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For the John SIng Memorial Training Day please fill out the form on the Training Day Sign up page.  Sign up for as many classes as you wish to attend but do not sign up for classes that are occuring at the same time.  Questions can be emailed to Thank you!

We are pleased to offer the following classes this yearAll classes are free to TMA members and guests.  The 2023 Class Schedule-

Cancelled- This class is no longer available

Vehicle Extrication –Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division –6 hours 0900-1600 Hrs 

Students will need a full set of turnout gear to participate in this course.

This class will address the responsibilities of firefighters in response to a vehicle accident and how to safely manage a scene and provide the safe removal of victims of a vehicle accident. This course also addresses new technology that is found in today’s vehicles.


Cancelled- This class is no longer available

Fire Ground Operations- Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division – 6 hours 0900-1600 Hrs. 

PPE Required: Turn out gear & SCBA, clean shaven to obtain a facepiece seal.

The Fire Ground Operations course is based on the first minutes on the fire ground using the basic skills of ladders, force entry, connecting to a hydrant, deploying lines deep into a structure, using a supply line deep into a structure to facilitate attack lines, search, and rescue. The course is not a basic fire fighter 1, we will incorporate real life scenarios where manpower is limited but tasks still need to be completed. This is a sweat equity class; we will meet in the classroom for roughly 30 minutes and the rest of the time will be on the training grounds. There will NOT be live fire during the evolutions.

Prerequisites: 3 years of experience or firefighter 1 certification.

Hose Stream Mechanics – 3 hours 1300-1600 Hrs.

Instructor Phil Gillman with Underwriters Laboratory Fire Research Institute.

In this class we will take a practical look at where our water goes, and how our choice of stream and advancement pattern affect our fire environment.  Where does our water go?  It’s rare that we get to see what our water does when it hits a surface during a fire.  Conditions are typically too obstructed by smoke or other things to get a good picture of what our water is doing when it leaves our nozzle. How can exterior water be effectively applied? What about attics? Void Spaces? Can you as a nozzle operator push heat and smoke with your nozzle?  If you could, are there times when you shouldn’t? 

In this class we will go over if and how you can move air with your nozzle, also talking about times it can be beneficial, and when it might not be.  The purpose of this class is to give you the practical knowledge gained by research, to help you be more effective with the nozzle and have a better awareness of your actions at your next fire.  This class truly takes science to the streets.

This class can be taken as a spectator as well as an active participant. No live fire or smoke will be used.

For more information about the prop and the research behind it please check out for more information.

Recommended Audience: All members of fire department

3 hour H.O.T. class

PPE Needed:         

If spectating: Closed Toe Shoes

If participating in hose advancement and water flow: Helmet, Gloves, Protective Coat and Pants (Can be Wildland), Eye Protection.

Contact:      Philip Gilman Cell: (712) 314-1718


Rising Hope Counseling & Consulting 3 Hours 0900-1200

Instructor Dr. Sarah Griess is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice at Rising Hope Counseling & Consulting in Grand Island. She specializes in collaborating with adult individuals who have had traumatic experiences and well as proving mental health consultation to organizations throughout the Grand Island community to address mental health needs within the workplace. Dr. Griess is an Instructor for Mental Health First Aid and presents for a variety of organizations throughout the state on different aspects of trauma and mental health.

Class Description: Stress levels are on the rise and the statistics around those in need of mental health support services are rapidly increasing. In this session, we will discuss the impact of the sociopolitical stressors of the last few years on mental health, how to identify signs that an employee, someone you know, or you, might need mental health support, how to identify signs of a mental health crisis, and basic techniques for intervention. This session will also review ways that we can preventatively care for ourselves and others at home and within the workplace through the facilitation of healthy boundaries and engagement in self-care.


The Unresponsive Patient 1.5 Hours 0900-1030 

Instructor Curtis Olson the Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. He has worked as an emergency department nurse since 2004, initially at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, and most recently at SMC. Previous to nursing school, Olson was a volunteer EMT in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and also worked for a short time as a firefighter-paramedic in Lincoln. He has an understanding of ED nursing in the urban and critical access settings, and also has practiced in the prehospital environment.

The unresponsive patient requires careful on-scene assessment to evaluate emergent treatment needs.  While advanced-level providers have access to complex diagnostic tools and high-acuity interventions, the basic-level provider can make important contributions to the assessment and initial management of the patient with a decreased level of consciousness.


Winter Emergencies 1.5 Hours 1030-1200

Instructor Curtis Olson the Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. He has worked as an emergency department nurse since 2004, initially at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, and most recently at SMC. Previous to nursing school, Olson was a volunteer EMT in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and also worked for a short time as a firefighter-paramedic in Lincoln. He has an understanding of ED nursing in the urban and critical access settings, and also has practiced in the prehospital environment.

