Marine Fire Investigations Course – League City, Texas

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Date: August 29-31, 2017

Instuctor: Robert Collins, CFI, CFEI, ECT

Location: South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
2500 South Shore Blvd
League City, Texas 77573

Time: 8AM-5PM

Investment: $375

Description:

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.

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The Lone Star Fire Conference – Austin, Texas

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Date: October 25/26 2017

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin, 500 N. Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78701

Investment: $150/Day $250 Both Days If Registered By August 4th. Increase to $200/Day $350 Both Days After August 4th.

October 25

9am – Noon – Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) John Norman, FDNY –  “Dwelling Fires”

This session will focus on the most common fire in America: fires in 1 and 2 family homes, or private dwellings (P.D.’s) Topics covered in this session:

  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in P.D.s
  • Size-Up, The 13 – Point Approach
  • Firefighter Survival Survey
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement, and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue – Vent, Enter, and Search (VES)

Emphasis is placed on developing workable tactics that your organization can implement on the fireground under a variety of common, and no so common conditions.

2pm-5pm – Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) John Norman, FDNY – “Store (Taxpayer & Strip Mall) Fires”

Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than other commonly encountered blaze. The toll on a community is often staggering when a block of Main St. is gutted by fire or major local employer is burnt out. The reason many of these blazes end up so destructive is often traceable to the fire department’s lack of preparedness. Fortunately major store fires are not “every day” occurrences, but as a consequence, many fire departments try to apply “house fire tactics” to a commercial fire. Highlighted in this session is the differences between residential and commercial fires, and provide instruction in tactics which have proven effective. Topics covered in this session:

  • Introduction, Store Fires as Injury and Death Factories
  • Construction Deficiencies Common to Stores
  • Tactical Differences Between Residential and Commercial Fires
  • Handline Selection, Stretching, and Placement
  • Gaining Entry/Exit
  • Cockloft Fires – Roof Operations
  • Trusses and other Lightweight Roofs
  • Cellar Fires – The Firefighter Trap
  • Parapet Wall Collapse
  • “Hidden” Dangers

October 26

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, Large County Fire Department (FL) – “It’s Worth The Risk”

10:30 AM – Noon – Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY – “Culture of Extinguishment”

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Battalion Chief Shannon Shone, Fort Walton Beach (FL) Fire Department – “Nuggets From The Right Seat”

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Deputy Chief Mike Terpak, Jersey City Fire Department – “TRANSITIONAL ATTACK – NOT ALWAYS!

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Firefighter Health and Fitness Seminar – Carol Stream, Illinois

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Instructor: Captain Jordan Ponder, Milwaukee Fire Department

Date: August 21, 2017

Time: 9am-4pm

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

Investment: $75.00

Description:

The first half of the day will be a lecture focusing on:

Nutrtion – Healthy eating habits
Restored – Strategies for Mental and a physical Recovery
Successful – Developing and sustaining a healthy lifestyle

The afternoon is going to be hands-on Firefighter functional movement training. Training on how to meet the unique demands of firefighters using affordable and versatile tools to improve safety and increase performance in a way that is specific yet accessible to firefighters.

Wear workout clothing.

Captain Jordan Ponder is a 13 year veteran of the Milwaukee Fire Department. With 13 years of training firefighter functional movement in the MFD he has helped the city of Milwaukee save $1.3M by reducing firefighter injury claims by 57%. With passion, excitement and enthusiasm, Jordan has been privileged to speak on a number of national stages such as FDIC, Firehouse World Expo, and Perform Better. Additionally he has been asked to contribute to worldwide publications such as Fire Rescue, Fire Engineering, Breaking Muscle and many more as an expression of his appreciation for firefighters by supporting them in training health to improve safety. As a NASM-CPT, PFT, FRCms, ACE-FNC and certified trainer in multiple modalities and philosophies.

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

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Date: September 19, 2017

Time: 9am-5pm

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

Investment: $185 (Lunch included)

Description: 

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.

Instructors:

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.

