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IFE-USA Education Conference 2021

When:
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Where:
Virtual Presentation via Zoom sign in information provided on completion of registration.

Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Bruce H Varner
Category:
IFE Educational Symposium
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted
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IFE-USA Education Conference 2021

IFE-USA Educational Program is Virtual, Zoom information sent with registration confirmation. CPD credit will be awarded to registrants for attendance.

 

Tuesday May 11th 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Eastern)

 

Nat Trauernicht, President IFE-USA, Introduction to program (Live) All presenters have been recorded in advance of program.

 

Andrew Sharrad, IFE International President, Greeting and Australian Wildfires

 

Dr. Kate Kapalo; Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Evaluating the Utility of Emerging Technologies for Pre-Incident Planning

 

Dr. Carey Waddell; The need for research and higher education in the fire service

 

Wednesday May 12th 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Eastern)

 

Nate Trauernicht, Introduction to Day 2

 

Dr. Matt Hinds-Alrich; Documentation and standardization of CRR data across the fire service

 

Chief Chris Naum; Fire service leadership

 

Bruce H. Varner, Immediate Past International President, Bill Peterson IFE-USA Membership Chair & Nate Trauernicht, Wrap-up & close (Live)


Presenter Biography’s


Andrew Sharrad, GradCert, EngTech, CFIFireE; International President Institution of Fire Engineers. Andrew is the Senior Fire Safety Officer of the Community Safety & Resilience Department and has participated on several Standards Australia committees and the Australian Built Environment Technical Group. He is involved with assessing building proposals, alternative and performance-based solutions and deals with Development Regulations, National Construction Code, Australian Standards and other relevant building legislation.

 

Andrew joined the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in 1986 and then the Institution of Fire Engineers in 1997 as a Graduate member. After 16 years of experience both on the IFE Australia Board and with his experience at MFS, Andrew gained Member grade in 2013 and then Fellow Grade and EngTech qualification in 2014. Andrew has been on the Australian Board since 1998 and is currently the Australian National Secretary. He has served as the President of the Australian Branch and the International General Assembly Leader and remains heavily involved with IFE.

Andrew actively promotes IFE at every opportunity he can through working groups, LinkedIn, Conferences and CPD events. Andrew is also heavily involved in membership recruitment and CPD events for the IFE Australia

 

Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D has led a number of national initiatives and projects to improve how fire departments across the country and globe collect, analyze and use data to focus their efforts, improve their operations, and demonstrate their value. At the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) he helps lead the development, expansion, and adoption of the FLAMES (Fire Loss and Mitigation Evaluation Score) methodology for insurers to assess local fire protection and mitigation efforts.

Dr. Matt previously worked for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) leading the development of a new national fire data system, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department as a Senior Management Analyst and at Anna Maria College as an Assistant Professor and interim Fire Science Program Director.

 

Katelynn A. Kapalo, Ph.D. is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Brown University supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology Public Safety Communications Research Division (NIST PSCR). Prior to her current role, she worked as a Research Statistician for Orange County Fire Rescue Department and as a Research Psychologist with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Katelynn has supported large-scale research and development programs focused on integration of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) training capabilities for the U.S. Navy. Katelynn earned her Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida in 2020. Her dissertation focuses on leveraging emerging technologies like AR/VR to better support fireground incident command in the context of pre-incident planning. Katelynn’s work has been published and presented at national and international conferences, such as the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Research Symposium, the Society for Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) Annual Conference, the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), the Florida Hazardous Materials Symposium, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meetings. She is also a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program.

 

Carey D. Waddell Ph.D is currently serving as the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay F&ES Deputy Fire Chief, possessing 28 years of experience in the fire service. During an adventurous career, he has served in every rank within the fire service. After completing four years in the United States Air Force, he started a civil service career at Fort Bliss, Texas. While at Ft. Bliss, he earned several promotions in a nine-year span from Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Fire Inspector. Seeking more, he joined the Department of Navy F&ES Enterprise by traveling to Souda Bay, Greece, as a Fire Captain and shortly after arrival was promoted to Assistant Chief for Operations. After three years in Greece, he then went to Rota, Spain, where he served as one of the first Battalion Chiefs. Again, after a year, he was on the move to Sasebo, Japan, to be the Assistant Chief for Training. Always looking for career growth, he transferred to White Beach, Okinawa, to serve as the first Installation Fire Chief for a period of almost four years. After serving a total of nine years overseas, Dr. Waddell returned to Beale Air Force Base, California, as the Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention.

