Firefighting Operations in High Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings – Fort Worth, TX

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Instructor: Assistant Chief Dave McGrail

Date: March 5, 2018

Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: Fort Worth Fire Department Training Academy – 505 W Felix St
Fort Worth, Texas 76115

Investment: $125

The training program is a one-day seminar on Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings.  This seminar is designed to give chief officers, company officers, and firefighters a solid foundation upon which to build a comprehensive operational plan for high-rise firefighting.

Chief McGrail will utilize his 36-years of fire service experience, from Nozzleman to Incident Commander, along with his years of research and development to outline and explain the critical components necessary to successfully, and as safely as possible, combat a high-rise fire.  The lessons learned from several fire service case studies, including numerous high-rise fires that Chief McGrail has operated at, will take attendees from the basics to the battle.

The central theme of Chief McGrail’s training seminar is a proper firefighting mindset, emphasizing the need to continually fight the deadly disease of complacency.  Attendees will be given a brief review of the construction of both high-rise and low-rise (standpipe equipped) buildings, with a focus on the standpipe system, and the dangers associated with standpipe system pressure regulating devices (pressure reducing valves / pressure restricting devices).

A comprehensive discussion of engine company operations, with an emphasis on “proper weapon selection” will highlight the critical tools necessary for successful standpipe operations along with the fundamental techniques and procedures to make these operations extremely user friendly.

Chief McGrail will also address several of the essential truck company (support) functions, from forcible entry to search operations. This will include Chief McGrail’s Ten, Truck Company, High-Rise, Operational R’s.

The chorography of the entire operation rests with the incident commander and a solid command structure to achieve overall command and control.  Chief McGrail will provide a recipe for success outlining the six essential areas of command and control utilizing the incident command system (ICS) / national incident management system (NIMS).

This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the essential components necessary to achieve success at high-rise operations.  Attendees of this seminar will leave armed with vital information, and become re-energized to accomplish our most important mission, fire suppression, in our most complicated fire environment, the high-rise building.

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Instructor Bio:

Dave is a 36 year veteran and second generation firefighter following in the 3/4 boot footsteps of his father, retired DFD Assistant Chief Pat McGrail who spent 42 years on the job. Dave lives in Denver with his wife and two children and is a family man first and a fireman second. Dave served as the Captain of Engine Company 3 in the notorious Five Points Neighborhood and on Rescue Company 1 which responds citywide to all working fires & entraptments. The experience he gained at some of the DFD’s most prominent companies was invaluable to the leadership position he holds now. Dave devotes much of his personal time to the betterment of the fire service and those passionate individuals within it. Dave authored the very popular book, “Firefighting Operations In High-Rise and Standpipe-Equipped Buildings.” The principles of Dave’s book have been adopted and trained on by countless fire departments. Training is one of Dave’s many strong-suites which he has taken on the road as an international instructor.

Modern Suburban Firefighting – Sussex, Wisconsin

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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
construction
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.
supply:
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.

Firefighter Safety and Survival “Managing Risk on the Fire Ground” – Carol Stream, IL

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Instructor: Tim Klett, FDNY

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 9am – 5pm

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

Investment: $125

This seminar takes an in depth look at managing risk on the fire ground, we will discuss the key factors that lead to a risk based decision and the reality of who eventually makes those decisions. It will cover the risk vs. reward analysis and preventative risk aversion training. For the company level officer keeping his firefighters during operations is of paramount importance and risk passed decisions should never be taken lightly. We will also discuss the transmission of MAYDAYS and URGENTS and the information that should accompany each. Our best survival training is awareness and our ability to react to the signs of a changing fire situation, and sound rick based decisions.

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Instructor Bio:

Tim Klett is a 30-year veteran of the fire service and is currently a Lieutenant with FDNY serving on 88 Engine, located in the 7th Division in the Bronx. Tim began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Newington, CT, Fire Department and worked as a full-time firefighter with the City of New Britain, CT, Fire Department before joining FDNY. As an FDNY firefighter, Tim spent 12 years on 69 Engine, one of the FDNY’s busiest Engines located in Harlem, prior to his promotion.

