Terrorism: A New Reality for First Responders – Oswego, IL

Boston Marathon Explosion

Date: September 19, 2017

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: Oswego Fire Protection District, 3511 Woolley Road, Oswego, Illinois 60543

Investment: $125 Prior to April 28th, $185 After (Lunch included)


This 8 hour program is designed to increase awareness among the communities’ first responders of the various roles, capabilities, and interactions that are involved with resolving one of the world’s most unpredictable and potentially devastating events. The class will include an analysis of the threat environment, and response to a variety of threats, ranging from active shooter/hostage/siege situations, bombings, WMD threats and includes a discussion of the use of fire as a terrorist weapon.


John Norman is a 45+ year veteran of the fire service including over 27 years with the FDNY. As a Firefighter and Company Officer Chief Norman spent 17 years in the FDNY’s Special Operations units. Chief Norman served as Search and Rescue Manager for the World Trade Center site after the 9/11/01 attacks. Chief Norman retired as the Deputy Assistant Chief in charge of the Special Operations Command.

David Norman– is a 2nd Grade Detective and 31 year veteran of the NYPD and member of the Elite Emergency Service Unit. Detective Norman has been a lead instructor at the NYPD Emergency Service Units Specialized Training School for the past 11 years. Detective Norman is an Ex-Captain and over 30 year member of the Inwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Reid Sawyer – Lieutenant Colonel (Ret. USA) Reid L. Sawyer, was the Director and one of the founders of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. A 23 year career intelligence officer, he has served in a variety of special operations assignments, involving operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and South America. Lieutenant Colonel Sawyer actively advises a number of federal, state and local governmental agencies regarding the terrorist threat and is a member of the Fire Department of New York Terrorism Task Force. He has edited two books on the challenges facing policymakers from terrorism and other transnational threats, Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Readings and Interpretations (3rd edition) and Defeating Terrorism, and has lectured widely regarding the terrorist threat and available responses to the threat. In addition to teaching at the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant Colonel Sawyer served as the senior intelligence strategist for the Middle East and South Asia at U.S. Central Command, leading the organization’s most elite analytical team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the United States Military Academy, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University. His research centers on counterterrorism policy and strategy and the effectiveness of national policy instruments in countering terrorist threats.



Moral Imperative of Leadership Seminar – Schaumburg, IL


Date: May 17, 2017

Instructor: Firefighter/Major Jason Brezler, FDNY/USMC

Location: Schaumburg Police Department, 1000 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60194

Time: 9AM-4PM

Investment: $99 prior to February 17, $150 after

Training Description:

Fires and emergencies are complex problem sets where leaders make critical decisions in a time-competitive environment where uncertainty, friction and risk are pervasive.  It is not enough for leaders to be tactically competent, they must continuously strive to advance themselves physically, mentally, and morally to optimize human performance.  Today’s fire service invests considerable resources into exposing its officer corps to various command and control models and management practices, but largely neglects the moral aspect of principled leadership.  This discrepancy potentially produces a risk-averse and morally bankrupt doctrine which consciously emphasizes the interests and safety of firefighters above those of the public that we serve.  Leaders must actively cultivate moral fitness in the same way that they develop mental toughness, physical fitness and technical acumen – through rigorous self-study.  This program will assist leaders in developing a decision-making framework that is responsive to moral dilemmas they will encounter during the preparation, execution and reflection phases of performance.  This presentation endeavors to equip leaders with a greater regard for the moral imperative of mission-oriented leadership on the fireground and beyond.

Speaker Bio:

Major Jason Brezler, USMC/FDNY is a firefighter with the FDNY’s Special Operations Command and currently serves with Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn. He was previously assigned to Squad Co. 252 and Ladder Co. 58 in the Bronx. Jason is a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and led Marines in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he participated in conventional combat operations, counterinsurgency operations and served as an advisor to indigenous forces. He is a graduate of the USMC’s Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He recently served as the Operations Officer for the reserve component of the USMC’s Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF). Jason is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he played Division 1 baseball for the Midshipman. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science from Oklahoma State University. He is the founder and Commanding Officer of Leadership Under Fire, Inc., and founder of the Paddy Brown Program which helps military veterans transition into the fire service.


Marine Fire Investigations Course – Pensacola, FL


Date: May 16-18, 2017

Instuctor: Robert Collins, CFI, CFEI, ECT

Location: Hilton Pensacola Beach, 12 VIA DE LUNA DRIVE
Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561

Time: 8AM-5PM

Investment: $350 Prior to February 24th, $475 After.


This course is designed to teach the investigator basic fundamentals in determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions that occur onboard vessels and adjacent structures. The students will review safety considerations, scene documentation, burn pattern analysis, and fuel and ignition sources, based on NFPA 921, NFPA 1033, & NFPA 302.

