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
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.
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.