Winter Emergencies- Cold weather changes your emergency calls. Some injuries only happen when the temperature goes down, others are exacerbated by the winter weather.

This lecture looks at the traumas unique and more common in the winter, as well as a look at the ways that hypothermia exacerbates traumatic injuries.  We also take a deep dive into the pathophysiology of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.


-Describe the physiology and management of hypothermia in the trauma patient.

-Describe the chemistry and management of carbon monoxide poisoning.

-Describe methods the responders can use to keep themselves safe in the winter.

Fire Scene Evidence Recognition, Collection and Preservation 1.5 Hours 1430-1600 Hrs.

Christine Gabig, Forensic Chemist, Douglas County Sheriff’s Crime Lab

This course will discuss the proper techniques and procedures for recognizing and preserving evidence for all first-in Fire and EMS responders. Attendees will also learn about Arson as a crime scene to include best location(s) from which to collect fire debris samples, type of debris to collect, important information to note and document, and proper procedures for the collection, packaging and preservation of fire debris and other types of evidence that may be encountered at a fire scene. The importance of comparison samples, potential contamination issues and sampling errors will also be discussed.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the value of ignitable liquid identification to include an overview of the laboratory process for analyzing fire debris evidence, potential interfering household chemicals and substrates, and interpreting laboratory findings. 


Beyond Our Limits 1.5 Hours- Afternoon 1300-1430

Instructor Mike Bailey is a 1994 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He competed as a Husker track athlete and finished his athletic career as a Big 8 Champion in the Decathlon.  Mike moved back to rural Nebraska and built two ag-based businesses and started farming on his own.  In 1999 he added coaching to his resume and accepted a position as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska at Kearney Track and Field Program for the next 10 years. In 2003, Mike recognized the need for volunteer firefighters in his community. 

In addition to firefighting, he took a First Responder class.   That experience introduced him to EMS, and he obtained his EMR license, serving the rural area which is over 50 miles from the closest trauma center.  Living in a trauma rich environment, it was not long before Mike had the desire to do and became an EMT class in 2004 followed with becoming a paramedic in 2010.

Currently, Mike works as both a volunteer paramedic for an ER based ambulance service at a critical access hospital and as a paramedic in a level 2 trauma center-based EMS service.  In 2011, he became an EMS instructor. He has served on the Nebraska State EMS Board and the Nebraska State Trauma Advisory Board. Mike’s strong passion for EMS combined with his love of coaching, his experience in Agriculture, and his real-life EMS calls are interwoven into his presentation style.  Mike is a very dynamic who loves to engage the those who attend his classes.


Firefighter/Paramedic on Ansley Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Paramedic on Nebraska State EMS Board

Member of Region 3 and State Trauma Board

Paramedic at Good Samaritan EMS and level 2 trauma center

This is a motivational class that takes a look at the highs and lows of EMS. This class will challenge the limits of society and culture and the limits you have placed upon yourself. It will open your imagination and unlock the boundaries that hold us back and keep us from achieving our full potential.  

Course Objectives:

•Discuss the different types of stress

•Learn to deal with the emotional challenges of this profession

•Learn to believe in yourself and increase your ability to change in an ever-changing profession

•Motivate each other to make a positive difference for ourselves and others


Active Shooter 1.5 hours – Afternoon 1430- 1600

Instructor Nick Thoreen, NAEMT-P, Boys Town Fire Chief

The Active Shooter course is intended to improve victim survival during a hostile event response. This course is designed to initiate discussions between EMS and law enforcement and will outline guidelines for communication, command structure, and interoperability for EMS and Law Enforcement. 

Children’s Hospital- 2 One hour courses 1300-1500 Hrs.      

Topic “Pediatric Abdominal Trauma – The Real Tummy Ache”

Presenter: Kenzie Espalin BS EMS, MHS, MPAS, NRP, PA-C 

Kenzie graduated from Creighton University in 2014 with her Paramedic Certificate and Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services. Subsequently, she graduated with her Master of Health Sciences in 2019 and Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2021 from College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She has been in EMS since 2013 as an EMT, then paramedic for both interfacility ground transport and 911. She has served with Crescent Volunteer Fire and Rescue since 2017. Today, she holds strong to her EMS roots as a Physician Assistant in Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.


Topic- Pediatric Respiratory Distress, Evaluation, and Interventions

Presenter: Robert Chaplin, MD is a pediatric intensivist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center as well as Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. He is a former paramedic, now medical director of the Omaha Fire Department and the Children’s Critical Care Transport Team. He is also a member of the biocontainment unit at Nebraska medicine.  He has a special interest in pre-hospital and out-of-hospital medicine, highly infectious disease transport, and airway management.

Photography courtesy of Omaha Fire Department and TMA Fire Fighters Association

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