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Maintenance Night
First and Third Tuesday at 1830 hrs

Company Training
Second and Fourth Tuesday every Month at 1830 hrs

Company Meeting
First Thursday of every Month 1900 hours

Board of Supervisor Meeting
Lower Paxton Township Board of Supervisor's Meeting
First and Third Tuesday Regular Meeting at 1930 hrs
Second Tuesday is Work Shop Meeting at 1930 hrs


Makin' The Stretch 2017 Save The Date!
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Save the date!  Our annual conference is right around the corner.  General registration will begin on June 17th.  Don't miss out on this great expierence and the opportunity to hear amazing speakers such as Chief Bobby Halton (ret.) Coppel, Texas and  Editor In Chief of Fire Engineering or Paul Hashagen (ret.) from FDNY Rescue Company 1. 

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration, is June 17, 2017 through August 18, 2017.  Students can attend all 3 days, or select days of their choice.  For each day attending, please add that particular day to your cart and select the break out session for Saturday and Sunday.  Note, there are no options available for Friday.  Conference prices will rise after August 18, 2017. 


Registration pricing:


Friday September 22, 2017

  • June 17, 2017 through August 18, 2017 - $50.00
  • August 19, 2017 through September 17, 2017 - $60.00
  • September 18, 2017 through and including the day of registration - $75.00


Saturday September 23, 2017

  • June 17, 2017  through August 18, 2017 - $100.00
  • August 19, 2017 through September 17, 2017 - $120.00
  • September 18, 2017 through and including the day of registration - $125.00


Sunday September 24, 2017

  • June 17, 2017  through August 18, 2017 - $100.00
  • August 19, 2017 through September 17, 2017 - $120.00
  • September 18, 2017 through and including the day of registration - $125.00


Class and Instructor Information is below as well as the links to register for each day.  Please be sure to review this entire page. 


Please check back as updates will be made.


Seats are limited...especially in the breakout sessions.  Register today!

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Cancellation Policy

The participant may cancel the registration and receive a full refund up to July 15, 2017. From July 16, 2017 through August 16, 2017 the participant will receive 50% of the cost of the day being canceled refunded. After August 16, 2017 no refunds will be given for cancelations.

The COLONIAL PARK FIRE COMPANY NO 1 may cancel all or part of this conference without notice. Should a cancelation occur, the participant will be given a full refund or placed into another class based on availability.

Makin' the Stretch: Training Today, Ready Tomorrow

Welcome Firefighters and emergency responders,


The Colonial Park Fire Company is extremely excited to once again welcome you our annual training conference…Makin’ the Stretch at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg PA.


Whether you are a repeat attendee or a first timer, you are sure to have a great experience. This year promises to be everything the last two years were and more.  We have taken your feedback into account and have added more HOT classes and new national instructions to ensure you have an experience like no other.  Bobby Halton will once again present a Keynote speech on Friday evening and we have expanded the ever-so-popular Brotherhood Bash.  We are looking to provide firefighters/emergency responders from around the country the ultimate emergency responders training experience. 


Why are you here?  The answers to that question are many.  First and foremost, you are here because you care about the public we are sworn to protect.  Emergency services are here for the people we swore to serve, and we understand the hazards associated with emergency services before taking the oath to protect others.   


Our slogan is Training Today, Ready Tomorrow.  The slogan is to help firefighters focus on training, leadership and tactics; so that when they are called to duty they are ready to respond in a moment’s notice.  The past year’s conference focused on leadership because everything begins and ends with strong leadership.  This year we are focusing on both leadership and tactics by having local level and national instructors teaching “street smarts” tactics and cutting edge leadership skills for the emergency service.         


This first night will consist of opening ceremonies, keynote speaker Bobby Halton from Fire Engineering, dinner, and our ever-so-popular Brotherhood Bash.   


The second day will include Paul Hashagen (ret.) from FDNY Rescue Company 1 presenting 100 Yeas of Valor, lunch, and your choice of one of six breakout sessions:

  • Saving Our Own...F.A.S.T., a HOT class on RIT operations presented by Chief Michael Horst.
  • Advancing the Sharp End, a 2 day HOT class on rope access developments and efficiencies for this decade presented by Colby Challenger
  • Sidewalk Supervision, a presentation on the deadly cocktails of trends that lead to fire ground injuries and deaths with focus on the Safety Officer role presented by Chief Floyd Wise.
  • *SOLD OUT* Down and Dirty Engine & Truck Ops, the name says it all…a 2 day HOT class on overcoming the challenges of short staffed Engine Companies presented by Brad Clark and Jess Rodzinka
  • Searching for Success, a HOT class focusing on efficient and effective search and rescue on the fire ground presented by Chief Carl Weiss, Chief John Fogg, Captain JD O’Brien, and Chief John Drey


The final day includes Chief Michael Walker from Oklahoma City Fire Department presenting The Fireman Standard, lunch, and your choice of one of six breakout sessions. 

