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Annual Fire School Instructors

Farmedic Course May 21st and May 22nd this is a two day hands on training. Eight hours of classroom followed by eight hours of hands on training.
Instructor To be Announced:

Class Size 30 Students

The National FARMEDIC Training Program has been working in agricultural and rural incident response training for over two decades. Initial activities began in 1981 when the New York Farm Bureau, Empire Nine (a regional emergency services training program), Farm Family Insurance Company and rural fire/rescue/EMS personnel got together to discuss the void in farm rescue education. Two troubling regional trends instigated this gathering of forces: (1) farm machinery extrications were often taking a long time – too long – to complete, and (2) rescuers were injured, some fatally, during rescues and fire-ground operations on farms.

From the onset, a train-the-trainer approach was adopted as the strategy to educate rural rescuers to respond to fire and medical emergencies specific to farms. In the 1990’s, the National FARMEDIC Training Program partnered with Alfred State College, Alfred, NY, and the NYS Department of Health, Albany, NY. This partnership generated a major grant from U.S. Health and Human Services to train 200 instructors nationwide. Since its inception, more than 28,000 rural fire/rescue/EMS, hospital personnel and farm community members in 48 states and Canada have been trained how to respond to farm emergencies.

In July of 2007 the program was transferred to its current home at McNeil & Co., located in Cortland, NY. McNeil & Co. is an industry leader in insurance and risk services for fire and emergency medical service agencies across the country. The new home will provide the program with consistent management, resources and vision for the future. It will also provide for growth in the current offerings and new programs as we move forward.

Many individuals, organizations and agencies have contributed to the success of the program to date. The commitment of all of these is responsible for the lives of the agricultural community and emergency responders that have been saved to date. A continued effort of all of these will ensure the continued success of the National FARMEDIC Training program.

Chief Andrew Schaffran

May 21 Friday 0900-1700

Promoted – Now What?

You just been promoted, Now what do I do?  There is more to being an officer than just being handed a new badge.  The excitement, new authority, responsibility – not only to the agency, but your fellow member's.  What can you expect. What liabilities lie ahead! How do I better my skills, education and mentoring.

Chief Schaffran began his fire service journey in 1990 with Cowlitz Co. FD3. He has served as a company officer, command-level officer and fire chief; currently serving as an Assistant Fire Chief for Griffin Fire – Thurston Co. FD13 and Volunteer Fire Chief for South Thurston Fire & EMS – Thurston Co. FD12.

Chief Schaffran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration, and has graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.  Chief Schaffran is a Past President of WSFFA and has been a board member for 10 years


    Battalion Chief Brian Dodge

Leadership Essentials for the Company Officer

Offered twice Friday and Saturday

Battalion Chief Brian Dodge has over 32 years in the fire service. He currently is a member of Puget Sound RFA in Washington State. Brian is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is a frequent speaker/instructor for the fire service and has shared his experiences in classes and conferences throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Command Administration from Eastern Oregon University and is a IFSAC Fire Officer 4 level and holds several other state and national certifications.

Leadership Essentials for the Company Officer is a dynamic class that focuses on proven leadership skills and abilities. The class is powered by student participation, role plays and real world critical thinking. Subjects covered include conflict resolution, communication styles, generational differences, and dealing with difficult employees. Students will walk away with an understanding of how critical the role and responsibilities of the Company Officer are in today’s fire service.



Class Title: Basic Rope Rescue 16 hours
Instructor: Doug Clark
Class Size 16

Doug Clark is currently a Captain for Chelan County Fire District 1, and a member of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office High Angle Rope Rescue Team (HARRT). He has significant depth in the area of rescue. He began his rescue career in 1995 under the instruction of Reed Thorne of Ropes that Rescue, where he learned the fundamentals of the craft. He began teaching for several groups to include industrial, military, law enforcement, mountain rescue groups and many fire departments throughout the northwest. For the last 24 years, Doug has continued to instruct for various conferences as well as many private and government agencies. Doug has attained the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) level 2, is a swift water rescue technician, and a confined space rescue instructor. Currently Doug is instructing with Forum Consulting. Clients include Chelan County PUD, Chelan County Irrigation district, iFiber telecommunications, and the Douglas County Sewer District. Classes include rope rescue, confined space and tower rescue.

Class Title: Live Fire Training
Instructors: 4 Brothers Training, LLC. provides quality fire service instruction focused on task and tactical level functions necessary for a successful fireground. Instructors include Leif Anderson, Dag Liljequist, Erik Olson, and Jim Walkowski.
Class Size 22 (each day )
Class Description

Advancing hoselines and extinguishing fire are some of the expected task level functions on the fire ground.  Learn when, where, and how to apply hose streams in the residential setting for maximum effectiveness in single and multiroom fires.  This is a fast-paced class for firefighters who want to challenge their live fire capabilities.  Participants should have previous live fire experience. All live fire training will be conducted in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2012 edition.

Maximum of 22 students per day. 8 hours each day Friday and Saturday

Students must bring current NFPA-compliant personal protective equipment which includes turnout coat and pants, SCBA (with two extra bottles), helmet, hood, firefighting boots, and gloves.

