Train Strong Webinars

The NVFC offers a monthly series of free webinars for the fire and emergency services. Past Train Strong webinars are available to watch in the NVFC’s Virtual Classroom.

Upcoming webinars are as follows:

Becoming an Ally to Foster Diversity & Inclusion in the Fire Service
September 25, 2020, from 3-5:30 pm ET
Sponsored by First Arriving,  Lincoln Financial Group, and Verizon
How can you be an ally for diversity and inclusion in your department? The path to becoming an ally is a lifelong process of fostering relationships that are built on trust, consistency, advocacy, and accountability. It is key for fire service leaders to understand their role in fostering diversity and inclusion. This free workshop, hosted by the NVFC and presented by Dr. Candice McDonald, will provide you with deeper insights to yourself and the benefits of inclusion at all levels of your department. Register here. Note: This course is a preview of one of the NVFC’s 2021 Recruitment and Retention Experience instructors.

Professional Development for the Volunteer Fire Officer
October 14, 2020 at 6pm ET
Officers have an important role and immense responsibility in taking care of their organization. New volunteer fire officers face unique challenges on both the operations and administrative sides of the organization as they try to navigate their new position. Join Tom Merrill for this free webinar to understand how aspiring, newly promoted, and veteran officers alike can help bring members home safely, earn credibility and respect, and competently handle the numerous tasks and details needed to keep the department operationally ready and organizationally compliant. The presentation will also discuss leadership traits that all fire department members can use to create and maintain more unified and harmonious operations. Register here.

Diversity and Inclusion in Fire and EMS Services – 20/20
October 15, 2020 at 6pm ET
20/20 vision is defined as normal visual acuity, seeing clearly what you should normally be able to see at 20 feet. How clear is your vision of current events? We are living through a time where diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the national spotlight. Join David Denniston of McNeil and Company to learn why our fire and EMS organizations should not be exempt from these timely conversations. Attendees will learn why department response areas are often just a small subset of the diversity that we see nationwide and how the most successful departments learn to harness the diversity that their own members bring to the department. The goal of this presentation is to help bring diversity and inclusion into better focus for the fire and emergency services, so that we can benefit from it instead of being challenged by it. Register here.

Active Shooter
November 5, 2020 at 2pm ET
More details and information coming soon! Register here.

Harassment in the Fire Hall
December 2, 2020 at 1pm ET
Harassment in the fire service harms individuals as well as the entire emergency service organization. The need for fire department leadership to take action against discrimination and harassment is growing. Join Don Cox, education specialist with VFIS, for this free webinar to learn how to identify behaviors that “cross the line,” the importance of creating and enforcing up-to-date policies on discrimination and harassment, and how to increase awareness in fire departments through training to establish a welcoming and supportive environment for all. Register here.

Webinar: Tips for New Instructors 
January 14, 2021 at 1pm ET
More details and information coming soon! Register here.