Tim was a lead HOT instructor for live fire training at both FDIC and FDIC West and has lectured at FDIC, Firehouse, Orlando Fire Conference, Wichita HOT Conference and many other state and national fire service symposiums. Tim is also a New York State fire instructor and an Adjunct Instructor with the Connecticut State Fire School. Tim was a member of FDNY’s research and development team responsible for the department’s PSS safety system.

Tim developed the Engine Company Operations course for the Fire Department Training Network and serves as the lead engine instructor at the FDTN Academy. In addition to being a frequent contributor to FDTN’s Fire Training, Tim has written many articles for Fire Engineering, Firehouse, Firehouse.com, the New York State Fire Chief’s Association Size-Up. Tim is also the author of Stretching and Operating the First Line and the upcoming Standpipe Operations for Engine Companies, both part of FDTN’s FireNotes series of training manuals.

 

 

CFT Fire School – Carol Stream, IL

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Dates: October 1-3, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

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

Investment: $550

The Ultimate Engine and Truck School! This school will consist of 1 day of lecture and 2 days of hands-on with live fire scenarios. Full PPE will be required for Days 2 and 3 of this class.

Instructors:

  • Lead- Curt Isakson – Escambia County (FL) Fire/Rescue
  • Mike Ciampo – FDNY
  • JJ Cassetta – Orlando (FL) Fire Department
  • Shannon Stone – Fort Walton Beach (FL) Fire/Rescue
  • Matt Scallan – Escambia County (FL) Fire/Rescue
  • Danny Stelter – Carol Stream Fire District
  • Phil DeMik – Naperville Fire Department
  • Liam Flaherty – FDNY Rescue 2
  • Justin McGough – CAL Fire
  • Bob Hoff – Chicago/Carol Stream Fire District

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
There will be a $25 cancellation fee on all cancellations made more that 10 days prior to the conference unless you would like to receive a full credit for future conferences or seminars. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the conference or seminar. However, we will offer full credit to a future conference or seminar.

Firefighting Tactics At Apartment and Townhouse Fires – Oswego, IL

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Instructor: Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) John Norman, FDNY

Date: April 5, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: Oswego Fire District, 3511 Wooley Rd., Oswego, IL 60543

Investment: $125 prior to March 4th, $175 starting March 4th.

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
There will be a $25 cancellation fee on all cancellations made more that 10 days prior to the conference unless you would like to receive a full credit for future conferences or seminars. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the conference or seminar. However, we will offer full credit to a future conference or seminar.

Machinery Rescue Operations Course – Carol Stream, IL

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SOLD OUT! You may register to be on the waiting list.

Instructors: Andrew Brassard and TBA

Date: September 27-28, 2018

Time: 8am-5pm

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

Investment: $425

Description:

Day 1

Part I:
A. B. C. D. E. F.
Hours Introduction to Machinery Rescue Operations (Lecture & PPT) 2
Identify hazards
Identify States of energy Lock out tag out
Case histories
Different tool kits Medical considerations
Take The Door Training

Machinery Rescue Operations – Course Outline
Part II: Morning Machinery Rescue Skill Set Rotations (Hands-on)
A. Tool Familiarization
-cutting w/ wizzer saw
-drilling and punching rivets
-shearing bolt heads with pneumatic chisel -pneumatic impact gun use
-snap ring pliers use
-cutting with a dremel type tool in a confined space -portable band saw use
-reciprocating saw use
-pros/cons of each type of tool
(heat generation, speed, vibration, atmosphere)
hand nailed to 2×4
-students cut nail using a hacksaw blade demonstrating tight spaces and heat generation

B. Oxy-Acetylene Torch
-oxy-acetylene torch components -oxy-acetylene torch ignition steps -oxy-acetylene torch pros/cons
(heat generation, speed,vibration, atmosphere) -students cut re-bar
-students cut flat bar -students cut pipe

