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

The “Reading Smoke” topic has been a game changer since its introduction at FDIC 2002. In anticipation of FDIC International 2019, a project team was formed to update the curriculum and learning ...read more...

Instructor
David Dodson
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Response Solutions, LLC
United States
Instructor
Phil Jose
Deputy Chief
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

The focus is on 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 ...read more...

Instructor
John Norman
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

Fighting fires in high-rise buildings revolves around size-up, establishing lobby control, understanding basic building systems, controlling air ...read more...

Instructor
Curtis Massey
Founder
Massey Emergency Management
United States

1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Format: Pre-Conference Workshop (Inside) 4 HOUR
Firefighters respond to many fires in buildings of ordinary construction; they present many challenges associated with the construction methods and materials, heavy timber truss roofs, and renovations that include replacement of legacy structural components with lightweight ...read more...
Instructor
Paul Dansbach
Fire Marshal
Rutherford (NJ) Bureau of Fire Safety
United States

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
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 ...read more...
Instructor
David McGrail
Assistant Chief
Denver (CO) Fire Department
United States

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

Are you tired of the usual, boring building construction classes? You know it’s an important topic, but you find it difficult to choke down the classes. Well, this class takes a whole new approach and provides ...read more...

Instructor
David Dodson
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Response Solutions, LLC
United States

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

It takes more than personnel to meet the challenge of high-rise operations. The building, active and passive fire protection systems, elevators, and the heating/ventilation/air-conditioning system are integral to fire extinguishment and smoke management and control. These ...read more...

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

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

This class features a review of engine and ladder company operations, beginning with initial operations to initiating some defensive measures, up to mounting an all-out defensive attack.                    ...read more...

Instructor
Daniel Sheridan
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

In this interactive class, students detect from dramatic videos and photos of fireground scenarios how firefighters’ aggressive actions can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or ...read more...

Instructor
David Traiforos
Chief (Ret.) Fire Training Instructor
NIPSTA Training Academy in Glenview, IL
United States

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

This comprehensive interactive class takes attendees through all things associated with fire service saws. You will learn industry best practices for proper maintenance of these expensive tools carried on fire apparatus; the pros/cons of saw/blade combinations; ...read more...

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

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

The focus of this workshop is on fires in structures and occupancies that created situations where firefighters have been killed in the line of duty when  "routine dwelling fire" strategies and tactics were used. The consequences ...read more...

Instructor
Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (Ret.)
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue
United States
Handout(s)

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

Approximately 95 percent of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet, many departments are plagued with a passive search culture because of poor standard operating procedures, overcautious ...read more...

Instructor
Grant Schwalbe
Lieutenant
Estero (FL) Fire Rescue
United States

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Students get an in-depth look at managing risk on the fireground and the making of risk-based decisions. You will analyze line-of-duty injury reports for warning signs that led to the injury.  Additional topics include risk vs. ...read more...
Instructor
Tim Klett
Lieut.
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

This class focuses on preplanning your community for a wildland fire, including identifying target hazards, creating an incident action plan, developing a strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies to follow, and ensuring the ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on building emergency service training around proficiency and accountability, not buzzwords and clock hours. The bottom line is performance on the emergency scene. The building of knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) begins in ...read more...

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

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

This program breaks engine work into functional “chapters.” Within each chapter, there are three basic choices. The program focuses on a “probability over possibility” model, creating a hierarchy within the choices. This creates algorithms based around ...read more...

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

1:30 PM-3:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
TThe 360° size-up on the fireground is a critical component for strategic and tactical success. Having had a set of eyes on all sides of the structure and then a credible report of this size-up have ...read more...
Instructor
Dan DiRenzo
Captain
CHERRY HILL (NJ) FIRE DEPARTMENT
United States

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

This interactive, high-energy, multimedia presentation focuses on the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service, the reasons it must be combated, and how to do it. Tips on readiness in regard to attitude and ...read more...

Instructor
Richard Riley
Captain/Past Chief
Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
United States

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

New vehicle technology presents ever-changing challenges for today’s rescuers. The focus is on how vehicles have changed and will continue to change and how these changes present fire and rescue challenges and dangers for responders. Metallurgy, ...read more...

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

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

There has been an increase in the number of fires inside buildings with large amounts of contents. Heavy contents can be found inside private dwellings, multiple dwellings, commercial occupancies, and self-storage facilities. These fires necessitate that ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on the various strategies and tactics for rural water movement—from nurse tankers to the rural hitch, drafting operations, vacuum tankers, and the jet syphon. Learn advantages and disadvantages of these strategies, how to ...read more...

Instructor
Bill Adkins
Captain
Loveland-Symmes Fire Department
United States

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

The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) is often referred to as an East Coast fire department on the West Coast, but it responds to everyday fires that “every firefighter” can relate to regardless of the part ...read more...

