Saturday, May 16

8 a.m. — 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Can Confidence

This 4-hour class is offered twice. A look into gaining can confidence for fire ground success. The 2 1⁄2 gallon water extinguisher, the can, allows the search team to quickly place water between the fire and potential victims. Unfortunately, due to lack of confidence, it is arguably the most underutilized tool in the fire service found on nearly every fire apparatus. Let’s start the life-saving extinguishment process by applying what could be, the fire’s first interaction with water. 

Attendees will learn proper filling and pressurization steps, how to build homemade carrying straps and other useful “Can” modifications. The class will also cover valuable skills on carrying and searching with the “Can,” and confining fire with it. Students will cycle through a “force an interior door off its hinges” prop and use this door to hold back live fire and smoke. Finally, attendees will perform live fire attacks with nothing more than a “Can” and witness the effect of the “Can” on pre-flashover conditions. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Bunker gear, helmet, gloves, air pack, mask

Cost: $40

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Wheaton is the Owner of VentEnterSearch, LLC. He is a second-generation fireman for Winter Park (FL) Fire Department and is currently assigned as a Lieutenant on Truck 61. Eric has spent a majority of his career on the Truck Company. Eric is an instructor for the Truck Company Operations and Special Operations programs at Valencia College's Central Florida Fire Institute. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science and is an advisory board member on the UL-FSRI Size-up and search & rescue study. Eric has taught at many fire conferences across the country, including FDIC, Portland Firemanship Conference, Orlando Fire Conference, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, Metro Atlanta Firefighter Conference and Water on the Fire Conference.