2021 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar now includes three days of life-saving firefighter training!

The 2021 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar offers world-class firefighter training taught by fire service leaders. This great weekend of fire department training not only helps firefighters to develop their skills, it also benefits the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation’s grant program. Our grant program helps fire departments in need provide Personal Safety Systems (PSS) to their firefighters.


$100 per day

Two Days Firefighter Hands-On Training
November 5 – 6, 2021

Suffolk County Fire Academy
676 Maple Street
Yaphank, NY 11980

Thank You to the Suffolk County Fire Academy for their continued support of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar.

Join us for the fifth year of hands-on training at the 2021 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar. All training programs require a minimum certification of Firefighter I, except for the Fire Police Refresher.

Train for your next response with hands-on opportunities including:

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Classroom Firefighter Training
November 7, 2021

Sequoya High School – Eastern Suffolk BOCES
750 Waverly Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742

The 2021 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar will feature world-class fire service instructors who will discuss relevant topics that are sure get you ready for your next call!


Chief of Department Thomas Richardson

The Chief of Department, appointed by the Fire Commissioner, is the highest-ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. The current Chief of Department is Thomas J. Richardson. Chief Richardson was appointed by Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro in 2021.

Chief Richardson is a 40-year veteran who has served as the Chief of Fire Operations since 2019. He will oversee the Department’s 16,000 uniformed Firefighters and EMS personnel and four major agency Bureaus: Fire Operations, EMS Operations, Training and Fire Prevention.

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The most common impression of leadership is someone who presents bold ideas and motivates workers leaving us feeling that leadership is something few can attain. Nothing could be further from the truth. The people with the most direct leadership influence in the fire service are company officers. Getting them to a place where their leadership inspires others and protects our brand is like a slow ride up the first hill of a roller coaster before it goes over the top. Once you crest that hill you will drop into a leadership test at every turn, staying true to your principles will help smooth over the roughest rides. Join him in the first car.


Battalion Chief Leigh T. Hollins (Retired)
Cedar Hammock Fire Department (FL)

In this course, students will learn the differences between legacy and lightweight construction methods and how they effect our firefighting operations. A portion of the class will also be devoted to explaining New York’s “Truss Law” and how it should be applied strategically and tactically on the fireground. Several other states, including New Jersey, have similar laws which will also be discussed.


This is a back-to-basics review of the truck company’s basic responsibilities and SOPs to assist firefighters whether they are operating as a dedicated truck company or who are assigned that role on the fireground. The class will cover operations at private dwelling fires by first due fire companies including: search techniques, team safety, and the importance of search plan and procedures when operating in the fire building. We will also discuss ventilation practices, how it effects the fire building, and how to coordinate and control venting.


District Chief Mo Davis
Houston Fire Department

This class will discuss how chief-level officers needs to be involved, how they must be equally trained, and the importance of leading aggressively for successful outcomes. Most of the problems on the fireground comes from lack of appropriate leadership and decision making. This class helps address these problems and discusses how decisions are made.

Hotel – November 3 – 8, 2021

Holiday Inn Long Island Airport East
1730 North Ocean Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742
(631) 758-2900

$105.00 plus tax (tax exempt certificates will be accepted at check-in)

Space is limited! To reserve your room, visit www.holidayinn.com/liislipny, or by calling 1-888-653-0649 or (631) 758-2900 using the Room Block Code of “DBF” Reservations must be made by October 25, 2021 to receive the special rate.

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The Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) exists to assist fire departments with their ability to purchase and train with rescue equipment. Toward that end, the Foundation does so without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or age. The Foundation’s By-Laws, Annual Report, and Conflict of Interest Policy are available by writing to the Foundation at its home address.