Lessons Learned

This conference will have some of the most sought after speakers in the national fire service to place a laser focus on confronting the challenges in the fire service with LODDs. Various case studies of LODD incidents will be highlighted that continue to show that firefighters are dying for the same reasons time and time again.

The “elephant in the room” is that our profession has to confront these issues more directly if there is any chance to reduce many LODDs that were caused by preventable errors. Attendees will be challenged to become change agents in their respective fire departments to provide the leadership that is desperately needed. This conference is a must for firefighters at all levels to gain valuable insights that will have a positive effect on the profession we all love. We owe it to those that made the ultimate sacrifice!

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29oct(oct 29)8:00 am31(oct 31)12:00 pm4th Annual LODD Conference8:00 am - 12:00 pm (31) Hurst Convention Center

Nearby Hotels
  • Holiday Inn Express

    820 Thousand Oaks Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

  • Hyatt Place

    1601 Hurst Town Center Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

  • Hampton Inn

    1600 Hurst Town Center Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

  • Dr. David Griffin, Charleston, FD, Sofa Supermarket Fire
  • Curt Varone, Legal Considerations in LODDs
  • Daniel DeYear, Deputy Chief, Dallas FR
  • Gordon Graham
  • Chief Randy McGregor-Bryan FD
  • Chief David Coatney – Dallas FR
  • Chief Samuel Pena – Houston FD. Moderated by Chief Alan Brunacini
  • Chief Alan Brunacini, Fire Chief (ret), Phoenix FD
  • Lt. Brian Fine, Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Chief Tim Sendelbach, Editor, Firehouse Magazine
LODD Schedule
  • Tuesday, October 24

    8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
    8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Dr. David Griffin, Charleston, FD, In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy –
    This presentation is based on the best-selling book with the identical name, which includes doctoral research that will help all organizations to determine whether organizational change is needed in their respective organization. Students are taken on an emotional ride from the dark days of fighting fire in Charleston, where 9 firefighters perished in the line of duty, to today where the organization is now a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure they do not experience this type of tragic incident. This course utilizes never before seen video footage from June 18, 2007, as well as the radio traffic that coincides. It was developed and is presented by the first due engineer on the scene of this multiple line of duty death incident.

    12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
    1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Chief Curt Varone, Deputy Assistant Chief (ret.) Providence, RI, attorney: Legal Liabilities Associated with LODDs –
    Line of duty death incidents are life altering events for all involved. The wisdom of hind sight coupled with the understandable grief of family members struggling to cope with the loss creates the perfect storm for litigation, and sometimes even criminal charges. This program will explore the liability issues associated with LODDs, examine case studies of LODD lawsuits, and address the lessons learned.

    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Break
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Daniel DeYear, Deputy Chief, Dallas FR, Not This Time!
    This presentation will examine, first hand, several Line of Duty Deaths, while addressing numerous issues that still contribute to firefighter fatalities in the U.S. Fire Service. Where is your department operating between always being safety conscious and the oath we took to be firefighters? What are the mixed messages we are sending to our younger and more impressionable firefighters and officers? Does legislation and policies equate to firefighter safety? What training issues and accepted practices do we use that actually contribute to compromised safety? In addition to normalization of deviance, what other hidden dangers are there that we are failing to address? What cultural changes need to occur at every rank on every assignment? Are we really learning from close calls and near misses?

  • Wednesday, October 25

    8:00 – 11:00 – Gordon Graham, California Law Enforcement veteran, attorney, co-founder of www.firefighterclosecalls.com, and founder of Lexipol: Why things go right and wrong in fire service operations.

    What is the cause of tragedies in any occupation or profession? There needs to be a focus on the difference between “proximate” cause and those problems “lying in wait,” sometimes for years, that went ignored and really led to the given tragedy. The attendees will be given strategies for recognizing the problems “lying in wait” so they can be properly addressed prior to the occurrence of a tragedy. Attendees will also be shown how to identify the specific tasks in every job description that have the highest probability of going wrong, and more importantly give you some proven control measures to prevent bad things from happening.

    11:15 – 12:30 – Stephen T Miles, Investigator, NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Team and Lt. Brian Fine, SFMO Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program Coordinator: How firefighter fatality investigations are conducted. Moderated by Chief Alan Brunacini
    This panel will describe the basic details of how their organization conducts LODD investigations. Based on those ongoing investigations, the same fatality causes tragically occur over and over. The investigation process also connects future recommendations to eliminate those timeless causes. The panel will present their recommendations for what fire service leaders must do to implement the recommendations to prevent the fatal outcomes.

    12:30 – 1:15 – Lunch (included)
    1:15 – 3:15 – Panel Discussion of Fire Chiefs from departments that have experienced a LODD: Chief Randy McGregor-Bryan FD, Chief David Coatney – Dallas FR, Chief Samuel Pena – Houston FD. Moderated by Chief Alan Brunacini

    This panel discussion will be conducted by Fire Chiefs who have had a LODD in their department or came into the department after it experienced LODDs. They will relate how the duty death of a member affects the department in both operational and emotional ways. The panel discussion will focus on the challenges of leading an internal department recovery directed toward getting everyone through the experience and then preventing the tragedy in the future.

    3:15 – 3:30Break
    3:30 – 5:00Chief Alan Brunacini, Fire Chief (ret), Phoenix FD and Chief Don Abbott (Creator of Abbottville and Mayday Analysis Project, The Mayday and ‘Cool Command’
    The operational and command details of a Mayday and the Cool Command system presents the functional and very personal behavior dynamics of an IC in a package that (we hope) prevents and more effectively manages Maydays when they occur.

  • Thursday, October 26

    8:00 – 8:50
    Lt. Brian Fine, Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, One Last Call- a look at firefighter fatalities in Texas, the common causes and possible solutions
    Several common factors are attributed to firefighters dying in Texas. The presentation will look at firefighter fatalities in Texas since 2001. The focus will be on the findings and recommendations to show the recurrence of similar issues statewide. In addition, some areas of concern will be identified (firefighter suicide, cancer). Information will be provided on changes made by some agencies and the effect it has had on those organizations. There will be additional discussion on why changes are not made, i.e. culture, budget, ineffective management, etc.

    9:00 – 12:00 – Chief Tim Sendelbach, Editor, Firehouse Magazine, Observations from 30,000’ – Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service
    As fire fighters and fire officers we oftentimes view the problems we face day-to-day as local or unique, but the reality is that most of the problems we face in the fire service are shared by firefighters throughout the nation (new, seasoned, urban, suburban and rural). This high-impact, high-energy program will highlight the challenges faced by firefighters and fire officers throughout the nation, and share critical insight as to the opportunities these challenges bring to current and future leaders of the fire service. This program is a no-holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of our profession while challenging our daily routines and the decisions that accompany them.

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