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The King County Fire Chiefs are excited to host the fourth annual KCFCA Leadership Summit at the Clearwater Resort & Casino. We continually strive to build upon our four pillars of leadership, which include Leadership Development, Inclusion & Equity, Mental Wellness, and Communication.

The intent is to improve upon the quality of the conference with each year. Leadership is about building and maintaining relationships, and this Summit provides a great opportunity to do so throughout the Region.

This experience is open to any rank but is geared for those aspiring to a Battalion Chief level or higher. Please consider attending, register and reserve your room early. We look forward to hosting you as we continue the on-going discussion on the topic of leadership.


Steve Heitman, Fire Chief
Mercer Island Fire Department
President, King County Fire Chiefs Association

2019 Leadership Summit Flyer PDF

Registration – must be done online this year
Early Bird Rate: $200 (Department must be a member of KCFCA)
Non-Member Rate: $220
Registration after August 1, 2019: $220
Registration and payments must be received by September 1, 2019
No refunds after September 1, 2019


Event Schedule

Tuesday, September 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Registration (Deer Hall)
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introduction of KCFCA (Steve Heitman, President, KCFCA)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Communicate to Influence (Kirsten Smith, Lange International)
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Hosted Break
3:15 – 5:00 p.m. Las Vegas Event (Fire Chief Greg Cassel, Clark County Fire Department)
5:00 p.m. Hosted Reception
Wednesday, September 25
7:30 – 8:45a.m. Hosted Breakfast (Deer Hall)
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Recap of Summit
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Choosing Hope (Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Hosted Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Behavioral Health & Wellness (Jim Hyde)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Lunch sponsored by the Medic One Foundation
1:00 – 3:15 p.m. The Bald Futurist (Steve Brown)
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Hosted Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Communication with Partners Panel Discussion
  • Fire Chief Clark, Eastside Fire & Rescue (Facilitator)
  • Brian Schaeffer, Fire Chief, Spokane Fire Department
  • Mary Lou Pauly, City of Issaquah Mayor
  • Jennifer Phillips, Bothell City Manager
  • Bill Mack, WA State Council Firefighter 8th District Rep
  • Roger Collins, Commissioner, Woodinville Fire & Rescue
6:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner & Networking Event sponsored by Tri-Med
Thursday, September 26
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Hosted Breakfast (Deer Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. We Are Not Very Reliable: High Reliability and Safety Culture in High-Risk Teams (Paul LeSage)
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Hosted Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We Are Not Very Reliable cont.
12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks (Steve Heitman)


Participants must book lodging directly through the hotel by August 30, 2019

Clearwater Casino
Address: 15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish, WA 98392

  • Group Rate: $129 (plus tax)
  • Group Code: 15297
  • Room Block: King County Fire Chiefs Association Summit
  • or (800) 375-6073

Meals Included

  • Tuesday Happy Hour
  • Wednesday All Meals
  • Thursday Breakfast

Point of Contact for Questions


The Leadership Summit is designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools, networking opportunities, and key takeaways.

Kirsten is an Executive Coach, Consultant and Workshop Facilitator who works with leaders to expand their sphere of influence through a strong presence and powerful communication. She helps leaders develop their style and the courage to lead authentically.

This session will focus on:

• The core elements of leadership presence
• Tips on how to quickly read an audience and vary communication styles
• Q&A with confidence
• Structure and practice in how to give actionable and balanced feedback.

Fire Chief Greg Cassell has been with the Clark County Fire Department since 1989. He has an extensive background in USAR and technical rescue operations, training and program development. He has participated in many different working groups that have collectively brought change related to how the fire departments in Southern Nevada interact on a daily basis. He has lectured nationally on topics related to command and control, high-rise fire operations, and, most recently, on the benefits of forming relationships with local law enforcement agencies. Chief Cassell is a member of the IAFC and completed the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FESDI) program in 2016. He has two Bachelor degrees from Colorado State University. During his presentation, you will have an in-depth look at the October 2017 mass shooting. This will include LE information and response to the 800 plus injured concert goers.

On Dec. 14, 2012, in the first classroom of Sandy Hook Elementary School, first-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis endured unimaginable tragedy. This heroic teacher is credited with saving the lives of all 15 of her students by acting quickly to lock them in a small bathroom when she heard the sounds of gunfire. Since that fateful day, Kaitlin has created impactful, positive change in the world. She shares her story and the tenets of her book, ‘Choosing Hope: Overcoming Life’s Darkest Hours,’ both at home and abroad.

Jim has over 28 years of teaching and developing peer support programs for first responder agencies throughout the country. He has provided trauma recovery consulting to the CA National Guard by helping to develop a Peer Support Program for soldiers deploying and returning from the Middle East. He is a certified Executive Coach and is currently a doctoral student studying Organizational Psychology.

This presentation is designed as a knowledge and skill building module for the first responder leader. The presentation will provide a comprehensive review of fire service workforce behavioral health trends and best practices on current and emerging concepts in this critical area.

This session will focus on: Fire Service Behavioral Health Trends // First Responder Family Impact // Culture of the Uniform Influences // Best Practices of Behavioral Health Support // Case Studies // Program Building

Steve Brown is an energetic speaker, author, strategist, and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in high tech. He is the former futurist and chief evangelist at Intel Corporation. In this exciting talk, Steve will present a fast-paced, fun exploration of what it will mean to “Go digital” in the next decade. The audience will explore examples from a wide range of industries and understand the operational and technology strategies that will be available to them in the near future. Steve will also bring examples of how technology is already being used to reshape the public safety sector. Every organization needs to write the next chapter of their digital transformation strategy—this talk may be your first step on that important journey!

This interactive session provides an opportunity to ask questions directly to community leaders. The panel has been assembled to ensure a cross-section of interests are represented. You will gain comprehensive insights from
leaders into the issues the fire service is facing today. All attendees shall be asked for input to identify what issues you would like to see discussed. Facilitated by Jeff Clark, Fire Chief, Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Communication with Partners Panel

  • Mary Lou Pauly, Mayor, City of Issaquah
  • Brian Schaeffer, Fire Chief, Spokane Fire Department
  • Bill Mack, WA State Council Firefighter 8th District Rep
  • Jennifer Phillips, City Manager, City of Bothell
  • Roger Collins, Commissioner, Woodinville Fire & Rescue

Paul has over 36 years of experience in emergency services as a provider and executive. He retired from the fire department as the Assistant Chief of Operations in January 2010. He spent two years as the Interim Director at Oregon’s second-largest 911 Center, implementing a unique Quality and Performance Program. Paul currently works as a Partner and Senior Analyst with SG-Collaborative Solutions, centering his work on creating reliable and resilient systems within high consequence industries, primarily commercial aviation and healthcare. He leads teams charged with deconstructing and analyzing aviation and healthcare incidents and conducts Probabilistic and Predictive Risk Analyses that are designed to improve performance, sustain quality, and better manage risk. Paul has authored a popular book on Crew Resource Management in Emergency Services and was also the founder of Informed Publishing, which created Nursing, Medic, and Emergency Service mobile apps for front-line care providers.





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