The Les Lukert Winter Conference-NSFSI


The Les Lukert Winter Conference

25th Annual Conference

Presented by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors (NSFSI)

You won’t want to miss this conference. The color of your helmet doesn’t matter there is a class for everyone. Come learn and network with other firefighters then go back to your department and “SHARE The Knowledge”.

There is still time time to register go to and get registered today.

The Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors (NSFSI) is dedicated to excellence in the training of Emergency Response Personnel. Our emphasis is placed on the development of the emergency response instructor or training officer. Our annual conference, The Les Lukert Winter Conference, provides participants the opportunity to participate in development, which will lead to uniform professional standards for Emergency Response Instructors and Training Officers.

The Society shall assist in the development and continuous upgrading of these personnel as well as promoting the importance of the role of instructors and/or training officers in the total emergency response organization.

Be sure to join us for the 5th Annual Leadership Banquet Saturday night February 7th during the 2015 Les Lukert Winter Conference. Keynote Speaker will be Mark Von Appen with Fully Involved facebook page and blogspot. Banquet tickets can be purchased on the registration page.


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The 25th ANNUAL LES LUKERT WINTER CONFERENCE hosted by the NEBRASKA SOCIETY OF FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTORS (NSFSI) will be held February 6-8, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Kearney, NE. There will be “H.O.T” (hands on training) classes along with a mix of 4-, 8-, and 12-hour classes offered. Please go or for more information and any changes. Some of the classes and instructors will be:

Pre-Conference on Friday

“Training For Success” Presented by Anthony Avillo

This class is for all officers,those that are in charge of training division, company officers who are charged the responsibility for training their personnel, and chief officers who must plan, organize, and supervise the training. Traits of a successful instructor are discussed as well as the need to know your students. Out-of-the-box and creative motivation are urged and many training ideas are covered, including interagency training considerations. Team-building drills are covered and the benefits of on-scene drills are discussed. Included is a tutorial for a trainer on more effective ground ladder operations through target identification and immediate selection, positioning and raising of ground ladders. Finally, the class will cover supervision in training and the proper documentation related to a training program. If you are looking for training ideas, this is the place to be. Class length 7 hours

ANTHONY AVILLO, a 30-year veteranof the fires service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire& Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He has a BSdegree in fire science from New Jersey City University.  Avillo is an adjunct professor and consultantat NJCU teaching Fire Science and developing curriculum.  He is also an instructor at the MonmouthCounty (NJ) Fire Academy. He is an FDIC instructor and a member of the FDICadvisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Fire Engineering, 2008), 3rded. due April 2015 and FiregroundStrategies Workbook Volumes I& II (Fire Engineering, 2002, 2010). He wasa contributing author to FireEngineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (FireEngineering, 2009) and is co-author of its Study Guide (Fire Engineering,2010). Avillo was a collaborator in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (FireEngineering, 2011) and has had issued the DVD Forging a Culture of Safety (FireEngineering, 2013). Avillo was recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSIGeorge D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award.




Hands on Training

“VES (Vent Enter Search)” Presented by Direct Tactical Fire Training

Lead Instructors Dallas Fletcher And Tod Allen

Over 3000 citizens die each year in residential structure fires. As firefighters, we have been taught lifesafety first. It is our job and obligation to make these rescues successful. This class has a brief classroom presentation and then it’s all (HOT) “Hands on Training”. This class is for all ranks and is designed for departments and firefighters who are safe but aggressive and have to execute a quick fix and rescue. In this class firefighters will learn how to carry and throw 24’ & 28’ ladders by themselves for those times when you’re short on members. Firefighter will cover searches and victim drags and removals. A good efficient department is a safe progressive department that will give second chances to those in need! Class Length 7 hours


Dallas Fletcher has 19 years of volunteer and career experience. Dallas has been a member of Valparaiso Fire Department since 1995 serving as EMS Captain, Fire Captain, Training Officer and Fire Chief since 2005. He has been a member of Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department as a Firefighter, EMT, Hazmat Tech,Technical & confined space since 2002. He is an EMS Instructor at SCC-Lincoln & UNMC-Omaha and is Instructor 1 certified. He had served as the lead/adjunct instructor for Lincoln Fire Rescue recruits for 4 years.Dallas was a member of Nebraska Task Force 1- Urban Search and Rescue team as Rescue Specialist and logistic specialist, K-9 search specialist.





