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Jon Campbell is the Chief of Operations for Kalispell Fire Department and has been a provider of emergency services for over 20 years. Jon has a Bachelor's in Fire Science Administration and Associate's degree in Paramedic Technologies. Jon is a Regional HazMat Team Leader, Paramedic, and Regional Trainer for Montana State University's Fire Services Training School. Jon is a partner in Glacier Rescue Solutions which provides training and consultation in the areas of Technical Rescue and Confined Space Rescue for industry and emergency services.
Andy Stumpf was born and raised in Northern California. From the age of 11 he knew that he wanted to become a Navy SEAL, and it became the single driving force in his life. He enlisted in the Navy while still a Junior in high school, entering military service in 1996. After completing boot camp he began the most grueling training program in the US Military - Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL, known as BUD/s. Nearly 90% of all candidates are unsuccessful completing the six month program. Andy graduated and began his SEAL career attached to SEAL Team Five, in Coronado California.
In 2002 he screened for and joined the most elite counter terrorism unit in the military, SEAL Team Six. This unit is tasked with conducting the nation's most critical missions, many of which have become the focus of Hollywood movies and books. While on a combat deployment an Iraqi insurgent shot Andy at close range with an AK-47. Doctors told him it would be years, if ever, before he recovered the use of his leg and returned to full active duty.
Curt Isakson is a 27 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country
Kevin Shea entered the volunteer fire service in 1978 at the age of 18. He was hired by FDNY at the age of 24, in 1984. During his years with FDNY, Shea served on an Engine Co. 227, 108 Truck in Brooklyn, and on Rescue 1 in Manhattan. He was injured in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, but was able to stay on light duty as an Instructor after 18 months of medical leave. After several surgeries, he had to retire in 1998. He has taught for FDNY, as well as the state and county of New York. He has also been an instructor in the private sector, and is currently a partner in Glacier Rescue Solutions. He is also on the classroom staff for Fire Engineering and FDIC. When not involved with training, he pursues his other passions such as hunting, fishing, and organizes firefighter hunts.
Chris Sleigher has served the Mesa (AZ) Fire and Medical Department for 20 years and is currently the Captain on Engine 210. Chris is a board member for FireNuggets.com, President of the F.O.O.L.S chapter in Arizona, and assists with Fire Training Toolbox. He also instructs regularly at various regional conferences with Fire By Trade.
The Schedule (subject to change):
September 20th, 2019
0900 - 1700
"Gaining Relative Superiority"
Kevin Shea/Chris Seligher/2nd Due Training
Only 40 spots available (10 available as of 8/14/19)
September 21st, 2019
0630 - 0800
"Group Workout" (optional)
0830 - 1700
"Water for the Rescue"
"Gallons Per Second"
1800 - ?
September 22nd, 2019
0630 - 0800
"Group Workout" (optional)
0830 - 1130
1230 - 1530
"Gas Detection and Air Monitoring for the Fire Service"
1530 - 1730
We have a block of rooms booked at the "Best Western Plus/CDA Inn" which is where the conference will be held.
The H.O.T Class will be held off site on Friday September 20th. Details for that class will be sent to those who purchase tickets for that event.
Offline/Check purchase preferred, as it saves us money in Credit Card fees.
Lunch will be "on your own." We tried to integrate lunch into the conference (as provided by feedback from last year), but to be honest, due to the costs of lunches at the event center, it would be unfair to raise the cost of the symposium based on food. We will provide a list of close food locations during the event.
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At this time, we will not be selling individual day tickets.