Select Criteria: Format = Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The benefits of fire departments and electrical energy providers working together to address emergencies involving energized spaces is the focus. Although electrical vault fires are emphasized, the class also covers incidents involving aboveground transformers, rectifiers, and overhead hazards. Topics include manhole vs. vault fires, secondary events, ...read more...

Instructor
Chris Greene
Seattle Fire Captain/Vault Response Team Supervisor
Seattle Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Our overall goal is to put out the fire and save lives; most often, these tasks are in the hands of firefighters operating at the task level. However, in the most successful operations, the skills of talented firefighters are enabled, supported, and best deployed by talented ...read more...
Instructor
Nicholas Martin
Battalion Chief
Salisbury Fire Department, NC
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

An emergency involving hundreds of victims; 50,000 gallons of burning jet fuel; unexploded ordnance; jagged metal; and a pinch of structure fire mixed in for good measure is a recipe for chaos and confusion. At any given time, your district is at risk of experiencing an ...read more...

Instructor
Nick Palmer
Manger
Carrol L. Herring Fire & Emergency Training Inst.
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 500 Ballroom
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Using augmented and virtual reality, ARCortex has delivered for more than 20 years prototype visualization solutions for the first responders on foot and in vehicles to provide unambiguous and quickly exploitable heads-up information about an event, enabling unsurpassed situation awareness and training capabilities. Some of the ...read more...

Instructor
Yohan Baillot
CEO
NA
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on exceeding fire­ flow needs and still managing water during the crucial initial hoseline advancement in an interior offensive attack. Learn why it is necessary to think in terms of gallons per second at this time. Strategies are presented for managing the booster ...read more...

Instructor
Curt Isakson, Mr.
Battalion Chief
County Fire Tactics - Escambia County Fire Rescue
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
A presentation of the events of January 23, 2005, in the Bronx, New York, in which six firefighters where trapped and forced to jump out of a four-story tenement.The instructor, one of those firefighters, gives a step-by-step description of the operations that day and what led ...read more...
Instructor
Eugene Stolowski
Firefighter
Fire Department City of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Flashover causes injuries and in many cases the deaths of firefighters. The devastating scars left behind after a flashover last a lifetime--not only the physical scars but the mental ones as well. This class presents two case studies of incidents where flashover occurred. In one incident, ...read more...
Instructor
Bryan Winzer
Lieutenant
Fire Department City of New York
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

There is a better way to do the job: Deliver a proven foam concentrate with your water. Foams, especially those for Class A fires, are becoming more popular but yet are often misunderstood. This class addresses the basics you should know about purchasing, delivering, and using ...read more...

Instructor
Shawn Oke
Chief
Albemarle (NC) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Many people associate the term "aggressive" with unsafe, particularly when it comes to truck company functions. The fireground can be made safer through the intelligent execution of truck functions. This presentation stresses the importance of intelligently aggressive truck functions and their positive impact on fireground safety. ...read more...
Instructor
Jimm Walsh
Division Chief
Winter Park (FL) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class emphasizes that rescuers should not take a passenger vehicle approach to a large truck extrication. Students gain a working knowledge of large truck construction including air, electrical, and suspension systems. Options are discussed for using electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic tools to stabilize, gain access, ...read more...
Instructor
Steve White
Battalion Chief
Fishers Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class focuses on viewing dramatic videos and photos depicting moments captured on the fireground that illustrate how firefighters' aggressive actions can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or death. Scene command, accountability, incident ...read more...

