OVERVIEW OF NFPA 1700,
GUIDE TO STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING
Battalion Chief Joseph Jardin, Fire Department of New York
A fair measure of confusion and concern exists regarding the scope,
purpose, and process surrounding the development of National
Fire Protection Association 1700, Guide for Structural Firefghting.
The instructor, the committee chair, will provide an overview of the
status of the project as well as an insight into its history. Students
will become familiar with the NFPA standards development process
and learn how any member of the fre service can impact the
development of NFPA 1700 or any of the other NFPA codes and
WHAT’S HIDING BEHIND THE WALLS?
Firefghter James Johnson,
Vancouver (BC, Canada) Fire and Rescue Services
With today’s modern building materials and the growing use of
hybrid construction methods, it is becoming much more diffcult to
recognize and identify the structures to which we are responding.
The class employs a modern spin to identify these structures.
Attendees will sharpen their skills in identifying construction and in
implementing new frefghting techniques by viewing 360º video
footage of buildings during the construction process.
FIGHT THE FIRE, NOT THE BUILDING
Chief Ron Kanterman, Wilton (CT) Fire Department
Students are shown how to work smarter, not harder. This class will
demonstrate how to take advantage of the built-in active and passive
fre protection features in commercial buildings while fghting a fre.
Strip malls, factories, warehouses, high-rises, and big box stores all
have protection features that, when used properly, can greatly aid
suppression forces in their strategic and tactical operations. Why not
take advantage of methods while adding a level of frefghter safety?
PREHOSPITAL MANAGEMENT OF BARIATRIC PATIENTS
Captain Jeff Kaplan, Englewood (NJ) Fire Department
As the population grows heavier, it is becoming more diffcult to
lift and move larger patients. Simply getting these patients out of
their homes has become a challenge. New and innovative tools
and techniques are being developed to safely transport obese or
bariatric patients with dignity and respect. This class will look at the
medical aspects of managing a bariatric patient, the many products
available to help lift and move them, and some unconventional
techniques that are sometimes necessary to extricate them from their
THE COMBAT-READY ENGINE COMPANY
Chief Tony Kelleher, Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
For far too long, engine company work has been viewed as “basic.”
Some have even discounted the need to be effcient as an engine
company. With fre behavior in mind and the fact that fres have
been proven to reach fashover faster and burn hotter in certain
situations, its a MUST that the fre service get back to mastering
the skills needed to be an effcient engine company frefghter. This
class focuses on the core basic skills of engine company operations.
It is also designed to teach attendees how to use those basics to
overcome obstacles, think outside the box, and prepare themselves
and their company to execute any operational task. Among topics
addressed are minimal staffng, complicated stretches, large
buildings without suppression systems, and making the engine
company a force to be reckoned with.
RESCUE TOOLS: THE MUST HAVES AND THE NICE TO HAVES
Captain Thomas Kenney, Hyannis (MA) Fire Department
This presentation focuses on the tools rescue companies use every
day. In addition, students learn of other tool systems available on the
market and how to plan for expanding their tool cache in the future.
Safety, as well as effciency, is emphasized.
THE TOP 20 TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
FROM FIREFIGHTER RESEARCH
Director Stephen Kerber, UL Firefghter Safety Research Institute
Over the past several years, the UL Firefghter Safety Research
Institute has been working with the fre service to examine fre
dynamics and frefghting tactics. More than 200 experiments have
examined the changes in the fre environment over time, the impact
of ventilating ventilation-limited fres, and the implications of fow
control and effectiveness in suppression tactics. These experiments
were conducted with frefghters from across the country from
departments of different types with varying levels of staffng,
resources, and operating procedures. The UL studies have produced
tactical considerations that have become common themes over
several studies that may change the way you view your standard
operating guidelines. This year’s Top 20 will include considerations
from the latest positive-pressure attack and fre attack studies.