HANDS-ON TRAINING EVOLUTIONS
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, APRIL 23-24
Advanced Vehicle Extrication
Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief (Ret.) Leigh
Hollins, Cedar Hammock (FL) Fire Department
Instructors present challenging, difficult extrication
scenarios requiring advanced skills to stabilize the
vehicles, gain entry, and remove patients entrapped and entangled
in the wreckage. There will be plenty of “tool time” for all students.
This class is a “hybrid” advanced class that includes cars, SUVs,
vans, and school buses. Students rotate among four stations.
Basics of Tactical Emergency Care
HYBRID - NEW
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Mark Litwinko,
Fort Wayne (IN) Fire Department
With the increasing number of high-threat, mass-
casualty incidents, there is an immediate need for responders and
agencies to adapt strategies and tactics for safely and efficiently
mitigating the incident and providing care to the victims. The evidence-
based content is consistent with the Committee for Tactical Emergency
Casualty Care guidelines and recommendations. Participants are provided
with the tools for continued training at their own department specific to
casualty care as it relates to the Rescue Task Force concept. Attendees
will leave with instructional materials, knowledge of evidence-based
medicine specific to high-threat incidents, and a framework for
program design. This is a highly interactive course with opportunities
to test the latest equipment through ample hands-on training.
Lead Instructor: Captain Aaron Heller,
Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District #9
The focus is on the major skill sets needed to be
successful at fires in commercial occupancies like box stores, strip malls,
and warehouses. These fires are becoming common, yet many departments
have not adjusted their tactics to address these fires’ size and complexity.
The skills stations include 2½-inch hoseline operations, rotary saw/forcible
entry on roll-down door and chain link fence, and rope-assisted search.
Each station offers skills not addressed at the local academy or in the
individual company setting. Attendees rotate through each station and are
given an overview of the skills followed by an opportunity to perform the
skills in teams. Skills are reviewed in a brief question-and-answer period.
Conventional Forcible Entry:
The Lost Art
Lead Instructor: Firefghter Chris
Minichiello, Fire Department of New
York/East Coast Rescue Solutions
This class focuses on basic and advanced forcible entry. It covers
forcing inward-/outward-swinging doors, roll-down gates,
padlocks, carriage bolts, and through-the lock techniques.
Attendees will leave knowing that they learned something new
or increased their knowledge pertaining to forcible entry.
Engine Company Essentials:
Getting Water on the Fire
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Anthony Piontek,
Green Bay (WI) Fire Department
It’s about creating the most effective tool on the freground,
the Engine Company! Students rotate through the following scenarios. In
Handlines and Stretches, gain an understanding of the usefulness/limitations of
preconnected and static loads; learn loads and stretches that reinforce pre-entry
operation principles and discipline; and work as attack/backup teams, learning
to problem solve for pinch areas, short stretches, loss of water, line placement,
and stretch estimation. In Gallons per Second, engage in discussion and see
demonstrated innovative tactics for offensive/defensive operations and water
supply. Students deploy large-diameter hoselines and explore techniques to
maximize the effectiveness of personnel and equipment. In Managing the 2½-
inch Line and Standpipe Operations, engage in initial hookup and standpipe
operations; fold/deploy/stretch hose packs; function as members of the attack
team; and work through nozzle, backup, door, control, and offcer positions.
for Today’s Vehicles
HYBRID - NEW
Lead Instructor: Assistant Chief (Ret.)
Brock Archer, Hopland (NC) Fire District
The focus is on effective size-up of vehicle construction features.
Basic and advanced techniques are covered. Aggressive, efficient
methodology is applied to each task assigned. Among the task
components of the class are dash displacement and gaining a
constant result when jacking or rolling the dash. Also learn total
side wall removal, roof and door removal, and advanced side and
roof rest scenarios. Every evolution is carefully explained; common
mistakes are discussed to prepare rescuers for real-time incidents.