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Posted on: March 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] IFFD hosts international speaker and best-selling author

IF Civic Center for the Performing Arts

If you see several emergency response vehicles outside the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts near Idaho Falls High School over the next couple of days, there is no need to worry.

“In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” states IFFD Fire Chief Duane Nelson. “We are very fortunate to have an internationally recognized speaker here training area firefighters. Not only does he have more than 26 years of experience in the fire service, but he has also set many standards for leadership, customer service, team building and officer development,” adds Nelson.Frank Viscuso_2   

Deputy Fire Chief (ret) Frank Viscuso is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and speaker who is teaching leadership concepts from his book, “Step Up & Lead.”  The training, sponsored by the Idaho Falls Fire Department, is free for attendees. 

“Although attendance is limited due to COVID-19 guidelines, we are pleased to have firefighters from thirteen different departments in attendance,” explains IFFD Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

According to the Step Up & Lead website, Viscuso has served more than 26 years on the Kearny, NJ Fire Department.  He is a columnist for Fire Engineering magazine and the author of several books, including the best-sellers Step Up and Lead, Step Up Your Teamwork, and Common Valor. Throughout his career, Viscuso has helped develop promotional exams, written more than sixty Standard Operating Guidelines, and acquired millions in grant money.Step Up and Lead_by Frank Viscuso

“This training was also made possible by our Municipal Services Department which manages the Civic Center, a facility large enough to keep our responders physically distanced, and by the staff at Eastern Idaho Public Health who we consulted with to ensure appropriate safety precautions were in place,” states Nelson.  

“Firehouse Subs and Buffalo Wild Wings have always been tremendous supporters of our public safety departments. We thank them, once again, for graciously sponsoring the lunches,” states Hammon. 

Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, (208) 612-8122,


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