  • Advancing the Sharp End, a continuation from Saturday’s class…a 2 day HOT class on rope access developments and efficiencies for this decade presented by Colby Challenger
  • *SOLD OUT* Down and Dirty Engine & Truck Ops, the name says it all…a continuation from Saturday’s HOT class on overcoming the challenges of short staffed Engine Companies presented by Brad Clark and Jess Rodzinka
  • Passion In Leading, a motivational leadership development course presented by Dave McGlynn
  • Common Errors from the Fog, a presentation on the attention to detail in fire ground operations presented by Captain Joe Pronesti.
  • The Ins and Outs of Building Construction, a visual learning program that teaches and shows detailed scale models that demonstrates building construction from foundation to ridge pole presented by Bud Henkels

Seats are limited, reserve your class NOW!   


We would like to thank all speakers and instructors for giving their time and commitment to making this a great educational experience.  This conference would not be what it is without the highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors from all over the country who share a passion for making our profession as safe as possible while being as aggressive as possible.  In closing, please make an effort to attend this one of a kind training conference in central Pennsylvania.  Here, you will continue to learn, make new friends, and share in the bonds of brotherhood that make our profession second none.  


Please like us on Facebook and routinely check back for updates.  The full agenda and bio’s of the instructors is below. 


Thank you again for attending, have a great conference, and keep training to make a difference.


For additional questions please contact makinthestretch@colonialparkfire.org or (717) 652-8378




The majority of this year’s conference is located at the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel & Conference Center located at 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111.  The location is convenient to both I-81, and I-83, just east of Harrisburg, and west of Hershey.  The proximity to the Harrisburg International Airport, and Harrisburg’s Train and Bus Station, paired with complimentary shuttle service to each, make this the ideal place to host our one-of-a-kind conference. 


Some HOT classes will be located at Service 1st Restoration (300 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg) or Harrisburg Area Community College Shumaker Public Safety Center (1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg).  All participants must report to the Best Western prior to the offsite location.    


For attendees staying overnight, the Central offers distinctive full service accommodations including a stylish Grand Atrium, O’Reilly’s Tap Room & Kitchen, a large heated indoor pool, spacious fitness center, expanded business center, complimentary hi-speed internet access, sundry shop, courtesy shuttle service, coin-operated laundry and many other amenities.  For your convenience, the Best Western is offering a discounted nightly rate of $99.00 plus tax per night.  Please call the Best Western directly at (717) 561-2800 and reference group code 079375.  You can also go on-line to www.thecentralhotelharrisburg.com and click onto the reservations tab at the top of the home page.  Select the date’s you would like to stay and then enter the group code into the Group Code box: 079375 and select Check Rates.        

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Address:  800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone:  (717) 561-2800

Group Code:  079375



Day 1, Friday September 22, 2017.  Start - 17:30, End - ?

  1.      Opening Ceremonies
  2.      Keynote speaker, Chief Mike Lombardo - Buffalo Fire Department 
  3.      Dinner
  4.      Fire Service History, the Senior Man and Traditions presented by Paul Hashagen (ret.) from FDNY Rescue Company 1
  5.      Brotherhood Bash

Day 2, Saturday September 23, 2017.  Start 09:00, End 17:00

  1.      100 Yeas of Valor, presented by Paul Hashagen (ret.) from FDNY Rescue Company 1
  2.      Lunch
  3.      Breakout sessions, choose one:  Saving Our Own...F.A.S.T. RIT Training, Advancing the Sharp End, Sidewalk Supervision, Down and Dirty Engine & Truck Ops (*SOLD OUT*), or Searching for Success. 

Day 3, Sunday September 24, 2017.  Start 07:30, End 16:30

  1.      Breakout sessions, choose one:  Advancing the Sharp End, Down and Dirty Engine & Truck Ops (*SOLD OUT*), Passion In Leading, Common Errors from the Fog, or The Ins and Outs of Building Construction.
  2.      Lunch
  3.      The Fireman Standard, Presented by Chief Michael Walker from Oklahoma City Fire Department
  4.      Closing Remarks

The Keynote Address by Chief Mike Lombardo
MIKE LOMBARDO is a 40-year veteran of the fire service and was the Commissioner/Chief of Department of the Buffalo Fire Department from January 2006 to January 2010. He is a New York State fire instructor and was a member of the development team for the New York State Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention programs. He is a two-time Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award recipient (1988 and 1994) and the recipient of the FDIC 1999 Tom Brennan Training Achievement Award. In 2015 Mike was a contributor for the NFFF documentary "Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak" Mike provides consulting services around the United States, recently completing Near –Miss investigations in Scranton, PA and Claymont, DE as well as completing a review of the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department leadership and a safety audit of the Boston (MA) Fire Department. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fire Department Training Network where he presents and developed the Fire Command program. Mike currently is a volunteer Captain and operates with the Christiana Fire Department in Delaware. He is a consultant and instructor on fire tactics, live fire attack, firefighter survival, and command and fire department operations throughout the United States.