Tod Allen joined the Crete Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter and made his way through the ranks of firefighter, to Fire Captain to the position he currently holds now as Fire Chief. In 1988 he was hired by Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department and has been at Station 1 for 15 years, first on Engine 1 and currently the driver of Truck 1. He is married to Lynette and is the proud Dad to 4 kids ages 18 – 11. Tod is not one to quote statistics, but knows what works on the fireground, he offers straightforward information with a sarcastic wit.




Conference on Saturday and Sunday

Hands on Training

“Rapid Intervention (RIT)” Presented by Direct Tactical Fire Training Lead Instructors Ryan Twohig and Dani Rayman


This high impact class consists of 2 hours of classroom interaction and the remaining weekend is HOT! Hands on training stations to include orientated search, VES, fundamentals of ladder handling, RIT pack and FF removal. This class is for all ranks in the volunteer and career fire station.We demonstrate how to extricate a firefighter from a structure and what to do once you locate the firefighter(s). We show techniques to perform from the outside to make the structure safe for firefighters and ways to extricate them from outside making it easy for RIT to expedite removal of a down firefighter. Class Length 12 hours




Ryan Twohig has been in the fire service for 20 years starting in a volunteer department in south central Nebraska. He attended college at University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received a bachelor’s degree in genetics. In 2005 he joined Valparaiso Fire Department and in 2007 became the Fire Training Captain, currently still holding that position.In 2008 he was hired as a career Firefighter for Papillion Fire Department where he currently serves as a firefighter/paramedic and feels there is plenty more to learn. He believes we need to continue training at every opportunity we are given to become efficient with our fireground tactics.




Dani Rayman is a firefighter for the City of Omaha; certified in Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and HAZMAT Operations. Dani graduated from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music and Education. She taught in the Elkhorn and Millard Public School districts before being hired with the Omaha Fire Department. With over 8 years of firefighting experience, Dani first found a passion for the fire service at only 14 years old, where she made her start as a cadet. Dani currently serves as a volunteer for the Bennington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where she holds the position of Training Officer and Head Coordinator for the Cadet Program. Dani is also the founding secretary and treasurer of the Bennington Firefighters Memorial Foundation, an organization focused on memorializing those who were lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.



Lecture Classroom

“Critical Tactical Change in the New Fire Environment” Presented by Dan Miller

Departments of all sizes must be aware of the scientific proof that many long-held firefighting principles area actually myths. This course illustrates the most recent UL and NIST study results, including compatible tactics for size-up, attack, ventilation, and search for any size department. Class Length 8 hours

Dan Miller is a Battalion Chief with the Omaha Fire Department, and former head of the Omaha Fire Training Division. He has 34 years of fire service experience and has been featured in Fire Engineering Magazine.





“Residential Structure Fires – A Question & Answer Approach” Presented by Jim Duffy

Residential fires are the most common fires in the United States. More than 2500 civilians die in these fires every year. In addition, about 47% of our firefighter combat deaths are in these structures. After teaching at the Les Lukert conference, Jim says“ I found that the students in Nebraska have a lot to share on this subject.” After a short introduction on modern residential structure fires the students will be asked to develop the action plans for the scenarios provided. With guidance by the instructors they will go on to work on the strategy and tactics to bring incident to a successful conclusion. The same tasks must be completed whether it is a large urban district or a small rural one. Class participation is a must, If you have something to share, this class is for you, Command officers, company officers and firefighters will use their own knowledge and skills to develop the strategy and tactics for the simulations provided using their own resources and SOPs. They will be able to learn from each other and share their collective knowledge. Using the Socratic method increases the retention rate and the ability to recall information when needed in the future. Class length 4 hours.


