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Chiefaroo U II July 28

08:33PM / Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Greenfield Community College Fire Service Technology Director Peter Rosnick and Fire Chief Vincent Dunn [submitted photo]
Greenfield- World-renowned fire chief Vincent Dunn will return to the Greenfield Community College this year to offer fireground and firehouse tactics and strategy instructions to fire chiefs from throughout the New England area.

Dunn, who served more than 20 years as a chief with the fire department of New York City, is the author of numerous best-selling books on fireground command and is a consultant to NBC,CNN, and FETN as well as to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. he brought his command seminar, normally offered at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, to the GCC in 2006 for the first time ever. The 2006 seminar drew over 60 officers from five states to the community college campus. Dunn so enjoyed the event that he offered to come back to the college again this year.

Dunn has added a special roundtable session to this year's event to give fire cheifs a confidential venue for sharing internal management issues with each other.


Montague Center Fire Chief John Greene[submitted photo]
Dubbed "Chiefaroo U II," the fireground officer seminar will deliver a morning filled with firefighting tactics and strategy instruction focused on dwellings, building collapses,and rescue from collapsed buildings. A lunc break will include a barbecued chicken dinner.

The afternoon session will see groups divided. Fire chiefs will take part in closed-door workshop hosted by Dunn that will focus on interpersonal and supervisory issues and junior officers will attend a "getting a Grip and Then What" workshop presented by Fire Safety Training Concepts Inc.. The workshop will detailways for firefighters to control their emotions and assume command at "truly overwhelming emergency scenes."

John A. Greene, Montague Center Fire Department fire chief, said he is delighted that Dunn was so pleased with the 2006 event that he opted to offer a 2007 event. The "Chiefaroo U" concept was developed at the Montague Center Fire Department.

"We are pleased and excited that Chief is coming back for more tactic training and are looking forward to the new 'chiefs only' roundtable, too," said Greene in a prepared statement."His wealth of personal experience will be invaluable. We're also happy to learn GCC will be taping the 'Getting A Grip' workshop for us so that the chief officers coming to the closed door session will later be able to benefit from that valuable workshop as well."

Dunn's return is made possible by the generosity of businesses such as the West Winds Inn in Greenfield and the Blantyre Bed and Breakfast in Lenox [donating instructors accomodations]Bill's Restaurant in Greenfield [assisting with the barbecue meal]and the underwriting by GCC's Department of Fire Service Technology, the Tri-State Mutual Aid Fire Association and the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association.

MCVFA President Lawrence Holmberg said that the association was happy to subsidize the class to help make the class affordbale for officers from acorss Massachusetts. The MCVFA frequentlyprovides scholarships that enable firefighters to attend classes at locales away from their home fire departments.

Holmberg noted that in this situation, the National Fire Academy is being brought to the firefighters.

"Chief Dunn is a very intersting and informative speaker and this year's roundatble offers the additional, unique chance for chief officers to learn from each other's experience with a moderator who's really been there, and survived," Holmberg said in a written statement.
The fireground command seminar is scheduled to occur at the GCC Main Campus. There is a $50 registration fee which includes breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited and the registration deadline is July 13. early registration is encouraged.

Registration forms may be downloaded from a www.chiefaroou.org Internet web site or reservations may be secured with a credit card by calling GCC at 413-775-1803. Additional information may be acquired via chiefaroou@yahoo.com or by calling Deborah Parker at 413-774-7554.


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