Mid-Winter Fire School

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Holdrege High School, Holdrege, Ne
Cost: $55 (includes coffee with doughnuts and lunch)

Registration is closed


7:30-8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45-9 a.m. Announcements
9 a.m.-noon First Session
12-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Second Session

Training Sessions

  1. Volunteer Academies, Turning Up the Heat- Volunteer firefighter applicants sign up to be challenged, mentored, educated, relied upon and taken advantage of, literally. Volunteer academies stress the importance of the mission, vision and values of the fire service, while also providing required training and certification to validate competency. Skills are centered around the department’s equipment and standard operating procedures where they meet NFPA job performance requirements. Dan Miller, Training Under Fire, LLC. 
  2. Fire & EMS Service Roundtable- What’s trending in hot button topics related to Emergency Response in this area and the Nation as well as how other agencies are preparing for the latest rounds of challenges facing responders. Emergency Response Agencies from around Nebraska.
  3. Trauma- This is a class designed to discuss trauma through the use of simulated patients rather than traditional lecture methods. At the end of this seminar the participant will be able to discuss through simulated patient experiences how blunt trauma affects the body; how penetrating trauma affects the body; anticipated responses by the victim to head injuries versus hemorrhagic shock; how the body responds to shock caused by hemorrhage versus neurological causes; treatments including use of direct pressure, blood clotting dressings and tourniquets; how the use of tiered response may affect patient outcomes; how direct transport to an Advanced Trauma Center versus a community hospital may affect patient outcomes. Kevin Badgely.
  4. Wildland Firefighting and Fine Fuels - This class is designed to address the volatility of fires in fine fuels (grasses) that are found in Nebraska. Students will be introduced to the various types of native prairie grasses and other challenges encountered while fighting wildland fires in fine fuels. Nebraska State Fire Marshall Training Division.
  5. Forcible Entry – This class is designed to provide an informative and hands on approach to forcible entry as part of an emergency response. Students will be presented with various techniques, tools and instruction on lock mechanisms and application. **Turnout gear required. Nebraska State Fire Marshall Training Division.
  6. Thermal Imaging - The material will give students a basic understanding of Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC). Students will become familiar with the thermal imaging camera application and operations, including departmental SOGs for camera usage. State Fire Marshall Training Division.
  7. STEMI/12-Lead and Cardiovascular Emergencies- Course will cover systems of care for the acute STEMI patient focusing on identification, acquisition of 12 lead including proper lead placement, transmission, treatment, appropriate destination and use of resources. Comorbidity conditions and prevention of cardiovascular disease will also be covered. Carol Jorgensen, NREMT, EMSI | EMS Program Manager, NE Dept. of HHS.
  8. Pediatric Emergency and Apply the Pressure- Course will be split into two sessions. Upon completion of the first course participants will be able to list and describe the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults; list the normal range of vital signs for each pediatric age group; describe the signs, symptoms and differences between respiratory distress and respiratory depression in a child; list the most common cause of cardiac arrest in children; list five indicators of potential child abuse and neglect; define sudden infant death syndrome; describe and demonstrate how to assess a pediatric patient using the pediatric assessment triangle and describe and demonstrate how to manage common pediatric illnesses and injuries. Upon completion of Apply the Pressure, participants will be able to recognize a bleeding emergency, recognize when to begin the trauma care chain of survival, demonstrate appropriate use of medical equipment, correctly apply a tourniquet or pack a wound and administer medication if applicable. Marc Harpham and Mike Schoenemann.


Conference Questions

Tom Brown


Katie Cooley

Vendor Information

Pat Pritchard

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 pre-registrations, regardless of attendance.