Instructor
David Traiforos
Fire Training Instructor / Retired Fire Chief / Firefighter
NIPSTA Training Academy in Glenview, IL / McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Machinery entrapments occur all across the United States and Canada. Is your department capable of handling one? This program prepares responders to help manage incidents involving extrication of patients from various types of machinery--common machinery and machinery specific to locations within your response area. This is ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Gregory
Captain
FDNY - Ladder 176
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 1-2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Fires and emergencies create complex problem sets in which leaders and personnel function in a time-competitive environment where uncertainty, friction, and risk are pervasive. The fire service has made great strides in advancing its understanding of the physical sciences but has largely neglected the scientific disciplines ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Brezler
Major
USMC/Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

A look at the most common mistakes and problems the instructor has experienced and seen on the fireground in his 24 years in the fire service. A distinction is made between a mistake and a problem. A mistake is a human error typically caused by a ...read more...

Instructor
Jason Rivera
Firefighter
City of New Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Company drills are a crucial function in any department. Current Instructor I courses teach delivery of a lesson with a lesson plan someone else prepared. Most company drills are not lessons but a segment of a lesson, a specific skill or evolution, or isolated knowledge that ...read more...

Instructor
Drew Smith
Fire Chief
Prospect Heights (IL) Fire District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The role of the driver/operator is arguably one of the most important functions on the fireground. From safe transportation to and from the emergency scene to operating an engine or ladder truck at the scene of a multialarm fire, a competent and proficient driver/operator is critical ...read more...

Instructor
Eric Hankins
Captain
Yuba City (CA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Being a rural fire officer comes with unique requirements for leadership and knowledge, skills, and abilities pertinent to running your volunteer or combination department. This presentation focuses on the leadership needs and differing strategies and tactics needed by small, combination departments. Is your organization's philosophy designed ...read more...

Instructor
Devon Wells
President
International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on multiple strategies and tactics for rural water movement including nurse tankers, vacuum tankers, the rural hitch, portable filling stations, drafting operations, alternate water sources, and jet syphoning. The advantages and disadvantages of these strategies are discussed, as is training your department for ...read more...

Instructor
Bill Adkins
Captain
Loveland-Symmes Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class takes attendees through all things associated with fire service saws. Learn industry best practices when it comes to proper maintenance of these expensive tools. Discussion includes the pros and cons of saw and blade combinations and proper safe application when working on the fireground, ...read more...

Instructor
Seth Taylor
Captain
Lewisville (TX) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Officers and fire service leaders are introduced to some of the most important skills necessary for leaders in today's fire service. Those skills include goal setting, mentoring, succession planning, critiquing others, delegating, preventing freelancing, technical report writing, tackling administrative tasks, dealing with subordinate issues, conducting a ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Viscuso
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Kearny (NJ) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class identifies the fireground factors that affect decision making and creates challenges through a variety of situations. These scenarios include challenges at residential structure fires, rescue profiling, mode determination, multifamily structures, and commercial occupancies. In addition to the scenarios, the participants will be presented with ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Silvernail
Chief
Kirkwood (MO) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Effective small unit leadership is the focus of this class. The military model is compared and contrasted with that of the fire service model. Leadership traits, styles, and skills; the concepts of "ultimate responsibility" and "glidepath" to leadership are presented; and effective firehouse leadership is defined.  ...read more...

Instructor
Marc Davidson
Lieutenant
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects firefighters all over the world. Many times, firefighters don't want to discuss incidents that may have had lasting effects on them. This is unhealthy physically and mentally not only for firefighters but for their family and friends as well. How do ...read more...
Instructor
David Griffin, Ed.D., C.T.O., F.O.
Battalion Chief / Deputy Director of Training
Charleston Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What does it take to be a volunteer fire officer? Climbing up into the right seat of the apparatus, you are taking the leadership role. That role contends with issues and problems both out on scene as well as in the station. How you choose to ...read more...

Instructor
Chris Niebling
Captain
Mantoloking (NJ) Fire Company
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Can you improve your fireground success by training on a single topic or skill? This back-to-basics training program provides simple-to-use templates and subjects to help you develop a year-long calendar of skills that can enhance and become the backbone of your training program. These skill drills ...read more...
Instructor
Forest Reeder
Chief
Tinley Park (IL) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The class provides company officers and firefighters with the current tactical information necessary to accurately assess the fire’s potential impact on the threatened structure and the safety of the engine company. Among the topics covered are critical fire behavior and the safest and most efficient initial ...read more...

