Cold Zone Conference 2018

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Welcome to 

The Cold Zone
10th Annual Hazmat Training Conference

COLD ZONE 2018
May 9 - 11th, 2018
Local and National Speakers

2200 Freeway Blvd Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55430

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Attendee
Wednesday May 9th  


Continental Breakfast 7 am  


Level A Olympics! - (Frost) (34 remaining)  (details)

 


Block A - Level A Olympics! -All day Hands On!! (Frost) 

Working in Level A in the hot zone is the hazmat technicians most mentally and physically challenging operations.  This 8-hour day of hands-on exercises will challenge you and your team, develop skills, and increase confidence in a Level A suit.  Using the spirit of competition unique ideas for training will be put into action to test your team, show the limits of suits, and develop your knowledge, skills and confidence while operating in the hot zone.  Ideas to be highlighted range from one-hour hands on training scenarios that can be set up in the engine house with just a few people to all day events with the entire team. The day will culminate in a head to head team challenge that will put three or four-man teams through course of obstacles, skills, and team events that will leave one team on top! Bring your team or come one your own and we will build teams.  Put your knowledge, skills and ability to the test and take home new and unique training exercises!


 


Add to calendar8:00 AM - 4:45 PM (Central Time)


Energy Emergencies (Callan)  (details)

 

Block B - Energy Emergencies (Callan)

Responding to Pipeline, Natural Gas and Electrical Emergencies offers firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel access to effective training on how to handle an energy utility emergency. The purpose of this training is to help first responders recognize the hazards and risks involving natural gas and electricity and that they follow the necessary guidelines to assure their safety and that of the public. Emergency responders, agencies such as emergency dispatchers and emergency management officials must be aware and understand the harm that electricity and natural gas present at almost every emergency. This training is based on national standards, with learning objectives and application activities to educate and engage all types of responders to respond to various energy sources. A certificate of completion and manuals will be provided for all participants. At the completion of the course, responders can check also their knowledge by taking a final assessment online. Those who pass the assessment receive a certificate. The training is delivered by the author, trainer, facilitator, and former fire captain, Mike Callan presenting the topics in an easy to understand method.

 

Add to calendar8:00 AM - 4:45 PM (Central Time)


So you want to be the Science Officer- THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO MN TEAM MEMBERS ONLY, 2/TEAM (11 remaining)  (details)

So you want to be the Science Officer- THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO MN TEAM MEMBERS ONLY, 2/TEAM

 A science officer is an important person at a hazardous material incident and must possess technical skills for the analysis of physical and chemical data, the ability to search the technical literature and be able to assess the interaction of hazardous materials with various containers. The 8-hour Science Officer class provides a thorough understanding of the 12 key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials (“The Dirty Dozen”) through classroom demonstrations, hands-on experiments and videos of hazardous materials events.  The materials used for the construction of containers for shipping and storing hazardous materials are reviewed.  The impact of hazardous materials on the container and the probability of container failure during thermal, mechanical and chemical stress events are analyzed using information from hazardous materials incidents.  The correlation between the stress-induced changes in key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials and the stages of the General Hazardous Materials Behavior Model is reinforced though demonstration and review of hazardous materials incidents. The use of the 12 key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials will also be linked to the completion of the State of Minnesota Forms and information that the Science Officer must provide to the IC regarding PPE, Zones and Perimeters Delineation, Monitoring, Decontamination, Respiratory Protection, Site Safety Plan, Evacuation vs Shelter-in-Place, etc. 


 

Add to calendarWednesday, May 09, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM (Central Time)


Wednesday Morning Break 9:45-10am  


Wednesday Lunch provided 11:45 - 1pm  


Wednesday Afternoon Break 2:45-3pm  


 Dinner on your own  
Add to calendar5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Central Time)


Thursday May 10th  


Thursday Continental Breakfast 7am  


General Session 1 - All Hazards Awareness: Proper Threat Recognition in the Field  (details)


All Hazards Awareness: Proper Threat Recognition in the Field

Homemade Explosives, Narcotics, and the reemerging threat of chemical weapons production consistently challenges first responders. When the call for service comes, we respond regardless of the potential risk we face. This lecture will focus on understanding the potential threat from multiple hazards in a clandestine environment. We will discuss the use of shared knowledge, experience, observation and investigative skills paired with appropriate technology to minimize that risk. Identifying and understanding the process is the first step toward identifying the threat.

