are going to do something like sign up for a fire department, there is at least some expectation that it will be physically demanding, enthralling, life affirming, and bring you some kind of personal change that you’ve been seeking.


In today’s world of declining volunteerism, we find ourselves so desperate to get new members that we don’t challenge them. Instead, we coddle them, and welcome them to the treasures of 

membership prior to them meeting any concrete expectations. I ask you, what team sport have you ever played where you were not expected to earn time on the playing field – At least on a team that was any good?


Can safety and effectiveness truly be expected when we give members a pager and a key on day-one? We are doing them a huge disservice by not giving them the necessary training to keept hemselves safe in an environment that we like to say is one of the most dangerous around.


More than anything, new members are disillusioned by being undertrained and underutilized. It results in new members leaving for something more connected and fulfilling, with higher 

expectations and better results.


This class will illustrate a better way to bring on new blood. It includes the following steps: Accepting applications, setting a specific start date for the academy, establishing course 

rules and daily duties, setting high expectations, having rock-solid but fair discipline; issuing uniforms, establishing rituals and routines, training and certifying, challenging their 

resolve and commitment to their team members, and finally but maybe most important – holding graduations.


Using these methods has been shown to reduce attrition, increase member satisfaction, and increase safety and performance. Volunteer academies both indoctrinate and test new members, while at the same time making them effective operators on the fireground.


Dan Miller is the Chief of the Columbus, NE, Fire Department. He is a 38 year member of the fire service, past State instructor, retired Battalion Chief and past head of the 

Training Division at Omaha Fire Department. He is a 38 year member of the Yutan, NE, Vol. Fire Department (now honorary). He is an FDIC instructor and has been published in Fire Engineering magazine.

Surviving and Succeeding on the Modern Fireground

Jake Hoffman, Squad 5 Training Strategy and Tactics


This interactive program will discuss how to combine experience with modern fire research to maintain aggressiveness while improving safety and efficiency on the fireground. A review of fire 

dynamics will form the foundation for discussing research and case studies from across the country to examine why and how crews succeed or fail on the fireground. Topics including size-up/command, fire attack, search and rescue, and rapid intervention will be reviewed with best practices in mind to help ensure success at your next structure fire.


Jake Hoffman is a firefighter with the Toledo (OH) Fire/Rescue Department, assigned to Rescue Squad 7. He served on the technical panel for the UL fire attack study and is a member of the Northwest Ohio Region 1 HAZMAT and USAR teams. Jake is a lead fire instructor at Four County Career Center and adjunct faculty at the Owens Community College Center for 

Emergency Preparedness. He is a co-owner of Squad 5 Fire Training, LLP.


Fire Tactics for the rest of us

Brian Daake, Fire Chief, Beatrice, NE Fire & Rescue


Tired of going to a strategy and tactics classes full of hi-rise fires, first in assignments of 3 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Ambulances and a Chief Officer?


Then this class is for you! 


Rural and suburban departments have different methods to deliver the same service. We will discuss safe tactics for when you have less than ideal number of firefighters showing up to the fire. We will also share ways to get the best "bang for the buck" with limited resources while waiting for additional help arrives to protect our citizens.


Brian Daake started out as a Volunteer Firefighter in his home town of Milford, NE. He has been a member of Beatrice Fire & Rescue as a Firefighter, Captain, and has been serving as Fire 

Chief since 2006. He has also been a part-time instructor for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division since 1997. Brian also served the NSFSI as the Education Committee Chair for a number of years.


I’m the New Training Officer, Now What?...

NFPA 1021 For Training Officers, young and

established, or those who aspire to be Training Officers


Chris Hultengren - Training Facilitator

Magellan Midstream Partners


You're now in charge of training/drills for your department, now what? This class is designed to assist those who are required to plan and deliver compliant, quality training sessions. 


The class will help you better understand your audience, keep your people involved and interested, and help create enthusiasm about in-house training.  We will look at training models, legal responsibilities and the step by step approach to creating top quality training.  We will also provide information relating to various available resources that may be available.

"Surviving the Insult" -

Through Interior Situational Awareness

William "Billy" Greenwood, FETC Services


Making educated decisions under today's hostile fire environment is critical for firefighter safety. In this class we will discuss UL and NIST's recent fire dynamics studies, take in depth look at thermal imager interpretation for greater decision-making capabilities and take a hard look at how our PPE actually provides protection from Thermal Insult.


Through a working relationship with gear manufacturers, we will look at damaged turnout gear that suffered thermal heat insult. This class will provide the attendee with an understanding of modern fire dynamics, flow path considerations, and provide information on why today's firefighters are experiencing rapid fire burn injuries.


Using our proven 5 step interior situational awareness model, called "Interior Benchmarking" we will show firefighters how to better benchmark the interior conditions as they operate on the inside with 5 (easy to remember) questions:

What do I see?

What do I hear?

What do I feel?

Where exactly am I?

How long did it take to get here?


The interior benchmarking model will provide the user with information to be compared throughout the operation and thus make educated decisions on "Go and No Go" tactics.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

Thomas Merrill, Fire Commissioner - Past Chief of Department, Snyder (NY) Fire Department


"Being a professional firefighter has nothing to do with earning a paycheck but has everything to do with attitude, appearance, commitment, and dedication."


The workshop addresses multiple components of "professional," including how you approach the job, prepare and train, take care of your equipment, treat the public and your fellow members, and how you behave and interact with the public while on and off duty.


Firefighters simply cannot say "I am just a volunteer" and use that as an excuse for poor performance; being unprepared; using poor judgment; and engaging in unethical, immoral, or illegal behavior.


This presentation creates awareness of the increased scrutiny firefighters are under today not only from politicians but the public as well. That scrutinizing public certainly expects competent and compassionate (=professional) service whenever they call for help.


“Damn that was Close”

Mike Dugan, Captain FDNY Ladder Co 123 ret.


This class is a review of problems confronted by firefighters and Officers at fires every day all across the country. They encountered problems that endangered them and their team.


This class will review the common problems and how they affect team safety and fire operations. We will learn how we can predict them, avoid them or lessen their impact.


The students will walk away with a better understand of what they face and how to properly prepare for the challenge of today's fires and meet them safely.

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