Instructor
Todd McNeal
Chief
Twain Harte (CA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Here is a successful strength and conditioning program that can be implemented at the basic training level. Gone are the days of generic physical training with few practical objectives beyond making life tough for recruits! As the fire service has begun to prioritize physical fitness, we ...read more...

Instructor
Brice Long
Director of Human Performance
O2X Human Performance
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on strategies and tactics for responding to fires in big box stores and commercial buildings, including taxpayers and office buildings. These structures are becoming increasingly common in all types of communities, whether served by career, volunteer, or combination departments. Unfortunately, many departments have ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Heller
Captain
Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District #9
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on responding to, operating at, and returning from a building collapse incident. This interactive class will enable attendees to share their company policies and procedures. Audiovisuals augment the discussion. Attendees are guided in how to develop policies and procedures, including accomplishing ...read more...

Instructor
John Tew
(Ret) Rescue 4 Firefighter
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class examines fire behavior as it relates to fire attack. It connects the intellectual dots and identifies skills that every engine company should possess. In addition, it connects our history and experience to the lab-testing environment of today. It points out that the major disconnect ...read more...

Instructor
Aaron Fields
Firefighter
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class discusses the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service and how and why we must combat it. Tips on the readiness of attitude and equipment are offered for the engine and truck company, rapid intervention team, and incident commander. Many factors have ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Riley
President
Traditions Training
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Most first responders understand, at the fundamental level, that it is important to develop and maintain situational awareness at emergency scenes. Following near-miss and casualty events, responders and investigators often cite flawed situational awareness as a contributing factor. Yet, most first responders lack a basic understanding ...read more...

Instructor
Richard B. Gasaway, PhD
Fire Chief (ret.)
Situational Awareness Matters
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Share in the success story of a training division that has transformed a failing program into an amazingly successful program that is now the model for many agencies across the country. Flipped training allows you to meet the learning needs of all generations and see improved ...read more...
Instructor
Frank Lipski
Co-Owner Lead Instructor
Engine House Training LLC
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Explore your desire to make a difference. You will be encouraged in a positive environment to seek out your unique voice to influence and lead the people around you. This energetic and inspiring class will engage and motivate you to set these skills in motion. Combs ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Combs
Lieutenant
Bryan (OH) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Students gain exposure to various types of industrial emergencies. Sea can containers, often overlooked in emergencies, can act like pressure vessels in the right circumstances. A fatal fire case study involving a Sea Can is discussed. Other hazards include electrical, high-power energy sources; pressure vessels; chemicals; ...read more...

Instructor
Bradley Davidson
Supervisor Protection Services
HudBay Fire Dept.
Canada
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What does "risk" mean today? How does it differ from, say, 20 years ago? These are among the questions addressed. Managing risk in the volunteer fire service is important yet a frequently ignored fireground management skill. Volunteers put a lot on the line every time they ...read more...

Instructor
Joe Nedder
Firefighter (Ret)
Cross St. Associates
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

According to National Fire Protection Association reports, 53% of fireground injuries and 60% of nonfireground injuries are attributed to strains, sprains, and muscular pain. Nearly 44% of job-related injuries result in loss of work time, and many of these incidents can be prevented with proper prehabilitation ...read more...

Instructor
Adam La Reau
Co-Founder O2X
O2X Human Performance
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Exposure to fireground toxic contaminants is a leading cause of firefighter occupational cancer. While many departments have made great strides to adopt best practices to prevent and mitigate firefighter exposures, many still lag behind. Over the past several years, several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)  technical ...read more...
Instructor
David Bernzweig
Battalion Chief
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) is real and can be a life changer.  Matt Olson shares his successes and failures and how the people in ...read more...

