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2nd Annual Michael C Kucsma Seminar

2nd Annual Michael C Kucsma

Memorial Symposium

FEBRUARY 26,27,28

HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY

88 SPRING ST

PORTLAND, ME

3 DAYS WITH 3 FIRE SERVICE ICONS

DUGAN,GAGLIANO,VONAPPEN 

FRIDAY—PRE-CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP - $60

(FRIDAY LIMITED TO 50 STUDENTS)

SATURDAY/SUNDAY - $100 PER DAY (MEALS PROVIDED)

REGISTER BY MAIL OR ONLINE

PORTLANDFIREFIGHTERS.COM

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE "MICHAEL C KUCSMA Jr MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP" 
 

COME OUT FOR A FULL WEEKEND OF TRAINING & FELLOWSHIP FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS AND EVENTS THIS YEAR!

FRIDAY: PRE-CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP (LIMITED TO 50 STUDENTS)

"FIREHOUSE EXCELLENCE" 9AM - 4PM

CAPT MIKE GAGLIANO & CAPT MIKE DUGAN

SATURDAY: REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7AM!

OPENING CEREMONIES & KEYNOTE

AM SESSION "TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS" (8:30 - 12)

- CAPT. MIKE DUGAN FDNY (RET)

PM SESSION "ART OF GO/NO GO" (13:00 - 16:00)

- CAPT. MIKE GAGLIANO, SEATTLE FD

SUNDAY: "FULLY INVOLVED LEADERSHIP" (08:00 - 16:00)

- CAPT. MARK VONAPPEN, PALO ALTO FD

NEW THIS YEAR!!!

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 2-5 PM ($25.00)

FIREFIGHTER SPOUSES PROGRAM AND SOCIAL

PRESENTED BY ANNE GAGLIANO (FIRE ENGINEERING CONTRIBUTOR & AUTHOR OF FIREWIFE LIFE) 
 

DON’T MISS OUT ON ONE OF THE BEST TRAINING EVENTS IN THE AREA!!

100% OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE

"MICHAEL C KUCSMA JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND"

ALSO INCLUDED AGAIN THIS YEAR

? OPEN HOUSE AT PORTLAND FIRE MUSEUM (Friday 4:30-6:30)

? NUMEROUS VENDORS

? SILENT AUCTION

? CLASS SOCIAL

? INSTRUCTOR ROUNDTABLE

?

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

ANDREW JOHNSTON

(207) 615 - 9645 kucsmasymposium@gmail.com

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE AVAILABLE AT HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY

(207) 775-2311 USE "KUCSMA TRAINING" PROMO CODE 
 

Michael M. Dugan was a 27-year veteran of the FDNY, serving as the Captain of Ladder Company 123, in Crown Heights Brooklyn, when he retired. As a Lieutenant, Dugan served in Ladder Company 42 in the South Bronx. While assigned as a firefighter in Lad-der Company 43, in Spanish Harlem, Firefighter Dugan received the James Gordon Ben-nett medal in 1992 and the Harry M. Archer Medal in 1993, the FDNY’s highest award for bravery. He is also a former volunteer firefighter in the Halesite FD, in N.Y. He has been involved with the Fire Service for over 40 years. He is instructor at FDIC, is a contributing editor to "Fire Engineering" magazine and sits on the FDIC and Fire Engineering executive boards. Captain Dugan has been a featured lecturer around the country and at the "FDIC" on topics dealing with Truck Company Operations, Building construction, size up

MIKE GAGLIANO has 25 years of fire/crash/rescue experience with the Seattle (WA) Fire De-partment and the United States Air Force. He is the captain of Ladder 5 and a member of the Seattle Fire Department’s Critical Decision/Tactical Training group. He has written numerous fire service articles and is co-author of Air Management for the Fire Service and the selfcon-tained breathing apparatus chapter of the Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter 1 and II (2009). He is a member of the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board and the FDIC advi-sory board; a director for the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition; and a national instruc-tor on air management, fireground tactics, leadership, and company officer development. He partners with his wife Anne to teach on strategies for developing and maintaining a strong marriage/family.

Mark vonAppen, a member of the Fire Service since 1998, is assigned to the fire 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 Inter-vention curriculum. Mark is a featured presenter at FDIC International, has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, and is the creator of the leadership blog Fully Involved. He is an instructor for the Santa Clara County Joint Fire Academy, an academy instructor at Ever-green Community College, and a member of the "Nobody Gets Left Behind" training group. He has been involved in public speaking since 2005.

Anne Gagliano has been married to Captain Mike Gagliano of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department for 29 years. She and her husband lecture together on building and maintaining a strong mar-riage.

 


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Legislative Notice
Please see the notice below for an upcoming Legislative Hearing - ref MPERS and Veteran's.
Download: PH20160204 0100 PM.pdf
2016 MFCA Annual Joint Conference

The 2016 MFCA Annual Joint Conference will take place March 23-25, 2016. It will be held at Sunday River Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Newry.

For more information and to register, click the attached flyer.


Download: Attendee Brochure_11x17_MFCA Ann Conf_2016-FINAL for email purposes.pdf
Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize
Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear,” he says. “It wasn’t on top where you’d think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. Read More...
Carbon Monoxide: the silent killer
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's called the silent killer. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. Carbon monoxide kills an average of 160 people a year in this country. Under Maine law apartment buildings now must have carbon monoxide detectors. So do long term rentals but older hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, those built before 2009, do not. Read More...
Maine Scientist to Study Link Between Fire Fighters and Cancer
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Bunker Gear - Does it Fit Right?
 When I began a career in the fire service, it was a common practice in many fire departments to be issued hand me down bunker gear.  I remember once where I had to repair my helmet to make it somewhat useful.  Most firefighters entering the fire service over 20-30 years ago had to earn the right to wear new or slightly used bunker gear due, in part, to economics. Read More...
How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter
The IAFF has released a new online resource on How to Become a Professional Fire Fighter for affiliates to use in recuitment campaigns or for individuals and organizations interested in learning more about how to pursue a career as a professional fire fighter/paramedic. Read More...
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought
Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought  ELLSWORTH, Maine — New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. Read More...
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