Classroom Day 1
Pillars of the Fireground: Search and Extinguishment
Often times our fireground 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.
Kevin Lewis is a 23-year veteran of Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services, currently serving
as battalion chief assigned to Battalion 2. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Delaware and is on the State of Georgia Incident Management Blue Team and the NFPA
1931/1932 Committee on Ground Ladders. Lewis has instructed both classroom sessions and HOT
sessions at Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and extensively throughout the United States.
Sean Gray currently holds the rank of Fire Captain with Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services in Metro Atlanta and has been in the fire service since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering and is currently working on his master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been a member of multiple technical panels involving firefighter safety research and is an appointed member of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Advisory Board.
Sean is a NFPA committee member for Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics (1700), Fire Hose (1961-1965), and Fire Service Training Facilities (1400). He co-authored a PennWell Publications DVD and Book titled- The Evolving FireGround. He has also been published in multiple Fire Service magazines, is an FDIC H.O.T. instructor, runs the website StopBelievingStartKnowing.com, and delivers evidence-based tactics training courses across