F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium

2019 Topics

2019 topics are forthcoming. Check back soon for updates.

Call for Presentations

F.I.E.R.O., host of the premier fire PPE conference in the country, is looking for cutting edge presentations for the 2019 symposium. We are looking for presenters and presentations that will help us create a conference that engages, challenges and educates the fire service in all things related to fire PPE.
Proposals are due by August 31, 2018. Learn more about presentation rules and how to submit your propsal.

Submit a Presentation for 2019

General Sessions

This presentation will review the steps involved in designing and constructing a new fire station. It will provide an overview of the process, from identifying the size of fire station and site you will need, costs and budgeting, hiring of a design professional, types of bidding, characteristics of a qualified contractor and what to expect in construction. Using case studies and rules of thumb, this presentation will provide an insight into what to expect from start to finish of your new station. After this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the overall process of designing and constructing a new fire station
  • Discern the characteristics of quality design and construction professionals
  • Understand the difference between project and construction costs

HOT ZONE Design has taken root and is changing the fire industry. After advocating awareness of cancer in fire fighters and developing a system of categorizing spaces by risk within the fire station based on exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens, Paul Erickson has continued to advance fire station designs by including enhanced decontamination protocols and spaces within new and renovated stations. This presentation will illustrate the expanded recommendations for decontamination of equipment and personnel by using a case study methodology to show examples from recent design work. The presentation will start with an overview of HOT ZONE Design strategies to refresh those who are familiar and orient newcomers to the concepts. After the overview, the presentation will move into the main topic above and will close with a preview of the NFPA Federal Grant Study that is underway. The impact of HOT ZONE is demonstrated by the NFPA study and findings that will soon become available to the industry. You will learn the following:

  • To transfer widely accepted strategies and concepts for proper hazmat incident control to new applications in daily activities at the station
  • To recognize serious long-term health risks that currently exist at the fire station in order to develop and implement protocols to reduce cancer
  • Recent international research
  • Specific building design strategies and features for both new and existing fire station renovation efforts

At a busy fire station, responders can expect to be kept awake most of the night. As such, they will catch naps in the day room whenever they can. But even at a station with a moderate call volume, the 24-hour shift means that sleep deprivation becomes an issue for most fire fighters over their career. Bringing together scientists from different fields, this panel discussion will review the scientific literature on sleep deprivation as it applies to first responders, including the serious impacts on physical health, mental well-being, judgment, and decision making. The panel will also discuss ways the fire service can improve its response to this issue through architecture and policy. This presentation will show you:

