Mid-Winter Fire School

Sunday, February 18, 2024
Holdrege High School, Holdrege, Nebraska
Cost: $70 (includes coffee with doughnuts and lunch)

Online Registration is closed. Please call 308-995-8133 to register and pay with a credit card until noon on Friday, Feb. 17, or register and pay in person on Sunday.


7:30-8:45 a.m. - Registration
8:45-9 a.m. - Announcements
9 a.m.-noon - First Session
Noon-1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15-4:15 p.m. - Second Session

Training Sessions

  1. Machinery and You: Every day, machinery accidents occur nationwide. In this course, you’ll gain essential tools and practices to respond effectively to such incidents in your area. Learn various equipment and techniques to address challenges posed by machinery accidents. Engage in hands-on activities like ring removal, metal cutting and creative problem-solving. Make sure to bring full PPE, including safety glasses and extrication gloves, to this class. Seth Lunbery, HEAVY-R-TRAINING.
  2. Let's Talk Tactics: Today’s firefighters use a variety of tools that combine modern scientific methods with long-established traditions. Managing this extensive toolkit can be challenging in routine incidents, potentially complicating the handling of common fires. Explore how to have open and honest discussions about tactics and strategies geared towards preserving property and also prioritizing the safety of your personnel. Fred Benzel.
  3. Fire Investigations: Learn to identify the area of fire origin based on burn pattern recognition and analysis, identify possible sources of ignition and utilizing the scientific method to process all available information to make a cause determination. Other topics include dealing with fatal and incendiary fires, conducting interviews and documenting the investigation process. Ken Scurto, Independent Forensics.
  4. Drug Trends/Hazardous Assessment/Decontamination Response: Learn about clandestine labs, encompassing the popular one-pot lab, as well as recent trends in drug production labs. Discover the hazards that these labs present to Emergency Responders and provide insights into effective decontamination responses. Chief Brad Butler, Minden Police Department.
  5. Intro to Firefighting: Intro to Firefighting is a course designed for the entry level firefighter providing an introduction to basic skills that will enable firefighters to function safely on a fireground. This course is designed to be a hand-off course that can be taught by local instructors. Topics covered will include building construction, fire anatomy and fire behavior, personal protective equipment/SCBA classroom portion and SCBA-search and rescue. Bring PPE and air pack. Nebraska State Fire Marshal.
  6. Wildland Command and Tactics: Exploring the dynamic and evolving landscape of today’s fire scene, this comprehensive overview delves into the swiftly changing world of incident command in Nebraska’s wildland sector, focusing on the dedicated efforts of volunteer firefighters. Midwest Firefighters.
  7. EMS Workshop Track 1 and Track 2: This course blends lectures with hands-on activities, addressing diverse topics tailored to meet the specific recertification needs of EMS professionals. Track 1 will meet in the morning and track 2 will meet in the afternoon. NEMSA.


Conference Questions

Tom Brown


Sara Stevens-Stehl

Vendor Information

Tanice Twohig

Important Info

This program has a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Attendance certificates will be sent via email.

Payment/Cancellation Policy 

Early registration is encouraged because classes fill quickly. Paid registrations will be honored in the order they are received. Due to fixed costs, no refunds will be given for those unable to attend and individuals will be billed for all unpaid preregistrations, regardless of attendance.