Classrooms Day 2

Thursday, May 14

0800 — 0945

facts not fear

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 10 — 1145 time slot. Today’s fire service is being inundated and altered by an outside source like never before in its history. The internet and social media play an incredibly powerful role with the ability to easily access and share information, but unfortunately there are a lot of myths and misinformation that come along with it. This class will look at some of the most common myths relating to various building construction materials and systems.

Instructor: James Johnson, British Columbia (Canada)

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Its not rocket science: Tactical considerations understanding the why

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 10 — 1145 time slot. You’re riding in the hot seat and need to make effective decisions when you arrive at the fire. More importantly, you better understand why you are doing what you are doing.  We’re going to discuss fire behavior / dynamics, tactical considerations, spot-on size up, and your initial actions in those first 10 minutes. This is an interactive class that requires your participation in discussion and practice with developing your initial radio reports, follow up reports, initial action plan, and putting your plan to work.  We will use videos and tactical simulations in this class to support real world decision-making.

Instructor: Paul Strong, Valley Regional Fire Authority (Wa.)

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aggressive fireground tactics?or educated and aggressive fireground tactics

Todays fireground is constantly changing. With that our tactics need to change. Can we be more aggressive and educated? This class will review some of the most the recent work from the UL-FSRI. This class will provide you with information to understand how the science from research can help make you more aggressive and more affective on the fire ground. We will review the most recent data from the Fire Attack study 2017 and how we can implement the data into our everyday decision making on the fire ground.

Instructor: Chad Christensen, Los Angeles County Fire Department

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the ins and outs of forcible entry

Forcible entry is one of the most common jobs for a truck company.  Every day across America firefighters go to jobs with the first priority being to gain access.  Many fire departments fail during recruit school to adequately prepare their firefighters when it comes to forcible entry.   It is essential that truck company firefighters, as well as engine company firefighters in many departments, be proficient at forcible entry.  Delayed forcible entry causes many problems including our two most important priorities: water on the seat of the fire and search. 

Instructor: Clay Magee, Birmingham Fire and Rescue (Ala.)

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leading the modern firefighter

This course will address the need for evolving leadership styles in today's fire service. The class will present proven and effective methods to ensure success on the fire ground. Additionally, the class will discuss methods to mold new genertions inot our culture. 

Instructor: Jonah Smith, Charlotte Fire Department

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lets go! improving decision making on the fireground

Have you ever shown up at a call and felt like you are spinning wheels? On the fireground or the incident scene, time is of the essence- things get worse the longer we take to make a decision. There is a vast number of acronyms  and memory-joggers to move from point A to B to C to... you get the picture. How many steps do we have to go through before we start to DO WORK? This discussion will help personnel hone their skills to make good, quick decisions on the fireground. 

Instructor: Jack McGovern, Fredricksburg Fire Department (Va.)

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Basement fires

Fires in basements and cellars kill more firefighters than any other area of the structure. It’s the most dangerous and punishing interior attack for any engine company making the push from above with fire below. This course will focus on engine, truck and RIT/FAST operations during fires involving the sub-division with focus on initial size up, fire attack, ventilation, floor stability, support systems, renovations, living space vs storage, utilities, entanglement hazards, access/egress, and forcible entry concentrating on the various barriers present at SFD's, MFD's, SRO’s, taxpayers, and garden apartments.

Instructor: Brian Butler, City of Trenton (N.J.) Fire Department

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la vs. ny: fireground tactics based on science & different built enviornments

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 10 — 1145 time slot. This interactive class will look at how the firegrounds in Los Angeles and New York are different. The presenters will utilize the differences to discuss how tactics are implemented and why they are different. The built environments on the East and West Coasts dictate the chosen tactics on the fireground. The presenters will discuss how modern fire dynamics also play a role in the tactics chosen daily by the FDNY and Los Angeles County Fire Department. They will also discuss how important it is to understand the modern fireground and how it effects your built environment.

Instructor: Chad Christensen, Los Angeles County Fire Department

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10 — 1145 a.m.

the engine company's guide to truck work

The Engine Company's Guide to Truck Work is a discussion on the necessity of Truck Company Operations on the fire ground. There are still a number of department's that don't staff or have aerial apparatus and the tasks of throwing ground ladders, coordinated ventilation, forcible entry, rescue, search, controlling utilities, overhaul, and firefighter rescue are either not assigned or poorly done.

Instructor: Jeff Mrwik, St. John's County (Fla.) Fire Rescue

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engine operations at multi-family dwellings

This course will dissect the engine company's role at multi-family dwelling fires. This course will discuss the stretching, advancement, and operations of hoselines in the complex fireground. Attendees will group effective concepts to ensure success on the fireground.

Instructor: Jonah Smith, Charlotte Fire Department

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the tactical engine

The Tactical Engine is a down and dirty look at the blue-collar fundamentals of aggressive Engine work. This class will examine effective tactics for first-alarm assignment Engine companies. It will explore efficiently performing essential fireground tasks and will delve into tactical priorities. The class will address Truck work for engines that don’t have the luxury of properly staffed truck companies arriving in a timely manner. Subjects covered will included size up, initial actions, water supply options, search, VES, forcible entry, coordinated ventilation, riding assignments, weapon selection, hose line management, and how to maximize limited staffing/resources in various operational arenas. This class is geared toward those looking to maximize the performance of their Engine Company.

Instructor: Nick Peppard, Holley/Navarre Fire District (Fla.)

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