Safety is a Matter of Numbers…Starting with Number 1

This program looks at safety on the job. With over forty years of experience in emergency services, Mike Callan has looked at all the aspects of safety. He has seen the results of poor safety including everything from responding to injured workers to the death of fire fighters in the line of duty. As a trainer, he was bothered by the fact that injuries and deaths continue to occur. His program will ask the question – Are we addressing the real problem of safety? His presentation is entertaining as well as informative. The program is a detailed examination of current safety techniques and existing attitudes as well as behaviors presently in the workplace. It will also examine where there is room for positive change.

The Six P’s of Emergency Planning

All effective emergency response planning has at least six elements that make them successful – Policy, Prevention, Preparedness, Procedures, Performance, and Practice. Each of the items is examined and illustrated by successful programs and humorous anecdotes taken from around the country.

Street Smart Haz Mat

This program is about real life emergency response. These are lessons that have been learned by emergency responders over the last twenty years in the street. As an upcoming book from Fire Protection Publications, Street Smart Haz Mat gives the student information that they can put to use immediately in the street. Mike Callan brings years of experience in teaching responders around the country and shares their experiences with the class as well as his own personnel skills and training to the program. Not to be missed.

Street Smart Safety

One of the most important functions in any haz mat or fire emergency response is safety of response personnel at the scene. Sadly, it is often delegated late in the incident or overlooked completely in the frenzy of the emergency operations. Safety should be the primary focus of the mitigation effort. It is one of the major metrics of the incident commander’s effort. Safety should be in everyone’s mind from the seasoned incident commander to the rookie emergency responder in the street. It is everyone’s responsibility to have the right attitude. When it comes to safety there has to be a complex mixture of knowledge and experience that a responder calls – “street smart”. Safety is too important to be a second or third thought at any emergency!

It Doesn’t Start Out as a Disaster

Most emergencies start out small and grow into major events. The escalation of the incident can be from the sheer magnitude of the release or hazards of the product. However, it can also be from failure to notify supervisors, poor planning and incorrect decisions by the organization’s leadership. This presentation uses simple street smart ways to keep an organization’s efforts in an emergency focused on a successful conclusion of the emergency well before it has the opportunity to become a disaster.



Hazardous Materials Safety – The Simple “Facts of Life”

This program examines several issues that face all responders to dangerous chemical spills. These facts are crucial to protecting a responder’s life in any emergency. The ?article? will examine each principle which illustrates the real need for a sound, practical approach to successfully handling an emergency. Many of these lessons have been learned in the street at the cost of lives. Recognizing these facts will develop the right attitude to safety at any chemical emergency.

Safe, Unsafe, and Dangerous – A Practical Approach to Handling Hazardous Materials

This is a practical approach to dealing with chemical emergencies. It is applicable to anyone who responds to hazardous materials releases. Whether you’re industry or fire department personnel this program is designed to keep you alive. It helps identify that there are three distinct areas of a hazardous materials situation: Safe, Unsafe and Dangerous. Recognizing when it’s safe or dangerous is the beginning of developing a proper mitigation process, site safety plan and/or emergency response to a chemical spill.

Hazardous Materials Past, Present and Future

A look at the history of hazardous materials and the lessons learned or not learned from past events. In addition, this speech looks at the present state of hazardous materials and where the future of response, preparedness and prevention of hazardous materials in the United States is headed.

OSHA H.A.Z.W.O.P.E.R. Compliance and Hazardous Materials Liability Issues

This program looks at the most current OSHA citations and liability issues. It will look at how, what and where OSHA has been issuing citations. In addition it will focus on the specific issues of reducing liability exposures and avoiding serious lawsuits because of what responders have done or failed to do.

Understanding Toxicity

In the world of chemical toxicity and exposure there are many terms, concepts and facts that are critical to avoiding serious harm. This program makes the complicated world of toxicity easy for the emergency responder to understand. Once the responder has master the basic concepts of harm they are much more capable of determining emergency actions. All toxic emergencies do not require Level A protection and an evacuation zone of 1.5 miles downwind. This program will put much of the classroom rhetoric in perspective for any emergency responder. It is an “in the street” approach to chemical toxicity.

