Bethel Hosts Firefighter Leadership Symposium

Firefighters from the Midwest will be gathering in the President’s Dining Room of Bethel College on Nov. 12-14 for the fourth annual Mishawka Leadership Symposium. The event will feature three nationally recognized speakers from around the country who will focus on tactical safety.

Editor in chief of Fire Rescue Magazine, Tim Sendelbach, will be presenting a case study of the Charleston, S.C., furniture store fire that took the lives of nine firefighters in 2007. Capt. Bill Gustin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will speak on building construction that can be hazardous to firefighters. Battalion chief/director of training & safety with the Pleasantview, Ill., Fire Protection District and director of training for Southwest United Fire Districts, Forest Reeder, will discuss tactical safety for firefighters.


6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Tim Sendelbach


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Tim Sendelbach

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Bill Gustin


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Bill Gustin

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Forest Reeder

Firefighters who have not registered are still able to attend. Admission is free, but a donation of $10 is suggested for the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Foundation which is an organization that awards firefighters who go above and beyond the call of duty each year.

For more information please contact Bryon Woodward at 574.258.1672.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.