JIM DUFFY has more than 35 years in the fire service, a career firefighter for 23, and Battalion Chief / Shift Commander in the Wallingford (CT) Fire Department for the since 2000 as well as PIO for department. He is an Ex-Captain from the Mineola, Long Island (NY) Fire Department. He is a nationally certified fire instructor. He is an adjunct instructor for Middlesex County Regional Fire School. Jim co-hosts Fireground Strategies on FireEngineering Talk Radio with Anthony Avillo. He has been published in firefighter trade magazines in Canada and the United States, including FireEngineering. Jim is a co-author for the bestselling Tactical Perspective DVD series from Fire Engineering, lead on the Search DVD. He was the division chief in charge of the Yale School of Medicine Survivability Study on the Last Chance SCBA Back-Up Filter. Jim lectures on a variety of firefighting subjects throughout the country, and is a regular presenter at FDIC. Jim also teaches for the Wallingford Fire Department’s Recruit/Firefighter 1. Chief Duffy is a member of ISFSI, IAFC, and NYSAFC



“FULLY INVOLVED: Learn, Coach,Lead” Presented by Mark vonAppen

FULLY INVOLVED is geared toward fire service professionals who wish to expand their abilities in leadership. This presentation is aimed at anyone who wishes to lead at any level. FULLY INVOLVED is rooted in improving team performance and has application in both the public and private sectors. FULLY INVOLVED has worked for over 40 years in professional football, the fire service, and applies to the business world as well. Class length 4 hours. 





MARK vonAPPEN, a member of the Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department since 1998, is assigned to the suppression division where he holds the rank of captain. He is a committee member for California State Fire Training and has contributed to the development of Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention curriculum. Mark has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire Service Warrior, and is the creator of the fire service leadership blog FULLY INVOLVED. He is an instructor for the Santa Clara County Joint Fire Academy, a recruit Instructor for Palo Alto Fire, an academy instructor at Evergreen Community College, and a member of the “Nobody Gets Left Behind” training group. He has been involved in public speaking since 2005.



“Fire, Fitness and You” presented by Cole Henn and Kelsey Romshek


This class will inform, teach and coach fellow firefighters on successful health and fitness methods to prepare them for the demands of being a firefighter. Topics covered will include workout concepts, warm up and mobility ideas, movement demonstration and coaching, performing a short workout, and proper nutrition to support a healthy lifestyle. Class length 4 hours

Cole Henn has ten years experience as a professional firefighter/emt-b and five years experience as a CrossFit gym owner and trainer. Cole is the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Wellness Committee Chairperson, currently maintains a CrossFit Level 1 Certification and a USAW Olympic Weightlifting Certification





Kelsey Romshek has six yearsexperience as a professional firefighter/emt-b and a combined eight years experience as a personal trainer and CrossFit trainer. Kelsey is a member of the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Wellness Committee, currently maintains a CrossFit Level 1 Certification and has earned a  Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with emphasis in sports and fitness management.








“It’s in the Basement” Presented by John Lewis

A fire in the basement is different than any other fire to which we respond. Fire spread from basement areas through vertical and horizontal voids will cause severe structural instability and critical fire loads within a building. “It’s in the basement” are four words that should make everyone on the fireground immediately rethink their strategies and tactics. Usually this radio transmission is heard after several minutes on the fireground, while members are searching the structure under heavy heat and smoke conditions only to discover the fire is burning below them. Topics to be covered include building construction, size up concerns, proper hand line placement,ventilation and search procedures. Class Length 4 hours.

John J Lewis – Over the past 30+ years John has served in both volunteer and career fire departments, recently retiring as a Ladder Company Lieutenant formerly assigned to the Training and Safety Division for the City of Passaic, NJ Fire Department. John is also an instructor at the Bergen County(NJ) Fire Academy, and a member of the NJ State Firefighter Health and Safety Advisory Council, he holds NJ State Certifications as Fire Inspector/ Fire Official, Level 2 Fire Instructor and Fire Investigator. Together with his partner Robert Moran they have authored the Rapid Intervention Awareness Curriculum and the NJ State Firefighters Handbook Addendum.                                                                                               




“Incident Command, Strategy, Tactics for Rural Volunteer Departments Presented by Direct Tactical Fire Training Lead Instructor Dallas Fletcher


