Lessons Learned from the LPG
Explosion in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Kathy Clay,
Jackson Hole (WY) Fire/EMS
The focus is on a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) explosion at an
LPG bulk tank facility in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Students learn
the general and technical information on LPG properties and
transportation, view surveillance camera video and radio traffic
transmissions from the first several minutes of response, analyze
lessons learned, and review the factors that contributed to the
successful mitigation of this incident. In addition, carbon monoxide
is discussed in detail, including general, technical, operational, and
code material coupled with lessons learned from this event.
Apparatus Preplan: The Key to
an Operator’s Success
Firefghter/EMT Edward Collet, Canal Fulton (OH) Fire Department
Learn the key elements in a preplan for the apparatus operator:
progressive attack lines, calculating the engine pressure for developing
the desired fire flows, knowing if the tank water can support an
attack, and establishing relay pumping operations. Friction loss is
discussed: its causes, how it affects the flow, and how to calculate
it. Other factors impacting relay operations and when large-diameter hose should and should not be used are also covered.
Get Fired Up!
Lieutenant Paul Combs, Bryan (OH) Fire Department
Explore your desire to make a difference. You will be encouraged in a
positive environment to seek out your unique voice to influence and
lead the people around you. This energetic and inspiring class will
engage and motivate you to set these skills in motion. Combs shares
the cartoons that have evoked the strongest reactions. However, there’s
much more to this presentation than a showcase of cartoons. Use the
instructor’s “ 12 Recipes for Success” to achieve your leadership goals.
Fire Service Court: Burning Legal Issues
Chief David Comstock, Western Reserve (OH) Joint Fire District
What are the hot legal issues affecting fire and EMS organizations daily?
Topics include the legal use of drones, guns, and bulletproof vests in
firehouses and vehicles; social media rants and raves and retaliation; Fair
Labor Standards Act requirements for volunteer fire departments; the use
of National Fire Protection Association 1583 medical examinations; and
federal law restrictions on background checks. The format combines lecture
and question-and-answer periods. Student participation is encouraged.
Zero to Hero: Proven Leadership
Habits Outside the Emergency
Captain Larry Conley, Leadership Development
Concepts, St. Louis, MO
The focus is on developing principled leaders in the fire safety arena. The
EMPOWER model is introduced; this model imbues participants with tools
engineered to maximize their ability to balance personal efficiency and
effectiveness. Participants apply the model in prearranged high-energy,
deep-impact scenarios against specially trained improvisational actors.
The Identifcation Chief:
“Americanizing” National Rescue
Unit’s Population Behavior Ofcer
Technical Information Specialist Stephen Coover,
Indiana Task Force 1
The identification chief is an Americanized version of the Israeli Home
Front Command, National Rescue Unit (NRU) Population Behavior Officer
(PBO) for Disasters Home Front Command, a volunteer-based extension
of the Israeli Military operating with the sole purpose of assisting in
disasters. The NRU has evolved into an efficient search and rescue team
that operates with limited resources. The PBO obtains information in
various ways to assist with the search and rescue efforts. Additionally,
the PBO is responsible for the care and well-being of the civilians
affected by the disaster as well as the members of the rescue unit. This
presentation begins to introduce the methods of the PBO, which need to
be “Americanized” to fit within our emergency management culture.
How Our Building and Fire Codes Can
Get You Killed on the Fireground
Associate Professor Glenn Corbett, John Jay College/
CUNY, Technical Editor, Fire Engineering
While most firefighters believe building and fire codes should be working
in our favor, the reality is that in some cases they work against us.
This class explores a variety of code provisions that can prove deadly
on the fireground, including the role of antiquated laboratory fire
tests, dangerous area/height allowances, bad suggested firefighting
protocols, and the codes’ inability to keep up with the real world. Specific
suggestions on how to deal with these identified problems are offered.