Social Network

Safety Fest TN | September 11-15, 2017
Safety Fest TN | September 11-15, 2017

“Secret City” Fire Department Conference

The 2016 “Secret City” Fire Officer Conference was sponsored by the Y-12 Fire Department, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Fire Department, City of Oak Ridge Fire Department, City of Knoxville Fire Department, City of Maryville Fire Department, City of Alcoa Fire Department, and City of Loudon Fire Department.  It was limited to 200 students and will be on a first come basis. Registration is free as the conference is paid for by the sponsors as a part of Safety Fest TN.

Click here to view and print the: 2016 "Secret City" Officer Conference brochure.

Conference Schedule
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 am - Bob Norton
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 8:30 am - Phil Mclaughlin

Emergency Vehicle Driving Simulator - see below

The Safety Expo will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Feel free to participate in the Safety Expo Passport to Prizes giveaway.


Bob Norton

Mr. Norton has more than 25 years of experience focused on coordination, direction, strategic development, implementation, and leadership development for Cities, Utility Districts, Fire Departments, Fortune 500 companies, and organizations across the United States consulting and developing their executive management staff and personnel.

He is an author, motivational speaker, executive coach and facilitator for organizations around the world with additional areas of success that include:

  • Strategic planning, development, and coaching of CEOs, executive staff, and personnel within a large corporate setting
  • Motivational and keynote speaker for conferences and conventions: nationally and internationally for upwards of 35,000 people
  • Performance management development and implementation Leadership development through Coaching, Mentoring and Counseling

A motivator and leader emphasizing team cooperation, as well as promoting employee growth, where many Tennessee Fire departments are now using his Tenzinga Employee Performance Power to maintain and improve employee performance data. A dedicated, high-energy and enthusiastic leader that is willing to learn and invest proven talents toward a vision that will positively affect and benefit humanity.

Phil McLaughlin

Commissioner Mclaughlin provides an indepth view of how a large scale natural emergencies can affect and overload the ability to maintain needed resources and how the Emergency Operation Centers can maintain discipline and order to the area of operation.

Phil McLaughlin, owner of the McLaughlin Training Group is the retired Deputy Fire Commissioner, Chief of Operations for the Philadelphia Fire Department. He is currently serving as Emergency Management Consultant and instructor with - FEMA-NFA-EMI and one of the lead instructors for the Command and Control of Natural and Manmade Disasters Classes at the National Fire Academy.

Commissioner McLaughlin will be joined by Gregg Varner who has over 25-years of instruction experience and teaches for the Department of Homeland Security. Gregg has deployed on a number of occasions to serve on federal incident management teams.

Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy
Emergency Vehicle Driving Simulator

Emergency response driver training simulators create real-world experiences that enable drivers to hone their skills within a variety of challenging situations. Drivers can learn a wide range of tasks, from basic vehicle operations to more advanced scenario-based tactical training, for many different vehicle types. This training enables the student to experience real-world situations without the logistical, legal, and moral ramifications that would automatically be attached to a mistake made on the streets.

On site for tours and demonstrations, Monday September 12th, 10:00 am until Thursday September 15th, 2:00 pm.

Special thanks to Director Hawks for making this available to Safety Fest TN and East Tennessee Fire Service.

"Secret City" Fire Officer Conference Sponsors