Mid-Winter Fire School

Sunday, February 19, 2023
Holdrege High School, Holdrege, Ne
Cost: $55 (includes coffee with doughnuts and lunch)

NOTE: Online registration is now closed. Late registration may be completed until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, by calling 308-995-8133 .


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. New Vehicle Extrication This course covers the complete cycle of new vehicle rescue operations. Topics include utilization of equipment, personal safety, response, assessment, hazard control, support operations, access and disentanglement and special vehicles. Nebraska State Fire Marshal.
  2. Keys to Command Workshop This hands-on command training workshop is focused on small to medium-size departments that deal with responding resources that are unique to the volunteer, combination and small career department world. Command scenarios will include structure fires; grass, brush and field fires; weather emergencies; crashes and more. The tactics are different, but the “practice” of command is the same. Dan Miller, Training Under Fire, LLC.
  3. Smoke Reading and Tactics to Thrive How do we interpret fire conditions based on what the smoke is telling us? How does this affect our strategy and planning? Includes in-depth review of tactics necessary to survive in the ever changing times of today’s fire service. We must change in order to stay proficient in or we will be left in the dust. Fredrick Benzel, Grand Island Fire.
  4. Wildland Firefighting and Fine Fuels Designed to address the volitility of fires in fine fuels (grasses) that are located in Nebraska. Learn types of native grasses and other challenges encountered while fighting wildland fires. Nebraska State Fire Marshal.
  5. 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.
  6. Hazmat For Rural Fire Departments At any time, a rural department can respond to a hazmat incident. Will you be ready to make risk-based and calculated decisions? Do you know what questions to ask, what information is needed, and what needs done while enroute? The ERG is a great tool, but what other resources are available? We’ll discuss what is hazardous materials, hazard classes, placards, labels, and markings. We will discover resources you can use, unified command, proper decontamination and more. Seth Lunbery, Buffalo Co. Haz-Mat Team.
  7. EMT Pharmacology With so many new changes in state protocols for EMT providers, this class is designed as a review of the new medications that are now approved for EMTs to use in the field. We will discuss medications including oral, IM, intranasal, inhalation and IV administrations, as well as the how and when. Amy Santos, CCC.
  8. New Building Construction Many of the fires in buildings under construction are very large, sometimes consuming entire blocks and even spreading beyond the construction site. Not only do these major fires place firefighters and construction personnel at great risk, they jeopardize entire communities. Nebraska State Fire Marshal.


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 pre-registrations, regardless of attendance. 


CCC promotes vaccinations, social distancing as possible, extra cleaning, physical barriers and making masks/face coverings available. Students should not come to class if they are feeling ill.