Instructor
Matt Olson
Lieutenant
Bolingbrook (IL) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on preplanning your community for a wildland fire: identifying target hazards, accurately creating an incident action plan, and creating an overall strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies to follow. Involving citizens in hazard mitigation techniques; formulating good, solid public education ...read more...

Instructor
Seth Barker
Battalion Chief / Training Officer
Big Sky Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on methods for understanding and preventing suicide by learning its traceable causes.  The class will cover intervention strategies that can be implemented by the individual, crew, and department.  Suicide tragically results when the decedent incorrectly concludes that his/her death could be a ...read more...

Instructor
Dena Ali, FF
Captain
Raleigh Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Few fire departments worldwide have a dedicated Special Operations Division that can handle technical rescue incidents. Most departments have limited to no capabilities. Nevertheless, building collapses, trench incidents, confined space incidents, rope rescues, and water rescues seem to make the news on a regular basis worldwide. ...read more...

Instructor
Art Bloomer
Captain
Kearny (NJ) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

An entertaining look at fire behavior and how scientific approaches can be applied on the fireground for maximum effect. This is a fully interactive session with fun fire science experiments using everyday household items. This year--exclusive to FDIC International--the instructor introduces the "tactical curves" model of ...read more...

Instructor
Benjamin Walker, BA(Hons) MIFireE
Training Chief
Ignis Global
Prior- London Fire Brigade Training School, Tyne & Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade UK
United Kingdom
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class has three objectives: to develop an understanding of critical background information necessary for effective response to natural gas emergencies; to review lessons learned from case histories; and to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) based on fire department/gas industry best practices that can be modified ...read more...

Instructor
Jerry Knapp
CHIEF, ROCKLAND COUNTY HAZMAT TEAM
Rockland County Fire Training Center, Pomona, NY
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
With the advent of the change in mindset to "vehicle rescue" from "vehicle extrication," this class revisits the concept of creating space within the mindset of  vehicle rescue. Although there is a science behind the tool evolutions we perform, there is also an unmistakable art to ...read more...
Instructor
David Dalrymple
Educator
RoadwayRescue LLC
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The toughest and most critical decisions you make in your career typically revolve around committing to an interior attack or choosing another route. Seasoned officers know the difference between "We can get it" and "It's lost." You should, too. Using a simple framework that allows you ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The battalion chief, or a field chief officer, is the first-line administrative officer position in a fire department. While many focus on common leadership principles and practices in this position, those who become capable managers end up being viewed as leaders. This class discusses the difference ...read more...
Instructor
Erich Roden
Battalion Chief
Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This highly interactive presentation, designed for the active, experienced, and engaged fire service instructor, is traditional instructor development. The focus is on the direct responsibilities of a drill ground instructor. Emphasis is on integrity, ethics, and competency as they relate to observing, evaluating, and certifying ...read more...
Instructor
William Hopson
Captain/Training Officer
Beachwood NJ Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What puts out fires? It's still water. This class is about engine company priorities and tactics. Topics covered are selecting and placing the first handline in service properly (a priority); apparatus placement, line selection, matching the proper nozzle to the proper line, and line placement.  Overcoming ...read more...

Instructor
Steve Robertson
Lieutenant
Columbus (OH) Division of Fire
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This interactive class discusses the relationship between fire dynamics and the fireground. Among the topics covered are fire dynamics and their impact on tactical decisions, the relationship between traditional tactics and fire behavior, and  the effects of your decisions and tasks on operations. We have all ...read more...

