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Classrooms Day 1

Wednesday, May 13

1300 — 14:45 

the pillars of the fireground:
search and exstinguishment

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. time slot. Often times our fire ground can become a complex myriad of tactics and tasks, when in actuality two pillars- Search and Fire Attack are all that it takes for a successful outcome. These Pillars are then supported by Ventilation in a coordinated manner, lifting the smoke for visibility. This class will cover in detail both Search and Fire Attack using a Smart/Aggressive mindset that is backed by experience & research. This interactive video-based discussion will help students decide what’s faster- taking the problem away from the victim or taking the victim away from the problem.

Instructors: Kevin Lewis and Sean Gray, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services (Ga.) 

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aggressive company engagement in
today's buildings on fire 

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. time slot. Arriving companies and commanders at today’s structure fires must be able to rapidly and accurately identify key elements of a building, process that data based upon a widening field of variables present on today’s evolving fireground and implement timely actions that address prioritized actions requiring intervention. This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First-Due Company, Company Officer and Commander affecting and influencing operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks, reading the building and adaptive management principles that demand prompt, effective engagement with deliberate actions and measures that decisively change incident outcomes favorably. 

Instructor: Christopher Naum, Command Institute (N.Y.)

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searchable vs. survivable

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues during the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. slot. In this 4 hour lecture we will be covering statistics and sharing videos to drive home points of why and  when we search. We will also be covering where our searches often fail and where they are successful. We will touch on ways to improve search methods as well as efficiency.

Instructor: Sean Duffy, Pasco County Fire Rescue  (Fla.)

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integrating extrication with patient management

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues during the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. slot. Vehicle Extrication & complex highway incidents require collaboration, coordination, and integration of multiple agencies & personnel for a common mission. Lack of collaborative interaction can have a significant negative impact on patient outcomes. Not recognizing significant bleeding or performing extrication functions before treating for crush injury are 2 examples of how lack of coordination, improper or untimely tactics can negatively impact mortality and morbidity.

Instructor: Anthony Correia, Burlington Township N.J. Fire Department (Ret.)

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the initial attack line

The initial attack line is the backbone of every fireground operation and will have a greater impact on the outcome of a fire than any other fireground operation. As the first line goes so does the fire – so we must get it right. What is your target flow rate? Does the nozzle match your hose design to create an effective attack package? How do you determine your hoseline selection based on the buildings and conditions that you encounter? How do you estimate the stretch? All of these questions will be answered and discussed during this class. During this class we will also discuss tactical decision making for fires in single family dwellings, multiple family dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings, and standpipe equipped buildings. As well as attic fires, cockloft fires, and basement fires.

Instructor: Anthony P. Rowett Jr., Mobile Fire Rescue Department (Ala.)

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the unbreakable engine: breaking down the basics

The class breaks down the blue collar job of engine work. Regardless if you come from rural, suburban or urban America, this class provides the street smart tips that will assist firefighters in being successful with engine operations. Class topics include: Leadership and training in the fire house, along with the  phases of engine work: apparatus placement, estimating the stretch, various hose stretches and line staging, masking up, forcible entry, line size up, placement and more. 

Instructor: Chad Menard, Rogersville (Ala.)

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15:00 — 16:45 

First due standpipe operations

Standpipe operations can be a complex and for some firefighters a very rare operation. Yet standpipe equipped buildings can be found in the response area of almost every fire department. Firefighters must understand how to effectively operate from standpipe systems, especially with the reduced staffing levels that are common in the fire service today. 

Instructor: Anthony P. Rowett Jr., Mobile Fire Rescue Department (Ala.)

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