THE ART OF READING BUILDINGS
Battalion Chief (Ret.) David Dodson, Response Solutions, LLC
This workshop provides essential tools and practice in making rapid
street reads on buildings. Emphasis is on classifying a building using
a Type/Era/Use/Size model and then developing an understanding
of the strengths and weaknesses (hazards) of a given building using
that model. Rapid-read visual clues are explored and practiced
during the class using videos of actual building 360˚ walk-arounds.
This approach flls the gap between the teachings of Francis L.
Brannigan (how buildings are built) and Vincent Dunn (how they fall
THE ASSESSMENT CENTER: A GAME YOU CAN BEAT!
District Chief Michael Barakey, Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department
Fire department assessment centers are challenging. They are
used for all ranks, from competing to be a frst-line supervisor—
lieutenant, captain, or sergeant--to competing for a mid/senior
level offcer—battalion/assistant chief. These centers are designed
by nonfrefghters, yet the only way to be promoted, especially
in civil service, is by winning at your assessment center. It is a
“game,” and the only way to “win” is to understand the rules,
prepare, and execute. This workshop prepares you for the grueling
assessment center process and provides you with the opportunity
to know “how and why” you are being assessed with these
methods. The process is predictable and learnable. To beat the
assessment center, you have to prepare and understand the game.
Come learn how to win the game.
THE BASICS OF APPARATUS PURCHASING
Battalion Chief (Ret.) William Peters, Jersey City (NJ) Fire
This course guides the participant through the diffcult process of
specifying fre apparatus. It covers justifcation, the use of NFPA
1901, conducting research, options and features, boilerplate
information to protect the purchaser, converting the manufacturer’s
specifcations into your own, controlling frills, holding a successful
preconstruction conference, how to do a thorough fnal factory
inspection, and delivery and acceptance.
THE COURAGE WITHIN: TACTICAL RESILIENCY TRAINING
Firefghter Ric Jorge, Palm Beach County (FL) Fire Rescue
Are you prepared to handle a situation when everything is
going wrong and your people are panicking? Can you identify
the markers of stress? Can you identify the people who are
prime candidates for reactions to “fre service” stress? Are you
prepared to help in these circumstances? This workshop identifes
the problems we could potentially face on the job and ways to
overcome them. Recognizing and overcoming problems are tied
to the mental, physical, and psychological aspects of conditioning.
This workshop separates conditioning into fve groups: Physical
Conditioning, Mental Conditioning, Psychological Conditioning,
Nutrition, and Rest. Each area has subsets and is elaborated on.
The information can improve your profle for survivability and help
you develop a healthy lifestyle.
THINK LIKE AN INCIDENT COMMANDER
Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne, Fire Department of New York
This interactive workshop illustrates key points in preparation,
size-up, freground decision making, and communications. It
answers the questions: What is an incident commander (IC) seeing,
thinking, and feeling when he supervises a fre operation? How
is his view of a fre different, and how can his perspective make
you a more effective frefghter, chief, or company offcer? Videos,
case studies, actual freground radio transmissions, and interactive
fre simulations present the challenges inherent in making rapid
emergency decisions. Students become acquainted with tools to
help them perform a skillful size-up, communicate effectively, and
project control over chaotic emergency incidents. This course is
relevant for chiefs and company offcers who serve as the initial IC
at a fre. However, the ability to “think like an IC” promotes safer
tactics for frefghters of all ranks.