In 2019 Dr. Waddell earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership with Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership, graduating with magna cum laude honors (2014). His higher educational journey started with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and a minor in Public Administration, which was awarded in 2012. Furthermore, Dr. Waddell currently holds three Center for Public Safety Excellence Professional Credentialing Designations: Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), and Fire Marshal (FM) since 2012.

For his advocacy of professional development in the fire service, Dr. Waddell received the CPSE Professional Development 2019 Ambassador of the Year. Recognizing the importance of higher education and professional development, he has been a CPSE peer-reviewer since 2013. Lastly, Dr. Waddell has membership with several organizations such as the Institution of Fire Engineer (IFE), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, Honors Society, David Price Air Force Association, and The National Fire Heritage Center. Although Dr. Waddell has had a stellar career and numerous accomplishments, his heart is always with his children.

Dr. Waddell is currently serving as the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay F&ES Deputy Fire Chief, possessing 28 years of experience in the fire service. During an adventurous career, he has served in every rank within the fire service. After completing four years in the United States Air Force, he started a civil service career at Fort Bliss, Texas. While at Ft. Bliss, he earned several promotions in a nine-year span from Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Fire Inspector. Seeking more, he joined the Department of Navy F&ES Enterprise by traveling to Souda Bay, Greece, as a Fire Captain and shortly after arrival was promoted to Assistant Chief for Operations. After three years in Greece, he then went to Rota, Spain, where he served as one of the first Battalion Chiefs. Again, after a year, he was on the move to Sasebo, Japan, to be the Assistant Chief for Training. Always looking for career growth, he transferred to White Beach, Okinawa, to serve as the first Installation Fire Chief for a period of almost four years. After serving a total of nine years overseas, Dr. Waddell returned to Beale Air Force Base, California, as the Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention.

In 2019 Dr. Waddell earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership with Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership, graduating with magna cum laude honors (2014). His higher educational journey started with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and a minor in Public Administration, which was awarded in 2012. Furthermore, Dr. Waddell currently holds three Center for Public Safety Excellence Professional Credentialing Designations: Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), and Fire Marshal (FM) since 2012.

For his advocacy of professional development in the fire service, Dr. Waddell received the CPSE Professional Development 2019 Ambassador of the Year. Recognizing the importance of higher education and professional development, he has been a CPSE peer-reviewer since 2013. Lastly, Dr. Waddell has membership with several organizations such as the Institution of Fire Engineer (IFE), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, Honors Society, David Price Air Force Association, and The National Fire Heritage Center. Although Dr. Waddell has had a stellar career and numerous accomplishments, his heart is always with his children.

 

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Fire Protection, Command Management, Operations and Safety Consultant

Technical Consultant & SME, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program (USA)

A 45-year Fire Service veteran and a highly regarded national and international instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer in the United States and a recognized global instructor, he is a distinguished authority on architecture and building construction sciences and issues affecting fireground operations, command management and tactical deployments. He has traveled throughout the North Americas and globally delivering lectures and training programs on building construction sciences interfacing fire command, fireground management, operational deployments and is a leading advocate on Firefighter Safety, Operational Risk Modeling and Adaptive Fireground Management Deployment Processes and a distinguished authority on Building Construction and Fireground Operations.

 

He is a Technical Consultant, Advisor and Subject Matter Expert to the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter Line-of-Duty Death Reporting in the United States. A former design architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. He serves on the Faculty of the IAFC Officer Development Program-Company Officer Leadership Series (ODP-COLS), Kean University (NJ-USA) New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Training Programs and Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Department of Fire Services Senior Fire Officer Forum as a frequent visiting lecturer. He has over twenty years of direct experience in Fire Protection, Industrial Safety, Behavioral Based Safety Program management, Human Performance (HU), Operating Experience and Corrective Action Program implementation within the High Risk-High Consequence Nuclear Generating industry.  A former Adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy (USA) and National Fallen Firefighter- Firefighter Safety Advocate (USA), he is a past member of the Board of Directors with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health & Survival Section and a past Vice-President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.