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    • 09/20/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Boulder Creek Golf Course - Belmont, MI
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    The Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
    Present

    Reading Buildings with Dave Dodson

    Friday, September 20
    9:00AM - 4:30PM

    $20 Per Person - Lunch Provided


    8 Certified Fire Inspector CEUs Available!

    Boulder Creek Golf Course
    5750 Brewer Ave NE
    Belmont, MI 49306

    Tired of the usual, boring building construction classes? We know it’s an important topic – yet find the classes difficult to choke down. Well, this class takes a whole new approach that is designed to provide essential tools and practice in making rapid street-reads on buildings, thus improving your tactical decisions. Dave Dodson and John Mittendorf (retired BC, Los Angeles City Fire, CA) have collaborated in developing this practical classroom session that should be mandatory for all company officers and Battalion Chiefs.

    YOUR INSTRUCTOR

    Dave Dodson, Former Battalion Chief and Safety Officer

    Dave has over 39 years in the firefighting business and is the co-author of the book, “The Art of Reading Buildings,” (PennWell, 2015) with Retired Battalion Chief John Mittendorf (LAFD, CA). He has served as an Incident Safety Officer for over 10 years and is a Past President of the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association. His “Art of Reading Smoke” class is a “standing room only” presentation at FDIC. Dave is the recipient of the 1997 ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year and the 2017 FDSOA Lifetime Achievement Award.

    RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK

    The Art of Reading Buildings
    by John Mittendorf and Dave Dodson

    Purchase on Amazon!

    • 09/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sparta High School - Sparta,MI
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    The Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
    Present

    Reading Smoke with Dave Dodson

    Saturday, September 21
    9:00AM - 4:30PM

    $20 Per Person - Lunch Provided


    8 Certified Fire Inspector CEUs Available!

    Sparta High School
    475 W. Spartan DR
    Sparta, MI 49345


    Often, smoke issuing from a building is the only clue available to predict fire behavior and the likelihood of a flashover or rapid fire spread. First-arriving officers, incident commanders, and safety officers MUST know how to rapidly read smoke. In this session, Davd Dodson gives an overview of the reading-smoke process and provide some practice using actual fireground video.

    • 10/10/2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Little Caesars Arena - Heritage Hall
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    SMAFC Membership Meeting

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019

    11:30AM - Registration and Networking
    12:00PM - Lunch Will Be Served

    Meeting will include a presentation from the LCA's security staff with a behind the scenes tour of the facility.

    Little Caesars Arena - Heritage Hall
     2645 Woodward Ave
    Detroit, MI 48201

    Only $20 Per Person!

    • 10/23/2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Belmont, MI
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    WMAFC Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

    11:00AM - Lunch & Meeting

    Boulder Creek Golf Club
    5750 Brewer AVE NE
    Belmont, MI 49306

    $20 Per PersonFire Service Occupational Cancer
    The Silent Killer

    Presented by: Lt. Cary Thompson

    Fire service leaders need to attend what could arguably be called the most important training of the year. This training has the potential to save many firefighter lives. Cary Thompson has 26 years of firefighting experience, and he is a cancer survivor. He will share his expertise, current research and personal story for every departments’ common mission of reducing firefighters’ risk of occupational cancer. You will be able to use the information regarding firefighter cancer statistics, PPE cleaning procedures, effectiveness of intervention methods and more. Just as important,  you will learn how to support those affected with cancer. The training highlights ways departments can provide support and resources that individuals, families and departments can use. Attendees will gain the knowledge to create definitive risk-reduction solutions and Cancer Risk Reduction and Prevention,  Standard Operating Plans. This training will save lives.Cary Thompson is a Lieutenant for the Royal Oak Fire Department. He has 21 years of firefighting experience at Royal Oak, and 5 more years of experience in industrial firefighting. He is trained in all facets of emergency response including technical rescue, hazardous materials, emergency management, paramedic and fire fighting. He is an EMS IC and Fire Instructor II. He is 2016 graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s, Fire Staff & Command. He currently teaches Health and Safety and grants, at EMU’s Fire Staff & Command.

    He has won numerous awards for firefighting and fire prevention education. He started the first year round fire and injury prevention program in the State,  called Safety City USA with Beaumont Hospital. He has created numerous public education programs including Safety City USA, Royal Oak Firefighters Walk to School, Storytime with Sparky, and numerous others.

    In addition, he is a nationally recognized grant writer, and one of the most successful public safety grant writers in the country. He educates was as many firefighters as possible about cancer prevention. He is also a doctor of chiropractic, and was in private practice for 14 years. Most importantly, he is a cancer survivor.

    • 11/14/2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Cabela's - Dundee, MI
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    SMAFC Membership Meeting

    Thursday, November 14th, 2019

    11:00AM - Registration and Networking
    11:45AM - Lunch Will Be Served
    12:30PM - Presentation

    Cabela's
    110 Cabelas Blvd E
    Dundee, MI 48131

    Only $20 Per Person!

    Fire Service Occupational Cancer
    The Silent Killer

    Presented by: Lt. Cary Thompson

    Fire service leaders need to attend what could arguably be called the most important training of the year. This training has the potential to save many firefighter lives. Cary Thompson has 26 years of firefighting experience, and he is a cancer survivor. He will share his expertise, current research and personal story for every departments’ common mission of reducing firefighters’ risk of occupational cancer. You will be able to use the information regarding firefighter cancer statistics, PPE cleaning procedures, effectiveness of intervention methods and more. Just as important,  you will learn how to support those affected with cancer. The training highlights ways departments can provide support and resources that individuals, families and departments can use. Attendees will gain the knowledge to create definitive risk-reduction solutions and Cancer Risk Reduction and Prevention,  Standard Operating Plans. This training will save lives.

    Cary Thompson is a Lieutenant for the Royal Oak Fire Department. He has 21 years of firefighting experience at Royal Oak, and 5 more years of experience in industrial firefighting. He is trained in all facets of emergency response including technical rescue, hazardous materials, emergency management, paramedic and fire fighting. He is an EMS IC and Fire Instructor II. He is 2016 graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s, Fire Staff & Command. He currently teaches Health and Safety and grants, at EMU’s Fire Staff & Command.

    He has won numerous awards for firefighting and fire prevention education. He started the first year round fire and injury prevention program in the State,  called Safety City USA with Beaumont Hospital. He has created numerous public education programs including Safety City USA, Royal Oak Firefighters Walk to School, Storytime with Sparky, and numerous others.

    In addition, he is a nationally recognized grant writer, and one of the most successful public safety grant writers in the country. He educates was as many firefighters as possible about cancer prevention. He is also a doctor of chiropractic, and was in private practice for 14 years. Most importantly, he is a cancer survivor.

    • 12/04/2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Belmont, MI
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    WMFCA Holiday Luncheon
    Installation of Board Members

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

    11:00AM - Lunch & Meeting

    Boulder Creek Golf Club
    5750 Brewer AVE NE
    Belmont, MI 49306

    $20 Per PersonGuest Speaker

    To Be Announced...


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