Instructor
P.J. Norwood
Deputy Chief/Training Officer
East Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class begins with a discussion of the dangers posed by elevators and the importance of having a thorough working knowledge of all facets of elevators. It is an in-depth presentation of the ins and outs of traction and hydraulic elevators as well as all safety ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Posner
Operations Training Captain
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: 500 Ballroom
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Learn the history of the rescue robot evolution with an emphasis on the recent proliferation of “drone” technology across the globe and the lessons learned from a plethora of personal and professional mistakes made within that arena. Operational shortfalls are covered first, followed by a number ...read more...
Instructor
John Blitch
Dr. John G. Blitch, Senior Research Professor
US Air Force Academy Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership (DFBL)
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on developing principled leaders in the fire safety arena. The EMPOWER model is introduced; this model imbues participants with tools engineered to maximize their ability to balance personal efficiency and effectiveness. Participants apply the model in prearranged high-energy, deep-impact scenarios against specially trained ...read more...

Instructor
Larry Conley
Captain/Fire Service Instructor
Leadership Development Concepts, LLC
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on farm and agricultural emergencies and the specialized knowledge and skill responders need to effectively and safely respond to and manage these varied emergencies. The course familiarizes students with the special techniques for successfully coordinating and executing an agricultural rescue. Topics include grain ...read more...

Instructor
Scott Larson
Instructor for Stateline Farm Rescue
Stateline Farm Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The United States leads many countries in the number of firefighter line-of-duty-deaths and injuries. This class compares training standards of the United States and Germany to see if there are variances in best practices and standards that can account for the number of deaths and injuries. ...read more...

Instructor
Susanne Klatt
Division Chief
Essen Fire Department
Germany

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Here’s how to build a training network when resources and funding are not available. By networking, we tap into resources that can help us to develop training plans that are broader and more versatile.                          ...read more...

Instructor
David McGlynn
Training Chief
West Point (NY) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Every day in your community, vehicles travel the road carrying large numbers of potential victims--some children, some elderly, some with special medical issues--and all are your responsibility. Every year 63,000 intercity, transit, and school buses crashes result in more than 14,000 injuries and hundreds of fatalities. ...read more...
Instructor
Rommie Duckworth, BS, LP
Captain
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class provides an overview of cancer-causing carcinogen contamination of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) and firefighters. It provides discussion and up-to-date data on realistic protection expectations. It explains, identifies, and justifies the increasing risks of cancer that firefighers face, along with established proven strategies and ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Reidy
Lieutenant
San Antonio (TX) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class covers large truck and trailer incident response (big truck anatomy, arrival, setup procedures and hazard control, sustained stabilization, patient access, overcoming height, side wall openings, roof operations, disentanglement, patient removal, and scene termination considerations); bus extrication (response issues and social media, command, triage applications, ...read more...

Instructor
Randy Schmitz
Lieutenant
Calgary Fire Department (Alberta Canada)
Canada
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This presentation will chronicle the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's report on the incident that resulted in the deaths of Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney. It will review and identify the factors that are identified in NIOSH Report #F2012-13 and analyze the critical factors that ...read more...

Instructor
Vincent Mulray
Deputy Chief
Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Having reliable communications on the fireground is critical to the safety of all firefighters on scene. Dependable communications start when your shift starts. It begins with the daily check of your radio and progresses throughout the shift. This presentation addresses all aspects of fireground communications--everything from ...read more...

Instructor
Jaime Reyes
Captain
Plano (TX) Fire Rescue
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on the interaction of company officers and leaders inside a firehouse and making your firehouse a much more pleasant place to work or volunteer. The skills essential for building interpersonal relationships are reviewed. The firehouse can be a great place to work, or ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Dugan
Captain ret.
Fire Department of New York
United States
Instructor
Mike Gagliano
Captain
Seattle (WA) Fire Department (Retired)
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Assigning resources, managing crews, and adapting to understaffed engine companies during emergency incidents are addressed. The discussion includes also methods for deploying various experience levels within the ranks to successfully mitigate various types of ...read more...
Instructor
Sean Eagen
Lieutenant
Buffalo, NY Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 1-2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This flashover occurred at a rapidly advancing dwelling fire. Conditions at this dwelling fire changed, and the signs of a pending flashover were not easily seen during the vent-enter-isolate-search. Transitional attack, bailout, situational awareness, and firefighter physical fitness are among the topics covered. This class is ...read more...