History, Traditions and the Senior Man & 100 Years of Valor

Paul Hashagen: is a retired FDNY firefighter, past Chief of the Freeport, NY Fire Department and a published author. Paul's time with the FDNY includes experience being assigned to Rescue 1. You can also find examples of Paul's work in Firehouse Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, along with various other fire service books including; "FDNY:The Bravest, An Illustrated History 1865-2002."  Class Description: Friday at 2000 Paul will be sharing his passion for history and traditions in the fire service with his class Fire Service History, Traditions and the Senior Man. FDNY's Rescue Company 1 is one of the most distinguished Rescue Companies in the American fire service, listen as Paul shares some bold stories on Saturday at 0900 for his class One Hundred Years of Valor-Stories of Rescue 1 FDNY.

Saving Our Own…F.A.S.T. – a HOT class on RIT operations presented by Chief Michael Horst

Mike Horst: is a Harrisburg native with over 45 years of combined career and volunteer fire service experience. Mike's 34-year career with the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire progressed through the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, and all the way to the position of acting chief of the department. Mike also has experience as a retired member of Pennsylvania Task Force 1. Class Description: Since the late 1960's Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) operations have evolved into a standardized position on the modern fire ground. The intent of this presentation is to provide the student with an understanding of the need for a RIT at virtually every incident scene. For the purposes of simplicity and this being a four-hour presentation this class will focus on operations at structure fires. To start off the presentation, in a classroom environment, students will review the history and path of the RIT in the fire service. Students will share through discussion; their own level of training, experiences and views of RIT operations in their organizations. This presentation will emphasis a proactive RIT concept and will guide both officers and firefighters on the why, when and how of establishing a team. Tactics, tools and techniques of the RIT will be discussed and demonstrated to the students. Students will review the basics of the "MAYDAY" and how to manage it at the company level. There will also be some discussion on "MAYDAY" management at the incident commander level. Students will have the opportunity to learn through hands on training many new and innovative 'Hasty' rescue techniques. The core concept of Saving Our Own...FAST is the "Five or Die" concept. Students must provide and be prepared to wear appropriate turn out gear.

Advancing the Sharp End – a 2 day HOT class on rope access developments and efficiencies for this decade presented by Colby Challenger

Colby Challenger: is a 14-year veteran of the fire service, of which the last 8 years have been with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department where he is currently assigned to Special OperaCons Company 4 on "A" shift. The majority of Colby's career has been spent primarily focusing on high angle and confined space rescue. Colby also currently manages the industrial rescue training programs as well as the confined space and vertical access projects for Ark Safety's Technical Services Division. Course Description: This course is designed to bring classically trained rescuers face to face with the newest tools and techniques in the field of rope rescue. Recent innovations in rescue equipment have opened the door for revolutionary increases in speed and safety for rope rescue operations. Students will get direct access to tools like; the AZ Vortex, AZTEK, AZORP, MPD, I'D Descender, and more in an atmosphere of guided experimentation. As an added bonus, students will leave class wondering why twin tension systems are still not the industry standard. Moreover, simple predetermined rope systems can be developed to minimize the number of needed technical rescuers and end any scene "debates" on the needed access tactics. Students should have existing solid rope skills, but do not need to have any experience with the new tools or techniques. Open your mind to out of the box options for incidents that are certainly labeled as low frequency – high risk. Our goal is to overcome what works against us and place us on better ground to make rescue decisions.  Students must provide and be prepared to wear appropriate gear.

