Educational Seminars

Date: June 20, 2019 Thursday 09:00-16:00
Location: Foxwood Resort and Casino
Educational Program: Developing Critical Incident Decision-Making Skills
Instructor: Chief John Sullivan, Brookline Fire Department, MA

This is an interactive workshop focusing on the significant leadership and safety challenges faced by fire chiefs, company officers and incident commanders at critical incidents. Guided by Chief John F. Sullivan of the Brookline Massachusetts Fire Department, this session will focus on the early identification of indicators which have “critical event” potential; techniques for getting ahead of and maintaining control of the decision-making curve, and the fundamentals of safety leadership that are needed to preserve fire ground discipline at all levels.

Often, “critical events” are once-in-a-career type incidents, and are most often test our proficiency beyond our normal scope of practice. Many “critical” events are a result of forces beyond our immediate control; others are the result of a seemingly “routine” incident gone horribly bad due to flawed decisions. This earnest and passionate dialogue will focus on those “routine” events that blossom out-of-control and often times lead to tragic consequences.



June 20, 2019 Thursday 08:30-16:30
Educational Program: Forcible Entry for Line Officers and Firefighters
Location: Foxwood Resort Fire Station
Presented by; Paul J. De Bartolomeo and Daniel Gordon
CT Custom Fire Training LLC. & Flash Fire Industries

Paul has been a member of the fire service for more than 28 years in both the career and volunteer ranks. He started his career as a volunteer in 1990 in Stamford C.T. He is also a 21-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where he is assigned to Ladder Company 28 in Harlem. De Bartolomeo is a nationally certified Pro-Board instructor, as well as an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy and provides lectures and hands-on training nationwide. De Bartolomeo has been featured in Fire Engineering’s Training Minutes video series, was a lead instructor for an F.D.I.C. H.O.T. class, was an F.D.I.C. classroom presenter, and is a contributing author for Fire Rescue Magazine. He is the owner & lead instructor of CT Custom Fire Training LLC.
Forcible Entry class consists of a full 8-hour day that can accommodate 32 students. The class begins as a 2-hour interactive power point on all facets forcible entry related. The class then is broken up into four groups. This class combines classroom discussion with Hands On repetition to reinforce the basic tenants of forcible entry. The classroom portion focuses on 3 types of entry (conventional, thru-the-lock, power tools) and provides the students with insight and experiences dealing with each. Once outside students will learn conventional forcible entry techniques using the “Shock, Gap, Set, Force” method to force realistic inward opening doors. In addition, students will also learn to force challenging outward opening doors typical in commercial establishments, use the power tools to cut various types of metal, and learn and utilize through-the-lock techniques in order to understand & manipulate various locking mechanisms.

Daniel Gordon has served as both a career and volunteer firefighter for the past 16 years. Flash Fire Industries was started to address one of the fire department’s toughest challenges: training. As the requirements have gotten tougher and more extensive, the availability of acquired structures have decreased and the rules regarding them have gotten stricter. Thus, Flash Fire was born as a super versatile, mobile training trailer that is available as a rental or for sale. Fire departments can now train on Forcible Entry, Roof Ventilation, any window evolution, confined space, and many other evolutions without ever leaving their firehouse.




June 20, 2019 Thursday 08:30-16:30
Location: Foxwood Resort Fire Station

Educational Program: Machinery Rescue by Take the Door Training
Presented By: Auggie Matt

Machinery Rescue The 8-hour machinery rescue operations class consists lecture reviewing case histories, identify hazards, types of energy, lockout/tagout, and medical considerations. The class is then broken up into groups and is run through various skill stations including a tool lab, fence impalement, meat grinder, hand and finger entrapment, and other skill stations. Students will be taught how to handle these machinery rescue incidents and gain familiarization with various types of hand and power tools. All props and equipment are provided. All students will get hands on tools and props! You don’t have to be in a heavily industrial area to encounter one of these scenarios. Any grocery store that packages meat, the local auto garage, any construction site or residential neighborhood.




June 21, 2019 Friday Keynote 08:30-10:00
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Location: Celebrity Room Foxwoods

Colonel Stebbins was the on-scene commander on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His presentation will focus on two, key lessons learned from that horrific event:

  • During the incident, communications interoperability within and between agencies failed, impacting emergency responder’s ability to perform their jobs at a critical time.
  • Post-incident, agencies were not prepared to identify and address the post-traumatic stress that affected so many first responders.

Colonel Stebbins’ presentation will focus on how these predictable issues can be addressed in advance of incidents.

Colonel Danny R. Stebbins (ret.) has been involved in Connecticut law enforcement for over 40 years as a sworn member of the Connecticut State Police, and over 5 years as an Intelligence Specialist with the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut. He was appointed to Colonel, the highest rank in the Connecticut State Police, in January of 2011 serving as both Deputy Commissioner and Colonel for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) until June 2014.

All Educational Programs Include an EXPO DAY Pass for Friday.