FULLY INVOLVED: CREATING A CULTURE THAT WORKS
Captain Mark vonAppen, Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department
This class is geared toward fre service professionals who wish to
expand their abilities in leadership. It is rooted in improving team
performance and has application in the public and private sectors.
This concept has worked for more than 40 years in professional
football, and now it is applied to the fre service. Getting team
members to pull toward a common goal is a key component in
successful operations. Students will gain the tools to create a pact
applicable to all levels of the organization.
DRY CREEK FIRE:
A CRITICAL EVENT LEADING TO POSITIVE OUTCOMES
Battalion Chief Brandon Wade, Austin (TX) Fire Department
On October 18, 2015, the Austin Fire Department experienced a
challenging apartment fre in which three frefghters fell through
a second foor and were trapped. All three were removed from
the structure and transported to the hospital with burn injuries.
This class will cover the details of the incident, the resulting
investigation, and the contributing factors. It will discuss the positive
actions the department has taken to improve the organization
after this incident. Other departments can use the positive actions
to improve their organizations and assist with avoiding similar
circumstances in the future.
STREET FIRE SCIENCE: TRAIN IN FIRE DYNAMICS THE FUN
Training Chief Benjamin Walker, London (UK) Fire Brigade,
Tyne & Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade
Fire dynamics science underpins all aspects of tactical frefghting.
Traditionally, these concepts have been delivered in scientifc terms
and can be widely misunderstood by frefghters “on the front line.”
The class illustrates the risk-critical fundamentals of fre science
using a variety of everyday items such as playing cards, soda
cans, and balloons, establishing the simplicity of such concepts
as “fow path management,” “fammable ranges,” and “rapid fre
developments.” These are then related to the methodologies of
training frefghters in this subject and fghting fres. Delegates gain
an exclusive look at the instructor’s “PVT” principles—breaking
down scientifc “gas laws” into easy-to-remember principles to
accurately assess conditions when sizing up or fghting fres.
Students get the opportunity to participate in a “micro-teach”
of street fre science and challenge themselves to convey the
simplicity of fre science to their students when returning to their
INTELLIGENTLY AGGRESSIVE TRUCK FUNCTIONS
Division Chief Jimm Walsh, Winter Park (FL) Fire Department
Learn how intelligent aggressive truck functions can create a safer
freground. Many people associate the term “aggressive” with
unsafe, particularly when it comes to truck company functions.
The freground can actually be made safer through the intelligent
execution of truck functions. This presentation stresses the
importance of intelligently aggressive truck functions and their
positive impact on freground safety. This presentation will give
valuable insight into the understanding of aggressive yet safe truck
company skills. Students will gain valuable tips on how to increase
the effciency and effectiveness of their truck functions and will
better understand the necessity of truck functions on every fre.
DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?
Firefghter (Ret.) John Walters, Fire Department of New York
This class is a step-by-step process of how to deal with major
line-of-duty injuries. Students are given resources that can give
guidance to frefghters managing such injuries.
THE HIDDEN DANGERS FOR TODAY’S FIREFIGHTERS
Captain/Training Coordinator Mark Watters,
Plantation (FL) Fire Department
With more recreational vehicles on the road, your likelihood of
encountering a complicated fre involving these vehicles is much
higher. Have you thought about what dangers lie behind those
classy exterior walls? Is your fre department prepared to handle
the tactical requirements this type of vehicle presents? After this
presentation, you will be more aware of the complicated systems in
these recreational vehicles. Among topics that will be discussed are
how the vehicle is made; electronics’ refrigeration systems; waste
disposal; National Fire Protection Association 1192, Standard on
Recreational Vehicles; tactics; and how to prepare to mitigate the
possible hazardous materials that may be involved in this type of
TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS FOR
THE ENGINE COMPANY FIREFIGHTER
Firefghter Jeff Weffelmeyer, St. Louis (MO) Fire Department
This class focuses on the truck company skills in which every
frefghter should be profcient. Because of a lack of dedicated
truck companies, engine operations are usually the main focus of
the suburban and rural fre service. Just because your department
doesn’t have a dedicated truck company doesn’t mean these
vital freground operations don’t need to be accomplished at a
structure fre. Who performs these operations on your fre scene?
What truck company operations need to be performed? This class
focuses on these questions and all that they entail: forcible entry,
search, ventilation, ladders, overhaul, and aerial operations.