Sidewalk Supervision – a presentation on the deadly cocktails of trends that lead to fire ground injuries and deaths with focus on the Safety Officer role presented by Chief Floyd Wise

Battalion Chief Floyd Wise began his fire service career as a volunteer with the York Township Volunteer Fire Department in 1993. While attending Penn State University Chief Wise began to consider pursing a career in the fire service, which lead him to the tesIng process for the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire in 2000. Chief Wise served in varying capaciIes within the department's truck companies where he honed his foundaIon skills while mentoring in an aggressive small urban department. Special operaIons also became a true calling for Chief Wise, where today he serves as the manager of Harrisburg Rescue 1. 2010 brought a new chapter for Chief Wise as he became a lieutenant in the department, eventually rising to the rank of captain and today serves as the "C" Shift Battalion Chief. Chief Wise's belief is quality of leadership both in the firehouse and on the fire ground can be learned skills through education, open discussion and commitment daily to perform better than the day before. Further, Chief Wise believes his goal is to face students with street smart tacIcs to overcome common obstacles that we face daily in the service.  Course Description: For large departments; robust response with suppression forces and management staff, day to day operation is often not a burden. However, for the many smaller career, combinaIon, and volunteer systems we are constantly honing avenues to do more with less at the suppression level as well as incident command and control. This program provides a candid view of the challenges and understanding of the safety officer, uses, development and requirements in department who cannot muster large numbers of command staff officers. Program discusses the needs and almost mandatory use of adequately trained persons to fill out this vital role during structural fires, special operaIons calls, and for the day to day unusual incidents. More specifically the program looks at the deadly cocktails of trends that lead to fire ground injuries and deaths focusing on how the adaptaIon of the safety officer could make the difference. The program attempts to include aspects of knowledge that a safety officer or second command officer can bare on any number of unusual instances to provide oversight. With today's aggressive, fast paced fire ground the more sets of eyes looking at the strategy and safety the better. Program targeted to command staff officers and developing a predetermined method to make the fire ground somewhat less chaotic. In addiIon program discusses some soluIons to find mutual aid agreements to solve training and management safety issues.

SOLD OUT - Down and Dirty Engine & Truck Ops – the name says it all…a 2 day HOT class on overcoming the challenges of short staffed Engine Companies presented by Brad Clark and Jess Rodzinka

*SOLD OUT* Jess Rodzinka and Brad Clark combine for over 35 years of fire service experience expanding a variety of assignments. Jess's current assignment with the Charlottesville, VA Fire Department and is on Tower 10. Previous duties of Jess include experience with; the departments training and operations division, Engine 2, Engine 5, Truck 1 and experience as a Rescue Squad Officer Division 2 Technical Rescue Team. Brad Clarks is a currently a Lieutenant on Engine 4 with the Hanover (VA) Fire Department. Previous assignments of Brad were on; Engine 7, Engine 10 and Truck 7. Brad is a MAYDAY instructor and a former HTR team member. Class Description:The demands of today's fire service require firefighters to constantly do more with less. This class will demonstrate how to overcome the challenges of short-staffed engine and truck companies. This class will provide practical applications of proven techniques and skills that can help improve efficiency on the fire ground by working on fundamental skills and combining them with new tactics to ease the shortfall.  Students must provide and be prepared to wear appropriate turn out gear.

Searching for Success – a HOT class focusing on efficient and effective search and rescue on the fire ground presented by Chief Carl Weiss, Chief John Fogg, Captain JD O’Brien, and Chief John Drey

Carl Weiss: is a 20-year student of the fire service with a passion for going to fires, training, and preparing for them. Carl is currently a division chief of training with experience in volunteer, combination, and career departments. Through Carl's years of experience, he has spent time on engine, truck and rescue companies as a firefighter, driver/operator and a company level officer. As a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Adjunct Instructor Carl often teaches truck company operations and
forcible entry classes to pass on the knowledge he has gained over the years from his mentors and senior men. Chief Weiss has previously been awarded a Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award. Much of Carl's free time is spent studying fire service topics or attending training conferences. Chief Weiss will present his class along with instructors John Fogg, JD O'Brien, and John Drey.  Class Description: Does your search training have you crawling around empty burn buildings, searching in a maze constructed with tables or crawling around on a rope in a wide open area? If it does, you may be setting yourself and the civilians we are sworn to protect up for failure. This one-of-a-kind hands-on class will prepare you to search buildings for success. Often when we train for searches we use empty buildings with no furnishings and unrealistic conditions setting our fire-ground searches up for failure. During this handson class students will participate in different types of searches such as; oriented search, Vent Enter Search (VES), and large area searches under realistic conditions. This stress induced 4-hour hands-on class will help prepare you to successfully search buildings and make grabs. The main focus of this class will be to develop a search culture and mindset to always search like you are searching for your family — fast and effective.  Students must provide and be prepared to wear appropriate turn out gear.