Class Title: Firefighter Safety and Survival / Survival Skills

This is a one day class offer on Friday and Saturday

Class Size 18 ( each day )


Rich Shrauner- (Retired] Captain Everett Fire. Assistant Chief Skagit County Fire Dist. #13 with over 35  years' experience, lead instructor tor the Washington State Training Academy from 2001-2012.

Mike Juozapaitis- (Retired) Driver/Operator Everett Fire. Assistant Chief Skagit County Fire Dist.  #13. over 35 years' experience. lead instructor for the Washington State Training Academy 2001- 2012.

The focus of this course is on saving our own, All firefighters should train like their life depends on it.  As we sometimes find out it certainly does. The best chance for survival is to be highly trained and not get into trouble in the first place. When things do wrong, a firefighter's instinctive behavior will take over and guide their immediate actions.

This course will begin with a classroom lecture covering case studies. Calling the May Day, RIT positions and functions, recon or rescue and removal, and approaching the downed firefighter, This  will be followed by hands (In skill stations: approaching the downed firefighters’ S.A.F.E. method. use of the RIT pack and U AC tor emergency air needs, use of the large area search rope, converting the SCBA harness, drugs and carries. moving the downed firefighter, special equipment or situations, heavy lifting. breaching. cutting, disentanglement, and TIC directed operations. Self rescue skills also covered in this course; ladder bail, body repels, hose slide.


Class Title: Ventilation

Class size: 18 (each day )


Clint Webley

Clint Webley has a been a career firefighter in the Wenatchee Valley for 12 years and is currently serving as a Captain on Ladder 11 (C shift) for Chelan County Fire District #1.  Clint is a certified Rope Rescue Technician and trained to the Operations level for Confined Space as well.  Clint recently participated as a student in the two-week Rio Hondo Truck Academy in California, allowing him to sharpen his skills as a company officer of a truck company!   As an instructor for the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy, Clint enjoys sharing his passion for the fire service and has a special interest in "truck work."

Gavin Burnett

Gavin Burnett is a Marine Corps veteran who works as a career firefighter for Chelan County Fire District #1, in Wenatchee, as a FF on Ladder 11 (C Shift). He is a certified Rope Rescue technician, Confined Space Operator, and has received training from instructors with the Los Angeles Fire Department on truck operations, with a focus on vertical ventilation. FF Burnett's passion is focused around truck company operations and developing a truck company culture.

 Matt Rise

Matt Rise has a been a career firefighter in the Wenatchee Valley for 10 years and is currently serving as a Captain on Ladder 11 (B shift) for Chelan County Fire District #1.  Matt is a certified Rope Rescue Technician and trained to the Operations level for Confined Space Rescue as well.  Matt has received training from instructors with the Los Angeles Fire Department on truck operations, with a focus on vertical ventilation.  Matt strives to develop a truck company culture. 

The ventilation class includes the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of the different types of ventilation as they relate to building construction and procedures. Students will review fire behavior as it relates to building construction and its relationship with fuel load, occupancy type and its place in the list of tactical priorities. From jalousie to double hung, from gambrel to four – twelve pitch, the window types and roof styles have an affect on the ventilation operation. The recognition of signs and methods of preventing potential backdrafts and flashovers is an important part of the class. Advantages and disadvantages of vertical, horizontal and forced ventilation are discussed and practiced when possible at the local level.



Chris Grant

Class Title: Incident Safety Officer

Over the past 30 years Chris has served as a Fire Department Health and Safety Officer and frequently assigned on scene as an incident safety officer (ISO). Chris has served as an ISO for structure fires, hazardous materials and technical rescue incidents. These experiences allow him to provide in-depth interaction on the topics that affect todays fire service.

NFA Contract Instructor since 2004 instructing the ISO and HSO curriculums. Speaker at FDIC on three occasions. IFSAC certified Fire Officer 4 and Instructor 3, member of Washington’s IFSAC Technical Advisory Group.

Class Title: Pumping Made Easy & Hydraulics Essentials

Father and son, Eric and Tim Quitslund

Saturday regular session 8 hours

Class Size 25 ( each day )

Class Title: Pumping Made Easy & Hydraulics Essentials

Presenter BIO: 

Father and son, Eric and Tim Quitslund possess a diverse and broad foundation of pump operator experience. Eric was a fire service mechanic, is a longtime instructor, and has served as a Training and Operations Chief; recently retiring as an Assistant Chief. Tim is an experienced pump operator; currently serving as a Lieutenant with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. Having grown up with the fire service, Tim has become an active trainer with many innovative and cutting-edge tricks of the trade to offer students.

Class Description:

This is a nuts-&-bolts course that specifically targets the foundational skills needed to become a competent pump operator. Instructors take a behind-the-pump-panel approach to demystify the intimidation of operating pump components. Course content is geared at developing techniques of all phases of pumper operation. This includes the basic water-in/water-out principles of pump operator hydraulics, the function/operation of common pump components, pump nomenclature, booster tank operations, flowing multiple lines, priming systems, pressure regulators, pre-connect operations, operating pumpers from hydrants, relay pumping, pumper/tender operations, and drafting. Students will be provided materials designed to support developing the skills needed to become a competent pump operator.

