May 07

2017 Conference Dates Set!

The 2017 Wildfire Leadership conference will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Bozeman Hilton Garden Inn.  Get ahead of the curve and lock in the date on your calendars now!  By popular request we have locked in a new venue and we’re looking forward to 2017.


Apr 19

Thanks for attending the 2015 Wildfire Leadership Conference!

Thanks for attending the 2015 Wildfire Leadership Conference in Bozeman!

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us some feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017 for our next conference.  If you haven’t provided us feedback, please visit:

If you are interested in hosting the 2017 conference, please let a member of the board know.

Jan 22

2014 Fire Alliance Conference

2014 Fire Alliance Conference

Power of the Past, Force of the Future

Yogo Inn – Lewistown, MT
May 29-31, 2014

Attendee & Vendor Registration:



 Paul LeSage Photo Assistant Chief Paul LeSage (Ret.)
Firefighter/Paramedic – TVF&R (OR)
Lead Flight Paramedic – Life Flight
Assistant Chief of Operations – TVF&R

Paul LeSage worked for 29 years at Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue (OR) as a Firefighter/Paramedic, served on the Technical Rescue Team, and was the Lead Flight Paramedic for several years at Life Flight Network in Portland, Oregon. He retired as the Assistant Chief of Operations in January 2010, and has over 34 years of experience in emergency services as a provider and executive. He spent teo years as the Interim Director at Washington County’s 911 Center, implementing a unique QI and Performance Program.

He is on faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and currently works as an event and human factors analyst with companies such as Outcome Engenuity in Plan, Texas, SG-Collaborative Solutions, Emergency Services Consulting International, and others, where he provides event investigation and Just Culture implementation in high-consequence domains across the United States and Canada.

Paul also lectures nationally int eh emerging fields of Just Culture, Crew Resource Management, and High Reliability Event Analysis and Strategies. Paul has authored a popular book on Crew Resource Management in Fire & EMS, and was the founder of Informed Publishing, which created Fire, Nursing, and EMS Field Guides and mobile applications, which are used throughout the US and in many foreign countries.


Thursday, May 29 

1:00pm-4:00pm Forums:

  1. Volunteers
  2. Wardens
  3. Chiefs
  4. Districts
  5. Instructors 
3:00pm-5:00pm Breakout Sessions:

  1. Hazardous Materials Notification Program (DEQ)
  2.  Situation Analyst Pilot Project
5:00pm-8:00pm Social Event/Banquet for Attendees, Partners, & Vendors

Friday, May 30

8:00am-9:30am Opening Ceremonies & Worker’s Comp Discussion
10:00am-12:00pm Breakout Sessions:

  1. Asbestos & Meth in Properties (DEQ)
  2. Community Education & Outreach (DNRC)
  3. Basic Thermal Imaging Camera Course (MSA Safety)
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-5:00pm Keynote: Asst Chief Paul LeSage
“Just Culture, High Reliability, & Five Key Points for Success”
5:00pm-8:00pm Vendor Social Event

Saturday, May 31

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast
8:00am-9:00am MT Fire Alliance Meeting
9:00am-1:00pm Vendor Time & Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm Breakout Sessions:

  1. Legal Issues for Boards & Trustees
  2. Flows, Hose, & Nozzels (Task Force Tips)
  3. Gas Detection (MSA Safety)
3:30pm-5:30pm Breakout Sessions:

  1. Legal Issues (HR/Personnel) for Fire Chiefs
  2. Flows, Hose, & Nozzels (Task Force Tips)