Thursday, May 14
13:00 — 14:45
RIT FOR REAL LIFE: 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. The objectives for this class are to find the details that you, your crew, and your department need to pay attention to in how you train and prepare for a firefighter rescue. Seconds matter to the trapped firefighter. I'll show you how 400 firefighters from 16 departments learned how to shave valuable time by operating more efficiently. We will also discuss how to approach rapid intervention training properly and to dump old habits that are setting you up for failure.
The target audience for this class is everyone from the rookie firefighter to the policy maker. The lessons learned here pertain to basic firefighter skills, effective policies, appropriate departmental training procedures, equipment, leadership, and much more.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Strong entered the fire service in 1990 and is a Battalion Chief with the Valley Regional Fire Authority in King County, Washington. Paul has been an educator in the public and private sectors during his time and has served in many capacities and positions in the fire department. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Washington State Fire Training Academy. Paul’s focus in education is providing energetic programs that keep the audience engaged through interactive participation and thought-provoking delivery.