KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Some RULES are meant to be broken or at least revised: “There will be no discussions related to race, religion or politics while on duty.” As the nation faces issues of social unrest, social justice, and reimagining public safety, Oakland Fire’s Interim Fire Chief Melinda Drayton offers her unique perspective, internal challenges and opportunities that their department has navigated this year. As well, she provides a glimpse into strategies and programs they have implemented and lifted up to address systemic racism and to ensure a future that values not simply a diverse workforce, but embraces equity and inclusion where each member can thrive.
GUEST SPEAKERS PRESENTATION Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department Colby Cagle and Debbie Carpenter Join members of the Council for Future Volunteer Firefighters to learn about the Guide for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department and how you can use the guide in your department. The guide offers ways you can increase the levels of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in eight specific areas of your department or organization. The guide is meant to be a usable, practical tool that can start discussions in your department or organization. It is a document that you can sit down with and work through using the worksheets and checklists provided in the appendix. Within each section, the guide provides a brief description of the topic area, a list of some of the expected benefits of making your department or organization more diverse or inclusive, “before” and “after” scenarios to help you understand those benefits more clearly, and implementation tips. The appendix contains a checklist for each section as well as some additional tools. The resources section suggests other materials you might find useful in creating or refining some of the documents or processes addressed in the guide. Guide for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department. This document was created by the National Volunteer Workforce Solutions FEMA SAFER grant and the Council for Future Volunteer Firefighters.
GUEST SPEAKERS PRESENTATION Telling Your COVID19 Story Lori Moore-Merrell The National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) is engaged with departments throughout the U.S. and with the CDC / NIOSH on studies tracking firefighter exposures and data analysis of COVID19 hot spots, PPE use rate and responder exposure. This session highlights how live NFORS COVID19 Dashboards make decision making intuitive for Fire Chiefs, Operations Chiefs, and Safety Officers. NFORS uses technology to capture data from computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems or records management systems (RMS) and analyze that data to provide operational insights for chief officers and the rank and file.
GUEST SPEAKERS PRESENTATION Cooking with AJ Fusco brought to you by O2X Human Performance Firefighter and Chef AJ Fusco shares cooking tips that you can use on the job and at home.