Blue Card©

2024 Hazard Zone Conference


• Certification Lab SEP 30 to OCT 2
• Mayday Workshop OCT 1 to OCT 2
• Conference OCT 3 to OCT 4

Earlybird Registration

Earlybird Pricing

Hurry! Offer Ends July 15

Conference Access Only:
$415 (Reg. $515)

Conference + CERT Lab -or- Mayday Workshop:
$715 (Reg. $815)

All earlybird registrations include
Free 1 year transferable Blue Card subscription ($385 value)

Don't Miss Out on the Ultimate Conference for IC's

• Pushing Command Skills & Leadership Forward
• Hazard Zone Management Takes Skill, Experience, Innovation & Grit
• More than 20 Eminent Fire-service Influencers
• Over 20 Targeted Classes
• 1 YOU
• 0 Regrets

Don't be an apathetic leader! Recharge your skills & commitment with other forward-thinking, intelligently aggressive B-shifters & bring what you learn back home!

3 Day Blue Card Certification Lab

September 30th – October 2nd

Attend this 3 day certification lab that will be taught by lead Blue Card instructors. Get the message from those that utilize and teach the certification program.

2 Day Mayday Management Workshop

October 1st – October 2nd

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" are the most frightening words transmitted on the fireground. It means something has gone terribly wrong and a firefighter, or worse yet firefighters, are in distress and calling out to the heavens for help. Your heartbeat races as anxiety starts to build. Emotions are running high as the fireground transitions toward chaos. What do you do? How do you manage an event of this magnitude? Why did it happen in the first place?

Are you prepared to manage a Mayday?

2024 Presenters

October 3rd – October 4th

Blue Card and Bshifter Magazine have collaborated with the leading fire service instructors to host this outstanding conference.

General Session

FSRI- LI Ion Battery Fires Dan Madrzykowski
Blue Card Program Update/FC 3 Book Nick/Jeff/Josh
NFSA Fire and Research update Shane Ray
Considerations and Factors for Mid Rise Fires Chief Frank Leeb


Shawnee Fire Department/Olathe Mayday Incident Review
Deputy Chief Dave Anderson, Olathe (Kas.) Fire Department
Continuous Improvement on the Fireground: The After-Action Reporting System
Assistant Chief Josh Blum, Lockland (Ohio) Fire Department/Blue Card Program Manager & Captain Erik Phillips, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Silverback Leadership: No Brainer-Management for the Workplace Jungle
Shift Commander Nick Brunacini (ret.), Phoenix Fire Department & Fire Chief Terry Garrison (ret.), Phoenix, Houston & Glendale Fire Departments
Creating a Culture of Safety
Fire Chief Pat Dale (ret.), Kent, Olympia and Graham (Wash.) Fire Departments and Redmond (Ore.) Fire Department
1. Size-Up Utilizing Thermal Imaging Cameras
2. SAFE-T Fire Prop Burns & Demos
District Chief John Eadicicco, Lockland (Ohio) Fire Department
Air Management in the IDLH Hazard Zone
Battalion Chief Ryan Eldridge, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Worcester Update with Working Fire Audio
District Chief Gary Fleischer, Worcester (Mass.) Fire Department
ARFF (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting) Module Overview
Assistant Chief Sean Glaser (ret.), Vandenberg Air Force Base
The Making of a Mayday—Trapped in a Cotton Warehouse Fire
Captain Phillip Grandon, Lubbock (Texas) Fire Rescue
Building Character through Professional Development
Deputy Chief Jeffery L. King, Spring (Texas) Fire Department
Regionalization & the Effects of Blue Card
Fire Chief Thomas Lakamp, Fairfield (Ohio) Fire Department
1. Considerations & Factors for Mid-Rise Fires
2. Strategies for High-Risk/Low-Frequency Events in Mid-Rise Fires
Deputy Assistant Chief (ret.) Frank Leeb, FDNY
The 3 C's of Command—Competence, Confidence & Control
Division Chief Steve Lester, Cobb County (Ga.) Fire and Emergency Services
Blue Card Rescue CE Modules
Lieutenant Grant Light (ret.), Cincinnati Fire Department
1. The Ever-Evolving Fire Environment: Fire is Getting Faster
2. FSRI Near-Miss Studies: What Are We Learning?
Daniel Madrzykowski, PhD, PE, Senior Director of Research, Fire Safety Research Institute
Customizing Sims with Digital Combustion's Fire Studio 7
Rich Merritt, President & Co-Founder, Digital Combustion
Modern Fires, Modern Fire Protection: Updates from the NFSA
Shane Ray, President, NFSA
Critical Thinking & Decision-Making—Thinking Fast & Slow
Deputy Chief Chris Stewart, Rio Verde (Ariz.) Fire District
Division Boss Roles & Responsibilities
Fire Chief Doug Wehmeyer, Lockland (Ohio) Fire Department
1. Highway Traffic Safety
2. Company Officer Decision-Making & Negative Reporting
Assistant Chief Scott Williams, Springdale (Ohio) Fire Department
B Shifter Live! A live recording of the B Shifter Podcast
Battalion Chief John Vance, Chanhassen (Minn.) Fire Department and a panel of instructors


The event is being held at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati Ohio.



*Airport - Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International (CVG)

Registration: Earlybird – Offer Ends July, 15

Conference Only Registration Fee: $515 - Earlybird Registration Fee: $415

Conference plus CERT Lab -or- Workshop Registration Fee: $815 - Earlybird Registration Fee: $715

All registrants receive a full Blue Card subscription credit ($385 value!) for a new IC or Dispatcher Student Subscription.

Once registered, there are NO refunds for canceled reservations - No Exceptions.


Hotel room blocks are available from October 2nd through October 5th. Reservations or preconference dates have to be booked separately.

Hyatt *Preferred hotel connected to conference center.
Sharonville Ohio Chester Road

Delta By Marriot
Sharonville Ohio Chester Road

2024 Hazard Zone Conference - Earlybird Registration