Line-of-Duty Death: Recover,
Restore, and Rebuild
Assistant Chief Paul Jockimo, Somers (NY) Fire District
A line-of-duty death (LODD) presents many significant challenges for those
involved: operationally, logistically, administratively, and emotionally.
The period from the time of loss through the day of the funeral is often
a whirlwind. However, after the ceremony is over and all of those who
came to help have gone, the real work begins. This interactive program
explores many of the short-term and long-term difficulties agencies often
encounter following LODDs. Building on the lessons learned, participants
will be able to develop strategies to help their agencies, members, and
families recover from these tragic events. This class shows how this can
be done; participants are encouraged to share ideas and experiences.
Efective Training for Real-World Firefghters
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Johnson, Kansas City (MO) Fire Department
The focus is on realistic training that ensures firefighters are
prepared for a variety of hostile events they will encounter daily.
Various types of training are evaluated from the perspective
of whether they set firefighters up for failure or prepare
them for today’s fireground and emergency scenarios.
What’s Hiding Behind the Walls?
Firefghter James Johnson, Vancouver
(BC, Canada) Fire and Rescue Services
With today’s modern building materials and the growing use of hybrid
construction methods, the crucial task of recognizing and identifying
the structures we are responding to is becoming increasingly difficult.
This class takes a modern spin on identifying these structures. Through
the use of photographs and 360-degree video footage of buildings
under various stages of construction, the attendees will have the
opportunity to test their existing skills of building identification and
learn about some of the challenges we face with modern construction.
The Art of Reading Smoke
Deputy Chief Phil Jose, Seattle (WA) Fire Department
The reading smoke curriculum is a must for anyone looking to master the
craft of firefighting. First-in video combined with dynamic teaching helps
you develop the ability to see the volume, velocity, density, and color
of smoke. Learning to read smoke improves your ability to understand
and predict fire behavior by providing the information necessary for
excellent tactical decisions and enables you to answer three questions:
Where is the fire? How big is it? What rate of change should you expect?
Whether choosing a tactic at the command level or performing the tactic
at the company level, learning to collect information quickly improves
decision making for firefighter safety and better service to the citizens.
Initial High-Rise Fire Operations for
Departments with Limited Stafng
Deputy Chief Stephen Kalman, Hackensack (NJ) Fire Department
This class addresses tactical and operational objectives at residential
high-rise fires focusing on smaller departments with limited
companies and staffing. Having a strong and solid standard operating
procedure and initiating it on every high-rise response are key
factors in having a positive outcome. Not every high-rise fire is a
major event, and having a solid plan can prevent the one-room
fire from becoming one. Command operations, engine company/
standpipe operations, and wind-driven fires are also covered.
Succession Planning and Leadership
for the Next Generation
Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros, Sacramento
Metro (CA) Fire District
This highly interactive, fun, and humorous class focuses on the tools
necessary for succession planning in today’s fire service. Leadership
is a vast topic and is talked about throughout the fire service, but
building modern leaders in-house who are ready to fill the gap left
by their predecessors remains an elusive accomplishment. Students
learn how to build leaders from the next generation for the next
generation and about the Millennials, Generation X, Generation Y, and
Baby Boomers and learning methods for each. In addition, students
are introduced to tools they can employ in their departments to
develop future company and chief officers including task books, officer
academies, professional development series, mentoring, simulations,
role plays, and strategic planning teams. These tools have been used
to develop countless new officers who hit the street ready to lead.
The Combat-Ready Engine Company
Lieutenant Tony Kelleher, District of Columbia Fire Department
For far too long, engine company work has been viewed by many as
“routine” or the most basic of firefighting tactics. With fire behavior
in mind, the fact remains that fires are reaching the flashover stage
quicker and the contents are burning hotter. Knowing this, it is imperative
that the fire service return the art of engine company firefighting to
its most efficient state and get back to mastering the core basic skills
of an efficient engine company firefighter. This multimedia, interactive
class focuses on what it takes to improve daily operations on and off the
fireground. This includes teaching attendees how to manage themselves
and their counterparts, combat complacency, overcome obstacles, think
outside the box, set up engine company apparatus, perform a variety of
hoseline options/stretches, and handle building construction challenges.
Attendees will leave this session as a motivated force to be reckoned with!