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Building Social Media & CRR Community Relationships
 John Mehling  Ashley Heckly

Fishers Department of Fire & Emergency Services

Whether building a following on social media, or making connections with schools, organizations and businesses in your community, you have to start with data driven messaging, and building relationships. Captain Mehling and Ms. Heckly will share their experiences in building an effective program for your own community.

Captain Mehling has 35 years experience in the fire service in a variety of ranks. The last 10 years has been as the External Affairs Officer for the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Ashley Heckly has 14 years experience as a teacher in both middle school and high school and the past two years as a Community Risk Specialist with the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

 School and Day Care Inspections
 Rob Miller


 Mangement of Large Events
Michael Beard

Indianapolis Fire Department

Division Chief- Fire Marshal

Fire and Life Safety

Michael Beard, an esteemed resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, has forged a remarkable career path from architecture to his current position as Division Chief of Fire and Life for the City of Indianapolis. Graduating with dual degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University in 2001, Michael embarked on his journey with the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Boasting 23 years of dedicated service in the fire department, Michael's journey is marked by resilience and leadership. His roles as staff training officer, peer fitness trainer, and field training officer, culminated in achieving the highest merit rank of Battalion Chief. Currently serving as Fire Marshal since 2020, Michael oversees a spectrum of responsibilities, including inspections, fire code plan reviews, public education, fire investigations, public events, and emergency management for the IFD.

Beyond his administrative duties, Michael actively contributes to various boards and served on the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission for the state of Indiana. Recognized for his outstanding professional achievements, he received the 2021 Outstanding Award from Ball State University's Black Alumni Constituent Society.

Guided by a strong spiritual foundation, Michael embodies values of mutual respect, demonstrating adept problem-solving and team management skills. Motivated by diverse sources, he embraces the challenge of success, consistently building upon his accomplishments.

In his leisure time, Michael finds joy in family moments with his wife and three children. His interests include reading mystery novels, playing golf, and indulging in movie-watching.

Firefighters as Pillars of Hope:

Nurturing Youth Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in our Communities

 Samantha Vidal

Professional Learning Specialist, School Counseling CIESC, Keep Indiana Learning

Explore the vital connection between fire education and prevention and youth mental health. Gain insights into recognizing and addressing mental health challenges faced by today's youth. Discover practical strategies for communication, resilience-building, and collaboration with mental health professionals. Join us in fostering a future where firefighters serve as compassionate guardians, actively preventing youth suicide in our communities. Together, let's build a network of support for the well-being of our youth. 

Learning Objectives: Gain insights into fostering resilience in young individuals, exploring strategies to promote mental well-being and coping mechanisms. Develop effective communication skills tailored to connect with youth, creating an environment of trust and openness. Empower firefighters to actively contribute to the prevention of youth suicide, transforming their roles into those of compassionate advocates for mental health in the communities they serve.


Samantha Vidal has worked as a school counselor for 15 years in urban, rural, and suburban settings. She helped to develop a comprehensive school counseling program that earned the Gold Star School Counseling Award, RAMP Award, Re-RAMP Award, and the Promising Practices Award from the IDOE. Samantha served as a RAMP Reviewer, IDOE Gold Star Reviewer, Carrying the Torch Advisory Council member, and is now the Lead Reviewer for Carrying the Torch to Student Success.. Samantha was one of six national finalists for the American School Counselor Association’s 2016 School Counselor of the Year. She was previously recognized as the 2014 Indiana Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA). She served as ISCA’s President 2013 – 2014 and served on the ASCA Board of Directors 2017-2020.

Igniting Knowledge: Exploring STEM Activities for Practical Fire Safety Education
 Ryan Murray

Professional Learning Specialist, Keep Indiana Learning

In this one-hour presentation, the focus will be on engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities directly related to fire safety. The session will offer practical demonstrations and experiments that attendees can easily replicate in their training programs. Examples include simple experiments to illustrate fire behavior, such as demonstrating how different materials react to heat or showcasing the science behind fire extinguishing methods using household items. Additionally, the presentation will highlight the importance of integrating these accessible STEM activities into fire safety education to enhance understanding and promote effective safety practices among learners.