2 fireman in training using equipment on a carTracy Hoffman

Class Title: Vehicle Extrication

Tracy began firefighting in 1992 in Lake Tahoe, CA. For the last 21 years Tracy has worked as a representative for Holmatro Rescue Tools providing training to fire departments, and several regional symposiums In addition to hands on experience with thousands of vehicles, Tracy frequently interfaces with vehicle manufacturers, proving grounds, and airbag manufacturers, and works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathering and providing infom1ation on safety issues related to extrication. Currently Tracy is the owner of West Coast Fire & Rescue, the Washington State distributor for Holmatro Rescue Tools.

Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters From Firefighters?
Kimberly Cortez.


This two-day course is designed to assist emergency services personnel in defining and advocating organizational change within the fire service relating to safety.

Topics include:

  • Safety and risk cultures within organizations.
  • Influences on safety culture and risk categories.
  • Concepts, goals, and processes of risk management.

The course incorporates facilitated student-centered methodologies including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments.

An instructor has been selected to teach the Instructor role for your Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters From Firefighters? (F0349)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this instructor please email the shared email box at:

Instructor Dave Bullard:

Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services 4 hour classes

Quality leadership is essential for the emergency medical services and rescue providers to face current and future challenges. This session will examine leadership styles, qualities, and practices to help your department function at a high level by avoiding EMS/Rescue service leadership pitfalls.

Personal Protective Actions for Opioid Emergencies 4 hour class

This program is intended to provide important personal safety information to first responders as it relates to their response to incidents involving potential opioid emergencies. It is not intended to address patient care, medical interventions, or law enforcement tactical considerations as they relate to opioid responses. Agencies should draft and/or implement SOPs/SOGs for handling these types of emergencies. The information in this course may be used as guidance material in that process.

Surviving the Job: Cancer in the Fire Service 4 hour classes

Cancer is a serious threat facing today’s fire service, but there are easy and low-cost ways you can lower your risks. The 11 best practices for firefighter cancer prevention as outlined in the Lavender Ribbon Report into specific actions. This session will explain how to incorporate these life-saving practices into your daily routines in order to reduce your exposure risks and protect yourself and your fellow firefighters from occupational cancer.


OHSU Wildland Firefighter Wellness Program this course is a one day only.                                                Saturday May 22 from 0800-1700

Firefighter Personal & Behavioral Wellness program presented by Oregon Health & Science University.  As the demands of firefighters continue to increase, the demands on our health is increasing as well. Cancer, Cardiopulmonary, drug or alcohol use, sleep deprivation is among some of the issues that occur in our lives. This course explores and requires your participation in providing private response to your situation to try to identify any connections to firefighters. If you are truly serious about your health, this is the offering for you.


Pat McNertbney

NFPA 1584 Medical Rehab rehab of members operating at incident scene operations and training exercises.

Pat McNertbney Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with East Jefferson Fire and Rescue since 2000. Has served with East Jefferson and has held positions as president of firefighters association.

Class Description:  Course description: This course is designed to train personnel assigned to conduct "Firefighter Rehabilitation" to recognize the signs/symptoms of psychological and physical distress which impact emergency responders while conducting physically demanding emergency scene activities.

The class is focused on preventing the likelihood of firefighter illness, injury or death.

Training will focus on local, state, and industry requirements and best practices. Subject matter includes exposure to incident related hazards, heat illness, medical evaluation, and the physical set-up of the rehab. location.

Post classroom training, participants will conduct medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation activities for firefighters engaged in strenuous rescue and firefighting activities associated with the conference.


What all firefighters should know about NFPA 1851, 2020 Edition
Presentation Title NFPA 1851 Care and Maintenance of PPE Two 4-hour classes

Instructor: Scott MacKenzie

The most significant changes to the latest NFPA 1851 edition involves the cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of firefighters' personal protective equipment, are you ready?

Class Description:

Structural fire-fighting ensemble· and ensemble elements* must be retired 10- years from the date of manufacture OR when inspection results in a "Remove from Service" disposition

This class will teach you the procedures to follow between the Date of Issue through your gears 10 year Retirement. Including: Record Keeping, Preliminary Exposure Reduction (PER Cleaning)  Advanced Cleaning, and Specialized Cleaning The 3 inspections performed annually 1. Routine 2. Advanced, and 3. Liner system Inspections. Also will give instructions on approved methods for testing the new Particulate Hoods.

A certificate of participation will be issued after the class.

The class is focused on preventing the likelihood of firefighter illness, injury or death.

Training will focus on local, state, and industry requirements and best practices. Subject matter includes exposure to incident related hazards, heat illness, medical evaluation, and the physical set-up of the rehab. location.

Post classroom training, participants will conduct medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation activities for firefighters engaged in strenuous rescue and firefighting activities associated with the conference.


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