Educational Seminars


Billy Greenwood
“Surviving the Insult” – Benchmarking Interior Conditions to Reduce Firefighter Burn Injuries (5 Year FDIC Program)

Billy Greenwood is a 25 year student of the fire service, holding positions in volunteer, paid on call and career fire departments. He is currently the Assistant Fire Chief of Training with the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Lieutenant with the City of Keene Fire Department. Billy is also Senior Staff Instructor with the New Hampshire Fire Academy, FDIC International presenter for the past 7 years, ISFSI – International Society of Fire Service Instructors Member and National Presenter. He is also the owner FETC Services. FETC Services provides advanced level firefighting and leadership seminars throughout the United States. He has been published in Fire Engineering and Fire Rescue Magazines and also hosts a radio show called, Tap the Box on Fire Engineering Radio.

“Surviving the Insult” – Benchmarking Interior Conditions to Reduce Firefighter Burn Injuries (5 Year FDIC Program) Making educated decisions in today’s hostile fire environment is critical for firefighter health and safety. In this class, we will discuss UL and NIST’s recent fire dynamics studies, take in depth look at thermal imager interpretation for greater decision making capabilities and take a strong look at how our PPE actually provides protection from thermal insult. Through a working relationship with PPE manufacturers, we will look at damaged turnout gear that has suffered thermal insult (burns). This class will provide the attendee with a better understanding of modern fire dynamics, flow path considerations for tactical decision making, and provide information on why today’s firefighters are experiencing bad things during rapid fire growth. Learn about the different generations of SCBA protection that may make a difference in you coming home at the end of a fire! Using our proven (5) step situational awareness model called “Interior Benchmarking” we will show your firefighters how to better benchmark the interior conditions as they operate inside the building with 5 (easy to remember) benchmarks: What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel? Where exactly am I? and How long did it take to get here? The interior benchmarking model provides the user with information to be compared throughout the fight and thus make educated decisions on “Go and No Go” tactics. Bad things happen to good firefighters everyday, because most aren’t prepared for the environment they are expected to work in. FDIC Video Preview of Surviving the Insult class –

“Mayday Management for Incident Command – Strategic Considerations Unfolded”
This class was designed after experiencing some firefighter maydays as seeing the Incident Commander struggle. It focuses on increasing your Command Team before the MAYDAY by front loading your run cards to provide the manpower needed to rescue one of our own.  Building a better Command Team through the use of CRM – Crew Resource Management which is endorsed by the IAFC. We will discuss the airline industry’s model of Pilot and Co-Pilot during both normal and emergency operations during flight. We will overlay their CRM model onto the fire ground. Preparing the command team for greater fire ground safety, by identifying and isolating potential MAYDAY situations through the use of progressive RIT/RIC and Safety Officers. Incident Command’s response to the actual MAYDAY; fire ground ops frequencies, MAYDAY frequencies, strong focus on Accountability and PAR’s. Command response by our “MAYDAY Checklist” to maintain
a strong command presence through solid ICS. Considerations for an (EDS) Emergency Distress Signal from a firefighter’s portable radio verse using plain language for calling the MAYDAY Dispatchers role and considerations for assistance. How to monitor your fire ground EDS signals through the use of technology and without burden on dispatch. High resolution and emotionally charged video and fire ground audio to emphasize the need for this class.


Boston Fire Commissioner and
Chief of Department Joseph E. Finn

Keynote Speaker: Cancer Awareness and Prevention for Firefighters

Joseph E. Finn has been a member of the Boston Fire Department since October of 1984 and rose through the ranks of the department. In 2001, he was promoted Deputy
Chief of Personnel, responsible for recruitment, selection and hiring, as well as contract enforcement, employee assistance, and discipline. He was named to this post based on the
findings of the O’Toole Commission, and was charged with implementing the Commission’s recommendations related to disparity of treatment towards members. He initiated and
trained the first team of investigators to examine harassment and discrimination allegations, and trained firefighters to become mediators to achieve conflict resolution among staff.

From 2005-2014, Deputy Chief Finn served as a Division Commander, in charge of all administrative functions, fire ground operations, hazardous materials, and technical
rescue responses in Division One.

In his 31 years with the Boston Fire Department, Deputy Chief Finn made significant contributions to the department, including establishing an EMT training program that increased the number of EMTs on the Boston Fire Department by 50 percent, and assisting in the development of state regulations for the use of semiautomatic external defibrillators, and of legislation that made the Fire service a major participant in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services.

Deputy Chief Finn served as a committee member on the Mayor’s task force for the integration of Boston Emergency Medical Services into the Boston Fire Department, and a committee member
for the Massachusetts Human Resource Division in the development and implementation for a new entry-level firefighters test. He worked on numerous planning committees for high profile events for the department, including the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Deputy Chief Finn holds numerous certifications, including: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. in labor law and laws involving discrimination; National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified in Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 700, 800; Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service certified in ICS 300,400; and Department of Justice certified for managing terrorist and large-scale incidents. He also holds numerous certificates related to fire service training from OSHA, Homeland Security, and the National Fire Academy’s extension program.

Deputy Chief Finn also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 2008,
graduating magna cum laude.

On July 27, 2014, Deputy Chief Finn was sworn in by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department.