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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