Decontamination – So You Want to Get Dirty?

This is a simple but practical look at the concept of decontamination. Using a unique approach of a four station system, any responder can begin to set up Decon, and additional response agencies can build from the initial stations to create a practical system of cleaning victims and responders. In the real world we don’t have the luxury of time, resources or manpower to set up a 20 station decontamination line.

What Does Beer, Wine and Hazardous Materials Have in Common?

Beer, wine and haz mat programs – both need 5 things to be great.

  • Location (geographic position in regard to hazardous materials)
  • Soil (personal, response and community attitudes)
  • Grapes or hops (programs and plans)
  • Winemaker or brew-master (people and systems)
  • Climate (legislative views towards hazards, risks and response).

This program looks at successful emergency preparedness and response programs in a unique way.

HAZMAT Jeopardy

Patterned after the popular game show, contestants or teams compete trying to answer specific subject matter questions and categories. This program is a great way to keep the audience involved and has been found to be a good evening activity.


The Training Instructor – Tips, Techniques and Technical Disasters

Training Fire Fighters for over forty years, Michael Callan brings a practical approach to what you have to do to make training fun, enjoyable and worthwhile in the firehouse or classroom. Along the way there are some pitfalls. This program will hopefully help you spot the trouble and avoid the traps while at the same time allow you to take home some simple clues to a better training session.

Fulfilling Our Mission (One Day at a Time) – The Role of the Safety Trainer

This presentation will look at the critical role a training officer has in the process of developing firefighters and emergency responders and in the process build a stronger, safer organization. It will identify the keys to successful training programs as well as the elements of quality training that really makes a difference to firefighters and emergency responders. The presentation will specifically focus on the one to one relationship a training officer has with his students. This relationship is at the heart of all training in the emergency response community. Training officers can make a difference, they just do it one day at a time.

A.S.K. and Ye Shall Receive

Attitude, Skills and Knowledge – Three Elements for Successful Safety Training

A conference presentation that helps the participants look at what they have to do in order to be successful in implementing the lessons and ideas learned. Its principal focus is on the three learning domains: Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge. Using these important elements the instructor can begin to help any student be more successful in safety training.


Hazardous Materials are We Addressing The Real Problems?

This session offers a unique look at the real problems in hazardous materials response and planning . These “road blocks” are – Cooperation, Communication and Coordination. This presentation provides methods to overcome these roadblocks and change them into “building” blocks of successful emergency planning and response.

Integrated Contingency Planning Guidelines

The Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) will minimize duplication in preparation and use of all existing and future emergency response at the facility or in the community. It will improve efficiency for both the regulated and regulating communities. The use of a single plan eliminates confusion for responders who have

to decide which of the above plans is applicable. The ICP is a highly functional document that allows effective operations and at the same time provides a system to comply with the regulations and laws.


Fire Department’s Changing Role in Terrorism – Chemicals in the Wrong Hands

This program looks at how the new wave of terrorist attacks are focusing on hazardous materials and the pernicious use of toxic and explosive substances in creating terror in the United States. In any terrorist event the Fire Department will play a role. How that role is determined and what is needed to be done to correct the problem, tend to the victims and mitigate the emergency is the subject of this discussion.

Emergency Management – From the Colonial Times

to the 21st Century

This session is unique practical look at the change in emergency management from its beginnings in New England and the East Coast during Colonial Times until now, where Emergency Management is now synonymous with the West Coast. In the 21st Century responders must reexamine our management techniques. Are we creating a new or are we simply modifying old approaches system by changing the names from “Hot Zone” to “Exclusion Zone”? Have lessons learned in the past actually been very good management principles that can still be used today? All of us still circle the wagons, form picket lines and have skirmishes with wild marauding hordes on a daily basis. This program will look at what has worked, what hasn’t and what will we, the first emergency managers of the first quarter of the 21st century, take from the 20th century into the next one.

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