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Building a Training Network That Works
Training Chief David McGlynn, West Point (NY) Fire Department
Here’s how to build a training network when resources and funding
are not available. By networking, we tap into resources that can help
us to develop training plans that are broader and more versatile.
Next-Generation SMART Technology
Captain Kirk McKinzie, Cosumnes (CA) Fire Department
First responders need every advantage during fleeting life critical
moments, and SMART cyber-physical systems (CPS) provide critical
information for time-sensitive events. The focus is on what is available
in SMART technology and where it can assist in your jurisdiction.
Wireless real-time convergence of building information modeling,
interfacing of 3D data through machine-to-machine and machine-to-human data exchange, and bio-telemetry monitoring of victims and
responders will save lives. Auto-populated, legacy, and real-time-sensed
3D environments will allow responders and their commanders to
intelligently and visually communicate during response. Computational
fluid dynamic programs allow for predictive outputs in structure and
wildland fires, hazardous materials releases, and other natural and
human-initiated events. Technical rescues and high life hazards will
benefit from SMART cities; IOT; remote sensing; and virtual, augmented,
and mixed realities. Responders will view emergencies through
computer vision in immersive HUD lenses before, during, and after calls.
Wildland Structure Triage
Chief Todd McNeal, Twain Harte (CA) Fire Department
The class provides company officers and firefighters with the current
tactical information necessary to accurately assess the fire’s potential
impact on the threatened structure and the safety of the engine
company. Among the topics covered are critical fire behavior and the
safest and most efficient initial tactical actions for the first-arriving
responder or the company officer. The primary focus is on rapid
recognition of fire threats and correctly selecting from a variety of
tactical actions the most appropriate one for managing the incident.
Disaster Wide-Area Search
Major Greg Merrell, Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department
Tactics and techniques for conducting a wide-area search during
a disaster are presented from the perspectives of fire department
personnel first on scene and US&R Task Force operations. The initial
response and setup of rescue and EMS personnel, lessons learned,
and alternative actions are discussed. Content is based on actual
experiences from responses to multiple US&R deployments. Attendees
will also explore procedures that will help to sustain efficient
operations and use all emergency responders efficiently and safely.
Profciency-Driven Training Programs
Assistant Chief Kevin Milan,
South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Authority
Training with an eye toward proficiency at all levels is the goal.
The bottom line is performance on the emergency scene. Using
task books along with company manuals provides the foundation
for proficiency. The building of knowledge, skills, and abilities
begins in recruit school and continues through every rank in the
department. Standard evolutions, often grounded in National Fire
Protection Association 1410, provide building blocks for competence.
Assembling these building blocks into multicompany evolutions
spreads competency upward through your organization. Templates
that can be tailored to the needs of any fire service organization are
provided. Examples of task book qualification programs for recruits,
firefighters, company officers, and battalion chiefs are also provided.
Volunteer Academies: Changing
Outcomes by Challenging New Members
Battalion Chief Daniel Miller, Omaha (NE) Fire Department
The focus is on training, orienting, and indoctrinating new volunteer
members into the fire service in a manner that results in higher
success rates. By providing a challenging academy-style experience,
the pace, intensity, and expectations are ramped up significantly.
Covered are tips for turning your department’s probationary year
into a team-building experience that will remain with the new
recruits for their entire career and how to infuse discipline, pride
in the uniform, and respect for officers in the experience. Being
a volunteer firefighter doesn’t mean you should have to wait
two to three years to become certified to National Fire Protection
Association standards, nor does it mean that recruits should have
to wait long periods between formative training events.
First-Due! Residential Fire Concepts
for Engine and Truck Companies
Battalion Chief Dan Shaw, Fairfax County
(VA) Fire & Rescue Department; and Captain
Doug Mitchell, Fire Department of New York
The mission-critical incident actions for engine and truck companies at
residential fires is the focus. The “must-have” roles and responsibilities
for each unit are highlighted, and the elements that are imperative to
employ an efficient and effective fire attack are honed. Successful fire
attack dictates a deliberate balance of coordination and communication
among all members. This dynamic multimedia lecture hits preincident
readiness, radio reports, and tactical resource deployments for “both
sides of the floor.” Although the application of water still extinguishes
fire and searches still locate trapped civilians, the art and science behind
“how, when, and why” to mount the attack are being questioned. The
initial company-level actions can make or break the operation. Are
you and your team best prepared to operate mentally, physically, and
tactically in your residential environment? Don’t think so. Know so.