General Session

Holiday Inn & Suites (host hotel)
5905 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819

0800
Registration: Packet pick up

0900
Opening Ceremonies: Orlando Fire Department’s Pipes & Drums and Honor Guard presenting the Colors; Prayer; Pledge; Moment of Silence Remembering Fallen Brothers

0915
Welcome to OFC from special guest Orlando Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale

0930
Keynote Speaker: Two-time World Series Champion Johnny Damon presenting The Importance of Training and Teamwork

1000
5-10-20 (5 Speakers – 10 Slides – 20 Minutes)

  • Ric Jorge – The Resilient Firefighter and Training
  • Ray McCormack – Engine Boss
  • John Lovato – Morale and Leadership
  • Steve Robertson – Stretching for Success
  • Mike Ciampo – Scenes from the Back Page

1140
Recognition of scholarship winners and selection of FDIC winner
Matthew Negedly Instructor of the Year Award presentation

1200
Lunch on your own (Bloodhound Brew offering 30% off food)

1345
Battalion Chief Robert Krause presenting:
What’s Killing Firefighters? Learning From and Preventing Future Fatalities!

1615
Raffle drawings

1900
Instructor Meeting: All instructors meet to receive information packets and shirts (main conference room)

2000
Unplugged Session: Special guests with question & answers session. The Only Stupid Question is the Unasked One (main conference room)

What is Killing Firefighters?


What is Killing Firefighters?
Preventing Future Fatalities by Learning from the Past.


Battalion Chief Bob Krause – Toledo, Ohio

This program is directed at firefighters with 10 minutes on the job up to the silver-haired veterans. Focusing on the research of firefighter fatalities from 1998 through 2017, this session identifies how firefighters died as a result of traumatic fire ground deaths. Dr. Krause brings together his research of firefighter’s last moments, describing in detail how they perished in service to their communities. Armed with the knowledge of how these men and women died, modifications to training programs, standard operating policies and procedures and fire ground leadership development can be implemented. Combining research and actual fire ground scenarios, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to learn first-hand what mistakes were made on numerous emergency scenes. This understanding will aid the firefighter, fire officer and fire chief to develop solutions to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Attendees will leave the session with nuggets of usable, digestible information they can immediately apply on their next emergency scene and within their respective fire departments.

Chief Krause has over 37 years of experience working in emergency services. He’s an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned to Battalion One, in Toledo’s busiest fire district. Dr. Krause’s doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause’s work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.