15th Annual North Carolina Fire & Rescue Instructors Conference will be held in Asheville


CarolinaFireJournal - Wayne Bailey
Wayne Bailey
02/25/2011 -

Asheville - The North Carolina Fire & Rescue Instructors Conference will be May 4-7, 2011 in Asheville North Carolina. The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza, formerly the Holiday Inn Sun Spree.

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Credit: Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

We have several events planned prior to conference; the first one is the Fire & Iron Motorcycle Rally held on Saturday April 30th. The proceeds will go to fund the Western North Carolina Firefighters Scholarship fund in memory of Gene Gladin.  Mr. Gladin, a well known and loved fire and rescue trainer, died of cancer in 2008.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

The next event is the Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday May 4th. This year’s event will be held at the well-manicured Broadmoor Golf Links located in Fletcher, NC near the Asheville Regional Airport. Proceeds will again help support the Gene Gladin Scholarship Fund.  To help us properly plan for the golf event, please pre-register using the information sheet located at www.ncsfri.org under “Conference” tab after April 1, 2011.

Starting on Thursday morning, attendees will be instructed by Chief Bill Goldfeder. Chief Goldfeder will be speaking on “Life & Death on the Fire Ground. The Facts: Why...Not Everyone Goes Home.” Chief Goldfeder is an EFO Graduate, a firefighter since 1973 and a chief since 1982, serves as a Deputy Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Southwest Ohio.   Chief Goldfeder recently completed his sixth year as a Commissioner on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.  He has spoken on, and published, numerous articles on subjects like combination fire departments, fire command and tactics, firefighter/fireground safety, apparatus design and deployment and fireground staffing.  His monthly column, “Close Calls,” appears in Firehouse Magazine. 

Through out the conference, there will be other national and international known speakers, trainers speaking on fire and rescue concerns and topics, including “Coaching & Mentoring Your Firefighters in Wellness,” “Building Lesson Plans,” and “Firefighter Burn/Injury Prevention” presented by the DC Fire Department Burn Foundation.

The conference is also a time the North Carolina Society of Fire & Rescue Instructors and the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders (NCAHMR) will be having their spring meeting. The NCAHMR will also have a special training session with Tim Staton, a seasoned international trainer who has been involved in many phases of emergency response in the US for over 25 years. 

To finish off the conference on Saturday in style, we have Chief Rich Gasaway speaking on “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.”  Chief Gasaway entered the fire service in 1979 and has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and fire chief in six fire and EMS agencies in West Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota. After completing his 30-year fire service career, Chief Gasaway founded the Center for the Advancement of Situation Awareness and Decision Making, an organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations make decisions in stressful environments.

There are 50,000 plus fire & rescue personnel and over 1,600 fire & rescue departments in the State of North Carolina. Approximately 85% of the 50,000 fire & rescue personnel are volunteers. The instructors attending this conference are the core instructors that train and test fire & rescue personnel in the state towards international accreditation through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission using IFSAC and The Pro Board.

For more information about the conference, contact Wayne Bailey by email [email protected]  Conference registration will be available after April 1, 2011 at www.ncsfri.org

Photo Courtesy of Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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