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November 18-20, 2020

51st Annual Conference – Schedule of Events

Draft Agenda - Subject to Change - Check back often for updates!

Tuesday, November 17 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

1:00 pm-5:30 pm IFCA Board Meeting – Casco/Kidd/N Cape

Wednesday, November 18 – Coeur d’Alene Resort Convention Center

6:00 am Tradeshow Vendor Setup Begins - Bays 3-6

7:30 am Registration Opens - Convention Center Foyer

8:30 am General Session Opening Ceremonies; Welcome and Review of Conference Agenda: Travis Myklebust, President - Bay 2

9:00 am-10:15 am Opening Keynote 

Alex Boyd, Assistant Fire Chief, Anchorage Fire Department, "Sled Dog Leadership - Leadership Lessons from the Trail"

The core of "Sled Dog Leadership" is within the behaviors that get the most successful teams to the end of the trail safely. Sled Dog Leadership requires deft application of team selection, development, training, relationship building, discipline, conflict management and team care to find the trail to success.

We in the Fire Service can use these inspirational lessons and lead within our own teams to create a healthy culture of “Sled Dogs” pulling for company and organizational success.

The objective of this presentation is to inspire the participant to envision their team analogous to the dog-team. Team leaders will be asked to consider challenges they face within their own situation and reflect on the actions of successful long-distance mushers. By placing themselves outside their department and the rails of the sled it may help shift perspectives and see their team in a different light.

Alex Boyd currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Fire Programs for the Anchorage Fire Department. Alex has over 21 years with the Anchorage Fire Department and over 25 years in the fire service. Alex started as a firefighter in early 1995 and has subsequently held every rank up to his current position of Assistant Chief, he has also been involved in all aspects of department operations including special teams and community risk reduction. 

10:30 am-11:45 am State and Federal Agency & Affiliated Agency Reports

· Idaho State Fire Marshal

· Idaho Department of Lands

· Bureau of EMS/EMSAC


· Office of Emergency Management

· Western Fire Chiefs Association

· Other – Public Health/COVID?

12:00 pm-1:30 pm Lunch - Vendor Lunch – Bays 3-6, Tradeshow

1:30 pm-3:15 pm Division Breakouts - Agendas to follow soon

                                                · Volunteer – (Curt Christensen, Fire Chief, Emmett Fire Protection District, Volunteer Division President) - Bay 1A
                                                · EMS – (Steve Isaacson, EMS Division Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, EMS Division President) -  Bay 1B                                                                             · FPO – (Joe Bongiorno, Deputy Chief Fire Prevention, Meridian Fire Department, FPO Division President) - Casco Bay                                                            · Training – (Bill Deruyter, Deputy Chief, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, Training Division President) - Bay 2    

3:15 pm-3:45 pm Break with Vendors – Bay 3-6

3:45 pm-5:15 pm      General Session - Bay 2

Charlie Butterfield, Deputy Fire Chief, Meridian Fire Department, "Carcinogen Reduction in Idaho - Discussing Best Practices"

5:30 pm-8:00 pm             Lake Cruise/Dinner with Vendors Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment
Mish-an-Nock Cruise Boat, Lake Coeur d'Alene; Hagadone Event Center 
Boarding via Boardwalk adjacent to the Resort - Must be registered WITH BADGE to board.
Join us to celebrate our loyal vendors with a relaxing pre-holiday lake cruise which will take us to our final destination - the Hagadone Event Center on the Lake! With its unparalleled views and stunning twilight ambience, the HEC will be the perfect way to unwind, network responsibly, and enjoy a lovely evening celebrating our sponsoring vendors!

Thursday, November 19 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

7:00 am-8:00 am Vendor Networking, Coffee and Breakfast Buffet – Bay 3-6

8:00 am Annual Business Meeting – Bay 2

-Call to Order - President Travis Myklebust

-State of the Association - President Myklebust

-Financial Report & 2019 Meeting Minutes - Vice-President of Operations Travis Smith

-District Report Highlights

-New Member Introductions & Challenge Coin/Pinning Ceremony (District Directors & President Myklebust)

-Other Business


9:30 am Break with Vendors – Bays 3-6

10:00 am-12:15 pm General Session – Bay 2

12:15 pm-1:30 pm Lunch Buffet with Vendors – Bays 3-6

Giveaways - Must be present to win

1:30 pm Vendor Teardown

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Breakout Sessions (Tentative)

-1. "Success Strategies for Getting a Bond Approved" - Fire Chief Greg Timinsky, Star Fire Department.  The Star Fire Department not only found a unique way to utilize and existing community building, they also successfully passed a bond at a pass rate not seen in recent history   Kidd Island Bay

-2. "Building Team We - Developing a Respect Model" - Fire Chief Travis Myklebust, Lewiston Fire Department.  The RESPECT Model, "building team we" will discuss the elements that make up an effective and efficient team. Students will learn the traits of great people, how to improve listening skills and will be able to establish a team we approach through RESPECT.   North Cape

2:45 pm-5:30 pm              Chiefs Roundtable - Bay 2

    6:30 pm Installation Reception & Class A/Business Portraits – Casco/Kidd/N Cape

    7:30 pm Installation Banquet – Casco/Kidd/N Cape

    Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment

    Friday, November 20 – Coeur d’Alene Resort

    8:00 am Chiefs Plated Breakfast - Casco/Kidd/N Cape

    8:30 am-11:30 am General Session - Casco/Kidd/N Cape

    Gordon Graham, Co-Founder, Lexipol, "7 Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover"

    Admiral Hyman Rickover is known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.” This portion of the U.S. Navy has a reputation for excellence as well as a phenomenal safety and reliability record. Admiral Rickover developed some “rules for success” in dealing with the risks he faced in working with “nuclear” power. How do these rules apply to you in your organization? A funny yet information packed program that applies to any risk centric organization. 

    Final Wrapup and Giveaways Must Be Present To Win

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