Classrooms Day 2

Thursday, May 14

1300 — 14:45 

the grab lab

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. time slot. Life safety is the focus. This class will analyze the experimental data from over 1,250 actual fireground rescues. The datsa ranges from the ongoing fire dynamics research done by the UL FSRI and anecdotal evidence from the thermal imaging and helmet cam videos of first-hand rescues, all while focusing on what is the best for those trapped inside a burning building. The overall goal of this class is to use all the evidence available to us to help enhance our efficiency on the fireground...for THEM.

Instructors: Dustin Martinez & Nick Ledin, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services (Ga.) & Claire Fire Department (Wi.)

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Command and tactical considerations

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues at the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. time slot. This class is designed to teach and challenge the new company officer. During this program we will discuss what it takes to be a good Incident Commander. This class will show you what traits help to run a successful incident and how to get the most out of your people. We will review the basics of officer development. On-scene reports, tactical considerations and assigning tasks to personnel are just a few. This class is lecture style, with interactive action based scenarios that are done in the class room. Scenarios are run using portable radios and using a state of the art simulation program, while the other portion will be run using a command board for tracking purposes, teaching students how to document the incident while tracking at the same time.

Instructor: David Polikoff, Mongtomery County (Md.) Fire Rescue

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This lecture on search focuses on the “why” regarding our behaviors and actions behind search operations, mental preparation for primary search & the subsequent required skillsets that are necessary to be successful. The lecture is separated into operational goals, definitions that aim to bring a common meaning to our fireground operations, means of completion, and the need for the fire department to conduct a search on each incident. The lecture rounds out by addressing skills and tactics that allow firemen to conduct searches in a more effective and efficient manner. While none of this information is new, the hope is that it is organized and presented in a manner that can motivate students and address training issues within their organizations. 

Instructor: Zach Schleiffer, Charlotte Fire Department

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the engine boss

Part 1 of a 2 part class that continues during the 1500 — 16:45 p.m. slot. This course discusses the way to successfully lead an engine company. Students will gain successful scene leadership methods that often assist within the station as well. The course will offer a holistic approach to engine operations to lead to successful outcomes.

Instructor: Jonah Smith, Charlotte Fire Department

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rit for real: lessons learned

This class is about the detailed lessons learned from realistic, hands-on, rapid intervention training. 400 firefighters were put to the test in stressful training environments that challenged everything they have ever been taught. Firefighters were challenged in their basic skills, officers challenged in critical decision-making, and crews were challenged in their efficiency, choreography, and coordination all under realistic stress. This class provides the best practices on how to increase the possibility of a successful rescue by paying attention to the details in our training approach to RIT.  

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

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left seat tips and tactics

There is no doubt that the Engineer(driver/operator) is one of the most critical jobs on any fire company. This class is a fast-paced look at effective, time-tested techniques, tricks of the trade and tips for Engineers.

This course will review tactical considerations on a variety of incidents uniquely from the perspective of the Engineer. The wide variety of incidents a fire company responds to requires the Engineer to be on his/her game at all times. Left Seat Tips and Tactics is geared towards current, newly promoted, and step-up engineers, as well as those firefighters seeking to promote and company officers looking to provide quality company level training to their crew.

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

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15:00 — 16:45 

human performance for career longevity

It is no secret that the fire service has a glaring issue with heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Aside from the large amount of

health problems we face, we often ignore or fail to recognize the social impact our job has on us and our relationships. This lecture aims to give firemen of all ranks more information on how making a change today isn’t too late! This lecture covers the human performance components that will help firemen lead long, healthy careers & enjoy their deserved retirements. This course focuses on physical fitness for those of all calibers and directly ties in data collected from workouts that correlate to data collected on the fireground. Furthermore, this course addresses the critical need for sleep, the impact that sleep deprivation has on your body both physically and mentally & how sleep directly correlates with adequate recovery. To conclude this lecture, we will address nutrition and how small changes lead to great results.

Instructor: Zach Schleiffer, Charlotte Fire Department

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imperfect pitch: roof realities
& construction conundrums

Whether you're on an engine, truck, or battalion car; whether you're assigned fire attack, search, or ventilation; whether you're riding the tailboard or the command board: Imperfect Pitch is the building construction class you've always wanted.  This is an interactive lecture on roof construction and how it affects firefighting operations.  We'll get into the good, the bad, and the ugly of what keeps the rain out, dispelling myths and misinformation concerning certain roof types and construction materials.  While there is a heavy emphasis on topside work in this class, we will talk about how everyone on scene relies and acts upon an understanding of what's overhead.     

Instructor: William Knight, Dekalb County (Ga.) Fire Department

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going the distance in

developing leadership habits

This class is about living your life as a leader by developing and reinforcing daily habits and setting goals that you put into action to strengthen your leadership development.  We will go beyond the usual discussion of character traits and map out a course of action that will put you on a road of successful personal growth. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, this class offers a plan of action to fit everyone as we identify the high standards of leadership, your current performance, and how to close the gap.  

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

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The occupied vacant

Fires in vacant buildings are dangerous jobs that have resulted in the death and serious injuries of many firefighters across the country. Vacant buildings were always thought of as an inner-city problem, but we are now seeing many vacant and abandoned residential and commercial properties in suburban and metropolitan areas.

Many of these buildings are abandoned, derelict, dilapidated or the scene of prior burns with occupancy and interior conditions unknown. Fire spread, collapse indicators, perimeter dangers, and the damaging effects of thermal exposure and urban mining must be analyzed when reading the building.

Some major concerns when arriving to a burning vacant structure are life hazards, exposures, collapse, and forcible entry of security barriers.  Many vacant buildings are illegally occupied with squatters, vagrants, drug users and vandals. Fires with entrapment in these dangerous buildings will require some unorthodox tactics to increase the chances of a successful outcome.

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

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