Instructor
Nicol Juratovac
Assistant Chief
San Francisco (CA) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

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

Having reliable communications on the fireground is critical for the safety of all on the scene. Dependable communications start when your shift starts, with the daily check of your radio; it progresses throughout the shift. This ...read more...

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

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

There are many tactics for attacking structure fires. For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack from the unburned side. This isn’t always the best tactic. The modern fireground is evolving more than ever ...read more...

Instructor
Sean Gray
Captain
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States
Handout(s)

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

This presentation focuses on how to better implement firefighting procedures at continuous structure fires. The slides portray information from proven firefighting practices based on literature created by past colleagues with decades of experience in the field, ...read more...

Instructor
Danny Stratton
Captain
United States
Handout(s)

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

In this multimedia interactive session, the focus is on giving first-in companies the information they need to make time-critical decisions in a trench collapse incident. Students learn why these incidents, although low frequency, are dangerous high-risk ...read more...

Instructor
John (Jack) Moser
Past Chief
Colonie Fire Department
United States

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

The District of Columbia Fire Department began an internal firefighter survival safety campaign called "Mayday Mondays." The mission of the campaign is to provide monthly drills/skills for officers and members that will help with fireground survival. ...read more...

Instructor
Tony Carroll
Battalion Chief
District of Columbia Fire Department
United States

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

The principles of stabilizing smoke flows and fire conditions have been studied extensively in Central Europe in the past 15 years. One commonly used approach is for fire crews to partially block openings and apply positive-pressure ...read more...

Instructor
Michael Reick
Regional Fire Chief/Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Regional Government, Eislingen, Germany
Germany

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

This program is a comprehensive examination of a state-of-the-art suburban engine company fire attack system. The class begins with creating an engine designed for maximum efficiency, ease and speed of the stretch, and low staffing conditions. ...read more...

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

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

The focus is on developing an effective thermal imaging training program. Topics covered include applicable National Fire Protection Association standards for thermal imaging; thermal imaging technology, features, and concepts; the key components of an effective thermal ...read more...

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

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

Prompted by the tragic loss of two firefighters in an intentionally set fire at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Houston on Valentine’s Day, 2000, this program takes the audience “behind-the-counter” and “above the ceiling tiles” for a ...read more...

Instructor
Joseph Knitter
Chief
South Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
United States
Handout(s)

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Firefighters continue to experience exposures to dangerous toxicants on the fireground that often are not recognized. Learn about the hidden dangers in fire smoke and how to eliminate complacency. The focus is on the common problem ...read more...
Instructor
Jason Krusen
Deputy Chief of Administration
Charleston (SC) Fire Department
United States

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

Self-storage warehouses are common throughout the country, making urban, suburban, and rural firefighters subject to new fireground challenges. This class addresses preplanning the entire site, including water supply, drive aisle widths for apparatus placement, exterior storage, ...read more...

Instructor
James Kirsch
Captain (Retired)
Bergenfield, NJ Fire Dept.
United States
Handout(s)

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The increase in hybrid and electric vehicle fires makes this program important for all firefighters. This class was developed based on the instructor’s experience with battery burn tests and the National Fire Protection Association lithium ion ...read more...
Instructor
Brock Archer
Assistant Chief - Retired
Hopland Fire District
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
When arriving at the fire scene as a fire officer, do you still feel confident when giving a building size-up to incoming fire units for today’s construction methods and interior building features? New building components and ...read more...
Instructor
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) Fire Department
United States

3:30 PM-5:15 PM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
The content of this class is based on a decade of focusing on the disparity between firefighter and civilian deaths in the same fires and “the educated art of examining a situation and making an informed, ...read more...
Instructor
Stephen Marsar, MA, EFO, CIC
Battalion Chief
Fire Department of New York
United States

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

The focus is on measures that can keep firefighters from becoming lost or trapped while engaging in aggressive firefighting operations in the high-risk environments: operating in basement/cellar/sub-cellars, operating on the floor or floors above, and operating ...read more...

Instructor
Paul Mastronardi
Lieutenant
Fire Department City of New York
United States

8:30 AM-10:15 AM
Format: Classroom Session (Single Speaker/1.45 HOUR)
Attendees receive factual data, spreadsheets, and lesson plans to assist their department with thermal imaging purchasing and training. The goal is to create a marketplace that allows firefighters to make educated decisions when purchasing a thermal ...read more...
Instructor
Andrew Starnes
Captain
Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
United States

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

This interactive class, backed by formally defined parameters, will instill confidence and answer questions about today’s most debated and misinformed style of firefighting--the aggressive interior attack. Time-tested tactics are compared and contrasted with the objective of ...read more...

Instructor
Christopher Tobin
Firefighter
St. Louis (MO) Fire Department
United States

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

Life safety is the focus. This class examines the three key components of a successful search--leadership, the training division, and the personnel. Students will examine proven skills, debunk myths, and review case studies and video of ...read more...

Instructor
Dustin Martinez
Lieutenant
Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services
United States

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