 



Add to calendar8:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Central Time)


Morning Break 9:45 - 10am  


General Session 2 -  (details)
Description Coming Soon
Add to calendar10:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Central Time)


Lunch provided 11:45 - 1pm  


Workshops 1  (details)
1A - STRESS MANAGEMENT IN STRESSFUL TIMES (Fred Cowie)
Human beings are mammals—thinking mammals, emotional mammals. Mammals with highly developed brain cortices, especially the prefrontal “executive function” cortex. Humans want to think themselves out of problems. First responders, fire fighters, and hazmat team members have taken many hundreds of hours of intensive training to solve complex problems. Unfortunately, you can’t think yourself out of stress, for stress is not intellectual problem. Yet, stress and strain (the effect of stress) can be addressed effectively, with practice, if well understood. Fred Cowie worked as a state liaison in the disaster and terrorism realm and was liaison to Indian Nations for emergencies, all while parenting a son with a progressive terminal illness and dealing with a medical-bill induced bankruptcy. Fred knows stress and stress management.

 

1B - Joint Hazards Incident Response (Gahagan)
This presentation will discuss the need for and the development of a partnership between HAZMAT Technicians and Bomb Technicians as it relates to hazardous response. The current threat requires more resources than one specialty unit can normally provide. This has resulted in lack of efficiency and many times safety due to operating outside of our lanes and lack of appropriate resources. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services State HAZMAT team realizing these short comings and having a large number of incidents involving a multitude of threats formed a not only the first of its kind Joint Hazards Incident Response Team, but an entire program and process to include selection, training, technology, responsibilities, and of course interoperability. This program as well as the successes and failures will be discussed along with the availability of building a program with a new training course developed by OPS15. The Joint Hazards Incident Response Team (JHIRT) is a team within the MA Department of Fire Services Hazardous Materials Response Division. This team is comprised of hazardous materials technicians trained to provide technical and/or operational assistance in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad to incidents involving reactive or energetic materials that may be used, stored and or manufactured in such a manner to cause harm to the public or responders.  The skills and expertise of this team are necessary in the assessment, strategy and mitigation of these types of incidents.



1C - How Not to Suck When Teaching Haz Mat (The HazMat Guys)
We’ve all been in a class where the teacher was more toxic than the chemicals being discussed. We like to call this “Acute Toxic Instructor Syndrome.” In this course, we discuss different methods of instruction that will help keep students more engaged. We outline various methods that can help ensure key points are remembered by attendees and that attention is maintained throughout the duration of any lecture. This class will transform the way you instruct, change the way your students learn, and raise the haz mat training of our department.

 

1D - HazMat IQ 2.0 The HazMatIQ Above The Line / Below The Line System is a patented program developed by experienced hazardous materials responders, taught in a straight forward, easy to understand methodology. This cornerstone course, lays the foundation for all HazMatIQ Courses. Through the use of simplifi ed fl ow charts, personnel are able to safely and effi ciently respond to any known or unknown chemical / mixture. Students will be trained to size-up (physical state, hazards, initial hot zone, correct meters and PPE) of any chemical in seconds. The system use a streamlined methodology to build upon the initial sizeup, preparing them to immediately go to work when they arrive on a Hazardous Materials/WMD event.

1E - Street Smart Meters (Callan & Docimo) Part 1 of 2
The goal of this session is to provide the mental and mechanical tools to make complex hazmat emergencies – simpler! Using Direct reading instrumentation, decisions can become easier. It's not as difficult as you think. Come benefit from years of hazmat experience, training and lessons learned without the pain of you "learning it the hard way". This program will help you look at your next incident in a completely different manner. Using instruments like CGI’s, PIDs Colorimetric Tubes and other meters we will provide you with methods for interpreting the readings with tactics in mind. See how it all boils down to a series of rules, in other words how fast can you get to the answers you need. In hazmat without a meter you are doomed to use the DOT ERG the whole incident.

1F - Motivational Leadership in a Tactical Environment (Hayes) Part 1 of 2
Motivating highly skilled tactical minded staff is one of the greatest challenges for all leaders. What are some of the key concepts that will make you successful and how can they be applied is critical a question asked by many of today’s leaders? You will identify through lecture, video review and hands-on evaluation ways you can size up your team and apply well-researched motivational techniques for application within your organization. From that point, you will learn and develop simple tools that are designed to help you clearly communicate and motivate your team. Your ability to be tactically minded as leaders when motivating your team will determine the teams success or failure. Help yourself create a leadership environment giving your team the best chance for success.

Add to calendarThursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Central Time)
  • 1A - STRESS MANAGEMENT IN STRESSFUL TIMES (Fred Cowie)
  • 1B - Joint Hazards Incident Response (Gahagan)
  • 1C How Not to Suck When Teaching Haz Mat (The HazMat Guys)
  • 1D HazMat IQ 2.0
  • 1E Street Smart Meters (Callan & Docimo) Part 1 of 2
  • 1F Motivational Leadership in a Tactical Environment (Hayes) Part 1 of 2


Afternoon Break 2:45 - 3pm  


Workshops 2  (details)


2A - RURAL HAZMAT PREPAREDNESS (Fred Cowie)

Rural counties with small, dispersed populations; small towns with VFDs; and agricultural areas with long drive times to and from the metropolitan areas where response teams, equipment, and supplies reside, those were Fred Cowie’s places of business. Fred worked as the State of Montana Hazmat Program Manager, a trainer of rural county and small town preparedness planners, an OSHA Hazmat Awareness trainer going to the 56 Montana counties, and he spent a decade integrating Montana’s rural county emergency management systems and VFDs with industry (refinery and railroad), municipal, National Guard, and federal Region 8 (EPA and Coast Guard) hazmat teams. Fred’s job was integrating the rural planning and preparedness processes with the response plans of out-of-county response organizations.