Instructor
Jonathan Rigolo
Captain
Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Why are some forcible entry attempts efficient while others are embarrassing? The answer is in the details. Setting forks, running a saw, and merely striking are not enough to ensure a win. Success requires knowledge of the system being defeated, familiarity with tool potential, and understanding ...read more...
Instructor
Samuel Hittle
Captain
Wichita (KS) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 3-4
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Compulsive hoarding disorder is a growing problem facing firefighters worldwide. The number of people afflicted with this disorder has been steadily climbing over the past years. Very little research has been done from a fire attack perspective. Traditionally, many firefighters use the mentality of “we won't ...read more...

Instructor
Ryan Pennington
Lieutenant Paramedic
Charleston (WV) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 500 Ballroom
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Firefighting solutions that can decrease risk and increase the likelihood of survival during an emergency event are critical in the growth of Smart Cities. OrbiFire is one of these critical solutions. This session explores how innovations like OrbiFire can protect the safety and reduce the risk ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Doherty
President and CEO
The Digit Group (TDG)
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

New vehicle technology presents ever-changing challenges for rescuers. The focus is on how the changes in vehicles increase challenges and dangers for responders during  rescue operations. Metallurgy, construction, new glass standards, and safety system changes are addressed. Hybrid challenges and lithium ion battery fires are discussed; ...read more...

Instructor
Carl Haddon
Deputy Chief (ret)
North Fork (ID) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Manufactured housing accounts for about 10% of the new homes built each year. Learn what makes trailers different from “regular” wood-frame structures and how to safely operate within this challenging environment. Tactics for suppression and ventilation, as well as strategies for operating in high-density mobile home ...read more...
Instructor
Joseph Polenzani
Battalion Chief
Franklin (TN) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This focus in on the common and uncommon hazards to consider when fighting fires in abandoned buildings. In recent years, this problem that once plagued only the urban firefighter now is confronting suburban and rural firefighters as well. Many areas are covered, from the typical types ...read more...
Instructor
Bryan Emenecker
Captain
Camden City Fire Dept
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Training with an eye toward proficiency at all levels is the goal. The bottom line is performance on the emergency scene. Using task books along with company manuals provides the foundation for proficiency. The building of knowledge, skills, and abilities begins in recruit school and continues ...read more...

Instructor
Kevin Milan
Assistant Chief
South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Authority
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
You’ve heard the discussions and debates on the various ways fire departments have implemented the latest fire dynamics research. In this session, the creators of the S.L.I.C.E.-R.S. and D.I.C.E.R.S. acronyms present their concepts and discuss the similarities and differences of the various approaches. The session is ...read more...
Instructor
Eddie Buchanan
Assistant Chief
Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS
United States
Instructor
Ray McCormack
Lieutenant
Fire Department of New York
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
A wholistic approach to the standard positioning, uses, and deployment of aerial devices at most standard structural type fires most fire departments encounter is the focus. Included are manufacturer recommendations and industry best practices. New and experienced firefighters and officers gain insights into incorporating aerial fireground ...read more...
Instructor
G. Howard Blythe
Firefighter
FDNY-FirefighterConnecticut Fire Academy-Program Coordinator
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Wabash 3
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Emergency service vehicle crashes (ESVCs) are a leading cause of death in the U.S. fire service, and the incidence of crash-related injuries and fatalities among fire personnel has failed to improve over time. Given the unique driving environments and operating conditions at ...read more...
Instructor
David Bui
PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
United States
Instructor
Jeff Burgess
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
United States
Instructor
Steve Crothers
Lieutenant
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This highly interactive, fun, and humorous class focuses on the tools necessary for succession planning in today's fire service. Leadership is a vast topic and is talked about throughout the fire service, but building modern leaders in-house who are ready to fill the gap left by ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Kastros
Battalion Chief
Sacramento Metro (CA) Fire District
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 120-122
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Access to what is going on in the international fire service community has grown over the years. We see videos from all over the world daily, and the amount of international literature has grown over the years. Comparing fire services from around the world, one can ...read more...

