Mitigating New Vehicle Technology
Deputy Chief (Ret.) Carl Haddon, North Fork (ID) Fire Department
New vehicle technology presents ever-changing challenges for rescuers.
The focus is on how the changes in vehicles increase challenges and
dangers for responders during rescue operations. Metallurgy, construction,
new glass standards, and safety system changes are addressed. Hybrid
challenges and lithium ion battery fires are discussed; and reevaluating
traditional methods, tactics, and equipment will be ongoing throughout
the class. Changes, advances, and limitations in current rescue tool
technology are also addressed. This program is based on a first-hand,
ongoing relationship between the instructor and auto engineers from
Ford, Volvo, and Mercedes Benz. Visual aids are from actual tough
new vehicles donated for the purposes of preparing this program.
Issues and Challenges in Today’s Fire Service
Chief (Ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (TX) Fire Department;
Battalion Chief (Ret.) John Salka, Fire Department
of New York; and Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton, FDIC
Education Director/Fire Engineering Editor in Chief
The fire service is faced with a vast array of issues and challenges.
FDIC has always been the place where honest discussions have led
to workable solutions to these issues and challenges. This session
features three of North America’s most outspoken and informed
practitioners. Join them as they tackle the most critical issues facing
the fire service today in a no-holds-barred session. From pike poles
to pensions, from VES (vent-enter-search) to VSP (victim survivability
profiling), and from staffing to science, join the chiefs as they discuss
the biggest issues in frank, open, and straightforward language.
Quick Drills for the Driver/Operator
Captain Eric Hankins, Yuba City (CA) Fire Department
The role of the driver/operator is arguably one of the most important
functions on the fireground. From safe transportation to and from
the emergency scene to operating an engine or ladder truck at the
scene of a multialarm fire, a competent and proficient driver/operator
is critical to the overall success of the operation. This interactive
class includes several quick drills that can be done at the firehouse
or in the response district. They range from 10-minute fireground
hydraulic drills to complex troubleshooting of a fire pump and how
and when to short-jack a tower ladder or position aerial master
streams without personnel in the bucket. Students can take these
drills back to their fire departments to share with their personnel.
Building Construction and Fire Behavior
Deputy Chief (Ret.) Gregory Havel,
Burlington (WI) Fire Department
Our firefighter training taught us that the types of building construction
and fire codes are based on the amount of combustible materials
used in the structure. Today, these types are no longer clearly defined
because of the use of lightweight and manufactured lumber materials
and materials not traditionally found in specific structure types.
Building officials consider these buildings “hybrids” and classify them
according to the most combustible components in the structure. The
focus is on how these construction features affect fire behavior.
The Privilege of Leadership:
Lessons from History
Chief Program Offcer Billy D. Hayes,
National Center for Fire and Life Safety
This class explores a number of leadership lessons from history
that illustrate how when those in charge were faced with difficult
circumstances, they responded with the ability to face those
circumstances with confidence, competence, and effective decision-making skills. The objective is to instill in the students a positive
outlook about leadership and an appreciation of its critical role and to
view leadership as a privilege to be embraced, not as a role to fear.
Fire Operations in Fire Resistive
Deputy Chief George Healy, Fire Department of New York
The hazards and challenges in combating fires in fire resistive residential
buildings and how building features affect fire operations is the
focus. Attendees “respond” to the alarm, size up, and participate
in the selection of tactical considerations for fire attack. Engine and
truck operations, coordinated ventilation, flow path control, elevator
operations, search, command and control, stairwell pressurization,
and alternate strategies for wind-impacted fires are covered.
Big Box Stores and Commercial
Fireground Strategies and Tactics
Captain Aaron Heller, Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire Department
The focus is on strategies and tactics for responding to fires in big
box stores and commercial buildings, including taxpayers and office
buildings. These structures are becoming increasingly common in
all types of communities, whether served by career, volunteer,
or combination departments. Unfortunately, many departments
have never adjusted their operations when encountering these
structures. As history has shown, misjudging the risks involved in
these buildings can be tragic. This is not a rehashing of past incidents
but a springboard for preventing injuries or line-of-duty deaths.