FOUR PILLARS OF FIREFIGHTER FUNCTIONAL FITNESS
Assistant Fire Marshal Dan Kerrigan,
East Whiteland Township (PA) Fire Department
This class moves beyond the concept of simply “working out” and
gives frefghters a comprehensive approach to improving their
freground performance. Students will be shown how to reduce
the risk of injury and line-of-duty deaths and to improve their
chances for a long, healthy career and retirement. Among the
topics discussed will be the importance of functional ftness and
how to incorporate the Four Pillars of Firefghter Functional Fitness
into their lives. These ftness “strategies” combine to give frefghters
a holistic and practical approach to ftness and health. Included in
each pillar are ftness “tactics” any frefghter can easily adopt.
THE VALUE-DRIVEN FIREFIGHTER
Firefghter Erron Kinney, Brentwood (TN) Fire & Rescue
This class demonstrates the parallelism between the leadership of
the National Football League and the fre service. The message
students will receive is that as members of the public safety
community, they are part of a team of professional tactical athletes
who are empowered to be accountable, responsible, prepared,
competent, and compassionate difference makers for their
communities, agencies, and the emergency services. Attendees
will examine and be challenged to use the building blocks for
becoming personnel of value and difference makers for their
communities, agencies, and the fre service.
HOW TO START AND RUN A CERTIFIED FIRE
ACADEMY THROUGH A HIGH SCHOOL
Lieutenant Tom Kiurski, Brighton (MI) Fire Department
Howell High School, in Michigan, began teaching a state-certifed
fre academy during the 2013-14 school year. This course will
go over the arrangements, challenges, state participation, and
student issues you should know before deciding on this type of an
undertaking. This program, in its fourth year, was successful.
Find out why.
LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS AND SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE
GERMAN FIRE SERVICE: ARE WE BETTER TRAINED?
Battalion Chief Susanne Klatt, Essen, Germany, Fire Department
Compared to the approximately 100 line-of-duty deaths (LODDs)
every year in the United States, the number of LODDs in Germany
is low. Is this because of different safety and training standards?
This class gives background information about safety regulations
and training standards in the German fre service and shows how
they differ from those of the U.S. fre service. Maybe, there aren’t
that many differences at all.
THE ENGINE COMPANY OFFICER:
FROM THE FIREHOUSE TO THE FIRE FLOOR
Lieutenant Tim Klett, Fire Department of New York
This class covers the many key decisions before, during, and after
a fre incident. These decisions can ultimately make or break the
operation and put lives at risk. The size, placement, and operation of
the frst line, for example, have a direct impact on the success of the
operation. All of these decisions fall on the shoulders of the frst-due
engine offcer, making this frefghter a key player on the freground.
TACTICAL RESPONSE TO NATURAL GAS LEAKS
Training Offcer Jerry Knapp,
Rockland County Fire Training Center, Pomona, New York
Natural gas emergencies are the most common hazmat call for
fre departments across the nation. Gas emergencies don’t get
the respect they require relative to the threat they present until a
response goes bad. This presentation takes attendees through the
anatamy of a common call that went bad—a natural gas main was
struck by a contractor and caused the house to explode, injuring
four frefghters, two of them seriously. Lessons learned, researching
and developing a standard operating procedure based on gas
industry best practices, training methods, and training aids that
students can build and use in their departments are covered. The
program provides attendees with model gas industry response
procedures they can modify for use in their home department.
FIGHTING FIRES IN FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS:
A HAZARD IN EVERY COMMUNITY
Chief Joseph Knitter, South Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
Spurred on by the tragic death of Houston Firefghters Lewis Mayo
and Kim Smith in an arson fre at a McDonald’s Restaurant on
Valentine’s Day in 2000, this presentation takes you behind the
counters and above the ceiling tiles to examine common causes
of fre in these buildings and the materials and techniques used in
the construction of the typical lightweight, free-standing fast-food
restaurants found in nearly everyone’s frst-due response area.
In addition, common hazards and obstacles encountered while
responding to incidents at these occupancies and operational
considerations and tactical approaches are discussed.
ATMOSPHERIC MONITORING ON THE FIREGROUND
Special Operations Chief Jason Krusen,
Columbia (SC) Fire Department
Attendees will learn about the dangers of fre smoke and how to
incorporate atmospheric monitoring on the freground as a means
of helping to ensure the safety of responders. The dangers of fre
smoke exposures and ways to prevent an exposure are discussed.
Attendees will learn about options for using and deploying meters
on the freground as well as developing policies and some easy
training ideas to take home.