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The ISFSI Virtual Instructor Development Conference will host a total of nine courses that will offer CE credit hours. Six courses will be offered during the two-day event, and the remaining three will be available on-demand (all nine courses will be available on-demand post conference for pre-registered attendees who are unable to attend the live event).


Keynote Speakers


Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder

Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department

The Best Advice I Never Got

Deputy Fire Chief Tiffanye Boyd Wesley

Arlington (VA) Fire Department

Leading and Instructing In A New Norm: Reflect, Refocus and Reinvent




Fire Chief, Laramie County (WY) Fire District #2 

Beyond 1041
Expand and enhance your classroom and teaching style! This course will provide students ideas and skill on how to create an engaging classroom by utilizing modern presentation components, technology and classroom layout. NFPA 1041 provides base line for instructors, this course will expand the basics and challenge student’s creativity in presenting information.




Captain, Dayton (OH) Fire Department 

Creating and Managing an Effective Training Officer Program 
Engaging, realistic, dynamic training programs have the largest downstream Return-On-Investment (ROI) of any expenditure in our industry.  If our members are trained well, they will perform at a high level in the most adverse and challenging conditions that the streets can throw at them.  In order to have the best training, we have to equip our instructors and training officers with the best foundational skills and support available, and reinforce high expectations in the classroom and on the drill ground.  This session will provide attendees with a set of key foundational elements to establish an effective training program, cultivate instructors, and ensure consistency across cognitive and psychomotor instruction.




Training Chief, Northville Township (MI) Fire Department

Today’s Training Officer; Modern Techniques for Modern Times
Today’s fire service must be prepared for anything. We need to ensure our members have the basic skills needed to solve complex problems. This session examines the components needed to effectively inform, engage and prepare our personnel for the situations they may be called to respond to. Multi-tasking, creativity and follow-through are just a few of the skills required of today’s fire service training officer. This course provides attendees with creative ways to build new skills as well as ways to maintain and reinforce skills that were previously developed. Today’s Training Officer must excel at understanding today’s responders as well as tomorrow’s challenges. Students will embark on a journey that illustrates how to build unconscious competence through dynamic training sessions. Students will also learn how develop their very own podcast series and virtual reality scenarios despite a limited budget.




Deputy Fire Chief, North Central Fire Protection District (Kerman, CA)

Training Chief Academy- Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Innovative Professional Development Programs
Creating, structuring, and implementing effective and relevant professional development plans can be a challenge. Specifically, plans that can be looked at as the gold standard in content, quality, and diversity. Collecting aggregate data from programs and trends across the country numerous training and educational opportunities were identified that many may have never heard of that assist in creating a professional development road map that everyone can benefit from. This presentation will highlight findings and discuss professional development plans that encompass education, training, and certification.




Fire Chief, Tinley Park (IL) Fire Department

An Assessment Center for Training Officers and Instructors
Using case-based scenarios, real life instructor and current training officer experiences, the attendee will be challenged to provide solutions and participate in small group discussions to develop best practices.  Scenarios will range from developing short- and long-term training plans, dealing with learning problems, motivational strategies in training and knowledge of the standards and measures that training programs and instructor skills are based on.




Fire Protection Engineer, UL-FSRI

Bringing the Science to the Streets: How Do We Do It?
Underwriters Laboratories has been conducting firefighting research for over 10 years now with topics varying from structural collapse to fires involving photovoltaic arrays to different types of ventilation and suppression actions on the fireground. Research has become a fundamental backbone of the fire service and should be used in support of both firefighter and victim safety. But how do we incorporate this material into our teachings? This presentation will break down some of the most important takeaways for the fire service and cover ways that fire departments and fire service organizations can include research in firefighting training material.




Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.), Eastside (WA) Fire & Rescue
Attorney at Law, Murphy Law Group

Instructors Role in Liability
As “all hazard” organizations, training is one the most important activities departments must engage in to keep firefighters and the community safe. Training must be done in a broad range of hands on and critical thinking skills and must be an integral part of the daily schedule. Training Officers need to safely plan these activities not only to prevent injury or death but to prevent legal liability. This presentation is designed to educate the fire training officer and the department as to the legal pitfalls that may occur during a training session or recruit training academy affecting the training officer and Department.




Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute

Government and the Fire Service
With a new President and Congress, national fire service organizations will be active in educating federal leaders about the importance of federal fire service programs and advocating for legislation that benefits our nation's first responders. This presentation will focus on the fire service's legislative agenda in 2021 and how fire organizations and fire service officials can work together to advance fire service legislation.




Training Chief, Northville Township (MI) Fire Department


Deputy Fire Chief, North Central Fire Protection District (Kerman, CA)


Mentoring Program 101
The responsibility of every firefighter and fire officer is to be there for THEM! To do that we must consistently seek out ways to address complex problems, improve ourselves and those around us wherever we may be. Whether in the fire station, in the field, or on the fireground learning enables you to think critically, develop judgment, increase employee autonomy, and promote mastery. This presentation will highlight and discuss formal mentoring, the value of mentoring for you and your organization, and how ISFSI is leading the way to “leave it better than you found it” through an interactive and innovative platform to provide formal mentoring for the fire service at large.   


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