WORKS … SO GET IN THERE!
Captain Kevin Lewis, Cobb County (GA) Fire & Emergency Services
VEIS can be a challenge, but our mission is life safety, and we
must prepare for the “Super Bowl” of incidents. VEIS is such an
incident. Today’s limited staffng, building construction, and recent
scientifc data are forcing us to reevaluate methods we have used for
decades, including VEIS. To be the best fre service professionals we
can, we must fully understand fre dynamics as they relate to VEIS.
This will allow us to operate as safely as possible while providing
the maximum level of profciency. The course will cover VEIS history,
VEIS size-up, evaluating risk/need for VEIS, step-by-step how-to
techniques, and when and where to use aspects of VEIS.
DEALING WITH BAD LEADERSHIP
District Chief Walter Lewis, Orlando (FL) Fire Department
During your career, you will be inspired by great leaders, people
who will help guide and shape you. Unfortunately, not every leader
you have will be great. Some will be mediocre and, sadly, there is
a chance you will have bad leaders. Such leaders can have terrible
infuences on personnel and operations; they can ruin a good crew,
shift, or organization. This class will show students how to cope with
and succeed past bad leadership by developing skills that will help
them to recognize, comprehend, and contend with bad leadership.
FLIPPED FIRE TRAINING:
MEETING THE DEMANDS OF TODAY’S FIRE SERVICE
Assistant Training Offcer Frank Lipski, Florissant (MO) Fire District
Many people may have heard the term “fipped training” but do not
understand the concept or how it can greatly improve department
training. Students will learn how a failing training division was
transformed into an amazingly successful program that has become
the model for many agencies across the country. Flipped training
will allow a department or an agency of any type or size to meet
the learning needs of all generations and see an improvement in
members’ learning and retention of information. Flipped training
principles also will greatly improve training delivery and retention on
the freground. Attendees will be given a detailed roadmap they can
follow to achieve good results at their departments right away.
40 THINGS YOU WERE NEVER TAUGHT
IN FIREFIGHTER SCHOOL
Chief Gary Ludwig, Champaign (IL) Fire Department
We all have heard the veteran frefghters talk about them;
sometimes, they throw them out in casual conversation or on the
scene of an emergency: those little tricks and tips they have picked
up over the many years of their career through experience--the
things you were never taught in academy. Topics include tips
for new recruits, engine company operations, truck company
operations, incident command, and EMS calls.
FLAT ROOF FIRES IN THREE- TO SIX-STORY
Lieutenant John MacDonald, Coquitlam (BC, Canada) Fire Rescue
This presentation will examine key aspects with respect to limiting
fre and water damage in this type of fre. Topics include building
construction, fre causes, building codes, suppression tactics,
aerial placement, water damage, and salvage and overhaul.
The presentation will be enhanced with slides and videos that
outline building construction and best practices with respect to
tactical considerations incident commanders, company offcers,
and frefghters will experience. Attendees will leave with a better
understanding of how fres that extend into the fat roof void can
be mitigated to obtain better results with respect to frefghter and
occupant safety, incident stabilization, and property conservation.
AN EXAMINATION OF COMPRESSED AIR FOAM (CAF) FOR
Research Engineer Daniel Madrzykowski,
UL Firefghter Safety Research Institute
Compressed air foam (CAF) has been a focus of discussion
by structural fre departments since the 1970s when wildland
fre agencies frst used it. CAF systems have provided wildland
frefghters with a tool that could be used to pretreat homes and
structures to protect them from an approaching fre or could be
used for an exterior (indirect) fre suppression attack on a structure.
In the decades that followed, urban/suburban fre departments
across the country began to experiment with CAF systems for
use in structural frefghting; in most documented cases, the
effectiveness of the CAF was favorable. Yet after decades of fre
department trials, CAF has still not been signifcantly incorporated
into structural frefghting tactics. During the past fve years, a
series of experiments have been conducted using CAF vs. water
in a room-and-contents fre environment and compared them in
regard to gas cooling and fre knockdown. This presentation will
provide some background on CAF research and the results of the
most recent study.
SURVIVABILITY PROFILING 2017:
A PROVEN, LIFE-SAVING PROCESS FOR FIREFIGHTERS
Battalion Chief Stephen Marsar, Fire Department of New York
This class will present an update on the success of the survivability
profling concept frst introduced by Fire Engineering in 2009.
Applying this concept and making informed, intelligent decisions
have been proven to differ from basic risk vs. reward. Size-up
components, situational awareness, and calculating if civilians
are savable before committing frefghters are discussed. The
concept is discussed in relation to basic size-up strategies; videos
will demonstrate how today’s rapid fre progression has in effect
placed limits on human survival. Included in the discussion will be
the 16 Life Safety Initiatives, Rules of Engagement, and the “Duty
to Die Syndrome.” Fire scenarios and case studies will be used to
demonstrate where the concept has been used.