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Engine Company Operations – Carol Stream, Illinois

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Date: October 9-13, 2017

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

Investment: $999.00 if registered prior to September 1, 2017, $1125.00 after.

Students will participate in 1 day of classroom and 4 days of hands-on evolutions and decision making fireground scenarios covering:

– Water Supply
– Hose Loads
– Nozzles
– Stretching Hose Lines Under Live Fire Conditions

These skills will enhance the students ability to better serve their respective department and community. This is an extremely labor intensive class! Please come prepared to learn, be a team player, and work!

This class will run in conjunction with the Truck Company Operations class to provide realistic fireground operational scenarios.

Equipment Needed: NFPA approved structural turnout gear, SCBA w/ extra bottle.

The team of instructors is comprised of firefighters and fire officers from across the country with experience in urban, suburban, and rural firefighting.

Engine Company Instructor Team

Koy Wilson – Stockton (CA) Fire Department

Tony Piontek – Green Bay (WI) Fire Department

Curt Isakson – Escambia County (FL) Fire/Rescue

Mark Wesseldine – (Ret.) FDNY

Jim Sewnig – Chicago Fire Department

Jason Lach – Chicago Fire Department

Jo Ellyn McMeel – Chicago Fire Department

Eric Tollund – Denver Fire Department

Brian Arnold – Oklahoma City Fire Department

Daryl Liggins – Oakland (CA) Fire Department

Danny Stelter – Carol Stream (IL) Fire District

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Truck Company Operations – Carol Stream, Illinois

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Date: October 9-13, 2017

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

Investment: $999.00 if registered prior to September 1, 2017, $1125.00 after.

Students will participate in 1 day of classroom and 4 days of hands-on evolutions and decision making fireground scenarios covering:

– Flat Roof Operations
– Peaked Roof Operations
– Ground Ladders
– Forcible Entry
– Primary Search and Removal Procedures
– Wide Area/Rope Assisted Search Procedures (RASP)

These skills will enhance the students ability to better serve their respective department and community. This is an extremely labor intensive class! Please come prepared to learn, be a team player, and work!

This class will run in conjunction with the Engine Company Operations class to provide realistic fireground operational scenarios.

Equipment Needed: NFPA approved structural turnout gear, SCBA w/ extra bottle.

The team of instructors is comprised of firefighters and fire officers from across the country with experience in urban, suburban, and rural firefighting.

Truck Company Instructor Team

Phil DeMik – Naperville (IL) Fire Department

Larry McCormack – Chicago Fire Department

John Steele – Schaumburg (IL) Fire Department

JJ Cassetta – Orlando (FL) Fire Department

Tom Tullipano – Lombard (IL) Fire Department

Chuck Gro – Naperville (IL) Fire Deparment

Justin McGough – CAL Fire

Liam Flaherty – FDNY

Tom Lally – Schaumburg (IL) Fire Department

Bob Hoff – (Ret.) Chicago Fire Department/Carol Stream Fire District

Randy Leek – Aurora (IL) Fire Department

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Remembering Lt. Andy Fredericks By Brett Graves

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since 343 members of the FDNY lost their lives trying to save the lives of scores of people at the World Trade Center. Among them was Andy Fredericks assigned to Squad 18.

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I never had the honor of personally meeting Andy, but just prior to 9/11 had just discovered his writings and became hooked on his message. I read every article he wrote and watched his videos from Fire Engineering’s Bread and Butter Series dozens of times. Andy is the inspiration behind the FTR Engine Company Operations class we conduct annually in Carol Stream, IL. Every instructor we have for this class had a connection to Andy.

If you have not heard of Andy Fredericks I suggest you learn who he was and read his articles! You will be a better firefighter for it!  Start by clicking here >>> A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF ANDY FREDERICKS (Compiled by Gary Lane) found on the Nozzle Forward website. Become one of Andy’s Ambassadors and keep his message alive!

Andy, thank you for your contributions to the fire service! Your message has touched and connected so many of us. You are a true example to leaving the job a little better for the next guy! RIP Brother.