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Beyond the 360: Fireground
Captain William Murray, Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department
This class addresses the question: “What kind of size-up do we
perform for task-specific assignments?” The focus is on scene
size-up from a task level assignment: tasks that must be performed
on the fireground like hose stretches, ladders, search, and others
and what the size-up for each should contain to help ensure
the success of the task and the safety of the companies.
Pump Panel Pointers for
Training and Operations
Safety Offcer Jerry Naylis, Bergenfeld (NJ) Fire Department
This class prepares pump operators to use a variety of techniques
including tools, job aids, and pointers to ensure the proper flow
and pressure while operating a pump during fireground operations.
Successful delivery of water is stressed. The class examines fire
operations in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The case studies
show how one or two simple changes would alter the water supply
and enhance the operation from the pump panel. Practical training
session setups demonstrate how to conduct pump training exercises
using readily available apparatus, equipment, and appliances.
Managing Risk in the Volunteer Fire Service
Firefghter (Ret.) Joe Nedder, Uxbridge (MA) Fire Department
What does “risk” mean today? How does it differ from, say, 20
years ago? These are among the questions addressed. Managing risk
in the volunteer fire service is important yet a frequently ignored
fireground management skill. Volunteers put a lot on the line
every time they respond to a structure fire, brush fire, or vehicle
accident. Students are challenged to accept that the risks have never
been higher and that volunteers are injured or killed every year.
Risk management processes along with specific actions volunteers
must take to reduce and manage these risks are discussed.
Fireground Commander’s Intent:
Coordinated Actions for Mission Success
Battalion Chief Sid Newby, Wichita (KS) Fire Department
The focus is on the importance of a commander’s expectations on
emergency scenes and the thought process that helps fireground
commanders to communicate their intent and establish a presence
for the companies under their command. Fire companies are the
linchpins to a successful emergency scene operation. The importance
of synchronized small unit tactics following the commander’s intent is
critical to a successful mission. The key to success is having each small
tactical unit (engine and truck companies) perform in a predictable way.
Volunteer Fire Ofcer: A Point of View
Operations Deputy Chief Christopher Niebling,
Mantoloking (NJ) Fire Company
What does it take to be a volunteer fire officer? Climbing up into
the right seat of the apparatus, you are taking the leadership
role. That role contends with issues and problems both out on
scene as well as in the station. How you choose to deal with
each situation depends on your point of view. This class looks at
videos of real scenarios that can confront the volunteer officer at
any time on any day when you may be asked, “How would you
handle this situation; what is your point of view?” Students share
in the discussions of these issues and the possible responses.
The Evolving Fireground:
Deputy Chief/Training Offcer P.J. Norwood,
East Haven (CT) Fire Department
This interactive class discusses the relationship between fire dynamics
and the fireground. Among the topics covered are fire dynamics
and their impact on tactical decisions, the relationship between
traditional tactics and fire behavior, and the effects of your decisions
and tasks on operations. We have all been taught the fireground
tasks, but few of us have been taught the good and bad results of
those tasks on the fire and incident operations. This class bridges the
gap between the science and streets and helps guide you through
the tried and true tasks that must occur on the fireground.
Foam: There Is a Better Way to Do the Job
Chief Shawn Oke, Albemarle (NC) Fire Department
There is a better way to do the job: Deliver a proven foam
concentrate with your water. Foams, especially those for Class A
fires, are becoming more popular but yet are often misunderstood.
This class addresses the basics you should know about purchasing,
delivering, and using a proven foam solution. The benefits of using
Class A foam and wetting agents are discussed. Videos illustrate the
benefits of using a proven foam concentrate with your water.