This class is for all ranks in Rural Volunteer Departments teaching the need for strong incident command in rural settings, even when short staffed. We stress discipline to all ranks, so the “IC” can do their job andmake the scene smoother and SAFER! Strategy and tactics as they apply to the rural fire scene are practiced in groups in a scenario-based program. Class length 4 hours



Dallas Fletcher has 19 years of volunteer and career experience.Dallas Fletcher has been a member of Valparaiso Fire Department since 1995 serving as EMS Captain, Fire Captain, Training Officer and Fire Chief since 2005. He has been a member of Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department as a Firefighter, EMT, Hazmat Tech, Technical & confined space since 2002. He is an EMS Instructor at SCC-Lincoln & UNMC-Omaha and is Instructor 1 certified. He had served as the lead/adjunct instructor for the Lincoln Fire and Rescue recruits for 4 years. Dallas was a member of Nebraska Task Force 1- Urban Search and Rescue team as Rescue Specialist and logistic specialist, K-9 search specialist.





“Ventilation Considerations” by Anthony Avillo

Many a fireground has gone bad due to the uncoordinated or lack of proper, timely and coordinated ventilation.More buildings are burned down due to this failure than due to another tactical fireground operation. This class, which will focus on the proper and disciplined coordination of fireground ventilation operations, will include the discussion and practical application of the findings of the UL Ventilation Studies and how it affects our operations. Types of ventilation, the difference between venting for life and venting for fire will be discussed. Additionally, peaked and flat roof vertical ventilation will be discussed. Roof safety guidelines will also be included. Finally, vent, isolate, enter, search operations will be extensively covered. A must for those assign and supervise ventilation, those who conduct ventilation and those who will be able to put out the fire a little easier and safer because of ventilation. Class length 4 hours.

Anthony Avillo, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He has a BS degree in fire science from New Jersey City University. Avillo is an adjunct professor and consultant at NJCU teaching Fire Science and developing curriculum. He is also an instructor at the Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy.He is an FDIC instructor and a member of the FDIC advisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Fire Engineering, 2008), 3rd ed. due April 2015 and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volumes I& II (Fire Engineering,2002, 2010). He was a contributing author to Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Fire Engineering, 2009) and is co-author of its Study Guide (Fire Engineering, 2010). Avillo was a collaborator in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (Fire Engineering, 2011) and has had issued the DVD Forging a Culture of Safety (Fire Engineering, 2013). Avillo was recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award




“National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program” Presented by Mark Meints and sponsored by The Nebraska Department of Roads



A new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training program developed through the second Strategic Highway Research Program is available for all emergency responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations. The training puts law enforcement, firefighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel and other incident responders on the same page, leading to a safer,faster, integrated responder team. The training is delivered through an interactive seminar which includes case study analysis. Participants attend a four-hour training session that has shown to facilitate traffic incident recovery, resulting in streamlined, effective responses while building a common platform of proven practices in incident management training. Class length 4 hours


Mark Meints has been in Public Service for the last 32 years in Law Enforcement, Firefighting, EMS and Emergency Management. Marks current position is with the Nebraska Dept. of Roads as the Highway Emergency Program Specialist.





“Reading the Building; Predictive Occupancy Profiling” by Christopher  Naum

Today’s buildings and occupancies continue to present uniquechallenges to command and operating companies during combat structural fireengagement. Building and occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy risk versusoccupancy type, emerging construction methods, features, systems and componentscoupled with the increasing commonality of extreme fire behavior and theincreased fire load package require new skill sets in reading the building andimplementing predictive occupancy profiling for firefighters, company andcommand officers. Focusing on a wide variety of residential, small commercial,multiple occupancy dwellings and main street ordinary construction, the programwill present leading insights on improved building size-up, risk assessment anddetermining and implementing appropriate tactical operations for today’sevolving fireground challenges, operations and incident management. Groupactivities, scenarios and interactive exercises define the program. Class Length 4 hours

Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Chief of Training, Command Institute, Washington, DC/NY

Consultant, NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. Tactical Theorist

A 39-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer,he is a distinguished authority on building construction issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building construction, command management and operational safety.

He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute in D.C, and is the past Second Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health& Survival Section. A Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and where he authors the Buildings on Fire column and the Buildingsonfire blog series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and is a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Firefighter Safety Advocate. A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Consultant and technical reviewer to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.