  • How to identify the symptoms of sleep deprivation in your staff and how to monitor them over the long run
  • The various health and behavioral implications of sleep deprivation and how those manifest in the fire service
  • How fire station design can help alleviate sleep deprivation
  • 7:30 am: BREAKFAST and REGISTRATION (continuing)
  • 8:30 am: OPENING REMARKS
  • 8:50 am: Programming: Starting with a Strong Foundation by Lynn Reda, Hughes Group Architects
  • 9:35 am: An Overview of the Design and Construction of a Fire Station by Jennifer Bettiol and Ray Holliday, BRW Architects
  • 10:20 am: BREAK
  • 10:40 am: Solving Sleep Deprivation for First Responders by Craig Carter, BKV Group, Inc.; Dr. Michael Christian, Kenan-Flagler Business School-UNC; and, Dr. Catherine Counts, Seattle Medic One Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 11:25 am: Designed in North America, Engineered to Last by Ted Galante, Galante Architecture
  • 12:10 pm: LUNCH
  • 1:00 pm: How to Afford a 75-Year Station by Ken Newell, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
  • 1:45 pm: Draft Day-Building a Winning Team by Michael T. Pry and J. Michael Taylor, DP3 Architects
  • 2:30 pm: Lessons Learned: Getting Project "Buy-in" by Joe Mottola, H2M architects + engineers and David Sterne, Setauket Fire Department
  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:35 pm: Hot Zone Design-Recent Developments in the Yellow Zone by Paul Erickson, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
  • 4:20 pm: A Common-Sense Approach to Station Design Issues to Battle Fire Fighter Cancer by Fire Fighter/Paramedic Keith Tyson, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department & Vice President of Education & Research for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 5:05 pm: DIAMOND SPONSORS ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE
  • 5:15 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS GRAND OPENING AND RECEPTION
  • 7:30 am: BREAKFAST and REGISTRATION (continuing)
  • 8:30 am: OPENING REMARKS
  • 8:50 am: Programming: Starting with a Strong Foundation by Lynn Reda, Hughes Group Architects
  • 9:35 am: An Overview of the Design and Construction of a Fire Station by Jennifer Bettiol and Ray Holliday, BRW Architects
  • 10:20 am: BREAK
  • 10:40 am: Solving Sleep Deprivation for First Responders by Craig Carter, BKV Group, Inc.; Dr. Michael Christian, Kenan-Flagler Business School-UNC; and, Dr. Catherine Counts, Seattle Medic One Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 11:25 am: Designed in North America, Engineered to Last by Ted Galante, Galante Architecture
  • 12:10 pm: LUNCH
  • 1:00 pm: How to Afford a 75-Year Station by Ken Newell, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
  • 1:45 pm: Draft Day-Building a Winning Team by Michael T. Pry and J. Michael Taylor, DP3 Architects
  • 2:30 pm: Lessons Learned: Getting Project "Buy-in" by Joe Mottola, H2M architects + engineers and David Sterne, Setauket Fire Department
  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:35 pm: Hot Zone Design-Recent Developments in the Yellow Zone by Paul Erickson, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
  • 4:20 pm: A Common-Sense Approach to Station Design Issues to Battle Fire Fighter Cancer by Fire Fighter/Paramedic Keith Tyson, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department & Vice President of Education & Research for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 5:05 pm: DIAMOND SPONSORS ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE
  • 5:15 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS GRAND OPENING AND RECEPTION
  • 7:30 am: BREAKFAST and REGISTRATION (continuing)
  • 8:30 am: OPENING REMARKS
  • 8:50 am: Programming: Starting with a Strong Foundation by Lynn Reda, Hughes Group Architects
  • 9:35 am: An Overview of the Design and Construction of a Fire Station by Jennifer Bettiol and Ray Holliday, BRW Architects
  • 10:20 am: BREAK
  • 10:40 am: Solving Sleep Deprivation for First Responders by Craig Carter, BKV Group, Inc.; Dr. Michael Christian, Kenan-Flagler Business School-UNC; and, Dr. Catherine Counts, Seattle Medic One Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 11:25 am: Designed in North America, Engineered to Last by Ted Galante, Galante Architecture
  • 12:10 pm: LUNCH
  • 1:00 pm: How to Afford a 75-Year Station by Ken Newell, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
  • 1:45 pm: Draft Day-Building a Winning Team by Michael T. Pry and J. Michael Taylor, DP3 Architects
  • 2:30 pm: Lessons Learned: Getting Project "Buy-in" by Joe Mottola, H2M architects + engineers and David Sterne, Setauket Fire Department
  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:35 pm: Hot Zone Design-Recent Developments in the Yellow Zone by Paul Erickson, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
  • 4:20 pm: A Common-Sense Approach to Station Design Issues to Battle Fire Fighter Cancer by Fire Fighter/Paramedic Keith Tyson, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department & Vice President of Education & Research for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 5:05 pm: DIAMOND SPONSORS ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE
  • 5:15 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS GRAND OPENING AND RECEPTION

Concurrent Sessions

  • 7:30 am: BREAKFAST and REGISTRATION (continuing)
  • 8:30 am: OPENING REMARKS
  • 8:50 am: Programming: Starting with a Strong Foundation by Lynn Reda, Hughes Group Architects
  • 9:35 am: An Overview of the Design and Construction of a Fire Station by Jennifer Bettiol and Ray Holliday, BRW Architects
  • 10:20 am: BREAK
  • 10:40 am: Solving Sleep Deprivation for First Responders by Craig Carter, BKV Group, Inc.; Dr. Michael Christian, Kenan-Flagler Business School-UNC; and, Dr. Catherine Counts, Seattle Medic One Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 11:25 am: Designed in North America, Engineered to Last by Ted Galante, Galante Architecture
  • 12:10 pm: LUNCH
  • 1:00 pm: How to Afford a 75-Year Station by Ken Newell, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
  • 1:45 pm: Draft Day-Building a Winning Team by Michael T. Pry and J. Michael Taylor, DP3 Architects
  • 2:30 pm: Lessons Learned: Getting Project "Buy-in" by Joe Mottola, H2M architects + engineers and David Sterne, Setauket Fire Department
  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:35 pm: Hot Zone Design-Recent Developments in the Yellow Zone by Paul Erickson, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
  • 4:20 pm: A Common-Sense Approach to Station Design Issues to Battle Fire Fighter Cancer by Fire Fighter/Paramedic Keith Tyson, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department & Vice President of Education & Research for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
  • 5:05 pm: DIAMOND SPONSORS ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE
  • 5:15 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS GRAND OPENING AND RECEPTION
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