Modern Suburban Firefighting – Sussex, Wisconsin


Instructor: Captain Bill Gustin – Miami-Dade Fire/Rescue

Date: March 16, 2018

Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: Sussex Civic Center – N64W23760 Main Street – Sussex, Wisconsin 53089

Investment: $125

Overview of Program
1. Dispelling myths pervasive in today’s Fire Service.
2. Size up:
a. “Know before you go”; consequences of committing resources prematurely
b. Benefits of a “360” initial size up of a fire building
c. Why an ongoing exterior size up is critical and can be more accurate than reports and
observations from companies operating inside
3. Apparatus positioning.
4. Stretching the initial attack hoseline:
a. Selecting the proper size and length of hoseline
b. Teamwork and hose management; a lost art
c. Conditions when the first attack hoseline may not be advanced through the front door
d. Why “attack from the unburned side” is impractical
e. When preconnects fall short
5. Nozzle selection:
a. Fog vs. solid stream
b. GPM vs. BTU; Determining and ensuring adequate flow
6. Tactics for modern suburban homes:
a. Attic fires in “Mc Mansions”
b. Fires in attached garages
c. Basement fires
d. Fires involving rear decks and porches
7. Firefighter safety:
a. Why firefighters must adapt strategies and tactics to reduce risk in modern lightweight
b. Avoiding two of the most common mayday situations
c. When is a backup hoseline more important than a R.I.T?
8. Water a. b. c.
9. Fires in a.
b. c.
Initial attack with booster tank or lay supply line?
LDH; advantages and disadvantages
Forward, reverse and split hoselays
Multiple Family Occupancies:
Hoseline operations for apartment buildings , hotels and health care facilities; “low rise” buildings that are not required by code to have standpipes
Locating the fire , estimating length of hose and determining the number of firefighters to advance and operate a hoseline
Techniques for positioning and operating a hoseline on an upper floor, when there are insufficient personnel to perform a conventional stairway stretch

This seminar is being conducted in partnership with the Village of Sussex Fire/Rescue

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Instructor Bio

Bill Gustin is a 45 year veteran of the Fire Service. He began his career in the Fire Service in the Chicago area. He is a Captain with the Miami-Dade Fire/Rescue Department and a lead instructor in its Officer Development Program. He is an author and technical editor for Fire Engineering Magazine and a Fire Department Instructor’s Conference Advisory Board member. He has instructed firefighters throughout the United States, in Canada and the Caribbean. He was a faculty member of Miami-Dade Community College’s Fire Science Program and has instructed ship board firefighting to crews of cargo, passenger and research vessels. He has conducted forcible entry training to special response teams of local and Federal law enforcement agencies. He was a member of Miami-Dade’s International Search and Rescue Team and participated in the rescue of occupants trapped in collapsed buildings in the former Soviet Union and the Philippines. Captain Gustin was a member of the original FEMA steering group that organized and established standards and procedures for Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces.

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