2B—OPS 15 (Gahagan)

2C - Haz-Mat Mad-Libs (The HazMat Guys)

This presentation is designed to help the haz mat member better understand the “why” behind what we do. It’s an interactive class that starts off with the class giving words to fill in the blanks, and as the story unfolds, the real questions begin. The stories are never the same and anything can happen. The audience will have various reference books to help them come to a final answer, and we will consider all aspects of the fictional incident from the operations level through specialist and incident command.

 

2D - The Evolution of HazMat (Frost)

How did hazardous materials response get to where it is today? Why do we do, what we do?  Take a look back in history at some of the key events that help to drive the evolution that became hazardous materials response. Texas City, Texas; Kingman, Arizona; Crescent City, IL; Shreveport, Louisiana, these are just a few of the events that helped to drive the change that would lead to hazardous materials response. Join us as we follow the road through history stopping along the way to look at the key events that were the catalyst for change. Lessons learned that should not be forgotten.

 

2E - Street Smart Meters (Callan & Docimo) Part 2 of 2

The goal of this session is to provide the mental and mechanical tools to make complex hazmat emergencies – simpler! Using Direct reading instrumentation, decisions can become easier. It's not as difficult as you think. Come benefit from years of hazmat experience, training and lessons learned without the pain of you "learning it the hard way". This program will help you look at your next incident in a completely different manner. Using instruments like CGI’s, PIDs Colorimetric Tubes and other meters we will provide you with methods for interpreting the readings with tactics in mind. See how it all boils down to a series of rules, in other words how fast can you get to the answers you need. In hazmat without a meter you are doomed to use the DOT ERG the whole incident.

2F - Motivational Leadership in a Tactical Environment (Hayes) Part 2 of 2

Motivating highly skilled tactical minded staff is one of the greatest challenges for all leaders. What are some of the key concepts that will make you successful and how can they be applied is critical a question asked by many of today’s leaders? You will identify through lecture, video review and hands-on evaluation ways you can size up your team and apply well-researched motivational techniques for application within your organization. From that point, you will learn and develop simple tools that are designed to help you clearly communicate and motivate your team. Your ability to be tactically minded as leaders when motivating your team will determine the teams success or failure. Help yourself create a leadership environment giving your team the best chance for success.


Add to calendarThursday, May 10, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM (Central Time)
  • 2A - RURAL HAZMAT PREPAREDNESS (Fred Cowie)
  • 2B - Joint Hazards Incident Response (Gahagan)
  • 2C Haz-Mat Mad-Libs (The HazMat Guys)
  • 2D The Evolution of HazMat (Frost)
  • 2E Street Smart Meters (Callan & Docimo) Part 2 of 2
  • 2F Motivational Leadership in a Tactical Environment (Hayes) Part 2 of 2


Cold Zone Social hour/ Food & Beverages provided  
Add to calendar5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Central Time)


Friday May 11th  


Continental Breakfast 7am  


Workshops 3  (details)

3A - How Smart is Your Haz Mat Team? A Street-Smart Method for Evaluating Your Haz Mat Team Members. (Callan)

At a Jeopardy audition years ago, I learned the value of rapid questions in an eclectic, random, changing subject matter process that tests the overall knowledge of an individual emergency responder. The participants in this session are given a series of pictures, problems and scenarios followed by quick question or even a series of questions. Sometimes there are several correct answers, some just better than others (like real life). The evaluation is based on what the students know determined by their answer or choice. Questions like “best” meter or “second choice” of gloves, test the participant’s analysis of the problem. In some cases, there are often no wrong answers you just have to justify and explain your choice.

 

3B - The New Wild Wild West: Bath Salts, Spice, and Synthetics (Frost)

Bath salts, spice, and synthetics, what are we getting into? What are the hazards of these unknown mixtures? In this presentation we will look at the history, components and chemistry, as well as current trends in these operations. We will examine the alphabet soup of chemicals and explain what they are. How can we identify these chemicals? Why are these operations so hard to stop? And what is next?

 

3C - Oxidizers (The HazMat Guys)

This session will provide a more advanced understanding of oxidizers. It’s designed to empower participants to make better on-scene tactical decisions based upon situations and variables at hand. Case studies will be provided to emphasize recognition of oxidizers and ability to predict harm to the responder.