Instructor
Stefan Svensson
Associate Professor/Crew commander
Lund University, Sweden
Sweden
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on the tactical challenges associated with structures built on hillsides. Arriving to find a two-story single family on side A that transverses to five stories on side C can dramatically affect your operation and firefighter safety. Fireground-proven solutions and innovative recommendations ranging from ...read more...

Instructor
Danny Doyle
Lieutenant
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire / Traditions Training
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: Wabash 1
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The 360 size-up on the fireground is a critical component for fireground strategic and tactical success. Having a set of eyes along with a credible report from all sides of the structure has proven to be extremely beneficial for positive outcomes, whereas the lack of completing ...read more...
Instructor
Daniel DiRenzo
Captain
Cherry Hill, NJ Fire Department/Safety & Survival Training, LLC
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Here’s how firefighters can develop an effective thermal imaging training program. The class covers applicable National Fire Protection Association standards for thermal imaging; key components of an effective thermal imaging training program; thermal imaging technology, features, and concepts; potential sources of key resources for use in ...read more...

Instructor
Mike Richardson
Major/Division Chief of Training & Safety
St Matthews (KY) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 107-108
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Engineer (Ret.) Paul Shapiro, Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department



The anchor and hold tactics in the wildland urban interface are a water delivery evolution that requires an engine company or companies to establish a sustained water supply, most likely from a hydrant, and deliver fire streams to ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Shapiro, NA
Director
Fire Flow Technology
United States
FDIC Take Homes

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
This class reviews the considerations for search and rescue that can be gained from the latest firefighter research. More than 84% of the fatal home fire injuries occur in one- or two-family dwellings. Statistics such as this underscore the need for search and rescue to be ...read more...
Instructor
Robin Zevotek
Research Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
United States

5:30 PM-7:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Join these fire services luminaries in a completely unplugged discussion on today’s fire service issues. They will share  their thoughts and insights and respond to questions and thoughts from the ...read more...
Instructor
Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Chief
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department
United States
Instructor
Bobby Halton
Education Director
FDIC/Editor in Chief, Fire Engineering
United States
Instructor
Harold Schaitberger
General President of IAFF
United States
Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 103-104
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Decade after decade, more than 50% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are due to cardiac causes. With more than 70% of the American fire service classified as “overweight” and 34% classified as “obese,” poor fitness and poor cardiac health have reached epidemic proportions. Now more than ever, ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Moss
Captain / Training Officer
Metro West Fire Protection District, MO
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 136-137
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

More than 100 tactical and task-level tips based on the instructor’s years of experience, more than 80 published articles, and teaching throughout the world are presented. Each street-level tip is accompanied by case studies with photos and videos that provide information that you can directly apply ...read more...

Instructor
Les Baker
Engineer
Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 123-124
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The class features a review of  the types of aerials available today: ladders, platforms, tractor-drawn aerials, and water towers. Not all types of aerials operate the same, and there are differences between brands of the same type. The class will review some of the ...read more...

Instructor
Louis Sclafani
District Chief (Ret) Fire Instructor
Pinellas Park (FL) Fire Department/St. Petersburg College Fire Training Center
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The focus is on aluminum composite panel in building construction from a fire safety and fire incident management perspective.                                                        ...read more...

Instructor
Philip Paff
Station Officer
Fire and Rescue Queensland, Australia
Australia
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Much like today’s structure fires, fires involving large highway vehicles have undergone a radical change in behavior and intensity over the past several years.Learn to make the critical command decisions required at these low-frequency/high-risk incidents. Developing or revising response policies, procedures, and tactics; anatomical changes in ...read more...

