Bethel to Host Firefighter Leadership Conference

Hundreds of firefighters from the Midwest will spend four days at Bethel College Nov. 13 - 16. This is the third year Mishawaka firefighters have put together this instructional leadership conference that’s also supported by South Bend and Penn Township Fire Departments. This is also the only free conference of its kind in the Midwest.

Schedule of Events:

Nov. 13 from 6 - 10 p.m., Academic Building – Room 342

“Leading with Attitude” – Chief Eddie Buchanan, began his career in the fire service in 1982 and currently serves as a division chief with Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS. He is author of The Volunteer Training Officer's Handbook from Fire Engineering Books & Videos and serves on the board of directors for the Volunteer / Combination Officer's Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He also serves as director at large for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is the former chief of the Henry Volunteer Fire Department and remains a life member today. He is an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and served as a hands-on training (H.O.T.) instructor for the Fire Department Instructor's Conference and has written various articles on training issues.

Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. – noon, Middleton Hall of Science – Octorium

“Leading with Attitude Part II” – Chief Eddie Buchanan

Nov. 15 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Middleton Hall of Science – Octorium

Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement. During his tenure as a law enforcement professional, he was awarded his Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. He later graduated from University of Southern California with a Master's Degree in Safety and Systems Management. Subsequent to this he graduated from Western State University with a Juris Doctorate.

Graham has centered his efforts in providing knowledge to both public and private sector organizations in the area of organizational and operational risk management, civil liability, professionalism, ethical decision-making and related topics. Instead of focusing solely in after-incident damage control, he focuses his efforts in the prevention of mistakes through his risk management based training program, SROVT (Solid Realistic Ongoing Verifiable Training).

Nov. 16 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium

Bobby Halton is currently editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Chief Halton began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department. Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine. Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters, the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States and internationally.

Please contact Captain Bryon Woodward at or 574.258.1672. Captain Raymond Schultz can also be contacted at or 574.532.6586