Pre and Post Conference Trainings

Preconference Training
Sunday, April 28, 2019
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Trainer Refresher Workshop (Six Hour Session)

Tom Justin (On Target Training and Consulting) and Dave Theis (Motorola Solutions, Inc.)

This six hour workshop will provide a "refresher" training session for trainers of end-users on the ARMER system. This session will provide a basic overview of the ARMER Trunked system with a focus on current system build-out, current best practices, and current system functionality. The session will focus on general subscriber functionality and end user learning concepts. This session will be informational and provide an opportunity for networking based on those best practices and concerns/questions that arise during the session. All registrants must have attended and completed a trainer training class after January 1, 2010 and be a current trainer that is actively engaged in end user training over the previous year.

Preconference Training
Sunday, April 28, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Recognizing Cumulative Stress Warning Signs for First Responders

Elizabeth Willman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

This all-day session will cover essential information for responders -- dispatchers, corrections officers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS workers -- who face the challenges of cumulative effects from daily stress of the job and exposure to critical incidents. A report commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation sheds light on an increasingly dark trend - - first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Cumulative exposure to first responder stress events can factor in to behavioral health issues such as post-traumatic stress injury, substance abuse, depression, and even suicide. It is possible you may not even be aware of the adverse effects on your mental health, which is why too many often go undiagnosed or untreated. Participants will learn about types of stressors and traumas that are unique to responders, as well as what impacts they can have on brain chemistry and physical and emotional well-being. You will also learn the value of peer support and mental wellness while learning to identify warning signs. The knowledge gained from this course will help inform you about what to do when signs are present at work and/or home; information will also be provided about how to choose the best therapist for your needs or the needs of a loved one.

Preconference Training
Sunday, April 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

MCC7500 Console Elite Admin (Offsite Session, see below for details)

Steve Olson (On Target Training and Consulting)

This course presented by On Target Training & Consulting is designed to meet the needs of local system administrators tasked with designing and/or up-keeping the MCC7500 Elite Dispatch configurations. Students will be trained in accordance with current ARMER standards and console talk group permissions and will be given the opportunity for hands-on practice in configuration building. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their current configuration on a clean flash drive.

This session will be held offsite at Stearns County EOC (807 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud MN)

Parking at the Stearns County EOC on Sundays is free. There is on-street parking and a free municipal lot.