The National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials (NAEFO) sponsors webinars like those below and conferences to inform emergency services officials on national issues and topics and also to foster the interchange ideas among emergency services officials and among other government and related organizations.

Relevant events held by other organizations are also included for informational purposes. All events are in Pacific Time, unless noted otherwise.

If you have an idea or topic for a webinar, please contact NAEFO.

Risks of the Job: State of Science on Health and Safety of Women Emergency Responders

October 17, 2020 11:30 am Eastern; 10:30 am Central; 9:30 am Mountain; 8:30 am Pacific

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While health research for emergency responders has experienced exponential growth over the past decade, the published literature has focused almost exclusively on males. The lack of data on how emergency services impacts women has been hypothesized to negatively impact recruitment, retention, and job satisfaction. Particularly lacking are details about female-specific health concerns (e.g. reproductive cancers, reproductive health, discrimination, and harassment).

The low number of and difficulty accessing women in emergency services has resulted in almost no information on female emergency responders, despite evidence that significant gender-specific health concerns exist. Emergency services leadership and health care professionals have no data on which to base important decisions about how to protect the health and safety of women in their emergency services organizations. We will discuss findings from our current research and present suggestions impacting policy and practice.

Join Drs. Sara Jahnke and Brittany Hollerbach for a discussion on these key topics:

  • Overview of women in emergency services
  • Comparative analysis of the health of male and female emergency responders
  • Reproductive health concerns among women emergency responders
  • Current rates of discrimination and harassment experienced by female emergency responders

EMS Transformation: Payment for Non-Transport of Patients

November 14, 2020 11:30 am Eastern; 10:30 am Central; 9:30 am Mountain; 8:30 am Pacific

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Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) is a new, voluntary, five-year program led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center (CMMI).

With ET3, fire service and EMS providers could be paid for alternatives to the usual ambulance trip to the hospital, which reduces unnecessary emergency room usage, lowers healthcare cost with improved quality of care.

ET3 offers treatment and transportation alternatives for fire service and emergency medical service (EMS) providers that serve or would like to serve Medicare Fee for Services (FFS) beneficiaries.

NAEFO sponsor and partner, Public Consulting Group Inc. (PCG), a provider of Medicare Cost Survey services to NAEFO members, presents this webinar about a program that could radically change EMS.

Post 2020 Election Perspective

January 9, 2021 11:30 am Eastern; 10:30 am Central; 9:30 am Mountain; 8:30 am Pacific

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Get a post 2020 election perspective of the upcoming 117th Congress, the 2021-2025 administration, and what emergency services might expect in the near future from Washington, D.C.

This perspective will be provided by Bill Web, the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), which educates members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation’s emergency services.

Financial Mismanagement: The Other Smoldering Fire

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When we think about mitigating risk for responders and emergency services organizations, our mind typically goes to incident safety, rapid-intervention teams, mayday training and other emergency issues where we seek to protect responders from the risk of injury and death. Exciting, right?

But there there’s one glaring issue missing from this list that poses a significant threat to emergency services organizations: financial mismanagement. Sure, not as sexy a topic, but take a few minutes to focus on this incredible risk blind spot facing all emergency services organizations.

This webinar is provided by Attorney Scott Eskwitt with Lexipol, America's leading provider of public safety policy and training solutions for law enforcement, fire and rescue, and corrections.

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Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection & Reporting

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Beginning January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires selected ground ambulance services providers collect and report expenditures, revenues, utilization, and other data. This webinar can help ground ambulance services navigate this new Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection and reporting process.

NAEFO leverages the extensive knowledge and experience of its partner Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to guide emergency services districts on allowable costs, provider charges, prospective payments, and appeals for Medicare.

Caught in the Middle: Emergency Services Response During Civil Unrest

Check here to watch the September 16, 2020 webinar or download the slides from the webinar.

When peaceful protests take over the streets and demonstrations turn violent, leading to arson and injuries, emergency service organizations are called to respond alongside law enforcement. These situations create challenging questions about how to fulfill the department mission while protecting firefighters and equipment.

Join Lexipol and the International Association of Fire Chiefs for an inside look at fire department response on the front lines of civil unrest—including Seattle, New York City and Atlanta—and learn how your emergency services organization can be better prepared.

You’ll learn:

  • Issues that prevented responders from accessing areas where they were needed
  • Strategies for communicating effectively between leaders and rank-and-file and setting organizational-wide operational and professional expectations
  • Tactics for keeping responders safe while responding to potentially violent situations
  • How emergency service organization can take an active role in confronting racial injustice while still supporting law enforcement

Questions about this webinar? Contact Lexipol.

A New In-Building Funding Approach: Increasing Radio Coverage While Decreasing Building Owner Expense

Check here for a recording of this September 24, 2020 webinar.

A greater number of municipalities across the nation are enacting in-building radio ordinances to address public safety radio coverage for new building construction. These ordinances require building owners to invest in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) but fail to address radio coverage challenges in existing buildings, major events at a building incapacitating the DAS and the overall costs to the building owner.

Bonita Springs, Florida Fire Control and Rescue District took a new approach to solve public-safety radio coverage by leveraging the state building code to provide building owners a cost-efficient option in lieu of installing a DAS. Building owners could instead choose a one-time contribution to the wireless enhancement fund. The wireless enhancement fund is used to purchase vehicular repeaters to provide in-building coverage for new building construction while at the same time providing coverage for existing buildings.

Participants will be provided valuable insight into how their agencies can:

1. Apply and devise alternative ordinances to address public safety in-building coverage
2. Understand the use of vehicular repeaters for in-building coverage
3. Discover ways to mitigate risks for first responders

Seeking a More Inclusive EMS

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America is wrestling with issues of racial equity that intersect intimately with the emergency medical services (EMS). EMS systems aren’t as diverse as the communities they serve—just 5% of EMTs and 3% of paramedics identify as Black, vs. 13% of the U.S. population—and even in public-service capacities providers can experience discrimination, misunderstanding, and a lack of shared perspectives. Can we create a better environment for Black EMS professionals?

Join EMS Chief Douglas Randell and Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah for a discussion of actionable ideas to enhance recruitment and develop more welcoming workplaces in these difficult times.