C. Size-up and Identification & Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)
-using small mirror and light to identify hazards
-using illuminated search cam to identify hazards
-students shall unlock 2 locks via combination identified within
the hazard box using illuminated search cam and mirrors and flashlight (heat generation, speed,vibration, atmosphere)
-students shall refresh on LOTO
-students shall identify different energy devices
-students shall identify LOTO safety devices -circuit breakers
-valve hand wheel -wall toggle switch -power cord
-wall plus
-circuit breakers
-etc.
-students shall implement LOTO devices using props

LUNCH

Part III: Afternoon Machinery Rescue Skill Set Rotations (Hands-on)
A. Meat Grinder Entrapment 1 -students identify “hand” entrapment
-students identify medical considerations
-students identify visually what preliminary tools are required
-students disassemble with cutting, grinding, and hand tools -hand removal from grinder
Drive Shaft Entrapment
-students identify “hand” entrapment
-students identify medical considerations
-students identify visually what preliminary tools are required -students disassemble with cutting, grinding, and hand tools -hand removal from drive shaft

B. Fence Impalement & Auger Entrapment 1
-Fence Impalement
-students identify fence impalement
-students identify medical considerations (airway, c-spine, etc) -students review and determine best methods for stabilizing
fence section and patient prior to removal -student identify available tools and pros/cons (heat generation, speed,vibration, atmosphere) -students prepare cooling methods
-students use oxy-acetylene torch
-students use portable band saw
-students use reciprocating saw
-section of fence and patient are removed -students review what works best

C. Hand and Finger Entrapment 1
-Hand Entrapment
-student identify hand entrapment
-students identify methods of shielding patient’s hand -student identify available tools and pros/cons
(heat generation, speed,vibration, atmosphere) -students prepare cooling methods
-students cut pipe with dremel type tool
-students cut pipe with angle grinder
-students cut glass with dremel type tool
-student removes hand from entrapment
-Finger Entrapment
-students identify finger entrapment
-students identify methods of shielding patient’s finger -student identify available tools and pros/cons
(heat generation, speed, vibration, atmosphere) -students remove glass bottle from finger
-students remove ring from finger

Day 2

Part I: Metal Size-Up & Load Assessment (Lecture)
A. Rollers (Load assessment)
-teaches students to operate in tight spaces
-restrictive spaces
-disassembly
-arm stuck in rollers -patient care

B. Machinery Rescue on Rope (Positioning)
-students will use rope rescue equipment for work positioning and rescue -disassembly and metal cutting
-arm trapped in rollers
-patient care

LUNCH

C. Meat Grinder Prop (Metal Size-up)

D. THE BOX Spreading and Lifting inside a space (Tactical Worksheet)
-machine press simulation
-lock out tag out
-students must crawl into prop to perform rescue
-lifting and spreading operations- load assessments -metal cutting
-stabilization

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CFT Fire School – Oswego, IL

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Dates: March 13-15, 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: Oswego Fire District, 3511 Wooley Rd, Oswego, Illinois 60543

Investment: $550 All 3 Days – $125 Lecture Only

The Ultimate Engine and Truck School! This school will consist of 1 day of lecture and 2 days of hands-on with live fire scenarios. Full PPE will be required for Days 2 and 3 of this class.

Instructors:
Lead- Curt Isakson – Escambia County (FL) Fire/Rescue
Mike Ciampo – FDNY                                                                                                                                                 JJ Cassetta – Orlando (FL) Fire Department
Shannon Stone – Fort Walton Beach (FL) Fire/Rescue
Matt Scallan – Escambia County (FL) Fire/Rescue
Danny Stelter – Carol Stream Fire District
Phil DeMik – Naperville Fire Department

This Class Is Sold Out! 

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
There will be a $25 cancellation fee on all cancellations made more that 10 days prior to the conference unless you would like to receive a full credit for future conferences or seminars. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the conference or seminar. However, we will offer full credit to a future conference or seminar.