Nationally Recognized Emergency Expert William Shouldis to Lead Fire Training at SEMO

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department is hosting a Fire Ground Safety seminar at Southeast Missouri State University featuring retired Deputy Chief William Shouldis, a nationally recognized expert on emergency management and safety.

Shouldis is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy and the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md. Also, he lectures at Holy Family University and the Graduate School of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He teaches classes on incident management, emergency preparedness and health/wellness topics.

Chief Shouldis has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration and a master’s degree in Public Safety. His articles have been published in several trade journals. He was the technical writer for Delmar Publishing “Firefighter’s Handbook”, “Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services” and “Confine Space Rescue”.

The March 31 class for area fire and rescue professionals will cover topics including:

  • Safety Concerns / Considerations
  • Hazard Identification
  • PPE and Equipment Limitations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Hazards of Fire Growth (Flashover)
  • Review of Construction Hazards
  • Need for following SOGs
  • Role of the Incident Safety Officer
  • RIC Overview
  • Continuous Improvement Strategies
  • Training Needs and Procedures

(Ret.) Chief Shouldis is a member of the Fire Engineering Advisory Board and has spoken at major educational conferences around the nation. He is a member of the Fire Engineering Magazine advisory board and frequent speaker at FDIC and FirehouseExpo.

His past assignments with the Philadelphia Fire Department include working directly for the Fire Chief on labor relations, accountability and disciplinary issues. Chief Shouldis was the Department’s Safety Officer and Director of Training. He served in line and staff positions for 35 years, and he taught in the Department’s Officer Development Program for many years.


Presented by: Deputy Chief William Shouldis (ret.)
Hosted by: Cape Girardeau Fire Department
Saturday, March 31 —  Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Class: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dempster Hall, 803 N. Henderson
Cape Girardeau, Mo.  63703
COST: $50, Make check payable to CGFD

Additional Information:
Battalion Chief Mike Ramsey