Instructor
Robert Callahan, Mr
Captain/ Fire Prevention Officer
Bossier Parish Fire District 1, Haughton LA
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The “Drive to Survive” training program is designed to teach members that no matter how long they have been driving or how “good” they think they are, there are limits to the safe operation of an emergency apparatus or personal vehicle. Using the same techniques used ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Daly
Firefighter/EMT (Ret.)
Goshen (PA) Fire Department
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 101-102
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Not every department has a dedicated truck or support company. The problem is that every fire requires that those functions be performed. Departments should embrace the opportunity to bring together a group of personnel to provide these skills. With a little coordination and perseverance, you will ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Garniewicz
Captain/EMT
Bluffton Township Fire District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Automatic sprinklers are an important line of defense when fighting a fire. Yet, even with sprinklers, fires can still burn out of control, causing excessive damage. This class increases attendees' understanding of how automatic sprinklers work and guides them in developing a sound preincident plan that ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Spaziani
Assistant Vice President - Manager, Fire Service Programs
FM Global
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 125-126
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

What are the hot legal issues affecting fire and EMS organizations daily? Topics include the legal use of drones, guns, and bulletproof vests in firehouses and vehicles; social media rants and raves and retaliation; Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for volunteer fire departments; the use of ...read more...

Instructor
David Comstock, Jr.
Chief
Western Reserve (OH) Joint Fire District
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The body’s response to stressors and the effects of repeated and prolonged episodes of stress are the focus. Students learn how to substitute more optimal skills to lessen the negative effects of potentially harmful coping behaviors. Substance use/abuse; self-medication; and mental health issues such as depression, ...read more...

Instructor
Daniel DeGryse
Battalion Chief
Director, Rosecrance Florian Program
Chicago Fire Department
Rosecrance Florian Program
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: Sagamore 3-4-5
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The mission-critical incident actions for engine and truck companies at residential fires is the focus. The "must-have" roles and responsibilities for each uni are highlighted, and the elements that are imperative to employ an efficient and effective fire attack are honed. Successful fire attack dictates a ...read more...

Instructor
Dan Shaw
Deputy Chief
Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department / Traditions Training, LLC
United States
Instructor
Doug Mitchell, Jr.
Captain
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Are you looking to enhance your A+1 game? This might be just what you are looking for. In the fire service, on the fireground, or in the firehouse, the most powerful resource is always the full contact leader. A variety of fireground situations created to connect ...read more...
Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
Instructor
Edward Flood
Chief of Department (ret.)
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 109-110
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

For officers in the fire service, the basics of leadership are just as important as the basics of operational responsibilities. The impact we have on our members and crews  affects their success now and later in their career. It is critical that leaders be a positive ...read more...

Instructor
Jason Hoevelmann
Battalion Chief
Florissant Valley (MO) Fire Protection District
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 500 Ballroom
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

First responders need every advantage during fleeting life critical moments, and SMART cyber-physical systems (CPS) provide critical information for time-sensitive events. The focus is on what is available in SMART technology and where it can assist in your jurisdiction. Wireless real-time convergence of building information modeling, ...read more...

Instructor
Kirk McKinzie
Captain
Cosumnes (CA) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 234-235
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The public information officer (PIO) assists the chief, staff officers, and incident commanders in providing correct and factual information to the general public, other government agencies and departments, and the news media. This course focuses on proper interview techniques, writing press releases, media relations, relationship building, ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Fronimos
Battalion Chief/Public Information Officer
Williston Fire Department, Williston, ND
United States

10:30 AM-12:15 PM
Room: 206-207
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Are you tired of being told something, taught something, or sold something with certain claims of performance, only to find out after the fact the claims were less than promoted and, in some cases, completely erroneous? This class reflects the instructor’s more than 25 years of ...read more...

Instructor
Kirk Allen
Fire Chief
Kansas (IL) Fire Protection District
United States
FDIC Take Homes