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8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 240-242
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The commercial building fire is a lower-frequency fire event than the residential building fire for the American fire service. However, the annual number of line-of-duty deaths (LODDs)  for this type of structure fire has remained consistent year after year. The lack of a decline in injuries and LODDs is attributable ...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
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 231-233
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
This workshop describes some of the most common problems encountered in these most difficult of fires. Lack of access and ventilation, potentially high life hazards, and limited hose stream application points are a few of the difficulties to be dealt with. Early recognition of the problems and having a set ...read more...
Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 236-237
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The private dwelling fire is the most common structure fire in North America. More than 2,500 civilians die in residential fires each year. Historically, more than 75 percent of the civilian fire deaths occur in residential dwellings. In addition, about 47 percent of firefighter combat deaths occur in these residential ...read more...

Instructor
Jim Duffy
Battalion Chief / Shift Commander
Wallingford (CT) Fire Department
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 138-139
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This presentation is aimed at all officers and aspiring officers. Its objectives are based on what it takes to be an effective officer and an integral part of the organization. Discussed will be the use of command boards and how the accountability officer and incident commander can maintain a cooperative ...read more...

Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

The Fire Service is called upon to respond to High Rise Offices buildings for many reasons other than FIRE and preparedness is key. This class will introduce and provide you with the “Know before you Go” approach and awareness of the high rise challenge, whether it be for a Fire ...read more...

Instructor
Gerald Tracy
Battalion Commander (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: 134-135
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

My mistakes of getting “sidetracked” on arrival could have led to a serious problem on one of my fireground commands. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event. While not a military veteran, I have tons of respect for and consider myself an avid reader and student of ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Pronesti
Assistant Chief
Elyria Fire
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
High-rise firefighting is exponentially more complicated and dangerous than most other fireground operations. From a room-and-contents apartment fire to the well-involved fire floor of a commercial high-rise to the ever-present threat of a terrorist attack, you must be prepared! This workshop helps prepare attendees for battle. It addresses the challenges ...read more...
Instructor
David McGrail
Assistant Chief
Denver (CO) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 243-245
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This focus is on the first five minutes of a response and how actions taken during that time impact the remainder of the response. These first few minutes can be a challenging time for the first-due officer/firefighter in terms of interpreting what is seen when rolling up on an incident, ...read more...

Instructor
Mark Van Der Feyst
Firefighter
Woodstock (Ontario, Canada) Fire Department
Canada
FDIC Take Homes

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 127-128
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

There are approximately 1,570 fires in places of worship annually in the United States. Many times, these fires are extensive and result in structural collapse of part or all of the structure. Civilians and firefighters have been injured and killed during these fires. Yet, the fire service has few standard ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Leeb
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 105-106
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop explores a practical approach to leadership and how to avoid the pitfalls of command. It covers the operational realities we all face from the day-to-day politics to the tactical mistakes. Far too many leaders and firefighters have a myopic view of our service. This program addresses where we ...read more...

Instructor
Frank Ricci
Battalion Chief/Drillmaster
New Haven (CT) Fire Department
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room: 238-239
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR

This workshop provides an overview of many sustainable design issues that firefighters are or will be confronted with in the modern world. Topics include alternate energy technologies (wind turbines, microturbines, fuel cells, battery energy storage systems), alternate fuels (hydrogen, bio-gas, CNG); solar panels both PV and heat production; passive construction ...read more...

Instructor
Ronald Spadafora
Chief of Fire Prevention
Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
United States

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
Captain/Vault Response Team Supervisor
Seattle (WA) 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 (NC) Fire Department
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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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: 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

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: 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: Lucas Oil Meeting Room 10-12
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This class breaks new ground in addressing a common, but rarely discussed or examined, aspect of the working incident response: the responsibilities and actions of additional companies in a substantial operation. As budgets are cut and staffing is reduced in call and career departments, the usual ...read more...

Instructor
David Gallagher
Lieutenant (Retired)
Huber Heights, Ohio
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 231-233
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

Distracted, drowsy, drunk, drugged, and disgruntled drivers are striking firefighters and emergency vehicles at roadway incidents with increasing frequency. We can’t change their “D” behavior, but we can change how we protect our personnel. All firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are exposed to ...read more...

Instructor
Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS
Director of Training
Emergency Responder Safety Institute, Virginia
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: Wabash 2
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

This presentation first engages attendees in a multimedia review of the 13 key elements of effective scene size-up. Although fire incidents form the basis of the comparison, they apply to a much broader spectrum of hazards. The audience identifies hazards seen in photos and videos.The next ...read more...

Instructor
Charles Ryan
Assistant Chief
Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue
United States
FDIC Take Homes

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Room: 132-133
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)

The Colerain Township (OH) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has responded to three similar basement fires in 13 years that have had three dissimilar results. On March 21, 2003, units responded to the report of a structure fire and suffered a close call when ...read more...

Instructor
Allen Walls
Assistant Chief - Operations
Colerain Township (OH) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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

This class addresses tactical and operational objectives at residential high-rise fires focusing on smaller departments with limited companies and staffing. Having a strong and solid standard operating procedure and initiating it on every high-rise response are key factors in having a positive outcome. Not every high-rise ...read more...

Instructor
Stephen Kalman
Deputy Fire Chief
Hackensack NJ FD
United States
FDIC Take Homes

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