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Special Operations in Small Departments
Captain Art Bloomer, Kearny (NJ) Fire Department
Few fire departments worldwide have a dedicated Special Operations
Division that can handle technical rescue incidents. Most departments
have limited to no capabilities. Nevertheless, building collapses, trench
incidents, confined space incidents, rope rescues, and water rescues
seem to make the news on a regular basis worldwide. Learn about
these types of incidents and the dangers associated with them. Your
fire department will be called to these kinds of incidents whether
you are trained and equipped to handle them or not. The “Duty to
Act” has claimed many firefighters’ lives. Learn what you you can
do and, more importantly, what you cannot do at these responses.
Training, equipment, and the motivation to develop technical rescue
capabilities in your department are covered. Several case studies
of incidents in which firefighters lost their lives are reviewed.
Strategic and Tactical Principles
for Aerial Device Operations
Firefghter G. Howard Blythe, Fire Department of New York
A wholistic approach to the standard positioning, uses, and
deployment of aerial devices at most standard structural type
fires most fire departments encounter is the focus. Included are
manufacturer recommendations and industry best practices.
New and experienced firefighters and officers gain insights into
incorporating aerial fireground operations into an extremely
easy-to-use system that can be applied to all structural responses
and help to build muscle memory and elevate the operational
tempo of the fireground crucial for gaining the initiative at fires.
Optimizing Human Performance
at Fires and Emergencies
Major Jason Brezler, USMC/Fire Department of New York
Fires and emergencies create complex problem sets in which leaders
and personnel function in a time-competitive environment where
uncertainty, friction, and risk are pervasive. The fire service has made
great strides in advancing its understanding of the physical sciences
but has largely neglected the scientific disciplines that inform leaders
on human performance. This presentation explores critical mental
performance concepts, many of which are the product of research
efforts in the military; professional sports; and, more recently, the
fire service. Learn best practices in optimizing human performance
through a cycle of command that includes preparation, execution,
reflection, and learning. Strategic human performance initiatives
actively underway in the Fire Department of New York and other
fire departments where leaders are proactively seeking to optimize
individual and organizational performance are highlighted.
Bobby, John, and Friends “Unplugged”
Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) John Norman,
Fire Department of New York; and Editor in Chief/
Education Director Bobby Halton, Fire Engineering/FDIC
Join with Chief John Norman and Chief Bobby Halton and special guests
in a completely unplugged discussion on today’s fire service issues.
Special guests will be on hand to share their thoughts and insights and
respond to questions and thoughts from the audience.
The Exponential Engine: A Progressive Fire
Attack Plan for the First-Arriving Engine
Firefghter Brian Brush, Edmond (OK) Fire Department
Use this comprehensive, yet simple, approach to planning for the
first-arriving engine fire attack, apparatus setup, and spec. Faced
with exponential fire growth, limited staffing, and rapidly changing
fire conditions, all departments should be evaluating their fire
stream systems from the source to the nozzle. The foundation of
this concept consists of our three most common tools: the 1¾-
inch attack line, the 2½-inch attack line, and the deck gun.
Slicing and Dicing Fire Dynamics Research
Assistant Chief Eddie Buchanan, Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS; and
Lieutenant Ray McCormack, Fire Department of New York
You’ve heard the discussions and debates on the various ways
fire departments have implemented the latest fire dynamics
research. In this session, the creators of the S.L.I.C.E.-R.S. and
D.I.C.E.R.S. acronyms present their concepts and discuss the
similarities and differences of the various approaches. The session
is sure to be a lively discussion on research and tactics!
Retaining and Recruiting Volunteers
Indiana State Fire Training Director John Buckman,
Fire and Public Safety Academy Training System
What strategy and tactics are necessary to retain and recruit today?
The retention programs that have been most successful in retaining
active volunteers are discussed, as is the best way to ensure that
volunteers maintain motivation. Factors that affect your fire
department’s attractiveness to potential volunteers are also covered.
Students learn how to prepare their department to ensure that its
internal management is ready to handle additional volunteers.