Course Details
This class is designed for fire service, law enforcement, conservation officers, military personnel and insurance company investigators. This class will provide the investigator with the basic skills and knowledge needed to determine the origin and cause of fires onboard vessels of all types and a basic knowledge of marine fire investigation. The information provided will give the student a basic understanding of the systems and construction of both commercial and recreational vessels.
To investigate the origin and cause of any fire, the investigator must have an understanding of the basics. This class will include a review of NFPA 921 and 1033. As the foundation is laid, the next steps of fire behavior and fire pattern analysis will allow the investigator to identify the area of origin and then determine potential ignition sources that are present on a vessel. The investigator should then be able to identify the most competent ignition source.
By using this basic knowledge, the fire investigator will be presented with the following information that will help them in determining origin and cause of vessel fires:
• Safety of the vessel and the investigator while conducting the investigation
• Conducting an inspection of the vessel
• Understanding vessel construction and design
• Basic vessel terminology
• Understanding vessel systems i.e. Machinery, Fuel, Electrical, and Auxiliary
• Identify common ignition sources
• Identify common fuel sources
• Cause factors
• A basic knowledge of explosions

Publications that the students may find helpful for this course: (Copies will be for sale at the class)
NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigation– 2014 Edition
NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator – 2014 Edition
NFPA 301 Code for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant Vessesls – 2013 Edition
NFPA 302, Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motorcraft – 2015 Edition
NFPA 303, Fire Protection Standards for marinas and Boatyards – 2016 Edition
NFPA 307, Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves – 2016 Edition
ABYC, American Boat and Yacht Council Standards
Kirk’s Fire Investigation 7th Ed

Basic Fire Investigation (Day 1)

Introduction to Fire Investigation, NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033

Fire Behavior / Interpreting Fire Patterns

Examining the marine fire scene

Documenting the fire scene

Marine Fire Investigation (Day 2)

Identifying the fuel source

Identifying the ignition source

Post Explosion Investigation

Case Study

Marine Fire Investigation (Day 3)

Collecting the fire scene evidence

Fatal Fire Investigation

Review & Test

Instructor Bio:

Robert Collins has 20 years of experience in both the Fire Service and Law Enforcement. He is also a 15 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Robert began his Coast Guard career as an Engineer and Firefighter and moved into a Law Enforcement role in both the Maritime Security and Safety divisions. He has conducted over hundreds Coast Guard boardings and safety inspections on both recreational and commercial vessels. Robert has conducted inspections on and has assisted with the installation of vessel power plant, propulsion, and auxiliary systems. Robert has numerous certifications from the USCG, ranging from engine room watch officer and marine engine analyst to boarding officer and command duty officer. He has attended the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Fire Academy and was a Damage Control Instructor and is a current member of the International Association of Marine Investigators.

Robert is currently employed as a Firefighter/EMT and Fire/Arson Investigator for the Normal, IL Fire Department and as a Police Officer and Criminal Investigator for the Hudson and Danvers, IL Police departments. Robert is certified as a Firefighter III and an Arson Investigator through the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator and Certified Evidence Collection Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators. Robert has obtained an Expert Witness certification from the International Association of Arson Investigators. Since becoming a certified investigator in 2007, he has investigated the origin and cause of many accidental and incendiary fires. As a criminal investigator, certified in interview and interrogation, Robert has obtained numerous confessions which have led to convictions in both state and federal cases.




Date: April 20, 2017

Instructor: Deputy Chief Mike Terpak, Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department

Location: Carol Stream Fire District Station 28, 365 N. Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188

Time: 9AM-Noon and 1PM-4PM (Same Program Repeated)

Investment: $75

Training Description:

This 3 hour program reviews the NIST and UL information regarding TRANSITIONAL FIRE ATTACK and presents information that you NEED to KNOW before you “hit it hard from the yard.” This seminar is based on the Fire House magazine article (“We have NOT been doing it wrong”) from October 2014. The new suggested strategy “hitting it hard from the yard” has become the most heated topic in the history of the fire service! Don’t miss this information!

Instructor Bio:

Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 40 years spending the last 36 years with the Jersey City Fire Department where he is assigned as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd. Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. In addition to the above, he is also the High-Rise Training Coordinator for Jersey City. Terpak travels extensively around the country lecturing on fire/rescue topics and is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams.

Chief Terpak, who also holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey, is the author of five best-selling books, “Fire Ground Size-Up” , “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics” ,“Fire Ground Operational Guides” Assessment Center Management and Supervision” and Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides.”

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“Street” Line Officer and Chief Officer – Interior Chief/Plans Officer – Dwight, Illinois


Date: February 13, 2017

Instructor: Chief (Ret.) Rick Kolomay

Location: Station 343, 140 N. Main St., Dwight, Illinois 60420

Time: 6PM – 9PM (Food will be served prior to training starting at 5PM)

Investment: $50

Training Description:

This to-the-point fireground strategy and tactics session is for fire service professionals – volunteer, combination, and career Firefighters, Line Officers, and Chief Officers who are serious about command and control of their incidents and the safety of the people they are responsible for.

