PFESI Spring 2020 Educational Webinar Series

Fire & Emergency Services Management & Leadership Education

PFESI Spring 2020 Educational Webinar Series

Eight (8) 1 Hour Seminars over 4 Weeks – Attend one or attend the all!

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Session 1 – Engaging Youth to Further Your Mission    (Click on this Link to Register)

Monday April 6 – 630 PM – 730 PM

Justin Eberly, Education Specialist VFIS

Many Fire/EMS organizations have canceled meetings, trainings, fundraisers and other events their youth members typically take an active role in. It is important to ensure youth members are not feeling disappointed or left out! Technology savvy youth members, with the guidance and supervision of an adult, can be valuable assets for public education initiatives. This webinar will encourage you to find innovative ways to engage youth members in furthering your mission.

-Address the need to keep youth engaged in your organization

-Promote youth leadership and personal development opportunities.

-Describe the importance of adult guidance and supervision.

-Identify opportunities to engage youth members.


Session 2 – Effective Organizational Bylaws for Emergency Services Organizations (Click on this Link to Register)

Thursday April 9 – 630 PM to 730 PM

Amy Myers, President, Union Fire Company – Carlisle, Cumberland County PA

Bylaws are the foundational governance document for most all Pennsylvania Fire and EMS agency. Organizations must review and update the bylaws to effectively accomplish the mission. This session will highlight the important sections of bylaws, how to update bylaws, and current best practices.


Session 3- Transforming Your Fire/EMS System Using Grateful Dead Business Model (Click on this Link to Register)

Monday April 13 – 630 PM to 730 PM

Anthony Correia, Burlington Township Fire Department
Fire Commissioner Jared Renshaw, Western Berks Fire Department

This program will provide a different perspective towards improving internal organizational performance, as well as developing and building relationships on a local, regional and national level.

Session 4 – Automatic Aid “Taking it the Next Level” (Click on this Link to Register)

Wednesday April 15 – 630 PM to 730 PM

Scott Garing, Chief – Harmony Fire District – Butler County

The SAFER Group (Standard Actions For Emergency Response) is an operational alignment of five independent agencies in Southern Butler County Pa. This voluntary alignment of fire & rescue operations works on the premise of “providing our best response on their worst day on our worst day.” Through this collaborative effort, a small group developed joint operating standards based on best practices. The goal was to increase the safety and abilities of the communities and our firefighters. These combined plans serve as a basis for each department’s Standard of Coverage for our “high risk- low frequency” events.


Session 5 – Mergers and Consolidations Best Practices (Click on this Link to Register)

Monday April 20 – 630 to 730 PM

  1. Robert Brady II – President, ROBB Consulting, LLC

This session will review the benefits and challenges regarding Fire & Emergency Services mergers. Rob will review the steps in the process of starting the merger process including establishing a steering committee and involved all stakeholders. He will review successful case studies from across Pennsylvania.





Session 6Volunteer Recruitment and Retention in 2020 (Click on this Link to Register)

Wednesday April 22 – 630 PM to 730 PM

Bill Jenaway, FASP Recruitment and Retention Program Manager

Upper Merion Fire Rescue, Assistant Chief and Safety Officer


Fire and EMS organizations face extensive challenges to recruit members and keep them. The challenges start with finding interested people, getting them trained, keeping them in your community, keeping their interest, and keeping them in the organization. This session will look at what is being done successfully around the state to recruit and retain members, what efforts are not working, and when is the time to look at alternative delivery systems. The session will look at opportunities for support from the FASP R&R program, the FASP local level grant program, and FASP R&R consulting assistance to local organizations.

Session 7Developing and Using a Volunteer Fire Department Annual Report (Click on this link to Register)

Monday April 27 – 630 PM to 730 PM

Mike Ibberson, Chief Swatara Fire Rescue – Dauphin County

An annual report is an excellent tool to communicate to elected officials and members of the community. In this session, we will review how to collect important information for a report and discuss what important information should be included in the report.


Session 8Building and Maintaining Effective Relationships with Township and Borough Officials (Click on this Link to Register).

Wednesday April 29 – 630 to 730 PM

Jerry Ozog, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Servicers Institute

All volunteer fire companies have to interact with local government officials. Those officials, elected or appointed may hold tremendous power over the organization. Too many times an VFCs only communication with local government is at budget time or when a crisis occurs. Positive relationships with public officials are essential to providing the best possible service to your community. This session will identify why unclear expectations between public officials and leaders of VFCs can lead to problems. Solutions to those problems may be easier than expected. As they say, it’s all about relationships.