Passion In Leading – a motivational leadership development course presented by Dave McGlynn

Dave McGlynn has over 15 years of fire service experience in both municipal and federal fire departments. Dave currently works for the U.S. Military Academy West Point where he is a chief of training. Dave is a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor as well as the owner and lead instructor for Passion in Leading & Passion in Preventing. You may also regularly see Dave's work in Fire Engineering blogs. Class Description: Passion in Leading is a motivational leadership development course designed for all leaders & aspiring leaders in emergency services. The course's main objective is to motivate leaders to incorporate passion in their leadership abilities while inspiring their crew to aspire to be the best that they can be. It is designed to bring you back to that day when you first became a firefighter and remind you of that feeling you had, that pride and eliminate that complacency that has developed over the years. Passion is a double edged sword, knowing which side of the sword to use and when to use it is what defines us as leaders and as public servants. Passion is our fuel to drive us to accomplish great things, this course is designed to help us find that fuel.

Common Errors from the Fog – a presentation on the attention to detail in fire ground operations presented by Captain Joe Pronesti

Joe Pronesti is a 28-year veteran of the Elyria (OH) Fire Department, where he is currently a shift commander. Chief Pronesti is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chief's Executive Officer Program and a lead instructor at the Cuyahoga (OH) County Community College Fire Academy. The work of Chief Pronesti is often published in Fire Engineering Magazine, FireEngineering.com, and FirefighterNation.com. Class Description: My mistakes of getting "sidetracked" on arrival could've led to a serious
problem on one of my fire-ground commands. Don't let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event. While not a military veteran, I have tons of respect for and consider myself an avid reader and student of military leadership and command. A book from a former Marine who fought in World War II describes the term "lost in the fog of war." According to this author, this expression describes both the literal fog created by the dust, smoke, and debris of the battlefield and, more importantly, the mental fog of confusion and uncertainty created by lack of knowledge of the enemy. I share this experience as an example for others with the intent of helping current and future officers not make my mistake of getting "lost." Attendees will review the critical points of size-up and past events where the 'fog" was thick and leave with a better understanding and a better "vision" to that will enable them to see through the fog of the fire- ground, creating a more effective and safer environment for those under their command.

The Ins and Outs of Building Construction – a visual learning program that teaches and shows detailed scale models that demonstrates building construction from foundation to ridge pole presented by Bud Henkels

Bud Henkels: is a part-time instructor for Montgomery County Fire Training Academy. Bud is also the owner of a restoration and renovation construction business, which he started in 1990. In his "spare" time, Bud has been volunteering his teaching skills to the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) by bringing his hands- on course, "Fire Fighter Awareness to Engineered Wood Frame Construction." In 2014, former Commissioner Derrick Sawyer of the Philadelphia Fire Department recognized Bud with an award for his volunteer contributions to educate firefighters. Bud's experience of more than 35 years as a carpenter, contractor, and firefighter make him uniquely qualified to teach this program. He holds an A.S. in Fire Science degree, is a PA State L&I journeyman carpenter, and a graduate of the Montgomery Country Fire Training Academy. Bud has been a member of the Wissahickon Fire Company (Station 7 – Montgomery County) since 1979 and is also a member of the NFPA and International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Class Description: Bud created a visual learning program and travels from department to department teaching and showing detailed scale models that demonstrate wood frame construction from foundation to ridgepole. His prop includes the ability to add a real time smoke condition to show how differently smoke can travel throughout the structure. While the model is a major part of the program, it also includes a PowerPoint that focuses on building construction terminology and the dangers of lightweight wood construction. He also brings along a few pertinent videos and other visual displays to reinforce the lessons. The goal of this program is to raise awareness of how building construction can influence decision making on the fire ground.

The Fireman Standard, Presented by Chief Michael Walker from Oklahoma City Fire Department

Chief Walker has been with the Oklahoma City Fire Department since 1990. During his 27 year career he has served at a technical rescue officer, task force leader for the state USAR team, hazmat officer, and a training officer. Chief Walker was promoted to Battalion Chief ten years ago and currently covers downtown Oklahoma City as 601 on the "B" shift. Both the hazmat and technical rescue stations are in Battalion 601. The High Risk Policy, Natural Disaster Policies, and various other policies of the Oklahoma City Fire Department have been written by Chief Walker and he was a keynote speaker at FDIC in 2013. Chief Walker was on duty the day of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.  Class Description: The Standard in which firefighters are to uphold goes beyond glossy words, cool sayings, and famous quotes. It involves a true commitment to community that involves integrity that cannot be be compromised. It demands a pursuit of excellence in order to fulfill an ever growing mission. This mission can only be fulfilled through the collective efforts of a team that has "marrow deep" trust for one another. In this class, Chief Mike Walker will expound on these tenants by expounding on the need for citizen-focused values, the team of family, mastery level training, and culture changing perseverance.

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