 

3D - Tactical Planning for Special Events- A Hazmat Response perspective (Hayes)

Part 1 of 2

All of our jurisdictions are planning festivals, concerts and other special events which create challenges for our response. Given the increased risks in today’s society, how doe we properly protect these venues from being attractive targets. Within this session you will look at the current “threats” and trends from the current intelligence sources available to Public Safety. Next you will look how to properly identify strategies to protect venues from a hazardous materials perspective utilizing the technologies readily available. Finally, you will identify ways you can improve protection at venues within your jurisdiction based on review or tactical operations at past venues held within Minnesota.

 

3E - METERS 101… Mission Specific for Operational Trained Responders

HANDS ON (Docimo) Part 1 of 2 It is so important that the recent NFPA 472 update requires that even Operational Level Trained responders have a good understanding of basic air monitoring equipment. Most responders under-utilize their detectors in standard HAZMAT response and seem to get away with it. But in a true chemical event, the importance of monitoring is critical in making key decisions, such as identifying a hoax, establishing zones, making evacuation decisions, mandating PPE and determining decontamination needs.

Add to calendarFriday, May 11, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Central Time)
  • 3A How Smart is Your Haz Mat Team? A Street-Smart Method for Evaluating Your Haz Mat Team Members (Callan)
  • 3B The New Wild Wild West Bath Salts Spice and Synthetics (Frost)
  • 3C Oxidizers (The HazMat Guys)
  • 3D Tactical Planning for Special Events- A Hazmat Response perspective (Hayes) Part 1 of 2
  • 3E METERS 101… Mission Specific for Operational Trained Responders HANDS ON (Docimo) Part 1 of 2


Friday Morning Break 9:45-10am  


Workshops 4  (details)

4A - Five Decades of Lessons learned In Haz Mat Instruction (Callan)

In teaching Haz Mat over the last 5 decades Mike Callan has discovered many training techniques that work. They are lessons that instructors learn through the years, just like students. Join Mike in this unique class where he shares not only his most useful and worthwhile teaching applications but also relates the levels of knowledge level the haz mat responder/student has evolved through the last quarter of 19th century all the way to through the first two decades of 21st century. We’ve come a long way from a pictogram of a “melting hand” on a corrosive placard to the instrument displaying the “footprint" white powder.

4B - Putting the Fire Back in HazMat Training (Frost)

Tired of the same training over and over? With today’s diminishing budgets, creative solutions to training are more important than ever. Here are some low cost training ideas that will put the spark back your HazMat training with the spirit of competition. Ideas to be highlighted range from one hour hands on training scenarios that can be set up in the engine house with just a few people to all day events with the entire team that will reignite your members interest in training.  These ideas can be put into action with little cost or equipment investment. 

 

4C - Transfer of Fuels: From the Tank to the Drum  (The HazMat Guys)

Nationwide, and on a daily basis, one of the most common situations haz mat personnel encounter are fuel leaks and spills on the roadway. When dealing with these fuels, we are regularly faced with both civilian and member complacency, as well as the lack of understanding surrounding their hazards.

 

4D - Tactical Planning for Special Events- A Hazmat Response perspective (Hayes) Part 2 of 2

All of our jurisdictions are planning festivals, concerts and other special events which create challenges for our response. Given the increased risks in today’s society, how doe we properly protect these venues from being attractive targets. Within this session you will look at the current “threats” and trends from the current intelligence sources available to Public Safety. Next you will look how to properly identify strategies to protect venues from a hazardous materials perspective utilizing the technologies readily available. Finally, you will identify ways you can improve protection at venues within your jurisdiction based on review or tactical operations at past venues held within Minnesota.

 

4E - METERS 101… Mission Specific for Operational Trained Responders

HANDS ON (Docimo) Part 2 of 2 It is so important that the recent NFPA 472 update requires that even Operational Level Trained responders have a good understanding of basic air monitoring equipment. Most responders under-utilize their detectors in standard HAZMAT response and seem to get away with it. But in a true chemical event, the importance of monitoring is critical in making key decisions, such as identifying a hoax, establishing zones, making evacuation decisions, mandating PPE and determining decontamination needs. This program will focus on using and understanding the “Devices In Hand” that most Engine Company and Operational Trained Responders have available to them.


Add to calendarFriday, May 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Central Time)
  • 4A Five Decades of Lessons learned In Haz Mat Instruction (Callan)
  • 4B - Putting the Fire Back in HazMat Training (Frost)
  • 4C Transfer of Fuels: From the Tank to the Drum (The HazMat Guys)
  • 4D Tactical Planning for Special Events- A Hazmat Response perspective (Hayes) Part 2 of 2
  • 4E METERS 101… Mission Specific for Operational Trained Responders HANDS ON (Docimo) Part 2 of 2

 

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