The results of this session will provide you with information and experience on implementing an Interior Chief and a Plans Officer position that pertains to your fireground operation. Using fireground simulations you will be able to work through various incidents while experiencing the use of a mobile command system and alternate command boards.

Instructor Bio:

Rick Kolomay is a 37-year veteran of the fire service. He has served with both combination volunteer, combination career/POC/Private, and career fire departments assigned to engine, truck, ambulance, and squad companies. He rose through the ranks from firefighter /EMT, firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, captain, acting battalion chief, deputy chief, and fire chief.

He was also a full time instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), an IFSI Field Instructor for 33 years, Instructor for the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Instructor of the Romeoville (IL) [regional] Fire Academy, and an instructor and consultant with Fire Training Resources. Rick has instructed throughout the United States teaching firefighter rescue techniques and line officer training. In 2003 Rick co-authored a best-selling Fire Engineering book, Firefighter Rescue & Survival.


Leadership In The Real World – Schaumburg, Illinois


Date: February 28, 2017

Instructor: Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Burns, FDNY

Location: Schaumburg Police Department, 1000 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60194

Time: 9AM-4PM

Investment: $125

Training Description:

Effective leadership is not just a function of understanding academic theories and textbook definitions. Real leadership takes courage, motivation, and skill to translate these theories into actions that are effective in today’s fire service culture. Unlike many leadership programs which only describe the characteristics and traits that leaders should possess, “Leadership in the Real World” combines cutting edge theories with skills and behaviors that can be used “on the job” every day. The curriculum is modeled after the time-tested leadership training programs attended by officers in the FDNY upon promotion to lieutenant and captain and will serve as a foundation for successful leadership development at all levels within the fire service.

Instructor Bio:

ROBERT BURNS is a retired battalion chief from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Prior to his retirement in 2011, he served the FDNY for 37 years, the last 18 as a chief officer. In addition to having been an adjunct instructor teaching leadership at John Jay College, he led the curriculum development group responsible for designing and delivering the leadership modules of the FDNY promotional training courses for lieutenants, captains, and battalion chiefs. He served as the director of the New York State First Line Supervisor’s Training Program at the FDNY Fire Academy from 2007 until 2010. He now conducts leadership training workshops around the country.


Fire Department Elevator Operations Training – Carol Stream, IL


Date: March 8, 2017

Instructor: Captain (Ret.) Tony Tricarico, FDNY

Location: Carol Stream Fire District Station 28, 365 N. Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188

Time: 9am-Noon and 1pm-4pm (Same Program Repeated)

Investment: $65

Training Description

This classroom presentation will give the attendees History of elevators, how they work, the different types of elevators and the basics of elevator emergencies. It will present them will proper the terminology of elevator machinery room mechanics, the elevator mechanics and shaft parts. The presentation will show how the elevator works and give the basic knowledge and theory of how to mitigate an emergency. It will present the tools needed and how to use them. Construction, site safety hazards and steel and wire supports. We will cover the two basic types of elevators, wire hoist and pneumatic, compare the differences and similarities, with an expanded section on hydraulics. We will also cover the interlock devices, hoist way door operations and how to gain entry with out doing any damage for the basic emergency in addition to the internal and external safeties built in to elevators. Lock out, tag out procedures will be covered also. Finally we will cover the ways to locate an elevator and use the two phases of elevator recall.

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Instructor Bio

Tony Tricarico has been a member of the fire service since 1977 and was hired by the FDNY in 1981. Tony has served in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. In 2002 he was assigned to the Special Operations Command where he served as the Cap- tain of Squad 252 until his retirement on the last day of 2008.

Tony is a National and New York State certified fire instructor and has instructed at the FDNY Technical Rescue School, Command School, Capitol Fire Training and other agen- cies as well as being a former Deputy Chief Instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Acad- emy. He additionally instructs and lectures throughout the country on engine op’s, truck op’s, RIT/ firefighter survival, and special operations tactics. He has been the Lead In- structor in the Fire Emergency Training Network and American Heat training video’s on collapse, elevator operations and SCBA emergencies, to name a few. He continues to do training with different agencies and is presently the Technical Operations Advisor and Northeast Regional Director for Gel Tech Solutions FireIce operations.

Tony studied Fire Science and Building Construction at John Jay College in Manhattan and is a regular presenter at FireHouse Expo, FDIC, and has presented at FireHouse World and other major venues in the U. S. & Europe.

He is an active member of the Mount Sinai Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island and a former Chief of Department.

Captain Tricarico is a Contributing Editor and has had many articles published in multi- ple fire related periodicals both in the U. S. and other countries.