 Tents and Canopies


 Kevin Schwab

On-site Production Manager

A Classic Party Rental

This presentation will consist of a 45 minute overview of the different styles of tents and general information on installation and safety as it relates to Chapter 31 of the Indiana Fire Code. This will be done inside the conference center. After the inside portion, students will exit to the outside lawn area where they will see the (3) main styles of tents set up for a hands-on demonstration. This will give the attendees an opportunity to see a real world application of tents and the do’s and don’ts of installation.
 Adult Care Facilities
 RTM Consultants
Empowering Community Champions for Traffic Safety

 Kel McBride

Impact Teen Drivers,

Education and Outreach Manager

 Engage, educate, and empower teen drivers, passengers and their influencers with strategies to keep themselves and the communities they share the roads with safer. Participants will learn about: - Facilitating evidence-based teen programs in your community. - Current research and trends in teen safe driving. - Graduated Driver Licensing, seat belts, speed, and more. - Addressing the #1 unintentional cause of injury and death for young people in America - car crashes caused by reckless and distracted driving. - Changing the culture of driving not just in this generation, but future generations.

Impact Teen Drivers programs and resources outline the dangers of reckless and distracted driving, the importance of good decision making behind the wheel, evidence-based strategies, and the necessity of understanding and following the Graduated Driver Licensing law so students can keep themselves and their friends safe on Indiana roadways. Our programming does not use scare tactics—it is designed to engage, educate, and empower teens and their influencers. The programs use engaging quizzes, interactive tools, and real stories of teens who have lost their lives or caused the loss of life in preventable car crashes—ITD connects emotionally to motivate young people toward attitude and behavior change. Our programs are available in both English and Spanish.


Warehouse Fire Protection: 

Sprinkler Systems within Industrial Facilities 

 Kyle Fisher  Brad Borjab 

Ryan Fire Protection

 This presentation will discuss automatic fire protection within industrial facilities. Including commodity classifications, building heights, fire pumps, water supply, system design, in-rack sprinklers and new technology in the marketplace. 



 Politics and the Fire Inspector
 Brian Lott

Noblesville Fire Department



 Systems Acceptance Testing
 Ron Lipps

Fire Marshal

Zionsville Fire Department

 The plans have been reviewed, the building is almost complete, and now it's time for you to witness the acceptance tests of the life safety systems. How to prepare? What to do? First, relax. Then show up with a coordinated plan. While we can't control how well prepared your installers will be, a good plan and good checklist can keep you on track with your inspection.

Ron Lipps started in the fire service in Zionsville in 1991, In 1996 he started full time with the Fishers FIre Department, transitioning to Fire Prevention in 2001. He retired from Fishers in 2017 and returned to Zionsville in Fire Prevention as a civilian.

Due to the amount of commercial development in both communities, he has participated in countless system acceptance tests and has experienced all the good and bad outcomes.  

 Fire Extingiusher Inspections
 Joshua Earl

Vernon Township Fire Department

FD Recruiting with Public Education Mindset

 Battalion Chief Corey Floyd

Indianapolis Fire Department

Clean Agent Systems

 Koorsen Fire Protection
 Plan Review from the Trenches

 TJ Burns
 City of Lebanon, Indiana
Mr. Burns has over 50 years in construction, design, code consulting, building inspection, fire inspection, and plan review utilizing adopted city and state building and fire codes. TJ has work experience in South Lake Tahoe, California, West Valley City, Utah, Kaysville City, Utah, Columbus, Indiana, Pike Township Fire Department, and Indianapolis Fire Department. He is currently employed as a Building Inspector for the City of Lebanon, Indiana. 
 CRR Data Analysis

 Rob Miller


 Fire Pumps

 Koorsen Fire Protection
 Fire Service Grants

 Nina Powell

Brownsburg Fire Department


Mailing Address: 

Fire Inspectors Association of Indiana


17437 Carey Road

Westfield, IN 46074

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