He is a Tactical Theorist and is actively involved in researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on emerging fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national fire service agenda programs,committees and initiatives that will define the fire and emergency services in training and operations in the years ahead. Chief Naum is the Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed dedicated to building construction, command risk management and firefighter safety. In addition,Chief Naum manages numerous interactive eMedia programs with Buildingsonfire on Facebook, @commandsafety on Twitter and is the Executive Producer and editor of & on PennWell’s FireEMS Blog Network aligning with, FireRescue Magazine and


“What’s Not So Ordinary About Your Main Street Fire” Presented by Joe Pronesti

A highly engaging presentation that encourages audience participation through the use of simulations,attendees “fight” fires that originate in basements, sub cellars, apartments on upper floors, cock lofts and other areas. Typical construction methods, fire travel, and best-practice strategy and tactics are covered; information obtained from Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is incorporated. Attendees will have opportunity to take home simulations of these events back to their departments to review as a department. Class length 4 hours.


Joe Pronesti is a 26 Year veteran of the fire service, the last 16 as a command level officer and Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College Fire Academy. Contributor to several fire service on-line sites, contributor to and is a Guest Columnist on  and presenting this program at FDIC 2015.




“Fire Ground Mistakes” Presented by Tim Zehnder

This presentation looks at 13 different things we do wrong in the fire service. The program covers, driving,responding/returning, safety, health, training, technology, leadership,size-up, RIT and a number of others. This a high energy program that gets students involved and has a lot of interaction. Class length 4 hours

Tim Zehnder started his career in the fire service in January of 1990 when he became a member of the Truman Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept. He got his EMT and NFPA 1001 training that same year. Tim attended Lake Superior College where he worked on his Fire Science Degree. In 1994, Tim worked for the US Forest Service, Payette National Forest (ID) as an Engine Foreman for 2 years. Tim moved back to Minnesota and continued his career with Truman where he held every position from firefighter to Chief. Tim was a Minnesota State Fire Instructor for 18 years, for 7 years Tim was the Fire & Rescue training program manager at one of the state training colleges. Tim retired from the Truman Fire & Ambulance service in April with 21 ½ years of service. Tim accepted the position of Director of Fire Science at the Mid Plains Community College at the McCook campus and started March 11th 2013. Tim is married and has 3 daughters. Tim presents programs on ff survival, ff safety, RIT, Rural Tactics, Grain Bin Rescue and a number of others. Tim is also an ISFSI 1403 Live Fire Instructor and travels the country delivering the program. In his free time Tim enjoys spending time with his family, softball, hunting and fishing.





“A Visual Application of Fire Behavior – Small Scale” Presented by P.J. Norwood

This interactive course will enhance the attendee’s current knowledge of fire behavior and then provide hands on demonstration of terms and information presented in the classroom. Choosing and implementing appropriate tactical considerations begins with evaluating the current fire conditions. In order to effectively evaluate the fire conditions the firefighter or officer must have a clear understanding of fire behavior and how the tactics will affect the fire behavior. The modern fire environment has changed and we must increase our understanding in order to have a successful outcome.This class will include lecture and hands on demonstration of fire behavior, as the instructor will conduct small-scale fire behavior demonstration. Each attendee will leave with the information needed to conduct the training within their department.The hands on demonstration will take place outside therefore attendees should dress appropriately for the temperature. Class Length 4 hours.

P.J. Norwood is a Deputy Chief Training Officer for the East Haven CT Fire Department and has served four years with the CT Army National Guard.P.J. has authored Dispatch, Handling the Mayday Fire Engineering Books and Videos (2012), co-authored Tactical Perspectives of Ventilation and May Day DVD’s (2011, 2012) and he was a key contributor to the Tactical Perspectives DVD Series. P.J. is a FDIC Instructor, Fire Engineering contributor, FireEngineering University faculty member, hosts a Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio show and is the co-creator of Fire Engineering’s video blog “The Job”. P.J. Norwood is also an advisory panel member for UL’s Study of Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety. He has lectured across the United States as well and overseas. He is certified to the Instructor II, Officer III and Paramedic.